ISLANDS and BEACHES OF SARAWAK
Gunung Gading National Park |
Sematan Palm Beach Resort
Sarawak Cultural Village |
| Santubong | SARAWAK RIVER |
updated on 29th July 2010
A Trip to SIAR beach,
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
We got to SIAR beach resort .....
and was surprised at the nature of the place.....
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.
We thanked God for such a trip.....
|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.
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......
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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...........
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.
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.........
|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, email@example.com. Two-room chalets, RM180 (weekdays), RM250 (weekends)
Near Sematan beach: Palm Beach, Tel: 013-809 6986, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Kuching to Lundu
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|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).
There are 2 beach resorts at Lundu Town (18 Km from Sematan Town)
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.
Siar Beach Resort, Lundu
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