5 Things To do In Sarawak
What are the best things to do in Sarawak? Hello everyone 🙂 Today I will talk about one of my favorite places in the world; Borneo. I have lived there for about a year and a half traveling and working for a couple of NGO’s and those were some of the best days of my life.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. It is home to one of the oldest rain forests in the world, as well as to the famous orangutan. The Borneo Island is split between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. I lived in the Malaysian part; the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Today’s post will be about Sarawak. I will also write about Sabah in the near future 🙂
So today I would like to tell you about 5 things to do in Sarawak according to my experience 🙂 Here goes…
5 things To Do In Sarawak:
1. Mulu Caves:
Mulu caves are located in Gunung Mulu National Park, which is a protected area in the Borneo Rainforest. The most popular among the caves is the Deer Cave, which is the largest cave passage in the world that is open to the public. It’s a real adventure experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you’re around, make sure to spare a day or two for this amazing site.
2. The Iban Tribe:
I was so surprised to see that so many places in Malaysia are still populated with tribes. The most dominant tribe in the Malaysian part of Borneo is the Dayak. The Dayak are divided in two types: the Iban and the Bidayuh. The Iban form the largest population of Sarawak and, although they live everywhere, some of them have chosen not to go along with the trends of civilization. You can still find Iban living in the middle of the jungle where they still hunt, fish and grow rice and fruits.
Iban people are very much in touch with the nature and they feel a strong bond and connection to the rainforest. I think hey are some of the most generous and hospitable people I have ever come across. I spent 3 days in one of the Iban long houses and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences I have ever lived in my life.
3. The Amazing Orangutan:
In Malay, the word “orang” means people and “utan” (hutan) means forest. Orangutan means people of the forest. Orangutan is an ape species that is only found in Borneo. They are endangered, so it’s really rare to ever see them outside natural reserves. I think I was extremely lucky to see one once while I was on a jungle trek 🙂
There are many national parks in Sarawak where you can see and even sometimes interact with Orangutans. The most popular places you can find them at in Sarawak are Matang and Semmengok rehabilitation centers.
Orangutans are some of the most gentle, cuddly and cute apes you can ever encounter; even if they look quite scary when they are adults. They are also extremely intelligent and have the ability to think and reason. So, if you ever go to Sarawak, make sure you pay a visit to our ancestor friends!
4. Kuching: The City Of Cats:
Kuching (Kucing) in Malay means cat. The city of Kuching is the capital of the State of Sarawak. Although modern, Kuching has not lost its old and traditional touch. Kuching is also home to a lot of international universities and is populated by hundreds of foreign students that come from all over the globe to continue their studies.
Built around the Sarawak River, Kuching has amazing views all over the city and offers a large selection of farmers markets, temples and so many different activities. The night life in Kuching simply rocks as it is home to a log of nice bars and clubs; whether you want to just have a drink a chill, or you want to go wild on an all-night-long dancing night, Kuching has something for everyone.
5. The Borneo Rainforest Music Festival:
I left this one last because it’s my favorite. The Borneo music festival is by far one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life. It’s a three-day event that gathers musicians from all over the globe. It takes place every year in July in Damai Beach near Kuching.
Picture this: right in the middle of the jungle and the beach, three gigantic stages are set-up, the music is epic, the mood is just right, then, if you get a bit lucky, it starts raining on you. If that’s not adventure heaven, I don’t know what is 🙂
Oh, and I also should mention that there is mud everywhere, so be sure to wear clothes that you’re not really planning on using another time, hahaha! Here’s a photo of me covered in mud!
I loved that little white skirt, but it was totally worth it 🙂 If you want to know more about this festival, check out the information here.
So there you have it. I know that there are way more things to do in Sarawak, but this is just an idea of all the ways you could have fun on your trip there. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you do, please share it with your friends and also leave me a comment if you have been there, and tell me what other things to do in Sarawak 🙂