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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  Must Visit Places
  Bario & Ba?kelalan
 
  Gunung Mulu National Park
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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

MIRI : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Bario & Ba'kelalan

 
 

THE HINTERLAND

 

Miri is the staging point for adventure treks into the interior of Borneo, or pleasant day-trips into the green rainforest. Lambir Hills, Niah and Loagan Bunut National Parks may be reached by car. Inland travel is undertaken by boat, by 4WD on rugged roads, or by small planes, which skim over the wild terrain and land in the cool highlands of central Borneo.

 
 

UPPER BARAM RIVER RAFTING

 

 

The rapids near Long San on the middle Baram, five hours overland from Miri, challenge seasoned rafters. After shooting the rapids of Tanjong Tepali, rafters fetch up at the Kenyah settlement of Long San to dry their soggy clothes, and enjoy some traditional Kenyah longhouse hospitality.

 
 
 

LONG BEDIAN

 

This Kayan longhouse, about five hours drive from Miri welcomes visitors who like to sample the local culture by joining in traditional dances, making handicrafts, playing the ?sape? guitar or testing their blowpipe marksmanship. The nearby Tenyok Rimba Resort offers simple relaxation, trekking and swimming in one of the many pools fed by cascading waterfalls.

 
 
 

MARUDI

 

This township was the administrative centre of the Baram until it was superseded by Miri in the late 19th century. Fort Hose stands witness to the old days of tribal wars and the inception of Sarawak?s first regatta. A number of hospitable longhouses in the Marudi area make this a popular tourist spot.

 
 
 
LIMBANG
 

The headhunter trail from Gunung Mulu National Park either starts or ends in Limbang. The trek passes the Pinnacles in Mulu National Park, and leaves the park?s boundary at the Mentawai Ranger Station. Limbang township is accessible by Malaysia Airlines rural air services.

 
 
 
 

BARIO & BA'KELALAN

 

 A Peaceful Holiday Destination

MIRI DISTRICT

 

Living in a bustling city can be tiresome at times. Why not take a break and head to a quiet and refreshing area along the hills of Bario? Located in the centre of the Kelabit Highlands and tucked away in the north eastern part of Sarawak, Bario lies 3,280ft above sea level, a remote and peaceful haven among the mist and clouds! Accessible by plane, this place was once the reigning ground for warriors whose legendary head-hunting rituals struck fear among many. The Kelabits, as they are known, are the natives of Bario and their head-hunting practice was once a show of fearlessness and valor. That was then.

 

The Kelabits of today have abandoned most of their traditional beliefs and embraced Christianity and a life of peace. Calling the Kelabit Highlands their home, the Kelabits are known for their friendliness and hospitality. They may just invite you to join them for a meal, usually consisting of staples such as rice, accompanied by vegetables picked straight from the forests -- wild ginger, flower salad and wild spinach.

 

 

On special occasions, they might go out hunting for wild boar, served roasted or smoked, for a special dinner with guests from out of town. Though their numbers are small ? they are among the smallest ethnic groups in Bario and Ba?kelalan: A Peaceful Holiday Destination Sarawak ? the Kelabits have a language and lifestyle all of their own. The elders here wear their tattooes proudly on their bodies, and the women still wear heavy brass earrings on their elongated earlobes. They are also known for their beautiful and valuable glass bead accessories, usually worn as a headpiece, petaa, or necklace. The more ancient the beads, the more precious they are, some fetching a price of as much as RM30.00 a piece. The quality of a glass bead is also determined by its history ? who has owned them in the past. Naturally, heirloom pieces inherited from certain ancestors are considered more precious than others.

 

 

Surrounded by highlands and hillocks, this picturesque village will definitely intrigue and captivate tourists. Jungle trekking through these parts allows visitors to appreciate and respect the beautiful nature. However, be prepared to break a sweat along these walks. The two main departure points for treks are at Bario and Ba?Kelalan from where guides will take tourists on overnight treks that involve visits to jungle shelters and longhouses. Experienced mountaineers can also attempt Mount Murud and Batu Lawi. While trekking the jungle trails that connect the longhouse settlements around Bario, you will notice that everyone you meet on foot will stop to at least say hello. Often, friendly queries are exchanged in greeting to show courtesy and to satisfy the locals? curiosity about their guests. Rest houses offering simple accommodation are available at both Bario and Ba?Kelalan.

 

The most renowned accommodation amongst visitors is Gem?s Lodge owned by Jaman and his wife Sumi. Both of them who are from the Kelabit tribe are known for their hospitality. Jaman is also an experienced guide who knows the jungle like the back of his hand. Gem?s Lodge lies in an idyllic setting in the forest, about 6km out of Bario, near Pa?Umor. It would take about an hour to walk from the airport, less if using motorized vehicles. Bario has its very own homestay as well, operated by Sarawakians Stephen and Danish Tine. Located at Ulung Palang longhouse, it also has an art gallery that showcases various traditional art collections. Fruit season in Ba?kelalan Ba?kelalan or Bakalalan is another renowned village within the Bario Highlands. It is located 3,000 feet above sea level and 4km from the border of Indonesian Kalimantan. The villagers belong to the Lun Bawang tribe. Seven of the villages are Buduk Nur, Long Langai, Long Lemutut, Long Ritan, Long Rusu, Pa Tawing and Buduk Bui. The name Ba?Kelalan is derived from the Kelalan River, while Ba? means wet lands in the Lun Bawang language. An amazing thing about this area is that the weather is cool, allowing fruits such as apples, mandarin oranges and vanilla to be cultivated. Fruit harvesting season is an occasion to celebrate in these parts. With music, singing and dancing, and fruits to be savoured, the Apple Fiesta is a perfect time to visit. The first Malaysian town known for its apple cultivation, Ba?kelalan has developed the farms successfully. It was in 1975 when the first apple seedling was brought from the highlands of East Java by a local boy. In the following two years, 1,000 more apple trees were grown, and in 1991 the first harvest was produced after an artificial ?wintering?, and the rest is history. Now seven varieties of apple are grown, of which the first three have produced fruit -- the Ba?Kelalan Apple or Manalagi, a light green apple that turns yellow when ripe; Rome Beauty, a crunchy, sweet and sour tasting fruit that is ideal for cooking; Tropical Beauty, a brilliant red oval and sweet fruit; Lady Williams; Epal Anna; Kwanglin and Jonathan. The 3ha orchard which has two thousand apple trees is run by a 75-year old former pastor Tagal Paran. He is the elder brother of Andrew Balang Paran who brought the first cuttings to the village. The trees bear fruit twice a year, normally in the middle and the end of the year. The first Apple Fiesta in Malaysia was held in Ba?Kelalan from 29 to 31 Mar 2007. Ba?kelalan Airport has flights to Bario and Lawas, which means Ba?kelalan is accessible by flight. By road, it is a six-hour journey over a distance of 125km drive from Lawas.

 
 

SECRETS OF BARIO

 

With breathtaking panoramic views of lush mountain ridges enveloping emerald-green paddy fields and a refreshing cool mountain climate, Bario, located up in the Kelabit Highlands, is certainly one of Sarawak?s best-kept secrets. Nestled in the remote northeast corner of Sarawak, near the Malaysia-Indonesia border, the Kelabit Highlands harbour little pockets of settlements blessed with rich vistas and speckled with wooden longhouses and cottage-like homes.

 

Located 3,280 feet above sea level, Bario, the largest settlement in these highlands, has a town centre, airport runway and various longhouse communities. Incredibly unspoiled, the town centre boasts a row of small shop houses with quaint eateries, grocery shops, and an Internet shop, which, interestingly, operates about three hours a day, five days a week using solar power. There are also a medical clinic, police station, church and three public satellite phones.

 

Since there?s no electricity supply, most households and businesses use a generator fuelled by diesel or petrol. Some even still use firewood for cooking. It?s a simple life in Bario and its surrounding areas. One of the great attractions is jungle trekking. Bario is a staging point for most of the Kelabit Highland?s treks and mountain expeditions. These treks can last from a couple of hours to several days, depending on the route, and its level of difficulty range from a gentle stroll to a tough uphill jungle hike.

 

Most of Barrio?s trekking trails are nothing more than dirt roads used by the locals to get from one village or settlement to the other. Trekkers may share the trail with buffaloes, the occasional motorbikes, pedestrians and a sprinkling of cyclists. Some settlements like Pa? Lungan and Pa? Berang are about four to five hours? walk from Bario. Sarawak's highest peak, Gunung Murud, which stands at 2,454 metres above sea level, is a three-day hike from Bario.

 

 

Alternatively, there are certain wide trails that can accommodate pick-up trucks. But during rainy season, even these tough 4WDs find it difficult to move through the sludge that ensues. Some of the treks involve nights spent in long houses, jungle huts or makeshift camps. The high point of a hike in Bario is undoubtedly the visit to the hill tribes? longhouses and the chance to experience the real life of the highlanders.

 

The highlands are home to the Kelabit people, one of Sarawak?s smallest ethnic tribes, and a sub-ethnic group of the Orang Ulu community, which includes the Kayan, Kenyah and Lun Bawang. The Kelabits, share many cultural and linguistic similarities with the Lun Bawangs in the north and west. The Kelabits are pre-dominantly wet rice farmers producing the famous fragrant and much sought after Bario rice and they must surely be one of the friendliest people in Malaysia. Ever accommodating, the locals will flash a wide smile whenever they see you, and have the uncanny ability to make you feel comfortable in their homes.

 

One interesting fact about the people here is that some of the older folks still have elongated pierced earlobes adorned with heavy brass earrings and Kelabit tattoos. The Kelabits are helpful and ever willing to share an anecdote or Iwo about life in the highlands. Most lodge operators offer day and overnight jungle trekking trips, bird watching expeditions, traditional musical instrument classes and cultural shows, as well as jeep, motorcycle and bicycle rentals.

 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Famous for its fragrant hill rice and juicy, honey-sweet pineapple, Bario is also one of the most isolated settlements in Malaysia. The overland journey to Lawas, the nearest big town, for instance, is a two-day slog through dense forest to Ba'kelalan (northeast Barb) and a half-day 4WD lumber through logging tracks to town. The easier way there is to hop on a Twin Otter plane on its twice-daily flights to Bario. Cargo planes carry everything from sugar to canned food, and from TV to computers, to the highlands. Even the 4WD pick-up trucks are taken apart before being flown in so that they can ply the main dirt roads in Bario.

 
 
 
 
MIRI : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Bario & Ba?kelalan
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO