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:
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.
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 Type||Room Rate|
(Twin or Double Occupant)
|Superior||MYR 280.00 nett||MYR 310.00 nett|
|Deluxe||MYR 320.00 nett||MYR 350.00 nett|
|Family Room||MYR 425.00 nett||MYR 470.00 nett|
|Executive Superior||MYR 380.00 nett||MYR 425.00 nett|
|Executive Deluxe||MYR 420.00 nett||MYR 465.00 nett|
|Executive Suite||MYR 840.00 nett||MYR 885.00 nett|
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