Sarawak Regatta and Kuching Waterfront Festival

The Sarawak Regatta and the Kuching Waterfront Festival will take place on November 17 to 19 at the Kuching Waterfront.

This annual event showcases the boating prowess of participants from villages around Sarawak, various government organisations, private sectors, independent participants from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.

The Kuching Waterfront Festival features activities like “Brooke Swim”, Raft Tug-of-war, and duck catching as well as various exhibitions and markets along the waterfront selling cultural crafts, wares and food.

The Sarawak Regatta was founded in 1872 during the Brooke era as a way to stop racial wars between the local warring tribes when headhunting was practiced, by encouraging non-violent competition to prove their strength.

Each longboat in the event is manned by 30 paddlers and the village teams will be competing for the Raja Sungai, or ‘King of the River’ title.

For more information, visit https://regatta.sarawaktourism.com/

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Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta

The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta will take place on November 10 to 12 at the Kuching Waterfront.

The event annually brings local and international participation, and pulls tourists from far and wide and throughout the region.

The Dragon Boat Regatta is divided into categories including International Men’s Team 12s, International Men’s Team 20s, International Mix 12s, International Mix 20s, Sarawak Closed Race 20’s (Men only), Sarawak Closed Race 12’s (Men only) and the International Junior Under 23 Open 12’s.

For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarawakdragonboatregatta/

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Kuching’s Visitor Information Counter Moves

The Visitor Information Counter (VIC) in Kuching is relocating on November 1 to the Sarawak Tourism Complex, also known as the Old Court House, near the Kuching Waterfront.

The new office will be closer to the tourist haunts, making it easier for visitors to find the VIC and seek information, while also being scenically located in a heritage building.  

The Sarawak Tourism Complex’s main building was built in 1871 and used to be the seat of government for Sarawak, with the original belian (ironwood) roofs, colonial Clock Tower and Charles Brooke Memorial.

Aerial view of Sarawak Tourist Complex, or Old Court House, in front of the Kuching Waterfront.
Aerial view of Sarawak Tourist Complex, or Old Court House, in front of the Kuching Waterfront.

ITB Asia

The Board wrapped up ITB Asia campaign in Singapore on October 27 with three days full of business opportunities and trade appointments for the Sarawak team.

The Sarawak booth was represented by eight travel agents, two hotels and one venue provider, who managed to attend 336 formal appointments for the contingent combined over the course of the three-day event.

The appointments strengthened old business dealings as well as ushered in new partnerships between Sarawak agents and their Singaporean counterparts.

 ITB Asia is an extension of ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show and the primary travel trade event for the Asia Pacific region, creating connections between trade partners in Asia and Europe through business sessions and knowledge sharing.

Sarawak team at ITB Asia
Sarawak team at ITB Asia

Sarawak at ITF 2017

International Travel Fair (ITF) Taipei held at the World Trade Centre from October 27 to 30 including Sarawak Tourism officers, China Dragon Travel Services Co. Ltd. and Pin Sing Travel & Tour (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd.

Present at the Sarawak Booth were Sarawak-born and Taiwan-based singers Melvin Sia and Eison Cai to promote Sarawak to the Taiwanese crowd.

They shared their experiences and their love for the local cuisine of their hometowns.

ITF is one of is one of Asia’s biggest travel fairs with a recorded 361,071 visitors last year and over 1,450 booths with more than 60 countries exhibiting.

Melvin Sia and Eison Cai at the Sarawak Booth in ITF.
Melvin Sia and Eison Cai at the Sarawak Booth in ITF.

Scoot Now Flies Daily on Singapore-Kuching Route

Scoot Airlines has launched its inaugural Singapore – Kuching flight on October 29 this year, arriving at Kuching International Airport at 9.55pm.

The new daily flights departing Singapore at 8.30pm on Sunday to Thursday, 6.10pm on Friday and 6.10am on Saturday.

The return flights from Kuching depart at 8.35pm on Sunday to Thursday, 8.15pm on Friday and 8.15am on Saturday.

“We are confident that the launch of Scoot’s direct flight between Kuching and Singapore will further help us to promote Sarawak and Kuching as the preferred nature tourism destination,” said the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Cultural troupe on the inaugural Scoot flight with Acting CEO if STB Mary Wan Mering (Second from left), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture Datu Ik Pahon (Third from left) and Chief Commercial Officer of Scoot Vinod Kannan (first from right).
Cultural troupe on the inaugural Scoot flight with Acting CEO if STB Mary Wan Mering (Second from left), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture Datu Ik Pahon (Third from left) and Chief Commercial Officer of Scoot Vinod Kannan (first from right).

Sarawak at WOMEX

Sarawak Tourism Board representatives attended this year’s World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Poland on October 25 to 29 to promote Sarawak’s trademark event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Also attending this 23rd edition of WOMEX was local musician and artist Alena Murang and musician Eldrick Udos or ‘Bob’.

Both Alena and Bob have performed at the RWMF and are also impassioned supporters of maintaining and passing on the Bornean cultural heritage.

Alena and Bob were interviewed alongside RWMF Events Director, Angelina Bateman by Drago Vovk of Radio Sraka during the Expo.


From the right, Anglina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka.
From the right, Anglina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka.

Hornbill and Elephant Workshop

As a part of the What About Kuching (WAK) month, a Borneo ‘Bengkel’ or workshop called ‘Hornbill and Elephant’ will take place on October 16 to 22 at HAUS in Jalan Capital Garden near the city centre.

This week-long event is participated by Sarawakian and Sabahan artists exploring their cultural identities through creative expression in an interactive workshops.

With anthropologists joining the event along with local artisans, musicians and performers, the event delves deep into Bornean heritage.

The Workshop includes design masterclasses, crafts bazaars, exhibitions and cultural performances.

For more information, visit http://aboutkuching.com/event/9-borneo-bengkel-hornbill-elephant/

Photo credit: Borneo Bengkel poster
Photo credit: Borneo Bengkel poster

Pesta Benak

Pesta Benak, or the Tidal Bore Festival, will take place on November 3 to 5 in Bandar Sri Aman about 200km from Kuching City.

A tidal bore is the unique natural phenomenon where incoming tides form waves that travel up a river, in this case the Batang Lupar River in the town.

Thanks to these waves, Pesta Benak is celebrated with tidal bore surfing, water sports like boat races and kayaking as well as food and trade fairs, both day and night, for visitors who are in town for the viewing of the waves.

Pesta Benak happens every year in early November, subject to the tide level.

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Container Themed Restaurant in Miri

Container City Miri has opened as a container-themed restaurant and is located at Yu Seng Road in Miri.

With a modern style and mutli-level loft-like seating areas, the Container City has become a hip new hang out spot in Miri, with stalls selling western and local meals, snacks and ice creams.  

They also hold open events like the Naruto Run, busking competitions and Local Sarawak Dressing Competitions for a more active and fun environment.

For more information, visit Container City Miri’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/containercitymyy/  or contact them at  011-3120 3352

Container City Miri finished and ready for business. Photo Credit: Container City Miri Facebook page.
Container City Miri finished and ready for business. Photo Credit: Container City Miri Facebook page.