Welcome to Sarawak
Described as Asia's best kept secret, Sarawak is the largest
state in Malaysia, and also its richest and most varied. It is
situated on the island of Borneo, and along with Sabah, makes up
East Malaysia, which is separated from Peninsula Malaysia by the
South China Sea.
Like her neighbour, Sarawak is equally celebrated for its
natural beauty and diversity. This diversity extends to its rich
cultural heritage and its preservation of traditional lifestyles.
Sarawak's numerous Dayak tribes still live in longhouses - these
are whole village populations living in one structure, with
separate rooms opening on to a communal veranda. This communal
spirit is extended to visitors who are invited to stay
Sarawak's natural wonders can best be experienced in its
national parks, ancient rainforest and wildlife centres, where
intriguing species of fauna and flora, caves and untouched coral
reefs can be found; the clear waters off the coast afford an
exceptional diving experience.
Kuching is Sarawak's capital, an interesting city and good base
from which to explore the national parks. Its rich historical past
can be seen in a variety of museums, including the Sarawak Museum,
or outside the city at Damai visitors can get to grips with the
cultural heritage at the Sarawak Cultural Village. Gateway to the
north east, the resort city of Miri is fast becoming state's most
popular tourist destination, and is renowned as an adventure city.
It boasts a wide range of accommodation options, good beaches, a
lively nightlife and is within reach of several national parks and
natural attractions, as well as some of the best diving in
Information & Facts
Bahasa Melayu is the national language, but English is
widely spoken and is the language of business. Cantonese, Hokkien
and Hakka are spoken by the Malaysias Chinese population and Tamil,
Malayalam and Hindi among the Indian population.
The Malaysian Ringit (MYR), also referred to as the Malaysian
Dollar, is divided into 100 sen. Malaysian banks charge in the
region of US$2-3 for foreign exchange transactions. Moneychangers
are generally quicker to deal with and do not charge commission;
their rates however are variable. Pounds or dollars are the easiest
to exchange. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and some
hotels. All major credit cards are accepted at upmarket hotels,
shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely available.