Kuching is the capital of Sarawak. There are several museums such as the Sarawak Museum, Chinese Museum and the Cat Museum, which attract tourists who visit Kuching. Interesting landmarks and sites include the Astana (the Rajah's former palace), Fort Margherita, the Tua Pek Kong temple and the Main Bazaar. The Kuching waterfront, which is a riverside esplanade, is situated right next to the main hotels and commercial heartland of the city. Located opposite the waterfront are old shops selling antique items and craft.
Numerous natural attractions including the National Parks and the Semenggoh Wildlife Center which places an orang utan orphanage and rehabilitation program are also popular attractions near Kuching. Kuching is also noted for its beautiful sunsets, often complimented by tourists as "one of the most beautiful in the world".