Saturday, January 20, 2007

Scaling Mount Santubong, Sarawak

Gunung Santubong in Sarawak is a mite tiny at only 810m, but it leaves you in no doubt that it deserves the epithet ‘mountain’ once you’ve taken it on.

Occasionally, flights into or out of Kuching, Sarawak, hover over the Santubong peninsula with its breathtaking view of forested coastline, shimmering rivers, and the unmistakable profile of a dramatic and solitary limestone massif.

Some 35km from Kuching, the Santubong peninsula has always been alluring for its strategic location and scenic beauty, even from ancient times.

The villages here continue a tradition hundreds of years old. Excavations have unearthed evidence of settlements dating back to the 9th and 10th century AD.

Today, the Santubong peninsula and its surrounding beaches are literally a breath of fresh air for people from Kuching when they seek a break from the town life. A number of upmarket resorts line the beaches that fringe the peninsula, and there are idyllic fishing villages basking beside rivers or sheltering in little bays.

Rustic seafood restaurants offer al fresco dining – airy spaces, romantic views, the sound of waves lapping beneath wooden platforms projecting out to sea and fresh seafood.

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