Loagan Bunut National Park
This National Park is located in the upper reaches of the Sungai Bunut where Sarawak's largest natural lake is found. The local Berawan fishermen call this lake 'Logan Bunut'. At approximately 650 hectares, Loagan Bunut may not be large by most world standards, but, it is not an ordinary lake. The water level in the lake is totally dependent on the water level of Sungai Bunut, Sungai Tinjar and Sungai Baram. The water levels of these rivers fluctuate throughout the year and as a result, the water level at Loagan Bunut also fluctuates. The water levels at Loagan Bunut are usually lowest in the months of February and May or June. These periods of low water last for about 2 to 3 weeks. For more information regarding the water level in the lake, visitors can contact the Visitor's Information Centre in Miri. The fish populations also fluctuate as a result of this unique situation. When the dry periods are at their peak, Loagan Bunut can become a huge expanse of dry cracked mud. You can actually walk on the dry mud.
The lake and its surrounding areas are vibrant and scenic, both during high and low water levels. A major cultural attraction at the lake is the unique and traditional method of fishing ('Selambau') which has been retained by the Berawan fishermen. 'Selambau' was developed to harvest migrating fish during the times of fluctuating water levels. This technique has been used for centuries and has enabled the Berawan fishermen to manage this unique fishery effectively and sustainably for many generations.
The surrounding area is covered with peat swamp forest and Mixed Dipterocarp Forest. The common birds found here are the darters, egrets, herons, bitterns, eagle, swallow, stork, broadbill, malkoha, kingfisher, magpie robin, dove, bulbul, drongo, flying fox hornbills and kites. Animals can be found such as barking deer, bearded pig, sambar deer, argus pheasant, long-tail macaque, black barded langur, lesser mouse deer, small-tooth palm civet, giant squirrel and Gibbons can also be heard doing their morning calls.
Rate : RM15.00 per bed
Accommodation facilities consist of chalets units with electricity and piped water.
Choon Cheong Departmental Store was a two-story family-run supermarket/departmental store contained within its own building first opened in the late 1980s, a precursor to the 'hypermarket' of Miri today, and one of the first of its kind. Located just in front of the Krokop 10 Bazaar, Choon Cheong Departmental Store was garnering shoppers not only from nearby Krokop & Piasau areas, but even shoppers from farther ends of Miri, including Brunei, in its heyday.
Internal problems arised with the owners of Choon Cheong and, combined with waning traffic and competition from newer malls and shopping choices, the departmental store was eventually closed. The building sat empty for a while before it was renovated into a furniture shop - and today after another change of hands, the building is known as BH Mart.
A shot of the same building in 2015.
Umai is traditionally a standard lunch meal for the Melanau fishermen. Thin slivers of raw fresh fish, usually iced but not frozen, combined with thinly sliced onions, chilli, salt and juice from sour fruits like lime or assam go into preparing this dish. The dish is usually accompanied by a bowl of toasted sago pearls and is so simple that fisherman prepare it easily on their boats. It is Sarawak's equivalent of the "Sashimi".
This exotic delicacy can be found at food centers, food markets and certain coffeeshops. Ask around for most recommended.