Sarawak has an interesting history, there is a lot to learn about Sarawak. The state rises from a small fishing village to a modern, and dynamic state in the Federation of Malaysia. Sarawak which was once ruled by the Brunei Sultanate, then the Rajah Brooke, a short rule by the Japanese, then a colony of the British and later joined the Federation of Malaysia.
Sarawak is the biggest among the 13 states in the federation of
Malaysia, separated from the Peninsular Malaysia by the South China
Sea, located immediately north of the equator which stretches along the north-east coast on the Island of Borneo with Sabah as her neighbour, another state in Malaysia and Kalimantan of Indonesia and the Sultanate of Brunei.
Sarawak enjoy a warm and sunny tropical climate throughout the year. With the daily temperatures range 33 degree C. in the afternoon to 22 degree C. during the night.
Sarawak experience thunderstorm and heavy downpour occasionally. Normally November to January will be the wettest month and other months are warm.
Sarawak is divided into three regions...the coastal lowland
comprising of peat swamps and narrow deltic and alluvial plains...a
large region of undulating hills ranging at about 300 meters and the
mountains highlands extending to the Kalimantan, Indonesia's border.
Sarawak has a number of beautiful beaches and the World Heritage Mulu National Park is located in the division of Miri.
Even though Bahasa Malaysia is the national language, English are also
widely use in the commercial transaction. In the local market, local
Malay, Iban, Bidayuh, Chinese, Melanau and other ethnic language are being use daily. Sarawak is a multi-racial and culture, living together peacefully and harmoniously.
Sarawak had used different currency, for example the British Dollar, the Japanses Banana Money. Today Sarawak is using Ringgit
Malaysia or MYR as the official currency of Malaysia...with note
available in RM100, RM50, RM20, RM10, RM5 and RM1 while 50cts, 20cts,
10cts and 5 cents are available in coins. Other currency are also
which are easily change at the local money changer services and also
A history of Sarawak currency can be view at Sarawak Museum in Kuching.
the wide mixture of ethnic groups in Sarawak,religion in the
state is both tolerant and diverse. Islam is the Federation religion,
however Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and animism also represented
and respected. There is no official religion in Sarawak.
Sarawak have an interesting history covering the Brooke Era to the formation of Malaysia. Sarawak have been governed by many type of government - British, Japanese; as you can see from the historical building and culture left behind.More can be learnt about Sarawak history by visiting the various exhibit on display at the museum located in the cities and town of Sarawak READ MORE >
Sarawak Multi-racial population can be clearly seen through the
various dialects spoken and the various festival celebration through the
year. Even though they are of different races and belief, they are able
to live in peace and harmony.
The people of Sarawak are friendly and accommodating in nature but not to be taken for granted. Their accommodating nature are evidence during the various festive season where complete stranger are welcome to their home to enjoy the traditional open house concept. You can learn more about Sarawak community by being part of their daily activities.
The peaceful and friendly nature of Sarawak People make you feel welcome and make it disheartening to say goodbye when the time come to leave. Many visitor make the effort to come back and some have make Sarawak their second home. READ MORE >