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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village (Kampung Budaya Sarawak) is a very popular attraction near Kuching, in the state of Sarawak (on Borneo). Here you can experience local tribes in their authentic homes; you can learn their customs by participating in one of many workshops. The village is actually a living museum. Sarawak used to be inhabited by many different tribes that roamed the forests. Nowadays there are still tribes in Sarawak, but most of them live far away from civilization, deep in the jungles of Borneo. Unfortunately even there are they threatened due to deforestation.

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Tourists can learn about the many different tribes of Borneo. Within the village you can see many typical tribal houses, many of them are known as longhouses. Here a family or sometimes even multiple families lived together.

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Highlight of a visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village is the dance performance where professional dancers depict numerous traditional dances; each dance originates from a different tribe. We were pleasantly surprised by this performance. There were quite a few hilarious moments during the 45 minute lasting show.

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After the dance we were still able to walk through the village. Though there weren’t any activities (as these end in the afternoon), we did get a good idea of the way the different tribes used to live. We also had a look in a few of the houses (including longhouses) which was very nice. To us it was probably even more fun to visit it this way, as we had a relaxed stroll through the village. Nobody else was there at the time. Kids will have a blast doing all the activities. They will make all kinds of traditional things, the whole day will be very educational for them.

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Rainforest World Music Festival

The village also forms the stage for the yearly Rainforest World Music Festival, an internationally renowned music festival.

Entrance fees

Tickets are sold for RM60 for adults and RM30 for children. When we visited the village we arrived at 3.45pm, thinking that we would be in time for the dance performance. Though this was true (it starts at 11.30am & 4pm) all the activities were already at an end. At the counter we were told that we could return the next day free of charge to experience all activities. As we already made preparations to visit Bako National Park that next day we told them we were unable to return and to make it up to us we got a 50% discount on the ticket prices.

How to get to Sarawak Cultural Village

The attraction is located north of Kuching, a 45 minute drive by car from the city. The village is located at the slopes of Mount Santubong. If you cross the small road from the main entrance you walk to the nice Damai Beach. Here you also have a few shops, restaurants and a small food court. There are busses that you can take to the village. Another option is by taxi (which is expensive as you also pay for the return trip). Many hotels and tour agencies in Kuching offer an organized trip to Sarawak Cultural Village. There are two nice resorts near the village; Puri Damai Resort and the Damai Beach Resort.

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Opening hours

Sarawak Cultural Village is opened daily from 9am to 5pm. Check out their official website for details on all the activities that take place during the day.

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Got any good tips to share with us? Do you know of any great things to do in Sarawak, or tips on the best places to eat? Let us know by leaving a reply below!

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5 comments on Sarawak Cultural Village

  1. Angeline
    7 years ago
    October 20, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I will bring my family (all 16 person ) to scv, any discount for my group?

  2. Imah-man
    7 years ago
    October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Is there any discount if we go more than 12 adult

  3. Ilya
    7 years ago
    October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’d suggest you contact SCV directly:

    Sarawak Cultural Village
    Pantai Damai, Santubong,
    P.O.Box 2632, 93752 Kuching,
    Sarawak, Malaysia.
    Tel: (6082) 846 411
    Fax: (6082) 846 988
    Email: [email protected]

  4. Tira
    6 years ago
    October 10, 2013 at 6:08 am

    If im using my student card, is there any special price?

    • Ilya
      6 years ago
      October 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

      I recommend you to contact the Cultural Village to find out whether there is a discount when showing your student card….details are mentioned above…


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