Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pakej Memancing Langkawi.

Pakej Memancing Langkawi. Laut Andaman
Lokasi lubuk: Selat antara Pulau Langgun dan Pulau Tanjung Dendang.(Timur Laut Langkawi)
Bot: DOC 2 enjin 175 hp Suzuki siap meja makan, tangki umpan hidup dan hasil tangkapan.
Teknik: Menghanyut umpan udang hidup di pertengahan arus.
Sasaran: Geropoh, Jemuduk, Cermin, Talang, Kacang-kacang, Tetanda, Kerapu, Senangin, Pari
Jeti: Surau Taman Nilam, Jalan Ayer Hangat, Langkawi
Tempahan awal amat dialu-alukan demi mengelakkan sebarang masalah.
Tempoh: 4 jam
Minimum: RM400 
******* RM500 untuk 4 orang
Maximum: RM600 untuk 6 orang

Udang hidup RM50 untuk 100 ekor
Maksimum pemancing selesa 6 orang
Sila sms 012 5145 023 untuk tempahan dengan maklumat Tarikh, Nama dan bilangan peserta.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The many aspects of eco tourism

The many aspects of eco tourism

A boat ride to see the fireflies in Kampung Dew, Perak, leaves Putri Zanina wondering whether Malaysians care about protecting the country’s ecological wealth

“THERE’S no moon. It’s the perfect time to see fireflies,” says our boatman-cum-guide Abdul Halim Bidin as our boat glides along Sungai Sepetang. It’s murkish water barely shimmers in the pitch dark.
Since we left the jetty at Kampung Dew — a relatively unknown fishing village in Perak — about a quarter of an hour ago, Halim has been excitedly telling us how something so ordinary to villagers like him has become a tourist attraction. For years, there have been huge colonies of fireflies thriving near the small, sleepy village, which is about five minutes’ drive from the Kamunting toll plaza near Taiping.
The natural light show is spectacular. I sit in the boat, entranced. Millions of fireflies flicker in perfect synchronicity in huge berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) trees on both sides of the riverbank. The berembang trees are a mangrove species that’s the only known habitat for fireflies in the country. The flickering lights in the trees cast brilliant reflections on the surface of the river. It’s like a magic show in the dark. And the show is attracting boatloads of visitors, who have heard about this natural phenomenon in the village.
“Since we started operating this firefly boat cruise about two years ago, the tourists have all been locals,” says Halim, who’s a member of Pertubuhan Kelip-kelip Cahaya Alam Perak (Kecap), a body formed by the villagers of Kampung Dew to manage its firefly location as a tourist destination.
Is this an indication of the changing mindset of Malaysians on the importance of preserving the country’s ecological treasures? I believe that it’s very likely that more Malaysians want to do their bit for nature, if not by volunteering to help preserve nature, at least by visiting natural attractions, and in the process helping the locals to sustain their livelihood within their environment. Simple folk like Halim, for example, are fast learning the advantages of environmental preservation, a crucial element in ensuring the success of Malaysia’s eco tourism.
But eco tourism is not all about environmental preservation only. According to, a non profit-making organisation formed to help preserve Malaysia’s rich ecology, eco tourism focuses on volunteerism, personal growth and environmental responsibility and it typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.
The International Ecotourism Society puts it in simpler terms. It defines eco tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people”.
Here’s where Kecap’s activities are relevant as it has helped uplift the livelihood of villagers like Halim. The person who started it all is Khairul Salleh Ahmad, a teacher from Taiping  who’s passionate about preserving the fireflies of Kampung Dew. The locals fondly call him Cikgu Khairul. Responsible for initiating Kecap’s formation, he now serves as association’s secretary while its president is Mohamad Noor Salleh, the village head of Kampung Ayer Puteh near Kampung Dew.
Through Kecap, the villagers, who comprise mainly fishermen and farmers, have been introduced to a new means of supporting their livelihood. They’re also acquiring knowledge on environmental preservation such as the need to keep the river clean and to protect the berembang trees which will ensure the survival of the fireflies in the area.
Helping them with their efforts is Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) which also collaborates with Ramsar Regional Centre East Asia to conserve wetlands and the many natural resources that thrive on the existence of wetlands.
Kampung Dew is located within the Larut-Matang district which is world-renowned for its Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve. It has long been recognised as the best managed sustainable mangrove eco system in the world.

MNS, led by its president, Professor Dr Maketab Mohamad, has conducted studies of the mangroves and the berembang trees along Sungai Sepetang, which involved the villagers who also benefited from learning about the need to protect these natural resources.
MNS, of course, has conducted numerous other nature-related programmes, including for children from as young as 5-years-old who together with their parents, are taken to various nature spots in the country. The programmes involve educational nature walks where they get to learn more about the flora and fauna including marine life.
Support for MNS programmes, which are run by volunteers, has been growing since its formation 73 years ago. It’s the oldest and one of the most prominent environmental NGOs in the country, with a membership of some 5,000 members today from just a handful of its core group in the early days.
Its “indirect” contributions to the country’s eco tourism development — from forest and marine conservation efforts to helping to popularise nature-based activities such as bird-watching and turtle conservation — are enormous.
One of its other rural projects is to educate the women of Kampung Mangkok in Penarik in Setiu district, Terengganu, about the benefits of conserving wetlands. The Setiu Sustainable Development project first kicked off in 2006 when Nestle partnered with WWF-Malaysia to create environmental awareness among the local community. The village women eventually became very active and a year later they formed Persatuan Wanita Kampung Mangkok Setiu or Pewanis, also known as the Setiu Women Entrepreneurs, a non-formal group dedicated to helping its members improve their income. With the additional training on wetlands conservation by MNS, the women have been planting and nurturing mangroves along the beautiful shores of Pantai Penarik to mitigate erosion.
Today, Pantai Penarik has become one of Terengganu’s new tourism jewels, polished further with the presence of a major tourist attraction in the area — Terrapuri — which showcases century-old Malay houses and the rich Malay heritage. It’s owned by Terengganu entrepreneur, Alex Lee, who runs the state’s largest tour company, Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours. Lee himself is a nature lover who fiercely protects Terengganu’s heritage and natural attractions and also creates employment for the locals.

Well-conserved natural tourist spots as well as nature-based activities attract foreign tourists especially those who are ecologically and socially conscious. Considering that Malaysia is still regarded as one of the 12 mega-biologically diverse countries in the world (boasting some 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of invertebrates and 4,000 species of fishes in addition to the countless micro-organisms), Malaysians must be doing some things right.
Yes, they do slog it out in conservation efforts. The “silent heroes” who love nature, the volunteers who protect nature just for the sheer love of it, and in turn become volun-tourists themselves are among those who are helping to keep the country’s ecology intact. Today, it’s no longer the domain of foreigners, particularly westerners. More and more Malaysians are into it as well and they have joined their foreign counterparts to make it happen in Malaysia, thus ensuring the continuous inflow of nature-loving foreign tourists.
Malaysia also has many eco-tourism-related events organised on both large and small scales. These include the Tabin Wildlife Conservation Conquest in Sabah, Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race and Taman Negara Eco-Challenge competitions in Pahang.
There are small groups of local volunteers as well such as Waterfalls Survivors whose members visit and clean waterfall areas around the country and Reach, which is a community-based organisation formed by a group of Cameron Highlands residents to push for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of Cameron Highlands as an environmentally sustainable agriculture and hill resort.
In East Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak locals have got their acts together to preserve their natural bounty, including its forests, caves and seas as well as animals particularly the orang utan, proboscis monkeys and turtles. Both States’ reputation as two of the best eco-tourism destinations in the region is heightened by the inclusion of Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Kinabalu Park in Sabah in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites list.
Then, there’s the geopark in Langkawi Island in Peninsular Malaysia, which has also been recognised as a world heritage site by Unesco. The geopark title is given to outstanding geological landscapes in the world. Langkawi is the only geopark in Southeast Asia and one of 50 around the world.
Additionally, there’s growing awareness among many players in the tourism industry, including hotel and resort owners, on the benefits of being environmentally-friendly. There’s a proliferation of many establishments in recent times which encourage their guests to reuse, recycle, reduce and go greener. Whether many Malaysian guests are into the green initiative is anyone’s guess. But with tourism-related establishments promoting the agenda — with quite a few winning awards for sustainable tourism, such as Frangipani Resort in Langkawi — more Malaysian tourists can be swayed to jump on the bandwagon.
I’m happy with such thoughts as I listen to Halim as he talks about the river which is his playground as well as the main source of livelihood for his village. Indeed, nature, if not protected, will not be able to continue sustaining lives.
Malaysia’s Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve claims the title as the best managed sustainable mangrove eco system in the world.
Boatload of tourists on a wildlife spotting cruise along Sungai Kinabatangan in Sabah.
Scenes like this lure nature lovers to Malaysia.
Fishing villages are also a tourist attraction in Malaysia.

Read more: The many aspects of eco tourism - Live - New Straits Times

Eight Tourism Icons For Taiping, Perak

Taiping Photo

Eight Tourism Icons For Taiping, Perak

The Perak state government plans to place eight tourism icons in Taiping to attract tourists from different backgrounds and interests. Perak Health, Tourism and Cultural Committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said it will enliven the heritage town which is rich with various tourist products.
The Taiping Zoo and Night Safari, Perak Museum, Taiping Lake Gardens, Taiping Heritage Town, Kuala Sepetang Eco Tourism, Kg Dew Fireflies, Bukit Gantang Homestay and Taiping sensational dishes are iconic tourism products in Taiping, she told Bernama recently. “The Taiping heritage town comprises products such as the town itself and its history, the First Galleria and various heritage buildings which still exist and function until today.
“Popular dishes in Taiping include food and drinks which have lured people to try them such as cendol, kuey teow doli, mee banjir udang, Restoran Asam Pedas, Antong White Coffee, popia basah and others,” she said.
Nolee Ashilin said the First Galleria, which was previously known as the Sanitary Board, was an old building owned by the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) and conserved as a galleria. She said the MPT has also turned the Lagenda Hotel Building which was once known as a rest house and the Public Works Department, into a boutique hotel.
“Other old buildings which have become symbols in the district are the Land Office, museum, prison military mess and old school buildings,” she added. Although the number of visitors has dropped this year, she said it was seen as temporary due to several factors, including Chinese New Year celebrations which fell in January.
“The MPT has actively carried out promotions in the following months and the result of this will be seen when the upgrade of three component products in the Taiping Zoo & Night Safari was completed, involving an expansion of the tram station, upgrading the Savana Africa exhibition as well as upgrades for the Sungai Perak elephant exhibition, by end of September,” she said. Source.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ringkasan Plan Strategik Berkaitan Pelancongan & Alam Semula Jadi

Pelan strategik MPT
2010 - 2015
Teras Kedua:
-  Menggalakan pembangunan dan pelaburan
-  Menggalakan Pelancongan

Teras Ketiga:

h) Memperkasa imej Majlis sebagai bandar Pelancongan Warisan dan Alam Semulajadi.

Dipetik dari Laman Web MPT

Monday, March 3, 2014

Testimonial about The Guardian of the fireflies

putri zanina reply                                                                                               03 Feb 2014 12:28 AM
Khairul's passion for what he does shines through, just like the brilliant light of the millions of fireflies along Sungai Sepetang. Such passion will drive him to deliver what he has set out to do for the area he loves and cares about, much more than what has been done by the authorities who have made lots of promises, including to build a new jetty in Kuala Sepetang. Let's see when they'll deliver on these promises.