Crowne Plaza Hotel, Riverside Kuching
located in the heart of Kuching's entertainment, dining, shopping
and business district, Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching is 20 minutes
from the Kuching International Airport and minutes away from the
city's major tourist attractions. Overlooking the historical Fort
Margherita across the Sarawak River, it commands a panoramic view of
the city and the Kuching Waterfront; and is adjacent to a 5-storey
shopping podium with a Cineplex and bowling alleys. <More>
Hotel to Kuching International (KCH):
* Distance: 11
KM / 6.84 MI South West to Hotel
* Taxi Charge (one way): $5.00 (USD)
* Time by taxi: 20 minutes
About Kuching, Sarawak
Welcome to Asia's Best Kept Secret
The state of Sarawak is located
in the heart of South East Asia, nestled between Peninsula Malaysia
to the west and Indonesian islands to the south and east. Being the
largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak houses one of the world's richest
and most diverse ecosystems. Sarawak and Sabah are separated from
West Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia) by the South China Sea. With an
area of 124,449.51 square kilometers, Sarawak is the largest state
in Malaysia, making up some 37.5% of the country's total area. The
State is divided into eleven Administrative Divisions.
Comprising one third of the continent formerly known as Borneo,
Sarawak was famed as a land full of headhunters and longhouses
lining lazy rivers. Contrary to these legends, Sarawak has since
experienced rapid urban development especially in its major cities.
It has emerged as a premier tourist attraction in the region,
promoting its richness in culture, adventure and nature.
Despite its growth and development, the state of Sarawak still
maintains its reputation as the most exotic state in Malaysia and
Asia's best kept secret. Rainforests of Sarawak are among the oldest
in the world, boasting the Rafflesia - a plant the size of a coffee
table, snakes that fly and bearded monkeys.
Kuching, Cat City of the world
Kuching, in the national language,
means cat. This is accentuated by dozens of cat statuettes around
the city plus a world-famous cat museum featuring statues,
photographs and memorabilia gathered from all over the globe.
The capital city of Sarawak was famed
in the early days as a river port ruled by legendary White Rajahs.
The olden day stories of Kuching are enchanting, as acknowledged by
the dozens of biographies and books published and screenplays
written based on its rich history. As the largest city in the state,
Kuching is now a rapidly developing city, boasting a population of
almost half a million. In the city itself, one can find bustling
shopping hubs and eclectic buildings that consist of a mix of modern
and post-colonial architecture. Within minutes of journey to its
outer boundaries are magnificent mountains, unspoilt beaches and
even an award winning "living" museum, the Sarawak Cultural Village.
Kuching's environment is safe and
peaceful - ideal for students from any nation. Its topography is
free from earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters with a
wonderfully tropical climate that is full of sunshine. Voted as one
of the most livable cities in Asia in year 2000, Kuching is a superb
choice for local and international students to live while pursuing
quality tertiary education.
Facts to know
Sarawak is 8 hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of the U.S.
Pacific Standard Time
Kuching City - population: 600,000 and growing
The official language is Bahasa Malaysia but English is
widely spoken. Other languages include Chinese dialects, Iban and a
number of other native dialects.
The official religion is Sunni Islam. There are also
Christians, Buddhist-Taoists, Sikhs and followers of various
traditional beliefs. Freedom of worship is respected.
Typically equatorial with daily temperatures in the
lowland varying between 23°C and 32°C. Rain falls throughout the
year but the heaviest falls occur from November to February.
REQUIREMENTS: Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession
of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of
six months beyond the intended visiting period. Most nationalities
do not require visas for social or business visits. Sarawak issues
its own visit passes upon entry into the territory. These passes are
valid for the rest of Malaysia. For further information please check
with Malaysian diplomatic missions or Tourism offices.
No vaccinations are required unless you have been in a yellow
fever area in the last six days. Very good overall health situation
with most tropical diseases eradicated. Consult a physician if in
doubt. Clean and efficient clinics are found throughout Sarawak.
HOURS: Government offices open from 8.00a.m. to 4.30p.m.;
private sector offices from 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m.; banks from
9.30a.m. to 3.30p.m., Monday to Friday, half day on Saturday; shops
generally open from 10.00a.m. to 9.00p.m., Monday to Saturday.
The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Money
can be exchanged at banks, hotels and licensed money-changers. There
are also Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in the towns and at major
airports. For the latest on-line currency information go to the
Oanda Currency Converter or
IDD phones are widely available, many accepting credit cards. Mobile
phones are affordable, with many different packages for pre-paid
CURRENT: Electric supply is on a 220 - 240 volt/50
cycles system, with three pin British-type plugs.
Safe to drink from taps in towns. Bottled mineral water is
TO WEAR: Visitors should bring light, comfortable, casual
clothes. A jacket and tie or evening dress may be required for
formal wear, but only in an air-conditioned venue.
Sarawakians appreciate good manners as much as anybody
else. Please take care to remove shoes before entering homes,
longhouses or mosques. Dress appropriately when visiting places of
worship. Pointing with the index finger or foot should be avoided.
When refusing food or drinks, the dish should be lightly touched
with two fingers of the right hand. Never handle or pass food with
the left hand. Public displays of affection are frowned upon as are
unnecessary losses of temper. Nude sunbathing or swimming (other
than for very small children) is unacceptable.
Probably one of the safest places in the world. Crime
rate is very low and there are few animals or plants in the
rainforest that may be harmful to people. And because Sarawak is
politically stable, kidnapping, terrorism or religious/ethnic
internal strife are unheard of.