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KUCHING (Sarawak)

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).

Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Grappa (mixed)
        Jln Kuching (opposite Café Tray, near the new Batik Boutique hotel). Happening club with gay customers on Sat nights. Music is progressive house. The front end is more local Chinese and the rear is more Malay.
        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 Discount
        Located at the back of Riverside Majestic Hotel, behind Parkson. A pub hang-out for young PLUs.


    • Khaturistiwa (mixed)
        Kuching Water Front. Crowd mostly young Chinese.


    • Planet (mixed)
        3rd Mile, Jln Rock, Sarawak. Crowd is mostly mature Chinese.

Massage for Men

    • Borneo Traditional Massage UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2013
        Muara Tabuan, appointments: 016-888-9956, email. Native traditional massage by well trained male masseurs, helping to ease stress and tension. Call before you go. It's a bit secluded and outside the central city. You'll need directions if you are not familiar with the area. The boss is very friendly. In and outcall.
    • Zensation Touch UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2014
        MJC, Batu Kawah, +60-14-698-3380. Traditional and sensual massage by local men. Resonable rates for outcall to your hotel or incall at their clean and comfortable place.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Tried an outcall from Zensation Touch and had a very good 1-hour massage. May masseur was in his early 40s, strong hands with good skill." -- CL, Jul 25, 2014

        "OMG! Definitely the best massage ever! My masseur should make training videos." -- RP, Jun 13, 2014

        "My masseur was very experienced. Due to his body size, he was very strong, which I personally liked it. Worth a try." -- younggun80, Jun 9, 2014

Meeting Places

    • Kuching Waterfront, foreigner cruising area, after 9pm nightly.
    • Lake Park
        Kuching Reservoir Park (Jln Taman Budaya). Open T-Su from 3-11pm. A social spot for local gays who hang out and relax with friends. Inexpensive food and drinks.
    • Sarawak Museum, back garden, track up hill. Very cruisy after dark, especially after 10pm on weekends. Wear long pants to prevent mosquitoe bites. Beware of pickpockets. UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2012
    • Shopping Centers
      • Sarawak Plaza, ground floor facilities.
      • Wisma Satok, 1st floor facilities.
      • Wisma Saberkas, ground floor facilities
    • Swimming Pools
      • KMC public swimming pool
          Padungan area of the city. Mixed crowd (be discreet). Evenings best.
      • Setampak Swimming pool.
      • Starbucks Coffee UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2010
          The Spring Mall. At times you will see a group of guys or gals gathering outside the café.
      • Waterworld
          In the housing estate of BDC Stampin area. Formerly Stampark swimming pool. Mixed crowd (be discreet). Very cruisy in the evenings.

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Café Tray UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2011
        A gay-friendly café serving various, reasonably price food and beverages (try the Oreo Crush). Very nicely decorated place. Friendly staff, chilled-out crowd.

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Hilton Kuching Gym (mixed)
        Steam Room is great, but be discreet.

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