The Sarawak Regatta is a yearly occasion held during the New Year celebrations, for the social integration and goodwill of the people of Sarawak. The very first Sarawak Regatta was held on February 29, 1872, and sailed off from the starting point in front of the Astana. It started off as a contest between different tribes, who raced their war canoes against each other to settle rivalries without resorting to hostilities.
This year Sarawak Regatta is scheduled from 14th September till the 16th September 2012, at Kuching Waterfront. Today, the backdrop is the famous Kuching Waterfront, and huge crowds gather every year to be part of this spectacular event. The event is the showcase of boat race with participants from Indonesia and Bali.
Sarawak: Sarawak is famous the world over for the spell-binding natural wonders of its national parks, including Gunung Mulu, the Niah Caves, and Bako. Sarawak is also a treasure trove of cultures, a melting pot of various communities, with a little of the White Rajahs’ influence also thrown in. Its interiors are crisscrossed with rivers running through dense vegetation, which you traverse on perahus – sleek and speedy little canoes with outboard motors. Areas not reachable by boat are serviced by light aircraft and helicopters, while major towns are connected by buses.
Accommodation of all types and for all budgets is available here. One can take a flight to Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Tiruchirapalli or Kochi. From Kuching International Airport there are near-hourly connections to Kuala Lumpur, and flights to Singapore, Johor Bahru, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. MASwings and AirAsia operate at Kuching, as do international airlines like SilkAir, Royal Brunei, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Airways and Batavia Air. Kuching City is about 20 minutes away by taxi.
Malaysia Airlines flights are available from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu to Kuching and Miri. Royal Brunei Airlines flies to Kuching thrice a week. Merpati Airlines flies in through Pontianak. There are also airports and airstrips at Sibu, Bintulu, Kapit, Belaga, Marudi and Limbang.