LOAGAN BUNUT NATIONAL PARK
The Loagan Bunut National Park is located within the city of Miri in Sarawak. It stands on a large 10,736 hectare land which was gazette on January 1990 and was operational to the public one year later. Situated near the upper spreads of Bunut River, this is where you can discover the largest natural lake in Sarawak. The most unique feature of this lake called ‘Logan Bunut’ by the Berawan people here is that the level of its water is totally dependent on that of Bunut River, Tinjar River and Baram Rivers correspondingly. When the water levels of these three rivers rise, the same will happen to the water level at Logan Bunut. The water levels are at its lowest during the months of February, May or June.
Here is where one could be able to visit the nature and enjoy it at its best as you can eventually walk around the dry mud areas here while capturing the scenic and natural landscape regardless of the water levels of the river nor the lake. If you are a fan of traditional fishing procedure, you can experience what the local called ‘Selambau’ where fishes are retained by the ‘Berawan’ people especially when the water level are at its lowest level. During these low water seasons, it is easier for them to capture the fishes while enjoying the beauty of their floras and faunas here. There are hundreds of bird species as well as animals such as the argus pheasant, the black barded langur and more.
The Bintulu Promenade is now one of the latest tourist attraction endorsed in the Bintulu town of Sarawak. This would be the longest waterfront in Sarawak which is built on a 120 acre land and very much similar to the Kuching Promenade. Basically, it is a commercial and recreational park that offers a wide range of facilities and attractions for both business and leisure traveler. Whether you are here for either holiday or on business, a walk along the waterfront will be as relaxing and healing as it can be.
The Promenade is perhaps the best place to watch the beautiful sunset moment while enjoying the soft sea breeze here. Developed by Sarawak’s own Sarawak Land (Kemena Park) Sdn Bhd, the Bintulu Promenade is located around the river mouth of Kemena River. Here you may be able to enjoy and use the public facilities and amenities like its jogging track, the cycling trails and many more. As the Bintulu Promenade is still very new, more amenities are still under development which will later see a retail complex, a hotel and residential units to be added in due time. Apart from that, you might be able to experience a unique sighting where swans are spotted flying across the Kemena River.
The Kelabit Highlands is home to the Kelabit people, one of the native people of Sarawak. It is naturally a massive highland plateau situated within the inner of the state. Located over 1,000 meters above sea level, this is where you could visit in order to enjoy the natural offerings of Sarawak at its very best. Here you may get a chance to experience cool weather of the highlands which turn out to be chilly during the nights. The people here are known as the Kelabits where most of them are Christians. However, there are also few other communities here like the Penang, Lun Bawang where together they are all recognized as ‘Orang Ulu’.
The highland’s main town is Bario which is where you’ll fly in to from Miri. Flying in would be the best way to come here through MASWings Twin-Otter planes which comes in to Bario or Ba Kelalan air strips. There are often 2 daily flights to and from Miri except on Mondays where only 1 flight can operate at RM70 one way. There few homestays available if you decide to spend a night here while enjoying the natural and local lifestyle of the community. However there is a shortage of electricity over here so most of them depend on generators during the night. Jungle trekking is one of the common favorites here while there are also occasional performances and events held by the people here.
The town of Belaga is located along the Rejang River in Sarawak. Here is where one would be able to explore the many longhouses which are common among the native groups of the state. To experience actual local lifestyle and practices of the people here, there are countless tour guides around the town of Belaga who can offer you with an all-inclusive option. However in order to get into Belaga you would need to have a permit from Kapit. Luckily this is easily available which you must obtain prior to getting here.
However, if you happen to head in from Bintulu on the road, there is no need for the use of permit. From Kapit, you can get here by boat which leaves exactly on 9am every day. The trip will take around 5 hours and will cost RM30. Your natural experience will start right after you go through some very scenic locations. From Bintulu, 4×4 services are available for you to get here but it would be long and grueling journey. In Belaga, you can pretty much see the whole town in half an hour but as mentioned, you must engage the local guides to see the longhouses where you will be able to experience all the local practices like their culture and practices.