Discovering Sarawak, Malaysia’s unique state
Sarawak is Malaysia’s most diverse state, rich in culture, history and breath-taking sceneries, so no wonder it garners legions of tourists each year. Here are our highlights of this wonderful state.
1. Stroll through the national park
Bako National Park is Sarawak’s oldest and one of the smallest parks, yet it is famous for its extremely natural scenery, dense rainforest and outstandingly diverse flora and fauna. There are secluded coves, rugged rocky headlands and sandy beaches for you to explore. It’s also a home to highly endangered rare proboscis monkeys.
2. Experience local culture
A visit to the Iban Longhouses in Bawang Assan is perhaps one of the most unique experiences in Sarawak, as the state boasts around 27 different ethnic groups. Go and visit the Iban people to see how they live their day-to-day life. You can spend a night there, and with many of the Iban people speaking fluent English, you will find out even more about their exotic culture.
3. Find your lucky cat in the Kuching Cat Museum
How much does the state of Sarawak love cats? Well enough to create world’s first museum dedicated to these animals in Kuching (which is, by the way, called a Cat City). The museum houses a collection of cat dedicated (or related) memorabilia, with four galleries containing over 4,000 artifacts including paintings, articles, posters, toys or figurines of all sizes.
4. Give the beach some love
An irresistible spot for all beach lovers, Bungai Beach is located near Miri, second largest city in Sarawak. Favoured by many tourists due to its clear water, kilometres of coast and the untouched beauty, it’s a perfect place for a solitary walk, a picnic with family or simply an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
5. Bring out your adventurous side
If you’re feeling adventurous, then take a trip to the Caves of Bau, located about 22 km from Kuching, near the former gold mining settlement. The larger cave is called Fairy Cave (also known as Gua Pari) due to the stalagmite structure at its entrance that is believed to resemble the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. The Fairy Cave is gloomy, but no light is needed for exploration. The second cave, called Wind Cave is located nearby and has its name from the constant breeze blowing through the inside. You can walk along the main boardwalk or discover many smaller chambers where you can spot bats or swiftlets’ nests.
6. Discover Borneo’s wildlife
Taman Tumbina is a unique attraction and a must-visit destination when you are exploring the town of Bintulu. This mini zoo, located near Tanjung Batu, is a combination of botanical and zoological garden and is a living heritage of Borneo flora and fauna. Walk through the orchid garden, hornbill aviary, butterfly garden or exotic animal gardens where you can spot flamingos, tigers, crocodiles, reptiles or pythons.
7. Visit the Jade Dragon Temple
The Jade Dragon Temple (Yu Lun San Tien En Si) is a Buddhist temple at the Sibu-Bintulu Road, believed to be the largest temple complex in South East Asia. It is dedicated to bringing together Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Its majestic architecture and detailed interior design made this place one of the major tourist attractions.