Essential Travel Information to Sarawak
Overview of Sarawak
There is something utterly fascinating and mystical about Sarawak. This is the largest state in Malaysia, occupying the southwest ridge of Borneo.
Its verdant jungles are strewn with massive natural formations, the world's largest cave chambers as well as endemic flora and fauna. Sarawak's greatest assets include its UNESCO World Heritage Site and numerous protected national parks. The vast number of hornbills found here has made Sarawak to be fondly known as 'the Land of the Hornbills'.
Its vibrant ethnic groups, coupled with the legacy of the Brooke dynasty, weave a history filled with intrigue and fascination.
Kuching, the capital city, is a good place to get a glimpse into the past.
Explore the extraordinary natural marvels of Sarawak!
How to Get There
Sarawak is well-connected to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital city) as well as several other international destinations. The main airport is the Kuching International Airport. There are a number of other airports and airstrips in Sarawak, situated in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu. Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier, provides daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching with connecting flights to other towns. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Direct flights are also available from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.
In addition, the budget carrier AirAsia operates flights to Miri, Bintulu, Kuching and Sibu from KLIA2. The Syariah-compliant Rayani Air also flies to Kuching from KLIA2. Malindo Air flies daily from KLIA.
Sarawak is also accessible by air from the neighbouring state of Sabah, and Labuan as well as Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The airlines that provide air links to Sarawak include Silk Air, Hong Kong Airlines (HKG - KCH route) and Xpress Air for the Jogjarkarta – Kuching via Pontianak route.
There are regular ferry services to Sarawak from Labuan and Brunei Darussalam. The staging points are situated in Limbang and Lawas.
It is possible to take a bus from Brunei Darussalam to Miri. The journey takes about five hours. The route Pontianak (Kalimantan Barat) to Kuching is also available via Tebedu immigration post.