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Terengganu State

1. History

Terengganu The Sultanate of Terengganu roots can be traced to 1726. The line originated from the Pahang Bendahara with Sultan Zainal Abidin I, the first Sultan of Terengganu. The Sultans has been sending tributes (gifts) to Siam every three years. This ended in 1090 with the Bangkok Agreement whereby Terengganu was handed over to the British. Sultan Zainal Abidin III refused to recognize this agreement. She refused to accept a British advisor but accepted an agent of the British Counsel. A British advisor was finally installed in 1919 with J.L. Humpreys. Terengganu was handed back to Siam during the Japanese occupation in 1941. In September 1945, Terengganu was placed under the British Military Administration. In October 1945, the British laid out the Malayan Union 

Terengganu was handed back to Siam durscheme before the British Parliament. Under the scheme, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and nine other Malay states were to be united under the Malayan Union. Sir Harold MacMicheal was then entrusted in obtaining the agreements from the Malay Rulers. ing the Japanese occupation in 1941. In September 1945, Terengganu was placed under the British Military Administration. In October 1945, the British laid out the Malayan Union scheme before the British Parliament. Under the scheme, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and nine other Malay states were to be united under the Malayan Union. Sir Harold MacMicheal was then entrusted in obtaining the agreements from the Malay Rulers. Malays opposition to the British plans to form the Malayan Union catalyst the movement for Independence. Sparked by national sentiments, Dato Onn Jaafar formed United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) on 11 May 1946. The Malay Federation was founded on 1 February 1948 and on 31 August 1957, Malaya achieved Independence.

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2. Geography


Terengganu is one of the three states on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It has a total area of 12,995 sq. km, and shares a border with Kelantan on the northwest, with Pahang on the southwest, and its east with the South China Sea. Terengganu has a strong tropical monsoon climate, with relatively uniform temperature within the 21°C to 32°C range. January till April, the weather is dry and warm, with humidity in the lowlands consistently high, between 82-86 percent annually. Terengganu's average rainfall is 2,032 mm to 2540 mm per year, with the most rain falling between November till January.

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3. Transportation 

Visitor will find most places in Terengganu easily accessible. There is a host of transportation modes that one can choose from, when travelling to and within Terengganu by air, road, buses and coaches, taxi.

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4. Air 


Malaysia Airlines and Pelangi Air operate daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Terengganu. From Kerteh Airport, flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Pulau Tioman are available.

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5. Road


Regular express buses operate daily from Kuala Lumpur and other major towns. Terengganu internal bus services operate from Kuala Terengganu to various small towns in the state. The main bus station is located at Jalan Masjid Abidin, Kuala Terengganu. Taxis are also available throughout the state and they serve all major towns in Peninsular Malaysia.

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6. Places to Eat / Food


Terengganu cuisine is distinctively memorable for its fresh ingredients, inimitable spices and unique flavours. There are many good restaurants in Kuala Terengganu serving Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. Western cuisine can be found at larger hotels and restaurants in many towns. Nasi Dagang is glutinous rice, white or pinkish, cooked in coconut milk and served with fish curry, cucumber, pickle and coconut sambal. More recent accompanying items include chicken and seafood cooked in curry.


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7. Cultural Heritage

Terengganu cultural heritage is stored. Here, by arrangement tourists can see all types of cultural performances such as the Seni silat, traditional dances and wide selection of indigenous Malay games.

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8. Places of Interest

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9. Terengganu State Museum Complex


The Terengganu State Museum Complex consists of a main museum, a maritime museum, a fisheries museum, 4 traditional houses and botanic and herbs gardens. The main museum is built on 16 stilts, in accordance with the traditional architecture

of Terengganu. Its 4 block are adjoined, to represent a big family. There are 10 galleries showcasing textiles, crafts, historical, royal, nature, art, petroleum, Islamic, new generation and contemporary arts.

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10. Floating Mosque of the East


The Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah (Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque) which is situated about 4Km from Kuala Terengganu Centre, is built on a floating platform and is also known as the "The Floating Mosque of the East" due to its unique design that creates an illusion of itself as floating on water. This magnificent and unique Mosque are named after one of the matriarch in the Terengganu Royal house, the mosque are in perfect harmony with the natural ,was touched and designed by YM Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah, a very well known Malaysian architect who himself a Prince coming from the Terengganu royal house.


The Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque cleverly infuses Terengganu‘s traditional Malay architecture with modern design, which symbolizes the mordernisation and urbanisation of Terengganu.The pristine white plain and unadorned the mosque is unpretentious architectural stament yet bold and strong in the same time are undoubt fully the most recognisable landmark for Kuala Terengganu and the state of Terengganu itself.

It is located in the outskirts of Kuala Terengganu, It is build on a lagoon by the mouth of Sungai Ibai that cleverly gives an illusion that it is floating on the water - the first ever of its kind in Malaysia before similar concept was adopted by Masjid Putra in Putrajaya. At night, the floating affect of the mosque looks even more interesting as the mosque will be brightly lighted and you can see its reflection on the water. Just like any other mosques, the mosque and its surrounding area is open to all. However, as usual proper attires are required especially if you plan to have a look inside the mosque - dress conservatively, no shorts, mini skirts or sleeveless. Avoid also visit during prayer times especially on Friday afternoons from noon till 3.00pm. Try visiting this mosque during the the evening when the setting sun shines on the mosque creating a lovely hue and scenic.

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11. Sutera Semai Centre 


Approximately 6 km south of Kuala Terengganu is Sutera Semai Centre at Chendering. It is Malaysia's pioneer silk weaving centre, where visitors can witness the painting of batik designs onto the fabrics, resulting in beautiful batik shirts, kaftans, scarves, handkerchiefs, etc.


Batik painting is an exquisite and delicate art which requires skill, patience and meticulousness. In batik painting brightly coloured floral motifs are painted in stages onto dyed cloths. Songket , a piece of dyed silk material weaved with gold and silver threads, is the clothing for royalties, and Malay brides and grooms at their weddings. It is also often worn during special ceremonies and occasions such as on Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There are many Batik and Songket Centres in and around Kuala Terengganu which produce and sell batik and songket.

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12. Istana Maziah


Istana Maziah is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III. It was built in1897 to replace the Istana Hijau which was burned down during world war II. Located next to Bukit Puteri, it is the venue for royal birthdays, wedding, conferment of titles and receptions for local and foreign dignitaries. A product of the blend between splendid modern and traditional architecture, it is also well-known as one of Malaysia's cultural attractions.

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13. The Central Market


The Central Market, or locally known as Pasar Payang which is located by the Terengganu River is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu. Housed in a modern building complete with a shopping arcade and a car park, it offers visitors a variety of traditional handicrafts such as batik, silk, songket, brocade and brassware, other fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and 'keropok lekor' which is a special local delicacy made from a mixture of fish and sago. Visitors to this market will have a delightful experience shopping in local fares at reasonable prices.

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14. Desa Craft


Desa Craft, formerly known as Usaha Desa, is an interesting handicraft centre which showcases songket, brassware, batik, souvenir items and also fashion wear of current batik designs. This centre was developed by the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation as part of its effort to promote Kuala Terengganu a popular tourist destination.

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15. Handicraft Centre


Chendering, located approximately 6 km from Kuala Terengganu, is the site of the Malaysian Handicraft Centre. The centre offers visitors a wide variety of Malaysian handicraft and also an in sight into handicraft making. Some of the exquisite items which can be found here are songket, batik, vases, and mats, hats, wallets and bags made from pandanus leaves. Visitors will also get a chance to witness first hand the skills of local artisans in songket weaving, batik painting, basket weaving, etc.

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16. Marang Fishing Villages


A very picturesque fishing village, Marang welcomes her visitors with tall swaying coconut trees, cool fresh air, an incredibly beautiful lagoon and a fleet of fishing trawlers. Any visitor to Marang will be easily captivated by its natural beauty and simplistic ambience.

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17. Chendering Fishing Villages


Besides being considered as the centre for handicraft and traditional textiles in Terengganu, Chendering is also the site for a national deep sea fishing project. Located 6 km south of Kuala Terengganu, Chendering has a long jetty which makes it an excellent site for fishing.

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18. Kijal Fishing Villages



Kijal is a small, quiet and quaint fishing village located north of the Kemaman town. For those who want some peace and solitude, head out for Kijal where you can just laze around while watching fishing fleets returning with the day's catch, fishermen mending their nets or attending to their boats, or just let the cool and invigorating air caress you to a state of tranquility.

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19. Waterfront of Kuala Terengganu 


Visitors to the Waterfront of Kuala Terengganu wand rest areas.
 

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20. LA Hot Springs 


There is a hot spring in Besut which is known as the LA Hot Springs with its water temperature ranging from 45-49 degrees celcius. The water contains natural sulphur, which is said to have healing properties. Visitors flock to this spring especially those who are afflicted with skin ailments.

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21. Sekayu Waterfall 


The Sekayu Waterfall is located within the Sekayu Recreational Forest in Kuala Berang. It was established in 1974 and officially launched in 1985.Seven cascades here with water-cut pools which become the natural swimming pools make it a famous retreat for visitors. In wet season, you can hear the sound of rushing water falling from a high altitude from far away as you trek up the hill towards the pool. It is a pleasure experience. Not much trekking to be done for lowest level of the waterfall except you have to climb the concrete stairs. Picnicking places and resting huts are along the way. Only when you are not satisfied with the lowest pool and intend to challenge the mountain, there the real trekking will take place. Even so, is not going to be a difficult one as the mountain is not steep. If you are an expert in trees perhaps you can name some of the names of the trees along your way up. Sekayu is rich with Dipterocarp species such as Meranti and Damar Hitam (Shorea Species), Keruing (Dipterocarpus species) etc.


Because of the long established history, the recreational park is well facilitated with public facilities such as shelters, changing room, chalets and rest house, providing for visitors’ convenience besides three units of fully furnished chalets with the price rated between Rm30 to Rm50 (prices are subject to change) a night. Sekayu Waterfall is said to be one of the most comprehensive picnicking and trekking area in the state. To offer more choices to the visitors, there is a fruit orchard, a mini zoo, a bird park and a flower garden. Because of the ease in access to this waterfall, during the weekends or holidays, people come here for picnic or camping (this is also partly because there are no restaurant at Sekayu, therefore you have to bring your own supply). It is no doubt why this recreational park has become one of the promoted agro-tourism destinations for the state.

The Sekayu camping site is a choice if you are interested in spending the night outdoor. It is advisable to arm yourself with mosquito repellents.

Getting there :
Sekayu waterfall can be accessed either through Kuala Berang (16 km) or Kuala Terengganu (56 km). there are buses and taxis from the main road to Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Berang then taxis from Kuala Berang to the waterfall. Along the way to the destination, you will pass through some traditional Malay villages. Padi fields, perhaps buffalos soaking themselves in the muddy water and villagers selling fresh corn by the road, giving you unspoiled country side scenery. RM 1.00 will be charged for each entry into the recreational forest.

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22. Bukit Belatan Waterfall

The waterfall is located 19 km from Jerteh. The waterfall offers delightful scenery of water falling over a series of immense rock shelves into a pool bordered by rock-walls.

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23. Islands

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24. Pulau Redang


Located 50 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is one of the most beautiful and exotic islands in Malaysia. Far from the hustle and bustle of a big town or city, Pulau Redang offers crystal clear water, pearly white shores, a colourful array of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could be the world's most mature coral gardens. This paradise-like island is perfect for swimming snorkelling, scuba diving, jungle trekking, fishing boating and canoeing. It takes about 2 hours by boat from the village of Merang. However, visitors have to abide by the Fisheries Act 1985, as Pulau Redang is one of the few marine parks in Malaysia. No fishing is allowed within a 3.2 km radius of the island, and the collection of coral and aquatic life is prohibited.

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25. Pulau Perhentian


Pulau Perhentian, situated 21 km off the coast of Terengganu, consists of two islands Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. A trip to this lush and exotic tropical island is a must for all nature lovers and those who enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating and canoeing. Surrounded by a virgin jungle,
swaying palm trees, white sandy beaches, warm sapphire blue waters, and a colourful coral garden, Pulau Perhentian is renowned as one of Malaysia's marine paradise and part of the national marine park. Therefore, the same code applies here, as in Pulau Redang. The journey to this spectacular island takes about one and a half hours by boat from Kuala Besut.

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26. Pulau Kapas


Pulau Kapas is an island renowned for its pure emerald water, white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, caves with swallows' nests, dazzling marine life and superb coral formation. Long kept a secret by lovers of the underwater world, this island offers many secluded areas, which are unspoiled and quiet. There are many activities, which can be undertaken here. Pulau Kapas is a haven for swimming, snorkelling, wind surfing, kayaking, boating or just lazing around. It is only 6 km or a 30 minutes boat ride from Marang.

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27. Pulau Duyung


Pulau Duyung is the most well-known boat building ground in Terengganu. There, you can see boats being made by skilled boat builders who implement skills which have been passed down from generation to generation. Boat building is an art form therefore the boat builders are unique, for they work entirely from their memory and experience and without any set plans. Pulau Duyung is also renowned for its dried and salted fish, and fish crackers industries. It is easily accessible by the Sultan Mahmud Bridge, or for those who enjoy using sea transportation, take a boat from the Kuala Terengganu waterfron
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28. Beaches 

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29. Malaysia's Longest Exotic Beach


Streching more that 244 kilometre the Terengganu Coastline is The Longest Exotic Beach in Malaysia also knows as Malaysia’s longest playground in the sun. Beachcombers and sunworshippers alike will find the Terengganu coastline to be one never-ending giant playground with the longest sandy coastline in the country.Terengganu offer an amazing collection of beaches that revealboth secluded palm fringed coves abd popular beachfront
 


The state of Terengganu, on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, is famous for its long stretch of white sandy and unpolluted beaches that span 244 kilometers from the northern district of Besut to the southern district of Kemaman. Which is The Longest Exotic Beach in Malaysia also knows as Malaysia’s longest playground in the sun. Facing the South China Sea, the amazing collection of beaches that reveal both secluded palm fringed coves and popular beachfront beaches are breathtaking and its offshore islands enchanting. A haven for those seeking a good time in the sun, sand and sea.

All these amazing beach are easily accessible via the scenic costal highway that even me and some tourist can’t resist the temptation to stop by the way to gave at the golden sunrise or have a picnic , Fishing. or buying the Famous Terengganu ‘s Delicacies  The “Keropok Lekor”,The aroma of the famous “Otak-Otak” and othe malay delecasie that can be found almost all place in the city or throughout the coastal highway.

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30. Rantau Abang


Another place that should be on every visitor's itinerary is Rantau Abang, 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu. There, visitors lay in wait quietly from midnight to dawn to watch giant leatherback turtles laying eggs. The turtles lumbering slowly on the white sandy beaches to lay eggs are a memorable sight. These giant turtles, up to 2.5 m in length and sometimes weighing more than 375 kg are indeed a phenomenal sight to behold. Rantau Abang is one of only six places in the world visited by these turtles, from the months of May to September.


Gently sloping sands and fairly shallow, sparkling water give Pindaric the ideal ambience and make it the perfect setting for sunbathers and fun seekers who want a quiet, serene vacation spot to while away the hours in uninterrupted bliss.

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31. Bukit Keluang


Approximately 140 km north of Kuala Terengganu and a few km from Besut, lays Bukit Keluang. The view in this area is one of the most breathtaking and magnificent in Malaysia. It is also an ideal site for swimming, snorkelling and wind surfing. Its distinctive features are caves, which are easily reached by walkways.


Try to conjure up an image of a very peaceful village with beautiful wooden houses, innocent looking children playing games such as hopscotch or marbles, cows grazing in the field, swaying coconut trees, fresh cool breeze and a spectacular curve of white, sandy beach. This description describes Merang to a tee.

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32. Tanjung Jara Beach Resort


Tanjung Jara is located 60 km south of Kuala Terengganu. This enchanting beach resort is specially architecture and designed after an old Malay Palace. Visitors can go for sea-sports, turtle watching and an exciting organised River Safari on the Sungai Dungun.

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33. The Sungai Yak Yah's Firefly Sanctuary

The Glow fly has resided here for many-many year and its has been a major place for some Terengganu’ people, researcher and student to came here for study or firefly’s appreciation activities and marvel at the many Glow fly that habitat here. The glow fly sanctuary here was almost not known to any body except for the villager and fisherman in and near Kampung Ibok, Chukai Town at Kemaman district. Recently our Terengganu state government in 2006 had started promoting and selling the Firefly sanctuary as recommendation sight-seeing  and number one glow fly appreciation area inside the state after Sungai Penarik Firefly Sanctuary, near Kampung Penarik. 


The Sungai Yak Yah Firefly Sanctuary is the biggest fire sanctuary in Malaysia. Which is located about half an hour from the town of Chukai in Kemaman. The Yak Yah river is home to the biggest firefly colonies in Malaysia. But the sightseer whom visits this river every month is less than 100 and most of them are from Japan and a few from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur , Perak and etc, which leave the firefly sanctuary almost deserted because the local authority at Kemaman doesn’t paid much attention for the tourism industry until early 2006. When the local News paper like News Strait Time Press or (NSTP), The Sun, and Utusan Malaysia had highlight the concern and plead of the Kemaman people ,Villager of Kampung Sungai Ibok and tourism operators. When the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh found out about the sanctuary ‘s problem Our MB Dato’ Idris then had direct the Kemaman ‘s DO or District Office to ensure the habitat of the fireflies was well protected , preserved and not disturbed. and like wise the State Government Tourism Action Council’ secretariat also had now started to promote Sungai Yak Yah as the state newest attraction and building the necessary amenities needed like a jetty , toilet  and etc.

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34. Natural

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35. Kenyir Lake


Tasik Kenyir is a great lake with great place for natural lover and photo enthusiasts and wild life observation. Since it is an protected area as it is part of the oldest rain forest in the world (130-million year old) with endless of abundance of nature diversity which is rich with ecosystem which remain protected even though it is open to the public as tourist attraction and resort. The lake itself is also a melting pot as a modest accommodation is also offer here for adventure, fun seeker and with many activities like, fishing, kayaking, rafting, jungle trekking and many more out door adventure which can be found all over Tasik Kenyir except at the Tanjung Mentong area in Tasik Kenyir which is a protected area and parts of Taman Negara Beside being a part of oldest rain forest in the world and being the one of the Best fishing spot in Malaysia, it is also the most unique gateway to the Taman Negara.

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36. Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung


Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung
or Recreational Forest of Cemerung River is the biggest Hutan Lipur and are located beside the river of the Forest Reserve of Pasir Raja, in Dungun. (District Dungun) .The forest reserve is a hill forest. The forest reserver are bless with abundant of are many unique of flora and fauna that can be found here .The forest reserver are rich with the meranti and keruing tree which create an interesting background to the Hutan Lipur.  Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is one of the most famous Recreational Forest in Malaysia as uniquely, it is the home of The Highest Waterfall in Malaysia : the Cemerung Waterfall and the world two largest and oldest Cengal tree in the world and the most beautiful and scenic Recreational Forest in the whole peninsular Malaysia.

As you are approaching the recreational forest from far a way you will see along strict of white colour in the middle of the green valley.The closer you get to it you will see a towering white water gushing down from the valley like a stairway to heaven. The Cemerung Waterfall is an 305m high beautiful and magnificent waterfall which lay at the wall of East Coast Mountain Range, The 305 meters of gushing white water streaked down to the many beautiful steep rock faces before smashing into a cloud of spray all around the waterfall as is the whole place are still in the early morning mist. The Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is the favourite resting spots in Malaysia and Terengganu with almost 2 thousand visitor almost every weekend or during the holiday season.The are a lot of ammenitis here that are prepared by the Forestry Department. The are many resting hut or “Wakaf” that are built around the place, a high observation tower can also be found here for the many nature lover who want to see the many animal that frequently visit the salt area here.

Visitor will enjoy the many recreational amenities that are prepared here at the park. To many visitor, the Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is like a large water world as you can see many waterfall around here and wherever you go you will only see water and water. Many young children will enjoy very much here as you can swim ,bath and do almost anything except fishing. The inland is the where, the adventurers’ type can go on a jungle trekking activities or camping to hike your way up to the top of Cemerung Waterfall, where you will find your self with a magnificent view of the pristine forest from high above. Along the way you will see a lot of flora and fauna here that this place is like a heaven for photojournalist and bird watcher. A picnic trip at Hutan Lipur Sungai Cemerung is the most ideal thing to do here as this will bring and tighten the family and ease the body to relax from the stressful weeks of long hour works. Recreational Forest of Sungai Cemerung are located 30Km from the city of Al-Muktafibillah Shah (15-20 Minute drive), or 100 Km from Kuala Terengganu (1 Hour Drive)
  

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37. Hutan Lipur Lata Payung


Hutan Lipur Lata Payung or Recreational Forest of Lata Payung are located at The Forest Reserve of Gunung Tebu (Mount Tebu) ,in Daerah Besut (District Besut) and Setiu. The forest reserve is a dikprtokal hill forest with conifer forest at the top of Gunung Tebu. There are many unique and abundant of flora and fauna that can be found here. The Forest Reserve of Gunung Tebu is most famous for its Gunung Tebu, which is the main attraction to the many Malaysian and tourist who came here to see Mount Tebu or to hike it. For anyone who want a bit of  challenge or outdoor activities in Terengganu, then why not have a hike at Mount Tebu by following the trail up to the submit. The trail are prepare by the forestry department and trust me the hike here will test your mental strength and stamina. What fascinated me about Gunung Tebu is the large horde of student and college kid including some primary student who came just to hike Gunung Tebu (especially during school holiday, college, and University semesters breaks. Beside the Gunung Tebu the forest reserve is also famous to the many biologist, birdwatcher, researcher and scientists as this is the only place where many of the rare species of flora and fauna that are hard to find at in the many state of Malaysia can be found here in one place. 


Visitor can also enjoy some jungle trekking along the trek that are well organise by the Forestry Department to educated many simple layman of the many flora and fauna of the forest and its benefit and the important of conservation of the forest and its effect to human kind. The waterfall here are beautiful that you will enjoy having a dip in its cold and refreshing river that are so clear that many children will enjoy looking at the many little fish and little shrimp that can be found here. Visitor at the Recreational Forest of Lata Payung are allowed to camp here as they are many camping spot to be found here along the many scout member. Visitor can also bring they own food for picnic or have BBQ here using the BBQ stove here except for the tool to burn the Food and charcoal which you bring yourself. You can also can go for a leisure walk along jungle trail in the park to see the many wild life that can be seen here or you can go see the exhibitont of the forest which are prepare in the park where visitor can learn about herb, plant, tree and animal.

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38. Hutan Lipur seri Amar


Hutan Lipur Seri Amar
or Recreational Forest of Seri Amar are located in the forest reserve of Hulu Nerus which is just 18 Km from Permaisuri city ,59Km form Kuala Terengganu City.have an assortment of flora and fauna enthough it is close to the city.This small Recreational forest was created to cater the need of the local community in Bandar Permaisuri. The Recreational forest here, have a very beautiful river, where the water that flow here are crystal clear and refreshing. The recreational forest here are the perfect spot for a picnic with the family. Without going trough the long hour just to be close with nature. There are many modest convenience that are prepare here by the forestry department and the local government like public amnesties like phone, toilet and changing room with rest house ,hut, and camping site that are prepare here for visitor who wish to spend overnight.

The area offer an a small assortment of activities that can be done here like picnicking, swimming, bathing, camping in the wild or trekking. Here visitor can enjoy taking a pleasure walk on the pavement along the park or go for a jungle trekking where visitor may see small wild animal that frequently appear at the trail at the small but modest park. Being near to the suburban this place make its an idea place for a family gathering and occasion like BBQ with colleague and friend.

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39. Agrotourism

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40. Setiu Agro Resort


Seven km from Bandar Permaisuri is the popular Setiu Agro Resort, which has been conceived with the noble agrotourism concept in mind. This is the state government's effort to preserve the environment and at the same time offer healthy recreational activities while providing camping facilities and basic amenities for visitors. The park is a natural laboratory for the study of nature with the names of trees and plants labelled accordingly. It promotes the importance of care and concern for the environment and enhances civic consciousness among the state's populace and visitors.

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41. Shopping


Terengganu is a paradise for bargain hunters and souvenir collectors. There is ample opportunity to buy batik cloth, songket, traditional woodcarvings, local handicrafts, woven hats and baskets, clothing, intricate filigree silverware, gleaming brassware and decorative wall pieces as well as a staggering variety of dried and fresh food. Another special feature for shoppers are the fascinating bustling weekend markets found in practically avery town.

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42. Accommodation

Kuala Terangganu Primula Park Royal
Jalan Persingahan Off Jalan Sultan Mahmud
Tel: 09-6222100 / 623722
Fax: 09-6233360

Permai Park Inn International
Jalan Sultan Mahmud
Tel: 09-6222122 / 625002
Fax: 09-6222121

Seri Malaysia
Lot 1640, Jalan Hiliran
Tel: 09-6236454
Fax: 09-6238344

Motel Desa
Bukit Pak Apil, 20100 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6223033 / 6223488
Fax: 09-6203751

Sri Hoover Hotel
49, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6233823 / 6233863
Fax: 09-6228888

K.T Mutiara Hotel
67, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6222655 / 6222653
Fax: 09-6236931

Grand Paradise
Jalan Tok Lam
Tel: 09-6228888
Fax: 09-6238899

Seaview Hotel
18A, Jalan Masjid Abidin
Tel: 09-6221911
Fax: 09-6221911

Terengganu Hotel
12, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Tel: 09-6222009
Fax: 09-6222906

K.T Travellers Inn
Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin
Tel: 09-6223666 / 6220308
Fax: 09-6232692

Sri Indah Resort
898, Jalan Haji Busu Pantai Batu Burok
Tel: 09-62215998 / 1564
Fax: 09-6248548

Batu Burok Beach Resort
Jalan Pantai Batu Burok
Tel: 09-6221410 / 6237366
Fax: 09-6232904

Qurata Riverside
Lot 175-19, Kuala Ibai, 20400 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6175500
Fax: 09-6175511

Awi's Yellow House
3576 Kampong Duyong Besar, Kuala Terengganu
H/p: 017-8829564

Bidong view Beach Resort
Lot 1906, Kampong Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit,
21020 Kuala Terengganu.
Tel: 09-6696711

Gem Beach Resort
Lot 2135 Mukim Batu Rakit
Tel: 09-6695910
Fax: 09-6695920

Kenangan Hotel
65, Jalan Sultan Ismail 20200 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6222688 / 342
Fax: 09-6233268

Hotel Grand Continental
Jalan sultan Zainal Abidin, 20000 Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6251888
Fax: 09-6230089

Asrama Tepian Gelangang
Jalan Pasir Panjang, Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6222529
Fax: 09-6240850

Ping Anchorage Travellers Homestays
77A, 1st & 2nd floor
Jalan Dato' Isaac, Kuala Terengganu
Tel: 09-6220851

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Sarawak State

History

The history of modern Sarawak is closely related to the adventures of an Englishman, James Brooke after his advent to Sarawak in 1839. With a boundary extending from Tanjung Datu to Batang Samarahan, Sarawak then was one of Brunei’s territories and was ruled by its Governor, Pengiran Mahkota. Politically, the country was in a state of turmoil with the natives constantly in rebellion against Brunie’s authority. To restore order, the Raja Muda of Brunei was sent but failed in his mission until Brooke returned the following year and offered his assistance. As a reward for his success in pacifying the revolts, Brooke was installed as first Rajah if Sarawak in 1841. Thus began the reign of the White Rajahs under the the Brooke family which was to last more than a century.

James Brooke

During the first few decades of his first rule, Brooke’s hold over the century was greatly challenged not only by problems like piracy, but also by the armed resistance by his subjects, particularly the natives. Some measure of law and order was achieved and administrative changes were introduced. By 1861, Sarawak has been further enlarged with the Sultan’s cession of all the rivers and lands from Sadong River to Kidurong Point. By 1864, it has been recognized as an independent State by both the United States and Britain. Further cession of territory occurred in 1868 with the reign of the second Rajah, Charles Brooke, so that by 1885 Sarawak’s frontier extended to the valley of the Trusan River. In 1890, the Limbang region was added and in 1905, the Lawas River area was purchased from the British North Borneo Company.

Foreign protection was sought as early as the reign if the first Rajah to ensure Sarawak’s political and economic survival and independence but it was only in 1880 that Sarawak was accorded British protection. With the decline in piracy and in a situation of relative political stability economic development gained momentum, This continued during the reign of the third Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke, who succeeded Charles Brooke in 1917.

In 1941, a new constitution was granted by the Rajah which paved the way for self-governance by the people. Among others, the constitution specified the composition of the Supreme Council and Council Negeri. Before the enactment could be effected, however, the Japanese invaded and occupied Borneo. When Sarawak was liberated in 1946, the third Rajah declared his intention to cede Sarawak to Great Britain, a decision which was opposed by many especially the natives who formed what was known as the Anti-Cession Movement. However, the Council Negeri voted 19 to 16 in favour of cession and Sarawak became a British Crown Colony on July the 1st, 1946. Dissatisfaction mounted, resulting in mass resignation of the of 388 Malay civil servants and the assassination of the Second British Governor of the colony of Sarawak in 1949. The British reaction to this attack was swift and the protest movement virtually died by 1950. A number of the anti-cessionists continued their involvement in politics and won for the State its "second independence" by supporting the formation of Malaysia mooted by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the then Chief Minister of Independent Malaya. In 1963, Sarawak achieved its independence within Malaysia.

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Physical Geography


The state of Sarawak is situated near to the state of Sabah and Kalimantan, Indonesia. The width of this state is 124,000 sq. km. Sarawak is divided into 6 divisions that are Kuching, Samarahan, Sibu, Bintulu, Sri Aman and Kapit. The population in this state is about 1.7 million. The temperature in the state of Sarawak is about 23° Celsius till 32° Celsius.

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Introduction


Sarawakians call her Bumi Kenyalang (Land of the Hornbill), others romanticise her as land of the White Rajahs or Land of the Headhunters. By any name, Sarawak is a fascinating state. As these names indicate, Sarawak has a rich heritage and a variety of attractions to suit the discerning tourist. Some even call her the land of superlatives. It is the largest state in Malaysia, the earliest remains of man in Southeast Asia is found here. Sarawak has the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia and the world’s largest cave entrance and natural chamber at the Mulu National Park and one of the country’s oldest museums.

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Economy

Sarawak economic base is built on three major products, namely oil, timber and natural gas. Major exports from Sarawak are petroleum and petroleum products, forestry and agricultural products. Petroleum accounts for 54% of the total export earnings for the state while timber accounts for 27% of export earnings, followed by pepper as the third largest export earner. With increased diversification in the agricultural base, other crops such as rubber, sago and coconut have emerged as new additions to the list of exportable items.

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Getting to Sarawak


International tourist comes into Sarawak via Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Singapore and Kota Kinabalu. Malaysia Airlines, Singapore International Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines currently serve Sarawak with a total of 76 weekly flight from Kuala Lumpur, 23 weekly flights from Singapore and 44 from Kota Kinabalu. One can also reach Kuching by the north-south road linking Miri in the north to Kuching in the south. Many visitors from Brunei cross by road or boat to Limbang, Sarawak. Others drive along the Pan Borneo Highway through Sindumin and Merapuk to Lawas. Visitors from nearby Labuan Island have a choice of either boat or air. Travellers from Pontianak cam fly in by Merpati Airlines. Kuching is also accessible by road from Pontianak. There are two international airports, one in Kuching and another in Miri. There are also airport and airstrips at Sibu, Bintulu, Kapit, Belaga, Marudi, Limbang, Lawas, Bario, Long Seridan, Ba Kelalan, Long Semado and Long Lellang, and rural air service. One can also charter light aircraft and helicopters by contacting Hornbill Skyways at 082-455737.

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Culture


More than 30 ethnic groups live together harmoniously in Sarawak, including 21 native ethnic groups Malay and Chinese. Even with such diversity, individual groups have retained their cultural identity, observing traditional customs and rituals on a day-to-day basis. For an informative and entertaining insight into the lives and cultures of some of the major ethnic groups in Sarawak, a visit to the living museum-The Sarawak Cultural Village- is a must. Located in Damai, the village sprawls over 17-landscaped area with an artifice lake at the centre. This is surrounded by seven authentic replicas of ethnic houses-Iban, Bidayuh, Penan, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Malay and Chinese-displaying artefacts made by the house residents and demonstrating arts and crafts and fascinating tribal music and dancing. Open seven days a week, this is an easy day or half-day trip from either Kuching or the Damai resort area.

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Places Of Interest
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Kuching

White Rajahs heritage 1870

Many of Sarawak’s attractions may be found in its capital, Kuching. Located on the banks of the Sarawak River, approximately 32km from the sea, the city reflects the influence of the west, as it was for years the home of the Brooke Dynasty or the ‘White Rajahs’. Rich in heritage, Cushing’s prominence can best be viewed along the river. Among its numerous points of interest is the Sarawak Museum with its collection of Borneo ethnological and archaeological artefacts. Other attractions include Fort Margherita, the Astana, Court House, Islamic Museum, Timber Museum, Chinese History Museum and cat Museum.

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Kuching North


The north side of Kuching has a number of attractions that a traveller should not miss. These are the Exhibition Centre, the Lapau, the Bangunan Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Astana, the Fort Margherita, the New State Mosque and the recently opened Kuching City Garden. Just cross the Sarawak River by road or by tambang and you find them in the vicinity of Jalan Istana. Some of the more notable places of interest are described below.

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The Astana


This stately place is situated on the banks of the Sarawak River and built by the second Rajah, Charles Brooke in 1870. Its white washed walls, tall roofs and battlements strike an imposing picture as does its romantic private jetty on the banks of the river. It is now the official residence of the Governor.

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 Fort Margherita 


Located on a hillock near the Sarawak River, not far from the Palace is fort Margherita. Built by Charles Brooke and named after his wife. Since 1971, this three storey Fort has been converted into a police Museum. Beside the fort is a graveyard of the family of John Brooke, the nephew of James Brooke.

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The Kuching City Garden


Open in early December 1992, the Kuching City Garden is a scenic recreational garden situated at Pangkalan Sapi, a popular jetty for Kuching distinctive tambang. The garden is surrounded by the relics of Sarawak history, with the Istana and Fort Margherita only a stone a throw away. Covering some two acres, the garden features distinctive structures and artefacts to portray the various ethnic communities in the state, cascading waterfalls, viewing tower and curio shops. The garden also features a walkway of mist to create a mystic ambience.

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The State Mosque


The new state mosque is located in Petra Jaya, replacing the former mosque, which was built in 1876. Designed by world renowned Sami Mousawi, architect of some of the most beautiful mosques in Rome, London, and Kuwait, the new state mosque stands on 100 acres of land with a main prayer hall for 8,000 worshippers and a library of 250,000 books a conference hall, a lecture hall and a banquet hall.

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Kuching South


Kuching South, being the older part of the city has the lion share of attractions. Many of the attractions are located almost directly opposite the Istana and Fort Margherita. With the beautification of the Waterfront of the Sarawak River being undertaken by Tourism and Leisure sector of the State Economic Development Corporation, it is hoped that in future the tourism activities will be more developed. From Jalan Bazaar, which joins up with Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Padungan, the visitor will find three of the pride of Kuching hotels, the Holiday Inn, the Kuching Hilton and recently opened Riverside Majestic. All three hotels are located on the waterfront with a commanding view of the Sarawak River. Within this enclave are also sited China Town, shopping complexes, banks, a movie theatre and the Tua Pek Kong Temple. There is also a shuttle bus service along this route for the convenience of the tourist. West of this area around Jalan Bazaar, Jalan Mesjid and Jalan McDoughall are other places of interest such as the Square Tower, the Round Tower, the Court House, the General Post Office the war Memorial and the State Mosque. Further south along Jalan Tahan and Jalan P. Ramlee, there is the Kuching Municipal Library, the Sarawak Museum and its new wing. Along Jalan Budaya is the beautiful Civic Centre. Some of the attractions are described below.

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The Square Tower


Resembling the late Renaissance towers of England, this tower was originally built as a detention centre for prisoners. During the Brooke Era, it doubled as a fortress and a dance hall.

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The Tua Pek Kong


Built in 1843, it is the oldest Chinese temple. The temple has undergone several innovations to its impressive state today with its unmistakable dragon wall outside.

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The Court House


Built in 1874, the Court House has an impressive edifice displaying architecture reminiscent of the Romantic period. Yet the doors and window grilles and roof panels are decorated with intricate local art patterns, which makes it one of the most outstanding buildings in Sarawak. This building was the seat of government during the Brooke period. A clock tower was added in 1883 and an obelisk memorial dedicated to Charles Brooke was built in 1924.

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The Round Tower


Except for the date when the building was built, which was in 1886 during the Brooke period no one is clear as to the purpose of this building. A unique structure, it is believed that the Rajah wanted this to be another fort in town.

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The Pavillion


Opposite the Post Office is the Pavillion, believed to be the first building in town to be constructed of reinforced concrete frames. Today, it houses the government offices.

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The General Post Office


The Kuching General Post Office is unique with impressive Corinthian column in its fa├žade.

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The Sarawak Museum


The Sarawak Museum is regarded as one of the oldest and one of the best in Southeast Asia, housing an excellent collection of Borneo an ethnological and archaeological artefacts. The old wing of the museum was built during the time of Rajah Charles Brooke in 1891 to display native arts and craft. One may see replicas of longhouses with actual skulls on the rafters. There are beautiful primitive woodcarvings depicting legendary figures and other artefacts of native handicrafts, which should not be missed. The museum also houses many interesting documents, such as diary entries of the Brookes, which provide an insight into the administrative and legal aspects of the reign of the white rajahs. The new wing is located on the hill next to the old wing and is accessible by an overhead bridge. From time to time special exhibitions are held to provide the visitor an insight into the rich historical and cultural diversity and archaeological significance of this region.

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The Old State Mosque


This beautiful mosque with its gilt dome was built in 1968 on the same site as the former mosque, which was an old wooden structure, built in 1852. Situated in the centre of Caching City, with the Sarawak River as background, it is one of the most magnificent buildings in the cit
y.

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The Civic Centre


Located just five minutes from major hotels, the Kuching Civic Centre is set in an exclusive area surrounded by a beautiful garden. The unique shaped multi-purpose hall which houses up to 1000 participants makes it one of the most sought after halls for exhibitions, conferences and formal evening functions. The centre offers a range of complementary facilities such as restaurants, cafeterias and a lounge. A unique features the Sultan Iskandar planetarium, the only one in Malaysia.

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The Sarawak Cultural Village




Nestled in the foothills of the legendary Mount Santubung is the Sarawak Cultural Village, which holds a potpourri of the rich cultural diversity of Sarawak. Situated just 25 km from Kuching, a 40 minutes drive away, the museum presents a showcase of the seven major ethnic houses found in Sarawak. Upon entry, the visitor is presented with a passport, which allows him or her to have a glimpse of community life in the Bidayuh longhouse, the Penan Hut, the Orang Ulu longhouse, the Melanau Rumah Tinggi, the Malay house and the Chinese farmhouse. The tour begins with a visit to the Bidayuh longhouse, followed by the Iban longhouse, complete with their welcome drink of tuak, women weaving their pua kumbu and skulls hanging on the rafters. At the simple Penan hut, one sees how blowpipes are made while the Orang Ulu house displays the most artistic people at work with their beadwork, carvings and paintings.

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Semenggoh Orang Utan Pottery Factory


The Rehabilitation centre is home to orang utans honey bears, hornbills, porcupines, storks, eagles, barking deers and monkeys, rescued from the wild and rehabilitated in their natural surroundings. On return journey, we can stop at the pottery factory.

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Annah Rais Longhouse


Depart for an hour’s drive to Annah Rais, a Bidayuh Longhouse with about 120 families. It is straddled in an isolated village guarded by four mountains, a strategic position in the past to ward off headhunters. View the relics of “Cannon of Peace” and “Baruk”, the head house that stores 100 years old human skulls. Return to Kuching.

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Crocodile Farm & Pottery Shop 


Proceed for 30 minutes scenic coastal ride along Miri and Kuala Baram road before reaching the crocodile farm. The 22 acres lanscape with natural breeding enclosures and man-made sanctuary ponds, houses more than 1000 salt and fresh water crocodiles. On the way back, stop at the pottery shop for ethnic, modern and contemporary design souvenirs.

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Natural Attractions

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Gua Niah (Niah cave)




Niah is one of Sarawak’s smaller national parks, but it is certainly one of the most important, and has some of the most unusual visitor attractions. The park’s main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found at Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Yet there is much more to Niah than archaeology. A vast cave swarming with bats and swiftlets; the thriving local economy based on birds-nests and guano; ancient cave paintings; a majestic rainforest criss-crossed with walking trails; abundant plant and animal life - all these and more make up the geological, historical and environmental kaleidoscope that is Niah. 


Niah’s importance was first realised in 1957. The curator of the Sarawak Museum, Tom Harrisson, led an archaeological dig at the West Mouth of the Great Cave. The excavations revealed plenty of evidence of human settlements in the area; tools, cooking utensils and ornaments, made of bone, stone or clay. The types of items found suggested a long period of settlement reaching back into the Palaeolithic era (the earliest part of the stone age).
In 1958, a discovery was made which confirmed Niah as a site of major archaeological significance. Harrisson and his team unearthed a skull which was estimated to be 40,000 years old. The find was at first ridiculed by the scientific community, for it was the skull of a modern human (homo sapiens sapiens), and it was widely believed that Borneo was settled much later. However, as dating techniques improved, and as more evidence of the settlement of Southeast Asia and Australasia came to light, Harrisson was proved right.

What is most interesting about Niah, however, is the continued human presence over tens of thousands of years, and the sophistication of the societies that gradually developed there. A large burial site further into the mouth of the cave had clearly been used from Palaeolithic times right up to the modern era, as late as 1400 AD. The earliest graves, found in the deepest levels, were simple shallow graves without adornment. Yet moving up through the layers, coffins and urns appeared, along with grave goods such as pottery, textiles and ornaments, and even glass and metal items, which came comparatively late to Borneo. The Great Cave is not the only important archaeological site. The Painted Cave, as its name suggests, houses detailed wall-paintings depicting the boat journey of the dead into the afterlife. The meaning of the paintings was explained by the discovery of a number of “death-ships” on the cave floor - boat-shaped coffins containing the remains of the deceased and a selection of grave-goods considered useful in the afterlife, such as Chinese ceramics, ornaments and glass beads. The death-ships have been dated as ranging between 1 AD and 780 AD, although local Penan folklore tells of the use of death-ship burials as late as the 19th century.


Niah National Park is located on the Sungai (River) Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110 km south-west of Miri. The park was first gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958, and in 1974 some 3,100 hectares of surrounding rainforest and limestone hills were included, to form Niah National Park. The park has a visitor centre and good accommodation, and is very easy to get around, thanks to an extensive network of plankwalks to and throughout the caves. A torch (flashlight) and good walking shoes are absolutely essential - the caves are unlit, and the plankwalk can become slippery from the constant dripping of water from the ceiling of the cave. A wide-brimmed hat is desirable, for obvious reasons.

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Gunung Mulu National Park




The majestic Gunung Mulu, rising over a mass of sandstone and shale, 2376 metres above sea level, dominates the Gunung Mulu National Park in the Miri and Limbang Divisions. The Park covers 52,866 hectares of shale and sandstone flanked by limestone outcrops with virgin tropical forests at the lower slope giving way to montane vegetation in the upper regions. It was gazetted as a National Park in 1974. The mix of natural habitats in all its diversity amidst such wild and rugged scenery makes it one of Sarawak’s most popular destinations. Foremost among its attractions are the spectacular pinnacle rock formations tucked in the valley of gunung Api and its cave complex which can only be described in superlatives. Despite its ruggedness, the park is easily accessible and there is a range of activities to keep everyone busy and happy.

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Loagan Bunut National Park


Tucked away on the upper reaches of the Sungai Bunut in the Miri Division, is a huge lake, the largest natural lake in Sarawak. The local Berawan Fishermen call it Loagan Bunut. In 1991 an area of about 10,736 hectares encompassing the 650-hectare lake was gazetted as a National Park as part of the on going effort to preserve the unique habitats, rare and valuable plants and wildlife indigenous to the region. The lake is utterly dependent on the Sungai Bunut, Sungai Tinjar and Sungai Baram whose water levels are subject to seasonal fluctuations and this accounts for the fluctuating levels of the water in Logan Bunut. During spells of extreme dryness, usually lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, the lake is converted to vast expanses of dry cracked mud.

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Beaches

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Santubong 


Approximately 35km from the capital of Kuching lay the picturesque fishing village of Santubong boasting some of the finest beaches in Sarawak. Lapped by aquamarine waters of the South China Sea and surrounded by a backdrop of forested hills, Santubong has a number of excellent resort beaches to choose from. One of these is Damai Beach. Set against Mt. Santubong, this picturesque beach offers three popular retreats for its guests. This include the Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, all of which provide a wide range of facilities for both land and sea activities.

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Teluk Bandung


Another beach of equal beauty in Santubong is Teluk Bandung. A sandy cove fronting the Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort, it offers a host of recreational facilities to fill your days with fun and excitement. There are the thrills and spills of water skiing, windsurfing and canoeing in the waters of a cool cave. Other leisurely pursuits include snorkelling, catamaran sailing and fishing.

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Pulau Satang 


Within proximity to Santubong is Pulau Satang. An uninhabited island with white sandy beaches, lush forests and crystal waters, it makes the perfect hideaway for those seeking privacy. A sanctuary to many species of wildlife, the island offers an intimate glimpse into the mysteries of nature. The coral reefs of the island are so close to the shore, you can stand on the beach and see neon-hued fish weaving through castles of coral. Besides underwater attractions, the island is also a popular nesting place for sea turtles and a fishing haven for anglers.

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Pantai Siar


An uncrowned retreat to head for is Pantai Siar, 90 km from Kuching. A secluded beach with shimmering white sand, sea-chiselled crags and aquamarine waters, Pantai Siar is a private enclave worth resorting to surrender to its quiet charm and beautiful memories will long remain.

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Pantai Sematan


Nearby is Pantai Sematan a popular weekend retreat with sandy white beaches and sparkling blue water.

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Pantai Penyok and Pantai Bandung


Further to the west, 115 km from Kuching lay the beaches of Pantai Penyok and Pantai Bandung. Each is a perfect place for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities.

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Shopping

Megamall Shopping at Kuching City

Kuching Waterfront

The visitor to Sarawak should take home more than just a tee shirt that says Sarawak. Look for handicrafts such as hats, mats and baskets fashioned from the climbing rattan, the leaves of the nipah, the pandanus and the bemban. Almost all the tribes have a handicraft that is uniquely their own as seen from the types of patterns, motifs and weaving techniques. For instance, there is the Penan ajat basket, the Melanau terendak hats, and the Punan mats. Another popular handicraft is the Pua Kumbu, which is hand-woven on handlooms. Pua Kumbu can be bought as a piece or one can get a purse or handbag that is made from the cloth that is woven in cotton and dyed using the tied (ikat) method. Woodcarvings range from small statuettes to shields and masks. Traditional Kenyah carvings of figurines have bulging eyes, while the Iban enjoy carving hornbills. Sarawak is famous for her intricate beadwork. There are necklaces, bangles, earrings of a variety of designs and colours to choose from. In the old days, beads used to be a symbol of social status and wealth. Along the side of the road heading towards the airport are a number of factories, now with show rooms, that sell pottery items ranging from small vases and ashtrays to large jars, cooking pots and flower vases. These items can be sought in the city, particularly facing the waterfront, along Main Bazaar, Wayang Street and Temple Street. One could also get them at the Sunday tamu along Jalan Satok and also at Sarakraf, a semi-government agency, which runs souvenir shops at Kuching Airport, Miri Airport, the Holiday Inn Kuching and the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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Golf Club

There are 18 holes golfing at the Damai Golf and Country Club.

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Hotels

Crowne Plaza Riverside
Tel: 082-247777
Fax: 082-425858

Holiday Inn Kuching
Tel: 082-423111
Fax: 082-426169

Grand Continental
Tel: 082-230399
Fax: 082-230339

Holiday Inn
Tel: 085-422679
Fax: 085-419999

Kingwood Inn Kuching
Tel: 082-330888
Fax: 082-332888

Hilton Kuching
Tel: 082-248200
Fax: 082-428984

Merdeka Palace
Tel: 082-258000
Fax: 082-425400

Royal Mulu Resort
Tel: 085-790100
Fax: 085-790101

Hilton Batang Ai
Tel: 083-584388
Fax: 083-584399
Regalis Court
Tel: 082-412211
Fax: 082-413211

Telang Usan
Tel: 082-415588
Fax: 082-425316

Rihga Royal
Tel: 085-421121
Fax: 085-421099

Holiday Inn Damai Beach
Tel: 082-846999
Fax: 082-846777

Holiday Inn Damai Lagoon
Tel: 082-846900
Fax: 082-846901

Santubong Resort
Tel: 082-846888
Fax: 082-846666

Harbour View
Tel: 082-274666
Fax: 082-274777

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Sarawak Tourism Information Centre

Sarawak Tourism Information Centre
Jalan Main Bazaar, Kuching
Tel: 082-410942

Sarawak TDC
Tingkat 2, Bukit Mata Kuching
Jalan song Thian Cheok,
93100 Kuching
Tel: 082-246575 / 246775


Sarawak Cultural Village
Pantai Damai Santubong
P.O.Box 2632, 93752 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel: 082-422411
Fax: 082-428988

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Travel Bureaus


Amibo Travel Service
Tel: 085—755150

Bel-Air Travel & Tours
Tel: 082-414419

Bintulu Deluxe Travel Service
Tel: 086-335311

Borneo Esteem Star Tours
Tel: 085-432908

Borneo Interland Travel
Tel: 082-413595

Borneo Jungle Safari
Tel: 085-436566

Borneo Tours
Tel: 082-248537

Borneo Transverse Tours & Travel
Tel: 082-257882

CPH Travel Agency
Tel: 082-426025

East West Agencies & Holidays
Tel: 082-428193

Equatorial Tours & Travel Centre
Tel: 084-331599

Golden Horse Travel & Tours
Tel: 084-324625

Hapyholiday Travel
Tel: 084-339039

Harrisons Travel
Tel: 085-410339

Hong Tai Travel Agency
Tel: 082-241257

Hunda Travel
Tel: 086-331339

IK Chin Travel Service
Tel: 082-411325

Inter-Continental Travel
Tel: 082-256155

Interworld Travel Service
Tel: 082-252544

Journey Travel Agengy
Tel: 082-421603
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