When one thinks of Malaysia, one thinks of the adventure and the excitement of Borneo, the national parks of Sarawak and the cultural heritage and ethnic diversity of the small villages dotted across this island nation. One thinks of the jungle trails, the ocean vistas, and very rarely, of the bustling, busy metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. However...
Sarawak, also known as Bumi Kenyalang (Land of the Hornbills), is the largest state in Malaysia and is home to 27 distinct and diverse ethnic groups. But did you know that it is also one of the world’s most environmentally protected areas? With over 30 national parks, 10 nature reserves and 4 nature and wildlife sanctuaries, Sarawak has over 835,000 hectares of land and water that is under protection.
Environmental protection is so important to Sarawak, and Malaysia at large, that only 15 of the national parks and nature reserves are open to the public. None of the wildlife sanctuaries are open to the public, so as to preserve the natural biodiversity and delicate natural balance of this island state.
The Malaysian tourism industry continues to be strong in spite of recent challenges. Government officials, private developers and retailers are doing all they can to keep it this way. Summer 2015 is awash with new services, hotel openings, retail happenings and special festivals. Here is a brief overview: