Mukah is the largest city in central Sarawak, a state known for its rainforests, culture, friendly locals and its legacy of adventure. Mukah is located by the South China Sea, about 2 hours by road from the city of Sibu. Mukah is also accessible by air by MASwings from Kuching and Miri. The duration of both flights is about one hour. There are also speed boats connecting the town of Dalat (about 30 kilometres from Mukah) to Sibu. The speed boat trip takes approximately 2 hours. Mukah is also known as the cultural heartland of the Melanau people. Here, travellers can stay in an authentic Melanau village house built above the water and go on a plank walk walking tour of Tellian Village to hear the legendary, sometimes tragic tales of the burial poles dotted around the village. Travellers can go on a cruise on the Tellian river to see sago trunk processing and be fascinated by how sago worm is harvested.
1. Mukah Airport (MKM)
MKM is a STOLport (Short Take-Off and Landing airport) in Mukah. Mukah airport is only able to accommodate an 18-seater Twin-Otter aircraft. The airport operates routes to Kuching and Miri.
2. Kuching International Airport (KCH)
KCH is the closest international airport to Mukah, and it serves the entire southwestern region of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is located 11 km south of Kuching city centre. The airport is a secondary hub for Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia, which operate some domestic and international flights. MASwings and AirAsia fly into Mukah daily.
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Mukah, located close to the equator, experiences a tropical climate which means it is never too hot, humid and with the occasional rainy season. The temperatures remain almost constant throughout the year with the temperature hovering between 27-32°C year-round. However, the best time to visit Mukah will be undoubted during its driest months of June to August. The temperature, albeit a bit humid, is pleasant enough for a whole day of sight-seeing and fun without having to be worried about incessant rains. Travellers are advised to avoid visiting Sarawak during the monsoon season which is from November to February. Travellers may also want to consider visiting Sarawak during June and July as several festivals will be happening at this time such as the Gawai Dayak Festival (1st & 2nd June} and the Padawan Fair (end of June to early July).
1. Tellian Village - One of the best ways to experience part of the Melanau culture is to have an overnight stay at Lamin Dana Homestay. It’s interior is decorated with Melanau arts and crafts, and the rooms are on twin sharing. It also serves as a Melanau cultural centre where the youths would come and practices their traditional dance and keeping their traditional crafts alive. Travellers can explore the village either by foot or by a river cruise along Tellian River. The major highlight of the tour around this rustic village is about their sago industry. If travellers take the river cruise along Tellian river, it’s impossible to miss the stretches of Sago logs waiting to be sent to the sago mills to be grounded and strained of its starch.
2. Mukah Fish Market - The Mukah Fish Market is situated along the Tellian River. This is the central market where you can get mail, sago grubs, tebaloi, and other authentic Melanau produce. Upon reaching the market travellers will be greeted with views of fishing boats and boat making dockyards lining up the river. The market has a lot of stalls selling local produce such as tabloid, belacan, fish crackers and sago pearls. The friendly local ladies manning the stalls will sometimes be kind enough to show tourists how sago products are made. Tourists should also head to the Umai preparation section to see how fresh umai, local cuisine consisting of either fish or shrimp marinated with chilli, lime and salt.
3. Mukah Beach - The primary attraction of Mukah is the pristine beach that surrounds the town. Located about a five minutes’ drive from Mukah Town Centre, the beach is facing the scenic South China Sea. It is a beautiful beach that is perfect for family outings or water sports.