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  PEOPLE & ETHNIC GROUP:
 
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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

SIBU : UP REJANG RIVER - Kapit

 
 

KAPIT

 

The bustling upriver town of Kapit (pop. 8,000) is the jumping-off point for the Middle and Upper Rejang and Baleh Rivers and the best place to organise a visit to one of the Iban longhouses of the Lower Rejang. Despite its small size, Kapit is the commercial and administrative centre of the Kapit Division (a vast hinterland comprising the Kapit, Song and Belaga Districts of almost 39,000 sq km with a population of around 150,000), so there is always plenty to see and do.

 
 

FORT SYLVIA

 

A 19th Century fort whose whitewashed walls and ironwood shingled roof are home to a mini-museum and handicrafts centre managed by the by Tun Jugah Foundation. It houses a fine collection of ethnic arts and handicrafts, heirloom jars, brass cannons and historical documents, and a collection devoted to the life of the late Tun Jugah ak Barieng, Temenggong (supreme chieftan) of the Rejang Iban and one of Sarawak?s foremost independence leaders.

 

Open Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 4 pm.

 
 
 

CIVIC CENTRE MUSEUM

 

The Civic Centre Museum next to the Lake Garden has an interesting set of exhibits on the ethnic groups of the Rejang Basin, as well as some fine watercolours of riverside towns and villages, and a relief map showing all the longhouses in the area.

 

Open Mon-Fri 9 am - 4.15 pm (closed lunchtimes).

 
 
 

EVENTS

 

The Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari

A two-day downriver raft race held the 3rd week of April every year. Apart from the attractive prizes, participants can also sample the warmth and hospitality of Sarawak?s longhouses as they journey along the river. Foreign participants are particularly welcome and are guaranteed VIP treatment.

The Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari

A two-day downriver raft race held the 3rd week of April every year. Apart from the attractive prizes, participants can also sample the warmth and hospitality of Sarawak?s longhouses as they journey along the river. Foreign participants are particularly welcome and are guaranteed VIP treatment. For further details contact the Resident?s Office or visit their website.

 

Gawai Dayak

The Dayak harvest festival, falls on June 1 and 2 and is marked by both the Iban and the Bidayuh with boisterous merrymaking. This is an ideal time for visiting longhouses to share the cuisine, dances and traditions and legendary hospitality of the Iban. The Kapit Fest, held every May, is a prelude to the Gawai Dayak celebrations, with a fun fair, traditional sports competitions, a cultural parade and a beauty contest.

 

The Kapit Regatta

Featuring longboat and power boat races, is the highlight of the event. Contact the Resident?s Office for further details.

 
 
 

KAPIT RESIDENT'S OFFICE

 

The Kapit Resident?s Office is located on the 1st floor of the State Government Building, next to the Lake Garden near the Methodist Church, Tel: 796963/796445 Fax: 796932

 

Open 8am - 5 pm Mon-Fri, closed lunchtimes. The helpful staff can provide detailed visitor information in printed form and via their website. They also issue permits for upriver travel beyond Kapit.

 

Note: The Resident?s Office will be moving to a new out-of-town location sometime in 2007. Take a van from Jln Airport.

 
 
 

PERMITS FOR ONWARDS TRAVEL

 

Foreign visitors require a permit from the Resident?s Office for all destinations upriver from Kapit (Rejang or Baleh rivers) except the Pelagus Resort. The permit is issued immediately, is free of charge and is valid from one to two weeks. Visitors to the Baleh area should be accompanied by guides.

 
 
 

EATING OUT

 

For a small town, Kapit has a great selection of eating places. Local river fish are a popular delicacy, especially the hugely expensive empurau (Borneo masheer), although more economical fish such as tapah and soon hock are almost as tasty, as are the huge Rejang river prawns. Good air conditioned restaurants include Orchard Restaurant (64 Jln TIong Ung Hong, 9 am - 11 pm, excellent local pork dishes), Jade Garden ( Jln Airport opp. Meligai Hotel, Chinese cuisine, lunchtimes and evenings) and Madam Ma?s Kitchen (adjacent to Meligai Hotel, halal Chinese cuisine, evenings only). Local seafood can be found at Ah Kau Restaurant ( Jln Berjaya), and Hock Bing Seafood (off Jln Temenggong Jugah past Chinese temple).

 

Coffee shops are located all over town, serving local variations on standard Sibu and Kuching noodle dishes, as well as economy rice (at lunchtimes). Muslim food can be found at Malay stalls in many coffee shops, as well as Malindo Caf?in Harmony Mall, Binggas Caf?in Jln Temenggong Jinggut, and the wide variety of food stalls at Taman Selera Empurau food court (5 pm - late). One dish unique to Kapit is deep-fried roti canai, which can be found at the Malay stall on the 1st floor of the Gelanggang Kenyalang building.

 
 
 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

Nighlife in Kapit is focused around coffee shops and dozens of karaoke pubs. Many of these outlets are dedicated to entertaining an all-male clientele, but locals will know which are more family oriented and welcome female guests. Failing this, the long-running Double Happiness Pub on Jln Airport is a model of noisy upriver respectability.

 
 
 

SHOPPING & ESSENTIALS

 

The main shopping centre is Kapit Square, where visitors can find the post office, essential supplies, pharmacies and medical clinics, as well as excellent photo processing at Hoover Colour Photo Centre. There are also a number of banks with ATMs located around town. The lively Teresang Market (wet market) on Jln Temenggong Jugah has a colourful selection of stalls selling all kinds of exotic jungle produce. For handicrafts, try the market stalls, as well as Sula Perengka (1st floor of the nearby Gelanggang Kenyalang building) and Rozy Stationery (2nd floor, MARA building).

 

The Kapit Resident?s Office has a comprehensive database of local craftspeople on its website. If you would like a traditional Iban tattoo, check out Robert?s Tattoo Art, 1st floor Gelanggang Kenyalang (disposable needles are used). Kapit?s Internet connections are generally slow and unreliable - if you are desperate to check your e-mail, try King Sky Cybercafe in Jln Temenggong Jinggut.

 
 
 

THE PELAGUS RAPIDS

 

Until the introduction of powerful modern engines, and generous amounts of dynamite used by British Army engineers in the 1960s, only the most courageous or foolhardy boatmen would brave the mighty Pelagus Rapids. The rapids divide the Rejang into lower and upper sections, and previously passengers would disembark at the rapids, proceed on foot through the forest, and join another boat at the other side. Nowadays express boats and speedboats with reinforced hulls glide through the rapids with ease, but it is still a heart-stopping experience for the first-time visitor.

 
 
 

LONGHOUSES

Near Kapit Town

 

For day visitors, the most conveniently located longhouse is Rumah Bundong (formerly Rumah Seligi - longhouses are named after the current headman or tuai rumah), a traditional wooden longhouse 10 km from town. Visitors are also welcome to stay overnight with local families (RM30, meals extra), and the longhouse is well known for its tattoo artists. Vans leave half hourly from Jln Airport, no introduction is required. Further afield, there are longhouses on the main Rejang River, as well as the Baleh and the Mujong and their tributaries. A homestay programme at Rumah Lulut on the Sungai Tisa involves both traditional and modern longhouses.

 

Rumah Garie on the Sungai Kain is famous for its 'pua kumbu', traditional Iban woven textiles, and has even been accredited with the Japanese ?G-mark? for good design. Rumah George involves a boat ride through the notorious Pelagus Rapids, or can be visited as a day trip by guests of the nearby the Regency Pelagus Resort. Rumah Penghulu Jampi on the Baleh is the birthplace of the legendary Iban warrior turned statesman Temenggong Koh. Rumah Bangkong on the Mujong is a very traditional longhouse that is just starting to attract visitors.

 

All of the above require an overnight stay, usually with a host family. There are no tour operators in Kapit but there are a number of licensed nature guides who can make the necessary arrangements. Generally an overnight visit including longboat trip will cost around RM320 per person. Longer trips to Long Singut, a very remote Kenyah (Orang Ulu) longhouse on the Baleh (7d/6n, RM1,600), deep jungle tours, and expeditions to the remote peak of Batu Tiban (12-14 days, must be physically fit), described in Redmond O?Hanlon?s book Into The Heart of Borneo. The Kapit Resident?s office keeps a register of licensed nature guides (with contact details) an up-to-date list of longhouses that accept visitors.

 
 
 
 
SIBU : UP REJANG RIVER - Kapit
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO