All about Miri and Kuching, the two culture cities in Malaysia. Coming to this place as a fan of cultures, you will surely feel at home. Many destinations in the two cities are filled with unique cultural characteristics that will surely satisfy your curiosity.
Miri and Kuching – cities of culture
Situated on the island of Borneo, Miri, and Kuching – two cities in the state of Sarawak have in recent years become an attractive destination for those who love exploring the diverse culture of East Malaysia. Kuching is the cleanest green cat city in Malaysia. As the capital of the state, Kuching is situated amidst the Sarawak Mountains, blessed by trees and natural forests filled with the city. It takes 2 hours to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching International Airport, then moves another 22km to the center. Kuching in Malaysian means cat. Cats also become the symbol of this place. Almost every home cat, with the concept that this animal will bring good luck.
Kuching’s crowds are concentrated on the south bank of the Sarawak River, where Chinese people live together, with important structures painted in blue. The northern side is less bustling, with green architecture, which is dominated by Malaysians and Bumi Indians. You can go sampan (river taxi) for a panoramic view of the city. The Golden Anniversary Bridge is 330m long. The bridge was opened in 2017, is considered the new symbol of Kuching with a unique winding road across the river Sarawak.
Some of the famous destinations in these cities
The Sarawak Museum is one of the finest museums in Asia, featuring exhibits on ethnicity, natural history, Malaysian artifacts and Chinese porcelain.
You also should not miss the opportunity to visit the cat museum, with hundreds of cat-related objects from the neck of the needles are on display.
The center of the city of 40km is Damai Beach. Here, besides the windswept beaches, the accompanying services, you can visit the traditional culture rich Sarawak. Located at the foot of Santubong Mountain, this is the venue for the annual Xie World Cup and Rainforest World Music Festival in July every year. Sarawak Cultural Village displays traditional costumes, handicrafts, lifestyles and houses of the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and Melanau communities.
Kuching has many national parks, of which Bako is the oldest park in Sarawak, located 37 km from Kuching. Bako is home to many of Borneo’s rich flora and fauna, including foxes, bearded pigs, silver moths, carnivorous plants and wild orchids. Bako also has many beautiful beaches with pristine beaches.
You can also visit Gunung Gading Park, a 2-hour drive from Kuching to see the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, up to 1 meter in diameter.
Apart from Kuching, Miri is also an attractive destination in Sarawak. The city is located near the border with Brunei, the gateway to northern Sarawak with vast national parks, majestic rivers, and plateaus. From Kuching to Miri takes over an hour flight. If you go directly from Kuala Lumpur, you will have to sit for nearly two and a half hours.
Bordered by Brunei, Miri attracts a large number of tourists from this country. They come to Miri to shop and have some fun, especially when going down the bar.
Seahorse is a symbol of Miri. Coastal tourism is also quite developed in the city, with the popular diving coral viewing service.
The city center does not have many sights, so people come here to relieve Sarawak’s other impressive eco-tourism destinations, with four popular national parks: Gunung Mulu, Niah, Lambir Hills and Loagan, Bunut, Gunung Mulu National Park, about 45 minutes from Miri, is famous for its limestone caves, the world’s largest cave. The Pinnacles Rocky Mountains are impressive.
Niah Great Lake in Niah National Park, 2 hours by motorcycle from Miri. This is the place to find the oldest human relics in Southeast Asia.
Many choose to fly from Miri to Mario to conquer the misty highlands of Kelabit Highlands, experience the lifestyle and activities of local people.
Hopefully, you will enjoy your trip to Malaysia!
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