Fantastic Kuching (Part 2) – The Natural Land..

29 Nov

the Bako National Park is situated about 37 km from Kuching city..  it is the oldest national park in Sarawak, and covering an area of 27.27 km² at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula..

from Kuching city, it takes about 45 – 60 minutes of driving to reach Bako Terminal (jetty) at Kampung Bako.. public transportation, such as bus and taxi, also available from Kuching city to this terminal..  it is at this terminal where one pays for the entrance fee to the national park as well as for the boat riding..

the boat ride takes about 20 – 30 minutes to Bako National Park..

the schedule and the speed of the boats can be affected by the tide..

the fishing village nearby the jetty..

boat riding is the only way to reach the national park, through the scenic Santubong River and the final part through the South China Sea..

the sandstone cliffs along the coast when about to reach the national park..

the boat heads to the Teluk Assam where the national park headquarter is located..

depends on the tide, the boat may not be able to come closer to the shore, so the visitors may need to walk in the water for a short distance to the beach..

beautiful rocks near to the shore where the boatman dropped us..

this is the Bako National Park headquarter (visitor centre)..  it is located about 0.4 km from the beach..  and the visitors need to register themselves here..  a cafeteria is available just next to this headquarter..

a bearded wild boar at the camping area..

another two bearded wild boars at the staff quarter, not far from the camping area..

there are a troop of long-tailed macaque monkeys as well..

playing around at the staff quarters..

“tolong bagi laluan..”  :p

fearless to visitors..

trees with thorns..

can you spot the lizard..??  :)

a purple flower..

wild mushrooms..

the tidal river nearby the mangrove forest during low tide..

a proboscis monkey at the mangrove forest..

it has a big nose with pot belly..

“ambik gambar aku kena bayar tau..”  :)

another species of monkey that can be seen in Bako National Park is the silver leaf monkey..  but we did not manage to spot them..

the plants at the mangrove forest..

some fruits from the plants..

the fiddler crab with a large claw at the swamp area..  (the major claw of a male fiddler crab is much larger than the minor claw, whereas the claws of the female fiddler crab are both the same size)..

little blue crabs..

mangrove trees during low tide..

the pencil-like roots (pneumatophores) that stick up out of the ground to take in oxygen from the air..  an unique feature of mangrove trees..

the park has 16 colour-coded jungle trails offering interesting walks which are different in distance and difficulty..  some trails have boardwalks and ladders installed for the convenience of the visitors..

our tour guide has leaded us through the Telok Paku trail..  this trail passes through cliff forest and requires some scrambling in parts..

although this trail is only 800 metres long, it is not an easy route as there are many roots and rocks to hop over..

the naturally formed rocks..

this trail ends at the secluded Telok Paku beach..

with the beautiful rocks..

from the beach here,we take another boat ride to view the nearby coastline..

the beaches here are bordered by limestone and sandstone cliffs..

coastal erosion has produced interesting sea stacks and rock formations..

multiple lines and colours seen on the rocks..  the yellowish colour is mainly due to iron deposition..

this looks like an eager head..

does it look like the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt?  :)

and this one looks like a frog..

the famous landmark of Bako National Park..  the sea stack with the shape of cobra head..

the Bako National Park is a nice place to view the wide variety of wildlife and vegetation found in the island of Borneo..  and a paradise that shouldn’t be missed by any natural lovers when come to Kuching..  :)

best time to visit: April – September (non-monsoon season)..

Ya.. This Is London (Part 2)..

16 Sep

the Kensington Gardens is located about 8 – 10 minutes walking distance from the Malaysia Hall London..

it is one of the Royal Parks in London..

this is a gorgeous park with magnificent trees..

many peoples are jogging and cycling in the park..

a man and his dog..

different types of birds can be seen in the park..

a pigeon..

the park is very clean..  i really like the green environment here..

just love this place so much..  :)

this way to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground..

the different types of trees in the playground..

the clock tower..  do you see the word “times flies” on it?

beautiful landscape in the park..

it took me about 2 hours to walk around the park..

this is the Kensington Palace, built with red bricks..  it has been a royal residence since the 17th century..  currently the palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate)..

in front of the palace is the marble statue of Queen Victoria..  the Queen was born at this palace and lived here until she became the Queen in 1837..

the Round Pond is situated in front of the Kensington Palace..

the pond was created by King George II in 1730..  measuring approximately 200 metres by 150 metres, and up to 5 metres deep..

the swans..

with yellow bills..


a pair of Egyptian geese..  zzZZZZ……

suddenly..  eerrmmm..

“looking for me..??”

the mallard..

the male mallard has iridescent green feathers on its head..  (the female has brown colour feathers)..

the Canada goose..

the equestrian statue known as “Physical Energy” was created by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and was installed in the Kensington Gardens in 1907..  it commemorates Cecil Rhodes, the diamond miner and founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbawe)..

the Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, showcases contemporary arts and architecture from notable artists..

the Albert Memorial, over 50 metres tall, was built in 1876..  it is located at the south end of the Kensington Gardens..  it commemorates the death of Prince Albert (consort of Queen Victoria) in 1861, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42 years old..

at each corner of memorial, there are marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America..

figures representing Africa..

figures representing Africa..

figures representing Asia..

figures representing Asia..

figures representing Europe..

figures representing Europe..

figures representing America..

just opposite to the memorial is the Royal Albert Hall, where Siti Nurhaliza had her concert in 2005..  :)

to be continued.. Ya, This Is London (Part 3)..


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