Travel To Sarawak - An Introduction

If your next holiday is a travel to Sarawak, then this is a must to read for you. We will tell you everything you need to know for your travel to Sarawak.

Your Sarawak vacation should be planned prior to your visit to Malaysia to ensure a smooth experience.

Malaysia is divided in two portions, east Malaysia and west Malaysia; Sarawak is located at east Malaysia together with Sabah.

Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, with most parts of the state underpopulated 

The state of Sarawak is located on the Borneo Island, which is shares with again another Malaysian state, Sabah, and also Brunei and Kalimantan of Indonesia.

About Sarawak

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Sarawak is divided into 11 divisions; Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Kapit, Miri and Limbang. Your travel to Sarawak in incomplete without visiting its capital Kuching, which when translated into Bahasa Malaysia means cat. You will find monuments built of cats all around the city.

Sarawak in Malaysia has an important role in terms of logging and its agricultural supply.

It supplies Malaysia with timber, oil and gas, and many other agricultural products.

Sarawak in Malaysia is also known as the Land of The Hornbills.

The Great Hornbill is one of the largest birds in the world and the one that you would find in Sarawak has an orange beak.

Your Sarawak vacation would become truly one of those unforgettable moments in life if you were to see this beautiful creature sitting on a tree and even more spectacular would be the sight of The Great Hornbill flap its wings and fly away. Truly, unforgettable.

Sarawak Natives

Ethnic group in Sarawak

With more than 40 ethnic groups in Sarawak, Sarawak has the most number of ethnic groups in comparison to any of the other 13 Malaysian states.

The Sarawak natives are made up of mostly the Iban, followed by Chinese, Malay, the Melanau, The Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and many more.

The Ibans form the largest ethnic group in the Island of Borneo and are mostly Christians. Although so, they still celebrate festivals such as the Harvest festival Hari Gawai and many more.

These people speak the Iban language and during festivals are fully attired in their traditional Iban attire.

There is a saying, every 5th person in this world is a Chinese. This is probably true since they form the second largest ethnic groups in Sarawak. They came in as traders and today form a large number of Sarawak’s business community. 

Then there are the Melanau, who are Sarawak natives. They mostly practice Islam and Christians, but some still celebrate animist festivals. Their native language being Melanau, most of them also speak Malay.

Sarawak Food

Kek Lapis Sarawak

With so many ethnic groups in Sarawak, the food is a diverse mixture of all these cultures.

There is the Sarawak laksa, a bowl of creamy and spicy noodles, and also the famous tomato Kueh Teow.

Then there is the famous Kek Lapis, or also known as layer cake, which has so many variations that one is not just spoilt for choice but utterly confused.

So, with these tit-bits about Sarawak, I hope you will be able to plan your travel to Sarawak well.

More about Sarawak

  • Kuching Travel Guide
  • Sibu Travel Guide
  • Sarikei Travel Guide
  • Iban
  • Melanau
  • Bidayuh
  • The Great Hornbill

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