7 Popular Things You Must Know About Sarawak

Sabah and Sarawak is an archipelago island which combined both places and well known for its nick name as Borneo to outsiders. Its nick named Borneo, have been around since the time of James Brooke who was an explorer and the founder of Borneo Island. The captivating beauty of the inner parts of modern day Borneo Island still remains a mystery. And that is why; adventure awaits you deep in the hearts of Borneo Island itself. But then again it depends on where you are going.

In short, it is an island that one will find it filled with so many exciting things to do and find it hard to decide on what will be next or where to go after this. So here is some guidance for you to get to know Borneo, especially Sarawak first and what makes it so popular that even tourist finds it so tempting!

1. Food

As always places like Sibu and Kuching has a lot of food varieties. Walk around and down a few blocks away you will see food to your left and right. In Kuching, popular foods among the locals consist of Kolo Mee, Kueh Chap, Laksa, Tomato Noodle, Kek Lapis, and not forgetting the well-known traditional food chicken bamboo.

As for Sibu, it is definitely the simple Kampua noodle and its taste is more than what it looks, the black Canarium which is also known by the locals as Buah Dabai, and the local Sibu made burger known as Kompia stuffed with pork savoury which is a must try during your travel.

A good reminder when it comes to food. You might find this impossible but it is possible in Sarawak. You will only need to bring at least RM10-12 (Malaysian Ringgit) for two person when it comes to meal. The average price for a bowl of noodle or a decent complete rice meal with meat will cost you at RM5.

Laksa Sarawak

A bowl of Laksa Sarawak is always the best for all times! If you are in Sarawak, you must try this...

2. Tribal Dance

Coming down to Sarawak for sightseeing will not be complete if you do not visit longhouse in Sarawak. From here, you will get the unique taste of rice and sugarcane wine also known as Tuak. Other than that, you will definitely get to learn a lot of new things such as blowpipe activity, and a must do is the tribal dance known as Ngajat.

There are in fact several types of Ngajat dances, among them:

Ngajat Induk
Ngajat bebunoh
Ngajat Lesong
Ngajat Semain
Ngajat Berayah
Ngajat Ngemai antu pala

To see them performing  the Ngajat Dance depends on which Iban tribe you are staying with.

Ngajat Tribal Dance

Visiting Sarawak and stayed in the longhouse will not be complete if there is no Ngajat. Experiencing Ngajat dance depends on the types of Iban Tribe you are staying with.

3. Bario

If you travel slightly up north, there is a small town known as Bario. The best way to get there is to fly. It may not seem much other than experiencing the quiet and green environment but you will be surprise as to how much you can actually really do over here. You will get to see how salts are made traditionally.

Best part of all; be sure not to miss out the collected Bario rice. The rice in Bario is unlike any other rice. It is small, thin and slightly long compared to normal local produce rice. Other than that, its compact size is what makes the rice not only unique in its shape but perfect for meal.

Buying a packet of Bario rice from a local supermarket can be costly. A packet that weighs at least 3 to 5 kg is nearly at RM 40/- (Malaysian Ringgit). So be sure not to miss it out if you ever set your foot on Bario itself.

Brio Rice Ready to Eat

Bario Rice is well known for its mouth watery flavour and fragrant. Once it is in your mouth, you will find its tastes is unlike any other rice grains.

4. Water Taxi Ride in Kuching

Another unique part in Sarawak is located in the Kuching city itself. As you stroll down the Waterfront Area, you will see a Taxi River. It is a small yellow boat with a Taxi signboard on its top just like a normal cab on land except that this one runs on the Sarawak River itself!

If you are wondering “Are there anymore Rivers Taxi in Sarawak?” The answer is “Well, you are looking at one right now and only in Kuching”. But be sure to check on its operating hours. That is the most important part of all. Or if you would not want to miss a chance, book a ride with your local travel agents.

Sarawak River Taxi at your service.

Sarawak River Taxi is always on the run at the Water Front area. But always be sure to check on its operating hours. Book early if possible.

5.  Surrey Bike

It is an addition to our latest culture in Kuching. Riding a Surrey Bike is a rare sight indeed. The Surrey Bicycle is unlike your typical two wheel type. It is with a roof top and runs on four wheels. Other than walking, visitors may now eventually rent a Surrey Bike to go around Kuching city area for one hour.

Moreover, the Surrey Bicycle is the first of its kind to be both in Malaysia and Sarawak.

Kuching Surrey Bike for rent

Kuching Surrey Bike gives you a healthy alternative work-out. Also what other better ways there is to go around Kuching other than using the Surrey Bike?

6. Mulu Cave

Mulu Cave still remains a mystery to a lot of people. We all do know Mulu Cave was declared as an UNESCO Heritage site long ago, but its depths and size still remains a mystery. In year 2011, one of the section in Mulu Cave was known as the Sarawak Chamber. It was declared as the biggest cave chamber in history.

Even until today, part of the Mulu Cave section known as the Deer Cave is still known as the biggest cave in the world.

Although Mulu Cave was declared as the biggest cave in the world still, no one knows how far and deep can this cave leads to. Studies and researching on the site is still currently on going, though some argue that Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the largest in the world.

Mulu Clear Water Cave

Mulu cave still remains a mystery although it was announced as the biggest cave by the UNESCO officials'. Until today, researchers are still studying its depths and heights and where does the tunnel leads to.

7. Bujang Senang

Was it a myth or a true story? Bujang Senang is a very well-known story among the Iban villagers residing along the river of Batang Lupar in Sri Aman. It was rumoured the crocodile, known as Bujang Senang was killed in year 1992. It had a very unique white stripe on its back and was roughly 20 feet long!

Then again, although its skull was displayed in the Sarawak Museum Kuching, the locals believed its descendants and family line are still roaming around within the area.

Rumours have that Bujang Senang was actually never caught and sometimes local villagers will tend to catch a glimpse of a huge mysterious white albino coloured crocodile.

For the fishermen who resided in the village, if they caught a baby croc in their fishing net, they will let it go making sure no bad omen shall fall unto their family.

Finally, the name Bujang Senang became so popular and it was used as a local football team name.

Bujang Senang Skull

Bujang Senang also known as Happy Bachelor in English was killed in year 1992. This crocodile skull photo displayed at the Sarawak Museum was reported to belong non-other than Bujang Senang. But rumours have it he is still wild and free in the Batang Lupar river.

Bujang Senang Sarawak Football Team Ivan in Action

Bujang Senang Sarawak football team is a prestigious football club and very popular among the Sarawakians. Picture credited to Borneo Post, is a picture of Ivan, part of the Bujang Senang Squad Team in action.

Those are the 7 unique local wonders about Sarawak that is worth to know. If you would like to know more, you can actually take a flight to Sarawak and find out by yourself what other wonders you can find! And if you do, do not forget to share it with us and your friends about Sarawak itself and how you define it! Hope to see you all coming down to Sarawak! Cheers!

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