Monday, June 30, 2014

Sematan - an idyllic beach town in Sarawak

Sematan is a small coastal fishing village located on a narrow western strip of Sarawak and is in the Lundu Division. 

Situated 107 km northwest of Kuching, Sematan is an idyllic beach town and noted as the beginning point for the Pan Borneo Highway which continues through the major towns of Sarawak on its way north to Brunei and Sabah. It’s also a gateway to locations around Southwest Sarawak.

Initially established as a trading outpost, the small fishing village is sandwiched between the Indonesian border and the South China Sea. It faces a beautiful bay lined with a waterfront promenade and a long concrete pier juts out into the sea.

At northern end of Sematan waterfront promenade are some stilt houses. The sandy beach is stretch all the way to Tanjung Datu, the very tip of Sarawak.

Pulau Talang Kecil, part of the Talang-Talang Satang National Park is located not too far off the coast of Sematan.

                                                       Sematan - an idyllic beach town         

                                                Located on a narrow western strip of Sarawak

                                   Sandwiched between Indonesian border and South China Sea

                                         Gateway to locations around Southwest Sarawak

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kuching – Cat city

Kuching, officially the city of Kuching, is the capital city in Sarawak. It’s at the banks of the Sarawak River and the main industrial and commercial centre for Sarawak. 

From verbal local history, there was a small tributary of Sarawak River called Sungei Kuching; it was from this stream that Kuching has its name.

Once the capital and headquarters of James Brook, the White Rajah of Sarawak, the name is believed to derive from the Malay word kucing, meaning cat.

Kuching, the state capital, remains the most populous with 617,887 people in 2010.   

It's the political and economic Centre besides as a major food destination and the main gateway for travelers to interior Sarawak and Borneo.

                                           New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building

                                              New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building

                                                                 Cat City -  symbol for Kuching City

                                                             Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

                                                               Chinese History Museum

Beautiful Sarawak River
                                     Padungan Street-Kuching’s liveliest commercial thoroughfare

                                                     Tua Pek Kong Temple

                                          River king prawns at Satok Market

                       Eggs of Terubok fish