Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, is by far the most exotic. This land of the hornbill, the near extinct Orangutans and the fabled White Rajahs is considered Borneo’s “hidden paradise”. Its rainforest, the size of Austria, is home to the world’s richest and most diverse eco-system; here snakes and squirrels that fly, plants that eat insects and small mammals, and a myriad of unique flora and indigenous animals reside. Beyond the famed national parks and caves, it is also blessed with a rich cultural heritage.
Kuching, Sarawak’s capital and major city is home to 26 native groups, each with their own interesting traditions and heritage. At Kuching’s doorstep, Sarawak Cultural Village provides a remarkable snapshot of Sarawak’s multi-ethnic society. This live museum introduces visitors to the various native groups of East Malaysia.
The village is a replica of lifestyles that showcase the dwellings, crafts and traditions of ten major indigenous groups. The Bidayuh headhouse, where skulls were stored, the Iban longhouse, where locals live in communal fashion weaving traditional crafts, the Melanau tallhouses, built on high stilts because these peoples were fishermen who lived by the sea – these are just some of the models of the cultural heritage embraced by Sarawak. Traditional dances performed here are colorful, vibrant and energetic, and incorporate visitors into the local traditions. Sarawak Village is not only an education, but a unique vacation experience tremendously popular with children!
Among its national parks, Bako National Park, the oldest and smallest of Sarawak’s parks boasts an array of wildlife like unequaled in such a small area. Here bearded wild pigs, silver-leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and the rare and unusual Proboscis monkey reside. Batang Ai National Park features a rainforest like no other, with wildlife including orangutans, gibbons and hornbills. The park offers magnificent …Read more