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Shopping in Sarawak

Shopping in Sarawak is as adventurous as its places of interest. The state’s many ethnic groups are known for their intricate crafts and souvenirs. One of the state’s most popular crafts is the Sarawakian beads. Colourful beads of all sizes are fashioned into necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. Another must have item is the Pua Kumbu textile. This hand-woven fabric can be used as wall hangings, table covers and shawls. Sarawak pottery has gained a name for itself for its distinct designs and carvings. In some places, visitors can watch pottery-making. Bamboo mats are another popular item. These mats come in various sizes and are a great idea to enhance your home decor. Some shops even offer packing and delivery arrangements for a fee.

Main Shopping Location around Kuching:

  • Main Bazaar, Kuching Waterfront Bazaar, Saracraf Pavilion, Sarawak Handicraft Centre, Jalan Padungan, Jalan Santok Sunday Market, India street and Jalan Penrissen (pottery making)

Dining in Sarawak

Diverse, tasty and exotic! Sarawak’s traditional delights are simply superb for those who are adventurous enough togive it a go. Coastal areas such as Damai and Santubong offer a variety of seafood dishes.
The state is also a leading producer of pepper and pineapples. In the cool climate of Kelabit Highlands, the natives cultivate a special rice called Bario Rice. It is harvested by hand using age-old method. The equally cold highlands of Ba’Kelalan is gaining popularity for its crunchy apples. For decades, Sarawak has been exporting high quality Sarawak Bird’s nests.
Aside from the local food, visitors can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western food in Kuching. Major hotels around the state serve a variety of continental cuisine.

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Sarawak River Cruises

Rivers play an important role in Sarawak’s transportation. Since hundreds of years, the locals have been using river transportation to get access to various parts of the state. Now visitors too can experience this inportant espect of local lifestyle.

One of the most popular cruises is the Sarawak River Cruise, which departs from the Kuching waterfront twice a day. It retraces the historical journey of Sir James Brooke in the yesteryear while giving a glimpse of the city’s old-world charm.

Visitors in search of of more excitement can board the perahu tambang, a localboat. It is the easiest and quickest method to get across the Kuching River. This service is widely used by the locals because of its reasonable fare.

Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching

The Santubong peninsula beckons with a delightful attraction – dolphin watching. The shallow coastal areas and estuaries make good habitats for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Although sightings depend on the weather and a good guide, the serene views along the river will keep visitors fascinated. Most cruises can be arranged through travel agents.

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Longhouse are the traditional dwellings of the natives. These are communal dwellings and many families live in the same longhouse and share their daily tasks together. A stay at the longhouse offers a chance to experience this interesting way of  life. Longhouse visits are available at the following places.

Anna Rais Longhouse, Padawan

Live in Bidayuh longhouse with the locals, savour the local delights and experience the traditional lifestyle. A trip to the Annah Rais Longhouse offers great nature-based activities and cultural shows. Anna Rais Longhouse is situated about 60km or 1½ hours’ drive from Kuching. Trip must be pre-arranged.

Interesting activities:

  • Trek to a hot spring or waterfall
  • Try a waterfall massage
  • Go bamboo rafting
  • Learn how to cook bamboo rice and bamboo chicken
  • Enjoy a Bidayuh cultural performance
  • Try your skills with a blowpipe
  • See how rice is harvested
  • Try your hand at playing the traditional instruments
  • Savour local fruits and don’t miss the local home made wine.

Iban Longhouse Tours, Batang Ai, Lemanak and Skrang

The Iban Longhouse tour at Batang Ai is a unique experience to be cherished. Lemanak River is about four hours’ drive from Kuching. Visitors will get an opportunity to journey upstream along the river on a wooden longboat, before arriving at the longhouse where many interesting activities await. Be awed by a blowpipe demonstration, see how rice is cooked in bamboo tubes and watch a traditionalnative dance.

Batang Ai is the site of the 24,040ha Batang Ai National Park. It is the home to the endangered gibbons, orang utans and hornbills. Just outside the park is the five-star Hilton Longhouse Resort, offering longhouse-style accommodationwith all the trappings of medernity.

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National Historical Monuments

Millions of bats and swiftlets, numerous historical sites, ancient tombs and a primary rain forest come together to enchant visitors in this national park. Dubbed as the cradle of human civilisation in the region, Niah is one of the most important archaeological sites in the word.
Sprawling over 3238ha, Niah National Park enjoys great popularity among history lovers and researchers for its archaeological significance. The Great Cave here was inhabited by prehistoric men nearly 40,000 years ago. Among the relics unearthed include Neolithic painting and paleolithic artefacts.
Painted Caves

Another attraction is the Painted Caves, where depictions of human-like figures were found near an ancient burial site. Niah National Park is accessible from Bintulu and Miri. It is situated about 109km from Miri and 131km from Bintulu. Accommodation Ranges from chalets, hostels and a rest house.
Visitors are recommended to explore the forest trails, visit the Iban longhouse, enjoy a boat ride, explore the Great Cave to see the excavation site and visit Niah’s famous Painted Cave.

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site

One of the most outstanding attractions in Sarawak. Gunung Mulu National Park is a treasure trove of vertical clifts, jagged limestone pinnacles and inricate cave networks. The area is a paradise for reseasers with some 20,000 animals ansd 3,5000 plant species.

Tours and caving expeditions are available from the park office. Visitors can choose from introductory, intermediate or advance tours depending on their experience and fitness levels, Tpours are accompanied by World Heritage Guides. To truly appreciate the the beautiful Mulu, visitors are advised to allocate at least several days from their trip here.

Accommodation rangers from camp sites, forest huts to the exclusive Royal Mulu Resort nestled amidst the rainforest. Mulu is accessible by air from Miri.

World Largest Cave and Headhunters Trail

  • Deer Cave has the largest cave passage in the world. A unique features at the Deer Cave is the formation which resembles the profile of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Clearwater Cave is Asia’s largest cave. The Sarawak Chamber is the world largest cave chanber which can accommodate 40 Boeing 747 aircrafts.
  • Visit the Lang Cave  and Wind Cave.
  • Watch millions of bats from the Bat Observatory
  • Make your way to the Pinnacles Summit. Gunung Mulu’s signature attraction is the razor-sharp limestone spikes call the pinnacles.
  • Trek along the Headhunters trails to Limbang
  • Go up the 480m Mulu Canopy Skywalk
  • Explore the Medicine Plants Trail

Mulu National Park & Wildlife Office
Tel: 085-432561