Sunday, October 01, 2006

Scenes - Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2 - June 2006. There's a Sarikei tourist map on the other side of that notice board (source: Lam Lai Chee)

erminal Dua (two in Malay) was built in the early 2000's. Before that, most boats depart from Terminal 1. In the 70's, older Kuching ships like Rajah Mas departed from Nyelong River wharf if I don't recall wrongly. Terminal 2 is the quieter sibling compared to Terminal 1. You can come here for a nap on the wide benches. It serves the bigger boats to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Smaller express boats to small river towns like Tangjung Manis and Rejang also depart from here. To go to Belawai Beach village, ride the Tanjung Manis boat and then catch the Belawai van shuttle from the Tanjung Manis wharf.

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2 - Jan 2004. Very low tide. Moody sky.

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2 - June 2005. High tide. Sun rays. (source: Pejalai)

The Rejang River is the chief architect of the amazing Sarawak landscape. During low tide, it is a steep descend to the the floating wharf which is held by rings to the cement poles piled deep into the river bed. From the 2 pictures above, observe how the rings moved up the poles during high tide. Interesting, eh?

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2 - 2004. Passengers diembarking from Kuching boat

Ekspres Bahagia to Kuching costs RM$35 (economy) and RM$40 (1st class) per way. Travel time is 3-3.5 hours. Compare that to RM$32 ($30 per way for return ticket) for a coach (luxury bus) that takes 5.5-6hours. You do the Maths lah. Most people that don't drive to Kuching will take express boats during the non-Monsoon season. Older folks will caution against riding the big Monsoon waves because of the infamous shipwrecks of Pulau Kijang & Rajah Mas off the Rejang river mouth.

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2 - 2005 (source: Petre)

Elite flyers used to sip drinks like bubbly champagne or Cabernet Sauvignon on the Concorde planes from Paris to USA. For Sarikei to Kuching, we used to sip drinks like Green Spot orange or soya bean on our Concorde boat. That's one great ride in the South China Sea. No seat belt required.


Anonymous said...

i think that your efforts in capsulating the best of sarikei in a blog is a great one. i have been to sarikei but i wish i came across your blog before i did so i understood what i was seeing.

thank you.


Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks for dropping by. I like your travel blog.

gongpiang said...

Hi Daniel....
Where is Terminal Two? Is it right at the Shell & Esso Kiosk? or is it beside the public toilet?

There was an old practise where slashed head of children were used to build harbour in Sarawak? .... So that it will turn in "Ghost" to carry it afloat otherwise the project would fail. I remember when I was a kid is common to hear such rumours once you heard children got lost.

Daniel Yiek said...

Gong Piang,
Terminal 2 is about 50m to the left (if you face the river) of the public toilet at Rejang River & bus terminal. It's behind the new shops.

Oh gosh, yes, I remember those bogeyman rumours about children's heads been used to build bridges. Not sure whether it's true but I think it's a scare tactic to keep kids away from the river.

gongpiang said...

If I can recall correctly there was an incident (1975) where a pair of sisters (Malay) got drown at the spot where the 2nd terminal is located now. The elder sister was a Pri 3 from Methodist then... I am sure the See Hwa Daily papers reported on the incident.

ront said...

yes they did do some sacrificial ritual for these sort of constructions.....for the old wooden bridge in CTC, they used a head of a humans were deliberately injured.

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