Known for its lush landscapes, this Malaysian state is home to Chinese, Indians, Malays and 40-plus ethnic tribes. Live-music lovers, take note: The popular Rainforest World Music Festival is 12 to 14 July, 2019.
Where To Eat + Drink
Visit Carpenter Street, one of capital city Kuching’s oldest breakfast haunts. The Lau Ya Keng Food Court offers local delicacies like kolo mee (noodles tossed in brown sauce) and kuey chap (traditional Chinese dish with rice). (19 Lebuh Carpenter, 93000 Kuching; 87, Ewe Hai St, 93000, Kuching)
What To Do
Head to Sarawak Cultural Village to explore the major tribes’ unique cultures. Book guided tours for Mulu National Park at thePark’s website to enjoy canopy walks. Scope out the musical lineup for the Rainforest fest, then nab tix online.
Where To Shop
Hit the Sarawak Craft Council for handmade souvenirs, or Satok Weekend Market for forest produce such as wild honey and orchids. (Lot 32, Sect 25 KTLD, Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93100 Kuching; Jln Satok, 93400 Kuching)
Where To Stay
Adventurous folks can book a back-to-basics stay from Adventoro (from $219 a night) in longhouses (tip: BYO toiletries and towels). Alternatively, get comfy at The Pullman Kuching (from $83 a night), complete with spas, kiddie pools and the works.
Getting There + Around
Book a direct, 1.5-hour flight from Singapore to Kuching International Airport with Air Asia or Scoot. From the airport, rent a car or book a taxi to get around. Heads up: There are no cab stands or ridehailling apps, so when you rent a taxi from the airport, take down the driver’s number so you can call on him or her to ferry you around as needed.
Some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com, www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg
Additional Reporting: Joshua Tan
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