IECBES 2018 will be held once again on the island of Borneo, in Kuching. Kuching is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. This populous city is a bustling, diverse city of old colonial building and modern towers. No other city in Malaysia has such a romantic and unlikely history, nor displays its charms with such an easy grace. To make the most of your visit you must put on your walking shoes, take to the streets (and the water), and join in.

Like all towns and cities in Borneo, the focal point of Kuching and the reason for its existence is the river. Hiring a boat (sampan) to meander slowly up and down the Sarawak River is the best way to get your first impression of Kuching. From the river you will see picturesque Malay villages (kampungs), a golden-domed mosque, a Victorian fort, a whole street of 19th century Chinese shop houses and an imposing wooden-roofed palace, all set against a background of distant mountains.

Kuching has an unusual name – the word means “cat” in Malay. There are a number of stories as to how this name came about, but it is unlikely that it has anything to do with cats. The two more likely explanations are that it derives from the Chinese word kochin, meaning “harbour,” or that it is named after the mata kuching or “cat’s eye” fruit, a close relative of the lychee that grows widely here.

There is an excellent range of accommodation, from luxury via boutique to budget, good restaurants, and nightlife to suit most tastes and pockets.

Some of the highlights accessible to you while at Kuching:

  • Bako National Park - home of the rare proboscis monkey
  • Gunung Gading - where giant Rafflesia flowers bloom (Seasonal)
  • Kuching Wetlands - which protects a fascinating mangrove ecosystem
  • Kubah - with its rare palms and orchids
  • Semenggoh and Matang Wildlife Centres - with their resident orangutans
  • Sarawak Cultural Village – experience seven unique traditional houses

Kuching is also the ideal base for visiting longhouses. Local travel agents have a variety of tours, ranging from half-day trips to nearby Bidayuh longhouses, to week long safaris to Iban longhouses on the Skrang, Lemanak and Batang Ai river systems.

Hotel Booking

Enjoy competitive room rates at Pullman Kuching during the conference. Please download the form here to enjoy the room rates allocated for the conference (only for participants). Be sure to inform the hotel during the reservation:

Room TypeRoom Rate
(Single Occupant)
Room Rate
(Twin or Double Occupant)
SuperiorMYR 280.00 nettMYR 310.00 nett
DeluxeMYR 320.00 nettMYR 350.00 nett
Family RoomMYR 425.00 nettMYR 470.00 nett
Executive SuperiorMYR 380.00 nettMYR 425.00 nett
Executive DeluxeMYR 420.00 nettMYR 465.00 nett
Executive SuiteMYR 840.00 nettMYR 885.00 nett

Visa Information

Visa applications must be made at any nearest Malaysian Representative Office Abroad. Applications can also be made online through I-Visa System (Applicable for tourist from India and China only). You can read more about the application process here: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/apply-for-visa.html

The Malaysian Government issues Three (3) types of visas to foreign nationals. Please read up on the options here: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/types-of-visa.html

Authors needing Visa assistance letters should send an email to info@iecbes.org

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