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Those who visit Sematan Town will also first pass through Lundu Town

Sematan Town
三馬丹


PLACES OF INTEREST IN
SEMATAN TOWN 三 馬 丹

Jangkar Waterfall

Stunning and beautiful Jangkar Waterfall is located at Kampung Jangkar reachable via Jalan Biawak toward Indonesian boarder.

Park you car at Kampung Jantan and another 2 hours trekking through plantations and jungle. Before Kpg. Jantan is Kpg Jangkar.
 

Mountain Gunung Pueh
Winding paths through forest, rocks, streams and waterfalls. Selakau longhouse tucked into a quiet valley nearby.

Sematan is outdoor enthusiast’s heaven for mountain bikers. Mountain Riders go up and down mountain paths, across small streams as well as cycling along the firm sand on the tide line.

Sematan Beach

Shallow crystal clear water along the beach makes Sematan a safe swimming heaven. The long white yellow beach stretching from Sematan all the way to Tanjung Datu at the western most cape of Borneo.

Budget Accommodation : Dynawood

Telok Melano Beach
The secluded beach of Telok Melano Fishing Village can only be reach by 2 hours boat from Sematan. Boats services are infrequent and inaccessible during the monsoon months of November to March.

Only Accommodtion : Telok Melano Homestay

From Telok Melano Beach visitors can explore further  to Tanjung Datu National Park by 2 hours jungle trail or 30 minutes boat ride.

Tanjung Datu National Park
Located at the south-western tip of Sarawak and  is accessible only by boat from Sematan and via Telok Melano Trail from the fishing village of Telok Melano.

Tanjung Datu Park has very nice beach. Can stay at the village or the national park. The beach is nesting place for the marine turtles since it’s mostly devoid of human footprints.
  Talang-Satang National Park
on Talang-Talang Island

This is Sarawak Turtle Sanctuary which comprise of
1- Talang-Talang Island
2- Pulau Satang
3- Ara Banun Wildlife Sanctuary.

Talang-Talang Island is accessible by boats from Sematan Town.

  Silk Farm
Prefer officially organized visit. Individual drop in is not so welcomed

The only silk producing farm in Malaysia. Located in Sematan and operated by Zuhrah Pelangi Sdn. Bhd. Produce high quality silk from silkworm.

  Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary
not popular park destination but exceptional for bird lovers.

Located North-West of Lundu within Gunung Pueh Forest Reserve. Accessible via Lundu-Sematan Road on the way to Sematan. A good site for bird watching.


Accommodation in
Sematan Town 三馬丹
a town at the most western end of Sarawak. Till 2018 this is the starting point of Pan-Borneo Highway

Sematan Hotel (三马丹旅社)
Sematan Bazaar
Tel/Fax : (+60)82-711162 no reply again
+60 16-808 1113 Call this number

The hotel is in a private property with private car park. At night the gate is closed, so it is safe for car owner to leave their car here while going to Telok Melano and Tanjung Batu.

Rm 110
  Pueh Longhouse Homestay
not a popular accommodation

Located near the coastal town of Sematan with 14 participating houses. 11 Km from Sematan town center via the same road to Dynawood Resort but another 2 km further to the end.

This longhouse homestay belonged to the Bidayuh Selako ethnic which is mostly found in Pueh enclave.

Mr. Meot ak Nuber
+6-014-8788252 English speaking
+6-082-711101 - no reply

Mr. Jehim anak Milos
+ 6013 827 4967

Rm 120 per head.

3 meals.
Fan, hot shower.
Dynawood Beach Stay, Sematan
農牧海濱渡假村
Kampung Siru, Jalan Sungai Kilong 94100 Sematan, Sarawak. Kampung Pueh, 3Km from Sematan Town Bus Station
Tel : (+60)82-573598 HP : (+60)16-808113/8023939 
Email : dynawood_sb@hotmail.com
Rm 70.00 Tree House
Holiday Chalet Sematan
Jalan Sungai Kilong, Sematan
(+60)82-712476 HP : (+60)12-8923535
Office : Senett Travel Agencies Sdn Bhd
Wisma Bidar, 169-169A Jalan Satok, 93400 Kuching
Tel : (+60)82-256012
Reservation & Inquiries : 082-322 899,  013-8009717

DETACHED CHALET (Type A - 7 pax) - 5 units
SEMI-DETACHED CHALET (Type B, C, D - 6 pax each) - 6 unit each
SEA FRONT BUNGALOW - 6 pax) - 10 units

 
Sematan Palm Beach Resort
(三馬丹棕櫚灘渡假村)

Lot 295, Kampung Sungai Kilong, Jalan Seacom
94100 Sematan, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel : (+60)82-712388/711808 Fax : (+60)82-711788
Email : enquiry@spbresort.com

Also apartment at
Nomad Sematan Resort
3-Bedroom Apartment for 6 persons.
- RM560/night with dinner & breakfast for 6 persons on weekdays (check in: Sunday-Thursday)
- RM620/night with dinner & breakfast for 6 persons on weekends (check in: Friday, Saturday, Eve of holiday & Public Holidays)

Rm 100 - Rm 620
Room or
Chalet or
Apartment
Sematan Resort (三馬丹渡假村)
Resort closed business since 2010
94100 Sematan, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel : (+60)82-461188 HP : (+60)12-8875822
Email : bryan.ting@lukshun.comThis former Sematan Resort just on the road side. After about 3 minutes from the Sematan market.
 
  PUEH CAMP
closed business years ago

REST HOUSE - RM40 per day (air-conditioned) RM20 per day (non air-conditioned)
HOSTEL - RM1 per person (student) RM2 per person (youth group) RM5 per person (adult)
LECTURE HALL - RM50 per day  
CONFERENCE HALL - RM150 per day  
Reservation a Inquiries
KEM BELIA PUEH
94100 Sematan, Sarawak 8 60 82 712 040 / 60 82 712 245 60 82 712 069
 
 

Sematan Festival at seaside

Sematan Festival is a community-based event on :
1- traditional sports
2- Traditional food
3- arts

Held annually at this seaside bazaar of Sematan.

Sematan is well-known for its long stretch of secluded beaches. As the most western town of Sarawak, it is the gateway to Tanjung Datu National Park and Telok Melano fishing village.

Telok Melano Village (2 hours boat ride) depicts the Sarawak Malay culture.

Kampung Pueh longhouse (30minutes from Sematan town center) depicts the Bidayuh Selako culture. Use the same road to Dynawood. Instead of turning right to Dynawood, drive straight forward and follow the road for another 2 kilometers. It a narrow newly paved country road. You will reach an area of many village houses. Look for a sign board to Pueh Longhouse Homestay.
 


Tanah Hitam Chinese Cemetery

There was a Chinese cemetery at Tanah Hitam near Sematan town with 60 graves.
Some of the grave are more than 100 years old. This indicate that the town could be more than 200 years old.

There was  another graveyard was relocated to pave way for an army camp.


SEMATAN, a quiet little sleepy town about 110km west of Kuching, is an old idyllic wooden bazaar by the sea flanked by white sandy beaches.

The popular Sematan Beach is probably the longest beach in Sarawak with potential to be fully exploited.

The Penghulu of Sematan Town is Mr. Goh Meng Jui, 76, His grandfather was among those who first came to this town.
 

Sematan town started as a trading outpost by a group of four Chinese traders who moved from Lundu about 200 years ago. The town began with only four wooden shop houses by Chinese settlers from Lundu.

Lundu town was opened earlier by Chinese settlers.

The earliest trading activities at Sematan town was the buying and selling timber-related items like gambir, belian and jelutong.

The trading was among Chinese traders, the local people and the Indonesians.

Gambir is a yellowish extract from the twigs and leaves of the Malayan wood vine Uncaria gambir (Rubiaceae). It is used mainly for tanning and dyeing and as an astringent. Jelutong is a grayish-white copal from various jelutongs of the genus Dyera, indigenous to Malacca and Borneo. It is used in rubber manufacture, chewing gum, adhesives, paints, and varnishes.

In those days there were plenty of timber, both produced locally and from Indonesia.

Today the local business is just buying and selling normal sundry goods. The locals now only sell their rubber sheets, pepper and cocoa to shopkeepers in the town.

According to old people, a Chinese trader from Sematan went to Indonesia and brought several Indonesians to work in his pepper and rubber plantations in a valley named Kampung Siru in Pueh.

They planted pepper and rubber there. After that the ‘towkey’ moved to the present Sematan town and opened his shop here. There were four separate units of wooden shop houses in Sematan at that time.

The 30 wooden shop houses which still stands in Sematan town was the second being built, and is already over 100 years old.

This little town prospered during the 1950s when the British government set up a bauxite mine in 1958. The bauxite mine was in operation for about 10 years. The Indonesian confrontation and the communist insurgency interrupted the operation. The workers were afraid and did not come to work, forcing the operator to cease operation.

During the confrontation period, Sematan became an outpost of British Gurkha soldiers looking for Indonesian invaders from across the border.

Sematan faces the South China Sea and is usually used as a base by anglers to go sea fishing.

It is also home to a silk farm managed by Zuhrah Pelangi Sdn Bhd. The farm charges an entrance fee of RM5 per visitor.

There is also a crab farm at Kampung Trusan Jaya. It is a project between the Agriculture Department and Muhandis Industrial Service Sdn Bhd, rearing mud crabs or locally known as ketam kalok.

Plank walks have been constructed for visitors. It is also equipped with facilities such as rest area and electric lighting.

For visitors looking for legends and culture, the Sematan Malay community have many stories to tell.

One Malay legend is about Nakhoda Itam or Jeragan Sitam at Telok Serabang.

Nakhoda Itam was a great warrior who dressed like a man and came from the Natuna Island in a sailing boat with coconuts, which she planted at Labuan Gadong in the Tanjung Datu National Park.

There are several resorts there now which fits all kinds of budget - Holiday Chalet, Sematan Beach Resort and Palm Beach Resort.

Palm Beach Resort has the most activity facilities for visitors.

A visit to Sematan town gives an impression of a scenic and peaceful environment. It is a town where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy the seaside.

Trade between fisherman near the border with Indonesia, off the coast of Sematan, has been going on for generations.

People in Sematan  have relatives from across the border and the same goes for those on the other side.

The last Sarawakian village at the western-most tip of Borneo is Kampung Telok Melano, which shares the border with Temajok on the Indonesian side.

It takes less than 30 minutes to arrive at the heavily-populated village compared with Kampung Telok Melano, which has less than 100 residents.

It is common for villages along the state borders to shares similar cultures and family ties.


Duyak the sun-dried octopus

Part of that traditional practice is trade in a unique delicacy found only in Sarawak in Sematan.
It originates from Serasan Island, some 80km off the coast of West Kalimantan.
Locally known as duyak, the sun-dried octopus is sold at RM30 per kilo here.

Duyak went well with a lot of other food, including stir-fried vegetables, and was also a vital ingredient in other dishes.

Duyak is common for us here. The Indonesian fisherman will bring their Duyuk to be sold in Sematan. In return they buy their basic necessities in town.

It takes nearly eight hours’ travel to reach the Serasan Island from Sematan and this island is not far from Batam.


ECO-TOURISM PROGRAM IN SEMATAN

Homestay Program -
1- Trusan Jaya Village,
2- Telok Melano Village (2 hours boat ride)
3- Sungai Kilong Village

Mangrove Nature Watch

Camping & BBQ Package at Crab Farm, Kampung Trusan Jaya

River Cruise

River Fishing

Sea Fishing

Arrangement & Inquiry Fisheries Office, Sematan 8 60 82 711 358  


Stingless Bees Farm in Sematan Town
Photo above : Boxes for honey pots in a farm in Sematan next to Dynawood Beach Resort

Stingless Bees (Kelulut Bees) Farm in Sematan Town
 

The rearing of stingless bees is new in Sabah and Sarawak
 

They breeds stingless bees to get the propolis which can “promote healing and regeneration of tissues.

It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory functions and protect the body from oxygen free radical damage, …useful as healing agent and application for home remedies such as honey, soap and balm”.

In Malaysian  market the price is RM100 per kg

Trigona bees are not dangerous to children and are fascinating to watch. They are much smaller at about 0.5cm in size, and have a slimmer body. Stingless bees don’t whizz around, these bees seemingly more relaxed and do not make you feel as tense with their lack of sting during an encounter.
 

A life-style health food enthusiastic may "drink fresh honey" by simply suck with a straw directly from a bee hive in his backyard.


A Kelulut bee hive inside the hollow of a cut tree trunk A Kelulut bee hive inside the hollow of a cut tree trunk
Nest Entrance to Bee hive. Nest Entrance to Bee hive.

The size of a colony in a hollow tree can range from a few dozens to over 100,000. The bees store pollen and honey in large egg-shaped pots made of beeswax, mixed typically with various types of plant resin (sometimes called propolis).
 
A Kelulut Bee A Kelulut Bee

Total variance with the usual yellow and black sting-capable honeybees. Although Kelulut do not sting, Trigona can be aggressive too, especially when threatened.

Bee box with a Kelulut bee honey comb. Bee box with a Kelulut bee honey comb.

To harvest the honey, one just needs to open the top of the wooden box to reveal the beehive.

These small honey pots are often arranged around a central set of horizontal brood combs where the larval bees are housed.
Honey Pots of a Kelulut Bee hive. Honey Pots of a Kelulut Bee hive.

These pots are often arranged around a central set of horizontal brood combs where the larval bees are housed.
Juicy Pots filled with honey.. except the harvested one with a hole
 
Close up of Honey Pots. Close up of Honey Pots.
 

The bees store honey in special pots separate from the brood cells

These honey-pots are egg-shaped pots made of beeswax, mixed typically with various types of plant resin (propolis).
 

Portable Honey-Vacuum Portable Honey-Vacuum

Honey are stored in Honey-pots and harvesting honey of Kelulut bees is easy by sucking via a vacuum device.
honey is sucked out using a handheld-vacuum machine.

If the hive has a few lumps or pockets, that would mean that there is honey. In order to obtain the liquid gold, the pockets are pried open gently using a wooden stick.

From pot to pot, the honey is sucked out using a handheld-vacuum machine. This process is repeated from  pots to pots.

Kelulut Honey (Stingless Bee Honey)

Kelulut Honey (Stingless Bee Honey)

Honey produced by Kelulut Bees.
Kelulut honey is sour and bittern in taste...but this honey has better medical values. This Stingless-Bee honey is twice as nutritious as the common honey.

Not all the honey is sucked out. Some are usually left behind for the bees because the honey is also their source of food.

Lower part - The original log-hive
Upper part - Extended man-made box-hive


The two beach resorts in Sematan Town

Palm Beach Resort
三馬丹棕櫚灘渡假村
Dynawood Beach Stay
農牧海濱渡假村

Beautiful beaches and vast countryside set against the backdrop of the picturesque Gunung Gading is perhaps one of the best features of this quiet Sematan town. A sub-district of Lundu, Sematan has a total area of 150km sq and Is located about 127km (one and a half hours drive) from the city centre. Sematan faces the South China Sea and Is usually used as a base by anglers to go sea fishing. Sematan Is also home to the only silk farm In Malaysia and Is managed by Zuhrah Pelangi Sdn Bhd. This farm rears silkworms and processed silk cocoons for export to other countries. A visit to Sematan town gives an Impression of a scenic and peaceful environment. It Is a town where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy the seaside.

There are two resorts allocated in Sematan:

1) Palm Beach Resort
2) Dynawood Beach Stay, Sematan 農牧海濱渡假村

Palm Beach resort has the most activity facilities for visitors


Country Road of Kampung Pueh, Sematan Town
Country Road of Kampung Pueh, Sematan Town


 

Kampung Siru Malayu
Sematan


Sematan Beach


The shallow crystal clear water along the beach makes Sematan a safe swimming heaven. Its unexploited coastline makes it a safe place for marine turtles nesting in the sanctuary talang-talang islets. The long beach stretching from Sematan all the way to Tanjung Datus, the western most cape of Borneo, is also a nesting place for the marine turtles since it’s mostly devoid of human footprints.


2,239 kilometer-long
Pan-Borneo Highway

The Pan-Borneo Highway was built in 1986 to link the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

It begins in the district of Sematan in Sarawak, and passes through Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang, Lawas, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.

Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway

Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of  Brunei.

As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.


Getting to Sematan

City Public Link buses depart 4 times from Kuching Sentral to Sematan Town with stop over at Lundu Town for passenger.

Bus fare from Kuching Sentral to Sematan is Rm 16.00

The alternative is :
From Kuching Take STC Bus No. EP7 from Kuching to Lundu (fare: RM8.30, duration: 1 1/2 hours).
From Lundu, catch STC Bus No. 17 to Sematan (fare: RM3.70).The above bus terminal in Kuching is located opposite the Old Mosque near the old city center.


 
  Sematan Beach stretches as far as eyes can see....

"Lundu" and "Sematan". Two words conjure up lots of excitement when I was a young boy.

Before Damai Beach was developed, Lundu and Sematan were the only two places in Kuching where you could find accessible beaches. And going to the beach was a rare treat indeed.....

I still remember the first time I went to Sematan Beach. I must have been around 10. I was so excited that I slept on the beach under the stars........The next morning I woke up with hundreds of sand fly bites all over. .........

Sematan Beach is 20 km from Lundu Town. Driving time is around 20 mins, the road is very good.

Sematan Beach is probably the longest beach in Sarawak. Many years back I tried walking along the beach for almost half a day, and still couldn't reach the end ! ........

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