I travelled to Kuching and throughout Malaysia with my mother and we had nothing but positive experiences. Generally we organised small group of personal tours and things, which was alright financially because of the exchange rate, but it made for a fantastic time.
I think it depends a lot on what kind of travel you wanted to do, what you wanted to see. I know that we stayed in more upmarket places, but immersed ourselves in the culture during the day, and had a great experience. Some places to go to in Kuching:
1. A little indian cafe down the road from the Hilton hotel. They make the best roti EVER
2. Top Spot. A food-court style seafood restaurant. The most amazing seafood I have had and it is as cheap as chips.
I hope that gives you a little insight. about 8 years ago
Hi Parsnip (do you always pick vegetables for user names? Love it.)
As long as you're not on a "girls gone wild" tour I reckon you'll be fine. I guess your concern arises because you've heard about some kidnappings of tourists on Borneo? No need to worry, they happened on the far eastern side of Borneo, close to the Philippines border. You're a long way from there.
Kuching is a medium-sized, modern Asian city with all the conveniences and comforts to make you feel safe.
Pickpockets are a problem at tourist destinations all over the world, Kuching's pickpockets are particularly busy on India St and Gambier St.
You know what it's like when the tourists descend on your home town in Kent, and the things that can happen..... the Malaysians are excellent hosts, just be respectful guests and you'll be fine.
Send me a postcard.
And Alex.... I love Roti for breakfast (that's a good way to kick start your day!) Malaysian food is brilliant! about 8 years ago
It is safe for ladies to travel and stay in Kuching and Batang but only thing is you might get lost as the roads are confusing. But if my second opinion, to go to Batang, get a tour guide or people who have been there before as you might not want to get cheated if you don't speak their language... almost 8 years ago