Saturday, 21 July 2018

" BACKPACKER TO SARAWAK BUMI KENYALANG "

KUCHING, SARAWAK
MALAYSIA





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INTRODUCTION

Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia. With a large number of tribes, it makes the State of Sarawak unique in addition to the multiracial, religious and cultural communities of interest.

The “LAND OF HORNBILLS” in Borneo is famous for its courtesy besides its unique uniqueness to prove that they live peacefully without any threat if they come to this country.

Sarawak is known as "LAND OF HORNBILLS". Compared to Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak is Uniqueness and its distinctive charm make it popular in the world. Significant differences are the number of race, states with different customary traditions, geographic, lots of attractions that will not be found anywhere.


If you are visiting the Bumi Kenyalang located on the islands of Borneo, many interesting locations can be visited such as;

Main Attraction “LAND OF HORNBILLS”

a). Kubah National Park, Matang

Kubah Matang, Wild Life
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The Matang Range that forms a scenic backdrop to Kuching is also the site of the Kubah National Park. It just 20 kilometres from the State Capital (Kuching), the park is a favourite destination for local day-trippers. The park also provides overnight accommodation for visitors wanting to stay longer.

Gunung Serapi, Gunung Selang and Gunung Sendok are three sandstone mountains nearby. It can be seen from Kuching on clear days. Within the park’s 2,230 hectares, you can find not only rare ferns and wild orchids but also a multiplicity of palms, so many different varieties that Kubah is known as “THE WORLD OF PALMS”.

Popular with local people are the waterfalls and clear jungle streams where you can cool off after trekking through the jungle on well-marked paths.

An overnight stay in highly recommended if you want to get the best of this diverse and interesting park. There is no cafeteria or catering service but basic cooking facilities is available in the accommodation. It just for you!!!


b). Jong’s Crocodile Park

Jong’s Crocodile Farm is situated at 18 Miles (about 29 km) Kuching/Serian Highway, about 20 minutes leisure drive from Kuching Town, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia, familiar name “Land of Hornbills”, boasts one of the largest and the only crocodile breeding farm in the Country.

Set amidst the charming backdrop of tall tropical trees (such as palm), lush vegetation and local fruit trees lies this unique farm wit over a thousand crocodiles bred in captivity. The farm provides a perfect sanctuary for the reptiles, saving the species from extinction. There are huge and deep concrete ponds and natural breeding grounds for the crocodiles to mate and multiply.

Visitors are able to gaze at the snapping jaws, cold menacing eyes, sharp pointed teeth and powerful lashing tails of the crocs within short distance yet safe because of the metal fence.

Not only crocodiles here, there are also numerous rare species of birds and animals found only in the Borneo Island. There are also monkeys, leopard-cats, sunbears, bearcats, pheasants, civets, barking deers, sambar deers, turtles, fruit bats, monitor lizards, phythons, fish and even hornbills.  


Address;
Jong Crocodile Farm,
Siburan, 29 km Kuching-Serian Road,
93250 Kuching, Sarawak,
Malaysia.

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C). Dbku Orchid Garden, Kuching

Sarawak’s very own State Flower, the Normah Orchid (Phalaenopsis Bellina) is amongst the wide collection of Borneo Orchids found in this garden. The 15.4 acre DBKU Orchid Garden, property is strategically located opposite the Kuching Waterfront (famous river) in the vicinity of the historical Astana and Fort Margherita. The New Building of Dewan Undangan Negeri (State Legislative Assembly Building) is also nearby.

Tip:
Crossing the Sarawak river on a wooden boat known as “Penambang” only find in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia is a more interesting way to get to the garden. Remember to bring a hat and your camera (especially Gopro), great for macro photography. Free admission. Open everyday except Mondays. Don’t forget Ya!!!
Orchid Garden, Kuching

C). Civic Centre Kuching


The viewing platform of the Civic Centre’s “Tall Tower” is the best place for a 360-degree view of the cityspace, hiding behind its coverage of trees. Interestingly, this building also boasts the highest public toilet in the city, plus a restaurant on the penultimate level and a planetarium on the ground. A public library is also location on site should you require a spot of light reading or research.

Open hours: daily – daylight hours
Admission : Free For You!!!


d). Divisional Mosque/ Kuching City Mosque

The gilded cupolas of this splendid mosque can be seen from across the entire city. This majestic building was completed in 1968, after being built on the site of an older wooden mosque. Formerly the Sarawak State Mosque, the Divisional Mosque is today one of the City’s most striking landmarks and well worth a look. It is worth noting that non-Muslims may not enter during prayers, and the necessary dresscode must be observed at all times.

Open daily
Admission : Free


e). Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Library


Address:
Pustaka Negeri Sarawak
Jalan Pustaka, Off Jalan Stadium
Petrajaya 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

Open: Daily
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Admission : Free For You!!!


Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is conceived as a major information resource centre and as a hub of information services for both public and private sector. It will link libraries, archives and information centers within Sarawak and throughout Malaysia. It will also provide a gateway into and from publicly accessible international information centres.


f). Kuching Waterfront

Kuching Waterfront, which lines the south bank of Sarawak River, is THE PLACE… to sample the city’s cosmopolitan vibes. During the daytime, it offers scenic views of the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Malay Village across the river; but night-time is when it really comes alive! It seems like half of the city is out meeting friends, watching a show, or just shooting the breeze. Amazing rite!!!

For something different, why not try jetty-hopping along the river on the local “Penambang boats” the cheapest transport, and savour the different sights, sounds (and delicacies!!!) between the two riverbanks.

A result of a major restoration and land reclamation project, Kuching Waterfront today is the most popular meeting place in the City. Drab warehouses have been replaced with an almost 900m long esplanade, beautifully landscaped and dotted with wooden benches, food stalls, restaurants and entertainment facilities. A number of older buildings have been preserved and incorporated into the design, including the Chinese History Museum, the Sarawak Steamship Building, an open-air theatre and the Square Tower. Modern additions to the Waterfront include a restored Chinese Pavillion, Colourful Musical Fountains, and A Number Of Modern Sculptures. You Must See!!!


Waterfront Kuching


g). Golden Bridge Kuching


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Kuching’s Golden Bridge which will span across the Sarawak River in the center are opened to public and the cost of RM 35 million.

The 400 metres bridge begin from the Sarawak State Legislative Building, and will be curled towards the Kuching Waterfront in an ‘S’ shape.

Its shape which was inspired by Sarawak’s meandering rivers in Sarawak, while the design will take elements of Sarawak diverse culture including reminiscing the Bidayuh Bamboo Bridge.


h). Kuching Statue of Monument

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Kuching is familiar named called “Cats City”. The cat statues not only gives a unique feel to the city, they are also nice photography subjects. From the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) White Cat Statue to Family Cat from the DBKU. It was built in the 90s and is the first ever cat statue in Kuching.

It is the nicest and friendliest looking of all. All Cat Statues are symbols from Sarawak to welcoming visitors with its waving hand. Just For You!!


i). Kuching North City Hall (DBKU)

The Kuching North City Hall is the commission which administers the northern part of the city of Kuching in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Other than that,
The Kuching’s Cat Museum is the first museum of its kind in the World. It is managed by Kuching North City Hall and has collection of Cat artefacts acquired from the National Museum which displayed them in one of its galleries in Kuala Lumpur. These collections were bought to Kuching City by the Sarawak Museum and displayed for the first time on 1st August 1988 at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak.



Address:
Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara
Bukit Siol, Jalan Semariang Petra Jaya
93050 Kuching, Sarawak.


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Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday : 0900 am – 5.00 pm (Except Public Holiday)


j). Council of the City of Kuching South

Is a corporation established under the Local Authorities Ordinance, 1996. Like all other local authorities, it is essentially an authority providing public services within its area of jurisdiction comprising an area of 61.53 sq.km.


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l). Bako National Park, Kuching, Malaysia


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With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking traits, Bako National Park is the best place. Why???

Bako National Park offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. Bako may not have an instantly recognizable star attraction but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited are, all just 37 km from Capital of Kuching. Its accessibility and its sheer range of attraction and activities and have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak, Malaysia.


m). Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the biggest OrangUtan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak, Malaysia. Established in 1975 as a sanctuary for the injured and orphaned orangutans.

Together with the Sepilok OrangUtan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah this is the most well known rehabilitation center for tourists to visit. Tourists should not mistake both Semenggoh and Sepilok as actual tourist attractions; both wildlife centers are intended to rehabilitate orangutans and educate visitors at the same time.

As it only a 30 minute drive from the city of Kuching; tourists can easily go to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.

To get there, you have four (4) options depending on your budget.

i). Public Bus (Bus no. K6, rate RM 3.50/way)
ii). Shuttle Bus (availbale at RM10/person- arranged with the tour operator or by the hotel)
iii). Taxi/Grab car (Cost about RM 40/way and the price is negotiable if the you want a return trip).




n). Gunung Gading National Park, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia


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“Rafflesia” – The Largest Flower

Gunung Gading is home to the world’s largest flower “Rafflesia” which can grow up to one metre in diameter. When in bloom the flower gives off a nasty smell which attracts flies and other insects. The rafflesia has no specific season but the rainy season provides better blooming frequencies. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only 4 – 5 days before dying.

Another attractions in Gunung Gading is Waterfall. The Waterfall’ trail offers the shortest walk, winding its way up through the forest past a series of waterfalls. It takes about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No.7. You’ll need to be fit for the other trek, the Gunung Gading Summit trail about 3-4 hours one way) as it involves some serious hill walking. Pay a mind, you must complete the trail and return the same day, as overnight stays in the forest are not permitted.

Admission Fee :

Sarawakian : RM 10.00

Non-Sarawakian: RM 20.00

Address: Lundu, Kuching;  Opening hour : 8.00am – 5.00pm


o). Gunung Santubong


Gunung Santubong


Gunung Santubong is located on the Damai Peninsula, 35 km north of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. From sea level, its irregular rainforest-covered peaks rise steeply to 810m, forming a catchment for numerous streams and a potential sanctuary for a variety of wildlife.

Gunung Santubong provides a spectacular backdrop to hotel resorts, local fishing villages, and the Sarawak Cultural Village. Its striking peak is visible from Kuching on most days.

Santubong Summit - This is moderate difficulty day-trip from Kuching, and one of the best in the region. It involves some steep climbs, including up rope ladders, but the trail is well made, and it provides very rewarding views from the top. The trail passes through beautiful and diverse rainforest and offers a good opportunity for seeing wildlife, especially on weekdays when the trail is quieter. A pretty waterfall offers a great way to cool off at the end of the walk.

Santubong Summit Distance approximately 3.5km to summit, but climbing 800m – some of it straight up!!!
Walking time for full day trip approximately 3-4 hours to the Summit; 2.5 – 3 hours to return and it depending on route (total about 5-7 hours).


p). Gunung Serapi

Is actually one of the peaks of the Matang Mountain, which is in the Kubah National Park. You can take the trail to the summit or can take another trail which leads you through the rainforest to the Matang Wildlife Santuary.

Gunung Serapi is a little different from the other ones which can climb in the area. There is a Telecommunications tower built on top of the mountain. 


Telecommunication


q). Talang Island and Satang Islands


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Quite close actually Satang Islands can easily be reached in an hour drive from Kuching via the jetty in Telaga Air, Kuching. Getting across in a boat takes another 30 minutes.

Another island, Talang islands. Talang Islands can be reached from Sematan, one of famous district in Kuching, which is a longer 2 hours drive from Kuching and the boat ride there is also longer (about 45 minutes).

Out of the two islands the Satang Islands are far more accessible to tourists. Talang islands only allows volunteer visitors to it’s turtle rearing facilities which involves a lot of paperwork with Sarawak Forestry and very limited places.

Satang islands also have the same possibility but apart from this normal divers and visitors to the island are allowed.
Both sets of islands have fairly steep and distinctly zoned reefs, with branching corals near the shot, giving the Gonostrea and Porites as well as many other corals further out. Pay a mind, fishing is technically illegal in both of islands. But local fishermen have exemptions for access so while there is a fair variety of small reef fish.


Coral


r). Kuching Wetland National Park

Are located just 15 kilometres from Kuching and approximately 5 km from Damai Beach, the Kuching Wetlands National Park covers an area of 6,610 hectares on the estuarine reaches of the Sibu laut and Salak rivers. The park is mostly comprised of a saline mangrove system that includes an extensive network of marine waterways and tidal creeks interconnecting the two major rivers that form the boundaries of the park.

Small patches of heath forest are found in the interior of the park. The park is an important spawning and nursery ground for fish and prawn species and contains a wide diversity or wildlife, monitor lizards, a estuarine crocodiles, a range of birdlife, including kingfishers, white-bellied sea eagles and shore birds, including the rare lesser adjutant stork.


Address:
Sarawak Tourism Board
5th – 7th Floor, Bangunan Yayasan Sarawak,
Jalan Masjid, 93400 Kuching,
Sarawak, Malaysia.


s). Sarawak Wind Cave and Fairy Cave, Kuching

One of the day trip that you can do is to visit Sarawak Wind Cave and Fairy Cave which are located near the town of Bau. Don’t forget IT!!!

Gold mining was the main activity in Bau in the 1840s with the Chinese being the main player in this industry. The mining of gold is still being carried out today.

Most tourists will past by this town enroute to the limestone caves. Bau town is about 48 kilometres away from Kuching and it will take 45 minutes drive to reach this historic town.

Sarawak Wind Cave is about 5 km southwest of Bau and is opened from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Entrance fee is RM3/adult and RM1.50/child. Underground streams run through the cave and boardwalks are made available for your convenience. However, these boardwalks are not lighted hence bringing your own torch light is essential. Don’t worried because torchlight can also be rented outside the cave for RM3.00.

After that, don’t forget visiting the Wind Cave, most visitors will proceed south to visit the Fairy Cave. Spend an hour or so exploring this cave. Interesting rite!!!

There are many formations that you can see and explore. Entrance to this cave is free of charge (FOC). Your will be able to see some unusual stalactites and stalagmites that were formed over thousands of years ago. Many Buddhist and Taoist come here to burn joss sticks as many of the formations are similar to their deities.


    

t). Borneo Highlands, Kuching, Sarawak



Address:
Jalan Puncak Borneo
94700 Kuching, Sarawak
Malaysia.

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Is where the Borneo Highlands Resort and the Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club located. The challenging 18-hole golf course winds its way around the natural features of the highland plateau whilst the Jungle Spa offers herbal treatments and traditional massages. It about 70 kilometres from Kuching, this hill resort is situated at the Sarawak-kalimantan Border, at an altitude of 600 to 1,000 metres. If you fancy something at a lower altitude, go to the Annah Rais Longhouse at the foothill instead.


u). Santubong – Sarawak Cultural Village

Santubong is very popular with its untouched natural tourist attractions. It is located in Sarawak, in East Malaysia is situated about 35 km away from Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia.
The main attraction in Santubong is the Cultural Village. Sarawak Cultural Village is located at the foothill of Mount Santubong. In the Cultural Village, you have the chance to experience the rich cultures and different ethnics of Sarawak. There are gardens of beautiful flowers and plants with amazing rock and sculptures around in the cultural village. One of the must do exciting thing in the Cultural Village is to walk across the bamboo bridge to each the Bidayuh Longhouse. The bamboo bridge is quite narrow but with strong and long borders at both sides. In the long house, there are traditional music playing and locals dancing to welcome you. Exhibits and displays that are related to their culture are displayed too.

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Bamboo Bridge

Mode of Transport getting here:
The place is quite rural and undeveloped. However, main places of attractions are of walking distances. Still, there are shuttles available from the resorts or hotels you stay in with certain fees.

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Iban Longhouse


v). Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum was established by Charles Brooke the Second Rajah in 1860 and thanks to the great naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace for his influence. They realized their intentions by setting up a temporary museum at the Market place, along Gambier Street Kuching in 30th October 1886. Later a proper museum was built at its present site and opened its door to the public on 4th August 1891.

The museum grew slowly maintaining the indigenous pride, identity and tradition of our people, Sarawakians. It survived the Second World War. It is a keeper of the rich culture and history of Sarawak and the first class repository of Borneo Culture with the world’s largest collection of Borneo’s flora and fauna.

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Sarawak Museum


w). Serikin Weekend Market (Sarawak Border – Kalimantan)



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Which is located at Kampung Serikin Jagoi, Bau District. Opened every weekend selling array of merchandise. It is a popular weekend destinations among local and tourist alike (looking for bargain)!!!

How to Go Pasar Serikin, Bau???
Serikin Weekend Market which is located at Kampung Serikin, Jagoi is accessible via Bau – Serikin Road. The journey from Bau Town is around 45 minutes and about an hour from Kuching City. There is no public bus to Pekan Serikin. Getting there is either using own transport or follow tour group organised by tour operator from Kuching.

You also can find mini-van in Bau Town..Though their services are infrequent as they catered for local from nearby village. The hassle free option is to rent a car/van in Kuching.

Kampung Serikin, Jagoi, Bau


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