|Loaf of white bread||$0.95|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$4.65|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$3.57|
|Pack of cigarettes||$3.72|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$3.72|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$13.95|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$232.56|
Another city in Malaysia that is divers in nature is Kuching. This city can give you a Western-style of dining as well as shopping and yet, its huge diversity is enough for you to walk around the city. The diversity being talked about here pertains to the ethnic groups, culture and traditions. The city is abundant in what nature can offer – from jungles to the marine wildlife. Being a tourist or visitor in this place, it is important that you respect the prevalent religion. Keep in mind that there are Muslim traditions and cultures that are observed. If you will be entering a Muslin house or their Mosque, you have to know the practices they follow. There are also Christian populations here. In this place, you will find that tipping is not a common practice.
Being a tropical rainforest, the climate in Kuching is combination of humid and wet, but not scorching hot. During the months of November to February, expect rains most of the time and hence, if you will visit Kuching around this time, be sure to be prepared and bring an umbrella. The dry season runs from June and last to August. There are times that the day temperature may go up to 42?C. Knowing these facts, the best times to visit Kuching is from March to May.
Unlike the transportation in Kuala Lumpur, the transportation system in Kuching is pretty old and you should not expect comfort when riding a bus. Be aware of the pick pocketing inside the buses too. If you want to tour the city in more convenient and safer way, hire the yellow roofed shuttle buses. Hiring taxis is not recommended as it is expensive and there are drivers who forget to use taxi meter and charge you way more than what you should be paying for. Most of the hotels here provide transportation services through mini bus taxis and this is the best possible option.
Since the city is pretty small, you may want to try walking around for some sightseeing in the city proper. You can also get a car for rent in order to get around. Hiring a motorcycle and bicycle is also recommended to get around the city. In order to get to some of the islands, you have to ride speedboats or cruises. Ask the front desk of your hotel for details about the transportation systems to get by in Kuching.