Kuching’s first ever month-long festival of the arts, culture and lifestyle, “What About Kuching 2019”, running all of October, is a tribute to the spirit of Sarawak. What better occasion to visit the region?
This vibrant city in the heart of Borneo is renowned for its culture, crafts and cuisine, where old world splendour meets new world charm. To celebrate this city’s abundant yet distinct charm, the local community has come together to present What About Kuching 2019: a tribute to the spirit of Kuching. And what better way to appreciate a city than through the eyes of a local? The Festival’s mission is to showcase the arts, culture and lifestyle to a global audience thereby creating greater appreciation and support of these amongst the local community.
Kuching is famous for its food; in particular its celebrated noodle dishes, spicy Sarawak Laksa and savoury Kolo Mee, as well as a wide selection of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine, exotic rainforest fruits, crispy jungle ferns and wonderful fresh seafood. Dining options range from humble hawker stalls, through waterside seafood restaurants at Kampung Buntal and traditional Chinese delicacies at Siniawan Night Market to opulent fine dining outlets in 5-star hotels, and one can even learn to cook Sarawak-style.
The city is not only the cultural heart of Sarawak, but it’s also the ideal base-point for numerous day tours. Visitors can climb Mount Santubong for a birds-eye view of the city and the coastline, or take to the trails of Kubah National Park to discover rare and fascinating plant species and idyllic jungle waterfalls. A stone’s throw from Kuching, Semenggoh Nature Reserve and its thriving population of semi-wild orangutans is a key attraction. One can also take a boat to Bako National Park to view the rare proboscis monkey, as well as long-tailed macaque monkeys, Bornean bearded pigs, colugos and many colourful bird and reptile species.
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Photo: Orangutan in Semenggoh Nature Reserve