Kuching city was named after a tidal stream called Kuching River (Sungai Kuching) that ran between the present-day Tua Pek Kong Temple, and Chinese History Museum. The stream originated from Cat’s Eye Hill (Bukit Mata Kuching) where there was an abundance of a local fruit called Green Longan (Isau, Dimocarpus longan ssp malesianus), vernacularly known as Cat’s Eye (Mata Kuching).
In 1928, the stream was filled up to make way for the construction of Temple Street (Lebuh Temple – where Singgahsana Lodge and Borneo Experiences now stands), and thus the city’s expansion eastwards. Kuching is situated at the banks of the Sarawak River on the North-Western part of the island of Borneo.
Regarded as the most attractive city on the island, Kuching is fast gaining popularity as the gateway to the eco, culture adventures of Borneo. Kuching is set along the meandering Sarawak River with a beautifully planned riverside esplanade dotted with historical landmarks. Quaint old shophouses along narrow lanes with tradesmen going about their works and a cornucopia of shops selling from the traditional to the modern coupled with the many sidewalk coffee shops makes Kuching a travelers’ heaven.
Within a stones throw are the major attractions of Bako, Gunung Gading, Kubah and Kuching Wetlands National Parks, the Orangutans at Matang and Semenggoh Wildlife Centres, The Wind & Fairy Caves and the Sarawak Cultural Village near Damai Beach.