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8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

Written by: Sarah Bennett

Sarawak happens to be the biggest state located in Malaysia. And it is also one of those 2 states, which are positioned on the Borneo Island that is well known for the exotic orangutan territory rainforests. The populace of Sarawak includes Chinese, Malays, Eurasians, Indians and different local tribes like Dayak, Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, Kedayan, Orang Ulu and Penan.  Every clan has its typical unique language, culture, traditions, and food, which are not seen in any other areas of Malaysia.

What makes Sarawak really attractive is the availability of some national parks that showcase almost everything starting from the vast cave systems to the coastal swamp forests. Besides, Sarawak also preserves the most diverse as well as the richest ecosystems of this world. For the travelers, here are numerous scopes for extended or short treks both outside and inside the protected areas. Besides, travelers here can also visit the remote longhouse communities.

Here are the details of 8 underrated Sarawak destinations that one can visit: 

Kuching Waterfront 

This is the place where James Brooke, the 1st white skin Rajah set foot in Sarawak for the first time. Therefore, the Sarawak Government later spent a good amount of money to reconstruct the waterfront as well as to reclaim the parts of Riverside, which happened to be the crossing area for all the villagers to cross the river using small boats. At present, this waterfront is a wonderfully landscaped esplanade beside Sarawak River along with a few entertainment areas and eateries. Besides, there are a few sculptures, historical buildings and a watch tower present in that area. 

 

 

Old Museum of Sarawak

sarawak museum

It is the historic of museums located in Borneo, which was mainly sponsored by Charles Brooke, the 2nd Rajah and it got inaugurated in the year 1891 in order to display local arts crafts. Therefore, this place was renovated with a few additions to the present structure. At present, this museum houses a complete collection of historical information and tribal artifacts of Borneo. But, this museum is now temporarily closed until 2020 for refurbishments. 

Cat Museum

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Kuching- the capital of Sarawak is known popularly as the cat city and it is quite rightly said. This city houses one cat museum on Bukit Siol at the Petra Jaya opposite the Sarawak River. For every cat lover, this place works as a wonderful assortment of cat keepsakes starting from Garfield and Hello Kitty to the cat of Matthew Flinder and other popular felines. Here the visitors can enjoy exploring the photos and exhibits of all cats. Apart from that, they can also choose some souvenirs from the gift shops. 

Taman Budaya

It is a public garden located in Sarawak. This place used to be a reservoir previously for storing water. Due to this reason, this place is known as the Kuching Reservoir to local people. It is located near the Old Sarawak Museum and it is mostly used by people for walking and jogging. The hilly landscape of Taman Budaya makes this garden more attractive. 

Sarawak Islamic Museum

islamic heritage museum

This museum is located at the back of the Dewan Tun Razak. Previously, this place was a school namely James Brooke Malay College. Later this place was used as the Teachers Training College for studying Malay. Seven galleries are there in the museum. Each of these features items and artifacts regarding Islamic Civilization including coins, weapons, costumes, and jewelry. 

Kuching City Mosque

At this place, a wooden mosque was constructed in the year 1852. Later that mosque was destroyed and in the year 1968, the Kuching Mosque was constructed in that location. The best thing about this mosque is that it has a great blend of Italian and Midwestern architecture. Therefore, this place is considered to be one of the most important landmarks of Kuching. 

Tua Pek Kong Temple

 Seeing Kuching City on Foot

Constructed in the year 1843, this building is counted on as the oldest of Chinese temples in Sarawak. The temple is also considered as an important milestone situated in the central part of Kuching city close to the Sarawak River. During celebrations and other important religious celebrations, Chinese worshippers gather in this temple in order to pray for their wellbeing. 

Fort Margherita

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This fort was constructed in Sarawak in the year 1879 throughout the period of British Colonization for protecting the Sarawak city from outside attacks. The fort was called after Ranee Margaret – the wife of Charles Brooke. It is mainly located on the bank of the Sarawak River can easily be sighted from the Kuching Waterfront. The actual structure of this fort with the cannons, guns, cannon balls, prisoner’s cells and other important structures are still there. Now, the old Fort has changed into the police museum with the display of opium dens, weapons and various types of criminal punishments.

Written by: Sarah Bennett
“Sarah is a senior content curator in HolidayFactors.com, a leading holiday portal in Dubai, UAE”

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8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

Written by: Sarah Bennett

Sarawak happens to be the biggest state located in Malaysia. And it is also one of those 2 states, which are positioned on the Borneo Island that is well known for the exotic orangutan territory rainforests. The populace of Sarawak includes Chinese, Malays, Eurasians, Indians and different local tribes like Dayak, Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, Kedayan, Orang Ulu and Penan.  Every clan has its typical unique language, culture, traditions, and food, which are not seen in any other areas of Malaysia.

What makes Sarawak really attractive is the availability of some national parks that showcase almost everything starting from the vast cave systems to the coastal swamp forests. Besides, Sarawak also preserves the most diverse as well as the richest ecosystems of this world. For the travelers, here are numerous scopes for extended or short treks both outside and inside the protected areas. Besides, travelers here can also visit the remote longhouse communities.

Here are the details of 8 underrated Sarawak destinations that one can visit: 

Kuching Waterfront 

This is the place where James Brooke, the 1st white skin Rajah set foot in Sarawak for the first time. Therefore, the Sarawak Government later spent a good amount of money to reconstruct the waterfront as well as to reclaim the parts of Riverside, which happened to be the crossing area for all the villagers to cross the river using small boats. At present, this waterfront is a wonderfully landscaped esplanade beside Sarawak River along with a few entertainment areas and eateries. Besides, there are a few sculptures, historical buildings and a watch tower present in that area. 

 

 

Old Museum of Sarawak

sarawak museum

It is the historic of museums located in Borneo, which was mainly sponsored by Charles Brooke, the 2nd Rajah and it got inaugurated in the year 1891 in order to display local arts crafts. Therefore, this place was renovated with a few additions to the present structure. At present, this museum houses a complete collection of historical information and tribal artifacts of Borneo. But, this museum is now temporarily closed until 2020 for refurbishments. 

Cat Museum

sarawak borneo kuching cat museumsarawak borneo kuching cat museum

Kuching- the capital of Sarawak is known popularly as the cat city and it is quite rightly said. This city houses one cat museum on Bukit Siol at the Petra Jaya opposite the Sarawak River. For every cat lover, this place works as a wonderful assortment of cat keepsakes starting from Garfield and Hello Kitty to the cat of Matthew Flinder and other popular felines. Here the visitors can enjoy exploring the photos and exhibits of all cats. Apart from that, they can also choose some souvenirs from the gift shops. 

Taman Budaya

It is a public garden located in Sarawak. This place used to be a reservoir previously for storing water. Due to this reason, this place is known as the Kuching Reservoir to local people. It is located near the Old Sarawak Museum and it is mostly used by people for walking and jogging. The hilly landscape of Taman Budaya makes this garden more attractive. 

Sarawak Islamic Museum

islamic heritage museum

This museum is located at the back of the Dewan Tun Razak. Previously, this place was a school namely James Brooke Malay College. Later this place was used as the Teachers Training College for studying Malay. Seven galleries are there in the museum. Each of these features items and artifacts regarding Islamic Civilization including coins, weapons, costumes, and jewelry. 

Kuching City Mosque

At this place, a wooden mosque was constructed in the year 1852. Later that mosque was destroyed and in the year 1968, the Kuching Mosque was constructed in that location. The best thing about this mosque is that it has a great blend of Italian and Midwestern architecture. Therefore, this place is considered to be one of the most important landmarks of Kuching. 

Tua Pek Kong Temple

 Seeing Kuching City on Foot

Constructed in the year 1843, this building is counted on as the oldest of Chinese temples in Sarawak. The temple is also considered as an important milestone situated in the central part of Kuching city close to the Sarawak River. During celebrations and other important religious celebrations, Chinese worshippers gather in this temple in order to pray for their wellbeing. 

Fort Margherita

fort margheritafort margherita

This fort was constructed in Sarawak in the year 1879 throughout the period of British Colonization for protecting the Sarawak city from outside attacks. The fort was called after Ranee Margaret – the wife of Charles Brooke. It is mainly located on the bank of the Sarawak River can easily be sighted from the Kuching Waterfront. The actual structure of this fort with the cannons, guns, cannon balls, prisoner’s cells and other important structures are still there. Now, the old Fort has changed into the police museum with the display of opium dens, weapons and various types of criminal punishments.

Written by: Sarah Bennett
“Sarah is a senior content curator in HolidayFactors.com, a leading holiday portal in Dubai, UAE”

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8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

8 Underrated Sarawak Destinations

Written by: Sarah Bennett

Sarawak happens to be the biggest state located in Malaysia. And it is also one of those 2 states, which are positioned on the Borneo Island that is well known for the exotic orangutan territory rainforests. The populace of Sarawak includes Chinese, Malays, Eurasians, Indians and different local tribes like Dayak, Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, Kedayan, Orang Ulu and Penan.  Every clan has its typical unique language, culture, traditions, and food, which are not seen in any other areas of Malaysia.

What makes Sarawak really attractive is the availability of some national parks that showcase almost everything starting from the vast cave systems to the coastal swamp forests. Besides, Sarawak also preserves the most diverse as well as the richest ecosystems of this world. For the travelers, here are numerous scopes for extended or short treks both outside and inside the protected areas. Besides, travelers here can also visit the remote longhouse communities.

Here are the details of 8 underrated Sarawak destinations that one can visit: 

Kuching Waterfront 

This is the place where James Brooke, the 1st white skin Rajah set foot in Sarawak for the first time. Therefore, the Sarawak Government later spent a good amount of money to reconstruct the waterfront as well as to reclaim the parts of Riverside, which happened to be the crossing area for all the villagers to cross the river using small boats. At present, this waterfront is a wonderfully landscaped esplanade beside Sarawak River along with a few entertainment areas and eateries. Besides, there are a few sculptures, historical buildings and a watch tower present in that area. 

 

 

Old Museum of Sarawak

sarawak museum

It is the historic of museums located in Borneo, which was mainly sponsored by Charles Brooke, the 2nd Rajah and it got inaugurated in the year 1891 in order to display local arts crafts. Therefore, this place was renovated with a few additions to the present structure. At present, this museum houses a complete collection of historical information and tribal artifacts of Borneo. But, this museum is now temporarily closed until 2020 for refurbishments. 

Cat Museum

sarawak borneo kuching cat museumsarawak borneo kuching cat museum

Kuching- the capital of Sarawak is known popularly as the cat city and it is quite rightly said. This city houses one cat museum on Bukit Siol at the Petra Jaya opposite the Sarawak River. For every cat lover, this place works as a wonderful assortment of cat keepsakes starting from Garfield and Hello Kitty to the cat of Matthew Flinder and other popular felines. Here the visitors can enjoy exploring the photos and exhibits of all cats. Apart from that, they can also choose some souvenirs from the gift shops. 

Taman Budaya

It is a public garden located in Sarawak. This place used to be a reservoir previously for storing water. Due to this reason, this place is known as the Kuching Reservoir to local people. It is located near the Old Sarawak Museum and it is mostly used by people for walking and jogging. The hilly landscape of Taman Budaya makes this garden more attractive. 

Sarawak Islamic Museum

islamic heritage museum

This museum is located at the back of the Dewan Tun Razak. Previously, this place was a school namely James Brooke Malay College. Later this place was used as the Teachers Training College for studying Malay. Seven galleries are there in the museum. Each of these features items and artifacts regarding Islamic Civilization including coins, weapons, costumes, and jewelry. 

Kuching City Mosque

At this place, a wooden mosque was constructed in the year 1852. Later that mosque was destroyed and in the year 1968, the Kuching Mosque was constructed in that location. The best thing about this mosque is that it has a great blend of Italian and Midwestern architecture. Therefore, this place is considered to be one of the most important landmarks of Kuching. 

Tua Pek Kong Temple

 Seeing Kuching City on Foot

Constructed in the year 1843, this building is counted on as the oldest of Chinese temples in Sarawak. The temple is also considered as an important milestone situated in the central part of Kuching city close to the Sarawak River. During celebrations and other important religious celebrations, Chinese worshippers gather in this temple in order to pray for their wellbeing. 

Fort Margherita

fort margheritafort margherita

This fort was constructed in Sarawak in the year 1879 throughout the period of British Colonization for protecting the Sarawak city from outside attacks. The fort was called after Ranee Margaret – the wife of Charles Brooke. It is mainly located on the bank of the Sarawak River can easily be sighted from the Kuching Waterfront. The actual structure of this fort with the cannons, guns, cannon balls, prisoner’s cells and other important structures are still there. Now, the old Fort has changed into the police museum with the display of opium dens, weapons and various types of criminal punishments.

Written by: Sarah Bennett
“Sarah is a senior content curator in HolidayFactors.com, a leading holiday portal in Dubai, UAE”

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Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, we took a one reduction trafficked by, and that has done all a difference.” He could really good have created about Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a tiny dot on a map of Kudat district in Malaysia. Relatively different due to a remote location, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau doesn’t get many visitors, and for now, this outpost on Borneo Island stays a paradise.

This top in an removed partial of Sabah is reachable after 3 hours’ expostulate northeast of Kota Kinabalu, a final partial of that is over unpaved mud roads snaking by a tiny normal Borneo village. A correct highway to these parts, in fact, was usually built as recently as in a 1960s, before to that entrance was done probable usually by navigating a vessel along a coast.

But those who don’t caring for a tiny annoy — yet it contingency be said, a views along a approach are fantastic — will be rewarded, during journey’s end, with a landscape so pretentious that we will trust in a existence of sky on earth.

The crescent-shaped Kalampunian Beach here is carpeted in pristine white sands on that peaceful waves path to a shore. This unconditional coastline, fringed by casuarinas trees and pronounced to be one of a many moving vistas in Sabah, leads adult to a hilly precipice called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a northern-most tip of a Borneo Island.

Now, suppose station on this precipice corner and looking out to where a South China and Sulu seas accommodate in a good strife of waves. Dark and soppy sandstone boulders widen out into a sea like beached humpback whales in a obscurity of sea mist. The winds blow in forceful, frightening gusts, wafting a excellent fog of silt into a air. Visitors mount in astonishment with undone adult hair and billowing skirts. It feels like we are in a remote frontier, confronting furious and different possibilities – it’s exhilarating. Perhaps this was what Ferdinand Magellan, mythological to have stopped here during his circumnavigation of a globe, felt those many years ago.

It hadn’t always been such a singular place, though. The name, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau itself is subsequent from a Rungus difference “sampang mangazo” referring to a good battles once fought here in a 18th and 19th centuries by a locals. According to legend, a seashore was a favourite alighting indicate for looting pirates, and Rungus warriors bravely fought them off in bloody battles to strengthen their land. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau afterwards became a ideal surveillance indicate for incoming bandit attacks.

Though it is capricious how prolonged a Rungus have been occupying a area, they are deliberate to be a many normal clan in Sabah due to their siege from a bigger towns for so many years. While many have blending to complicated vital rather well, a comparison generations still purchase to their singular enlightenment and traditions. Many of a womanlike elders continue to wear normal coronet coils on their arms and furnish charming beads around their necks. Their basketry, weaving and beading works are pronounced to be legendary, and while complicated ways have overtaken their some-more normal lifestyle, it is still probable to revisit a Rungus encampment and knowledge a night’s stay in their longhouse during Kampung Bavanggazo.

Besides a homestay in a Rungus longhouse, there are usually a handful of places that can accommodate tourists in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and Kudat, reflecting a district’s comparatively new bearing to tourism (See “Accommodations” next for some-more options). However, there are still a series of informative practice here that warrants a traveller to put adult during slightest a night in a area, such as saying drum artisans during work in Kampung Sumangkap and a tiny apiculture attention during Kampung Gombizau. The people of Gombizau, informed with a internal botanical properties, have also commercialized a form of cure-all called ubat seribu or refreshment of a thousand uses done of furious plants, roots and herbs. Reputed to assuage several health problems such as high blood vigour and diabetes, it is a estimable commemoration to move home.

Each year, Kudat also plays horde to several engaging events such as a Gong Fest in Matunggong encampment in Oct and a Coconut Fest in Jul (coconut being an critical stand in a district). There is also a special outside band opening during Tanjung Simpang Mengayau any year that attracts crowds to a area – one that starts during a hour a object sets on a horizon, earnest a stately low-pitched eventuality to remember (see “Events” below).

Even but all these touristic events, it’s easy to tumble in adore with Kudat, and generally Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. No consternation a Rungus people were generally defensive of their dear land and put adult a genuine good quarrel those centuries ago!

EVENTS:

Sunset Music Fest during a Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Late June/Early Jul (please check with Sabah Tourism Board, hit below)

Organised by Sabah Tourism house and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, this yearly eventuality serenades audiences with exemplary favourites and contemporary tunes as a object sets on a setting during a northern-most tip of Borneo, in Kudat. Enjoy a pleasing sounds of a full band opposite a backdrop of one of Borneo’s many breath-taking sceneries.

Coconut Fest
29 Jun to 1 July

The coconut, an ever-popular fruit of a tropics, is distinguished in a special festival during Tomborungus in a northern district of Kudat. Coconut is grown extensively here covering an area of some-more than 5,741 hectares or about 14,000 acres planted.

The festival highlights a coconut attention and approval of a poignant grant to a amicable and mercantile gratification of a farming folks in Kudat. Its rising date coincides with World Coconut Day and a horde of sparkling activities are lined adult for visitors including a rarely interesting coconut shoe race, squeezing coconut divert competition, food and splash exhibition, trade displays, coconut conform uncover and a wildlife muster for a whole generation of a festival.
Pesta Gong Matunggong
24 – 25 October

The drum is one of a quintessential low-pitched instruments of Sabah and is constructed by qualification makers during Sumangkap encampment in Matunggong. See how they are done and played to constructed a singular sounds of racial Sabah music.

GETTING TO KUDAT:

It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours’ transport by land to get to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu.
ACCOMMODATIONS:

In Kudat town

The Kudat Golf Marina Resort offers 88 bedrooms trimming from customary to fine suites. Published room rates start during RM220 nett all a approach adult to RM450 nett thorough of breakfast. Facilities accessible during a review are an 18-hole golf course, semi-olympic distance swimming pool, aptness centre, sauna, tennis justice and children’s playground.

Website: www.kudatgolfmarinaresort.com
Tel: +6088 611 211, +6088 212 366
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

There are a series of bill accommodations during Kalampunian Beach located along a highway that takes we to a Tip of Borneo. Though not high-end resorts or hotels, these no-frills accommodations yield gentle and purify amenities during affordable prices. Best of all, they have good views of a beach and sunset.

Tampat Do Aman is a low-impact “jungle camp” located during a border of a Sabah state timberland haven and only 10 to 20 minutes’ travel to a Kalampunian Beach. Tampat Do Aman provides guest with dual forms of sleeping arrangements, possibly in normal Rungus longhouses (complete with butterfly netting) or in semi-permanent tents (tents on lifted wooden platforms with thatched roofs). Rates are RM30 per chairman per night in a longhouse or a tents. Do note that Tampat Do Aman has common toilet and lavatory comforts and no prohibited showers.

The jungle stay also has a beach-front restaurant, Tip Top Restaurant and Bar, that serves western and Asian dishes; and an activities centre that rents out recreational apparatus such as snorkelling gear, bicycles and arranges for jungle movement trips. Future skeleton here embody building some-more chalets, a dive centre, a wildlife refuge and a Rungus informative centre.

Website: tampatdoaman.com
Tel: 013 880 8395
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tampat Do Aman

BorneoTip Beach Lodge is located right opposite a highway from a beach where guest can suffer good beach and nightfall views. It has 12 beach-facing bedrooms propitious with gentle beds, comfortable showers and atmosphere conditioners. Guests can select from bedrooms that nap two, three, 4 or five, labelled during RM150, RM180, RM200 and RM240 respectively. All prices are net and embody breakfast. The board also has a grill and a mini lounge.

Facebook: BorneoTip Beach Lodge Kudat
Tel: 016 8170163
Email: [email protected]

Tip of Borneo Resort is also famous simply as Tommy’s Place. Guests only need to cranky a highway to get to a beach on a other side. It has 8 bedrooms labelled during RM130 for a room that fits dual and RM160 for a room that fits three. Price is thorough of taxes and breakfast. Tommy’s has a grill that serves a preference of internal and western dishes.

Website: tipofborneoresort.com
Tel: +6088-641 488 / +6088-641 499 / +6088-493468
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tip of Borneo Resort

CONTACT:

For some-more information on Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and events in Sabah, contact:

Ms. Susan Shahira
Event Manager, Sabah Tourism
Tel: +6088 232 121
Fax: +6088 265 540
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.sabahtourism.com
Facebook: SabahMalaysianBorneo

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