The 600,000 residents of the Malaysian city of Kuching often refer to their home as "The Cat City". There are various possible explanations for this. The city's name may come from the Malay word 'kucing', which means 'cat', although it could also come from a similar Chinese word for 'port'. Another explanation is the city's cleanliness – reputed to be the cleanest in Malaysia, expats living in Kuching will find the city well kept, safe, easy to get around and, perhaps unsurprisingly, home to various giant statues of cats. The city center is compact and full of sights to see, from the old Chinese Tua Pek Kong Temple to the striking Kuching Mosque. Fort Margherita, a fort built in 1879 in the a mock-European style, is also worth a visit, although one of the real treasures of the city is its beautiful riverfront, which expats living in Kuching can take a walk down any time they want to get a feel of the romance of old Malaysia.
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While the city has a good road network and plenty of local bus services, the roads are susceptible to potholes forming during the monsoon period – the city is, after all, very close to the equator – and the easiest way for an expat moving to Kuching to reach the city is to fly into the Kuching International Airport and then take a short minibus ride into the center. Expatriates moving to Kuching can read plenty of general advice on expatriation issues in our Expat Magazine, right here on the InterNations website. We cover topics like expat finance, working abroad and so forth in considerable detail. Cross-cultural communication is another topic we have plenty of information on, although many people in Kuching speak impressively good English and you should find being understood and getting around as an expatriate in Kuching relatively easy.
Expatriates working in Kuching will find the city a wonderful location to be based in. The city's population is a mixed one, with many different nationalities living side by side and a strong international community. There are a large number of historic and cultural sights to see, as well as a number of places of higher education and the impressive Sarawak State Library, which is open to the public and a great place to come and relax. A reasonably short drive away, the Talang-Satang National Park and idyllic beaches offer beautiful scenery and tropical bliss. Expats working in Kuching will also find it quite easy to meet other global minds and you can get in touch over the InterNations website. Many expats find the private message system and forums an ideal place to organize meet-ups, network, socialize and share information. In fact, many have written articles of their own experiences of expatriation for InterNations, which you can also read on our website.