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Dec 13, 2009 - Shopping Centres and Swans in Sibu

Caught a taxi to the departure point for Sibu. 4 and half hours over the sea and down river. They clearly believe the tourists are - films included 'Gorillas in the Mist' and Might Joe Young (a bit of an updated King Kong remake) . That said there were only 7 or 8 of us on board. Rest were locals who slept through them all. We arrived windswept and deaf from the engine motor. I had remained on board so everyone else was pretty sun and wind burnt after their 4 hours. Sibu (pop 260k or so) is the largest port and commercial centre on the...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Mar 12, 2009 - Sibu

We took the ferry to Sibu which took a memorable 4 1/2 hours, memorable for the first glimpses many longhouses we were to see in this island, and for the sunburn I managed to catch whilst sitting on the roof! To be honest there isn't really much to see in Sibu for most is a transit point for further trips into the heart of Borneo, unless you're in the market for pirated DVD's which every other shop seems to be selling.

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Where's Malcolm?

Jul 28, 2006 - Sibu to Selangau Reststop

Getting out of Sibu wasn't trivial. We got lost a couple of times. Eventually a friendly local came to our rescue with some straight and forward directions. The ride took us passed many clearcuts and logging stations, as well as areas displaying signs of heavy pesticide use. We also passed an entire longhouse community right off the road, likely a relocation area. It was quite beautiful and full of people going about their daily tasks, and many bathers in the nearby river. Selangau is just a couple of rows of shophouses, and a tiny local...

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Somewhere in Asia

Jul 19, 2006 - Sarikei to Sibu

We missed a very heavy downpour of rain by a few minutes. We could see it coming and hid under a roof of a closed down bank. The rain started coming in sideways, and we ended up getting a little wet anyhow. That was our first experience in Sibu. Riding into town, it appeared quite rough at first. Looking for a place to stay took us to a least one hotel which had several signs of perhaps doubling as a brothel. Our first night in town, which we had to share with some roaches, was already out of our budget. Our second place, although slightly...

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Somewhere in Asia

Jul 16, 2006 - Saratok to Sarikei

Sarikei has the feel of a highway town. Several large roads disect the town's numerous blocks of 3-storey high shophouses. Many restaurants closed for business between lunch and dinner, although a few stayed open. It was to be our place for the next couple of days as I recovered from my cold. The river on which Sarikei is situated appeared brown, and full of logs and branches - a clear sign of soil erosion due to some questionalble logging practices in the area. Sarikei is populated by many descendants of Chinese immigrants from the Fujian...

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Somewhere in Asia

Feb 16, 2006 - Kiching - Sibu - Kapit

Left on a Ferry with 2 mates. We went outo the sea for about halh an hour and saw many barges carrying logs and ather goods. The logging is sad but giving some wealth to the country - so??? The air con inside was again freezing so spent the time outside. I don't know why thewy think we will melt. A few other tourists to swap notes with. The rivers are wide and muddy. Very much like NZ rivers after a lot of rain. I was told by a local that they were clear and blue before all the logging. Seems a shame. We had 15 miutes to change onto a...

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Karen's Trip 2006

May 25, 2005 - Lalang

4 days living with a tribe in the jungle, what an experience! Borneo comprises a unique mix of cultures - indiginous tribes still make up a large percentage of the population. Around 40 different tribes are spread throughout the jungle, living traditional ways and beliefs. We managed to spend some time with one of the least developed of these, an Iban tribe well off the tourist trail. Ibans live in "longhouses" where many families live together under one roof, sharing communal areas as well as a great community spirit. In this house, 23...

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