Sarawak’s Miri is not a place we would say is ablaze with culture, yet two days a year it plays host to the Borneo Jazz Festival. A tiny festival held at the Park City Everly Hotel, this event sees jazz musicians from around the globe perform. It recently changed its name from Miri Jazz Festival to Borneo Jazz Festival to, according to organisers, ‘reflect the growing stature of the festival ... Read more about Borneo Jazz Festival .
Handicrafts make great souvenirs from Sarawak; not only are they a change from mass-produced knick-knacks but, when bought from a local community, you are supporting their economy and can ensure the producer gets their fair share of payment. Sarawak has a plethora of indigenous communities and each have their own handicraft tradition. From beaded jewellery to rattan baskets, you will not fail to ... Read more about Sarawak handicrafts .
Although in the past 50 years Malaysian Borneo has undergone dramatic development, there are still pockets where you can experience “old Borneo” — that is, places where people still live in longhouses and go out into the forest to gather food. Here are a few suggestions on finding ... Read more about Malaysia’s old Borneo .
It's so large in fact that it has two names, San Ching Tian Temple and Lin Hua San Temple. The first is actually a collective term for the three deities that are worshipped here, while the second is the actual name of the temple. Using either name will get you here. Situated down a side road, it's hard to believe that outside of the temple grounds are dusty pot-holed roads. Inside, is infused ... Read more about Lin Hua San Temple .
Having witnessed the rise of Miri from simple oil town to an affluent middle class oil town masquerading as a tourist destination, she has since retired and now acts as a tourist spot and as a reminder of Miri's past. Unfortunately, the petroleum museum next door has now closed and has reincarnated itself as a dinosaur exhibition, costing 10 ringgit. The walk up here is pretty arduous, so ... Read more about The Grand Old Lady .