Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak. It is East Malaysia’s largest state in the Island of Borneo. The state is renowned for coastlines stretching along the South China Sea and lush tropical rainforests that are brimming with biodiversity. Getting a car rental in Kuching is the perfect way to start your journey in Sarawak.
Although known fondly as the “Cat City”, it is in fact home to orang utans, hornbills and a variety of exotic creatures. First time visitors of Kuching will be greeted with the sight of a cat statue in the heart of Kuching city. It is a symbolic representation of kucing, the Malay word for ‘cat’. However, local sources believe that the city could have also derived its name from mata kucing, the Malay word for the local longan fruit.
The people of Kuching take great pride in their cultural diversity, which is even greater than the mix in Peninsular Malaysia. The Sarawakian demographic consists of local indigenous tribes such as the Iban, Bidayuhs, Melanaus, Javanese and Orang Ulu settlers scattered all over the state – which means whatever ethnic influences you see in Kuching alone is not a true reflection of the demographic diversity of Sarawak. Rent a car with Hawk and we’ll leave the exploring to you.
Driving a Car Rental in Kuching
There is no public transportation infrastructure in Kuching apart from local buses operating in the city. This is why a car rental in Kuching is the most convenient means to getting around town and beyond.
The roads of Kuching city and the suburban areas are well-paved and properly maintained. The same is true even in rural roads – which are fairly decent considering that they are so far out of the centre. One major problem would be the inadequate amount of signboards in Kuching – rectify this problem easily with a GPS device rental from Hawk.
Kuching shares the same driving orientation with West Malaysia – left side of the road with right-hand drive cars.
As a relatively laid back town, don’t expect the locals to adhere to road etiquette as you would in a city. Motorcycles and bicycles still reign in this small town and it is best to keep an eye out for the folks as a responsible road user.