When I was walking on the Waterfront, I noticed a brass marker labeled "History Walk 5." I only saw this one marker at the time and decided to find out more about it later. It turns out that Roseline Tchee has a web page with pictures of all 12 markers.
In searching for information on the History Walk, I found a really good website on a Kuching Heritage Walk with nice pictures too. LOL, I should have known all this BEFORE I was in Kuching. Guess that means I'll have to go back.
Favorite thing: I was here when Kuching held their Kuching City Celebrations, Merdeka (National) Day as well as the Sarawak Regatta. The Kuching City Celebrations was a month long celebration that included a food fair (absolutely delicious where all the restaurants and part time chefs come out with their special dishes), an expo and performances. This is an annual event that occurs in August. The Food fair is held in Padungan.
A visit to Kuching is not complete without visiting its charming Waterfront. The Waterfront was an important place in the founding of Kuching. During the past, its location on the Sarawak River was chosen for its strategic and commercial importance, as well as its natural beauty.
The Waterfront has undergone several transformations since 19th century. Today it is home to modern sculpture, local food, and open-air theatre.
Favorite thing: When eating out in most of the coffeeshops aka kopitiams in Kuching, you will find that most of the dishes are noodle based and served in small bowls. Local favorites like Laksa, Goo Bak Mee, Kolo Mee and so forth are eaten with chopsticks and a small plastic spoon. Chopsticks are used with your favoured hand and the spoon goes into the other. Most locals will use the chopsticks to bring the noodles to the mouth but you can also place the noodles on the spoon instead. One thing you must realise that you can ask for a spoon and fork from the hawker. Only thing is your food seems to taste so much more nicer with chopsticks!?
AH HUI Motorcycles Shop in downtown Kuching rents 2 types of bikes, scooter and kapcai, RM40 & RM30 per day. Anybody with motorcycle license can rent, with super easy precedures by showing your passport and license. Local Malaysian only need to show license.
Pay RM100 as deposit, they give you 2 helmets, lock, roadtax, and keys.
You need to fill the tank by yourself, returning the bike 12pm the next day, etc.
You might need a wind-shield for helmet and a raincoat.
Favorite thing: Malaysia is modernising itself at a vertiginous pace. In this process, they risk losing a significant part of their identity. Fortunately, there is still much more to Kuching than McDonalds and Holiday Inn. You do not even have to search for exotism. It is at the turn of every corner, like this coarching wall in great contrast with the bright red of Chinese street lamps.
Kuching is the capital of the State of Sarawak, teh biggest of Malaysia. Apart from its exotism, it looks also quite modern. They have built a lot of high buildings by the river. Most of them host hotels that belong to those ubiquitous international hotel chains, like Holiday Inn or Hilton.
Fondest memory: When dusk arrives, even those ugly buildings become beautiful when reflected on the Sarawak river.
If you are visiting Sarawak and want information click onto this website, it will tell you all you need to know.
Favorite thing: This is another church in the outer area of Kuching that I saw on the way to visit the aborigine villages, I saw at least 20 such churches along the way, some are in bigger scale.