The natural attractions of East Malaysia are just a drive away when you book car hire in Kuching...
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak in Malaysia's Borneo. Founded in the early 19th century, it was the third capital of Sarawak when it belonged to the Sultanate of Brunei before being ceded by James Brooke, a British adventurer. Brooke, and later his son, ran Kuching as a personal fiefdom until Japan invaded Sarawak in 1941 during the second world war. The region passed under British government control in 1946.
Visit the Sarawak Museum in the city centre to see its displays on the British, Chinese and Malay history of the region. The Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching is a living museum spread over 17 acres with traditional houses and examples of Sarawak's different tribal cultures, beliefs and architecture.
The best time to visit Sarawak is between March and August during the drier season. Temperatures average about 32C throughout the year.
Arrange Kuching car hire for pick up at Kuching Airport (KCH), just six miles from the city centre. The airport is Malaysia's fourth largest general aviation airport and also serves as a base for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
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When you rent a car, Kuching is so much more than a city; it’s a gateway to the gorgeous landscapes of Malaysian Borneo...
The Semenggoh Orang-utan Wildlife Centre is a must see for visitors to Kuching. The animals roam freely around the jungle enclosure and come into sight at feeding times in the morning and afternoon. The centre is a 25-minute drive south of Kuching.
Visitors hoping to see more jungle and rainforest wildlife should head for Bako National Park, 38 miles north-east of Kuching. The best times to visit are shortly after dawn or just before dusk, when the animals are at their liveliest. This is Sarawak's oldest national park where you can see proboscis monkeys, wild boar, mouse deer, silver languors and long tailed macaques. There are orang-utans, gibbons, barking deer, bearded pigs and porcupines in Batang Ai National Park, some 250 miles south-east of Kuching. Here, visitors can go canoeing and kayaking on the Lemanak River.
Anyone hoping to sunbathe can spend some time at the Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching. It sits snugly within the world's oldest rainforest and is just a 50-minute drive from the city. Sibu is a mainly Chinese-populated inland town 114 miles east of Kuching. This is the gateway to the Upper Rajang River known for its longhouses and Chinese culture.
Miri, 318 miles north-east of Kuching, is located at the northern tip of Sarawak and is the state's second largest city. This is where Malaysia's oil was first discovered in 1910. It's also the gateway to the Lambir National Park and the spectacular limestone Niah caves. The whole cave system covers about 22 acres. Some of the caves are about 70 metres high from floor to ceiling.