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.