Sarawak is one of the largest states in Malaysia that lies in East Malaysia. Sarawak shares the island of Borneo with the eastern state of Sabah and separates the country of Brunei and the Indonesian provinces of Kalimantan.
In Sarawak, tourism plays a chief role in the state’s economy. During the year 2010, Sarawak was visited by both international and domestic 3,270,655 tourists. Besides that, The Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award which is held each year is done to appreciate the best in the tourism sector of the state. Gunung Mulu National Park, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) – the region’s premier "world music" event is some of the most popular tourist attractions of Kuching city.
Few of Sarawak’s highlights include the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park which are some of the largest in the world, and the orang-utans of Semengoh. Not forgetting, a visit to the longhouses and native tribes in the internal side of Sarawak is a must.
Cities in Sarawak
- Bintulu – Known for its dreary oil and gas industry base
- Kuching – Sarawak’s capita known as the City of Cats, that is located at the western tip of the state
- Belaga – This is the jumping point to the inner Borneo’s indigenous tribes and long houses
- Miri – Sarawak’s northern city, capital of the state’s oil industry
- Sibu – Entryway to the vicinity of the Rejang River, Sarawak’s and Malaysia’s longest river
- Sarikei – "Food Basket" for the Land of the Hornbills
- Sri Aman – Is a little town along the Batang Lupar which is popular among local and foreign tourists.
- Mukah – A coastal town in Central Sarawak where the sago-eating tribe (Melanau) are found.
- Kapit – One of the stop-offs along the Rejang and gateway to interior Sarawak which is only accessible using express boats from Sibu
- Bintangor – Famous for greenish skin orange.
- Simunjan – A tiny town located between Serian and Sri Aman, site of some colonial era coal works.
Major Tourist Attractions in Sarawak
- Bako National Park – Home to the inquisitive monkeys
- Gunung Gading National Park – This is the place for you to spot the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia.
- Gunung Mulu National Park – Find the huge Mount Mulu and some of the world’s largest cave system
- Batang Ai National Park – Portion of the region’s largest trans-national dwindling area for tropical rainforest conservation
- Similajau National Park – Find a chain of golden sandy beaches, peppered by small rocky headlands and jungle streams.
- Niah National Park – One of Sarawak’s better well-known national parks, important for its archaeological remains such as a 40,000 year old human skull, prehistoric cave paintings, and the birds nest industry.
- Damai – Sarawak’s premier beach resort on the Santubong Peninsula
- Semengoh – Home to a famous orangutan sanctuary and rehabilitation center
Travel by bus
One can take a direct international bus from Pontianak, Indonesia to Kuching. There is also a direct express bus service between Lawas in north-eastern Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as well.
Hop in a bus
Most of the cities in Sarawak are now connected by express buses. Vital Focus Transportations Sdn. Bhd which operates Suria Bas, PB and Borneo Highway express buses, and Biaramas is one of the few companies that provide bus transport services.