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It's situated 690 miles east of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.
If you have ample time, why not check out a few close-by places? Binatang and Sarikei are 19 miles and 19 miles away, respectively.
Sibu is 30 miles away from Pakan and is an important part of the local area. Nearby attractions include the Lau King Howe Memorial Museum, the Wong Nai Siong Garden and the Rejang Esplanade. Need more? The Sibu Heritage Centre and the Tua Pek Kong Temple are also within reach.
Pander to the explorer within and check out the local landscapes with a day of rock climbing. Or, perhaps you'd prefer to go mountain climbing?
Sticking to a jam-packed travel itinerary can sometimes leave you exhausted. Why not venture outdoors and spend a relaxing day bird watching or wildlife watching?
Set out on a journey of discovery with a helpful tour guide and some fellow out-of-towners. Guided nature walks, wildlife spotting tours and city walking tours are a few options in this area.
Want to have a little fun off terra firma? Sarawak is a great area to dip your toes into some rafting and canoeing. They're must-do pastimes, even for landlubbers!
You'll find lots of treasures in the region's nature museums and craft workshops.
If you ask residents about places to go in the surrounding area, you'll most likely be directed to the intriguing open-air markets.
Sarawak has an interesting past. Devote a day to discovering some of the nearby fortresses. Don't worry if there isn't much information online — the locals are sure to have some stories to share!
Familiarise yourself with the area's spiritual beliefs by paying a visit to its temples. Pause for some quiet reflection or simply observe the locals in prayer.
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food," George Bernard Shaw once wrote, but throw travel into the mix and it's a match made in heaven. You're invited to combine your two loves by eating and drinking your way around Sarawak.
Don't miss your chance to dig into laksa (noodle soup) or ikan terubok masin (salted fish). These traditional meals are highly recommended by the locals.
Make an effort to knock down that pesky communication barrier by memorising a few words and phrases in the local tongue. You'll gain a more fulfilling, authentic experience and some new buddies while you're at it! To get you started, try to pronounce "Asal dari mana?" This means "where are you from?" One more to add to the memory bank is "Semoga hari anda baik sahaja", meaning "have a nice day".
Food, dancing and music — national celebrations show us the best of what a country has to offer. Make sure you join hands with the locals on Independence Day on the 31st of August.
When it comes that time to say "Sampai nanti" to Pakan, don't fret — it will stay right there awaiting your next visit!
Located 35 miles to the northeast is Sibu Airport (SBW), the nearest terminal. Make sure you have ample time to get there.