Encik Nooh Bin Dawa (King of the Jungle)
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LONG PASIA HOMESTAY AND EXPLORATION 3D2N Trip
1. Long Pasia Homestay
2. Taman Kerangas
3. Reberuh Mekusul
*Crocodile mound by soil *Serpent mound by soil
*Gong mound by soil *Snake mound by soil *Camping Area
4. Maga Waterfall Exploration ~ 4D3N
*Burial Site Upai Semaring’s Child *Dining Site Upai Semaring
*Bamboo Stems of Upai Semaring *Rock Shelter of Upai Semaring
*Bat Cave of Upai Semaring *Upai Semaring Footprint
*Maga Waterfalls *Maga Campsite *Maga Nature Garden
5. Sinipung Hill Exploration ~ 4D3N
*Sinipung Lake *Sinipung Lookout Point
*Kerangas Nepenthes / Pitcher Plants
*Rekong Waterfalls *Sinipung Campsite
6. Fefuken Waterfall & Matang River Trip Exploration ~ 5D4N
*River trip in traditional long boat *Fefuken Waterfall
*Crocodile Mound *Historical Stone Monument
*Burial Site ( Tang Peu Long Midang ) *Carved Rock of Upai Semaring (Batu Narit)
Lundayeh Cultural Performance
Lundayeh Ethnic Tribe celebrating National Day at Long Pasia Village
Photos taken on 31 August 2006
The Long Pasia Kerangas Conservation Area is a small conservation area that has been established on a patch of kerangas forest. This rare forest type which grows on white sandy soils is amazingly rich in and is famed for its variety of orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants. One of the things that makes kerangas or heath forests so significant for conservation is the range of species concentrated within these small areas. Also because certain species have adapted over time to the unique environmental conditions of each kerangas patch, some species may be restricted entirely to a single area. For example, at least two of the orchid species found in Taman Kerangas Long Pasia are endemic to this patch of forest. One species of orchid, the spectacular Bulbophyllum virescens is known only from the Ulu Tomani area aside from Ulu Padas. This site has since been degraded by logging activities. This suggests that Ulu Padas may serve as a refuge from many more plant species that are disappearing from other parts of Sabah.
Source : WWFM in the Local Environmental News
About 40 minutes walk uphill from the Sinipung Hill resting hut, there is a highland lake that is now known as Sinipung Lake. According to legend, this lake which is located at about 4,500 feet above mean sea level with an area of not more than 2 acres was formerly known as Binaka Lake (Takung Binaka). A strange creature is believed to have lived in this mysterious lake and is feared by the villagers of Ulu Padas. The Legends said that this lake disappeared for four generations. No one managed to find it until in 1997. After the incidence, the lake was renamed as Keluyung Lake (Takung Keluyung) and until today no one knows the meaning.
Now, this lake is considered a mystery lake and is renamed as Sinipung Lake (Takung Sinipung) by the local villagers. Fish were no longer found in the lake. The water is so clear, fresh and smellest. Visitors are adviced to use guided tours if they want to take a refreshing bath in the lake.
More stories about this hidden lake in the book……
About one thousand years ago, the name Upai Semaring was very famous and was acknowledged by the ethnic Lundayeh community as a warrior and a hero. Possessing extraordinary abilities he had a very huge body that resembled the people of the olden days. Upai Semaring was believed to have secluded himself at Kuala Maga from around 1940 to 1950 and left several marks there. Among the marks were :-
Batu Angan (Upai Semaring’s cooking stones)
Tanem (burial site of Upai Semaring’s child)
Long Tetiran or Perupun Bulu (Upai Semaring’s bamboo stems)
Teng (dining site of Upai Semaring)
Lepo Batu (Upai Semaring’s rock shelter)
Lubang Batu Kekelit (Upai Semaring’s bat cave)
Lengayan (Upai Semaring’s footprint)
Long Pasia : The Legends
Our utmost congratulations and thanks to all contributors in the completion of this book.
This book describes the legends of Taman Maga, Maga Nature Garden, Reberuh Mekusul, Sinipung Lake and Sinipung Hill including a brief history of Upai Semaring in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
It is hoped that the publication of this book will encourage more visitors to come to Long Pasia. Together, let us support and contribute towards protecting the Lundayeh people’s cultural heritage and the beautiful natural forest surrounding these areas for future generations. The sales of the book is for the tourism development in Long Pasia.
Front & back cover of the book
Another attraction at Sinipung Hill is the Rekong Waterfall (Ruab Rekong). This waterfall was named according to the river that created this waterfall, the Rekong River. This impressive waterfall is about three storeys high and it takes between 40 to 50 minutes’ walk from the resting hut at Sinipung Hill to reach the base of the waterfall.