Sarawak Tourism Board Moving Office

We are pleased to announce that effective Wednesday, 1st August 2018, the Sarawak Tourism Board will be moving to Level 4, Plaza Aurora, Jalan McDougall, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.

The Board’s email and web addresses remain unchanged, while the telephone and fax numbers are as follows:

Tel: +6 082 – 423600   Fax: +6 082-416700

The new premise is located behind Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites and offers more comfortable meeting rooms, better parking facilities and bigger and better working space for our ever growing staffs.

Plaza Aurora
Plaza Aurora

Rainforest World Music Festival Surpasses Target Attendance

The 21st Rainforest World Music Festival recorded an attendance of 21,668, surpassing the set target attendance of 20,000.

Saturday was a booming success, reaching approximately 9,000 festival-goers.

This three-day Festival attracted travellers from all walks of life and countries of origin, with activities like concerts and mini sessions, parades and surprise performances, wellness activities and lifestyle workshops, in-depth traditional instrument tutorials, cultural snippets and film screenings as well as children’s sessions, all surrounded by the cultural houses, food and crafts of the Sarawak people.

Another attraction factor was the expansion of the Festival grounds to include Damai Central, where two additional stage areas were situated, for even more activities and performances.

For 2019, the festival will be held from July 12 to 14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

  Ecstatic crowds exceeding 9000 people on Saturday (14 July) at the Rainforest World Music Festival
Ecstatic crowds exceeding 9000 people on Saturday (14 July) at the Rainforest World Music Festival

Trekking to Western Julan waterfall, the highest in Sarawak (5D4N)

The effort to get to Western Julan waterfall does require a fairly high level of fitness but the moment you stand before the spectacular 300m (about 1,000ft) drop waterfall, the sight should etch in your memory for a life time. We have to add that leeches will occupy their fair share as well. Indeed, what pristine nature throws at you, she is generous with! Read more here: https://sarawaktourism.com/itinerary/western-julan-waterfall/

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Sarawak Borneo Cross Country Motorcycle Rally 2018

November 24, 2018 – December 5, 2018

It’s a 12-day and 11-night motorcycle rally, for 250 CC engines and above, that takes enthusiast and professional riders across borders between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Riders will start off in Kota Kinabalu,  Sabah, riding  through Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching in Sarawak,  to Pontianak and Singkawang in Indonesia and ending in Kuching.

The motorcycle rally is estimated to bring together some 200 foreign and local big bikers this year to see what Sarawak and the rest of Borneo has to offer.

Normal participation package costs RM4,777 nett  which includes, border crossing documentation fees, mobile support trucks and a technical team, meals, three rally t-shirts and one long sleeve dry fit shirt, petrol, mineral water and luggage transportation by coach.

The package excludes shipping and air tickets.

For bookings, contact 013-3913388, 019 – 2705073 or 012 – 6866550.

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Pesta Nukenen – Bario Food and Cultural Festival

July 16 – 28, 2018

The Pesta Nukenen is a three-day festival that celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands in the Northern region.

Enjoy the delicious organic food presented by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands and take part in local traditional games and dances to experience the local lifestyle.

There are beautiful jungle trail for those who love trekking and on a clear nights, make sure you catch up with see the bright constellations and even the Milky Way in the night sky.

Bario located at 3,200ft above sea level and is one of the last surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested highlands destination in Sarawak and Malaysia.

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Borneo Cultural Festival 2018

July 19 – 28, 2018

The Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) at Sibu Town Square is a week-long celebration of food, music and dances celebrating the diverse cultural background of the various local communities in Sibu, the capital city of the central region.

The BCF,  to be held  at  the town square is  open free  for the public and  will showcase  the rich cultural heritage of the  Iban, Malay, Melanau,  Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, and Chinese communities living in the region.

The event is aimed to promote “beauty in ethnic diversity” within Borneo Island to the world and is currently Sibu’s biggest annual tourism event.

This is a perfect time to mingle with the locals from all walks of life enjoying a list of fringe events include stage shows, sales of works, exhibitions and demonstrations of  traditional skills in crafts and arts.

Photo credit: Phillip Hii
Photo credit: Phillip Hii

‘What about Kuching’ Revving Up

This year’s ‘What About Kuching’ (WAK) is revving to start from September 29 to October 28.

This month-long event is entering its second year with a participation of 55 groups and has lined up 75 events for the period.

WAK encourages creative social communities in Kuching to come together and showcase their best in art, music, crafts, ingenuity and culture, in an innovative way to attracts and be a part of the celebration.

This year’s WAK is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

More information visit their website here: https://aboutkuching.com/

Image shows one of WAK2017, a photograph gallery along the Kuching Waterfront, here displaying a Bidayuh woman from Semban. 
Image shows one of WAK2017, a photograph gallery along the Kuching Waterfront, here displaying a Bidayuh woman from Semban.

 

UCSI University help boost Homestay Training Programme

UCSI University held its homestay training programme ‘Sarawak Next Paradise Homestay’ at the Bengoh Resettlement Scheme (BRS) in Padawan, about 40 kilometers from Kuching on July 7.

It received over 350 participants including villagers and secondary school students with a group of lecturers and 40 students from the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management coordinated the programme with the aim of modelling better-qualified homestay operators.

The local operators were encouraged to provide more than lodging and to have provide tourism packages and activities connected to their homestay as well as to utilise the communicative power of social media for marketing purposes.

This programme was part and parcel of the University’s faculty’s corporate social responsibility efforts to help local villagers dependent on tourism in Padawan to have a share in the hospitality industry business.

Four workshops, ‘Guidelines of Homestay Operations’, ‘Activities and Attractions’, ‘Maintenance and Facilities’, and ‘Safety and Environment’ was held for the training period.

21st Rainforest World Music Festival, in flying colours

If anything were to give indication of how successful the 21st edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival held for the weekend this year, it must be the number of audience that came to flood the venue on Saturday night.

It was packed and the crowd went wild over the stage performance until the show by a local Sarawak group “At Adau.”

As the carrying capacity for the venue, the Sarawak Cultural Village, stands at 8,000 people, it reached that saturation number.

All went well as the Event Director, Madam Angelina Bateman said “We’ve seen amazing crowds this year and we hope to close our 2018 chapter with a bang.”

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