One of two Malaysian states on the Island of Borneo. Known locally as Bumi Kenyalang (“Land of the Hornbills”), Sarawak is situated on the Northwest. One of the stranger episodes in Sarawak history began in 1841 when James Brooke, an English adventurer armed only with a single ship and diplomatic skills, was made Rajah of Sarawak by the Sultan of Brunei, by then ruler of the land. Sarawak’s many highlights include the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park, which are some of the largest in the world, and the Orangutans of Semengoh. But its most prominent feature is probably the cultural features of the land. Even by Malaysian standards, Sarawak has an extraordinary mix of peoples, with more than 40 sub-ethnic groups, each with its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle, some still living in traditional longhouses.
|Languages||English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hokkien)|
|Currency||Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)|
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