Enclosed by jungles where orange orangutans roam, and offering intense beachfront sunsets, Kuching is a breathtaking natural beauty. Explore forts and admire graceful mosques and temples, during your time in this cultural hotbed. See Borneo life past and present, before chatting with welcoming locals at the lively waterfront bars and restaurants that hum with chatter and explode with flavour. Start with sarawak laksa - a chicken and coconut gravy dish that packs a devilishly spicy punch, or manok pansoh - a delicious bamboo-stalk cooked dish - for a taste of Kuching.
Malaysian Borneo's capital is a city of cats, and even the name translates as 'Cat' in Malay. Utterly devoted to the four-legged felines, you'll find statues rising up across the city. The curvacious river is Kuching's lifeblood, and a great way to get to know the lay of the land. Head out on a traditional brightly-painted wooden sampan to sail between the city's magnificent sprinkling of glorious minarets and temples standing on the river's banks.
Trek out into the jungle to discover the crafts and arts of Sarawak's ethnic groups, as well as gory headhunter history. There's no doubt about it, however, the orangutans of Semenggoh Nature Centre are the stars of the show - and this rainforest is one of the few places where endangered orangutans exist in the semi-wild. You may have to be patient - and it's not guaranteed that they will appear - but hearing the rustle of leaves, and seeing the blur of orange in the greenery, is a once in a lifetime experience. National parks nearby are also home to proboscis monkeys, hidden beaches, and exotic plant life.