Top 10 Things to See in Sarawak

A visit to Sarawak entails a glorious journey of discovery into its culture, heritage, and history. From the relaxing sights of Kuching city to the awe of its historical museums, there are several of things for the whole family to see and do in Sarawak.This article will provide you top 10 things to see in Sarawak.

1. Bakun Dam

The Bakun Dam is an embankment dam located in Sarawak, Malaysia, on the Balui River, a headwater or source of the Rajang River and some sixty kilometres west of Belaga. As part of the project, the second highest concrete-faced rockfill dam in the world would be built. It is planned to produce 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity once completed. As of 2015, Bakun Dam is the massive dam in Southeast Asia.

2. Mount Mulu


Mount Mulu is a sandstone and shale mountain. At 2376 m, it is the second tallest mountain in the state of Sarawak, after Mount Murud. It is located within the perimeter of Gunung Mulu National Park, which is named after it.The Mulu Park provided for guided hikes up the mountain. The normal schedule is a 4D/3N hike. There are forest huts along the path at Camp 1, Camp 3 and Camp 4 (there is no Camp 2). These forest huts come up with shelter, cooking facilities (stove, cooking utensils, cutlery ), toilets, and water (collected rainwater).

3. Tua Pek Kong Temple


Tua Pek Kong Temple is located in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia is an icon of the town with its 7-storey pagoda. Its history dates back to 1870. The temple is also familiar as Sibu Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong Temple.

4. The Astana


The Astana is a palace located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the north bank of the Sarawak River, facing the Kuching Waterfront. It is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, the Head of Sarawak. The name is a variation of ‘Istana’, meaning ‘palace’. It was built in 1870 by the second White Rajah, Charles Brooke, as a wedding present to his wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. The palace is not usually open to the public, although the landscaped gardens are, which can be reached by a boat ride across the Sarawak River.

5. Similajau National Park


Similajau National Park (SMLJ National Park, Malaysia) is a national park located in the Bintulu Division of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Bintulu.It is famous for it luxurious flora and fauna.

6. Mount Santubong


Only 35 minutes drive from Kuching, the Santubong area has a special deal to offer the visitor. It has some wonderful natural attractions centred on the rainforested slopes of Mount Santubong, its mangrove forests, rivers, near shore waters and mudflats. These dissimilar habitats are home to variation of wildlife making Santubong one of the top sites in Sarawak to watch a range of wildlife in a natural setting.The Santubong area is one of the top places in Sarawak to watch the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, which inhabits rivers, estuaries and shallow coastal areas. On rare moment, finless porpoises and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins are sighted in the waters off Santubong. There are a few interesting coastal villages (kampungs) in the Santubong Peninsula. The most reachable from Damai is Kampung Santubong, a well-kept Malay village at the foot of Mount Santubong.

7. Deer Cave

Deer Cave , located near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a show cave appeal of Gunung Mulu National Park. It was surveyed in 1961 by G. E. Wilford of the Malaysian Geological Survey, who predicted that Mulu would yield a lot more caves in the future. The cave, which is also known as Gua Payau or Gua Rusa by the local Penan and Berawan people, is said to have received its name because of the deer that go there to lick salt-bearing rocks and protect themselves.

8. Kuching Cat Museum

The Kuching Cat Museum is a cat museum located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was founded in 1993. It is owned by the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU). This is the world’s first cat museum.

9. Fort Margherita


Fort Margherita is an old castle built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak situated in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The castle is a vital landmark and monument in Sarawak’s history which goes back to the Brooke Dynasty. The castle, built in the style of an English castle, was designed to defend Kuching from being attacked by pirates. It served as a Police Museum from 1971 before being handed over to the Sarawak state government and now is a tourist appeal in Kuching. The fort now houses the Brooke Gallery, an display showcasing the history of Sarawak under the Brooke Dynasty.

10. Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park is a national park located in Miri Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. The park is popular for its caves and the expeditions that have been mounted to explore them and their surrounding rainforest, most remarkably the Royal Geographical Society Expedition of 1977–1978, which saw almost 100 scientists in the field for 15 months. This began a series of over 20 expeditions now drawn together as the Mulu Caves Project.

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