By George FrancisMIRI
- Sarawak's first privately run multi-million ringgit agro-based tourism and nature resort, Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort
, is scheduled to open by December this year with the completion of its 48 rooms full service accommodation and other eco-tourism
In a sprawling 780 acres of secondary jungle, the resort is nestled in the midst of the rainforest blending in perfectly with the natural lakes, water falls, rivers and the hilly landscapes. Adjacent to an extraordinary species-rich forest Lambir Hill National Park, the resort is only 38 km from Miri City, midway between Lambir Hills National Park
and Niah National Park
Resort developer-operator, Syarikat Kai Nguong Resort Development Sdn Bhd obtained a 60-year-lease of the area from the state government in the late 90s and has been doing works in the area for the past four years.
It is however, geared for a soft-opening next month for the Phase I comprising of 150 acres which encompasses the completion of 18 chalet rooms, cafe, banquet hall, outdoor pavilions, domestic animal farm, tropical fruit orchard and other exciting eco-tourism recreational activities.
In a media briefing to Borneo Bulletin and West Malaysian journalists and Sarawak Tourism Board on the sideline of Miri International Jazz Festival, the first such opportunity before the resort is open to the public, Ms Sim Ling Ling of Ethos Connect International Consultant, said once fully completed, it will have 48 rooms full service accommodation, meetings and banqueting facilities, health centre and business services and a range of eco-tourism recreational activities appealing to the discerning leisure and corporate travellers.
The tour of the agro farms takes about two hours as a custom-made farm tractor takes guests on a comfortable and enjoyable ride to the 100 acres large tropical fruit orchard in which 38 species of tropical and ethnic fruits such as bawang, dabai, etc are found. The seventy acres large domestic animal farm rears about 1,000 numbers of free range chicken and some 100 sheep and goats.
Another exciting event is the boat ride along a river where guests could enjoy the beautiful scenery of the flora and fauna, rainforst, wildlife and birds in a natural outdoor environment.
Other options to consider include fishing, jungle trekking, botanical gardens, sports, camping and BBQ. There are nature walks and rainforest trekking with a combined distance of 2770 metres.
"Combine relaxation with wide range of sports activities, sight seeing, educational and recreational actvities suitable for all ages," said the resort owner, Henry Law, 56, whose interest in building resort all started because of "outdoor hobby" and his family background too, from his father ranging from orchard, housing and landscaping businesses.
In Miri, Syarikat Kai Nguong, is a renowned landscaping contractor, a housing-property development in Labuan and Auckland New Zealand.Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Weekend