I will be travelling there next month and (having never been) am looking for any help/ advice/ information on what to do there?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
Also do you need visa for there?
I am also travelling with two small kids, would this be a problem?
Orangutans.....worth seeing? Best places etc?
The orang utangs are hard to see, you'll have to have a lot of luck. And if you'll see them, it's from a reasonable distance.
A better bet is Bako National Park, even with kids. Only reachable by boat, it's the place to see the proboscis monkeys, the silverleaf monkeys and thousands of pitcherplants. Across the park you'll find small walking paths, perfect with your kids!
And about that visa, I don't know which nationality you have, but probably you'll only have to show your international pasport where they will put a stamp in that allows you three weeks in Sarawak.
As Australian citizens, you don't need a visa.
Just a note here on the unique immigration system in Malaysian Borneo. Although Sarawak is part of Malaysian federation, the state retains controls over immigration matters just like its neighbour Sabah. So if you enter Sabah/Sarawak from the Peninsular, you'll have to go through immigration clearance again. But there's no worry, the immigration rules for visitors from outside Malaysia are the same for the whole country. The immigration control is more for protecting the jobs in the two states from Malaysians from the mainland.
Hiyas, I can recommend Bako NP, would be a good weekend trip out of Kuching, there are a few other options in the Sarawak travel guide. As for Orangutan's, you'd have to go to Sepilok in Sabah...
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Thanks very much for the advice. Might hit the national park.