Welcome to Sarawak: Bumi Kenyalang (Land of the Hornbills)
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Welcome to Sarawak: Bumi Kenyalang ("Land of the Hornbills").
It is the largest state in Malaysia and the capital city is Kuching (yup, it means Cats in Malay, though I hardly see much live cats around)
Home to at least 27 ethnic groups; each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle, Sarawak is a melting pot for racial-integration (so says the official line, what it means is that it's a nightmare to get people to agree to anything by consensus). Having a very diverse and rich ecosystem, this area is excellent for those who are into related research work. (We might even bump into each other while running around in the forest !)
The rainforest is also home to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, and a myriad of rare species of plant life.
So many places and things to see. Where to start ?
The major national parks and protected areas are :
3) Lambir Hills
6) Gunung Gading
7) Batang Ai
8) Loagan Bunut
10) Tanjung Datu
11) Talang-Talang and Satang Islands,
12) Bukit Tiban,
14) Gunung Buda.
15) Rajang Mangroves
* [if any of the maps are too small for you to see clearly, please contact me, I'll email you the originals I downloaded]
There are several wildlife sanctuaries.
Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Lubok Antu, Sri Aman Div
Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary in Miri
Samunsan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sematan
Matang Wildlife Centre near Kuching.
Orangutan Rehabilitation Centres at Semengok(Semenggoh) and Matang.
Summary of the Parks :
Niah National Park is the most historic, with archaeological value as the oldest dated skull of modern humans in Asia was found right here at famous Niah caves.
Mulu National Park is the place where visitors can find Gunung Mulu, a beautiful 2,377 m high sandstone mountain. Do not miss the huge caverns of limestone caves which await you within the mountain. For those who are willing to trek, go for the 'Pinnacles' �" a natural rock formation which is a sight to behold.
Kuching has several areas of interest nearby such as Stutong Park, within the city.
Wind Caves and Fairy Caves at Bau.
Orangutan wildlife rehabilitation centres at Semengok and Matang.
Museums and Crafts
Visitors can get a quick update in Sarawak's history and cultural heritage by visiting the Sarawak Museum, Textile Museum and Crafts Centre in the City.
The Cultural Village at Damai provides a compact introduction to all the various native groups in Sarawak. They have cultural dance performances during certain times of the day. You can see the various types of homes built by the native groups. Need to take a bus ride from Kuching city to Damai, Santubong. Entrance fee last known : RM 60 per adult
Anybody Looking for a Drinking Partner ?
For those looking to get really sloshed, go for the Pesta Gawai (Gawai festival).
* I had taken some made by the Kadazan people in Sabah, many years back. What a Christmas eve night !!!! Didn't even notice the hurricane which blew away most parts of the city near the sea ! Only realised how strong the winds were when I noticed capsized and sunken ships in the harbour on the next day. *