Gunung Gading National Park
|| Lundu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Gunung Gading National Park is located in the district of Lundu, in the southwest of
Sarawak, in East Malaysia. A 2 hours drive can get you there from Kuching. It consists
of multiple rugged multiple mounted peaks. They are Gunung Gading, Gunung Perigi,
Gunung Sebuluh and Gunung Lundu.
Gunung Gading is gazetted as a national park in the year of 1983 and is opened to public
in 1993. The main attraction of Gunung Gading National Park is undoubtedly the Rafflesia flower,
the largest flower in the world. Therefore, it is a must to have a sight of the blooming of the
Rafflesia flower. Unfortunately, this special plant blooms with very short period and is very
infrequent. Fret not, as you can check with Park Headquarters before you plan your trip. Apart
from the amazing Rafflesia, the national park offers a lot more interesting features. It has
amazing waterfalls, spectacular scenery, treks and trails as well as the wildlife
One of the trails leads you to the summit of Gunung Gading which is at a height of
906 meters. Beautiful beaches of Pandan and Siar can be seen and view on the summit.
A 20 minutes taxi ride can get you to the undeveloped beaches from the national park.
It is interesting that you can actually go hike with your own group without any tour
guide. Of course, guided tour is available too with affordable fees. Accommodation in
the national park would not be a problem as wide options are offered. Remember to book
your room in advanced through the Sarawak Forestry Office in Kuching as they have to
issue a permit for you to overnight there. The forest hostel offered has longhouse
style units, lodge house and official camp site according to your own preference.
If you do not want to overnight in the park itself, there is a guest house located
in Lundu town with a 30 minutes' walk from the park. Noted that there is no food available
in the park, and so, go shopping for grocery or can food before you walk into the park.
However, the cabins rented are all well equipped with cooking utensils and fridge.
To get to Gunung Gadin National Park, take a bus from Kuching Express
Terminal to Lundu town. To get to the express terminal, you can either take
a taxi ride or hop on to local buses numbered 3A or 2 from the Sarawak
Transportation Company (STC). When you reach Lundu town, you can either walk
for around 30 minutes to reach Gunung Gading National Park or take a taxi ride
that costs around RM 5. The taxi ride takes up to 5 minutes to reach the