The Sarawak tourism industry has been bestowed a treasure of natural wonders that if they were situated in North America would guarantee 25+ million tourists every year to stand in awe at the stunning natural beauty.
The endless ancient rainforests are home to 10 national parks and 2 wildlife centres containing the worlds largest cave system, the longest tree based canopy walk in the world, spectacular waterfalls and mesmeric limestone formations and then there are the exotic wildlife habitats including 2 islands that are turtle sanctuaries.
Nestled on the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubong sits the award winning Sarawak Cultural Village. It is located only 35 km from Kuching and the village houses 150 indigenous people amidst its 14 acres of tropical vegetation.
The Kuching Waterfront is a magnificently sculpted esplanade that has become the main meeting place in the Cat city and is a well deserved tourist attraction in its own right.
The nearest beach resorts to Kuching are at Damai Beach that is home to the Holiday Inn Resort Damai Beach, Damai Lagoon Resort and Santubong Kuching Resort.
The Kuching Waterfront has modernised Kuching without losing any of its picturesque charm and its blend of colonial architecture and landscaped gardens together with the open expanse of the riverside walkway makes this the place to see and be seen at in Kuching.
The Rainforest World Music Festival is now one of the largest music events in the whole of Malaysia attracting both musicians and spectators from every corner of the globe.
The Sarawak Cultural village has a theatre where you can twice daily enjoy multi-cultural performances reflecting the traditional culture and lifestyles of the Iban, Malay, Bidayuh or Orang Ulu people.
This is quite literally a living museum showcasing the heritage of the major Sarawakian racial groups and portraying their respective village lifestyles.
These will follow in more detailed reviews on their own independent web pages as they all have so many fascinating features to write about.
I have precised only 1 national park, I could have wrote much much more, I have not summarised Bako National Park, Niah National Park, Kubah National Park, Gunung Gading National Park, Similajau National Park, Lambir Hills National Park, Batang Ai National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, Tanjung Datu National Park and the island turtle sanctuaries of Pulau Talang and Pulau Satang National Parks.
There are many activities in Mulu including animal spotting, bird watching, bat watching, jungle trekking, a longhouse tour, leisure caving, adventure caving and you can even take a longboat to reach a Penan Settlement named Batu Bungan village.
The worlds longest tree based Canopy Skywalk stretches for 480 m through ancient Mulu rainforest with the river flowing 30 metre below and Limestone cliffs rising above, I hope you have long life batteries in your camera!
The razor-sharp limestone spikes that are world renowned in Mulu National park are situated mid-way up the slopes of Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) and The Pinnacles as they are known proudly stand 45 m towering above the surrounding vegetation, have you got the camera ready?
As you reach the mouth of the aptly named Wind Cave you are greeted by a refreshing breeze that emanates from within, as you delve further in the breeze becomes stronger especially at the upper deck entrance to the Kings Room.
The Sarawak Chamber measuring a spacious 600m long, 415m wide and 80m high provides further photo fantastic opportunities.
The Deer cave is 1000 metres wide and 120 metres high and has a 60 metres high 'shower' continuously pouring from the roof onto its so called 'Garden of Eden' and is one of many spectacular views in this cave.
Some of the highlights of the Guning Mulu National park include the worlds largest cave passage (Deer Cave), the worlds largest rock chamber (the Sarawak Chamber) and the Clearwater Cave which at 107km long is the longest cave in South-East Asia that has an underground river that leads to various caverns and passages.
The Gunung Mulu National Park has enough natural wonders to give you blisters from taking so many breathtaking photographs.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Sarawak Cultural Village
The Sarawak Cultural Village is also home to the successful Rainforest World Music Festival that has grown into an internationally acclaimed festival.
All the usual watersports are available at here on the pristine beaches fronting the South China Sea and being overlooked by the mysterious Mount Santubong.
Talking of North America reminds me of soundbites where it is always bigger and better in the western Atlantic continent.
I always remember the immortal line from a Texan farmer when he commented that his ranch was bigger than the size of the US state of Rhode Island.
Enter 200km plus of Mulu Caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak and this is only an estimated 40% of what is yet to be discovered.
This system of caves is big even considering the latitude that Texans think of, but, it is so far off the scale of the mainstream holiday maker that they do not realise that, just maybe, this should become the eighth wonder of the world. Yep, it's that good.
Mulu, The Largest Cave System In The World
While this maybe true the biggest does not always emanate from west of the Caribbean.
Deer cave is home to thousands of bats as well as other cave dwelling creatures and close by is the Lang cave that is deep and narrow and hosting some fantastic limestone formations.
The Sarawak river provides a magnificent backdrop for spectacular evening sunsets making this a great place for a leisurely stroll.
The spectacular limestone caves have still not been fully explored as only 200km have so far been surveyed and it is estimated this is about only 40% of the actual total.