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About Sarawak

Sarawak’s Gateway Cities

Welcome to the land of the hornbills! Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, north of the Equator. With its beautiful blue skies and tropical breezes you can bathe in the sandy beaches and palm-fringed state of Sarawak.

Waterfront, Main Bazaar

Facts About Sarawak

Area 124,449 sq km
Location North-Western shore of Borneo Island, between latitude 0º 50′ and 5º N and longitude 109º 36′ and 115º 40′E
Time GMT + 8 hours U.S. Eastern Standard Time + 13 hours
Climate Tropical: warm and sunny throughout the year. Daily temperatures range from 33º C (90º F) in the afternoon to 22º C (70º F) during the night. Heavy rainfall usually occurs between November to February. Humidity is consistently high in the lowlands ranging from 80 per cent to 90 per cent.
System of Government Parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch
Population 2.4 million (2010) with an average annual population growth rate of 1.8%
Ethnic Group Malays, Iban, Chinese, Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Indian and other indigenous groups
Religion Islam is the official religion. There are freedom for other religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism
Language Bahasa Malaysia or Malay is the official language, English, Mandarin, Iban and other local dialects are widely spoken
Division Sarawak has 11 Administrative Divisions:
  • Kuching
  • Samarahan
  • Sri Aman
  • Betong
  • Sarikei
  • Sibu
  • Mukah
  • Bintulu
  • Kapit
  • Miri
  • Limbang
Major City/Town
  • Kuching City (also the state Capital of Sarawak)
  • Miri Resort City
  • Sibu Town
  • Bintulu Town
Vaccination No vaccinations required unless you have been in a yellow fever area in the last six days
 
Traveller Declaration Travellers are allowed to bring in not more than RM1,000 in cash but an unlimited amount in foreign currency. Travellers who are bringing in more than RM1,000 in cash must complete the Traveller Declaration Form (TDF). TDF must be presented to Immigration counter upon arrival in and departure from Malaysia. Travellers are only allowed to take out amounts in Ringgit Malaysia equivalent to or less than the sums declared on their TDF upon entry.
   
Water Tap water is portable and drinkable. Bottled mineral water is also readily available from shops
Electrical Supply 220 – 240 volt / 50 cycles system
Living Standard Per capita income of:Constant Prices RM8,108 (1987)Current Prices RM23,424 (2006f)Inflation rate is 2.2% (2005e)
Currency Ringgit Malaysia (RM),which is available in the form of:Coins – 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen,Notes – RM1, RM5, RM10, RM50, RM100(RM1 = 100 sen)
Entry Requirements Visa free entry for holiday purposes (14 days to 3 months) is given to most nationalities. Passport or travel document must have 6 months validity beyond date of entry. Malaysian diplomatic missions could be contacted for current requirements.

If adventure had a home, it would be the vast wilderness. Grand, green, awesome! Like no other place on earth. If adventure had a home, it would be filled with the friendliest people on earth. People of different races, religions and cultures. If adventure had a home, it would be here when one arrives as a guest and leaves as family. If adventure had a home, its home would be Sarawak. Come and explore our vast wild home of adventure. Sarawak, where adventure lives.

Rich in Culture

Meet The Locals

Most of the people of Sarawak are sedentary farmers who live in communal longhouses and practice swidden rice agriculture. This state has the most diverse ethnic groups with a very distinct culture, language and lifestyle. A variety of religion with 45 different languages and dialects runs this town. In spite of these differences, the locals epitomise peace, harmony and unity.

Iban, Melanau, Penan, Malay, Chinese, Orang Ulu, Bidayuh

Iban claims the largest population, thus making its language the most widely used in Sarawak. Chinese society comes in second. Although Sarawak is part of Malaysia, the Malay population only falls in third. The Orang Ulu is well known for their intricate beadwork and detailed tattoos. Bidayuh people are famous for their hospitality and warm smiles. The Melanau are fearless sailors and skilled fishermen while the Penan, on the other hand, are shy and elusive. The Penans are the last true nomadic people of Sarawak.

Our Mural Tattoo

An age-old form of body art practiced by the natives of Sarawak. Traditional art form of tattooing has been an integral part of the Iban community for decades. Hand tapping style of tattooing using two sticks could be quite painful yet rewarding. For the Ibans, tattooing symbolises an individual’s experiences, and every tattoo signifies a period of time during their travels.

“Tree of Life”

According to the Kenyah/Kayan people of Sarawak, the Tree of Life in their legends and myths gives birth to the first man and women when an upper world creeper impregnates an underworld tree. The hornbill bird (Burung Kenyalang) in both traditional Iban and Kenyah belief is the celestial upper world counterpart to the underworld ‘Naga’ or dragon goddess. The hornbill is usually depicted perched at the top of the Tree of Life motif.

Our Friends

1. Orang Utan : Known as the ‘Man of the Forest’, the Orang Utan can only be seen in Borneo and Sumatra.
2. Proboscis Monkey (nasalis larvatus) : It derived its name from its large, protruding nose. Find this monkey only on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
3. Saltwater Crocodile : ‘Bujang Senang’ or the ‘happy bachelor’ dwells widely in coastal swamps and rivers.
4. Hornbill : The state symbol of Sarawak.
5. Silver Leaf Monkey : Do not be fooled by its punkish look. This shy primate lives on flowerand fruits and is one of the most attractive and common primates.
6. Atlas Moth : The world’s largest moth!
7. Rajah Brooke Butterfly : This butterfly was named in honour of Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak. It is the only butterfly to be attracted to water, rather than plants.
8. Black-sided Flowerpecker : At 8cm, the world’s smallest bird is slightly larger than a matchbox.

 

 

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