New hiking spot at Kampong Tarap Bau

Lyna Mohamad

Bukit Merikan Recreational Park in Kampong Tarap Bau is the latest addition to the country’s popular recreational spots, with accessible jungle tracks and some challenging uphill routes, within a short distance from the capital.

The park was officially opened yesterday in a brief opening ceremony by Village Head of Kampong Lupak Luas and Kampong Tarap Bau Haji Suhaili bin Haji Moktar, in his capacity as advisor of the organising committee.

Two vantage checkpoints on Bukit Merikan provide scenic views of Kampong Ayer and Istana Nurul Iman, while the third and highest checkpoint offers a breathtaking aerial view of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge.

To get a view of the bridge, hikers will need to conquer the final steep hill, which is also the most challenging and may require the use of the rope on the sides, for added strength while climbing to the top.

Trekking through the jungle is facilitated by man-made trails with safety rails on either side, to provide hikers with more secure footing, especially when the soil becomes wet and slippery after a rainfall.

According to Haji Suhaili, it was the residents of Kampong Tarap Bau who initiated clearing work at the hilly area to turn into a recreational spot, including the building of trails for easy and safe access into the jungle.

The opening of this new trail is hoped to provide more hiking or trekking options among fitness enthusiasts, while at the same time promoting a sense of responsibility towards nature and the environment.

Village Head of Kampong Lupak Luas and Kampong Tarap Bau Haji Suhaili bin Haji Moktar at the newly opened recreational park. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI