12 Top Tourist Attractions in Kuching, Malaysia

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Chinese Museum

The Chinese Museum is a wide and airy building that was donated by an individual for the purpose of education and showcase. The Chinese Museum is located at Jalan K. S. Lee, Kuching City, Sarawak.

It is the largest Chinese museum in East Malaysia and also the biggest building on the entire island. The museum, located in Guyou Town opposite of the Guoi Temple, has an area of 8,950 square meters and cost 4 million Ringgit to build.

During its initial construction, it was the largest building in the entire peninsula.

At the time the construction was undertaken, it was the largest and biggest building in the whole of Malaysia. Despite only having a budget of 4 million Ringgit, it also has the largest glass dome in Malaysia.

Chinese Museum, Kuching is a place where the history of migrating Chinese and their contributions to the country is spread. If you are looking for the history of the country or even the people in the book, you'll find it here.

The museum was initially opened in 1993 and was called the Chinese Commercial Museum before it became the Chinese Museum later on. By today, there are a number of artifacts in the museum, which include old coin chests and pottery, as well as the armor of the past.

The Old Courthouse

Kuching is considered the capital of the East Coast and is situated in the state of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo.

The City’s old courthouse, which was built in 1892, was the first courthouse in the British Empire.

It is located in the square in front of the post office in Kuching and it was made from one single log of Lusoh timber from the Merbau tree.

British Resident Councillor H. Wallis and the Rajah’s forestry officer, M.A. Chong would meet every Saturday and take out a measure of the log every, week and the gap of growth of the log using a rule was measured.

The gap of lumbering was the first task to do after the banazing was finished on the logs.

The entry gate to the old courthouse was made from a steel wall.

Sarawak Museum

The Sarawak Museum, located outside of the city centre in Kuching, Sarawak, is known for its collection of religious artefacts, which have been collected over the years by the various ruling families of Sarawak.

The museums also displays some cultural artefacts of Sarawak, such as traditional musical instruments and personal belongings, and models of legendary longhouses and speciali-ties of the various tribes of Sarawak. Another notable feature inside the museum is the elaborate tree house with 21 levels.

The museum is a fine example of traditional Malay Minangkabau architecture, as well as the lacquer wood carvings and usage of brass that the people of the kingdom were known for in the past. As a result, the Sarawak Museum is a must-visit for visitors who have a passion for the cultural and historical heritage of the state.

Mount Santubong

Located at 2,015 m above sea level, Mount Santubong is a popular place for both visitors and locals to hike. The entrance is at the town of Sanggau, about an hour from Kuching by car.

The tip of the mountain is known as Santubong Peak. At the top of the peak is a spectacular view of the glistening sea. At the base of the mountain is the Santubong Reservoir, which is stocked with sizeable catfish.

The views are truly magnificent, as the horizon stretches as far as the eye can see.

There are several trails leading to the peak, but the easiest and most popular trail is about two hours.

There are also several home stays and an eatery nestled within the highland area of the Santubong Highland Reserve. The Reservoir itself is a great spot for fishing, and can be easily accessed by foot. There is also an old trail that connects the summit to the Reservoir, which serves as a great way to experience the terrain of the highlands.

The potential for bird spotting is immense, and one can often spot Figs, Crimson Pittas and Emerald-spotted Woodhoopoes.

Fort Margherita

Fort Margherita is an Italian fort built in Malacca in 1786. It was built by the British in 1894, and has undergone many renovations since then to keep it in tact. It’s not just a battlefield, but also a place of historic importance. It’s a popular tourist attraction for those who love history.

Ever since the British arrived in Malaysia in 1765, they wanted to capture the terrain of the tropical climate for their own protection. They built Fort Margherita to prevent a Dutch takeover. It’s also a rare example of Italian architecture in Malaysia and is known for its historic significance.

Today, you can still see the original cannons, plus many cannons that were added to the fort around 1906, in the fort’s underground war museum. There’s also an observation deck where you can see the view of the city from a bird’s-eye view, and some grounds to let your children play with the famous white rabbits.

Daily tours are given in English and are limited to 30 people per day. If you want to have a private tour, you’ll have to book a VIP tour which is much more expensive.

Sarawak Orchid Garden

Located in the heart of Kuching, this garden has more than 2,500 orchids from all over the world. In addition to orchids, there are a wide variety of other tropical plants, including tropical fruit trees, a walk-in aviary, and an easy to navigate glasshouse.

Sarawak Orchid Garden is open daily from 8AM to 5PM. Admission fee 1RM for adults, RM10.00 for school children and RM5.00 for children below primary school age. Closed on Mondays.

Santubong Rainforest Reserve

The Santubong Rainforest Reserve consists of tropical rainforest with rich plant and animal life. It is home to large mammals such as tapir and primates, as well as birds of various species.

Santubong Rainforest Reserve is only 3 hours drive to Kuching and is accessible easily after the 1 hour road cut at the Kinangop road toll.

Batu Brinchang Waterfall

The Batu Brinchang waterfall can be reached on foot from the road less than a 10 minute walk and falls a pleasant 50 metres. A platform and viewing deck (altough no longer used and closed) can be found at the top of the waterfall which overlooks the lake down below. The Batu Brinchang waterfall is a popular picnic spot during weekends as well as the area around it.

Waterfront Promenade

Kuching Waterfront Promenade “ An exhibit of the evolution of man, a peaceful viewing spot for city people and those who wish to relax.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Kuching Tanjung Rhu Beach “ On the left bank of the Sarawak River, this is the oldest remaining permanent fishing settlement in Sarawak. This picturesque beach is also host to the Sarawak Fishing Village Festival which occurred every November.

Coronation Hill, Kuching Coronation Hill “ Built to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Malaysia's first and only modern Coronation Ceremony. The red pavement is unique in the world.

Sarawak Riverboat, Kuching The fifty-eight meter Sarawak Riverboat built of teak and coconut fibres. Eighteen meters of the boat's main deck is accessible by wheelchair.

Batu Niah Lookout, Kota Samarahan Batu Niah Lookout “ The viewpoint provides a spectacular view of the Sarawak River and Bintang Timor. The site is located on a hill rimmed by Kalang Valley and the Batu Niah limestone outcrops nearby.

Gunung Gading National Park

Kuching has many beautiful and notable tourist attractions, one of the most important and popular ones is Gunung Gading National Park. The park isn't far from the heart of the city and the visitors can reach to this place within 45 minutes to one hour. The Gunung Gading National Park is a place of interest and a great place for day hiking or evening camping. The hiking trails through the woodland and hills beside the Baram River are a good opportunity to enjoy both the cool climate of the lowlands and the lush growth of the rainforest.

During the tour, it is also possible to observe wild deer living in the hilly forests and forest birds flying around in the vertical cliffs that rise above the vast forest cover. At night, the park can be reached after a short drive around the park, along the road. At the end of the road, there is a stream of water where travellers can swim in the cool waterfall. If you are looking for a different and unique experience in Kuching, visit Gunung Gading National Park.

The park can be reached by the following route:

  • From Pantai Batu Lima to Tok Australian Restoran at the bottom of the garden next to the Gunung Gading National Park
  • From Sipahijapata Interchange to Gunung Gading National Park in Kuching

Kubah National Park

Kubah National Park, which is also known as the Royal cenotaph, overlooks the greater Kuching environs, and is a favourite local tourist attraction.

When the palace, which was built in 1881, was the residence of late Kuching’s riverine Malay kings, it was only used as a retreat for the rulers. But after their regime, the royal palace was converted to the National Park–s educational focus.

The park has five different kinds of avifauna the park focuses on: the jungle fowl (Gallus sp.), the protected goshawks, the rare white-bellied sea-eagle, the chevron-headed kite, and the Oriental magpie.

The usual birds usually seen are the kingfisher, the blue-rumped kingfisher, the swallows, the finches, the orioles, the drongos, blue-legged serin, forest kingfisher, the hornbills, the kingfishers, the sunbirds, the buntings, and the bee-eaters, among others.

The monkeys can be found in the main jungle and the Taman Negara bin Besar National Park.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village – ¬ ¬¬ Sarawak Cultural Village, on the shores of Sungai Kuching, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to experience diverse traditional arts of the region. Here, you can catch a glimpse of Melanau, Iban, Datok, Chinese, Kayan, Murut, and Bidayuh culture. The old village is filled with stories and fun exhibits that will fill you with wonder.

Sarawak Cultural Village – ¬ ¬¬ The old village is filled with stories and fun exhibits that will fill you with wonder.

Location: Taman Negara, Kuching, Malaysia.

Closed: Daily 8am-6pm.

Admission: Free.

¬ ¬¬ If you are visiting Sarawak, you have got to go to this place!

Bako National Park

Bako National Park is one of the main attractions in Kuching. This park is famous for its plenty of wildlife and sharp-rising and gently climbing hills. It is 399 square kilometres in area. In this park, there are about 20 species of mammals to be seen, and it is home to 35 species of reptiles.

Bako National Park area is also rich in timber. The annual timber production is 7,953 tons or 350 cubic metre. Harvesting has become a serious concern point for the local communities as the management of this park is under the local government.

With three types of forests, this area is known to be the best eco-tourism destination in Malaysia. One of the best are lookout points. This area is easily accessed from Kuching and Kuala Betis. Visitors can tour freely around the park to observe the nature of this park.

There are some cabins and accommodation facilities available for people who are interested in staying for camping. This visit experience is not cheap. From transport and accommodation, the total tour costs is charged at about RM50 to RM150.

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

If you’re a nature whiz, you’ll want to check out Semenggoh Nature Reserve. In addition to the jungles, swamps, and rainforest, which are pretty much the central attractions, there are rare and endangered animals, including the proboscis monkey.

You can also enjoy the two pedestrian bridges that were built by British horticulturalist Alan Stewart. The first bridge was erected to lure the monkeys of Semenggoh Wildlife Reserve from the jungle to the village jungle and is the longest of its kind in the world.

In January, the second bridge was built to help reduce the wildlife attraction towards freshwater lakes in the upstream of the river. Semenggoh Nature Reserve is also exciting for bird watchers. It is home to wild waterfowl, while the rainforest is teeming with birds.

Bira-Bira Hill Forest Reserve is an old but relatively untouched hill forest covering a total of about 3,000 hectares. The Bira-Bira Hill Forest Reserve is the largest natural forest reserve in East Malaysia. Its soil, mostly composed of sediments, is acidic, but has a relatively high humus content.

Massive deposits of peat provide its deep, rich and damp climate and a slightly acid, nutrient-rich soil. The forest is classified as a tropical rainforest with a minimum elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level.