Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sarawak's Wild Side by Leong Siok Hui, The Star

Sarawak’s botanical riches, diverse landscapes and wildlife make it a favourite stomping ground for nature lovers and scientists alike.

Where in Malaysia can you find a state that boasts more than 20 national parks, five wildlife sanctuaries, three nature reserves and 700,000ha of totally protected forest land (10 times the size of Singapore)?

Whether you’re a bird enthusiast, pitcher plant buff or an adventure freak, Sarawak is bound to have something for you. National parks like Bako, Lambir and Similajau have well-marked trails — a utopia for self-guided treks, while remote settlements like the Kelabit Highlands offer culture, crisp cool air and some adventure.

Thanks to the proliferation of cheap flights, it’s now a breeze for Peninsular folks to head here for a weekend getaway.

Sarawak’s natural areas attract conservation groups like the Malaysian Nature Society’s (MNS) Miri and Kuching branches who organise activities like nature camps, bird-watching trips and outdoor photography here.

Dinding Waterfall at Lambir Hills National ... a great calming respite after almost four hours hike though the thick of the rainforest.

(Read the full article on your Saturday 13th March edition of The Star Lifestyle section or peruse the online version here).

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