9 top Sarawak tourist attractions in 2023 for local fun

Are your overseas friends planning a trip to Sarawak? Not sure where to bring them asides from the usual must try Sarawak food?

Maybe it is time to take a trip to our local tourist attractions! Here are some of Sarawak’s top spots to experience some fun and adventure.

You don’t even need to have the excuse of bringing a foreign friend to enjoy these places too. These places are great for family and friends outings too!

Annah Rais

Photo: Danny Chiam on Flickr

Annah Rais has one of the largest Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak, which makes it a popular choice for experiencing the culture of the local native people. You can also enjoy a menu filled with local vegetation and meat and fish cooked inside fragrant bamboo.

Even though it is located 100 kilometers away from Kuching, this spot is well worth the trip thanks to the hot springs in the area. Just dipping your feet in these hot pools will have you sighing in relief.

Entrance Fees (Longhouse visits): (Approximately) RM10
Entrance Fees (Hot springs): Adults – RM5, Students – RM3

Address: Annah Rais (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 8AM-5PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: Facebook

Bako National Park

Photo: Stratman on Flickr

Sarawak has a rich ecosystem of flora and fauna, so it’s no wonder why it is home to numerous national parks. Among these choices, Bako National Park is considered the oldest.

You’ll likely be able to spot wild boars and proboscis monkeys on the RM200 boat ride (go with friends to share the cost)! Those who love to hike will also be able to challenge trails of different difficulties too.

Entrance Fees (Malaysians): Adults – RM10, Senior Citizens – RM5, Disabled – RM5, Children – RM3
Entrance Fees (Non-Malaysians): Adults – RM20, Disabled – RM10, Children – RM7

Address: Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 8AM-5PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: Website

Borneo Cultures Museum

Photo: Alvin Kho on Flickr

Borneo Cultures Museum is a modern building that boasts five-stories, each filled with Sarawak’s unique cultural heritage and rich history. Even if you aren’t a museum buff, this attraction incorporates many technological displays for an engaging and interactive experience.

This place is also the perfect place for kids to have learn and have fun at the same time, thanks to the dedicated Children’s Gallery. If you and your family want to learn a bit more about what makes Sarawak the state it is today, this is a great place to do so.

(And hey, if you’ve got time, you should check out my article on visiting the museum for the first time.)

Entrance Fees (Sarawakian): Group of 10 or more – RM8 per person, Adult – RM10, Students + 13-17 year olds – RM5, Children 12 years and below – Free, Senior Citizens – RM5, Disabled – Free

Entrance Fees (Non-Sarawakian): Group of 10 or more – RM16 per person, Adult – RM20, Students + 13-17 year olds – RM5, Children 12 years and below – Free, Senior Citizens – RM10, Disabled – Free

Entrance Fees (Foreigner):  Group of 10 or more – RM40 per person, Adult – RM50, Students + 13-17 year olds – RM25, Children 12 years and below – RM20, Senior Citizens – RM25, Disabled – Free

Annual Pass (Unlimited Visits): RM100 (Regardless of nationality)

Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 9AM-4:45PM (Mon-Fri); 9:30AM-4:30PM (Weekends & Public Holidays)
Contact: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Borneo Tribal Village

Photo: Borneo Tribal Village Obut Pikatang Villagestay on Facebook

Have you heard of this tourist spot? This is a jungle resort and eco-tourism location that blends tribal heritage, contemporary living, and local flora and fauna. Wellness, learning, leisure, and living are highly promoted here.

Some attractions you can enjoy include a tortoise pit, a fish pond, an aquaponics system, jungle camping, wild orchid and pitcher plant garden, and much more. There’s no need to rough it out too, as there are also accommodation with air conditioning too!

Entrance Fees (Weekdays): Adult – RM5, Child (6-12 years old) – RM 2, Infants (below 6 years old) + Senior Citizens + Disabled – FREE

Entrance Fees (Weekends): Adult – RM7, Child (6-12 years old) + Infants (below 6 years old) + Senior Citizens + Disabled – RM3

Address: Jalan Kg Apar, 94000 Bau, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 8AM-5PM (Mon-Sat, closed Sun)
Contact: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Damai Beach Resort

Photo: Bernard DuPont on Flickr

Craving to get away from the city? Then why not take a trip down to our sandy beaches to soak in the salty atmosphere and watch the waves lapping against the shore?

Although admittedly not as beautiful as the beaches in other states of Malaysia, our cosy little local seashore still makes for a lovely weekend getaway. Just be sure to pack your swimsuit!

Entrance Fees: Free admission for day trips to the beach

Address: Teluk Bandung, 93756 Kuching, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: Open 24/7 (Beach may be closed at night)
Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Kubah National Park

Photo: Kelvin Toh on Wikipedia

Here’s another national park that should be on your radar if you’re an outdoor enthusiast who loves the sights and sounds of nature. This park has a rich diversity of palms and orchids as well as beautiful and serene streams and waterfalls.

Although wildlife around the area is said to be less impressive than Bako National Park, Kubah is still known for being an amazing place for both bird watching and frogging. It’s even home to one of the smallest species of frogs in the world!

Entrance Fees (Malaysians): Adults & Senior Citizens – RM10, Disabled – RM5, Child (6-18 years old) – RM3*
Entrance Fees (Non-Malaysians): Adults & Senior Citizens – RM20, Disabled – RM10, Child (6-18 years old) – RM7*
*Children below six years of age gain free admission.

Address: 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Visiting Hours: 8AM-5PM (Mon-Fri)*, 7:30AM-4:30PM (Weekends & Public Holidays)*
Contact: Website
*Cut-off time for hiking is 10AM.

Jong’s Crocodile Farm

Photo: Thomas Quine on Flickr

Sarawak may not have a zoo, but we do have a crocodile farm! Listed as the largest captive breeding crocodile farm in Malaysia, croc fans have got to make sure to watch the feeding sessions, which are held at 11AM and 3PM every day.

But this location isn’t only dedicated to these walking dinosaurs. Jong’s Crocodile Farm also hosts other local wildlife like peacocks, sunbears, civets, and even enormous fish that span more than 10-feet in length (~304.8cm)!

Entrance Fees (Malaysian): Adult – RM20, Child (3-11 years old) – RM10, Child (below 3 years old) – Free, Disabled – Free
Entrance Fees (Non-Malaysian): Adult – RM30, Child (3-11 years old) – RM20

Address: Jalan Kuching – Serian, 94200 Siburan, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 9AM-5PM (Mon-Sun, last admission at 4:30PM)
Contact: WebsiteFacebook

Sarawak Cultural Village

Photo: Thomas Quine on Flickr

The people of Sarawak come from many different cultures, and Sarawak Culture Village is one of the best places to take a look into how these cultures lived many years ago.

Experience the different architecture and lifestyle of each culture as well as the live demonstrations of traditional weaving, bamboo carving, and bead making techniques.

Entrance Fees (1 Day Admission): Adult – RM85, Child (2-12 years old) – RM55
Entrance Fees (1 Day Admission with Lunch): Adult – RM117, Child(2-12 years old) – RM80

Address: Pantai Damai Santubong, Kampung Budaya Sarawak, 93752 Kuching, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 9AM-5PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: Website | FacebookInstagram

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Photo: Mikel Santamaria on Flickr

Orangutans are only native in Indonesia and Malaysia, found only in certain areas of Borneo and Sumatra. They known for their distinctive red fur and long, powerful arms that allow them to navigate easily from tree to tree.

So, fulfill your goal of meeting this great ape by visiting Sarawak’s largest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre! The orangutans at this sanctuary are trained to return to the centre during feeding times (9AM-10AM & 3PM-4PM), so you can watch these amazing creatures with your own eyes.

Entrance Fees (Malaysians): Adults – RM5, Senior Citizens – RM3, Disabled – RM3, Child – RM2 (6-7 years old)*
Entrance Fees (Non-Malaysians): Adults – RM10, Senior Citizens – RM10, Disabled – RM5, Child – RM5 (6-7 years old)*
*Children below six years of age gain free admission.

Address: KM 20, Jalan Puncak Borneo, 93250 Siburan, Sarawak (Google Maps)
Visiting Hours: 8AM-10AM & 2PM-4PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Featured image: Thomas Quine & Thomas Quine

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