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Vivacity Megamall39 locals recommend
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The Spring Shopping Mall38 locals recommend
Plaza Merdeka21 locals recommend
Kuching International Airport11 locals recommend
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Quick stats about vacation rentals in Kuching

  • Total rentals

    1.9K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    30K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    960 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    900 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Kuching

All About Kuching

The city of Kuching, the state capital of Sarawak in East Malaysia, is a captivating mix of historical and modern architecture. It’s set along the River Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo, close to the border with Indonesia. The compact city center boasts a wealth of buildings to explore, including the neo-classical General Post Office from 1931, the imposing 19th-century Sarawak Museum, an 18th-century shopping street, and the Old Court House from 1871, which has been transformed into a cultural hub with lush gardens and cafes.

The New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building, which opened in 2009, dominates the northern riverside with its striking pointed golden roof and diamond-patterned façade. Beside it are the sinuous Darul Hana pedestrian bridge and fountain. All of these feats of architecture are brilliantly illuminated each night, often in rainbow-colored lights. The bridge leads to the south side and the historic Kuching Waterfront, where you can walk along the 3,000-foot promenade at sunset, checking out the hawker stalls and food courts and watching the buskers.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kuching

Kuching is close to the rainforests of Borneo and has a tropical climate, with many rainy days throughout the year, particularly between November and March. Although temperatures remain hot and humid throughout the year, the weather is usually warmer and drier between April and October, when most visitors come to the region. Kuching is the most populous city on the island of Borneo, so it hosts many events throughout the year. These include Gawai Dayak — a regional celebration with rice wine, music, and dancing to mark the end of the rice harvest on the first days of June — and the three-day Rainforest Music Festival in July, which features traditional music, performance, and dance from around the world.

Top things to do in Kuching

Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village, 45 minutes from Kuching by car or shuttle, is a unique living museum spread across 17 acres. On your visit, you’ll see replicas of traditional buildings representing the cultures of the seven main ethnic groups in Sarawak: Melanau, Bidayuh, Iban, Penan, Malay, Orang Ulu, and Chinese. People in traditional costume in each part of the village share their stories. You can watch dances and games being performed, and sample a range of Sarawakian cuisines.

Santubong National Park

You have your pick of challenging and enticing trails at Santubong National Park, located on a small peninsula 45 minutes north of Kuching. The two-hour jungle loop takes you through lush stands of trees, past a stunning waterfall, and over a hanging bridge. The summit trail takes three to four hours to reach the top of Mount Santubong, which is 2,600 feet above sea level.

Sarawak State Museum

Housed in a 19th-century townhouse near the center of Kuching, Sarawak State Museum is packed with natural history displays showcasing indigenous flora and fauna; traditional arts and crafts, including musical instruments; and exhibits on the history of the oil industry in Sarawak.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Kuching?

    Kuching experiences a tropical rainforest climate with consistent temperatures around 86°F (30°C). However, the city experiences heavy rainfall throughout the year, with the driest months being June to August.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Kuching?

    Visitors to Kuching often enjoy exploring the city's rich history at the Sarawak Museum, taking a river cruise along the Sarawak River, and exploring local cuisine at the Top Spot Food Court. Nature lovers can also embark on a journey to the nearby Bako National Park.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Kuching?

    June to September are frequently recommended months to visit Kuching due to the drier weather. During this period, you can explore the Rainforest World Music Festival, held annually in July or August, where you can enjoy music from around the globe amidst a lush tropical setting.

  • What are the best places to stay in Kuching?

    Kuching city centre is often recommended for its proximity to the waterfront, shops, restaurants, and historic attractions. For a more tranquil stay, consider Damai Beach area, noted for its resorts and proximity to cultural attractions and nature reserves.

  • What are the best places to visit in Kuching?

    Key attractions in Kuching include the Sarawak Museum, Fort Margherita, and the Kuching Waterfront. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Cat Museum, along with local markets like the Satok Weekend Market.

  • What are some hiking trails in Kuching?

    Mount Santubong offers challenging hiking trails with panoramic views, while the Kubah National Park has a variety of trails leading to waterfalls and a frog pond. For an easier trek, explore the trails at the Wind Cave Nature Reserve.

  • What are some family activities to do in Kuching?

    Families can enjoy a day at the Sarawak Cultural Village, known as a ‘living museum’ where children can learn about Sarawak’s tribes. For wildlife enthusiasts, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is a top pick to see orangutans. The Kuching Waterfront also has various family-friendly activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Kuching?

    From exploring the Bako National Park and its rich biodiversity to witnessing the grandeur of the Fairy Caves, day trips from Kuching are a delight. You could also visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to learn about orangutan conservation, or immerse yourself in tribal culture at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

  • Are there Kuching hotel rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 hotel rentals with pools in Kuching, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there family-friendly apartment rentals in Kuching?

    Kuching has more than 410 family-friendly apartment rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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