Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Kuching - the people of the river

Kuching is the capital and administrative center of Sarawak. It is a riverine town sitting on the southern bank of the famous Sarawak River and about 32 km from the South China Sea. Its strategic location makes it a bustling riverine port, which plays an important part in its overall development. 
Kuching, with a population of about 490,000 people, is well served by air from major destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Singapore and Brunei. Inaugurated as a city on August 1, 1988, it boasts beautifully landscaped parks and colorful markets, mingling among an interesting mixture of modern and historical buildings inherited from its exciting past. 

The banks of the Sarawak River still maintain their old magic, highlighted by many traditional Malay houses built on stilts, historical landmarks and traditional boatmen paddling in their small wooden boats known as "tambang". 

I think it's the people that makes the Sarawak River so interesting. We enjoyed our time sitting by the river and watching everyone go about their business, be it fishing, taking the tambang across the river,  hopping on and off the boats, workmen or people just lazing on their boats watching the world go by!!
the people of the Sarawak River

previous blog posts on our visit to Kuching are here:

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