Saturday, June 18, 2016

Donut boat rides to become next tourism attraction on Sarawak River

KUCHING: The city will soon have another tourism attraction centred on Sarawak River.

The ‘Ooha Donut Boat Ride’ is expected to become an alternative means for locals and tourists alike to enjoy the river, apart from the existing express boats, river cruise and ‘penambang’ (wooden roofed boats).

Each of the ‘donut’ boats — all six units owned and to be operated by Sanjung Inspirasi Sdn Bhd soon — is roofed and

has a round table down the centre for passengers to enjoy snacks on.

On Thursday, state officials and members of the media got to experience the ride on these ‘river gazeboes’.

Assistant Minister for Entrepreneurs Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, who officiated at the soft launch of the new service at a hotel here that night, said although the concept was a new one in Sarawak, services similar to it had

already been operating in other states.

“We actually saw this concept from China and we thought that it would be a lovely addition to Kuching’s activities of attractions. This service offers the scenic view of many places of attraction, such as the iconic and historical buildings along Sarawak River — or more specifically, along Kuching Waterfront,” he added.