Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, south of the island of Borneo. It is an essential stop on a trip to Malaysia if you plan to explore national parks such as Bako. Its main characteristic is its multicultural atmosphere since this peaceful city is made up of different Hindu, Chinese, Malay and indigenous communities such as bidayuh. Some of the places that should be visited are the impressive building that houses the Sarawak museum, one of the most important in the country for exhibiting the traditions and ways of life of the natives; the mosque, which looks as if it has been taken from the story of Aladdin, with its golden domes; the palace of Astana, which serves as the governor's residence; Fort Margherita, formerly used to defend the city from possible pirate attacks; Chinatown, one of the liveliest areas of the city; and Jalan India, one of the pedestrian streets which has a great atmosphere. The Sarawak River is one of the attractions of Kuching, and there are lots of opportunities to explore it by boat to enjoy the views of the city.