Sarawak is a state within Malaysia, the largest among the 13 states, with an area almost equal to that of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak is located in northwest Borneo Island, and is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of Borneo) to the south, and Brunei in the north.
The location and history of Sarawak has resulted in a broad diversity of ethnicity, culture and languages. Sarawak is home is home to 27 ethnic groups. With 45 different dialects, each group has their own unique stories, beliefs, traditions and cultures.
THE CITY OF SARAWAK
Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, now with a population of some 600,000, Kuching is small enough to walk around but interesting enough to keep you fascinated for many days, and a good base for exploring Sarawak. It is safe, clean and full of friendly people around. Kuching and Sarawak also pioneer responsible tourism in Malaysia.
Kuching is recognized as the world’s first City of Unity in 2015. The title is given by virtue of the fact that it has more than 20 ethnic groups and they are able to co-exist harmoniously through generations.
In 2021, Kuching is the first city in Malaysia to be given the title Creative City of Gastronomy by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). This is a testament of the city with the abundance of food varieties and choices due to its diverse and rich culture.
This year, 2022, Lonely Planet describes Kuching as the Best urban jungle mash-up in Malaysia. It offers a good mix of both worlds for those seeking to enjoy urban and non-urban lifestyle and attractions