|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventure
| Bako National
This park of primary forest is about 37 Km from Kuching. Visitors
here can see various types of flora and wildlife unique to this
part of the world long tailed macaque, monitor lizards, wild boars
and proboscis monkeys are just a few of the animals which can be
found in their natural habitat here. A well-marked trail system
takes visitors through various vegetations types in the park.
| Gunung Mulu National
The Gunung Mulu Park covers an area of 200 square miles of primary
alluvial, peat swamp mixed dipterocarp, limestone and mountain
forests. It contains some of the most fascinating caves in the
world among them the Deer Cave, Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave Wonder
Cave and Sarawak Chamber. The picturesque limestone pinnacles make
beautiful photographs but are not very accessible, being on the
summit of 1,600m high limestone hill. It can be reached by half a
day climbing from Melinou Gorge.
| Lambir Hills National
This national park boasts a number of waterfalls and bathing pools
that attract weekend picnicker. A climb up Bukit Lambir makes an
invigorating challenge. The park contains some of the richest
tropical rain forest in Sarawak.
| Niah National
Established in 1974, the Hiah National Park encompasses 3,102
hectares of limestone and forest. The park can only be reached
through a succession of flight, road journey and boat ride. The
journey is a good way of seeing rural Sarawak.
The Niah Cave at the park is one of the major attractions in this
part of the world. Evidence exists of Homo sapiens who lived in
these caves More than 40,000 years ago, with their unique culture
and beliefs. Artefacts such as stone, bone and iron tools were
discovered at this site and primitive drawings can still be seen in
certain parts of the caves. The world's best bird's nests, a
culinary delight, is still being harvested from the ceiling of the
caves by men climbing up bamboo poles.
Take a 20 minute drive along the coastal road from Bintulu town and
enter the Similajau National Park, once a remote and unknown place
is now transformed into a tourist attraction in this energy town.
Covering an area of More than 7,000 hectares, the park offers you
one of the most beautiful and unspoiled golden beaches in the
country and home to over 850 species of birds and 24 varieties of
mammals. For overnighters, basic facilities such as chalets and
hostels are available. A forest department's information centre is
there too to assist visitors.