A trip to Malaysia, while including visits to the popular tourist spots of Kuala Lumpur and Penang, must also be one where you explore the hidden gems of this Southeast Asian country. One such gem is Sarawak that is most sophisticated and a melting pot of cultures in itself.
Buses, as is common throughout Malaysia easily do travelling within Kuching. Express buses plying to different cities are many in number and you can book your ticket simply via online, I would like to suggest Redbus.my for added convenience.
A mix of several different traditions and eras, the timeless charm of Kuching will mean that you can spend hours together ambling through its pretty alleys and roads. And when here,
these three museums are a must visit:
Cat Museum: Yes, you read it right. This cat museum is one feline lovers will make their second home. Learn more about how cats have been portrayed in stamps and films, and how they have been represented in Malay culture. Your cat-loving soul will be well rejuvenated. It is one of the world’s first Cat Museum and all cat lovers will find a huge range of pictures, exhibits, art and cat souvenirs. There are about 4000 of these available on display. The museum is housed on the ground level of the city hall building and is spread across a total area of 1000 sqare metres. A fee of about RM3 is charged for Camera and RM5 for a Video Camera. The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, make sure that you do not end up here on a public holiday.
Ethnology Museum: All that you need to know about Borneo’s rich cultural history lies within this two-storied museum. The Iban longhouse, masks and spears, Kenyah and Kayan murals are housed upstairs while the floor below is a natural history museum. The museum is one of the greatest places to know more about this city, its traditions and also the people who live here. It was established in the year 1891 by Charles Brooke. The building has been modelled after the town hall in France’s Northern City. As soon as you enter the place you will come across 2 canons from the colonial times that have been proudly sitting here as a reminder of the past.
Sarawak Textile Museum: This museum does complete justice to traditional Sarawakian textiles—from Malay gold brocade, known as songket, ceremonial headdresses stitched in different patterns by the different groups of Iban, Penan and others.
Interesting historical landmarks and sites of Kuching include The Astana (the former palace of the White Rajahs and currently the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak), and Fort Margherita.
The oldest street of Kuching is the Main Bazaar, a row of 19th-century Chinese shop houses located along the Kuching Waterfront overlooking the Sarawak River. It offers the city’s best concentration of antique and handicraft shops. The Main Bazaar is part of Kuching’s old town, which also includes the Carpenter Street and India Street.