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Many people arrive in Kuching on the weekend for a chance to browse for a bargain or two in the large and vibrant weekend market. Known as Pasar Minggu in the Malay language, this is a good place to witness traditional Malay life as everyone from the surrounding area turns up to buy, sell and trade goods.
Kuching is an extremely diverse city, large enough for Western-style dining and shopping but small enough to walk around. It has many diverse ethnic groups and traditions in a compact, easy to navigate destination. It's surrounded by natural wonder both jungle and marine wildlife is abundant.
There are a number of pretty gardens to wander in, complete with picturesque backdrops of the Bungo Mountains. Hong San Temple is an impressive example of Chinese temple art, while the Islamic Museum and the Sarawak Museum are good places to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating city.
The main clubbing district in Kuching is Padungan Road, which is located right in the center of the city, in the Chinatown district. As you might expect, the area is also full of Western-style bars catering for the trendy youngish drinker. Another venue, catering to a similar crowd while slightly less expensive, is Travillion in Petanak.
Kuching will not disappoint travelers who love vibrant cities. This large metropolis combines modern convenience with traditional charm and visitors will find plenty to see and do as they explore all that the city has to offer.
There are plenty of tempting treats waiting in Kuching for those who want to sink their teeth into something tasty. There are a good number of restaurants as well as cheap hawker stalls and a good place to eat is along the banks of the river where good food is combined with pretty scenery.