A land of adventures, where jungle-dwelling tribes live in riverside longhouses and head hunters used to roam, the state of Sarawak is everything one imagines Borneo to be.
Its ancient rainforests, broad rivers and vast limestone caves have supported human life since prehistoric times. Today, Iban tribes comprise the largest group of Sarawak's two million people and a visit to a traditional longhouse is a major highlight.
Charles Darwin described Sarawak as ‘one great wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse, made by nature for herself' and although extensive logging has greatly reduced the area of rainforest in recent years, thick greenery still covers around two-thirds of the state.
The wild areas that remain are some of the most species-rich habitats anywhere on the planet.
Top itineraries in Sarawak
Watch turtles hatch on a beach, spot orangutans on rainforest treks and cruise past pygmy elephants on a longboat, all on this comprehensive Borneo itinerary. Throughout, you’ll enjoy everything from luxury beach stays to guided touring from local experts.
Where to go in Sarawak
On the border with the Indonesian province of Kalimantan lies this remote highland region named after one of Sarawak's ethnic groups, the Kelabits, although the Penan and Lun Bawang people also live in the area.
‘All sense of time and direction is lost,' said Wexas Honorary President Robin Hanbury-Tenison in his book Mulu: the Rainforest. His words are more than mere hyperbole, for the landscape here - which includes the world's largest limestone cave system - is at least five million years old, and new pl…
Mangroves, rainforest and beaches are contained within the boundaries of Sarawak's oldest national park, Bako National Park, located on the Muara Tebas Peninsula close to Kuching.
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