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    Bako National Park

    by Willettsworld Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Sarawak (established back in 1957) and is located at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, which is at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers, about 25km NE of Kuching. It is characterised by steep coastal cliffs and rocky headlands punctuated by sandy bays. The result of millions of years of erosion has carved fantastic rock formations, sea arches and sea stacks which are coloured with iron deposits.

    Covering an area of only 27 square kilometres, Bako is the smallest of Sarawak's national parks. Yet even with its diminutive size, it harbours a myriad variety of wildlife. There are 16 walking trails, all colour coded for easy identification that allow visitors a truly wonderful experience as they explore Bako.

    There are seven complete ecosystems which include beach flora, cliff vegetation, heath or kerangas forest, mangrove forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, grassland vegetation and peat swamp. Among the flora in Bako includes many species of carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants, sundews and bladderworts. There are many types of animals at Bako. Perhaps the most distinctive is the proboscis monkey (which I saw plenty of running away from the sea when the tide was coming in), endemic to Borneo. There are presently only about 150 of them in Bako. Other animals include long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, Bornean bearded pigs, silvered langur, otters, lizards, snakes, flyer lemur, pangolin, mouse deer, bats, tarsier, slow loris, civet cats, and over 150 species of birds.

    Take a look at my transportation tips about how to get here plus visit my Bako National Park page for more info below:

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    Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

    by rite_of_spring Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The highlight is the Orang Utan. They live within the forest reserve and was taught to survive by the park warden. Hence, they are considered semi-wild.

    There are 2 feeding times, i.e. 9 am and 3 pm. The chances of spotting orang utan is most likely as they will be back for free meal.

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    Kampung Boyen

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 22, 2010
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    Three Malayan villages are located on the northern shore of the river, to the east of Fort Margherita and I walked through the first of them known as Kampung Boyen. It was minor celebrity time again as children wanted to speak to the foreigner and adults wanted to know where I was from.

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    Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple

    by Willettsworld Updated Aug 22, 2010
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    The Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple is a Hindu temple found to the east of the old part of Kuching that looked disused and all locked up when I visited.

    Directions: Jalan Ban Hock, at the junction with Jalan Song Thian Cheok

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    Hong San Si Temple

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 4, 2009
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    The Hokkien Chinese temple, Hong San Si, is located on Jalan Wayang between Jalan Carpenter and Jalan Pearl. It has buildings on both sides of Jalan Wayang. The Hong San Si temple dates back to around 1840 but was restored in 2003. There is an interesting legend about the host deity, Shen Ong Kong or Kong Teck Choon Ong (in Hokkien dialect) or or Guang Ze Zun Wan. They do a big celebration at this temple in April, with a long procession of floats, lion and dragon dancers, and other groups winding their way through town following the altar of the host deity.

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    Heroes' or Warriors' Monument

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 3, 2009
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    In the botanical garden (more like a park) that is part of the Sarawak Museum Complex there is a monument to commemorate Sarawak heroes and warriors, namely Datuk Patinggi Ali, Sherip Mashor, Rentap, Rosli Dhobi, Sawing and Liu Shan Bang. They are represented on the bronze plaques at the base of the monument, which was dedicated on 29 Nov 1990.

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    Kuching Botanical Garden

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 3, 2009

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    In the park south of the Sarawak Museum's "Old Building," is a beautiful, well-groomed botanical garden with trees, flowers, fountains, gazebos and paths. The Aquarium and Heroes' Monument are located in this park. I understand that it is well lit and a nice place to go in the evening as well; however, the garden was once the old burial ground of the Chinese community in Kuching and who knows what comes out at night.

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    Old Kuching Wet Market

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 3, 2009

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    The old Kuching Wet Market is at the west end of the Waterfront across the Sarawak River from Astana. It is not in use anymore (March 2009) but I do not know why. There was trash everywhere (unusual for Kuching) and even part of the roof was missing. It is in a great location on Main Bazaar. I bet there is something planned for that land.

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    Jalan India and Japanese Building

    by AlbuqRay Written May 3, 2009

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    Jalan India used to be the main shopping area of Kuching. It is the extension of Jalan Carpenter to the northwest. They are now separated by the Japanese Building, which was built during the Japanese occupation in 1940 and is now part of the Courthouse Complex. You may walk through the Little Lebanon Restaurant to get to the Jalan India shophouses.

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    Kuching Aquarium

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 2, 2009

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    The Kuching Aquarium is located in a small open-air building behind the Sarawak Museum "Old Building." There are several fish tanks with various species, some water bird displays, and a large cayman crocodile in a cage. Note that there are public tandas (toilets) at the aquarium. Admission is free.

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    Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

    by chiabh Updated Mar 27, 2009

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    the organ utan at the park...

    The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located within the boundaries of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, was set up in 1975... The Semenggoh Forest Reserve has been an important site for Sarawak Forest Department experimental studies and houses an arboretum, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, a botanical research centre, trial plantation and experimental plots, forest nursery and the former Forest School...

    The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre carries out a successful orang utan rehabilitation programme as well as conservation of other endangered wildlife... It is also a centre for the study of orang utan biology and behaviour besides providing a safe haven for semi-wild orang utan which have undergone the rehabilitation programme... Today there are 25 orang utans in the Semenggoh reserve, including 14 who were born there...

    It is located about 20km south of Kuching city... It can be reached by public bus which takes about 30mins to the Forestry Department Botanical Research Centre and a further 30mins walk thru the forest to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre...

    The best time to visit Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is during feeding time from 9.00am to 10.00am and from 3.00pm to 3.30pm when there is a good chance of seeing semi-wild orang utan returning to the centre for food... The centre is opened daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm with a break from 12.30pm to 2.00pm (11.30am to 2.00pm for Fridays)...

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  • this site is too frustrating

    by 01guest Written Sep 17, 2008

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    save a day to climb mt santubong. just don't expect a light climb up a hill!
    probably one of the more memorable moments of my trip.
    there are also some great cafes and bars about. leagues ahead of kl.

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    Tidal Bore at Sri Aman

    by chiabh Written Aug 28, 2008

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    tjhe tidal bore...
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    Tidal bore is a crescent of waves formed when a violent rush of water flows into a narrow channel when the tides are high... Only rivers with a fan-shaped shallow mouth will experience this natural phenomenon every month, depending on the tidal calendar... There are only 56 river sites that experience the monthly tidal bore phenomenon and two of these rivers are in Sarawak ~ the Batang Sadong and Batang Lupar (batang is the local Sarawak dialect for river) in Sri Aman...

    The world’s other tidal bore rivers are Huang Ho River in China, the Amazon and some rivers in Indonesia...

    Depending on the tide, the tidal bore, locally known as benak, can reach a height of three metres and will last for about 10 minutes... It will be quite an experience for the first-timer to watch the benak in the evening... It comes all of a sudden with a loud roar, followed by the sight of white crescent waves rolling in the dark at the point where the river flows out to the sea... The sight raises a spooky, spectacular feeling... And in a matter of minutes, the series of tidal waves are gone...

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    Bako National Park

    by chiabh Updated Jun 11, 2008

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    stunning cliffs at bako... pix nst..
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    The Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Malaysia... Gazetted as a protected area in 1957, it has almost every type of vegetation that is found in Borneo... Covering some 2,727 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, Bako has seven complete eco-systems such as beach vegetation, cliff vegetation, kerangas of health forest, mangroive forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, padang or grass;ands and peat swamp forest... bako is also home to 5 species of primates viz the rare proboscis monkey, lon-tailed macaque, silver leaf langur, the slow loris and tarsier... Other interesting animals that can be seen are monitor lizards, plantian squirrels, bearded wild pigs, flying lemurs, civet cats and at least 6 species of bats...

    Accommodation at the park includes chalets, lodges, hostels and campsites... Other facilities include the Kerangas Cafe, a barbeque area, 24-hour electricity supply and treated water supply...

    Bako is managed by the Sarawak Forest Department... All visitors to Bako must obtain an entry permits, register at the park office and pay a nominal entry fee... These can be done at the Kampung Bako jetty... The Petra Jaya Bus (No. 6) takes 40mins from Kuching to Kampung Bako... The earliest bus leaves Kuching at 6am and the last bus leaves Kampung Bako at 5pm daily... Visitors then board chartered boats (at RM16 return) to continue their journey to the park...

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    Beyond BAKO

    by velumagan Written Apr 21, 2008
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    BAKO NAtional Park is a sure visit item for most tourists. As you leave the jetty, don't forget to check out Muara Tebas, a tiny fishing village located about 5km from the junction to the jetty. You can have excellent seafood dinner / lunch, sip beer and enjoy riverside view. There is even a neatly restored 200 year old Chinese temple whithin walking distance. Legend says the early travellers from mainland China used to offer prayers here after their dangerous trip across the South China Sea

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