Bintulu Mountain Bike Challenge

The Bintulu Mountain Bike Challenge takes place on March 4that the MTB Track in Tanjung Batu, Bintulu.

The Bike Challenge promotes Bintulu as a tourist destination in the MTB scene, while building Sarawak’s image as a sports and adventure destination throughout neighbouring countries and regions.

This event also aims to produce potential local cycling champions in the future who can experience competing on an international level.

The MTB Challenge has five categories which are Elite, Master 40 and above, Ladies, Junior 19 and below and the Bintulu Closed.

For more information, visit www.bintulumtb.eventrunner.com.my

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Kuching Ultra Marathon 2018

The second edition of the Kuching Ultra Marathon is being held on March 3-4 this year with a new route and two additional categories.

The new route stretches from M Hotel in Kuching City to Petra Jaya and onwards to Damai Beach, crossing the Sarawak River using TunSalahuddin Bridge.

The categories for this year are 30km, 50km, 70km and 100km, all participants of every category receiving an event shirt and finishers medal with the addition of a finisher’s shirt for runners in the 50km and over categories.

A total of 142 runners participated in last year’s race, including some from Ireland, japan, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Brunei.

For more information visit kuchingultra.com

Image retrieved from Kuchingultra.com
Image retrieved from Kuchingultra.com

Make It As the Locals Do

Indah House Kuching, located off of Carpenter Street at Kuching’s epicentre, provides opportunities for visitors to learn how to prepare local delicacies just as the locals do.

Starting with a visit to the local farmers’ market, visitors will learn about Sarawak jungle produce and speak to the farmers, before selecting the ingredients for their cooking class to be prepared, cooked and eaten together.

The styles and cultures of the food include Sarawak Malay, Dayak and Chinese, with some vegan and vegetarian recipe options as well.

The class will take approximately three and a half hours, excluding eating time, and registration has a minimum requirement of two pax for RM180.

For more information and for booking, visit www.facebook.com/IndahHouseKuching/

Retrieved from Indah House Kuching facebook page
Retrieved from Indah House Kuching facebook page

Ride and Hike Bako

The ‘Ride and Hike Bako’ is a two-day adventure that includes a look into the local culture of the seaside Kampung Bako and nature of Bako National Park.

You can cycle in and around Kampung Bako, stopping by for lunch in one of the local fisherman stilt houses and watch how the villagers make their shrimp paste.

The tour also includes a boat ride through a mangrove swamp near the seaside village as well as trekking and animal spotting through Bako National Park, which is a protected peninsular.

The ‘Ride and Hike’ tour includes land and water transfers, an English speaking guide, a bicycle and helmet, meals as well as the National Park entrance fees and overnight accommodations.

For more information visit https://sarawaktourism.com/itinerary/sarawakje-ride-hike-bako-2d1n/

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Kuching Heritage Race 2018

The third edition of the Kuching Heritage Race will be held on January 27 with new routes, highlighting more of the city’s amazing heritage and culture.

The theme for this year event is “Culture Meets Nature,” and will include teams of two to six people ‘racing’ through Kuching to test their knowledge on the city’s history, spanning the different eras of Sarawak and Kuching’s development.

The first Kuching Heritage Race in 2016 had 42 teams and 156 participants from around the world, and raised RM20,000 to provide customized wheelchairs for handicapped children.

Image shows participants in Kuching Heritage Race 2017
Image shows participants in Kuching Heritage Race 2017

Grit & Grace: The Grandeur of Monochrome Malaysia

 The Grit & Grace: The Grandeur of Monochrome Malaysia photo project is currently being held at the Old Courthouse in Kuching on January 6 to 21, from 10am to 10pm.

The photo project by photojournalist SC Shekarwith its 330-page photobook compilation showcases the beauty of Malaysian landscapes and cultures of the people, all in black and white.

The exhibition partnering with Grab offers discounted rides to the exhibition, with a promo code GRITGRACEKCH offering an RM8.00 discount.

The Grit & Grace project is supported by KhazanahNasional under the ‘Negara Kita’ campaign.

For more information on the photo project and exhibition, visit http://www.scshekar.com/gritandgrace

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First Cruise of 2018 Berths in Kuching

The Cruise Ship ‘Star Legend’ of Windstar Cruise was the first cruise ship to dock in Kuching this year, at Sim Kheng Hong Port on January 8 at 8.45am.

194 passengers, predominantly from Europe and the United States, disembarked from the Cruise to visit Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and experience a tour around the Cat City.                                                                  

This is the maiden voyage by Windstar Cruises, and is the first cruise of nine scheduled to berth at Sarawak’s harbours.

Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.
Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.

Visit Miri Year 2018, “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo”

The Visit Miri Year 2018 (VMY2018) logo and tagline “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo” were unveiled at the Miri Marriot Resort and Spa on November 30th last year.

In addition to the tagline, Miri City Council announced their intention to utilise modern digital platform such as social media, search engine optimisation, mobile apps, online hotel platforms and online digital marketing to promote the VMY2018.

Following the unveiling of the VMY 2018 logo, the new version of Miri App v1.1.which features information on tourist attractions, eateries, accommodation, transportation and other useful visitors’ information was released. It can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cst.miriapp

Miri will see roughly 30 new events next year including the opening of the Miri Handicraft Centre, 40th anniversary celebration of Malaysia Dragon Temple Krokop 5, the International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia, Sarawak Native Festival, South East Asia Poet Convention and a pet expo.

The signature events of Miri will continue, with dates set for the Borneo Jazz Festival, Miri Country Music Fest, AfroLatin Conference, Miri Colours Rush Run, Miri International Marathon Run and Bazaar Gong Xi.

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Sarawak Tourism Board Focus on Digital Marketing

Sarawak Tourism Board is prepared to be the first agency to bring the Tourism sector into the digital economy.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of STB, Mary Wan Mering said starting this year, STB would beimplementing marketing strategies leveraging on Information Technology (IT) and the internet to the fullest.

The strategies are in line with the State Government’s new direction into the digital economy.

Working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, STB plans to help local tourism partners moving their products and services online, particularly within rural longhouse homestay owners.

Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching
Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching