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The largest state in Malaysia, the many cultures and peoples here are only dwarfed by the bio-diversity of its verdant and ancient rainforests. Experience the intriguing heritage and legacy of the Brooke dynasty in Kuching, capital of Sarawak.

1. Gunung Mulu National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is one of Sarawak's most outstanding attractions. It is a treasure trove of vertical cliffs, jagged limestone pinnacles and intricate cave networks. Tours and caving expeditions can be arranged at the park office.


2. Niah National Park

Dubbed the cradle of civilisation of the region, the Niah National Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Millions of bats and swiftlets, numerous historical sites, ancient tombs and primary rainforest all come together in this enchanting national park.

Niah National Park

3. Bako National Park

One of the best places to begin your discovery of the state's rainforests, due to its close proximity to the city. Amongst the local inhabitants are proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, plantain squirrels and about 150 species of birds.

Bako National Park

4. Kuching Waterfront

A 900-metre long esplanade, it's a popular hangout for both locals and foreigners. Many heritage buildings dot the place, offering an interesting look into the city's historical and cultural past. Avid shoppers will be happy to know that the Main Bazaar is also on this stretch.

Kuching Waterfront

5. Sarawak Cultural Village

A 'living museum', the Sarawak Cultural Village showcases the lifestyles and traditional dwellings of major ethnic groups in Sarawak. It lies at the foothills of Mount Santubong.

Sarawak Cultural Village

6. Traditional Longhouse Visits

Longhouses are the traditional dwellings of the indigenous tribes of Sarawak. Communal in nature, it is not uncommon to find many generations of family living under one roof. Visitors can experience their way of life by prearranging a visit to these endearing homes.

Traditional Longhouse Visits

7. Gunung Gading National Park

The gigantic Rafflesia flower, which can span up to a metre, can be found in this park. Forest lodges are available for overnight stays and is a two-hour drive from Kuching, the state's capital. Visitors are advised to call in to find out if the flowers are in bloom.

Gunung Gading National Park

8. International Music Festivals

Some of the most internationally-acclaimed music festivals take place in Sarawak; the Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri and the Rainforest World Music Festival, which takes place in the most unlikely of places – the rainforest.

International Music Festivals

9. Lambir Hills National Park

Said to have 1,100 species of tree within just 50 hectares, the Lambir Hills National Park is a botanical paradise. With luck, visitors will get to see pangolins, barking deer or monkeys of various species. Walk the trails, or trek to waterfalls for a picnic in this verdant rainforest.


10. Authentic dishes

Many exotic dishes and delights await those who are ready to give it a go. Have a taste of the colourful Sarawak Layer Cake, the aromatic Sarawak Laksa and the special Mee Kolok.