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Sarawak shares East Malaysia with Sabah but it is a different place compared to other regions of Malaysia. Its great diversity of ethnicity, tribal culture and cuisine makes this region very unique.

Most residents of Sarawak use the complex network of waterways to get around. Tourists are encouraged to do so too, even though taxis and rental cars are available in the larger towns.

Sarawak can be accessible by flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It lies some 650 kilometres or 404 miles off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


Kuching, located on the banks of the River Sarawak is a quaint historic town, and a gateway to dense tropical jungle and mountain ranges. Here many of the villages on stilts still cling precariously to the river banks.

Kuching features a number of interesting places worth visiting. The Sarawak Museum offers insights into the history, wildlife and anthropology of Borneo. Constructed in 1847, the Court House is furnished with local art and is considered to be the finest building in Sarawak. The Hong San Temple, dates back to 1895 and was built in honour of the God Kuek Seng. Kuek Seng, who became a god 1,000 years ago supposedly grants all requests from his devotees. This god is revered by the Chinese community.

In the centre of Kuching you will find the magnificence of Sarawak State Mosque and its splendid gilt domes. At the junction of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and the Main Bazaar is the Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching's oldest Chinese temple dating back to 1876.


Overnight trips can be made up the Skrang River with accommodations provided in long houses. There are also down river excursions to Santubong, an ancient trading post.

The Bako National Park that covers an area of about 26 sq kilometres (10 sq miles) is home to wildlife and vegetation, carnivorous plants, long-nosed monkeys and Sambar deer. Tours are organized from Kuching.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is a World Heritage Site. This park has over 3,500 various plant species and is home to a multitude of wildlife as well as exotic birds and butterflies, fish and mammals. Small Borneo gibbons swinging about the trees are common here. The spectacular limestone caves are the main places of interest. These include Deer Cave, Clearwater Cave and The Cave of the Winds.

Niah Caves

Other tours, often from Miri, can be made to the Niah Caves. Here there is evidence of human existence dating back to 5,000 BC. The caves are also prized for their guano and bird’s nests, the latter used to make soup. Many of the caves can be visited with a guide.
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