Samarahan Bike Challenge

March 30-31

The 6th edition of the Samarahan Bike Challenge 2019 takes place on March 30-31.

This Bike Challenge is one of the biggest bicycle racing events  in Sarawak, with  categories such as the Elite or ‘The Road Warrior’, Veteran or ‘All Star’, Sarawak Close, Ladies and Juniors, and  routs  varying from four to eight kilometers.

The event consists of five main categories open for both amateur and professional cyclists and is held annually with participation from Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland and South Africa.

Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.
Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.

Other Events

Sarikei Fishing Safari (March 30)

Danu Lake Festival (April 5-7)

Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari (April 5-7)


Miri Marathon 2019

March 17

Miri Marathon will take place on March 17 with routes of 42, 21 and 10km distances.

The marathon is held every year with the objective of fostering a healthy lifestyle and a passion for running among the communities of Miri, young and old alike.

The Miri Marathon has been successfully held since 2017, and grows every year.

For contact or information, please visit


Sarawak wraps up at the Flight Centre Travel Expo

The Sarawak Tourism Board wrapped up at the Flight Centre Travel Expo, where they attended the expo in Sydney and Melbourne on February 2-3 and 9-10.

The Board was able to promote Sarawak directly to the Australian consumers, who were eager to hear more about the responsible tourism and experiential tourism attractions within Sarawak.

The expo was a success in raising awareness on the authenticity and vastness of Sarawak’s attractions, particularly in Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals as well.


Sarawak Tourism Business Networking Sessions

The Sarawak Tourism Board will be having a networking session roadshow in Singapore, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang from February 25 to 28.

The sessions in Singapore on February 25 will be held at the Carlton Hotel from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, while the Johor Bahru session will be held the next day at the Amari Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

On February 27, the Kuala Lumpur session will take place at the Pullman Hotel (City Centre) from 9:30am to 1:00pm, and the Penang session on the February 28 takes place at the Wembley Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

This networking session will be held to network with travel agents in the area and open new business ventures with those interested in partnering with the board to promote Sarawak as a tourism destination.

Sarawak Arts Council Open Day at the old DUN

The Sarawak Arts Council (Majlis Seni Sarawak or MSS) will be actively holding workshops on traditional dance choreography of the different ethnic groups in Sarawak.

Courses on traditional music, vocals and dance, as well as training for aspiring art tutors and teachers, will also be organised.

MSS’s vision is to build a community that is appreciative of the arts through MSS’s positive, productive, creative and evaluative efforts, and they begin these efforts after February 17.

MSS recently held its Open Day on February 11 to 17 at the old Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Complex, with stalls selling tradition arts and crafts as well as food.

There were dance and music performances throughout the event, with children’s competitions and an open counter to register for future workshops.

For more information on their programmes, please contact Easter Melebeh: +60126090477.

Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.
Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.

Implementation of Tourism Tax 2019 at Sarawak National Parks

Effective 1 February 2019, Tourism Tax will be imposed on foreign tourists staying at park accommodation. It shall be the duty of the tourist to pay the Tax at a rate of Ringgit Malaysia Ten only (RM 10.00) per room per night (Tourism Tax (Rate of Tax) Order 2017 – P.U. (A) 241).

All overnight tourists are also required to present their physical passports at the Registration Counter of each park.

For more information visit Sarawak Forestry Website.

Bako National Park

Nordic Travel Fair

Sarawak Tourism Board went for a week-long tourism promotion mission to Finland attending the MATKA Travel Fair in Helsinki and also conducted destination briefing and partners’ engagement session in Amsterdam with local Sarawak partners.

 Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is set to ramp its tourism promotion in the Netherlands with at least three Dutch operators who have expressed their interests in joint marketing collaboration.

 The Product Managers from Fox Verre Reizen and Sawadee Reizen expressed their interests to do a familiarization trip to Sarawak in order for them to have a first-hand experience of the destination whereas the Product Manager of Pangea Travel had, indicated his intention to include the Central Region as a new product in their promotional catalogue.

 Meanwhile in Helsinki, the STB delegation were guests at the office of the Malaysian Embassy, meeting with the First Secretary, Norhalilah Abdul Jalil.

Norlilah (left) with Sharzede at the Malaysian Embassy
Norlilah (left) with Sharzede at the Malaysian Embassy

Sarawak at the Flight Centre Travel Expo

Sarawak Tourism Board will be at the Flight Centre Travel Expo, having booths at the Sydney and Melbourne consumer shows on from February 2-3 and 9-10, respectfully.

In Sydney, the Sarawak Booth will be located at Stand No.2 at the Sydney Showground, from 9:00am to 4:00pm., and Stand No.77 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Flight Centre Australia organises their consumer travel Expo in several cities of Australia annually. STB will only participate in Sydney and Melbourne consumer shows with its own booth.

Sarawak attending Flight Centre Travel Expo 2018
Sarawak attending Flight Centre Travel Expo 2018

AirAsia now flies KK-Sibu

AirAsia’s Kota Kinabalu – Sibu daily flight was officiated at the Sibu Airport on the evening of January 29th.

This flight takes up the route previously serviced by MasWing, reassuring business communities, locals and tourists that their flight between Sibu and the capital of Sabah remains.

Visitors from Kota Kinabalu can now take the 1 hour 20 minute flight to Sibu, which offers a unique experience to visitors, such as cruises along the Rajang River, which is the longest river in Malaysia, as well as the rich and authentic cultures of the local communities.

The flight was received by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.