Kuching, the state capital of Sarawak, is arguably one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia. With its romantic history of White Rajahs, its rich architectural heritage, and the warm hospitality of its residents, it is quite easy to spend longer than intended in Kuching.
The river, once an important transport link, is still a central feature of the city with the beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade providing a relaxing venue for strolling both day and night. The city centre is compact, with most of the main attractions located a short distance from the Kuching Waterfront. There are a number of excellent national parks and wildlife reserves located close to Kuching which include Bako, home of the rare Proboscis monkey, Gunung Gading, where the Rafflesia flowers bloom and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre with its semi-wild orang-utans.