Eco tourism green light

The small fishing village at Sungai Timun was the location for Tourism Malaysia Negeri Sembilan's Phase 2 Eco- tourism launch, namely new packages designed to cater to the growing market.

YB Dato' Dr. Haji Awaludin bin Said officiated at the ceremony, which also included the release of thousands of baby fishlings into the river, cleaning some of the plastic rubbish which flows to the area from the rivers upstream, tree planting and then tasting the delicious large prawns the fisherman catch fresh, every day, from the river.

Dep Director of Tourism Malaysia Negeri Sembilan, Wan Eikmal Khalil, said phase 2 offered on-going packages for tourists both local and abroad, to explore the delights the river system has to offer.

"One of the highlights here at the river is a night cruise for people to see the many fireflies and perhaps crocodiles which fisherman say abound in the region," he said.

There is also the possibility of catching some large prawns and fish for both the experienced and learner fishermen during the day.

The river package is an extension of the 1st phase offer of 3 days and two nights at Port Dickson's Sungai Menyala Forest Reserve whose premises were recently re-fashioned to make dormitories for visitors to base themselves in the area.

Visitors can opt for a trip to the Sungai Timun as it is just a short drive from the Coastal forest reserve where tourists can jungle walk, swim, birdwatch or visit a turtle sanctuary.

Along with the discovery of a new limestone cave system in Pasoh Felda 4, that was inhabited 14,000 years ago, Negeri Sembilan is fast becoming an important destination in Malaysia's cultural and archaeological tourism offerings.

The new found caves at Pasoh Felda 4 are in the process of being nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site which will attract many more visitors to the region if successful.


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