Kuching Wetlands National Park, Kuching

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The Kuching Wetlands National Park is a national park in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is the remains of the former Sarawak Mangrove Forest Reserve which covered 170 km2.Located 30 km from Kuching, the Wetlands National Park was gazetted in 1992 and covers an area of 66.1 km2 on the estuarine reaches of the Sibu Laut and Salak rivers. The park is composed of coastal, marine and freshwater ecosystems. The predominantly saline and deltaic mangrove system includes an extensive network of marine waterways and tidal creeks, formed by the interconnecting rivers of Sungei Sibu-Laut, Batang Salak and Sungei Santubong that form the boundary of the park. Some small patches of heath forest are found within the park.BiodiversityThe park is the home of at least three predominantly arboreal primates; the endangered proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), the long-tailed macaques and the silvered langurs. White-bellied sea eagles, mudskippers and horseshoe crabs are also present. Otters and the Irrawaddy dolphins can also be sighted. On nearby Mount Santubong, hornbills can be seen.Historical InterestIn the 12th Century the area was an important trading post between the interior peoples for their jungle produce predominantly animal parts valuable in Chinese medicine traded with the Chinese for their pottery and earthenwares. Past and existing excavations have unearthed remains of the former Iron smelting industries active hundreds of years past. The Impressive Mt. Santubong acted as a clear navigational point for these traders no doubt.
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  • ...auch when we saw no dolphins. But numerous monkeys (proboscis monkey and silver leaf monkey), some Firefly and on the way back then in the spotlight many red/orange sparkling eyes of crocodiles.
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  • Many nose monkeys seen a kingfisher and in the distance what crocodiles. ringit 188 pp paid for what later turned out to be a private tour. (for lack of bookings). This very relaxed by the wetlands dangers. Evening tour with crocodiles, monkeys, many nose fireflies. Plenty of time taken with shut-off and delicious fried meal in 1 or other village. We had doubts, but are happy to have done it. Though I would in high season on a boat packed with busy rivers have found less. On the other hand, now we were often all alone. Delicious.
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  • The wetlands tour start in the late afternoon and go in the evening. It is only in the boat on the way, first sees river (pick up at the surface/air), then with any luck monkeys (monkeys) and crocodiles. A beautiful sunset was also there (the most beautiful in 3 weeks in Borneo). But otherwise, the whole thing has not so much to offer. Dear here save the money and visit only the Bako National Park.
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The most popular area to stay in Kuching remains just south of the Sarawak River, where you can find affordable hotels offering basic but comfortable rooms. South of Jalan Main Bazaar, budget backpacker accommodations in the form of hostels and guesthouses draw many visitors with limited means. Consider the districts north of the river for more exclusive and resort-style alternatives.
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