Batang Ai National Park
Malaysia is country, which is blessed with enthralling natural beauty. The country is renowned worldwide for its geographical diversity and natural attractions. Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia is one of the numerous national parks of the country, which are famous for their natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. It is situated in the Sri Aman Division of Sarawak, in eastern Malaysia on the island of Borneo and the park is about 250 km away from east of Kuching.
Batang Ai National Park stretches over an area of 240 square kilometers and boasts of verdant rainforests featuring some of the endangered and rare species of animals. There is also a 24 square kilometer artificial lake inside the park that was created by the Batang Ai hydroelectric reservoir. The park was opened to public in the year 1991 and since then its popularity amongst the local as well as foreign tourists has continuously increased.
The dense and exotic dipterocarp forests of the park houses Orang-Utans, gibbons, and hornbills. In fact wild Orang Utans are one of the major attractions of the area. Another attraction of the Batang Ai National Park is its Iban longhouses. The accommodation facilities in the park are world class; here you can live in the award wining Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort and enjoy the beauty of unspoilt nature in the lap of luxury.
The best way to access the Batang Ai National Park is by hiring a boat as water is only mode of transportation in the area.
There is no visitor accommodation at Batang Ai National Park. Visitors usually stay in one of the nearby Iban longhouses, or at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, which is roughly hour 30 mins by boat from the Park HQ. The park has no canteen facilities, and visitors should bring enough food and drinking water with them.
How to Reach there:
Overland from Kuching via Serian and Engkilili to Batang Ai dam. Batang Ai National Park is at the headwaters of the Batang Ai and Lubang Baya rivers, some 15km upriver from the Batang Ai Hydro Lake. Access is by motorized traditional longboat from the Hilton Batang Ai jetty or the Batang Ai public jetty. The Batang Ai hydro lake is about 275km (or hours drive) from Kuching. Most visitors arrive as part of an organized tour group where all transport is included. Contact the Visitorís Information Centre in Kuching for list of approved tour operators. Independent travel to Batang Ai is difficult but not impossible; there are regular express buses from Kuching to Sri Aman (3 hours 30 mins), from Sri Aman there is local bus service to Lubok Antu (2 hrs), some 5km from the hydro lake, and from Lubok Antu it is usually possible to get free ride to the lake from one of the friendly locals.
Location: Lubok Antu District, Sri Aman Division
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