We always hear Kuching city as a tourist attraction which is very common these days. It is true that Kuching city has a lot to offer and great places to visit such as the Water Front, Main Bazaar, Golden Triangle, and lots more. This year, it is not just the city itself. Kota Padawan will soon become another great tourist attraction in the near future.
The event was held on Saturday, 23rd March 2013, Kuching Bike Ride at Kota Padawan. Its objective was to promote and introduce the Padawan area as well as the Borneo Peak. Just like last year, the Kuching Bike Ride which held at Muzium Sarawak on the 27th May 2012, to promote Pakej Percutian 1 Malaysia (CC1M). A total number of 700 participants’ joined the event last year.
As for this year, the Bike Ride event at Kota Padawan has a total of 200 participants. Kuching Cop Cycling Club (KCCC) and members of the public joined in the event.
It was officiated by YB Dato Sri Dr.James Dawos Mamit and as early as 8.30 cyclists started cycling a.m from Kota Padawan Pitcher plant landmark and ended at Kampung Beratan which was 8 km ride away from Kota Padawan town.
The popularity of the bike ride itself is actually one of the latest trends in the tourism industry especially in Malaysia.
Kota Padawan is only a small town and unlike Kuching City it has its own uniqueness that can attract local and international tourists. Among the things tourists will get to explore in this area will is the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, authentic Long House Homestay such as Annah Rais, Benuk, Kampung Darul Islam Belimbing Homestay as well as Rafflesia Homestay located in Kampung Temurang. Other than that, for those who loves kayaking, then Kampung Danu and Padawan will be the right place for them.
During the speech presentation made by YB Dato Sri Dr. James Dawos Mamit, Deputy Ministry of Malaysian Tourism, he commented that the reason why they chose Kota Padawan area, was not only to promote Kota Padawan itself, but, it was also meant to promote a healthier life style for Kuching citizen. He even added that cycling in the city area, it is not only dangerous but due to the exposed car fumes, the smell of road tar, and so forth can deteriorate our health in future.
“Malaysia’s best aspect is having all kinds of complete assets. It is what makes Malaysia as a potential tourist spot for bike tours. Our weather is good, mild throughout the entire year, filled with all sorts of richness in nature, historical landmarks and monuments as well as different mix of cultures and races with museums,” he said.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism Malaysia also encouraged locals to try out the available bike tour package provided by local travel agencies. Among the packages available in town is the Kuching’s Day City Tour or Kuching Night Moon Ride, Kuching Malam Mau Cycling and Borneo Coastal Cycling Against The Wind-Sun-Rain. The package starts from RM 140 per person.
Aside from the bike ride, to spice up the whole event, they have two special invited guests who flew all the way from Peninsular Malaysia to perform for the event itself. Among them was Dato Jeffrey Din and the well-known Puteri Dangdut Ifa Raziah.