Thursday, March 12, 2009

News - Sarikei Munsoh Waterfall Beckons Tourists

Eastern Times. 12 February, 2009

By Roger Duyong
SIBU: The Munsoh River Waterfall at Lubuk Lembak in Upper Sarikei is a potential tourist draw in the Central Region. Rudy Anoi, Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board in Sibu, recently visited the waterfall with a group of officials from the Urban Development and Tourism Ministry in the state, Tourism Malaysia and staff of the Resident Office Sarikei.

“All of them told me they were impressed by the waterfall and what they experienced along the way. The surrounding was rich with flora and fauna and this could be a huge attraction to nature lovers,” he told Eastern Times. Rudy added that the waterfall was just an hour’s walking distance from Rumah Nyuka in Lubuk Lembak. “It is easy and leisure walking,” he explained.



Sarikei Pala Munsoh Waterfalls.
Find the man and compare versus the falls.

Source: Eastern Times, 12 Feb 2009

Develop and sell the attraction
Rudy urged the local authorities or even the private players to take the initiatives to develop and sell the attraction to local and foreign tourists. “The waterfall can be developed as an ideal spot for family outings in the Central Region. The waterfall actually has three vertical drops, which are wonderful sights to behold. The highest part of the waterfall is more than 30 metres high. Along the way, one can see a dozen types of trees including the belian (ironwood) trees, engkabang (illipenut) and durian trees.

“As one of the new generation, I had never seen living belian trees before. Here, you can find so many of them. That’s why I believe that trips to the area are also good for educational purposes,” he said. Rudy said the longhouse folks of Rumah Nyuka told him that some people even camped near the waterfall.


Rudy (left) and Ling in front of Sungai Munsoh Waterfall in Ulu Sarikei.
Source: Eastern Times, April 2008


Part of their activities there included jungle trekking and swimming at the foot of the waterfall. Normally, such groups would first visit the longhouse first before proceeding to the waterfall. Besides the Munsoh River Waterfall, there is another waterfall - the Kandis Waterfalls - in Pakan District. “Each has its own attraction for the tourists to explore,” added Rudy.
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This waterfall has 3 vertical drops. Now you know why the previous post on Munsoh Falls has a shorter falls (see second picture). It's almost 1 year since Eastern Times published the tourist potential of the waterfalls. Who's going to get the ball rolling to develop this as a tourist attraction?

It's 70km away from Sarikei downtown. Reader Fred commented that you enter through Bayong Road (where exactly is this Bayong Road in Ulu Sarikei?). Are there road signs to reach the longhouse (it's stated as accessible by car)? The info we have is "an hour’s walking distance from Rumah Nyuka in Lubuk Lembak"? This can be our own jungle trekking a la Bako National Park. Hey, I'm not asking you folks to release a few proboscis monkeys there.


Update from http://borneotourismhub.blogspot.com/
Trek from Rumah Nyuka, Lubuk Lemba, Ulu Sarikei. This longhouse is accessible by land either from Sibu or Sarikei town. Entrance to Rh Nyuka is from Bayong junction (along Borneo Highway) and takes you 15 minute to reach this longhouse with comfortable journey on tar sealed road. It takes you only 1 hour trekking from the Rh Nyuka longhouse before reaching the waterfall.

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8 comments:

sjen`Qilin said...

Never heard of this Munsoh River Waterfall before..

nelson said...

bayong road is where bayong water treatment plant is located, after jakar, you will see meet a T junction and a road sign turning left to Bayong. perhaps the waterfall is there.

Daniel Yiek said...

Update: Some of you have been asking for this...

Mr KA Titus, one of Anthonian's ex-principal can be contacted at email

titusaugustine@asianetindia.com

Hey, SAS Alumni may want to invite him back to Sarikei again. During his last trip, some of his trip is sponsored (I think) by grateful ex-students like hotel, dinner gathering, etc.

I have posted this email address at the post dedicated to him. See sidebar label.

justin said...

Hi this is a nice blog about Sarikei. My grandmother was born in a very old kampong near Sarikei. Unfortunately I have never been there since we moved from Miri to Brunei and then Labuan and now back to Brunei. May be my parents will retire in Miri. Nice to learn so much about Sarikei.

sarawakiana said...

There should be a lot of waterfalls in Sarawak to attract tourists. Eco tourism is a good industry.

BurungHelang said...

So I need to drive an hour and walk an hour to get to this waterfall if I know the exact way to get there in the first place. That's encouraging.

Daniel Yiek said...

Found this nugget at http://borneotourismhub.blogspot.com/

Trek from Rumah Nyuka, Lubuk Lemba, Ulu Sarikei. This longhouse is accessible by land either from Sibu or Sarikei town. Entrance to Rh Nyuka is from Bayong junction (along Borneo Highway) and takes you 15 minute to reach this longhouse with comfortable journey on tar sealed road. It takes you only 1 hour trekking from the Rh Nyuka longhouse before reaching the waterfall.

Daniel Yiek said...

http://www.mysarawak.org/2008/06/27/central-region-for-eco-tourism.html

SIBU: The central region of Sarawak has the potential to effectively position the state as a preferred eco-tourism destination.

An executive of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Sibu Office, Rudy Anoi believed this was possible because the central region, which comprises Sibu, Sarikei, Mukah and Kapit, had a lot to offer in term of eco-tourism products.

However, to realise such potential, he suggested that prospective places of interest in the central region had to be identified as a starting point.

When interviewed at his office yesterday, Anoi said: “The Ministry of Tourism Malaysia is now emphasising on the development of eco-tourism products. With 18 national parks and wildlife sanctuary all over the state, elevated further by its wide geographical area, Sarawak has plenty to offer, especially eco-tourism products.

“I think this is where the central region of Sarawak can come in to play a key role in making the state a popular eco-tourism destination among tourists in the region.

“With Sibu as the main gateway to the central region, boosted further by the good connectivity of air, land and river transport, tourists would have the option on how they should experience the local tourism products.

“But before we can even capitalise on such factors to introduce eco-tourism products in the central region, we need to embark on product identification as a starting point.

“This means that we will need to identify places of interest that have the potential to develop into tourism attraction in this region.

“For instance, Sarikei Division has a lot of tourism attractions on offer to outside visitors if this area is developed other than the existing tourism attractions such as Sebangkoi Park, Sarikei Lake Garden, Sebangkoi Deer Farm, Sebangkoi Height and local market. At the rate that the tourism industry is growing now, there is a need to identify more places of interest so as to convert them into tourist attraction,” he noted.

He hinted out potential places of interest such as Rh Nyuka in Ulu Sarikei (some 85km from Sibu) and its surrounding area – Sungai Pau and Sungai Munsoh waterfalls are qualified to be included in the eco-tourism destination list based on the definition given by The International Eco-tourism Society (TIES).

“Rh Nyuka, in Lubuk Lemba, Ulu Sarikei still retains its traditional structure, while the local people are also active in agriculture activities such as planting paddy, pepper and rubber.

“For nature lovers, they would not be disappointed by going to Lubuk Lemba for the two waterfalls encompassed by fruit trees like wild durians and illipenut (engkabang) along the way awaiting them.

“Sungai Pau waterfall is located at Pau hilly area, about 40-minute walk from Rh Nyuka. It has only three layers where water flows. Meanwhile, Sungai Munsoh waterfall has three levels with the third level as high as a two-storey building.

Having visited Ulu Sarikei as part of a recent familiarisation trip, he was convinced that the place indeed had a lot to offer in terms of eco-tourism.

According to Anoi, to kickstart in promoting the eco-tourism of the central region, a group of tourists is scheduled to arrive in Sarikei in July for a three-day visit to Rh Nyuka.

“In fact, for a start, the first batch of tourists from Kuala Lumpur will be visiting Rh Nyuka from July 11-13, a tour package which they bought from Greatown Travel Service Sdn Bhd.

“Therefore, we hope to promote this package with the assistance of Greatown Travel Service Sdn Bhd and will implement similar measure in other places if this package is successful,” Anoi said.

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