Asajaya is a small town within the Samarahan Division of Sarawak in Malaysia. Within this region you can clearly see the influence of all three ethnic groups inhabiting the area. It is home to the Malay, Chinese and Iban people. The surrounding area is utterly beautiful, making Asajaya one of the most tranquil towns in the area. This quiet getaway destination is great for solitude and isolation away from the noise and hurry of city life. From magnificent mosques to an array of local cuisine which will have you coming back for more, Asajaya has a lot to offer. Here we’ll be taking a closer look at this relaxing town and its surrounding area, and advising of the best things to taste, see and do.
Asajaya is known for its thriving agricultural developments. The town receives quite a few visitors who use the route through as a shortcut when travelling from Kuching to Sibu. The locals main trade is oil palms, bird nests, fishing and the small-scale agriculture of the Iban people. This lifestyle results in Asajaya being one of the most tranquil getaway locations in the land, yet it is still close enough to busy towns and cities for a quick trip in when the whim catches you.
There are not very many places to stay in Asajaya itself, however your best option is one of the local homestays. This allows you to unwind from within the seclusion of the town of Asajaya, while the rates charged are far cheaper than is found closer towards Kota Samarahan.
If you plan to visit Asajaya but want to stay elsewhere, then search for your hotel in the residential area of Kota Samaharan. Here you will find hostels, hostels and guesthouses at a reasonable cost. Public transport is easy to find and you are just minutes from many shopping outlets.
The Masjid An-Najah in Padang Serai near Asajaya is a great place to witness the magnificent architecture of one of the most detailed sacred sites in the area. The view from outside is amazing and the inside of this mosque is maintained to pristine condition. Be sure to take a few photos if you are nearby.
Don’t miss the chance to take a boat ride around the coast of Asajaya. A trip to the surrounding islands makes for an unforgettable experience. The closest island is Pulau Burung, otherwise known as Belitung Island. The granite stones, crystal clear waters and unusual appearance with no sand beaches to be seen ensures a strange yet fascinating journey.
The best place to shop in Asajaya is the Summer Shopping Mall found at Kota Samarahan. It is quite a distance from Asajaya however the massive complex spans three-stories packed with retail outlets. There is also a Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park opening nearby which will be filled with cutting-edge rides and attractions. You can also find the largest Cineplex in the region here, equipped with nine standard screens and two 3D movie halls.