Monday, August 30, 2010

Walking Palms, Cascading Waterfalls, lush verdant forests – it must be Lambir Hills

Bask in the sun or take a stroll along the forested path, you have just entered the Lambir Hills National Park. Located in the heart of Miri Town in Sarawak, this park hosts a treasure trove of flora and fauna.





While walking along the narrow trail, don’t be surprised if a striped kukri or a Banded Malayan Coral snake slithers through your way. When is the best time to visit the park? An early morning visit would be ideal. Ever seen seven pools of water cascade into each other in a spectacular natural waterfall? On taking a few strides, you’ll come across the striking Latak Waterfall. Take a dip under the cooling green waters in the pool beneath the waterfall. Or if you decide not to swim, then you could unwind on the benches and listen to the majestic roar of the waterfall. Heaven?

Ever seen a walking tree? Here you will find the famed ‘walking palm’ in the mixed dipterocarp forest which actually ‘walks’. The roots of this tree grow above the ground, and when the roots in front die, the others take place of the front roots and the cycles goes on. This interesting natural phenomenon makes it look as if the tree is actually walking! Fascinating? Over here, also catch a glimpse of the rare winged fruit which resembles an upturned shuttle cock. Walk around the forested area and if you keep still, you may chance upon an odd squirrel running hysterically around trees. If you go a little further, you can see the beautiful Tree Tower, giving you a view of the entire forest.

How to get there? Reach Lambir Hills National Park in about a 30 minute drive from Miri Town, via the Miri-Bintulu road. You could also opt for commercial buses en-route to Batu Niah, Bintulu, Tinjar, Bakong or Bekenu bazaars. The buses depart from Wisma Pelita Tunku in Miri. If you wish to join in a group, there are organised trips from travel agents which depart from Miri city early in the morning, and return to Miri after lunch.

For more info contact: Lambir Hills National Park:
Tel No: 085-491030; Fax No:085-491030 or visit the park website at; http://www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my/forweb/np/np/lambir.htm


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