Take a walk along the banks of the Sarawak River or perhaps ride the ferry across the waters for good views of this section of the city. Many of Kuching's old buildings have remained undamaged by time or war and this is a good place to discover traditional Malay architecture. A good example is Fort Margherita, which was built in 1879 by Charles Brooke and named after his wife, Rani Margaret.
Kuching's blend of cultures lends itself to every aspect of daily life, not least of which is the food. In addition to a wide range of places to eat, there are also vibrant market places, malls and plenty of places to spend the night.
Long ago BDC was just another remote housing area, nondescript and very ordinary. Today it is a vibrant business area and of importance even to the non-business traveler because of all the banks that are located here.
Padungan is the main center for shopping and entertainment. Chinatown is located here as well as many shopping malls and nightclubs. Hotel luxury abounds with Hilton, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza right next to the city's cat statues and waterfront.
Simpang Tiga is an important area in the city, housing not only the federal government complex but also Swinburne University. Just opened is the Spring shopping mall, which offers a delightful selection of western and Asian stores and places to eat.