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.
Tired of the same thing over and over again? Same cars, same buildings, same shops? Or perhaps you have forgotten the smell of freshness, the quiet surrounding, the sounds of only you and nature? Then it is time for an adventure with MASWings and fly to Miri, Sarawak.
Lambir Hills National Park in Miri is a small park compromising of 17,180 acres of mixed dipterocarp forest with some small areas of heath forest. It is a well decorated park with a number of animal and plant lives. With a nice surrounding, such as waterfalls and tall trees, this is a place to go if you are seeking for a nice relaxing day or even for a short trekking.
Lambir Hills National Parks’ mixed dipterocarp rainforest contains the greatest biodiversity in tree species compared to othe national parks in Malaysia. It is also possibly the richest forest in the world. The trees in the park will make those who walk the trail feel small as the trees are huge in that area. The most number of trees that could be seen in the park is the Dipterocarpaceae species. Lambir Hills National Park is the last patch of dipterocarp forest left in Sarawak as the trees are often logged elsewhere. The Tapang tree is the tallest tress in the national park as it could grow to more than 80 meters in height. Another interesting plant to see in the national park is the Macaranga. Macaranga is a plant that forms a relationship with ants where the ants live inside the plants’ stem to protect it from other herbivorous insects.
Lambir Hills has a number of trails to choose from and all those trails are interconnected therefore it is posibble to walk a few number of trails in a day. The shortest trail in the park is the Latak Waterfall trail. It is also the easiest and most popular trail for families as the waterfall is a nice place to have a family picnic. The pool from the waterfall is safe for swimming however, it is quite deep so those who can’t swim and small children should take precaution.
The Pantu, Bukit Pantu and Pantu Waterfall Trails are all branches of the same trail. The Pantu Trail is located to the left shortly before the Latak Waterfall. It offers a walk up steep steps and then downward through a dense forest to the Nibong waterfall. The Bukit Pantu Trail is further along the trail located on the right and the Pantu Waterfall Trail is located on the left. A number of other trails such as the Summit trail are further along the Pantu Waterfall Trail. Each of these different trails will give you a different experience and views. Lambir Hills National Park also offers a number of harder trails for serious trekkers.
The trails in Lambir Hills National Park will not only let you enjoy trekking thru the forest, but it also gives you the opportunity to view different species of plants and animals. Birdwatchers should be on the lookout for 237 species of birds in the park. There are also different kinds of mammals such as flying squirrels, different types of monkeys and various species of deer to look for.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your gears, free yourself. Book your tickets to Miri with www.maswings.com and get ready to be free.
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
Lundu Sarawak is just two hours ride away from the hustle and bustle city of Kuching, but it literally brought me to a whole different place with a different experience. I admire the serene beauty of the town that is placed near the sea.
Lundu Sarawak is a sleepy country town located in the Northwest of Kuching that borders West Kalimantan. It is made up of a few rows of shops, a small market, a few blocks of government buildings and some local kampung houses.
The residents here in Lundu Sarawak are involved in various economic sectors such as the agricultural sector, aquaculture sector, fishing Industry, cottage industry and tourism industry. They gave me the impression of being friendly and hospitable. The locals seem to always be wearing a smile on their face, maybe it’s due to the simplicity of their lives that shaped them to be cheerful people.
Lundu Sarawak offers you sun and beach within walking distance from the town center. Siar Beach is the must-go beach the visitors to Lundu Sarawak. Many beach-goers snooze in the shade of palm trees whilst the sea-lovers keep themselves busy chasing the waves and dipping in the sea water that is sure to cool you down under the scorching sun. Siar beach is indeed a majestically mesmerizing beach which has crystal-clear water and pure white sands.
Lundu Retreat Resort is one of the best resorts in Siar Beach, Lundu Sarawak that belongs to the Union Bank group. It only accommodate for about 175 person, as there are only a few rooms, chalets, and penthouses ranging from RM 200 to RM 400 per night inclusive of breakfasts and dinners, depending on which room you select.
We visited Lundu last month and we were lucky that we managed to book a penthouse for a night and I assure you, the penthouse provided us the best view of the sea horizon especially during the sunrise and sunset. My breaths were taken away along with the breeze that caressed my face as I stood facing the sea.
Other than the beach, we also dropped by Gunung Gading National Park in Lundu Sarawak. Gunung Gading is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia that takes nine months to mature and flowering only lasted 4 or 5 days before dying. We were blessed with the chance to see a blooming Rafflesia even though it gave off a nasty smell which attracted flies and other insects.
There are two different trails to trek through Gunung Gading Lundu Sarawak. We opted for ‘The Waterfall’ trail that offers the shortest walk that eventually winded its way up through the forests past a series of waterfalls. It took us about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No. 7. Gunung Gading Summit trail is that other more challenging trail, it takes about 3 to 4 hours of tracking through some serious hill walking. One must complete the trail within a day as it is not allowed to stay overnight in the forest.
I found my soul rejuvenated after a trip to Lundu Sarawak where is it so near to the nature. Perhaps we are closest to ourselves when our surroundings are at their simplest. Lundu Sarawak, a gem of Borneo not be to missed out!
Do you want to experience wonderful live performances by world singers and bands in Malaysia’s largest musical event? Then, look no further, for the annual Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, held every year in Sarawak Cultural Village, is here again to dazzle you with its spectacular sights and sounds starting from the 28th until 30th of June 2013. Kuching is indeed the place to be in at this time of year!
MASWings has regular daily flights from Sarawak’s major cities, Kota Kinabalu and Bandar Seri Begawan. Thus, it is a convenient thing for you to attend the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Music Festival. If you are flying from further afield such as Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, there are many direct flights you can take to Kuching from these destinations.
The Sarawak Cultural Village, the venue of this event, at the foothills of the majestic Mount Santubong is surrounded by beautiful lush green rainforest. During these three days event, there will be numerous workshops held during the daytime and music performances at night. During the last Rainforest World Music Festival, the weekend audience totaled to around 30,000 people. It is no surprise that this festival is now acclaimed as the largest of its kind in Malaysia.
This year’s musical line up will consist of several local and international talents. Lan E Tuyang, a traditional Kenyah band called Lan E Tuyang performing the exotic native Kenyah tunes. Coming from further afield, the Ukrainian Spiritual Seasons band will entertain you with medieval, Irish and Scandinavian folk tunes. The local Sarawakian Gema SLDN-SCV group will undoubtedly enchant the audience with their various different local percussion instruments such as drums, gongs and bamboo. A solo native performer, Maya Green, is no less impressive with his solo native Borneo music, a blend of traditional tunes and sounds, played on the iconic sape. Hailing from Australia, the Nunukul Yuggara dance troupe will entertain you with their traditional Aboriginal song and music. These unique performers are just but a few that will grace this year’s wonderful Rainforest World Music Festival.
During the day, the performers will conduct several workshop sessions relating to their music and songs in the various traditional houses within the Sarawak Cultural Village. If you are interested to know more about how to play musical instruments or sing a tune, this interesting workshop is something you should not miss! There will be workshops on songs from various countries, the origin of the traditional gong, traditional Aboriginal body rites, the music and traditions of the Bidayuh people, different types of drum percussions and many more. It would indeed be an experience of a lifetime, learning about the delightful sounds and music from around the world.
Will all these fun-packed activities during the day and breath taking musical performances at night, The Borneo Rainforest Music Festival 2013 is guaranteed to blow you away! Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s head down to Kuching this late June and enjoy the sights, sounds and music from around the world. You’ll not regret it.
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