Sarawak

East Malaysia

Mulu National Park, Julan Waterfall, Mount Murud, Bako National Park, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros

Introduction

Sarawak, a Malaysian state on Borneo, stretches along the island’s northwest coast, including many beaches on the South China Sea. It's known for the rugged, dense rainforest of its interior, much of it protected parkland. The capital, Kuching, is a bustling city set on the Sarawak River. Its 19th-century landmarks include the Astana, former palace of the White Rajahs, and Fort Margherita, built to thwart pirates.

The largest among the 13 states, with an area almost equal to that of Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species. It has several prominent cave systems at Gunung Mulu National Park. Rajang River is the longest river in Malaysia; Bakun Dam, one of the largest dams in Southeast Asia, is located on one of its tributaries, the Balui River. Mount Murud is the highest point in Sarawak.

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