Kuching – Malaysia’s cleanest, and I would say, most pleasant city is easy to explore. Well kept roads, a wide and clean river, and a handful of interesting attractions and sights make this a great city to spend a day or two.
Morning – Learn about the natural and cultural history of Sarawak
Start your Sarawak trip at the Ethnology museum. The first floor of this museum is dedicated to the natural history of Sarawak and Borneo. Highlights include the stuffed wild jungle cow, which was presumed extinct until a motion sensor camera caught a photo of one. If you enjoy birds, then you will love the room which showcases some of the most exotic and interesting birds of Sarawak. The hornbills in particular are my favourite. For a few chills down your spine make sure you don’t miss the reptile exhibit which concludes with the exhibit “giant hairball and human dentures attached to hairball”, and “watch found inside stomach”. These items were taken from the stomach of a man eating crocodile.
The second floor of the museum is all about culture. Short presentations on the different tribes of Sarawak will help you appreciate the high degree of cultural diversity here, and a replica long house complete with real human skulls suspended from the museum are a highlight.
Afternoon – Escape the heat of the day at the cat museum
Kuching means cat in Malay, and the cat is the mascot of the city. Cat statues and cat fountains can be found throughout the city, and cat figurines are a staple at any of the tourist shops. The cat museum showcases all things “kuching”. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to this museum as our pram decided to eject it’s wheels once and for all, so we had to spend the afternoon at a mall instead.
Evening – Relax on the river
One of the most beautiful spots in Kuching is along the waterfront esplanade. This long and wide walkway meanders along with the river itself. All along the waterfront there are boat tour operators who will be competing for your attention and your business. The boats range from small little boats, to large companies complete with cultural performances.
We decided to opt for one of the smaller and cheaper companies. Our one hour boat ride did not come with any snacks, cultural performances, or commentary, but we did get to relax and see the city of Kuching from a different perspective.