10 Things to Do in Sarawak, Malaysia
I’m officially booked to head back to Asia in March and I’m having the hardest time choosing the countries and cities that I will visit. Since I will definitely be going to Singapore, Malaysia is a STRONG contender for counties that I might visit before ending up in Teipei.
Sarawak really is one of the greatest undiscovered regions in the world, let alone in Malaysia! Truly, this is a place that all nomads, especially those that are fascinated with life in Southeast Asia, should visit to in their travelling life. And, when doing so, there are a multitude of fun and enlightening things to do.
To see 10 top things that you should be getting up to when in Sarawak, make sure to read on.
The flag of Sarawak. Image source
Go kayaking in Kuching
For those of you that appreciate a slow-paced and serene view when travelling, then kayaking down a river in Kuching, Sarawak is the thing for you. Well, that is if you take the river at a slow pace when in your kayak (it’s completely up to you!). But, when you do decide to stop paddling and instead take to floating and relaxing down the river, having a few drinks whilst you’re at it, you’ll begin to realise that the hustle and bustle of city life isn’t that great after all. You may even leave your kayak all set on trying to find a house for rent in Kuching because you loved it that much!
Have a mooch around Mulu National Park
If you’re a lover of UNESCO world heritage sites, then Mulu National Park is somewhere that you should head to when in Sarawak. And, even if you’re not a huge fan of such sites, a trip to Mulu is worth it anyway simply because of how beautiful a place it is — it is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful places in the whole world, let alone in Malaysia.
Rave in a rainforest
Okay, you might not be able to go to a full-blown rave in a rainforest when in Sarawak, but you’d certainly be able to party in one. Yes, the Rainforest World Music Festival, held annually at the Sarawak Cultural Village, would allow you the chance to really let loose in a real life rainforest, and listen to some great indigenous music as you did so.
Pop down to Pesta Benak
Another festival that you should most definitely pop down to you when in Sarawak is Pesta Benak. Also known as the Tidal Bore festival, this is a festival that surfers, general water lovers and adrenaline junkies alike flock to in order to take on the tidal bore, a natural phenomenon n which large waves make an appearance. So, if you want a bit of adventure during your trip to Sarawak, and you don’t mind getting a bit wet, then make sure to book your trip when Pesta Benak is in full swing and the waves are at their highest.
Float on over to the Fairy Cave
The Fairy Cave, located near an old gold-mining settlement in Bau, truly is a place of legend, so a trip here should be high on your Sarawak priority list! When there you’ll hear many different stories as to what past the cave has — was it used by Japanese soldiers in order to hide during the war, or was it the home of fairies that protected children in times gone by? Who knows, but something that you should know is that a trip to Sarawak without visiting this cave is a real travesty!
Set your sights on scuba diving
If diving head first into your Sarawak experience is something that you want to do, then scuba diving in some of the diving hotspots found in Miri is something that you should be doing. In these hotspots, which have, of late, made a real name for themselves in the world of scuba diving, you would be able to see coral reefs of a pristine nature, marine wildlife that call this part of the world their home and three shipwrecked Japanese vessels.
Have a go at hash running
Hash running is a unique sport not found anywhere else in the world but Sarawak, so you simply must have a go at it when there! What it involves is a running leader (the hare) setting the pace and trail for the group, and then a bunch of enthusiastic racers running behind him exerting all the athletic and running skills they have in order to try and keep up. This is something that you should try if you have a love of running, or if you just want to have a bit of fun.
Catch the views on Canada Hill
If running is not your forte, then why not head to Canada Hill? Here, you’ll find a beautiful spot to take a a slow, serene hike simply because of the panoramic view you will have of the whole city of Miri. If you visit on a sunny day and take a picnic with you, you’ll have an absolutely amazing time.
Jump on over to Jangkar Waterfalls
Kampung Jantan is the home of the Jangkar Waterfalls and is a little out of the way in regards to everything else Sarawak has to offer, but by going out of your way to see the falls you will understand what all the fuss is about. You see, these falls truly are a majestic sight to behold and truly cannot be missed if you come so geographical close to them.
See the Sarawak Regatta
The Sarawak Regatta, a staple event in both the history of Sarawak and its modern day, is a boat racing event that sees rival teams from all over Southeast Asia take to the water to prove their racing dominance. Although you won’t be able to get in the boats yourself, witnessing such an event is something that cannot be missed.
As you can probably tell from the points above and the points found found here, there are more than enough things to do when you visit Sarawak, Malaysia. So, what are you waiting for? Get those flights booked, get whatever vaccines you may need to visit Southeast Asia, get your wallet or purse filled with Malaysian Ringgits sorted and get yourself over to Sarawak!