Next up in my guest-post series is Syaza, an art and beauty blogger from Malaysia. Most people I know have never been to this beautiful country, so read on to learn about her hometown!
If you are a fun-loving adventurer who likes culture and exotic things, let me introduce you to my lovely hometown state, Sarawak, the "Land of The Hornbills" of Borneo. Before that, I am Syaza from Bloobs Blurbs and I am currently a resident of Miri City, known as Oil Town in the past, which is one of the renowned cities of Sarawak.
Borneo is known mostly for the longboat trips down murky rivers, jungle trails green in tooth and claw, smoky longhouses and drunken dances, strange creatures and hidden caverns, and blowpipes and head-hunters--and you’ve found just what you’re looking for.
Sarawak is "classic" Borneo par excellence, and few other places will reward a little adventurous spirit so grandly.
Traveling around here in Sarawak is not just by boat--there are now air and land options these days. Of course, you will need to travel here by air from West Malaysia, but if you are coming to visit from Sabah you could take the bus (although it may take an 15-hour ride to reach Miri). Before continuing to Niah and Mulu (it takes around an hour these days to reach the small town of Batu Niah), do remember to stop by Lambir for some fun water splashing.
The beauty of Sarawak is its blend of tribal tradition and unfettered nature: everything from the scattered valley farms of the Kelabit Highlands (the most popular place there would be Ba'Kelalan, which is very cold in the morning!) to the bird's-nest trading communities of the Niah Caves to the nomadic jungle Penan people has its own place.
Of course, plenty has changed here since the first intrepid explorers started charting the tree-strangled hills, and the grim realities of modern capitalism have affected many of Sarawak’s treasures, particularly in the receding rainforest, where relentless logging continues to take its toll.
However, the essential flavor of the region continues to saturate most aspects of life here, and it’s still possible to find untouched corners of wilderness where it feels like the last 100 years never happened. The longhouses may have satellite dishes, the cities may have tower blocks, and the jungles may have airstrips, but at the end of the day, Sarawak is unlike anywhere else on earth.
If you wish to know more, you can talk to me on my blog and other social media. <3
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