Kuching International Airport is an international airport in Malaysia. It serves the entire southwestern region of Sarawak, and is located 11 kilometres south of the Kuching city centre. It is the fourth busiest airport in the country and functions as a secondary hub for Malaysia Airlines, as well as for AirAsia, Hornbill Skyways, and MASwings. Kuching International Airport shares its runway with the RMAF Kuching Airbase.
Kuching is the largest city and capital of the state of Sarawak and the district of Kuching. It is also the largest city on the island of Borneo. The name of the city is said to be derived from the Malay word for cat, kucing, hence the title Cat City.
What to see & do
Kuching Cat Museum - Founded in 1993, Kuching Cat Museum is a museum devoted to cats and owned by the Kuching North City Hall. The museum features four galleries with over 4,000 cat-related objects.
Bako National Park - Established in 1957, Bako National Park is the oldest, and one of the smallest, national park in Sarawak. It encompasses an area of 27.27 square kilometres, located about 40 kilometres from Kuching. The national park boasts of a coastline of steep cliffs, long stretches of white, sandy bays, and rocky headlands. Its available accommodations are campgrounds and forestry service bungalows, and can be visited as a day-trip from the village of Kampung Bako.
Mount Santubong - The Mount Santubong and its surrounding areas are a tourist attraction for its scenic views and for being the site where several Hindu and Buddhist relics from the 9th century CE and Song and Tang dynasty ceramics were found. It is located about 35 kilometres away from the city centre, but can be seen from Kuching on a clear day.
Marovo Lagoon - Marovo Lagoon is a saltwater lagoon in the New Georgia Islands, also part of Solomon Islands. The lagoon is 700 square kilometres in area, and is protected by a double barrier reef system. There are several inhabited islands in the lagoon. Marovo Lagoon is notable for sightings of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins and for diving opportunities.
How to get around
The new local buses are owned by City Public Link and are hard to miss, considering their bright green color. Compared to the old buses, the newer ones are much more comfortable and safer. The new buses travel within Kuching, but the routes to the outskirts still use the old buses. The main bus terminal in the city is situated opposite the Old Mosque by the old city centre. If you see a vehicle with a yellow roof, it is most likely the kereta sewa or shuttle vans that provide frequent trips throughout Kuching. Fares tend to differ, so ask the other passengers to make sure you're paying the same as them. Kuching is also served by taxis. These vehicles are metered, but drivers seldom use it. If the driver refuses to use the meter, agree on the price of the fare before entering or find a different cab. You can also try renting a bicycle, a motorcycle, or a car. The roads are fairly maintained and adequate for all three, although driving might be difficult if you do not have the patience to handle the driving attitude of some of the locals. Nevertheless, the directional signs in Kuching are quite good for tourists.
As for commuting across the Sarawak River, use a river taxi (locally called tambang or penambang) or boats.
How to get there
The airports that provide air passenger service to Kuching International Airport are AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, MASwings, Malindo Air, SilkAir, and XpressAir. Flights are available from Guangzhou, Pontianak, Singapore and Hong Kong. The airlines also link Kuching Airport with domestic airports in Malaysia.
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