Seri Simanggang Hotel, Place2Stay @ Sri Aman
Kuching Waterfront , Sarawak Cultural Village
Sri Aman is a market town and port located in Sarawak. It was formerly known as Simanggang and changed to Sri Aman which means "town of peace" in the Malay language. Around a three-hour drive from Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, it is known for its agricultural industry as trade center for the timber, oil palm, rubber, and pepper.
The population of Sri Aman is divided into Muslim, Christian and others. As Christian is one of the religion in Sri Aman, Church of Our Lady Queen in Peace acts the centre of the religion here. It is located at Datuk Tawi Sli road and usually packed on Sunday and Christmas Day. The weekday masses is on Monday-Friday at 6.30 pm for English whereas weekend Masses on Saturday Sunset at 6.00 pm for Chinese and on Sunday at 8.00 am for English and Iban.
There are flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kuching International Airport by using Air Asia, Malindo Air or Malaysia Airlines. Once you reach at the airport, you can rent a car to Church of Our Lady in Peace in Sri Aman town for another 3 hour drive.
Batang Ai National Park is largest trans-national protected area for tropical rainforest conservation and has the highest orang utan population density in central Borneo. The Bornean orang utan (pongo pygmaeus) is found in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah) and Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan). Orang utans are one of the world’s largest primates, and are almost completely arboreal (tree living). The word “orang” is Malay for “person” whilst “utan” is derived from “hutan” meaning forest. Thus, orang utan literally translates as “person of the forest”. Both Orang Utan species are highly endangered, and are totally protected by law in Malaysia, Indonesia and internationally. There are an estimated 20-27,000 orang utan left in the wild and nearly extinct due to irresponsible deforestation, human encroachment on their habitat, indiscriminate hunting and the live animal trade. This national park acts as sanctuary and to give awareness to people on declining numbers of orang utan. Ulu Sungai Menyang conservation area will covers 14,000 hectares of protected forest and form a larger habitat for the endangered orang utan.
Maludam National Park is located around 3 kilometres from Kampung Maludam in Betong Division and this park was gazetted to protect the peat swamp habitat of the Red Banded Langur, the Proboscis Monkey, Silvered Langur and Long Tailed Macaque as well as two species of hornbill which are Black Hornbill and the Oriental Pied Hornbill. Covers area of 432 square kilometres, Maludam National Park is second largest park in Sarawak and can be accessed by boat. Besides consisting of the world’s most beautiful monkeys, there are also other animals such as Hook-billed Bulbul, Malaysian Honeyguide, Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeon, Lesser Adjutant, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ruddy Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-&-Red Broadbill, Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Chestnut-rumped Babbler, Purple-throated Sunbird and many more. This park opens from 8.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays.
Seri Simanggang Hotel is a three star hotel offering over 150 rooms equipped with comfortable amenities. Among the amenities includes free WiFi, wardrobe, shower facility and free toiletries as well as hairdryer and ironing facilities are also available upon request. Located around 30-minute drive away from Batang Ai National Park, the friendly staff at Seri Simanggang Hotel can assist guests with luggage storage and laundry services. The hotel also houses a café where guests can sample a tasty selection of local delights and banquet hall facility which can accommodate 400 people. Besides that, there are 5 meeting rooms for business purposes and free parking available on site. Guests can also find supermarket and other restaurants nearby for more options.