- Destination Borneo
- Discover nature in a whole new way
Exotic, mysterious, unspoilt, authentic – there are just so many ways to describe Borneo – but perhaps our location on the beautiful tropical island island of “Borneo” says it best of all. The experienced team at the Bureau is committed to providing you with the best possible advice and we will be there to help every step of the way.
- Mrs Jill Henry (Former CEO, Sarawak Convention Bureau)
- Destination Borneo
- How to get there?
Navigate through the following starting points to explore the shortest routes to BCCK:
1 hrs 45 mins
|from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching||from Kuching City Centre||from the Airport|
Kuching has frequent and convenient air links from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, as well as Singapore and Brunei. The recently renovated terminal complex is capable of handling 5 million passengers per annum and is the third largest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
- Destination Borneo
- The Rhythms of the Rainforest
Heart to heart with Orangutans
What does it feel like to save Borneo’s most endangered species? The orangutan, or ‘people of the forest’ is a much-loved international icon of the rainforest. Try out a day in the life of the unsung heroes who sacrifice time and effort to bring these gentle giants of Borneo’s forests back from the brink of extinction.
Get down and dirty with the orangutan keepers at Matang Wildlife Centre and share a day of joy with these intelligent, soulful animals which were once found in abundance throughout Sarawak. Today, the only viable wild populations are found in Batang Ai National Park and Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary.
At Matang, most of these apes were saved from a life of misery and death in the illegal wildlife trade. Be part of the conservation effort. Have a heart to heart with an orangutan at Matang Wildlife Centre.
Matang is a rehabilitation centre for wild animals that have either been surrendered or were confiscated from illegal wildlife markets. The Sarawak Government prioritizes wildlife conservation in the wild and condemns all manner of wildlife trade.
Kayaking in a Rainforest or Ocean Paradise
Beyond the jungles, Sarawak is a land of rivers and oceans. It is not enough for adventurers to trek around on land and foot, journeys through this land cannot be complete without a sojourn through its waters.
Paddle along rivers, through river mouths and out into the South China Sea. Get up close to ancient rock cliffs; glide along waters so clear that you can count the number of pebbles at the bottom. You will get a chance to take a peek at wild proboscis monkeys perched on their treetop dwellings. Need more adrenaline?
Then shoot some rapids with trained guides or push through breakwater to kayak with dolphins in the open ocean. For the truly adventurous, take a paddle out to estuaries and see if you can spot crocodiles in their native habitat. Kayaking adventures can be as mild or as tough as you want them to be, for your safety. Professional kayakers lead every expedition. Stop by pebbly nooks or secluded beaches for a picnic before heading on to your next stop.
Fancy an overnighter? Camp out or sleep under the stars. Ponder the milky way under the velvety night sky. There are no artificial lights or disturbances to interrupt your commune with nature here.
End your kayaking expedition with a seafood dinner at a beachfront restaurant or a pamper at a beach resort. Kayaking adventures are perfect for groups of 8 to 40 people. Get an expedition tailor-made for your group after your conference or event.
Rythms of the Rainforest
From humble beginnings over 10 years ago, the Rainforest World Music Festival has earned international acclaim and recognition for blending the best of world music with a gig in the jungles of Borneo. Rock to the rhythms of the world in a backdrop of Old World Rainforest at the foothills of Mount Santubong.For two days and three nights, world-class musicians from four continents play to their hearts content to an international audience at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV). Sway to the rhythm in the midst of a floodlit rainforest setting during the concerts at night.
During the day, be part of the in-crowd that throngs the special music workshops held by the musicians themselves. Simultaneous workshops are held in each of SCV’s traditional houses, be it the longhouse, the Orang Ulu house, the baruk, the Malay and Melanau houses, or the Chinese farmhouse. This is where the audience get a chance to rub elbows and jam with the stars.
Fancy a private concert? Arrangements can be made for the visiting musicians to perform for your group, or conduct a special workshop just for your guests. Groups can stay in any of three international beach resorts in the area. The Rainforest Wold Music Festival rocks Sarawak every second weekend of July.
The Sarawak Regatta – Racing Sarawak Style
The Sarawak Regatta is an annual event to behold. Envision this: the Sarawak River brimming with longboats, traditional war-boats, water-taxis, dragon boats, modern kayaks; rowboats of all colours, make and design, all for one purpose – to race each other in the name of unity and fun.History tells of warring tribes who fought each other to the death over territory, pride and historical enmity. To divert such lusty energy away from violence, the colonial authorities created a river race of war boats or longboats, and made it an event of peace and to celebrate the rowing prowess of the different tribes.
Thus was born the Sarawak Regatta, forever an important part of Sarawak culture for its role in ending tribal hostilities and bringing harmony to Sarawak. The first official record of the Regatta was in 1871 in Kuching. Since then, this has become an annual event. Today, new categories of rowboats have been added to the races, but the most eye-catching categories remains the traditional dragon boats and war boats races.
Teams from overseas are most welcome to sign up for the races in the Sarawak Regatta. Conference delegates may represent country, club, creed, or simply in the name of adventure. Each longboat requires 20 paddlers. The Sarawak Regatta is held in August every year.
Tee off in the Clouds
Ever wondered how it feels like to tee off in the heavens? You can at the Borneo Highlands Resort. On a mountain plateau 1,000m above sea level on the outskirts of Kuching, a 72-par, 6,247-metre course awaits the delegate golfer.The cool mountain air and pleasant daytime temperatures are delightful for golfing. Manicured meets rugged in this golf course set on the highlands and surrounded by Bornean jungle, challenging the avid golfers to lift their game. The experienced golfing staff at the Resort are on hand for all your golfing needs.
They will organize competitions and special events to challenge your skills. Beyond golf, take a stroll along the jungle trails and enjoy the sounds and sights of the oldest rainforest in the world. Then, soak away the stress and tension of city life, pamper yourself with a full jungle spa whilst revelling in the majesty of the real jungle outside your window.
True to their promise of nature and all things natural, only quality organic food is served at the Borneo Highlands Resort.
- Destination Borneo
- Collaboration in the midst of nature
is just the beginning
Damai Golf and Country Club
Tel : +(6082) 846 088
Fax : +(6082) 846 044
Sarawak Golf Club
Tel : +(6082) 443 398
Fax : +(6082) 441 733
The Hornbill Golf Club
Tel : +(6082) 577 930
Fax : +(6082) 577 930
Tel : +(6082) 253005
Mobile : +(6013) 8119669
Tel : +(6082) 240571
Mobile : +(6013) 8048338
Permai Rainforest Resort
Tel : +(6082) 846487 / 90
Sarawak Cultural Village
Tel : +(6082) 846 411
Fax : +(6082) 846 988
Tel : +(6082) 244 232
Fax : +(6082) 246 680
Mulu National Park
Tel : +(6082) 792305
Fax : +(6082) 792300
Bako National Park
Tel : +(6082) 610088
Fax : +(6082) 610099
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Tel : +(6082) 610 088
Fax : +(6082) 610 099
Resorts & Spas
Damai Beach Resort
Tel : +(6082) 846 999
Fax : +(6082) 846 777
Damai Puri Resort & Spa
Tel : ++(6082) 846 900
Fax : ++(6082) 846 901
- Destination Borneo
Major new hotels in Kuching include the luxury 5-star Pullman Kuching, 4 Points by Sheraton Kuching, Tune Hotel, 360 Hotel, Lime Tree Hotel and Batik Boutique Hotel in Kuching. In the northern region, 4 Points By Sheraton, Tune and 360 Express Hotels are set to make a debut in Miri as well.
|Venue Name (Click on hotel name to visit respective website)||Telephone||Accommodation|
|360 Hotel||+60 82 484 888||95|
|Batang Ai Longhouse Resort||+60 83 584 388||100|
|Borneo Highlands Resort||+60 82 577 930||40|
|Damai Beach Resort||+60 82 846 999||224|
|Damai Puri Resort & Spa||+60 82 846 900||207|
|Dormani Hotel||+60 82 241 111||70|
|Four Points by Sheraton||+60 82 280 888||421|
|Galleria at Wesberly Apartment||+60 82 246 197||12|
|Grand Margherita Kuching||+60 82 423 111||288|
|Harbour View Hotel||+60 82 274 666||245|
|Hilton Kuching||+60 82 248 200||315|
|Kuching Park Hotel||+60 82 239 888||108|
|Lime Tree Hotel||+60 82 414 600||50|
|Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites||+60 82 258 000||213|
|Permai Rainforest Resort||+60 82 846 487||39|
|Pullman Kuching||+60 82 222 888||389|
|Riverside Majestic Kuching||+60 82 247 777||241|
|Telang Usan Hotel||+60 82 415 588||66|
|The Ranee Boutique Suites||+60 82 258 833||24|
|Tune Hotels.com Waterfront Kuching||+60 37 962 588||135|