Travel with a virtual tour guide in Sarawak


Abang Johari testing out the VR headset during the launch. – Pic from Sarawakku FB.

Jack Lapidus

TRAVELLING to a new place can be a daunting experience but imagine being able to navigate the city without the need for a tourist guide.

For first-time visitors to Sarawak, this is possible following the launch of the Sarawak Travel App and Web Portal by Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Abang Openg.

According to Borneo Post, what makes this app special is the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies that allow users to experience a digitalised version of places of attraction.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the app and web portal will showcase Sarawak’s diverse cultures, nature, food and festivals and these will be presented through its virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.

“It is a virtual tourist guide, taking you to a whole new level of the experience when traveling in Sarawak, he said.

It includes information about various products and destinations, access to bookings and transactions as well as reviews and comments.

Through VR and AR, app users or those who visit the web portal can see the places of interest virtually. They can also book their trips on the app or web portal and place a deposit.

The app is initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and funded by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), and developed by University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The Sarawak Travel App and Web Portal is expected to be fully developed by April 2021.

It will cover various places of interests such as the old Kuching heritage, scenic sites, national parks and nature reserve, food and religious trails, museum and kampung heritage, among others.

The Sarawak Travel app is now available for download for both Apple and Android users.