Sarikei is a centre for the growing of pepper and pineapples. The shophouses in the town are pre-war houses dating to the 1930's. The town is on the way between Kuching and Sibu on the Pan Borneo Highway.
History of Sarikei
There is no conclusive documentation as to when Sarikei was founded, and by whom. Rajah James Brooke is recorded to have visited it on 30 April 1845, that means it was already established by then. The people of Sarikei is said to have resisted coming under the rule of the White Rajahs, and on 1 April, 1856, they burned down Sarikei rather than to accept Brooke's rule.