Fast Facts

About Kuching, Sarawak

Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is a bustling, diverse city of old colonial buildings and modern towers. Along its Sarawak River waterfront are food vendors, shophouses selling handicrafts and an esplanade with views of 19th-century landmarks.

General Information

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Location

30 mins drive (Kuching International Airport to and from UCSI University/ UCSI Hotel)

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Climate

Daytime – 32°C (average)
Night time – 23°C (average)

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Religion

Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism

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Time

UTC/GMT +8 hours

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Language

English, Malay

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Business Day

Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 6pm

Major shopping malls and food outlets operate from (an average of) 10am to 9pm.

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Kuching, operate from 8am to 3pm from Mondays to Fridays

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Electricity

240 V

Socket: Type G

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Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

1MYR = 0.26USD

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Kuching isn’t customary as there is often a service charge added to the bill. Gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Getting around

There are many ways to navigate your way around Kuching.

By Bus/Train

While a bus or train ride may not always take you somewhere via the most direct route, it is a cheap and safe way to get around.

By Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Kuching. You can flag down a taxi any time, but in the city centre, taxis are only allowed to stop at designated taxi stands. Finding a taxi can be difficult, particularly during peak hours. However, taking a taxi in Kuching is relatively safe, and all taxi drivers speak English and/or their ethnic mother tongue language.

By Grab

Booking Grab is safe and a great transport alternative in Kuching. If you do not have a Grab App, download it for free via the App Store on iOs & Android.

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Medical Care

Sarawak offers world-class medical treatment with private hospitals offering specialist clinics & treatment to patients.

List of private hospitals in Kuching:

  • Normah Medical Specialist Centre
  • Timberland Medical Centre
  • Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ)
  • Borneo Medical Centre

If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring sufficient medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency. Hospitals in Kuching can handle most medical emergencies.

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Visa Requirements

Foreign nationals who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country. Visa that has been granted is not absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

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Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings is not appreciated.

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Credit & Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels but a passport may be required.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Fire and Rescue:
994

Police:
999

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.