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Venture into the mysterious 40,000 years old Niah Cave of Sarawak

The Niah National Park offers jungle walk, Iban longhouse and cave experiences.

Niah National Park have the history of being human settlement as early as 40,000 years ago. The Niah cave has one of the world’s largest cave entrances. Palaeolithic and Neolithic burial sites are discovered here along with iron-age cave paintings.

There are also Painted Cave houses wall-paintings which illustrates a boat journey of the dead into the afterlife on the cave floor which was later transferred to the Sarawak Museum.

Visitors leaving the Niah Cave will see a beautiful sunset crowded by hundreds of thousands of swiftlets returning to their nests as bats fly out to the forest. 

The Park is along Sungai Niah and around 100 km south-west of Miri.

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Check out these handwoven Wakid baskets made by the Kadazan

The handwoven Wakid basket is a popular souvenir made from the Kadazan in the island of Borneo. The Wakid is a bamboo basket for carrying fruits, vegetables and other products. Tourist can buy it as a good memento, as well as using it for a more practical use of storing items. We can find the Wakid baskets all throughout the many handicraft markets throughout Sabah. The basket ranges from various styles and sizes, and there are even miniature versions of them.

Chicken cooked in bamboo, better known as “manok pansoh” is a unique dish that is worthy to have a try in Borneo!

Manok pansoh is a unique Iban dish mainly due to its nature of the chicken meat and other ingredients cooked in a bamboo. Small chicken pieces are marinated with lemongrass, tapioca leaves and chili are stuffed into the bamboo and then barbecued on an open fire. The bamboo served as a marinate container that seals in the flavour creating a tender and juicy chicken with the aroma of lemongrass and bamboo.

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Dance performers keep traditional Rungus culture alive through shows in their villages in Kudat

The Rungus people are the few remaining indigenous ethnic groups settlers in the Kudat district of Sabah. They cultivate rice and other crops, and the women would usually to weaving clothes and create intricate beadwork.

Today, the Rungus will wear their traditional dress which is a black attire elaborately accessorised with unique beadwork including as they perform their traditional dance which keep traditional Rungus culture and costume alive.

They will perform their shows in their villages and visitors can come and experience their culture. The Rungus live in longhouses, which are extended single-floor with many partitions to house many families in the communities, and the structure is elevated off the ground on stilts.

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Visit the famous Cat Statue in Kuching, it is simply cute!

The Kuching North City Hall Family Cat Statue is the most iconic landmark in Kuching as it is strategically located along the Kuching waterfront. This statue is situated infront of the many shopping complexes and hotels like the Grand Margherita.

The statue features 2 adult cats and a bunch of playful litter on top of the fountain that lights up at night. So the landmark is interesting during the day and night too.

Sabah Tea

Sabah Tea of Kota Kinabalu which came from the same origin of plantation protects the tea quality and aroma!

Sabah Tea is very popular amongst the locals and also amongst tourist due to its unique taste and aroma. The tea plantation can usually be seen at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.

Sabah Tea is also an organic tea plantation in Borneo. Sabah Tea consists of 100% of tea leaves picked from its 2,480-hectare plantation. Due to its leaves only coming from the same origin, its tea’s quality of origin are protected. The leaves are 100% pesticide free too and this explains the nice aroma of tea leaves coming from this tea. 

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It’s Valentine’s Day. What better way to send sweet things to your love ones than sending Sarawak’s sweet cake and crackers!

In conjunction of Valentine’s Day, Miss Ruhanz is presenting you guys with a plate of Kek Lapis Sarawak (Layer Cake) and Terbaloi too (sweet cracker). Thanks to Miss Azu for bringing this Kek Lapis Sarawak all the way from Mira Cake House in Kuching, Sarawak. 

What do you guys think? Could this be the next IT thing to send during Valentine’s Day? The cakes and crackers do look lovely enough to send to love ones.

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The Kadazan Dusun Tribe

The Kadazan Dusun people is the largest ethnic in Sabah. They cultivate hill rice. Their language are from the Dusunic family. They used to have animistic belief. Now many Kadazan Dusun people have migrated to urban areas and are working in the civil service professions.

The Kadazan Dusun people celebrate “Kaamatan Day” where they perform traditional dance, traditional song, selling of crafts and participate in traditional sports such as hand wrestle, rope pulling and paddy processing.

Rattan Basket

Borneo’s Rattan basket, the handmade craft sought after in Malaysia

Borneo’s Rattan basket is a handmade craft sought after in Malaysia. The Rattan, derived from the Malay word “rotan” is a wooden plant originating from 600 species of palms in the tribe Calameae, native to tropical regions of Asia, Africa and Australia. Traditionally, Rattan is used by the dayaks in Borneo in making baskets and furniture. Rattan basket shows the Borneo culture and its unique design and features.

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Egg, egg and more eggs in Tuaran Mee. Egg-licious!

Tuaran Mee is one of the must have noodles in Sabah. Its origins comes from Tuaran Town, thus the name . To make the Tuaran Mee, the noodles will be fried and serve with Chun Kien slice (Sabah Hakka Spring roll), Char siu and vegetable.

Fried Tuaran mee will smell fragrant and the noodle will be springy. The secret is in the noodle, as the noodle is actually made with eggs, then it will be fried with eggs again. If you visit Kota Kinabalu and was wondering which noodle to eat, then you should try to get your hand on some Tuaran Mee and taste this very unique dish!

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