Plan a family outing or official Incentive outing, it is a great experience, very raw, very original, and very satisfying… particularly if you love tribal life, culture, and scenic rainforests!
Known as the ‘Living Museum’, the Sarawak Cultural Village was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak’s cultural heritage. Located at Pantai Damai, Santubong, just 32km from the state capital, Caching, Malaysia it is the perfect place to get introduced to local culture and lifestyle.
Sprawled across 17 acres, there are about 150 people living in the village, demonstrating traditional daily activities from Sarawak’s diverse tribes like the processing of sago and the making of handicrafts. They wear traditional costumes and also put on dances for visitors.
The village residents provide information on their various traditional cultures and lifestyles. You can see replicas of buildings that represent every major ethnic group in Sarawak; longhouses of the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu, a Melanau tall-house and a Chinese farm house among others.
The village also has a theatre, where you can enjoy multicultural dance performances. Besides this, there is a restaurant and handicraft shop. You can even get married at the Sarawak Cultural Village, in traditional Iban, Malay, Bidayuh or Orang Ulu style.
The state of Sarawak is famed for its rainforests, wildlife and indigenous tribes, which provides plenty of inspiration for creative activities suited for incentive groups.
The Sarakraf Pavilion in Kuching is a showcase for traditional arts and crafts, where groups of upto 70 people can learn about the local heritage and participate in various challenges. Bead Me Up” has teams attempting some beading techniques used to create Sarawaks’customery decorative accessories. In another challenge, teams are given photograph of tribal costumes, which they use in a race around the centre to search for all of the clothing items and matching accessories required for the costume.
Also at the Sarawak Cultural village is a large outdoor arena that is used for the Annual Rainforest World Music festival. A tribal village can be recreated at the venue, where local delicacies will be served market-style. Guests can participate in popular local games and watch traditional performances, all with rainforest as a back drop. Catering can be provided by venues such as Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and Hilton Kuching which can fit upto 200 guests.
Kuching spans both sides of the Sarawak River, and certain sections of the riverfront are scenic and vibrant areas that can be booked for dinner events. Food stalls featuring local dishes like Sarawak’s own version of laksa can be set up along the area, coupled with local entertainment. Guests can be ferried to the location by the scores of small boats that are there to transport locals from one side to another, which can seat upto 10 people.
Kuching’s Main Bazaar is the place to go for items unique to the region, from beaded jewellery to dark wooden sculptures, woven mats and a local layer cake known as kek lapis. The bazaar comprises one long straight road, making it easy for delegates to navigate by themselves.
Along with Sarawak’s human inhabitants, a population of Orangutans also call the area home. If you want to visit the primates can head to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, a semi natural habitat for injured and orphaned Orangutans.
For more hands on experience, groups of upto 20 can participate in the Hear2Heart with Orangutans initiative at the Matang WildLife Centre in Kubah national park another rehabilitation sanctuary.