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Those who visit Sematan Town will also first pass through Lundu Town
Big boys enjoying their beach time at Palm Beach Resort, Sematan
2017-04-02 SUN 14:20
The two beach resorts in Sematan Town
1- Palm Beach Resort 三馬丹棕櫚灘渡假村2- Dynawood Beach Stay 農牧海濱渡假村
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.
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.
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
|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.
Reached via Jalan Lundu-Sematan. Collectively called Sematan Beach including Abang Amin Beach, Sungai Kilong Beach and Pueh Beach. Shallow crystal clear water along the beach makes Sematan a safe swimming heaven. The long
Budget Accommodation on the beach : 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. From Telok Melano Beach visitors can explore further to Tanjung Datu National Park by 2 hours jungle trail or 30 minutes boat ride.
Only Accommodation : Telok Melano Homestay
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
Turtle Sanctuary which comprise of
Talang-Talang Island is accessible by boats from Sematan Town.
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.
|Sematan Hotel (三马丹旅社)
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.
Dynawood Beach Stay,
Kampung Siru, Jalan Sungai Kilong Sematan, Sarawak. Kampung Pueh, 3Km ?from Sematan Town Bus Station
Tel : (+60)82-573598 HP : (+60)16-808113/8023939
Liana 013-5743225 non-English speaking
|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
Sematan Palm Beach Resort
Lot 295, Kampung Sungai Kilong, Jalan Seacom,
Sematan, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel : (+60)82-712388/711808 Fax : (+60)82-711788
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Also has an apartment at
100 - Rm 620
Tanah Hitam Homestay
Run by Mr. Monir Bin Ahim at Kampong Tanah Hitam, Sematan.
+6-082-711088 or +6-017-8070463.
Encik Monir Bin Ahim
Tel: +6016-8551793 / +6010-5070456
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.
|Rm 120 per head.
Fan, hot shower.
Sematan, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel : (+60)82-461188 HP : (+60)12-8875822
Email : email@example.comThis former Sematan Resort just on the road side. After about 3 minutes from the Sematan market.
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
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 :
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
Mangrove Nature Watch
Camping & BBQ Package at Crab Farm, Kampung Trusan Jaya
Arrangement & Inquiry Fisheries Office, Sematan 8 60 82 711 358
|A Kelulut bee hive inside the hollow of a cut tree trunk|
|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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Honey are stored in Honey-pots and harvesting honey of Kelulut bees is easy by sucking via a vacuum device.
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)
Lower part - The original log-hive
Upper part - Extended man-made box-hive
|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.|
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 :
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.....
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 ! ........