Enjoy the sun, sea and sand of Sarawak’s beautiful beaches and vibrant underwater life. Sunbathe and swim in the crystal-clear pools of Mother Nature. Sarawak is naturally blessed with numerous waterfalls. Surrender to the cold, fresh, sparkling mountain water and let your worries swiftly wash away. Magnificent cascades of water provide refreshing scenery to calm sore eyes and soothe frayed nerves. Sit back, relax and watch the sunset.
A must-see by many admirers and the curious traveller, this rare bloom is found in Gunung Gading National Park and is endemic to Borneo. The Rafflesia Tuan-mudae grows to the size of a large coffee table and has no leaves, emitting a strong odour when in bloom. The Rafflesia can be seen only when it is ready to reproduce, when the parasitic growths on the vine form a lump that develop into a structure somewhat resembling a cabbage.
Equally bizarre are these tropical pitcher plants that trap insect and some small mammals in its jug-like protuberances. The Nepenthes is popularly known as the “monkey cup”. It refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.
The large and showy Rhododendron, a Bornean endemic, is easily recognized by its distinctive foliage. This evergreen shrub bears strongly ribbed, elliptic, dark green leaves and pink, red, orange, or apricot-coloured, open bell-shaped flowers.
Heliconia rostrata is one of the most recognized and widely grown species, which is commonly known as hanging lobster claw. Heliconia grows to about 6-8 feet tall and has spectacular bright red bracts with yellow tips.
Sarawak’s oldest national park is home to the rare proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaque, silver leaf monkey, monitor lizard, plantain squirrel, wild boar, otters, mouse deer and over 150 species of birds.
These two islands are turtle sanctuaries. Green turtles come ashore to lay and bury their eggs between May and October.
Bird watcher’s paradise! Golden sandy beaches and evergreen forest make this park home to some 185 species of birds and 24 species of mammals. Keep an eye on the sea too, for you may just spot some dolphins and turtles.
Gunung Mulu has it all – the world’s largest cave chamber and the world’s most extensive cave systems with razor sharp limestone pinnacles. Watch the exodus of millions of bats from the dim caverns at dusk. Leave your footprints behind in a jungle adventure. Do retire to the comforts of The Royal Mulu Resort for a jungle resort experience.
Nature lovers will find the eco-friendly Borneo Highlands Resort a haven.
Home to half of all bird species in Sarawak, it’s one of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Malaysia. The resort also offers a variety of attractions and recreational activities for everyone to explore.
The rare Rafflesia draws tourists here for a possible glimpse of the world’s largest flower. Even if you miss the flower, you would enjoy trekking and adventure through the mountains to view beautiful cascading waterfalls and foliage.
The major attraction of Loagan Bunut is its large natural lake, which miraculously shrinks and disappears every dry season. It is another bird watcher’s paradise. Watch the Berawan tribes display their unique fishing skills called “Selambau”.
An Orang Utan sanctuary, this is a perfect place to catch a glimpse of these fascinating primates. Semenggoh also boasts an arboretum, a fernery, forest nursery, seed bank, ethno herb botanical garden, tropical orchard, an orchard garden and much more.
Matang caters to researchers and nature lovers from all over the world. Waterfalls, rock pools, designated swimming areas, picnic spots and scenic nature trails make this a wonderful campsite.
Sarawak’s highly acclaimed trail that traces the route of the ancient Kayan tribesmen who traversed valleys, hills and rivers.
Climb Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) to the pinnacle, which reaches the sky at an amazing 2,377m. An effort that rewards you with towering 40m razor-sharp limestone pinnacles and panoramic vistas.
Enjoy this other kind of ‘green’ adventure. Play Sarawak’s golf courses by the beach, in the cities and on the hillsides. Stunning views await you and your golf buddies, so bogeys won’t hurt as much.
Experience a Kayaking adventure suitable for beginners and children in some of the most beautiful surroundings of Kuching. Paddle leisurely and savour the sights of unique limestone formations and towering riverine trees, while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the rainforest.
Demanding and requires reasonable mental and physical fitness, but it is great fun! Located near the town of Bau, just 40 minutes away from Kuching.
Two trails are accessible from Bau with fire roads and screaming downhills, the scenic Bratak Trail and the Kampung Opar Trail. Just 100km from Kuching, the Penrissen Highlands, near the Indonesian border, is linked by tracks that are largely unexplored.
Treks vary in distance. Some last up to seven days and cross into Kalimantan, Indonesia. Take on the Mt. Santubong Summit Trek only if you are fit and agile.
Dine at open-air hawker stalls, which offer the most scrumptious food at amazingly low prices. And during cool nights, just treat yourself to dinner under a canopy of stars on a river cruise.
Seafood is naturally on the menu in towns by the sea or river. Savour fresh bamboo clams, jellyfish, tiger prawns and crabs that are reasonably priced all year round.
Tease your taste buds with unique Midin fern tops, bamboo shoots, pineapple shoots, palm heart, sago pearls and many other jungle fruits and edible plants.
A local signature dish, freshly made vermicelli submerged in a concoction of deliciously thick soup rich in ‘santan’ (coconut milk) and spices, topped with tasty chunks of seafood, chicken and sliced omelette. Sarawak’s original and best taken piping hot, this delight is easily available in most coffee shops, restaurants and hotels.
Swallow bird’s nest, a Chinese delicacy touted to maintain youth and beauty, is harvested from designated caves of Sarawak by special permits. Try a bowl of this jelly-like delicacy at upmarket Chinese restaurants.
Societies around the world have their own alcoholic brew, fermented from fruit or grain. For Sarawak, it is made of rice. The humble home-brewed tuak is ubiquitous during celebrations as it is the traditional drink of the Dayak community. Enjoy it in the longhouses or at local pubs.
For the less adventurous, five-star hotels in Kuching and Miri offer both western and oriental fine dining. A number of Japaness, Korean, Thai, Mediterranean and Western cuisines dot the streets and business areas of these cities.
A popular dish amongst the locals, Kolok Mee is enjoyed any time of the day. This light yellow egg noodle consists of lard, barbecued meat sauce and black vinegar. It’s also normally complemented with barbecued meat slices and minced meat.
Traditionally, Umai is a common lunch meal for the Melanau fisherman. It consists of thin slivers of raw fresh fish, usually iced but not frozen, combined with thinly sliced onions, chilli, salt and lime juice. It is indeed a dish for the brave. You’ve been warned!
A specialty for the Malay community especially during the festive season like Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, celebrated during the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. These often colourful cakes are made with a lot of eggs, sometimes even up to 30 eggs for one loaf!
Most luxurious hotels are located in commercial areas. However, some budget hotels are also available around the area. Guests may unwind and enjoy the comforts of modern facilities such as wireless Internet connection.
Surround yourself with lush tropical rainforest or relax in a neighboring sea. Spa resorts are accessible if pampering is what you have in mind.
Old colonial-styled houses or shops are transformed into guest houses or inns at very affordable prices.
Homestays have become a staple among tourists who want to experience living the traditional Sarawakian way.