A short hop across the Sarawak River will take you from Kuching's bustling downtown area to the Kampongs, villages situated along the waterfront.
Kuching embraces its identity as "The City of Cats." The Malay word for cat is "kucing" which has led to this branding. This is strictly a pun as Kuching was named long before the modern Malay language was spoken in Borneo.
The Sarawak State Assembly building is the most prominent structure in Kuching. It sits directly on the riverfront in downtown Kuching.