Kuching: Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences with Nature

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If you are looking for a unique destination in a land rich with culture and history, escape to Kuching. An alluring enigma to locals and tourists, the capital city of Sarawak is one of two states situated on the island of Borneo, renowned globally for its natural beauty.

By Hilton Kuching

A land rich with culture and history, Kuching is an alluring enigma to locals and tourists. The capital city of Sarawak is one of two states situated on the island of Borneo, globally renowned for its natural beauty.

This fairly populous city is diverse. With interesting heritage from various indigenous people, Kuching is modern, and fondly referred to as Cat City by locals who are unique in their cultural practices, language, food, and traditions.

“Etymologically speaking, the word kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language which explains where the city’s cat obsession stems from.”

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience with nature, visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary. These monkeys, with their uncanny human-like disposition and ability to learn sign language, are considered one of the world’s smartest primates.

Predominantly native to the island of Borneo, the number of orangutans have recently declined due to massive deforestation. Visiting a sanctuary not only provides an unforgettable time, it is also a chance to support the conservation efforts of Earth’s most intelligent residents.

Located just 12 miles from Kuching, the sanctuary lets visitors get up close and personal with the creatures. Unlike zoos, the primary mission of Semenggoh is to reintroduce orangutans back into the wild. While the gangly animals roam freely, visitors are given the opportunity to join a group and hire a ranger for a forest tour to spot these shy primates.

For travellers who love nature, cruise along the Sarawak River in a sampan. Meander down the urban city just before sunset, and enjoy the picturesque backdrop of distant mountains, Malay kampong-s (villages), a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a fleet of 19th century Chinese shop houses, and an imposing wooden-roofed palace.

To round up your purr-fect day out, drop by Meow Meow Cat Café, just a few doors away from The Cat Museum, Kuching’s namesake destination. Housed in the North Kuching City Hall, the Cat Museum is the place to visit, learn all about felines, their history, as well as relationship, with this city.

Etymologically speaking, the word kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language which explains where the city’s cat obsession stems from. As visitors will soon observe, references to the sometimes-aloof animal are ubiquitous – the city’s crest is of a pair of justice scales and a golden cat with four white cats flanking the bottom. There is a learning institution named I-CATS (International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak), and the city’s local radio station called Cats FM.

With a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, Hilton Kuching is where all Kuching journeys should begin. Strategically facing the tepid Sarawak River, guests can take in the calm cityscapes of the Kuching Waterfront from the comfort of their rooms, which feature modern amenities, an indulgent pillow menu and Japanese cotton kimono for its Suites and Executive Rooms respectively.

Be sure to sign up for Hilton Honors® when you book directly and earn points with every stay. For more information about Hilton Kuching, call +608 2223 888 or drop an email at kuching.info@hilton.com.


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