Miri May Fest

For the entire month of May, the Miri May Fest takes over the city with activities and events leading up to the 13th Miri City Day Anniversary celebration on May 20.

Community programmes and events are held daily, with more public events such as the 11th Miri International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, the Borneo Jazz Festival, the Miri Gawai Dayak celebrations and the Ramadhan Bazaars.

 The objectives of these events are to promote Miri as a popular tourist destination, in conjunction with Visit Miri Year, as well as to create an opportunity for the people of Miri to come and have fun together like a big family.

More information at http://www.miriresortcity.com

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Bung Bratak Heritage Centre Soft Launch

The Bung Bratak Heritage Centre will be having a soft launch today, on April 1 and will be open to the public in May.

The launch is cause for celebration, especially from the surrounding 36 Bidayuh villages in the Bau and Lundu districts.

The traditional roundhouse or ‘baruk’ shaped centre is surrounded by virgin jungles with two waterfalls nearby.

Once the heritage centre is open to the public, it will be a worthwhile tourist attraction, with historical and cultural exhibits on the movements and traditions of ancient Bidayuh communities.

Located off the 6th mile Bau-Lundu Road, via Kampung Tembawang Sauh in Bau, approximately an hour from the city centre.

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Photo credit : bombasticborneo.com
00 Photo credit : bombasticborneo.com

World Harvest Festival

27-29 April

The World Harvest Festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, a 45 minute drivefrom Kuching city centre, in celebration of Gawai.

For the three days of the festival, the Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge with chefs cooking traditional Dayak and other ethnic food, the Tribal Ironman Challenge and Craft World Bazaar selling local crafts will take place.

On the first night on April 27 is the finals for the Miss Cultural harvest Beauty Festival.

The musical drama, a major attraction of the Festival, takes place on the second night and is titled “Rentap – The Untold Story” Legendary Iban warrior accompanied by the Gawai Concert with the “War of the Rhythm”.

The Sape World Concert takes place on the third night, featuring Sape artists from around Sarawak in a celebration of the iconic traditional instrument that put Sarawak on the map.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sarawak-Harvest-and-Folklore-Festival-185353224907021/

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Pesta Kaul Mukah

21 -28 April

Pesta Kaul is a traditional cultural celebration of the coastal Melanau community in Mukah, in the central region of Sarawak.

Originally celebrated as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farms, the Pesta Kaul is rooted in the old animistic beliefs of the Melanau and their traditions in giving thanks and praying for bountiful years in the wake of monsoon seasons.

While most Melanau no longer practice the old religion, the old rituals of purification and offering are still performed as a cultural spectacle to keep the colourful traditions alive.

The Pesta Kaul offers attractions like the “Tibow” or giant swing, a display of traditional games, clothes, dance, music and most importantly, an abundance of traditional food to be shared together.

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Answering the Demand for Digital at MATTA 2018

Sarawak Tourism Board will highlight its first Tourism Virtual Reality (VR) experience this weekend at the MATTA Fair to be held at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur.

This is part of its new marketing initiative to embrace digital technology in the promotion of tourism in the State. 

Interactively, the VR technology to be shared with MATTA visitors will feature a new dimension in the travel experience between the consumers and the destination.

Ashweein Narayanan, the Executive Director of Kuching based Amogha Tours and Travel (in collaboration with Trifold Enterprise), will provide a technical  demonstration to try out the new Sarawak virtual experience using Samsung Gear VR experience available at Sarawak Tourism booth during MATTA Fair period.

Ashweein has  expressed his wish bring the State’s  tourism industry  to a whole new level in line with the Sarawak Chief Minister’s vision to ‘digitize’ all industries, saying that conventional methods of sales and marketing may no longer be so viable and innovative methods were needed to garner the attention of the public.

For more information on Sarawak at MATTA Fair 2018, visit http://bit.ly/matta2018

Image of exhibitors sampling the VR tour during a briefing at the Sarawak Tourism Board office.
Image of exhibitors sampling the VR tour during a briefing at the Sarawak Tourism Board office.

 

Rare Plant Rediscovered in Sarawak

The thismia neptunis, one of the rarest plants in the world last seen in 1866, was rediscovered on the riverbank of the Matang Massif late last year.

Thanks to the drawings of Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari, who spotted it in the same area in 1866, the plant was identified.

The discovery was made under the Research for Intensified Management of Bio-rich Areas in Sarawak (Rimba) programme, which is a collective research effort between the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and international institutions dedicated to research in biodiversity.

Photo credit: The Star Online. Image of the thismianeptunis
Photo credit: The Star Online. Image of the thismia neptunis

Wings Air Now Flies to Miri

Wings Air flew into Miri Airport from Pontianak for its inaugural flight on March 15 at 6.20pm and making a return trip at 6.50pm.

The starting price for tickets is at RM163.00, available online at www.malindoair.com and www.lionair.co.id

The flight arrives just in time to bolster Miri’s Visit Miri Year 2018 campaign, as they promote the attractions and international events like the AfroLatinFiestaand BorneoJazz, Mulu National Park and the Bario Highlands.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin expressed his excitement for the new flight, saying that the flights will further strengthen the relationship between Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia, not only in the joint promotion of nature and culture tourism but also in business.

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Image taken at Wings Air Pontianak-Kuching inaugural flight to Kuching in January this year.

Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari

The 23rd edition of the Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari will be held on April 6 – 8, where competitors get to challenge themselves and each other through meandering natural rivers on Bamboo rafts and paddle boats.

This year, the first leg will begin at Rumah Naga Sulok at Nanga Merating along the Bena river on April 7, while the second leg will begin at Rumah Bengau Andah at Lepoh Sut along the Baleh River to the Kapit Express Passenger Terminal.

The categories for this year include a Men’s Open, Men’s Closed, Freestyle, Women’s Closed and Paddle Boat with an additional prize to be won for the Best Decorated Raft.

‘Pesta Kapit’ will also be held at this time as a side event with powerboat races, traditional games, exhibitions and local handicraft booths.

For more information on the event, contact 084-796230 or 084-796445, or going to www.kapitro.sarawak.gov.my.

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Miri Marathon 2018

The Miri Marathon will take place on March 18 at Stadium Miri.

The full marathon will span 42km through Miri city with the half marathon at 21km.

In addition to the traditional marathon, there will be a 10km speed-run and a 5km fun run, for those who want a faster or more leisurely experience during the race.

The Miri Marathon hopes to promote a running lifestyle and to instil a health consciousness in the community, while also discovering hidden potential among the Miri youth in running sports.

For more information, visit https://mmamarathon.com

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Experience Sarawak in Virtual Reality at MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur 2018

Those attending MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur on March 16 to 18 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) get the special opportunity of Experiencing Sarawak without having to board a plane, through the digital technology of Virtual Reality (VR).

Amogha Tours and Travel will be having a Virtual Reality Tour Experience of Sarawak at the Sarawak Booth, promoting some of Sarawak’s most iconic nature and cultural locations.

Other travel and tour providers, as well as product owners, will be attending the MATTA Fair and selling their products and services at special prices with added value.

Among the trade providers are Kuching Holidays and Car Rental, offering a three-day ‘self-drive’ holiday with accommodations for just RM550 per pax as well as other tours.

Jaunt Asia will be providing various four-day and five-day culture and nature packages specifically for the Muslim traveller.

Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will be promoting package deals to their cultural and musical events such as the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival, Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge and Sape World Concert at the Sarawak Cultural Village with boarding at the Damai Beach Resort, Riverside Majestic Hotel and Grand Margherita Hotel.

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