Borneo is the world's third largest island, with three recognised countries namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei claiming a hold on three separate parts of the island.
Kuching City in Sarawak, Borneo
Sarawak is popularly known as the 'Land of the Hornbills' and bears distinction as the largest state in Malaysia. Here, you will find one of the oldest rainforests in the world as well as uniquely diverse cultures with about 50 ethnic groups living together harmoniously. It is in the state's capital of Kuching that you will embark on your journey with Limkokwing Borneo.
- Capital city
- Time Zone
- Calling Code
- Kuala Lumpur
- Bahasa Melayu
- Tropical; Monsoons
- Ringgit (MYR)
- MST (UTC +8)
Kinabalu Park was gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia's first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000 for its outstanding biological attributes. This melting pot of natural wonders is larger than Singapore.
Kubah National Park
One of the natural wonders in Sarawak is the Kubah National Park. Only a day’s trip away from the city of Kuching, the park is situated on a small sandstone plateau that boasts crystal clear rivers and streams as well as a host to a collection of waterfalls and small bathing pools. Kubah is a mix of dipterocarp forests but also has one of the widest diversity in orchids and palms in Malaysia. Among the wildlife that you may encounter here includes the black hornbill, mouse deer and many species of reptiles and amphibians. Although these wildlife are not part of the parks ‘wildlife encounters’, its true appeal lies in the breathtaking rainforest scenery.
Caving in Sarawak
If you’re an adventure seeker or just another nature lover, Sarawak is home to a vast collection of caves that offers a different kind of thrill. When one mentions caving, most will think of the Gunung Mulu National Park in Miri, but the Kuching area has something else to offer. With over 200 cave entrances in the vicinity, visitors can experience the beauty and excitement of a real caving experience without traveling to far. There’s an array of safe caving adventures await you; from deep open spaces, painted walls, cool underground streams as well as the flora and fauna you will discover during one of these trips. Caving trips are rated according to the difficulty level from easy, intermediate and technical multi-day expedition. You can also opt for a cultural village stay or enjoy the wilderness while you jungle trek.
Anyone who visits Sarawak will realize that the state is not only famous for its natural wonders but it is also famous for its delectable and unique cuisine. In terms of choice, Sarawak has many distinct specialties that are only found in this part of Malaysia. The great Borneo breakfast, the Sarawak laksa is a spicy noodle dish with beansprouts, shredded chicken, prawns cooked in coconut gravy and Pansoh Manok, an Iban delicacy of chicken cooked in bamboo are among the local fare that you will find in the city of Kuching.
Diving in Sarawak
Borneo is a land of natural wonders and Sarawak is home to many popular diving destinations due to the abundance of pristine reefs and beaches. The Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park is just one of these locations. Lying at the depths of 7 to 30 metres, the waters have an average visibility of up to 30 metres. The diversity as well as the accessibility of corals and marine life on the reefs are among the best you will find in this region.
Rest & Relaxation
Sarawak is a place where rich heritage meets modern township and home to an incredible variety of tropical bio-diversity. You will find an abundance of leisurely places, romantic riverfronts and of course, Mother Nature’s glory, all in one place. Sarawak offers you an adventure that will not disappoint with many hidden gems waiting at every turn.
Arts and Crafts
You will able to find a number of traditional handmade arts and crafts in Borneo. Each indigenous tribe has their own unique batik clothing, beaded accessories and of course traditional wooden handicrafts for any enthusiast to pick and choose.
For those of you who are into culture and heritage, you won’t be disappointed as Sarawak has quite a number of fascinating places that will capture your imagination. With its many historical sites that includes places that are centuries old. Walk into these destinations and discover the foundations that made way to become the Sarawak we know today.
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