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The Charms of a Small City: Kuching

Our rundown on what to eat and do in Kuching, Malaysia. Plus a few important tips that will make your visit easier.

Mention Malaysia and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo are unlikely to come to mind. For many, Malaysia means peninsular Malaysia; it means the bustling capital Kuala Lumpur, or historic Malacca with its Portuguese roots, or even the island of Penang with its famed Peranakan cuisine. We could make the argument, though, that Sabah and Sarawak are, in fact, the most interesting and intriguing regions of Malaysia. Located in Borneo, both states have a wealth of nature reserves and enviable examples of unique flora and fauna. For the plant lovers, there is the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia; and for the animal lovers, orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Demographically, there is a diverse population of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, as well as Dayaks, tribal peoples who bring expertise in jungle cuisine, handmade crafts, and the art of living with nature.