The workshops are an intimate, informal and often interactive way to see individual musicians, as opposed to large-scale concerts with the full band.
Stay for the last show
The final concert on the last night is typically reserved for the big names, and the acts that are the most upbeat. The crowd gets worked up into a frenzy of collective joy, an experience not to be missed.
Outside the fest
The Mulu Caves are not part of the festival, but if you’re going to be in Sarawak, these are not to be missed. Limestone mountains have been eroded away by water running down the slopes and toward the sea for millennia. What’s left is a complex network of vast and staggeringly beautiful caves that beg to be explored.
Come prepared because most vendors do not take credit cards, and there are no ATMs inside the village or in the surrounding area.
Bring your own lawn chairs
Or mats (or buy them).
Be prepared for wet weather
Bring ponchos. Although the rain might tempt you to wear wellies or other closed-toe shoes, this is Malaysia, and the weather will be warm. Go for sandals instead, and enjoy the warm rain on your toes.
You’ll more than likely be flying into Kuching International Airport (KIA).