Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles On the banks of the Sarawak River, very near to the Equator, stands Kuching, the capital of Sarawak and the most populous city in Borneo. Kuching has a colorful history which reads like a romantic adventure novel, but it also has a lot to offer to modern-day travelers. Endowed with a bounty of cultural and architectural treasures, visitors are advised to set aside at least a few days here to truly appreciate Kuching's magical appeal. There are numerous museums to explore, including the Sarawak Museum, which is considered one of the finest in the whole of South-East Asia. Kuching is home to many fine historic buildings, such as Fort Margherita, and the Astana, the former palace of the White Rajahs. Beneath her modern skyline, the heart of old Kuching pulsates with vibrant lanes, shop houses, and markets that have changed little over the decades. Famed for beautiful sunsets, Kuching is a city that likes to stay up late as the locals and visitors mingle in the many cafes, bars, and restaurants along the waterfront. Kuching is also an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding national parks and nearby beach resorts. But perhaps the best way to experience the area is to paddle up the river on one of the popular kayak tours. Immersed in a green world of towering trees and nature's sights and sounds, modern travelers can experience a Borneo that has changed little through the years. Being so close to the best of Sarawak, and home to relaxed and friendly people, it's not hard to see why the City of Cats is considered one of Malaysia's best-kept secrets.