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  • Kayaking in Kuching
    4.5 stars

    If you’re looking to experience some primary jungle in Sarawak without lumbering all the way out into Borneo’s interior, a river kayaking trip in the Padawan region provides some breathtaking scenery and is an easy way to do it. If you're keen to experience breathtaking primary jungle without ... read more

  • Splurging in Kuching
    3.5 stars

    People often complain that Malaysian Borneo is expensive compared to the rest of Southeast Asia but you would be really hard-pressed to find things to splurge on in Kuching. Nonetheless, this intrepid writer splurged for a day so that you can save your pe ... read more

  • Rainforest Music Festival
    3.5 stars

    As destinations go in Asia, Malaysian Borneo does not often come top in terms of culture and the arts; there are few live music concerts and almost no theatre features in any of the major cities. It is curious then that one of the highlights of the world ... read more

  • Kuching weekend
    3.5 stars

    This, dear reader, is a very reluctant post. A weekend in Kuching — yes that’s two days, or three if you have a flexible definition of “the weekend’” — really isn’t enough time but we can appreciate that often people will have time constraints when they’r ... read more

  • Rainforest trekking with the Penan
    4 stars

    The Borneo jungle can be an unforgiving place; it’s humid, it’s mountainous and around inhabited areas, although there are trails, it’s easy to get lost. ... read more

  • Borneo International Kite Festival, Sarawak
    3.5 stars

    Sarawak is a strange pick and mix of contradictions, from its massively industrialised coastal cities to its sparsely populated rural villages with barely any electricity. Therefore, it should not be entirely surprising that Sarawak hosts the Borneo Inter ... read more

  • Textiles Museum
    3.5 stars

    The Textiles Museum is a great stop off for those interested in, you've guessed it, textiles. Set over the second and third floors of the Pavilion, it showcases the diversity of Sarawak through the medium of textiles. Even if you aren't that interested in textiles, the building is worth a visit ... read more

  • Sarawak Museum (Ethnology Museum)
    4.5 stars

    Often touted as the best museum in Southeast Asia, the Sarawak Musuem houses loads of taxidermy, ranging from small insects to large mammals on its first floor and a true-to-life recreation of a portion of an Iban longhouse upstairs. The museum is rammed full with mahogany glassfronted cases ... read more

  • Tua Pek Kong Temple
    3 stars

    One of Kuching's landmarks, this is the oldest Chinese temple in the city, with some dating it as far back as 1770. The temple worships Tua Pek Kong -- a man from the Hakka clan whose boat got washed up on the shores of Penang while he was on his way to Sumatra. Details are vague as to why he was ... read more

  • Dewan Tun Abdul Razak
    3 stars

    Situated opposite the Sarawak Museum, the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak (formerly known as the new wing of the Sarwak Museum) provides a whirlwind tour of Sarawak's history from the time when humans first settled at Niah Caves. There is also normally an exhibition on the ground floor -- when we ... read more

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