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Kuch­ing

Lo­cated at the tail-end of East Malaysia, Kuch­ing is a small and sleepy city re­as­sur­ingly safe for fam­i­lies trav­el­ling with young kids. If cats tickle your fam­ily’s fancy, you’ll find Kuch­ing (Malay for ‘cat’) some­thing of a nov­elty; ef­fi­gies of cats can be found on every street cor­ner, from lamp posts to foun­tains adorned with fe­line stat­ues. Swing by the Kuch­ing Cat Mu­seum ( sarawak­tourism. com) to ogle a hodge­podge of cat-themed me­mora­bilia.

Eat­ing out is never a prob­lem in town, as the city is chock-full of good, af­ford­able eater­ies. Ex­pose the kids to lo­cal spe­cial­ties such as kolo mee (wavy egg noo­dles tossed with minced pork, char siu, pep­per and shal­lot oil), Sarawak kek

lapis (moist, multi-coloured lay­ered cake) or Dayak cui­sine such as manok lu­lun (chicken stewed in bam­boo) or tem­poyak (a fer­mented durian condi­ment). Cul­ture vul­tures are bound to ap­pre­ci­ate the Sarawak Cul­tural Vil­lage ( scv.com.my), a her­itage site lo­cated out­side Kuch­ing city cen­tre. Come here to learn tra­di­tional crafts such as bas­ket-weav­ing or tour dif­fer­ent types of stilt houses – you can even spend the night in one if you wish. Those look­ing for a dose of na­ture can swing by lo­cal travel agen­cies to en­quire about out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. If the kids came pre­pared with proper hik­ing shoes, book a day-trip to the oth­er­worldly Wind Caves and Fairy Caves to view dra­matic rock for­ma­tions and troglo­bites such as swi­flets and bats. Get­ting there Air Asia and Malindo of­fer sev­eral flights daily from KLIA.

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