Kuching’s biggest and liveliest market has now moved to its spacious new digs 9km west of the city centre. It's open everyday, but the main event is the larger weekend market, which begins around midday on Saturday, when rural folk, some from area longhouses, arrive with their fruits, vegetables, fish and spices. To get here, take the K7 bus.

The air is heady with the aromas of fresh coriander, ginger, herbs and jungle ferns, which are displayed among piles of bananas, mangoes, custard apples and obscure jungle fruits. If you smell something overpoweringly sickly sweet and pungent, chances are it’s a durian. Vendors are friendly and many are happy to tell you about their wares, which are often divided into quantities worth RM1 or RM2.