Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak. It has a population of about 300,000 people. Kuching is home to a variety of ethnicities from Chinese to Bidayuh, Melanau, Malay and Orang Ulu (aborigines). This make interracial marriages common in Kuching. Many languages are used and there are places of worship for all religions. As the capital city, Kuching is largely an industrial and commercial city.


Kuching means ‘cat’ in Malay. The city is proud of its namesake and there are many cat statues to see in Kuching. Besides the cats, tourist destinations include the Sarawak State Museum, Cat Museum, Textile Museum and the Astana which is a former palace.

Outdoor activities outside Kuching are extremely popular. Tourists enjoy visiting the Bako National Park, Kuching Wetlands National Park and the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre which operates an orangutan rehabilitation centre.