Friday, March 22

Kpg Panchor Dayak hot spring draws visitors with its healing powers


THERAPEUTIC: Dawos (front, centre), joined by a few others, puts his legs inside the hot spring pond.

SERIAN: The hot spring at Kpg Panchor Dayak along Kuching- Serian road recorded 15,076 visitors in the first eight months of this year.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit said its key attraction was its therapeutic values, perceived or otherwise, in treating some illnesses, including skin diseases.

Yesterday, he revealed he had received feedback from at least three persons who were cleansed of heart ailments after bathing at the hot spring.

One lady from the Inland Revenue Board had also told him that she now had smooth complexion after taking a dip there.

“People from as far as Lawas and Kapit have told me that the hot spring here (Kampung Panchor) is really good in the sense that it has medical values to cure some sickness.

“For this reason, this place should be promoted intensively. I believe more people would come here if it were promoted as a prime tourist destination,” Dawos said at the launching of an improvement initiative at the hot spring yesterday.

Dawos added that the hot spring produced sulphur and after mixing with water it produces a form of anti-toxic acid which can heal some sickness, adding that the hot spring at Kampung Panchor Dayak was different from other hot springs in other states.

The Mambong MP advised the village chief to request for parking space from the local council and electricity to be connected to the area. He said his ministry was willing to help.

Improvements to the hot spring, which cost about RM450,000, was completed in May this year under the government’s Community Based Tourism (CBT) programme.

This project, which started in December last year, was among the 52 tourism projects in the state approved under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

They cost RM38.5 million in total.