13 PLACES TO VISIT AT SARAWAK, MALAYSIA
13 PLACES TO VISIT AT SARAWAK, MALAYSIA
WHY VISIT SARAWAK?
Because it has established as one of Malaysia’s largest states, Sarawak is a refuge of natural landscapes with various national parks, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, and dozens of attractions that never cease to amaze travelers. Sarawak, ‘The Land of the Hornbills’, has 27 ethnic groups, a capital city named after cats, and more than 80% of its landmass covered in rainforest. From eco-tourism and hiking to caves and the rainforest music festival, here are our favorite things to explore in Sarawak. Be it the sky, land, or sea, Sarawak offers endless excitement, adventure, and charm that lodge both slow-paced leisure and extreme-adventure travelers through its excess of culture, adventure, nature, food, festivals and about the main exciting city called Sarawak city or in Malaysia is called Sarawak Kuching. The following places are that travelers can visit in 2020.
1) Visit the Rainforest World Music Festival
Picture of a music festival held in the middle of the jungle. Now combine this with artists and musicians from around Borneo and Malaysia as well as the rest of the world playing traditional instruments and singing folk songs. Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival is a three-day event with entertainment and concerts near Mount Santubong in Kuching. Everything from workshops and dance classes to traditional music gives an unforgettable cultural experience. Attending this event should be on anyone’s place to visit in Sarawak if visiting in July.
2) Visit Malaya’s largest indoor market in Sibu, Sarawak
Sibu is a modest-sized town with a sizable Chinese population that’s famous for its food and boasts an impressive list of temples, parks and heritage buildings. Wander around Malaysia’s largest indoor market at Sibu Central Market or head to the convergence of the Igan and Rajang Rivers near the waterfront. Sibu Town Square is also Malaysia’s largest square.
3) blowpipe at Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak
At the foothills of Mount Santubong near Kuching, the Sarawak Cultural Village offers tourists the chance to experience the rich birthright of the state’s native people. Activities include strolling through traditional houses, photographing locals put on traditional costumes, learning how to cook tribal food, and having the chance to use a deadly blowpipe. Expect to find manifest covering their customs and practices and an evening ethnic show. Spending a day at the village, less than 45 minutes from Kuching, is one of the fun things to do in Sarawak for all types of tourists including families.
4) The ‘City of Cats’, Kuching, Sarawak
Sarawak’s capital Kuching translates as ‘cats’ in English. The compact city is often the first port of call for tourists to the state and as such deserves at least a few days. With a range of British colonial and legacy buildings as well as colorful Buddhist temples, mosques, and statues of cats scattered around the city, the town-sized city rarely disappoints. Tourists can visit the cat museum, photograph floating fishing villages, and sample some of Kuching’s famous food.
5) Proboscis Monkeys at Bako National Park, Kuching
Heading to one of Sarawak’s 25 national parks to experience the rainforest, wildlife and beaches is always a favorite activity. Bako National Park, 37 kilometers (23 miles) from Kuching, is one of the smallest but most reachable conserves in Malaysia. Visitors can take expeditions along jungle trails, see the unusual coastal rock emergence and relax on deserted beaches. Probosci’s monkeys, wild boars, and an excess of other animals call Bako National Park as home.
6) Base Jumping in Sibu, Sarawak
One of the most forecast events in Sarawak is the Sibu International BASE Jump, where jumpers from all corners of the world reassemble and jump off the tallest building in Sarawak, Wisman Sanyan. This activity gets viewers’ hearts pumped exceedingly as they see these jumpers launch themselves off from the top of Wisma Sanyan that is 126 meters high from the ground. Located in Sibu, a group of fun-seekers travels to this city to perform BASE (Building, Antennae, Span, and Earth) jumping while passionate spectators gather to watch these daredevils jump off. Compared to skydiving, base-jumping is much cheaper due to the absence of planes and aircraft that would usually cost thousands of ringgits per ride. Organized for the first time in 2009 by the Sibu Tourism Task Force Group and BASE jumpers from Australia and Malaysia, this event has now become a highly anticipated annual event.
7) Bario, Sarawak
Fondly dubbed as ‘the land of a hundred handshakes’, this friendly town is the home of the smallest ethnic group in Sarawak called Kelabit. Known for its traditional crafts and arts, the destination is also home to other tribes like Penan and Lun Bawang. Lying on an altitude of roughly 1,000 meters or 3,500 feet above sea level, this quaint location nestles in the northeastern corner of Sarawak, surrounded by a rich, pristine and unpolluted environment, perfect for trekking and sightseeing. For those who look for a more thrilling venture can select for kayaking and a difficult five-day and four-night trek through the Bario-Ba’kelalan trail. Those who prefer a more relaxed experience can visit the town during events like the Bario Food Festival called Nukenen at the end of July every year and suggest foreign delicacies like local pineapples and Bario Rice.
8) Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Located barely fifteen minutes from Kuching, this nature reserve is a sanctuary to one of the most intelligent primates in the world: the orangutans, which are known for their capability to embrace sign language and employ elementary tools in their day to day lives. Predominantly ancient to Sarawak, orangutans are now critically endangered due to deforestation.
You can meet these wonderful creatures up close at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, where travelers can learn about the orangutans’ habitat and the importance of conservation in protecting this species from extinction. Aimed at reintroducing these apes to the natural environment, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is one of the only sanctuaries in the world for these intelligent creatures to roam free without restriction. This nature withholds also trains these apes in basic survival skills as most of them are rescued at a young age from dangerous conditions. This effort has led to an increase in the species’ population in the wild.
9) Kampung Mongkos
Just an hour and a half drive from Kuching, this village is situated near Mongkos River and offers homestay accommodations. For those wanting to experience living in the longhouse (a communal wooden house, perched on stilts with separate rooms designated for different families), 12 families open up their homes for travelers to stay with them. The ethnic group called Bidayuh occupy these longhouses. Staying at these longhouses directly exposes travelers to the Bidayuh culture, rituals, traditions, and activities.
You can participate in Bidayuh traditional dance called Langgi Aruch, which involves crossing over handheld bamboos that imitate traps as they are enclosed and opened together according to the beat – the idea is not to get trapped as the bamboos enclose and pick up speed. Travelers can also witness other traditional dances like Langgi Sidandut, Langgi Perang, and Langi Empujon, each inspired by age-old folklore. Ritualistic ceremonies and exotic food are arranged for travelers to give them educational experience and understanding of the Bidayuh culture.
10) Mulu National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage site is Sarawak’s largest national park and has been listed since the year 2000. It was the first of its kind to be listed as a World Heritage site in Malaysia. Famed for its limestone, this whopping park covers 544 kilometers squared of the lush primary rainforest with varied landscapes crisscrossed by fast-flowing rivers and limpid streams.
Dominated by three mountains, this park boasts several breathtaking caves like the world’s largest cave passage known as Deer Cave; the formation of the oldest cave in Mulu National Park is said to date back almost five million years ago! Another highlight of this park is the Pinnacles, situated midway up the slopes of Gunung Api. This is one of the trekkers’ favorite spots because the view overlooks a series of 45-meter-high limestone towers soaring above the surrounding verdure.
11) Shipwreck Diving at Kuching
For those who love underwater explorations, Kuching is indeed the destination where divers can survey multiple carcasses of wrecked ships that lie at the bottom of the ocean’s floor. After the Pearl Harbour attack during World War II, the Japanese expend their forces towards South East Asia with Borneo as one of the targets.
This effort, however, was cut short by the Americans and its ally, the Dutch, who attacked the Japanese warships using their submarines in 1941. Despite the brutality of its past, the area now is regarded as one of approximately 19 wrecks located off Kuching’s coast. The nearest most beautiful scuba diving spots, thriving with marine life and corals. Their wreck is the Katori Maru Wreck that sits at a depth of 22 meters, taking about 50 to 75 minutes by speedboat from Santubong. The best time to dive is between April to September. The most recent wrecks could as so be found there, such as the TK Wreck, Thai Seven, and Barge Wreck.
12) Tanjung Datu
Imagine gazing at the star-studded night sky accompanied by turtles as they lay eggs in the soft white sands of Tanjung Datu’s coastline. Although this is the smallest national park in Sarawak, it is renowned for its purity, untouched beauty, exclusivity and remoteness; from crystal clear water and thriving corals to verdant vegetation that is filled with exotic flora and fauna.
The park is situated on the Datu Peninsula at the south-western tip of Sarawak and is only about 14 square kilometers in size. It takes about half an hour to reach the park from Sematan Town by boat. Since the site bans commercialization and large scale accommodation, it is safe to say that Tanjung Datu is free from human-induced pollution, making it nature’s wonderland. However, there are four shelters capable of accommodating up to 12 people at one time available at this national park.
For campers, they can set up tents on a site that can hold up to 100 people at a time. A sanctuary for the turtles and many other exotic animals like animals, be sure primates, migratory birds, and wild to properly follow instructions because reckless behavior might result in considerable risks.
13) See baby orangutans at Matang Wildlife Centre, Kuching
Borneo has a few orangutan rescue centers including Sabah’s famous Sepilok. But Matang Wildlife Centre provides a unique service found nowhere else on Borneo Island. Matang is a rehabilitation center for all kinds of wildlife and not just orangutans. Deforestation and aggressive palm oil plantations destroy vast areas of habitat. Young critters are left orphaned and lack the necessary jungle skills; Matang takes care of them until they’re ready to return to the wild. The center is 36 kilometers (22 miles) west of Kuching and consistently gets recommended with the top things to do in Sarawak. Volunteering opportunities are available too.
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