Chilling in the nicest city in Borneo

Trip Start Mar 04, 2004
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Monday, June 14, 2004

Kuching is probably the most livable city I have been to in Asia: Lots of green spaces, excellent colonial architecture and preservation, top-notch museums with lots of upgrades underway, a wide river cutting scenically through the city, decent traffic, lively markets, a town centre small enough to easily walk, lots of bars and cafes, lots of attractions close by for day trips. My only complaints were the lack of backpacker accomodation and the high proportion of lady-boys at the bars. I met some very cool backpackers there including Adam the Pom, Theo from Scotland, Paul from Aus, and Takumodo from Japan. Some solid nights out on the town. The Sarawak Cultural village is definitely worth a look. The Holiday Inn has the best deal on tickets and transport.
Kuching was also my first chance to see a Chinese temple and I was blown away by the riot of colour and the detail of the rock sculpture. Its totally visually overwhelming the first time you enter one of these temples.
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