The capital of the state of Sarawak located on the island of Borneo, Kuching overflows with old colonial buildings juxtaposed beside modern skyscraping towers. It sits on the banks of the Sarawak River that is dotted with food vendors and traditional shophouses selling handicrafts. The river esplanade gives you views over 19th Century iconic landmarks such as the former palace of the White Rajahs, The Astana, as well as Fort Margherita that was built to keep the nasty pirates out. Coworking venues have opened the doors in Kuching and have quickly become the de rigueur place to hang out in collaborative bliss with other likeminded souls rather than haunting cafes with iffy Internet.
This chaotic city has about 165,642 inhabitants and is swollen in numbers by travellers intent on making their way to the Kuching Wetlands National Park or one of the other magnets, like the Nako National Park or the Semenggoh Wildlife Center. Kuching is also where the Rainforest World Music Festival happens annually, putting it right up there on the tourist radar, plus it is a foodie heaven for anyone into Asian cuisine.
The main tech hubs for startups can be found in Penang and Kuala Lumpur with most towns having their own simmering but exciting enclaves of inventive gurus.
The country has an entrepreneurial culture that is transparent with work colleagues mingling friendship with creativity and a generous attitude when it comes to sharing of ideas and knowledge. With many locals wishing to start something of their own, Malaysian entrepreneurship is very much alive and there have been a few extremely successful startups such as Grab, Jobstreet, MOL and Airasia to come out of the country. With this in mind, it is little wonder that coworking venues in cities such as Kuching are hives of activity and collaboration.
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