Expect to find Malay and a variety of native tongues spoken in the marketplace.
However, English is widely understood and used in the commercial world.
World religion such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism are
practiced alongside animistic beliefs. Mosques, churches and temples can
be found in many towns.
Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Offices usually
operate from 9am-5pm, Mondays to Fridays, while shopping centres are open
from 10am-10pm every day.
The local currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and comes in RM100, RM50,
RM10, RM10, RM5 and RM1 notes. RM1 is equivalent to 100 sen and coins
come in denominations of 50 sen, 20 sen, 10 sen, 5, sen and 1 sen. Money
changers are available in major towns and airports. Credit cards are widely
accepted in urban areas.
Sarawak Immigration Requirements:
All international visitors are required to fill in an immigration form
upon arrival. Malaysia has strict anti-drug trafficking laws and those
caught smuggling illegal drugs will be given mandatory death penalty.
Service charges are included in billings for food, beverages and accommodation.
Tipping is not customary.
Mobile telecommunications cover many parts of Sarawak except for the most
remote area. Public phones are available sporadically in many places.
Government hospitals, clinics and dispensaries are located in all towns
and larger villages. Private medical practitioners and pharmacies are
listed in the local phone directory. However, those who need specific
medication are advised to bring along adequate supplies.
We're 8 hours ahead of GMT
Visiting yachts, boats and aircrafts are welcome. Do contact the relevant
authority before starting your trip.
Disabled friendly facilities:
Facilities are limited. Please check with your accommodation of choice.
Shoes must be removed before entering homes, longhouses or mosques. Long
sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts are appropriate for visiting places
of worship. Nude sunbathing or swimming is unacceptable. Do bring your
swimsuit. Light, casual and a good pair of walking or trekking shoes would
suffice for day activities. Mosquito repellent is advisable if you plan
to jungle trekking, but you may also purchase them from pharmacies here.
Souvenirs for home:
Sarawak is the region's most famous pepper producer - be sure to bring
some back for your friends. Many visitors from other parts of Malaysia
take with them frozen seafood and caviar of a local fish. Local food such
as shrimp paste, fruit preserves and pickles allow you to share a taste
of Sarawak with your friends. Kain songket, batik, beaded jewellery, weaved
mats and rattan baskets are reminders of the native's ingenious use of
natural products. The musically inclined may wish to bring a sape back
to share its haunting melody with others.
Your footprints and everything you see in the Natural Parks and wilderness.
Sarawak has a tough wildlife law. All animals and plants are protected
under such law. Enjoy the beauty of this paradise and allow others after
you to enjoy it too.
Taken from Sarawak Tourism Board