Malaysia’s Hidden Paradise – Adventure Outdoors For the Entire Family

Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, is by far the most exotic. This land of the hornbill, the near extinct Orangutans and the fabled White Rajahs is considered Borneo’s “hidden paradise”. Its rainforest, the size of Austria, is home to the world’s richest and most diverse eco-system; here snakes and squirrels that fly, plants that eat insects and small mammals, and a myriad of unique flora and indigenous animals reside. Beyond the famed national parks and caves, it is also blessed with a rich cultural heritage.

Kuching, Sarawak’s capital and major city is home to 26 native groups, each with their own interesting traditions and heritage. At Kuching’s doorstep, Sarawak Cultural Village provides a remarkable snapshot of Sarawak’s multi-ethnic society. This live museum introduces visitors to the various native groups of East Malaysia.

The village is a replica of lifestyles that showcase the dwellings, crafts and traditions of ten major indigenous groups. The Bidayuh headhouse, where skulls were stored, the Iban longhouse, where locals live in communal fashion weaving traditional crafts, the Melanau tallhouses, built on high stilts because these peoples were fishermen who lived by the sea – these are just some of the models of the cultural heritage embraced by Sarawak. Traditional dances performed here are colorful, vibrant and energetic, and incorporate visitors into the local traditions. Sarawak Village is not only an education, but a unique vacation experience tremendously popular with children!

Among its national parks, Bako National Park, the oldest and smallest of Sarawak’s parks boasts an array of wildlife like unequaled in such a small area. Here bearded wild pigs, silver-leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and the rare and unusual Proboscis monkey reside. Batang Ai National Park features a rainforest like no other, with wildlife including orangutans, gibbons and hornbills. The park offers magnificent wilderness travel including jungle treks and fishing trips of every kind. Gunung Gading National Park boasts the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, as well as wonderful mountain streams for swimming.

Gunung Mulu National Park, the largest of Sarawak’s reserves is an unspoilt wilderness offering vacation adventures of every kind – trekking, caving and wildlife watching. Its most famous attractions are the Pinnacles, a stone forest of razor sharp limestone peaks soaring 45 km. above the rainforest, and the “Headhunters Trail” which follows an old tribal warpath. Near the coast, Niah Caves National Park protects the centerpiece of Sarawak’s attractions – the Great Cave, one of the largest in the world.

For rest and relaxation, nothing beats laid back, quiet Kuching, with its fair share of charms. Kuching, meaning cat, houses the Cat Museum, the only one of its kind in the world, which features anything and everything related to cats. Many old buildings of European, Chinese, local and native origin, dating back as far as 1600, can still be seen here. The city is divided by the Sarawak River and its waterfront is not to be missed. On the regional side, adventures of every kind and for every age are … Read More

Spending Your Summer in the Mountains

What do you do when the heat becomes unbearable during the summer months? Ever thought of taking a break from the hot city and head to a chillier place in the mountains?

Contrary to what some people might think, the mountain continues to be as active during the summer as it is in the winter season. In addition, hotels offer various activities to their clients during the stay in order to entertain them.

Hiking is the activity that everybody enjoys in the summer. The spectacular view and the beautiful nature unfolding before the visitor As eyes are just a few rewards that a traveler gets when he decides to come to the mountainside. Hikers will not regret having hired a gondola to cover various distances throughout the mountains because contemplating the mountains from above is simply breathtaking.

The mountainside is the most adequate place for those people who want to practice various sports in the outdoor. The majority of the hotels possess bike and ATV parks that are available to everyone for little money. Hotel customers can use these facilities for free whenever they want to discover the wild sides of the mountain.

The rivers that are usually frozen during the winter come to live in the summer, thus becoming the play place of adventure lovers. Kayak canoe and boat trips give unique sensations to the more audacious travelers, while helping them escape the heat of the summer. Nothing compares, however, to the fresh air at the top of the mountain, therefore people can safely begin to practice mountaineering in the company of experts.

The mountainside is the perfect place for families with children because children can admire various types of animals such as, the squirrel, the deer, the stag, etc. On top of that, families or business partners can get together and play golf on the vast green fields that hotels put to their disposal.

People who would like to try something different in the summer, besides the usual seaside holiday, should come to the mountain. Hotels are very cheap in this period of the year and there are many more possibilities to have fun.… Read More