A real Chinese flavor.
Indonesia owned the southern
part of Borneo. Malaysia had two states, Sabah in the north
and Sarawak on the west coast. Kuching, the most beautiful of
the major places I stayed on the island, had a strong Chinese influence
with a lot of temples scattered around.
They developed the riverside into a beautiful walk
for about a mile. It was brick lined and dotted with gazebos,
cafes, and fountains. It wasn't what I expected. And,
Kuching also had the best souvenirs that I found in Borneo.