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Top 24 attractions to explore in Sarawak

The largest among the 13 states of Malaysia, with an area almost equal to that of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak is located in northwest Borneo Island and is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of Borneo) to the south, and Brunei in the north.

Attractions in Sarawak

Bako National ParkSarawak, Malaysia

Oldest national park in Sarawak. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, rocky headlands, and stretches of white, sandy bays. Wave erosion at the base of the cliffs has carved many of the rocky headlands into fantastically shaped sea arches and sea stacks with colored patterns formed by iron deposition.

Bakun DamEmpangan Bakun, Belaga, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Bakun Dam is an embankment dam located in Sarawak, Malaysia, on the Balui River, a tributary or source of the Rajang River and some sixty kilometres east of Belaga.

Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak BaruBangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Baru, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building (Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Baru) is the current state legislative complex of Sarawak, located in Kuching, Malaysia. The complex is located at the north bank of the Sarawak River in between The Astana, which is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak and Fort Margherita.

Cat museumJalan DBKU, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The World’s first Cat Museum, devoted to all things feline, is in Petra Jaya in the Kuching City North City Hall. Cat lovers will find a range of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs; over 4,000 of them.

Chinese History MuseumChinese History Museum, Jalan Bazar, Sarawak, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The museum is about the history of the Chinese people in Sarawak. The museum displays various artifacts related to the Chinese affairs of Sarawak during the White Rajahs era, such as musical instruments, jade, ceramics, photos, etc.

Clearwater Cave (Gua Air Jernih)4°03'54. 114°49'53., 68100, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Clearwater Cave System in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia is believed to be one of the largest interconnected cave systems in the world by volume and the 9th longest cave in the world at 224 km.

Fort MargheritaFort Margherita, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Fort Margherita was built in 1879 to guard Kuching’s river approaches from pirates. The fort is an important landmark and monument in Sarawak's history which goes back to the Brooke Dynasty. Named after Charles Brooke’s wife, Ranee Margaret, it is an extremely interesting building.

Niah National Park provides some interesting and impressive sights. The area was a major center of human settlement as early as 40,000 years ago and features one of the world’s largest cave entrances, Palaeolithic and Neolithic burial sites and iron-age cave paintings.

Gunung Mulu National ParkSarawak, Malaysia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting.

Hong San Si Temple (Kuching), Sarawak.5, Wayang St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Hong San Si Temple is a Chinese temple situated in Carpenter Street of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is part of the Kuching Heritage Trail. The temple had been existed since 1848 which dedicated for Hokkien child deity Kong Teck Choon Ong.

Islamic Heritage MuseumJalan P. Ramlee, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The museum exhibits the history and culture of the Muslim community in Sarawak and Malay archipelago, such as the development of Islam.

Kuching City Mosque332, Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol, Kampung No3, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Formerly known as the State Mosque of Sarawak, the Kuching Mosque (Old State Mosque) is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

Kuching Civic CentreKuching Civic Centre, Panggung Udara, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The viewing platform at the top of the futuristic Civic Centre tower offers the best all-round views of Kuching and the surrounding areas. The city and its hinterland, Mount Serapi, Mount Santubong and even the mountains of Kalimantan are visible on a clear day.

Kuching Old Courthouse7, Jalan Barrack, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Kuching Old Courthouse is a historic courthouse in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was used as the administrative center for the government of Sarawak. After that, the building was converted into the Sarawak Tourism Complex.

Lambir Hills National Park1-76, Jalan Bintulu - Miri, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

The famed Lambir Hills National Park is located along the Miri-Bintulu road, 36 km south-west of Miri town in Sarawak, East Malaysia. There are around 1,173 tree species in the park alone, with 286 genera and 81 tree families making Lambir one of the more diversified forests in Malaysia.

Miri Crocodile Farm Cum Mini Zoo98000 Lutong, Sarawak, Malaysia

Miri Crocodile Farm Cum Mini Zoo with more than 1,000 Estuarine Crocodile and Malayan Gharial in 22 acres landscaped setting with natural breeding enclosure and man-made sanctuary ponds specially carved out for the creatures.

Mount MurudMount Murud, Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Mount Murud (7950ft) is the highest mountain in Sarawak. Mount Murud has two highest points, with one point higher than the other by only 15 m.

Muzium Tekstil Sarawak (Textiles Museum Of Sarawak)Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The museum displays the textiles made by local communities in Sarawak, as well as traditional costumes and accessories. It also showcases the stages of textile manufacturing processes.

Petroleum Museum, Miri, Sarawak.Jabatan Muzium Sarawak, Canada Hill, Jln Oil Well No. 1, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Petroleum Museum is a museum in Canada Hill, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. The area no longer produces oil and has been declared as a protected historical site by Sarawak State Government.

Sarawak MuseumJalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Sarawak Museum, straddling both sides of Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg, has one of the best collections in Southeast Asia. It houses ethnographic collection, some good natural history displays and a section on the oil industry in Sarawak.

Sibu Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong TempleJln Temple, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia

It is the oldest and best-preserved Chinese temple in Sibu. Most of its building material were imported from china including statue of the host deity, Lord Tua Paek Kong.

The AstanaAstana, Kampung Istana, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Astana is a palace in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the north bank of the Sarawak River, opposite the Kuching Waterfront. It is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, the Governor of Sarawak. The name is a variation of 'Istana', meaning 'palace'.

Tua Pek Kong Temple93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

It was one of the few buildings that survived the 1884 Great Fire of Kuching, is said to have the best Feng Shui location in the city. It is believed to date back to 1843 and has been on official records since 1876.

TUSAN BEACH SUBISUnnamed Road,, Kampung Terahat, 98150 Bekenu, Sarawak, Malaysia

Series of relatively narrow white sand beaches broken by rock outcrops and backend by a mixture of sandstone and limestone cliffs for its entire 11km length. The beach is home to a kind of algae that produce a glowing light when the water they are living in is disturbed by motion.

Map of attractions in Sarawak