Places of Interest

Administratively, Sarawak is divided into nine divisions. Kuching, the state capital which incidentally is also located in Kuching division sits on the banks of the Sarawak River, 32 km from the sea. The influence of the British is reflected in the architecture of some of its public buildings. A fine example is the Sarawak Museum, one of Asia's best, housing a fascinating collection of Borneon ethnological and archaelogical artefacts.

The Cat Museum, Islamic Museum, Chinese Museum, Timber Museum and Police Museum also offer interesting insights into Sarawak.
Other notable attractions in the city include the Fort Margherita, named after the wife of Charles Brooke , the second White Rajah and the Astana, presently, the residence of the Governor of Sarawak.

The Sunday Market or Pasar Minggu, where local produce is sold, is the best place to mingle with the local folk.

The Sarawak Cultural Village at the foothills of the legendary Mt. Santubong, 35 km from Kuching, is a major tourist attraction. Popularly known as the living Museum, the village is a showcase of the state's rich cultural diversity.

Sarawak's magnificent caves is truly one of nature's greatest gifts. The Niah National Park is an area of major archeological significance as the oldest human remains in Southeast Asia, dating back 40,000 years, were found in its world renowned Niah Caves. The caves is home to milions of bats and swiftlets and witnessing the collection of guano for use as fertiliser and the hazardaous task of harvesting birds' nests can be an absorbing experience.

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