Contrary to what a lot of the Western media would have you believe, much of the state is still virgin jungle, however, there is certainly evidence of logging.Sarawak is a tourist destination poised to take its rightful place among the preferred destinations for those seeking culture, nature and adventure tourism. Visitors will leave Sarawak having enjoyed a host of memorable experiences.
In Sarawak, thick jungles are only a few steps from the luxurious resorts. Modern amenities are readily available, even deep in the jungle. Sarawak offers a fresh alternative than can be visited either on its own, or as a perfect complement to a trip to West Malaysia, Sabah or other Asian destinations.
Kuching is possibly the best place in the whole of Borneo to purchase artefacts and handicrafts from the entire region, particularly in the shops along Main Bazaar. Prices are not fixed – bargaining is considered normal practice.
Mulu’s wildlife is as impressive as its flora, and is inhabited by an impressive variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and other invertebrates, including deer, monkeys, giant porcupine, civets and all of Borneo’s hornbills.A note about visiting Longhouses (this applies to any Longhouse in Borneo)
Longhouse Dos and Don’ts
Observing a few simple rules will ensure that your hosts enjoy the visit as much as you do.
- Never enter a longhouse without asking permission first.
- If you arrive unannounced, always ask for the Tuai Rumah or headman’s apartment.
- Always remove your shoes when entering a longhouse.
- Never push away food or drink offered to you. If you wish to decline, touch the plate or glass gently with your right hand.
- The Tuai Rumah, or headman, is a person of considerable importance. Always treat him with the respect his position deserves.
- If invited to bathe in the river, always wear a sarong or a non-revealing swimming costume. Never bathe where members of the opposite sex are bathing.
- If on an organised tour, always follow your tour guide’s instructions.
- Never distribute gifts to individuals, especially children. Always present gifts to the Tuai Rumah, who will ensure that they are distributed fairly throughout the community.
Photos copyright to Sarawak Tourism Board and Phil Youdale