For anybody who’s never been to Sarawak, the idea of driving around the wilds of darkest Borneo might sound a little bit intimidating. In fact many people would be surprised that Sarawak’s got any roads at all, as the place is so well known for its river-based transport. However, driving yourself around the state’s ever-expanding road network really is one of the best possible ways to discover Sarawak and her people. There are literally dozens of fascinating places within easy reach of Kuching, including some superb national parks, and some great journeys you can make Northwards along the Pan Borneo Highway or South into Indonesia. Here’s a step-by-step guide to discovering Sarawak on four wheels.
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Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian State of Sarawak. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia Nestled on the banks of the Sarawak River, the capital, Kuching, retains the old-world charm of its romantic past. The river is the focal point of the town and features a graceful, European-style esplanade – The Kuching Waterfront – with views across to the Astana (The Palace) and Fort Margherita.
The narrow, bustling streets near the river are crammed with ornate temples, markets, historic buildings and traditional Chinese shop houses selling local handicrafts. Kuching also lays claim to nine museums, many within walking distance of each other. No other city in Malaysia displays its charm with such an easy grace as Kuching, the capital of Sarawak.
The city is cut almost in half by the meandering Sarawak River – its lifeline since time immemorial and where it all began in 1839. Its skyline is a mix of minarets and domes, ornate temple roofs, church spires, fortress, towers, modern and colonial buildings – all set amidst a profusion of greenery against the dramatic backdrop of the inky-blue Santubong and Matang Mountains. A tour of Kuching will take you from the era of the White Rajahs to the present day.