For visitors to Kuching wandering about the city’s fixation with all things cat, they’ll be pleased to know the clue’s in the name. Indeed, after a few days spent exploring this vibrantly multicultural centre of Borneo, with its feline museum, pussy statues and ever-present moggy graffiti, they’ll be hard-pushed to think of a more apt title.
‘Kuching’ means ‘cat’ in Malay. The stories of its origins are as varied as they are apocryphal – some revolve around James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, while others focus on lychees – but one thing’s for sure; as visitors traipse the iconic waterfront or visit the Upside Down Museum they’ll never be far from the watchful gaze of a kitty.
For a slightly more exotic beastie, why not read about our encounter with an orangutan?