Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sarawak Travel Tips

Sarawak enjoys a tropical climate with average daytime temperature of 23 to 32 degrees Celsius. The rainy season from November to February brings heavier rain and cool evenings.

Malay is the national language, however, English is widely spoken through out the sate.

Getting Around
Regular flights connect the capital city, Kuching, to the major towns of Sarawak, as do express buses and boats. Hire cars, charter planer, boats and helicopters can also be hired for travel between the towns. Taxi are available in all the major towns; however they are not metered and a fare should be negotiated at the start of your journey.

The official religion is Islam, there are also Christians, Buddhists and followers of various traditional beliefs. Freedom of worship is respected and churches and temples of all major religions can be found in most major towns.

working Hours
Private sector offices are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, banks from 9:30am to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday with a half day on Saturday. Shops are open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday.

The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Money can be exchanged at banks, hotel and licensed money changers. There are also ATM machines in the towns and major airports.

It is safe to drink from the taps in the major towns in Sarawak, however bottled water is readily available.

Appropriate dress is appreciated when visiting places of worship. Shoes should be removed before entering homes or longhouses. Nude sunbathing is unacceptable.

A service charge is levied in Sarawak on food, drink and accommodation. Tipping is not customary.

Source: Tourism Malaysia

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