Kuching, Sarawak (on Borneo Island), Malaysia
Kuching, popularly known as the Cat City, is the capital of Sarawak with a population of approximately 580,000. Kuching it is situated on the banks of the Sarawak River. The city's colonial past was at its peak between 1841 and 1946 during the rule of the British Brooke dynasty of "White Rajahs". Sarawak became a British Crown colony before gaining independence through the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
Sarawak's population of 2.6 million comprises of 28 ethnic groups, each with their own language, traditions and lifestyle. Their unique social demography is one of the state's most attractive features.
Kuching offers a wide range of accommodation choices, ranging from 5-star hotel rooms (approximately £40 to £100) to budget accommodation (approximately £15 to £30). A meal at most well-appointed restaurants cost around £12 per person while a simple meal can cost as little as £2.00. Banks, 24-hour ATMs, moneychangers and other services are found in Kuching and urban centres.