sarawak tourism

10 Things You Should Bring to the Rainforest World Music Festival

By | Accommodation, Blog, Export, Travel

A huge contributor to Sarawak tourism, the Rainforest World Music Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Southeast Asia. The 3-day festival is held in July at the Sarawak Cultural Village, and it’s jam packed with culture, workshops, and entertainment.

If you’ve never attended a music festival before, here are some things that you should have with you at the Rainforest World Music Festival.

1. Water bottles (filled to the brim with water, of course!)

Although most music festivals prohibit their attendees to bring in water bottles into the festival grounds, they’re allowed at the Rainforest World Music Festival. Water is super, super, super important during a music festival – with all the sweating and screaming that will go on, you will be thankful to even have just a drop of water with you as the food and beverages sold at the festival are quite pricey.

2. Sunscreen lotion (SPF 24179 will do)

The weather in Malaysia can be pretty erratic at times. The sun can either be just nice, providing you vitamin D, or it can fry you quicker than a thin piece of bacon on a grill. Either way, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.


Raincoat Cat

a Raincoat is necessary

3. Raincoat

Super handy in case the sky decides to have a sudden outburst. It’s also a good substitute for an umbrella as opening an umbrella in a tight crowd will upset some festival goers.

4. Wet wipes

Extremely useful for wiping your hands before eating, a quick “bath”, or when the porta-potties run out of toilet paper. True story, bro.

5. Powerbank

With everything going on, you might be separated from your friends at the Rainforest World Music Festival. If you’re unfortunate, Murphy’s Law will run its course and leave you stranded – your phone can and will run out of battery. A powerbank will solve that. Take that, Murphy!

6. Waterproof bag

In case of a downpour, your phone will thank you.

7. Insect repellent

If your blood type is O or A, you will attract mosquitoes like bees to honey, and are at higher risk of dengue fever. As they say, prevention is better than cure, eh?

Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest World Music Festival

8. Earplugs

If you’re standing right in front of the speakers, good quality earplugs will allow you enjoy the music at Rainforest World Music Festival at a safe decibel. Also useful to prevent partial deafness for the next few days and annoying the people around you.

9. Extra set of clothes

An extra set of clothes will be more useful than heavy when faced with a sticky situation.

10. Mat/blanket

Necessary for those who prefer to sit down and enjoy the music, but not get their bottoms wet or dusty.

Bonus tip:

11. Book your accommodation in advance

Pre-book your stay at Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching for better value. By doing so, you’ll have more to spend on food and drinks at the festival!

Apart from the items above, remember to bring along your passion for music and overall, a good time!

5 Ways to Experience Kuching Tourism

By | Blog, Export, Travel

When you are visiting Sarawak and Borneo, it’s a must to experience Kuching tourism as Kuching is one of Malaysia’s major food and cultural destinations.

Branching out from Sarawak tourism, Kuching tourism presents you with thorough and memorable experiences with its rich culture. Here are some activities to include in your itinerary whilst in Kuching:

1. Feast at Chong Choon Café

Sarawak Laksa

Sarawak Laksa

The variety of food plays a major role in Sarawak tourism. One of the must-try dishes is the iconic Sarawak Laksa. Many foodies and food bloggers recommend Chong Choon Café as the place to have the famous dish. If you’re not in the mood for laksa, try the kopitiam’s roti bakar. Make sure to dip the kaya and butter filled toast into kopi-o (black coffee with sugar) for an added taste!

2. Explore Sarawak Cultural Village

Also known as the ‘Living Museum’, Sarawak’s cultures and traditions are showcased here. Arrive before 11:30am to catch an eye-opening cultural performance. Upon purchasing tickets (RM60 for adults; RM30 for children aged 6-12; free entry for children below 6), you will be handed a ‘passport’. Apart from a map and summarized info, there’s a page whereby you can collect stamps for each of the 7 ethnic houses you explore – Chinese Farm House, Malay’s Stilted House, Melanau Tall House, Penan Hut, Iban Longhouse, Bidayuh Longhouse, and the Orang Ulu Longhouse. The Sarawak Cultural Village is about 40 minutes away from Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching. It’s a place you have to explore!

3. Watch Orangutans Eat


Orangutan Eating

Semenggoh Nature Reserve & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a natural reserve which is home to some rare flora and fauna like kingfishers, pygmy squirrels, all of which you can observe on the wildlife tour. Semenggoh Nature Reserve & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is also famous for its Orangutan rehabilitation programme. You can even witness the feeding of semi-wild Orangutans at the feeding platform at 9:00am or 3:00pm. The fee to enter the natural reserve wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket either at RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children.

4. Embrace Nature at Bako National Park

Although it’s the oldest and smallest national park in Kuching, it’s reputable for its profound wildlife experiences. You can spot the wildlife like pangolins, mouse deers, wild boars, and Proboscis monkeys on the national park’s many trails. Before dusk and right after dawn are when the animals come out to play, so catch them at the right time to observe their amusing behaviors!

5. Explore the Caves

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking journey through the Wind and Fairy Caves. Although they are close to each other, they’re not the same on the inside. The Fairy Cave has a more ‘fairytale’ look to it as the green moss on the cave walls (coupled with sunlight) makes the cave look like a fantasy movie set! As for Wind Cave, you will see bats, swallows’ nests, and stalactites as you walk along the boardwalk. Wear a cap while exploring the caves if you don’t have much luck with animal droppings.

That’s it. That’s all you need in order to have experienced Kuching tourism. Remember to pack your outdoor gear, and we’ll see you there!

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