Visit Sarawak More To Discover

Hey! It has been a while since my last Visit to Sarawak, to be exact it was 5 years ago. I guess now it’s time for me to go to Sarawak again soon. With the recent launched of Visit Sarawak More To Discover, I discovered that there are many unique places, food, festival and many more that I wish to experience. How about you? Have you visit Sarawak? If yes when was the last time you were there?

Visit Sarawak More To Discover

Recently Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah unveiled the Visit Sarawak Year logo. It’s designed to connote fun, and friendliness, the multi-coloured logo spelling out “Sarawak” with the tagline, “More to Discover," represents the aspirations of the campaign.

Tourism Malaysia International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) senior director Datuk Musa Yusuf; Sarawak Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth & Sports Datuk Hj Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor; Sarawak Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Aziz; Sarawak Tourism Board Deputy Chairman, Hii Chang Kee; Tourism Malaysia Domestic and Events Senior Director, Dato’ Dr Ammar Ghapar at Visit Sarawak More To Discover Launch  

The uniqueness of the logo is augmented by the hornbill, which replaces the letter “A,” representing Sarawak’s moniker, “Bumi Kenyalang,” or “Land of the Hornbills” that the State has been known for many years, which is also an important symbol of luck to the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Visit Sarawak Logo 

Visit Sarawak More To Discover 
The Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food, and Festivals

Sawarak Culture

The Iban Tribe, Sarawak

As the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak is home to 27 ethnic groups, speaking 45 languages and dialects, and each with their own stories, colorful cultures, traditions, and beliefs that makes Sarawak a cultural extravaganza just waiting to be explored. The Iban tribe, known for their headhunting skills and tribal expansion in the past. 

The people from upriver, or Orang Ulu, itself comprise of different tribes such as Kayan, Kenyah, Lun Bawang and Kelabit. Their exotic art and music has spread internationally, as seen in the growing popularity of the boat lute or sape, as played by famous Sarawakian musicians such as Tuku Kame.

Discover Sarawak Adventures

Diving in Miri, Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, Miri, Sarawak

On land, visitors have a plethora of adventures to choose from – from jungle trekking, adventure caving, to mountain climbing, rock climbing and jungle expeditions. In water, visitors can choose from river activities, diving, watersports, fishing, skiing and yachting. 

Sarawak Nature

Tusan Beach, Miri, Sarawak

Sarawak has 56 totally protected areas, 37 gazetted national parks, five wildlife sanctuaries and 14 nature reserves. It’s rainforests collectively are the size of Austria. The hornbill and the orang utan are not just the most awe-inducing fauna in the state. Its rainforests house the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystem. Home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia (that can grow to the size of a coffee table), squirrels and snakes that fly, deer the size of cats, plants that eat insects (and small animals).

Gunung Mulu National Park, Miri, Sarawak, A UNESCO World Heritage, Sarawak

Mulu National Park, is Malaysia’s only gazetted natural built park in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listings together with Kinabalu National Park in the year 2000.  Sarawak’s Bako National Park, traces its first visitors’ footprint to 1958, making it one of Malaysia’s oldest.  It’s Niah National Park is famed for Sarawak’s genesis, with evidence of human presence from 40,000 years ago discovered in the form of Paleolithic and Neolithic burial sites.

Sarawak Food

Laksa Sarawak

The late Anthony Bourdain had popularised the “laksa Sarawak” as a breakfast option where he referred it as “breakfast of gods”.

Manok Pansuh or Ayam Pansuh

From the delectable “manok pansuh” which is chicken cooked in bamboo, to the savoury “Sarawak laksa,” to the delicious “kolo mee,” to the mouthwateringly crispy jungle fern “midin” dish, to the herby broth known as “kueh chap” and the rich “manok kacangma” made from motherwort and rice wine, to the seasonal “dabai” fruit, to the Melanau “umai” delicacy with thin slivers of fish and rich sago pearls, Sarawak’s very long list of unique culinary offerings is unparalleled. 

Sawarak Festivals

Danai Kuwai, Rainforest World Music Festival 

From Gawai harvest festivals of thanksgiving, to the Kaul which is celebrated by the Melanau fishing communities which marks the beginning of the fishing season, Sarawak offers a plethora of festivals for tourists to participate in.

Rainforest World Music Festival 

Contemporary festivals include the world-renowned three-day Rainforest World Music festival which has run for 21 consecutive years continues to be the star attraction and attracts some 20,000 visitors.

In addition, other spectacular festivals include the Borneo Jazz, Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival, Pesta Kaul, Tidal Bore Festival, Borneo Cultural Festival and Sarawak Regatta. There is even a cat festival, “Pesta Meow” which gathers cats and cat lovers in Kuching.

For more information and updates about Visit Sarawak More To Discover, please visit Sarawak Tourism 

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