It may be the capital of Malaysia's largest state, but Kuching still feels like a rather small town. The city was founded in the nineteenth century, and under the White Rajahs became an important trading center for antimony, gold and timber. It's the buildings and institutions the Rajahs left behind that constitute most of the sights of Kuching today.
This is a remarkably friendly and easy-going city, where you could easily find yourself spending an afternoon by the river, watching the world glide by. Kuching is an excellent base for exploring some of the cultural and natural wonders of Sarawak, from Iban villages to the world's largest flower. Use the links at left to help you plan your trip, decide what to see, where to stay and what to eat.