Sunday, April 19, 2009

News - Sarikei Former Library to be Tourist Centre cum Museum

Sarikei is getting serious about the potential of tourism. To add to the recent announcement of transforming the water tank tower at Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik) into a viewing platform, the announcement below of a tourism centre cum mini museum is cause for optimism and maybe celebration if successful.


Sarikei Tourist Centre coming soon.




What are your ideas for the Sarikei District Council? Please add to this wish list:

  • Agricultural trail: Experience pineapple plantation, pepper farm, deer farm, swiftlet ranch, ...
  • Heritage trail: Explain Sarikei's rich history with a walk through old downtown. Provide guidelines to owners to preserve their shop facades.
  • Nature trail: Provide clear directions to Pala Munsoh Falls. Help the longhouse there keep their tradition, provide hospitality services and sell handicrafts. Mark the jungle trails with names and information of flora. What about Sebangkoi Falls trek, mangrove swamp safari, ...
  • Food trail: List down the best shops for kam pau, pien niek, fried noodles, soup noodles, ding pian hu, laksa, tom yam prawn noodle, Malay mee goreng, roti kahwin, kom pia (and the making of kom pia), local burger, ABC dessert, Cantonese cuisine, ...
  • Shopping trail: Advise where to buy bak cheng herbs, dried seafood, mee suah, dried noodles, native products, handicrafts, tropical fruits, sago grubs, vegetables, ... Maybe the local sellers can be given labels (name of produce and usage) for them to put onto the product displays.
  • Festival trail: Provide description and dates of major festivals: Sarikei Festival, Buka Puasa market, Xmas procession, Chap Goh Meh procession, ...

What are you waiting for?

5 comments:

Nelson said...

good ideas from you Daniel. keep it up! we can combine both singaporean and malaysian ways of attracting tourists. the government and NGO (& sarikeians) should be more aggressive in promoting tourism. eg: A kampua mee seller should not be contented by just selling kampua. he/she can perhaps create a website, advertise it, throw in some history about it and relate it to the whole world using world wide web.

At last, sarikei is going to have a museum which is so important in keeping and safeguarding the history of sarikei. now we have at least one building to visit during our leisure time to learn more about our own town and its people. having said this, sarikei time capsule is still playing a vital role in disseminating news from sarikei. thanks again.

i like museums and with more buildings to visit and more trails to follow, tourists will flock to Sarikei. hopefully sarikei will not be a DEAD town.

sarawakiana said...

Well said Nelson!!
What about the history of the oldest cobbler?
The oldest Barber?
All those chairs must not be discarded and folks can get a haircut and a photo taken too...

Anonymous said...

It is indeed a very good news to all Sarikeians either locals or outside. The offers listed by you may not be locals taste but those attractions are very attractive to foreigners.

Sarikei has been long well-known dubbed as rice bowl of Sarawak....and i think it can also offer good local delicacies and fruits.

Daniel Yiek, you may email your list to Sarikei District Council or local tourism players.

Daniel Yiek said...

For the mini museum, I'm waiting with anticipation to see what pics and info they can dig from government archives and old newspapers. A layman don't have access to such info unless it's online or in the books.

Also, Sarawak Museum archives has good old info and pics which serious researchers can apply to view. I'm not at that level...maybe a retirement project..who knows.

Bengbeng said...

it is about time for Sarikei to have a museum n other planned tourism attraction. thanks for dropping by and sharing abt the bird

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