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KUCHING (Sarawak)

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General Information

    Kuching (which means "cat") is the capital of Malaysia's largest state, Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, and its beautiful 19th century colonial buildings and Chinese shophouses lie along the graceful curves of the Sarawak river. The waterfront has been pleasantly landscaped into a cool and peaceful esplanade for locals and visitors to stroll along. Exploring the nearby fresh market and shopping streets is fun. The Sarawak Museum is also nice (just next to the evening cruise park) and there is also a museum (the world's largest) devoted to cats.

    Like nearby Sabah, the population is very mixed here with lots of indigenous ethnicities, and Muslims are in the minority. Kuching has a decidedly small town atmosphere so even though there are lots of local gays around, aside from a few mixed clubs and cruising spots, they tend to make connections online using Sarawak chatrooms, particularly on Dalnet IRC. If you plan to visit, start looking for local friends well in advance of your arrival.

    The population of Kuching is around half a million (that's 20,000 Utopians).

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    • Lola UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2015
        Lot 108, Section 62, Ang Cheng Ho Rd
        +60 13-821-9485, email

        Gay-owned bar located in the Padungan area and roughly three blocks away from the HSBC Bld, Lola is set amidst old shop houses with an open-air garden courtyard at the side and inside a sophisticated lounge atmosphere, done up in gray and black accents against an industrial backdrop. The music is a bit hotter here, getting the crowd primed for later dance beats at the clubs. Weekends groove to the deep house music. Their staff are cute, as well as friendly, and they try to employ LGBT. Various promotions run through out the year. Premium liqueurs at very reasonable prices. Crowd is gay, but gay-friendly straights are also welcome. Old LED signage may still be used, so look out for D'Bandung sign and big Carlsberg banners.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on all drinks and beer.
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