"Tusk Mountain has three peaks,
Pandan Beach stretches far to the middle.
A person's body may be dissolving in the grave;
A kind heart is remembered always."
---as recited by the late Hbi anak Muda (our son Sam's grandmother).
The Arms of the Lundu District Council (Majlis Daerah Lundu) : Above, Gunung Gading; a Rafflesia; Pandan (and/or Siar) Beach, and water that can be both the Batang Kayan (Kayan River) and the South China Sea.
The town's "totem animal," from which it takes its name: an ikan lundu, literally "lundu-fish," a freshwater, bottom-feeder, catfish like thing, "Arius or Macrones species" (Anthony Richards, An Iban-English Dictionary.) Photographed at the Sematan (alas) fish-market, 17 June 2005.
This Page: Introduction.
How to get there. Places to stay.
Page Two : The Batang Kayan (Kayan River)
Page Three : Lundu Town and Map
Page Four : Within Lundu Town
Page Five : Les Délices de Lundu, or, The Delights of Lundu
Page Six : A Short History of Lundu
Where Lundu Is. And How to Get There.
Lundu lies in the west of Sarawak, on the west bank of the Batang Kayan (Kayan River), and not far from the South China Sea. The road from Kuching to Lundu measures, all in all, about 90 km.
•By car: From the center of Kuching, take Rock Road to Third Mile bazaar, and continue on Batu Kawa Road. At the time of writing (25 March 2004) Batu Kawa Road is being widened, so expect obstructions. Continue over the Sarawak River Bridge and straight to the end. Turn right (to the west) and drive straight on the Bau-Lundu road.
The bridge that carries the main road over the Batang Kayan river was opened on July 7, 2005, replacing the ferry-service. Travellers to Lundu will no longer have to wait for a place on the ferry---a business that was tedious at the best of times and truly gruesome on holidays. I have seen a line of cars waiting their turn to be carried over two miles long. Nobody is happier having a bridge than us locals. Now we can do our shopping when we please.
Follow the signs. Once on the west bank of the river one can turn right and reach Lundu town by the road through the Malay kampong. Drive slowly, children are playing, and watch for speed-bumps.
Note for those who get hungry: Half a mile before the Batu Kawa road joins the Bau-Lundu road, on the right/west side of the road, is the Red Dragon Café. The Red Dragon (the only non-Chinese dragon in the whole of Sarawak---it's Welsh) is the best local-style restaurant I know. The food is excellent, and the restaurant is spotlessly clean. The proprietors, Mr. Richard Hughes and Tata, his wife (the café is in her kampong) also serve the best British breakfast in the country, with real pork sausages and bacon. Their conversation is fully as valuable as their cookery. Please tell them I sent you.
•By bus: The Public City Link bus company runs four busses in each direction from the Kuching Express Terminal at 7th Mile, near the airport. Trip time is about one and a half hours, and the fare (August 2017) is RM12.00. The Express-Bus Terminal is best reached by taxi, and the fare from the center of Kuching is ca. RM30.00.
|Kuching to Lundu||Lundu to Kuching|
|7:30 a.m.||7:30 a.m.|
|10:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|1:30 p.m.||1:30 p.m.|
|4:30 p.m.||4:30 p.m.|
One can also take a local bus from Kuching to Bau, and change at the bus station there to a local bus to Lundu. This is better for seeing interesting things out the window.
|Room Types||Eve of Holidays
|Detached Chalet (4 pax)||RM330 nett||RM280 nett|
|Quadruplex Chalet (2 pax)||RM180 nett||RM153 nett|
|Terrace Twin (2 pax)||RM140 nett||RM130 nett|
|Terrace Family (6 pax)||RM 390 nett||RM331 nett|
NB! If you stay at any one of these places, and found it through this page, I'd appreciate it if you'd say that "Dr. Otto, laki Nusi ari Stunggang" sent you there. Nobody's paying me to advertise them, but since I live here, I wouldn't mind picking up some brownie points.