Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo)

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and contains one of the oldest rainforests on our planet; which is home to many endemic plants and animals. It is divided administratively by three countries: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Before I started planning our trip to Borneo, I thought getting there and around would be complicated but it turns out that reaching Borneo’s natural treasures was quite easy. We used the city of Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo as our launching point. Less than two hours flight from Singapore, Kuching is touted as Borneo’s most “sophisticated” city. Here’s what sophistication looks like for a city that is the gateway to one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

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The Sarawak River divides the city in two parts that is separately administered by two mayors.

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Nicknamed cat city. The city name of Kuching is possibly derived from the Malay word for cat “kucing” but its origin is unclear. However, the city has claimed the relationship to the felines by the many cat statues found throughout the city.

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I give to you evidence #2 of the association between cat statues and Kuching.

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The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building

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Young hip Sarawak Malaysian people and art

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A sophisticated city in Borneo is still Borneo as evidenced by this large tree with impressive buttresses.

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Following the hornbill on the Sarawak River. Sarawak is the land of the hornbills but we did not see any actual birds during our visit.

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This is what sophistication looks like in a city in Borneo.

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Another example of Borneo sophistication

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Someone’s fortress of solitude

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A major mosque in the city. Almost half of Kuching’s population is Muslim.

I don’t know how other travel bloggers keep up with their writing while they are travelling but I’m struggling here. I usually write after the kids go to bed but I find that I’m ready for bed before the kids are most nights! With my brain already in sleep mode, any words that come resemble that of a toddler’s. Borneo. Jungle. Animals. So you’re going to get fewer words from me for upcoming posts but I’ll try to make up for it in photos. Coming up: orangutans and eating from the jungle.

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