Travel Planning
Sarawak
Travel Planning
Sarawak

Sarawak at a Glance

Sarawak is the northern side of the island of Borneo and is part of Malaysia. Tourists travel to Sarawak to explore the languorous jungle, murky rivers and abundant wildlife of the region. The city of Kuching is a good landing spot and base before you head into the jungle.

The nomadic Penan people have lived deep in the Sarawak jungles for hundreds of years. The rainforest and the Penan's traditional way of life is being disrupted by logging and the march of modernity, but there's still a lot to learn about the jungle and this rich culture.

Fascinating birds, murderous looking insects, the noises of animals and the drip-drop of moisture will be your constant companions in the jungle. Take a night insect walk, wake up at dawn to see the birds, glide silently down a river in a boat looking for wildlife. Welcome to Sarawak and your jungle adventure. 

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Kuching International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need a visa to enter Malaysia if they stay for less than three months. Tourists need a valid passport from their country of origin with at least one page available for stamping and no less than six months' validity remaining. Travelers will be fingerprinted upon entering the country. For more information, contact a Malaysian Embassy. American travelers can use the U.S State Department's website as a reference as well.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: It rains year round in Malaysia so come prepared. 

      Safety Concerns Lock up your belongings when staying in a communal dorm and keep valuables out of sight. Credit card fraud can be a problem, so use your card only at reputable businesses. Watch out for pickpockets on crowded streets. Sidewalks are sometimes treacherous especially when they flood with rain. Never step on the storm drains as they tend to cave in under pressure. 

      Health Concerns Rabies is a problem in Malaysia so stay away from animals. Some visitors may want to consider a rabies shot depending on their health and their travel plans. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to learn more about suggested vaccinations.