Niah National Park
The Niah National Park is world famous for the oldest human remains in
South-East Asia found in its Great Caves dating back some 40,000 years.
The archeologists also found fragments of pottery, stone tools, ornaments
and a splendid set of wall painting of red-hematite depicting activities
of stick-like men with hunting weapons and boats. The work of the unknown
artist, estimated to be 1000 years old, still beckon travellers from around
Mulu National Park
The Mulu National Park is one of Sarawak's greatest attractions. Mulu's
major claim to fame is its spectacular limestone caves. The caves of Mulu
command a long list of superlatives including the world's largest cave
passage (the Deer Cave), the world's largest natural rock chamber (the
Sarawak Chamber) and the Clearwater Cave, the longest cave system in South-East
Asia. The spacious Deer Cave at 1000 metres wide and 120 metres high can
contain London's St Paul's Cathedral five times over. The 60 metres high
'shower' continuously pouring from the roof near the 'Garden of Eden'
is one of the many spectacular views within the Cave. The Sarawak Chamber
can accommodate 40 Boeing 747 aircraft. Besides the magnificent displays
of limestone formation of stalactites and stalagmites at Land Cave and
Wind Cave, Mulu National Park is also a paradise for naturalists and adventurers
who love jungle trekking and mountain climbing. The Park has 1500 species
of flowering plants, including 170 species of wild orchids and 10 types
of pitcher plants. There are 67 species of mammals and 262 types of birds,
including all eight species of hornbills. The Wind Cave Miri and Lirnbang
are the two main entry points to Multi National Park. From Miri, visitors
can either flied by scheduled Twin Otter flights operated daily by MAS
or take the express boat and motorised-longboat all the way to Mulu.
For those who have the time and energy, the challenging Pinnacles, sitting
on Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) is another exciting destination within the
Park. it is accessible to anyone who is reasonably fit. The journey begins
with a two-hour motorised-longboat ride to Kuala Berar, followed by a
five-kilometre walk through virgin jungle to Camp 5 for an overnight stay.
The spectacular Pinnacles, sculptured and grooved by the rain over million
of years, rise above the treetops to a height of 45 metres. It can be
reached from Camp 5 after a 3-hour climb. The climb is challenging, filled
with fun and excitement. Vegetations vary following the changes of altitudes.
The varieties of wild orchids and pitcher plants scarcely seen elsewhere
can be spotted along the trek before reaching the Pinnacles
Skrang is an exciting destination for visitors who wish to see and experience
life in a longhouse, once the home of the notorious pirates and headhunters.
The journey to Skrang is about 232 kilometres from Kuching. It takes about
5 hours by road and followed by a 1'/2 hours of motor-propelled longboat
journey along the Skrang river. Spend the night at a longhouse to experience
the traditions and customs of the Dayak lbans. The highlight of the Skrang
River Safari is an evening entertainment by the longhouse residents, featuring
traditional dances and music. Tuak, a specially brewed rice wine will
be served during the evening entertainment. A jungle walk on the following
day is equally interesting. It is an exciting experience to stroll through
the dense tropical, rainforest, where stimulating sights and sounds open
up a world of wonderful discovery.
is a tributary of the main Batang Lupar River. Many traditional longhouses
can be found situated along the river. Like Skrang, the Lemanak River
is another exciting destination within easy reach from Kuching.About 220
kilometres away from Kuching, Lemanak can be reached in about 5 hours
by road. The journey passes through the scenic countryside, rubber and
pepper plantations, padi fields, sago palms and followed by an hour motorised-longboat
ride penetrating the tropical rainforest through meandering stream.An
overnight stay' gives you an opportunity to have a glimpse of the lifestyle
of the longhouse and its people. An evening entertainment by the longhouse
folks is most interesting and educational. Traditional dances and music
are the highlight of the evening entertainment.Cock-fighting and jungle
trekking on the following day are other highlights of the Lemanak River
Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre
Unlike in a zoo, the Orang Utan at Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre are
set free in a 740 hectare forest reserve. Here, Orang Utans are being
nurtured to readapt themselves to jungle life. The Centre, 32 kilometres
south of the Capital one of many outdoor attractions of Kuching. A 30-minute
leisurely stroll on the specially built plank walks the entrance to the
Rehabilitation Centre also provides opportunity to view various species
of trees from the rainforest and some tropical fruit trees. The Centre
opens daily from 0835 to 1545 hours includi Sundays and Public Holidays.
A visit to the Centre recommended at or before the feeding times for the
Orang Utan. The feeding times are 0830-0900 and 1145-1200 in morning and
1500-1515 in the afternoon.
Longhouse Visit At Home With The People Of Sarawak
One of the memorable experiences Sarawak has to offer is a visit to a
longhouse, where you can observe a unique way of life and enjoy legendary
Dayak hospitality. These thriving communities, whole villages under one
roof, are not relics from the days of tribal warfare - they are the preferred
way of life for a large percentage of Sarawak's rural people, particularly
the Iban, the Bidayuh and the Orang Ulu.
Taken from http://www.djz.edu.my/contest/web15/htm/Sarawak.htm