Incentive Destinations: Kuching, Malaysia

Kuching Cat StatueToday we'll continue our series on island hopping in Malaysia with one of my favorite destinations, Kuching. 

Kuching is the capital of the state of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo in the area of the controlled by Malaysia. (The tiny Kingdom of Brunei is also located on Borneo and Indonesia controls the rest of the Island.) 

The Chinese characters for Kuching literally mean "Cat City." One of its famous landmarks is a statue of cats at play.

Groups are whisked from the Kuching International Airport to nearby hotels. Hotels with a view of the bay include the 5 Star Pullman Kuching and Hilton Kuching. Your group can also select from boutique hotels (e.g. Batik and The LimeTree) and beach hotels (e.g. Damai Beach ResortDamai Puri Resort & Spa).

For eco-tourism in the nearby rainforest, stay in treehouse accommodation at Permai Rainforest Resort. In the rainforest, definitely visit the Orangutan Preserve at feeding time when these playful primates come down from the treetops.

With 37,958 square meters of function space and a capacity for 5,000 attendees, Borneo Convention Centre is the largest conference center. 

Corporate groups can round out their itinerary with cooking events, jungle safaris, Amazing Race inspired adventures or an Apprentice style challenge with entrepreneurs at hawker stalls or the night market. 

Kuching is the multi-cultural home of Malay, people who trace their roots to various parts of China, and over 21 indigenous ethnic groups (e.g. Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanu). At Sarawak Cultural Village, groups can walk through typical homesteads of the 7 major ethnic groups and enjoy a cultural show. Homestays with indigenous communities in the rainforest provide an opportunity to "give back" by helping with crafts, cooking, gardening, farming and construction projects. Groups will have fun learning to use a blowpipe and play local games like Congkak (called Wari in Africa and Mancala in South America).

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From junks floating in the South China Sea to ancient temples and Chinese shophouses along the bay, Kuching casts its spell on you and won't let go. Your group will reminisce about their experiences for years to come.

Search the Cvent Supplier Network for Hotels in Kuching.

Photo Credits: thienzieyungRakugoMichael Loke

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