Discover the Rafflesia in Malaysia

The Biggest Flower You Will Ever See – The Rafflesia 

webThe calls of exotic birds echo through the trees and the sweat drips down the back of your neck as you make your way through the thick and humid jungles of Gunung Gading National Park in Malaysian Borneo, Sarawak. You can hear the distant sound of waterfalls rushing and the hot tropical sunshine comes through the thick rainforest canopy in bright streams.
You push back the leaves to reveal a very strange sight indeed. An enormous fleshy flower bloom, as large as a truck tyre, sits heavily in the underbrush. As you approach it you can hear the buzz of insects circling the open bloom, measuring nearly a metre in width. The soft and supple petals of the flower bloom are a deep purplish red in colour, like a huge pair of lips. This is the Rafflesia – the largest flower in the world and a truly memorable experience for all those lucky enough to see it.

The Rafflesia looks like something out of a science fiction film or a Doctor Who episode, a bizarrely enlarged floral fungus in an unearthly hue. Weighing up to 22 pounds, it is the heaviest flower on the planet and scientists believe that it has been around for more than 60 million years.

Rare Flower Blooms
Each rafflesia flower blooms for only three to five days per year. Why are the blooms so rare? The answer is that very specific conditions must exist for the rafflesia to bloom. First of all, a type of grape vine called the Tetrastigma must become infected with a specific parasite as this is the only vine in the world that will host the type of endoparasite that creates rafflesia blooms. When a tiny bud appears on the vine, this bud will swell into a ball and will take approximately one year to eventually burst into a rafflesia flower.
This is why it is such a rare experience to see a rafflesia flower, as they might bloom unexpectedly at any point throughout the year and their blooms will only last less than one week before they start to decay. The most common areas to see Rafflesia are in the Philippines, Sumatra, Java and of course, In Malaysia in the Cameron Highlands and Borneo. The flowers can be seen on the slopes of Mount Kota Kinabalu, within the interior of Sabah and at Gunung Gading National Park in Sarawak.

If you would love to see this strange and fascinating flower up close, why not take one of our Malaysia tour packages? Our guides are experts on the local area and they will know exactly when and where to find a Rafflesia flower in bloom. They will take you on fascinating trek into the jungles of Malaysia so that you can see this amazing wonder of nature.

Check out the Two Day One Night Rainforest and Beach package, which will take you into Gunung Gading Park to see the rare and beautiful Rafflesia.

 

 

Pandan GoldCoast Holiday Villa

We have developed a website for our holiday villa located at Pandan Beach, Lundu in Borneo Sarawak. Do visit us at www.pandangoldcoast.com

Pandan GoldCoast Holiday Villa is a cozy holiday retreat conceived and specifically landscaped to be in harmony with its natural surroundings, overlooking a magnificent beach view

Turtle Conservation Programme

We have commenced Turtle Conservation Programme since Nov 2012 and currently we are planning to launch awareness activities soon, do come and visit us!

 

 

 

Riverside Majestic Hotel

Location : Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93756, Kuching, Sarawak.
Overlooking the Sarawak River, the hotel commands a panoramic view of the city and the Kuching Waterfront. It is 20 minutes away from the Kuching International airport and within walking distance of some of the city’s major tourist attractions such as the Kuching Waterfront, Chinese Museum, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Fort Margherita and the Main Bazaar.
For more info >>http://www.riversidemajestic.com/rmh/



Merdeka Palace

Location : Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000, Kuching, Sarawak
As a 5 star business & travel hotel, we offer a plethora of services, all aimed at making your stay the most enjoyable one in the city of Kuching. Open the doors to any of our rooms or apartment suites and you will be impressed by our comfortable and cosy yet classic furnishings which evoke the era of Merdeka, equipped with modern amenities. If you are looking to host your meeting and events in style, our meeting and events facilities is your best choice in town.
For more info >>http://www.merdekapalace.com/



Kuching Park Hotel

Location : Lot 606, Padungan Road, 93100, Kuching, Sarawak.
Kuching Park Hotel is a 3 Star Business Hotel located at the very heart of lively Kuching City, Malaysia’s eastern gateway in Sarawak. The hotel is within easy reach of the city’s business district, shopping complexes and major tourist attractions. 20 minutes drive from Kuching International Airport. Indeed it’s “Park in the City” hotel that facing the scenic park of magnificent landmark of Kuching South City Council (MBKS), a great place for a healthy evening jog in this green city.
For more info >>http://kuchingparkhotel.com.my/index.php



Harbour View Hotel

Location : Lorong Temple, 93100, Kuching, Sarawak.
Harbour View Hotel Kuching features 245 newly refurbished rooms and suites. Each room comes with a satellite TV and an in-room internet port. There is also WiFi access, a business centre inclusive of secretarial and Internet services, as well as an extensive conference hall with banquet facilities. Take a stroll down the Waterfront stretch (Main Bazaar), the oldest street in Kuching, to shop for antiques and handicrafts as souvenirs, as you enjoy the light breeze and the gentle waves of the river.
For more info >> http://harbourview.com.my/



Grand Magherita Hotel

Location : Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, P.O.Box 2362, 93100, Kuching, Sarawak.
Sarawak’s first international hotel, the Grand Margherita Hotel is by the riverfront and commands an unrivalled view of the picturesque Sarawak River and colourful Malay villages. Grand Margherita Hotel is adjacent to the Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex and the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Building. Its sister hotel, the Riverside Majestic is located just across the road.
For more info >> http://grandmargherita.com



Pandan GoldCoast Holiday Villa

http://www.pandangoldcoast.com

Approximately 80 minutes drive from Kuching city in Borneo Island (Sarawak, Malaysia), Pandan GoldCoast Holiday Villa is conceived and specifically landscaped to be in harmony with its natural surrounding on a prime location at the popular stretch of Lundu Pandan Beach.

Overlooks the clear turquoise waters of a beautiful bay, a setting of a perfect holiday, basic modern comforts complement the splendor of nature to make this homestay a paradise for sun, sea and sand lovers.

Room Facilities
• King & Super single beds
• Air-conditioned + ceiling fan
• Colour 32” LCD TV with satellite channels
• Attached bathroom with water heater & amenities
• Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities

Services
• Barbeque facilities
• Karaoke facility
• Beach games
• Cycling facilities
• Indoor games – darts, carom, board games, table tennis
• Fishing trips (book ahead)
• Various Local tours can be arranged

 

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Pandan Swimming Pool

Directly beside Pandan Beach, the swimming pool is ready for fun!