Kuching Heritage Trail

The Kuching Heritage Trail, showcasing the State’s historical and cultural legacy of beautiful Chinese and Malay architecture and colonial buildings from the Brookes’ era, is a testimonial to Kuching’s rich heritage dating back to the 19th century.

At the oldest temples in Kuching along the waterfront, travellers can learn a little about the religion of the first Chinese settlers in the city whose religious beliefs are still practised to this day.

Here, history continues in the daily lives of the shop-owners, descended from the original tin craftsmen and traditional medicine vendors, and who continue to market their wares as they had generations ago.

The Museum caps the trail, with galleries displaying art and lifestyles of the local tribes, including life-sized replicas of traditional houses so travellers can truly experience what it felt like to live in the ‘olden days’ of Sarawak.

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Image shows a Chinese Temple in Kuching. Photo Credit: Füzzy Mijmark

 

UCSI Hotel Ready For Takeoff?

The USCI Hotel, located opposite the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) at the Isthmus Commercial Hub, will soon be opened.

The Hotel has been a long awaited addition to the Isthmus Commercial Hub as the preferred hotel for conventions taking place at BCCK and will be having its first ‘hardhat walkthrough’ later this month with members of the tourism industry.

The Isthmus is an effort by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, creating a centralised area for conventions and business tourism, not too far from the city centre.

It is an ongoing development plan which is estimated to be completed by the year 2020.

Image shows UCSI Hotel Concept Rendition, Photo credit: UCSI Group
Image shows UCSI Hotel Concept Rendition, Photo credit: UCSI Group

The Turtles of Talang-Satang Island

Talang-Satang is a lesser known National Park of Sarawak, not for lack of attractions, but rather for one of the most sought after attractions in Asia.

The National Park is the location of sea turtle nests, and the island has been conserved and protected by the local state government and conservation programmes such as the egg hatcheries to protect the eggs from poachers and wild animals, and reef ball program which encourages the growth of corals as shelters for turtles as well as protection against fishing nets.

While it is not an open to an infinite amount of tourists, one can book a conservation visit as a volunteer in the Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, where you can help collect and incubate turtle eggs, see the turtles swimming in the ocean, and maybe even witness a hatching in person.

Talang Satang is the first marine national park of Sarawak and is an island spanning 19,400 hectares coastline and sea surrounding four islands of the southwest coast of Sarawak; Pulau Talang Besar (Greater Talang Island) and Pulau Talang Kecil (Lesser Talang Island) off Sematan, and Pulau Satang Besar (Greater Satang Island) and Pulau Satang Kecil (Lesser Satang Island) off Santubong, near Kuching. 

For more information on the Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, visit http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-satang.html

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Boat Cruise on Bau Lake

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Bau Lake Boat Cruise, run by the Kampung Tasik Biru Cooperatives.

The Boat Cruise has been in operation since September, launched two weeks before the Tasik Biru Festival last year, and is intended to promote the Bau District as a tourist destination, by branching out their attractions.

There are two boats in operation, accommodating eight and 12 passengers respectively, with a fee of RM10 per adult and RM5 per child for a 30 to 40 minute cruise.

The lake also has kayaks and ‘donut boats’ for family fun on the ‘Tasik Biru’ or Blue Lake, so tourists can choose between relaxing while admiring the blue waters and serene nature, or paddle through the waters.

Photo Credit: Borneo Post & Utusan Borneo
Photo Credit: Borneo Post & Utusan Borneo

CH Premier Restaurant – First in Malaysia

The CH Premier Restaurant at Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching, has set records as the first restaurant in Malaysia to have robotic serving staff.

With four new robotic waitresses on their payroll, the taller robots named Goddess 1 to 3, and a smaller robot named Lolita, all four of whom use magnetic strips on the ground to navigate the floor.

The Restaurant serves fine dining meals, steamboat meals and Chinese-style family platters, so  in lieu of the theme, the robots speak in Mandarin and are able to speak a specific set of phrases including ‘thank you’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘please take the food from the tray’.

This bodes as the dawning of a new age in cuisine for Kuching, as it shows a blend of traditional cuisine and modern times, and this upgrade should encourage local attractions and facilities to add more marketable aspects to their business to keep them relevant.

Photo shows Lolita (left) and the three Goddesses at CH Premier Restaurant, Jalan Tun Jugah.
Photo shows Lolita (left) and the three Goddesses at CH Premier Restaurant, Jalan Tun Jugah.

Tusan Beach – A hidden gem

Tusan Beach on the outskirts of Miri City has now gained prominence after the discovery of natural bioluminescence or a neon-blue glowing in the ocean waves at night better known as “Blue Tears”.

While the Blue Tears are a product of phytoplankton in the water, and while it does not occur every night, it is undoubtedly a breath-taking sight.

There is no promise that one can get a heads-up as to when to go to the beach to witness it, but Tusan does have incredible pull even without the blue-glowing waters at night.

The Beach is one of the more secluded beaches on the Northern coast of Sarawak.

With pristine white sands, incredible natural rock formations like the Horse Head Cliff, and a group of local food and drink stalls with fresh coconut and barbeque.

One can come by and enjoy a fun and peaceful day out on the beach, away from the hustle of the city.

Picture shows Horse Head Cliff at Tusan Beach, Miri. Photo credit: See Hua News
Picture shows Horse Head Cliff at Tusan Beach, Miri. Photo credit: See Hua News

8 day Batang Ai Volunteer Programme with the Orang Utans

Diethelm Travel have created an eight day volunteer programme at the Batang Ai National Park, to enable participants to take part in the conservation works of the endangered flora and fauna.

Registration is open from now until October 31, 2017.

The programme will range from checking camera traps to maintenance of trails and infrastructure, as well as assisting local communities that live adjacent to the park who are vital first responders and informers in the conservation efforts of Batang Ai.

The unique twist of this volunteer programme is the planned trek to the areas where the wild Orang Utans and other protected wildlife live, being in their natural habitat.

At the end of the eight day programme, the volunteers will visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve to gain awareness on the ongoing wildlife rehabilitation efforts of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

For more information, visit their website at www.diethelmtravel.com

Picture shows boy playing with an Orang Utan at Semenggoh Wildlife Center
Picture shows boy playing with an Orang Utan at Semenggoh Wildlife Center

Emphasis On ‘Nature’ Aspect Of Sarawak

Sarawak’s Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s recent open policy towards foreign scientists and institution collaborations for Research and Development in Sarawak’s rainforests has yielded promising results for the future of Nature tourism in Sarawak.

In the short time proceeding the open policy, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation have announced the discovery of 12 new plant and animal species in the Totally Protected Areas (TPAs) of Sarawak’s prime rainforests, with encouraging possibilities of more species yet to be found.

The Chief Minister has been pressing for a crack-down on illegal logging for the past year, which has resulted in the accelerated gazettement of TPAs and protection of wildlife within the state.

With the increase of National Parks and TPAs, as well as the increasing discovery of endemic flora and fauna, the viability and sustainability of Nature tourism within the state are increasing exponentially.

Since July this year, 903,769 ha of areas have been gazetted as TPAs that consisted of 35 national parks (694,770 ha), 14 nature reserves (2.539 ha) and six wildlife sanctuaries (206,460 ha), nearing the state’s target of 1.2 million ha as TPAs.

The Best Resort Experience At Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has become the first rainforest resort in Asia to be awarded the Best of Malaysia Top 5 – Best Resort Experience and Excellence Award by Expatriate Lifestyle.

The Resorts that receive this annual award are voted on by Expatriate Lifestyle readers who have experienced the various Resorts for themselves.

After recent renovations throughout the resort over the past few years to better the facilities of the chalets, this looks to be a very encouraging and deserved rebound for Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, and this award will hopefully bounce it back to the forefront of local and international travel markets.

The resort boasts 101 rooms and is just minutes away from the Mulu National Park, which is Sarawak’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest natural cave chamber (Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave), the world’s largest limestone cave system (Gunung Benarat) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave).

For more information on the Excellence Award:

http://www.expatriatelifestyle.com/bomawards/Best-of-Malaysia/2016/Best-Resort-Experience/Mulu-Marriott-Resort-and-Spa

For more information on Mulu National Park:

http://mulupark.com/about-us/mulu-world-heritage-area/

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa refurbished lobby. Photo Credit: Expatriate Lifestyle.
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa refurbished lobby. Photo Credit: Expatriate Lifestyle.

 

Miri Handicraft Center Building Temporarily Moved

There will be major renovations of the Miri Handicraft Center Building in the City centre of Miri, under the coordination of the Miri City Council.

Due to renovations on the main building, all stall owners will be moving temporarily to High Street, located just in front of the Miri Resident Office.

The renovations are estimated to be completed in June 2017, wherein all stall owners will be moved back into the premises.

Link given below will show you the map of the new temporary location:

http://www.miriresortcity.com/content/miri-handicraft-center

Picture shows Miri Handicraft Center. Photo credit: Miri City Council

Picture shows Miri Handicraft Center. Photo credit: Miri City Council

Contact person Mr. Dennis Ng (0168161060).