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Lundu Town
updated on 29th July 2010


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Trip to SIAR beach, Lundu.
7-8 November 2003

It was just one of this beautiful sunny days when the secretary of the ASA sent emails round to all the African Students on campus. There is going to be a trip to .......

Everybody was overjoyed because of what the trip had for us....... mountain climbing, soccer, basket ball, swimming and the lot........

We got to SIAR beach resort ..... and was surprised at the nature of the place.....

That night the girls cooked, and my God, the food was unquestionably yummy. I have never tasted such mouth-watering meal in Malaysia. ....

The next morning, we had our morning devotion together. The spirit of God was in the house. The president read the sermon and related it to our daily lives. That, I will say is a good attribute of a leader. He knows what his followers want, how they want it and when they want it.

That morning, some went swimming again for the very last time. This was the final day of our trip. ....

We thanked God for such a trip.....

 
 
 

African students association INTI college Sarawak 2004
  TEXT : http://www.intisar.edu.my
PHOTOS : http://www.intisar.edu.my

 

 

 

 


Lundu, this coastal village town is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination in Sarawak.

Lundu is  located in the south-western part of the Kuching Division and bordering West Kalimantan, Indonesia, offered attractive tourism products such as waterfalls, beaches and the national park. Lundu district and Sematan sub-district have natural attractions for tourist destinations.

When you visit Kuching, make your trip to Kuching a complete holiday trip with a day tour to explore the nature countryside in Lundu. There are unspoiled beaches in Lundu and Sematan  waiting to be discovered.

The journey to the small town of Lundu is only 60-minute drive from Kuching on decent roads.

There are low cost budget hotels in Lundu at RM30.

The journey pass through several pepper plantations.

There are also several stalls along the way selling native fruits such as the small local bananas, rambutan and durian. The local fruits are always fresh.

In between the highway is  a small river crossing. A new bridge was completed in 2008. The river itself is around 100 feet wide. Once you cross the bridge,  Lundu is in sight in minutes.

This small town is divided up into ethnic areas - a typical Malay village and a typical Iban village.

The town center is a few rows of shops, and on the weekend, they have a market selling vegetables, meats, and various other items.

Lundu is the gateway to some tropical attractions. The most popular destination is Gunung Gading National Park, home of the Rafflesia Flower, the world's largest flower. A full blooms of this flower reach diameters of one meter.

Gunung Gading Park has facilities to stay in and is well-maintained.

Hiking trails go up a small mountain and at the bottom of the trail is a natural-spring swimming pond cool and refreshing.

There are also two nice and deserted beaches - Pandan, and Siar beaches. Since most tourists donít come this way and beaches arenít that special to the locals, you can get some real privacy here.

There are a chalets for rent. They are simple structures and have good locations right on the beaches.

30 minutes little further away from Lundu is Sematan beach. Another deserted awesome little beach with  a nice little protected swimming area between two large rock formations. The beach is a nice, smooth coral sand and you can walk on the beach quite a ways before coming to any kind of house or settlement.


   
  From Brunei to Lundu

On 24th April 2008, at the Brunei border custom, 13 mountain trekkers met up and started their journey to Lundu Town to climbed Mt. Gading.

Their 4WD traveled 14 hours before reaching Lundu National Park after sunset......

Read full story
Brunei Mount Trekker
http://bruneimounttrekker.blogspot.com

 
     

   
 

My Sematan & Lundu experiences

1 January, first day of year 2010. After long time planning, finally six of us make it for the Sematan and Lundu road trip...................

Sematan Beach, my favorite beach. Itís a long long beach, which you hardly see the end of the beach. Sunshine with big wave, I didnít swim. Walk around with Chloe, Kay Wee, and Shariman while Edina and Ronnie have their fun time in the sea...........

Blogger : Jacob Kueh
http://jacobkueh.blogspot.com

 
     

   
  Saturday, January 16, 2010
Panoramic View of Sampadi Beach

Lundu Town is just about 85km from Kuching. Scenic and relaxing drive along the way which will take about 40 minutes or less depend on speed.

Its a small town with few row of shop. Its famous and widely know as a place to see Rafflesia Flower (the biggest flower in the world) which can be found at Gunung Gading National Park. Anyhow, i haven't have the chance to photograph a fully bloom Raffesia yet. for Beach Lover, Pandan Beach and Siar beach is just a few minutes drive away from Lundu Town................

More Photos from :
SK Jong Photography's blog
http://skjongphotography.blogspot.com

 
     

   
 

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Lundu, My Hometown Is Flooding

What do we get when king tide and continuous heavy rain for days occur concurrently? A recipe for flood of course.

Around this time of the year, low lying areas are very prone to flooding due to the heavy monsoon rain.

While (heavy) flood can be bad for the economy and dangerous to lives, the irony is that, to some extent, it can be fun to watch and experience. That just happened in my hometown, Lundu, a few hours ago.........

Read full story by :
Kasia Kanaun @ Raya Ramoh
http://salakobato.blogspot.com

 
     

With a new road and a bridge across Batang Kayan river, Lundu has suddenly become very accessible. Lundu, renowned for its unspoilt beaches and Gunung Gading National Park, that houses the Rafflesia, is currently only accessible from Kuching via a new bridge across the Batang Kayan River
The bridge was opened on July 7, 2005. The road from Kuching to Lundu measures about 90 km.

The road from Kuching to Lundu is now straightened and sealed. The road used to be a four-hour trip is now one smooth hour.

Some visitors come to Lundu District for Sand, Sun and Sea. Wide, clean sands of Sematan beach, half an hourís drive from Lundu, were a popular holiday resort. Today the hobby fishermen are heading for Sematan, eager to catch the barramundi introduced here by the Agriculture Department.
The attraction is the sea itself, for swimming, diving and playing. Thereís fresh seafood when the boats come in, crabs crawl on the rocks, and thereís a lively ikan pusu industry at the right season. When schools of the tiny anchovies swarm, the whole village is out there in the chest-deep water, hanging on to one long, fine net. Willing tourists are press-ganged into the operation, particularly the taller fellows!

Other visitors go to the Gunung Gading National Park (1983).Today it is easily accessible; there are chalets for overnight accommodation. Gunung Gadingís claim to fame, besides the waterfall and a very diverse bird population, is the Rafflesia. This malodorous wonder is the worldís biggest bloom, reaching diameters of up to one meter. Rafflesia buds resembling purple cabbages lie in the dank jungle for months, until the time is right for the bright orange petals to unfold, revealing a variously dotted centre with bright tufts and emitting a very distinct ... scent. Where to stay:

Numerous chalets and small Ďresortsí have sprung up, especially in Siar, Pandan and Sematan. Drive there and ask around.

In Lundu Bazaar: Lundu Gading Hotel, Tel: 082-735 199; from RM58 per night

Near
Pandan beach: Ocean Beach Resort, Tel: 062-452 245, oceanresort79@hotmail.com. Two-room chalets, RM180 (weekdays), RM250 (weekends)

Near
Sematan beach: Palm Beach, Tel: 013-809 6986, ssd@asia.com. Twin room RM180/night, breakfast and dinner included; chalet RM330/night, breakfast and dinner included. Family package (6 pax) RM390/night, breakfast and dinner included.


Buses:
Kuching to Lundu

08:15 am 08:00 am
11:00 am 11:00 am
14.00 am 14.00 am
16.00 am 16.00 am

Lundu is a sleepy up-country town comprising a few rows of shop houses, a small market, government buildings and some attractive kampung houses, inhabited by very friendly residents. The town is a good base to explore the area if the national park accommodation is full. In addition to Gunung Gading there are some attractive beaches nearby, including Siar and Pandan. The Ocean Resort at Siar beach offers 2-bedroom family chalets complete with kitchen and cooking facilities. There are some beach huts and chalets at Pandan beach, but they are overpriced for the basic facilities they offer so staying in town or at the Park HQ is more convenient and better value. Lundu has two budget hotels, a few food stalls and restaurants, and regular bus departures to Kuching and Sematan.
 

Lundu Gading Hotel. Lot 174, Lundu Town District. Tel: 735199, Fax: 735299. RM 58 (a/c, attached bathroom and TV).

Cheng Hak Boarding House. Basic rooms with shared bathroom. Contact Goh

Joo Hak store at No. 51 Bazaar (near the Lundu Gading Hotel). Tel: 735018. RM 25 (fan) and RM 35 (a/c).

Ocean Resort. 176 Siar Beach, Jalan Pandan, Lundu. Tel: 452245. 2 bed-room a/c Chalets with kitchen area, RM 250 (weekends), RM 180 (weekdays).

There are 2 beach resorts at Lundu Town (18 Km from Sematan Town)

Ocean Resort

Siar Beach Resort


Pandan Beach  is one of the 2 popular beaches at Lundu - a small town about 1 hour drive from Kuching. Pandan Beach is just 2 km further down from Siar Beach - about 10 km from Lundu Town. To me it is the most beautiful stretch of beach in Sarawak. The sea is blue, the sand fine and white, and what makes Pandan Beach really special are the rocky outcrops which dot the beach at several places.

Due to its secluded location, Pandan Beach is still relatively unspoilt. It should stays that way.
To reach this secluded area, one has to drive a very narrow unsealed road to reach there. Clean sand and blue water. Unspoilt. The owner who set up chalet there seems to really take a good care of the beach.


Siar Beach Resort, Lundu

Jalan Siar/Pandan, 94500 Lundu, Sarawak.
Office: c/o Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and industry

Lot 4012B, Level 4, Wisma Satok, 93400 Kuching.

Tel: 082-418989,   019-8869 478 Fax: 082-237186
Website: http://www.siarbeachresort.com
E-mail: dlpw@streamyx.com  siarbeach@vahoo.com


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