Sri Aman Town
The town of Sri Aman, 180 km from Kuching, is famous for its benak or tidal bore, which almost ended the life and literary career of W. Somerset Maugham, as described in his short story The Yellow Streak. The bore occurs daily and is best viewed from the new Tidal Bore Observatory on the waterfront. The town celebrates an annual Tidal Bore Festival.
The 19th Century Tze Yin Khor Temple on the bank of the Batang Lupar is Sri Aman’s oldest Chinese temple, and is unique for having a green roof instead of the traditional red. The temple is built on a “live crab” feng shui site and the roof colour has been chosen to avoid “cooking” the crab. Other places of interest include Rumah Sri Aman, the former British Residency where the treaty ending the Communist Insurrection was signed in 1973 (view by appointment only, Tel: 083 322011) and Fort Alice, a Brooke-Era wooden fort built in 1864.