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Sarawak  The Land of the Hornbills



Sarawak is best known as the land of vastness: Vast mass of land, vast ethnic diversity and vast natural wonders. With three quarter of its landmass still covered with the world's oldest tropical rainforests and latticed with rivers and tributaries, it is home to weird and fascinating plants and animals: deer the size of cats, big nosed and big bellied Proboscis monkeys, fly eating pitcher plants, the world's largest flower, lizards and squirrels that fly, and many others.

Making up 37.5% of the land of Malaysia, Sarawak is blessed with vast areas of both lowland and highland rainforest that is home to an abundance of plant and animal species. The extraordinary natural wonders of Sarawak are its national parks, including Gunung Mulu, the Niah Caves, and Bako. Sarawak's cultural treasures are also fascinating, reflecting not only the state's many ethnic peoples, but also the odd western influence of Sarawak's "White Rajahs."

Sarawak, with its dense vegetation and endless rivers, boats are the main mode of transport especially to its interior regions. The most common boats used are low-lying pencil thin canoes called perahus'. Equipped with outboard motors; they are move along the rivers with surprising speed and agility. Travel in areas not accessible by boat is often made by light aircrafts and helicopters. Major towns are serviced by buses.

Kuching
Kuching, the capital is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. With a population of about half a million people, it is without doubt the most pleasant and interesting city in Borneo. It is hilly, leafy and has a very pleasant riverside area.
 


FAST FACTS ABOUT SARAWAK
Full Name - Sarawak
Weather - Equatorial climate - hot and humid throughout the year with average daily temperature ranging from 23° C during the early hours of the morning to 32° C during the day. Wet Months with heavy rainfall occurs between November to February
Population - 2.5 million (Malays 21%, Chinese 29%, Orng Ulu 5.5%,
Capital City - Kuching
People - Iban 30%, Chinese 29%, Malays 21%, Melanau & Bidayuh 14%, Orang Ulu 5.5%, Others 0.5%
Head of State - Yang Di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) - Abang Muhammad Salahuddin
Major products/industries - Oil and Gas, Timber, Oil Palm, Sago and Pepper

 

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History & People

History
Brief history of Sarawak and the White Raja’s to the present

People
Insights into the various peoples and ethnic groups in Sarawak:
Ibans - Chinese - The Malays - Melanau - Bidayuh - Orang Ulu

Kuching

History - The City - Getting There

Sightseeing within the city as well places if interest within easy reach around Kuching

Kuching – Sightseeing / Kuching – Historical Sights / Kuching – The Museums / Around Kuching - Sights & Visits

Longhouse & Visits

Built on stilts, high on the riverbanks an average longhouse has 20 – 25 doors, with each door representing one family

Longhouse Communal Living - The Longhouse - Longhouse Visits - Do's and Don'ts

Bintulu & Sibu

Bintulu
This well-planned industrial town, is geographically situated half way between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu / Places of Interest

Sibu
Bintulu, an industrial town, is geographically situated half way between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu

 

Sarawak National Parks

Sarawak has various national parks located throughout the State. These parks which within reach from Miri, Bintulu and Kuching offer visitors an excellent collection of flora and fauna. They contain abundant wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, exotic plant species, secluded beaches and jungle treks.

Bako National Park / Kubah National Park / Gunung Gading National Park /
Tulang Satang National Park /
Batang Ai National Park /
 Mulu National Park / Niah National Park
Lambir Hills National Park /
Loagan Bunut National Park /
Semilajau National Park

Miri

Miri, the third largest town in Sarawak, serves as a gateway to the Northeast Region / Places of Interest

Within reach from Miri includes -
Miri Diving / Mulu National Park /
Niah Caves / Lambir Hills National Park /
Loagan Bunut National Park

Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is the largest and the crown jewel of Sarawak’s national parks. Its 15 different types of forest contains a wealth of wildlife and thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants. The park has one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world.

Mulu Caves / Treks & Climbs

 

 

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