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Niah National Park

The Niah National Park is world famous for the oldest human remains in South-East Asia found in its Great Caves dating back some 40,000 years. The archeologists also found fragments of pottery, stone tools, ornaments and a splendid set of wall painting of red-hematite depicting activities of stick-like men with hunting weapons and boats. The work of the unknown artist, estimated to be 1000 years old, still beckon travellers from around the world.

Mulu National Park
The Mulu National Park is one of Sarawak's greatest attractions. Mulu's major claim to fame is its spectacular limestone caves. The caves of Mulu command a long list of superlatives including the world's largest cave passage (the Deer Cave), the world's largest natural rock chamber (the Sarawak Chamber) and the Clearwater Cave, the longest cave system in South-East Asia. The spacious Deer Cave at 1000 metres wide and 120 metres high can contain London's St Paul's Cathedral five times over. The 60 metres high 'shower' continuously pouring from the roof near the 'Garden of Eden' is one of the many spectacular views within the Cave. The Sarawak Chamber can accommodate 40 Boeing 747 aircraft. Besides the magnificent displays of limestone formation of stalactites and stalagmites at Land Cave and Wind Cave, Mulu National Park is also a paradise for naturalists and adventurers who love jungle trekking and mountain climbing. The Park has 1500 species of flowering plants, including 170 species of wild orchids and 10 types of pitcher plants. There are 67 species of mammals and 262 types of birds, including all eight species of hornbills. The Wind Cave Miri and Lirnbang are the two main entry points to Multi National Park. From Miri, visitors can either flied by scheduled Twin Otter flights operated daily by MAS or take the express boat and motorised-longboat all the way to Mulu.

Pinnacles
For those who have the time and energy, the challenging Pinnacles, sitting on Gunung Api (Fire Mountain) is another exciting destination within the Park. it is accessible to anyone who is reasonably fit. The journey begins with a two-hour motorised-longboat ride to Kuala Berar, followed by a five-kilometre walk through virgin jungle to Camp 5 for an overnight stay. The spectacular Pinnacles, sculptured and grooved by the rain over million of years, rise above the treetops to a height of 45 metres. It can be reached from Camp 5 after a 3-hour climb. The climb is challenging, filled with fun and excitement. Vegetations vary following the changes of altitudes. The varieties of wild orchids and pitcher plants scarcely seen elsewhere can be spotted along the trek before reaching the Pinnacles

Skrang
Skrang is an exciting destination for visitors who wish to see and experience life in a longhouse, once the home of the notorious pirates and headhunters. The journey to Skrang is about 232 kilometres from Kuching. It takes about 5 hours by road and followed by a 1'/2 hours of motor-propelled longboat journey along the Skrang river. Spend the night at a longhouse to experience the traditions and customs of the Dayak lbans. The highlight of the Skrang River Safari is an evening entertainment by the longhouse residents, featuring traditional dances and music. Tuak, a specially brewed rice wine will be served during the evening entertainment. A jungle walk on the following day is equally interesting. It is an exciting experience to stroll through the dense tropical, rainforest, where stimulating sights and sounds open up a world of wonderful discovery.

Lemanak
is a tributary of the main Batang Lupar River. Many traditional longhouses can be found situated along the river. Like Skrang, the Lemanak River is another exciting destination within easy reach from Kuching.About 220 kilometres away from Kuching, Lemanak can be reached in about 5 hours by road. The journey passes through the scenic countryside, rubber and pepper plantations, padi fields, sago palms and followed by an hour motorised-longboat ride penetrating the tropical rainforest through meandering stream.An overnight stay' gives you an opportunity to have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the longhouse and its people. An evening entertainment by the longhouse folks is most interesting and educational. Traditional dances and music are the highlight of the evening entertainment.Cock-fighting and jungle trekking on the following day are other highlights of the Lemanak River Safari.

Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre
Unlike in a zoo, the Orang Utan at Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre are set free in a 740 hectare forest reserve. Here, Orang Utans are being nurtured to readapt themselves to jungle life. The Centre, 32 kilometres south of the Capital one of many outdoor attractions of Kuching. A 30-minute leisurely stroll on the specially built plank walks the entrance to the Rehabilitation Centre also provides opportunity to view various species of trees from the rainforest and some tropical fruit trees. The Centre opens daily from 0835 to 1545 hours includi Sundays and Public Holidays. A visit to the Centre recommended at or before the feeding times for the Orang Utan. The feeding times are 0830-0900 and 1145-1200 in morning and 1500-1515 in the afternoon.

Longhouse Visit At Home With The People Of Sarawak
One of the memorable experiences Sarawak has to offer is a visit to a longhouse, where you can observe a unique way of life and enjoy legendary Dayak hospitality. These thriving communities, whole villages under one roof, are not relics from the days of tribal warfare - they are the preferred way of life for a large percentage of Sarawak's rural people, particularly the Iban, the Bidayuh and the Orang Ulu.

Taken from http://www.djz.edu.my/contest/web15/htm/Sarawak.htm

 

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