Grand Margherita Hotel, formerly known as Holiday Inn is the only riverfront hotel in Kuching with a view of the Sarawak River and the colourful villages across the river. It is situated at Golden Triangle of Kuching, with Tun Jugah Shopping Center, Sarawak Plaza, Hills Shopping Mall and Parkson Riverside Complex that are within walking distance. Walking down the external hotel steps, you can see the Cat Family Statue, the symbol of Kuching, across the road and the first McDonald restaurant in Kuching is also a plus.
Along the Waterfront, 2-minutes walk from the hotel, you get to see sampans in the river for people to get across the river to the other side. However, you can see the Astana and Fort Margherita from Waterfront without the need to hop on the boats. You can also walk to the Main Bazaar, where you can find most souvenirs sold with cheap prices. A five minutes’ walk south from the hotel, you can find Topspot Food Court located on the top level of a multi-level car park, a famous local seafood eatery and many restaurants can be found there.
The hotel has an outdoor pool, a health club and a children’s pool. The hotel also provides 24 hour room service, meeting rooms and playground. The hotel has a tour desk and if you want to visit the local beach and Sarawak Cultural Village, shuttle services to Damai and Santubong are available. Airport transfer service is also available, and for your information, the distance from the airport to the hotel takes about 20 to 30 minutes car ride.
The hotel also features valet laundry, wedding service, banquet room, first aid assistance, safe deposit box, wakeup call service, currency exchange, dry cleaning service, security and walking area.
The Grand Margherita Hotel has several restaurants. Mei San Restaurant serves chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner, while Orchid Garden Coffee House, the hotel’s main restaurant for all-day dining, serves continental and local delicacies. All the food served at both restaurants are halal.
There are 288 guestrooms at Grand Margherita Hotel to offer you a comfortable stay. The features include complimentary high speed internet access, television with satellite channels, coffee/tea maker, complimentary bottle drinking water, mini bar, IDD telephone, private bathroom, in-room safe, iron and ironing board and many others. This hotel also offers special facilities for disabled person too.
For The Executive Club guestrooms, which is ideal for business traveller, the hotel provides complimentary high speed internet access, dedicated Club Services Assistant, executive lounge, conference room, computer with high speed internet access, complimentary buffet breakfast at Executive Club Lounge, complimentary coffee/tea and complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 5pm to 7pm.
With a choice of twin double beds or a King sized bed, guests can choose to have Deluxe, Superior, Executive or Junior Suite, of course with different prices.
If you are looking for a hotel to stay in Kuching, do not hesitate to book a room from this 4 star hotel and you will not be disappointed.
Ever felt what is it like to have a beach all to yourself? Or maybe a journey to an island rich in flora and fauna. Achieve it all with a trip to Tanjung Datu National Park in Sarawak. Tanjung Datu National Park is located on an island at the tip of Sarawak. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach there from Kuching to Sematan by car. The 2 hour journey might bore some of you but fear not, the end results would be breath taking.
Journey on with MASWings to Kuching and experience a trip that you have never felt before.
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Tanjung Datu National Park which is located in Sematan, is one of Sarawak’s smallest national park but it is also one of the most beautiful of them all. To get to the park from Sematan, you are required to use a boat which takes around 45 minutes from the seaside village. The first part of the journey which is the boat ride will probably get you asking for more. During the boat ride, you could see the crystal clear water and patches of coral reef in the sea and if you are lucky, you could even see dolphins and turtles passing by.
Upon reaching to the island, you will be greeted with the long stretch of white sand on the beach. The undisturbed environment would mean that you could see lots of different plants and animals on your trip there. Walk along the beach or trek in the forest. Either one of this activity won’t be disappointing. Trekking in the forests at Tanjung Datu will give you the opportunity to see wildlife such as hornbills, peacocks, primates and other various animals and different species. There are also a few species of reptiles such as the tree lizards, pit vipers and tree snakes.
Tanjung Datu National Park have always preserved their wildlife and one of the contribution that they made is by establishing a turtle hatchery for the marine turtles that regularly lay their eggs on the island. This is to protect the newly laid eggs from predators such as pigs, monitor lizards and snakes. Aside from wildlife, the national park is also filled with interesting plants such as the night-blooming Putat tree, Umbrella Palms and Strangling Figs. The Putat tree is a really unusual and must see tree because it produces large pink and white flowers during the night. Enjoying the view of the beach in the morning would also allow you to see the Sea Morning Glory decorating the beach area.
The Tanjung Datu National Park is a must go place if you are interested in having a peaceful getaway with yourself or your family and friends. The serene environment will release all your stress and problems away. A perfect relaxation after all the hard work that you had done over the years.
Enjoy the wildlife, enjoy the beach, enjoy the serenity, and enjoy life. Book your tickets with MASWings to Kuching at www.maswings.com.my now and let the journey begin.
The orang ulu, which also means the “up-river-dwellers”, is a tribe living in Central Borneo. They are made up of a few tribes. They are the Kenyah, Kayan, Berawan, Kelabit, the Lun Bawang, Penan and a few other minor tribes. Each of the tribes skill set are also unique on their own as each of them has their own talent in different categories.
Like the hornbill in the skies, MASWings will fly you to Sarawak to admire the work and the speciality of each one of the tribes.
One of the tribes, the Kayans is warlike, conservative and religious people. They live in the main territories in central Borneo. The Kayans tribe is considered to be the most skillful in handicraft compared to the other tribes in Borneo. They are also believed to be the original tribe in Sarawak who loves to decorate their bodies with tattoos.
The Kenyah, are said to be the finest people in Sarawak. With a fairer skin than that of Sea Dayaks or Kayans, they also have a nice body structure and also the most courageous and intelligent tribe compared to the others. Besides that, they are also hospitable and improvident, sociable and of pleasant manners. The specialties of the Kenyah tribe are their handicraft, such as, baskets, mats and weapons and also tools such as the blow-pipes.
The houses made by the orang ulu of Sarawak are mostly similar except for the Penans. However, eventhough with the similar architectural build, each of the houses will still be different as their skills differ from one another. The Ibans, for example, built houses could accommodate tens of other families. They are usually built around 30 feet above the ground supported by stilts made from Berlian wood or Ironwood. Their houses are built like that of a terrace house, each connected to each other and each room comprise of one family. To separate the chiefs’ room from the normal rooms, the chiefs’ room is built to be longer than that of an average room. Upper-class families, such as the chiefs’ relatives, are located at the side of the chief room and may also be bigger than that of an average room.
The Kayan men also decorate themselves based on what they have achieved. They pierce their ear and the object worn by them shows their standing as a warrior. The younger Kayan man who have not been in war are only allowed to wear discs of wood or wax whereas those who have fought in a war would decorate themselves with the canine tooth of a tiger-cat and those who brought home a head or is considered a hero in a war will wear a similar shape of adornment but craft with the beak of a hornbill.
The tribes in Sarawak like to decorate themselves with tattoos. However, the most elaborate tattoos are considered to be from the Kayan tribe. The Kayans are popular with their dog design figures, displaying it in most of their arts. Their design of the dog figure is also copied by a large number of other tribes. A tattoo artist will used tools consisting of two or three prickes, and an iron striker which are kept in a wooden case.
In war, the weapons used by the orang ulu, especially the Kayan and Kenyah, are the wooden shield, the sword and a spear and weapons which are to be a gifts to another will be decorated with human hair. They are creative people as their designs and decoration from tattoos to weapons and musical instruments are made beautifully.
The orang ulu of Sarawak are tribes worth learning about. Enjoy the beauty of their houses, tattoos and also weapons. Learn more about the rest of the orang Ulu and enjoy Sarawak. Book your flights now at www.Maswings.com.my
Kuching Food Festival the annual yearly event that promises fun, food and entertainment for everyone
Kuching Food Festival, in Kuching Sarawak is one exciting event that locals and tourists alike can look forward to if you are in Kuching from 12 July – 4 August 2013 to be held at the Dewan Masyarakat or Community Hall of Kuching South City Council. If you are planning a trip to Kuching, and you love to eat, this is the best time to come. Fly with the best regional airline, MASwings and come visit Kuching Sarawak to sample all these delicious local and international cuisine all in one place.
Food oh la la
There are estimated to be over 220 stalls participating in this year’s event.
As this event is about food, so there will be a great variety of food available at the event ranging from muslim food, chinese food, Indian and western food. There will be a new international food corner catering for International cuisine covering Korean, Japanese, Philippine and even Vietnamese food. This goes to show that there is an increase in demand for international cuisine by Kuching folks as well as an increase in expatriates coming to work in Kuching.
Kuching Got Talent
The one exciting event that most people will look forward to is the “Kuching got Talent” contest. The contest covers broader areas such as comic dialogue and crosstalk, ventriloquist, magic, stunt, academic and martial arts.
Each team must consist of not more than five members and the performance time is limited to five minutes.
The judging is divided into four components namely talent (25 pct), entertainment (25 pct), creativity and uniqueness (25 pct), and overall performance (25 pct).
Astro has invited three guest judges from Kuala Lumpur and Kuching to identify the true champion of ‘Kuching Got Talent’.
The champion and first runner-up will walk away with RM2,500 and RM1,500 respectively while the second runner up will bring home RM1,000. The ‘potential prize’ winner will receive RM500.
There will also be a brass band competition for secondary school bands. Through such activities, the youth will be occupied with an activity that is productive for their time and talent.
The council is also planning to organize horse riding within the compound area for the public.
There will also be a Garden Show to encourage the publis to beautify their homes through creative design and special plants.
Other activities are the martial arts display, Sports Toto 3-on-3 Basketball Jamboree, rugby tournament, football tournament and hockey tournament.
If you have the talent, why not fly with MASwings to Kuching during those dates and join the Kuching Got Talent Contest? Who knows you may just shine your hidden talent and walk away with some cash prizes or in worst scenario, just have great fun? Book your air tickets now at www.MASwings.com.my