Our beautiful country, Malaysia harbours a myriad of attractions that even locals are yet to finish exploring. From verdant rainforests to spotless beaches, we have them all! For those who are yet to visit the east side, allow the beauty of these 4 destinations to convince you to travel to the “Land of the Hornbills”, Sarawak.
4 Must-Visit Destinations in Sarawak And What’s Interesting There
If we’re talking about Sarawak, we definitely can’t miss out on the state’s capital and most populous city. The “City of Cats” is home to a number of natural reserves, shopping havens and famous landmarks perfect for first-time visitors. There are also many exciting events throughout the year, including music festivals and cultural shows.
What’s interesting there?
- Rainforest World Music Festival
This annual three-day event holds significance for the locals as it showcases the diversity of world music to all visitors. At night, the festival features performances brought on by talented local and international musicians, ranging from traditional music to world fusion and contemporary world music. During the daytime, there are fun music workshops, cultural activities, displays and food stalls to explore.
Be enthralled by the luring music of these world music talents and visit this annual event of the year from 23 to 25 June! Get your tickets here: https://rwmf.net/
- Borneo Cultures Museum
If you are intrigued by all things artistic and cultural, you should consider a trip to the Borneo Cultures Museum. This amazing architectural wonder displays the rich cultural heritage of Sarawak as well as its unique traditional crafts that have been passed down for generations.
- Sarawak Food
And of course, don’t forget to try out the local cuisine of Sarawak while you’re there! Some of their popular fares include Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, Ayam Pansuh, Kek Lapis and more. Savour their diverse range of culinary offerings in the local food stalls, coffee shops, and restaurants there.
Located in the northern region of Sarawak, Miri is the tourist gateway to multiple wildlife attractions and national parks. Its rich historical sites and eco-tourism are ideal for avid adventurers who seek enjoyment in nature. Moreover, this city is known to be a shopping paradise with its line of shopping malls where you can shop till you drop.
What’s interesting there?
- Gunung Mulu National Park
Ever thought of venturing into the world’s largest cave chamber? Other than its extraordinary natural beauty, Gunung Mulu National Park is home to the Sarawak Chamber, the world’s LARGEST cave chamber by surface area according to UNESCO World Heritage. A first-time traveller? Don’t worry as there are many tour packages you can choose from here.
- Niah National Park
Due to its ancient background, Niah National Park has been a hotspot for archaeology enthusiasts. Although its surface area may be smaller than the other natural reserves, its significance has never wavered. After some of the oldest modern human remains in Southeast Asia were discovered here, the Niah Caves were soon named one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Another worthwhile destination in Sarawak! Situated along the northern coast of Sarawak is Bintulu, a town that’s famous for its spiritual and green attractions.
What’s interesting there?
- Similajau National Park
Get the best of both worlds with pristine rainforest and relaxing beaches at this coastal park. Nature tourists can also explore the wildlife such as proboscis monkeys and exotic birds on its hiking trails. There are furthermore camping facilities if you wish to stay close to nature for the night.
- Tanjung Batu Beach
Lay out a picnic spread while enjoying the sea view at this recreational spot. Visitors can also sip on a refreshing coconut at the food and drink stalls along the beach.
From bustling markets to cultural hubs, the town of Sibu is another compelling destination for travellers to visit. This settlement is built along the mighty Rajang River, which serves as a vital transportation artery for the locals.
- Sibu Central Market
Visit the ultimate market in town, where locals and tourists frequent. This buzzing hub offers an extensive range of fresh produce, seafood, handicrafts, and local delicacies. Not to mention the warm hospitality of vendors will encourage you to shop with ease.
A trip to Sibu is incomplete without trying their local delicacy: Kompia. Originating from the Foochow community, this iconic pastry has been a favourite teatime snack best enjoyed with coffee or tea. Its crusty exterior envelops a layer of minced meat filling, giving it a crispy and savoury taste.
Fly From As Low As RM79 With AirAsia To Sarawak
Convinced yet? If not, maybe this will help! In collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, AirAsia allows you to fly to Sarawak with an all-in one way fare from RM79*! Take this chance to discover nature, culture and art, all in the magnificent “Land of the Hornbills”.
You can even choose to fly from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Kota Kinabalu.
Booking period: Now – 28 May 2023
Travel period: 5 June – 14 December 2023
Book here on the airasia Super App now: https://air.asia/6T8y5
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