Six hundred kilometres from the mainland, Sarawak is an East Malaysian state noteworthy for its muddy estuaries, sprawling jungle, exotic wildlife and indigenous tribes, Sarawak’s not as popular as its starlet neighbour which plays host to Southeast Asia’s loftiest peak, Mount Kinabalu. However Sarawak’s got its own collection of superlative sights including the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia as well as a series of spectacular national parks such as Bako and Gunung Mulu.
Accommodation options in the region are varied – most towns boast a healthy number of mid-range hotels while budget deals are hard to come by except if you’re in Kuching and Miri. Luxury ventures can easily be found especially if you’re looking for beachside affairs. Permai Rainforest Resort, Kuching’s isolated sea front resort features pristine beaches with stunning views of the ocean. Alternatively, if you want to stay on the coast, head for the Damai Puri Beach & Resort on the Santubong Peninsula. The five-star Miri Marriot is a 20-acre property which dominates Miri’s coastline and is one of Sarawak’s most exclusive resorts.