Kuching Journals

A Weekend in Kuching

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A September 2005 trip to Kuching by seethesun

Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching Photo, Kuching, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: Kuching is blessed with a rich cultural heritage, thanks to its diverse ethnic groups. Though Sarawak is more well-known for its long houses, caves, and national parks, Kuching has its fair share of charms too.

Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching

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Hotel | "Crowne Plaza Hotel"

Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching Photo, Kuching, Malaysia
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Located at the central of Kuching city, Crowne Plaza Hotel is one of the newest hotels in this city. It is situated along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, one of the main streets in Kuching and has an excellent view of the river front. In terms of accessibility and convenience, one cannot ask for a more strategic location - it’s just within 10 minutes walk away from the pub district, 2 minutes to river front, 3 minutes to the famous seafood centre - TopSpot (also covered in this journal), 20 steps from Holiday Inn Hotel and next to the Hilton. We took a corner room which came with an excellent view of the river and Fort Margherita across the river. It was spacious and tastefully done although it had t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2005

Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching
JALAN TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN
Kuching, Malaysia 93756
60-82-247777

Top Spot Food Court

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Restaurant | "TopSpot Seafood Centre"

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This is one of the most famous seafood center in town although most locals have their own little secret coves elsewhere and which they wouldn’t share. TopSpot is located on the rooftop of a parking building with an open air concept. There are about 20 odd stalls here, selling nothing but the freshest produce from sea – fish, crabs, king prawns, oysters, clams, sea cucumbers, and everything under the sea. As part of a packaged tour, our dinner was organized at Stall No. 23. Honestly, the dinner was a big disappointment. Our first dish was mixed vegetable soup which was lame, salty and bland. The sweet sour fish tasted too fishy and muddy despite being cloaked by a thick layer of ketchup and chill...Read More

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Top Spot Food Court
Above Pelita Car Park
Kuching, Malaysia

D'Alif Cafe

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Restaurant

D'Alif Cafe Photo, Kuching, Malaysia
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Situated along the waterfront, D’Alif café is just 150m from James Brook Bistro. It was recommended to us by a cabbie when we asked him for some place to have afternoon snacks. Whilst most eateries close from 3pm-6pm, this café remained open throughout. Stepping into the café, we had the feeling that we were somewhere exotic, quite forgetting that we’re in our own homeland. The décor is ethnic influenced and natural sunlight beam through the stained glasses above the door. Sarawak indigenous artifacts adorn the walls, creating a more interesting ambience. There is a big pond with koi’s and live mangrove tree right in the middle of the restaurant. The specialty of D’Alif is its soft she...Read More

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D'Alif Cafe
Kuching Waterfront
Kuching, Malaysia

Rajah Brooke Cafe and Bistro

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Restaurant

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Nobody leaves Sarawak without first trying their famous Sarawak Laksa. Laksa, literally means "ten thousand", as it was believed that ten thousand different spices and condiments were used to cook this dish. Said to be a creation of ancient Chinese who migrated to Malaysia, one can find Laksa in almost every country in South East Asia now. Of course, each country and in fact, each state in Malaysia has its own variation of the Laksa and Sarawak is no different. The Sarawak Laksa (and in fact, every variation of laksa) is a doctor’s nightmare. Essentially, the gravy for Sarawak Laksa is made of coconut milk mixed with blended combination of spices such as lemon grass, galangal, chilli paste, ta...Read More

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Rajah Brooke Cafe and Bistro
Kuching Waterfront
Kuching, Malaysia

Sarawak Cultural Village

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Attraction

Sarawak Cultural Village Photo, Kuching, Malaysia
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For a snapshot of Sarawak and its multiethnic cultures, Sarawak Cultural Village is where you need to go. This multi-award-winning living museum provides the visitor an introduction to the various indigenous groups in East Malaysia. Sarawak is home to 27 different ethnic groups, each with its own language, customs, and culture. This Village is made of replicas of longhouses that showcase the arts and crafts of 10 major indigenous groups in Sarawak. Each visitor will be given a passport to be stamped upon visiting each longhouse. This proved tremendously popular amongst children as they raced each other to complete all 10 houses in the village. Cross the bamboo bridge to get to the Bidayuh headh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2005

Sarawak Cultural Village
Damai Beach, Sarawak
Kuching, Malaysia