03 Sep - 06 Sep 2009 Miri

Malaysian Borneo
Sarawak aka Land of the Hornbills
Small but adeaquate double room, with air-con and breakfast, for MYR 50.- or US$ 14.20 per night, free wifi; Borneo Laundry Service downstairs: MYR 5.- per 8-kg load.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Minda Guest House in Miri, which we would recommend, and for directions:

Exploring the coastal town Miri, the second largest city in Sarawak, (i) her atmospheric old centre, a narrow warren of streets crammed with tiny shops selling a huge variety of goods, from Chinese funeral supplies (e.g. joss paper) to hi-tech consumer electronics (e.g. ripoff brands like "Philibs” and “Naiwa” and “Sunny”), (ii) the bustling Tamu Muhibbah, an exotic open market where local Orang Ulu tribes (mostly Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Penans and Lun Bawang) sell their jungle fruits, fresh vegetables (e.g. round yellow eggplants aka terung iban, water spinach aka kang kong, superhot red chilli peppers aka chilli padi) and hill-planted rice in various shapes and colours, and (iii) the Chinese Tua Pek Kong Temple near Miri's fish market.

Being kicked out by an angry, superstitious Chinese money changer who screamed blue murder ("Choi, choi, choi!") after we had asked him, just kidding, to change a One-Hundred-Billion-Dollar banknote of hell money, issued by The Hell Bank Corporation and portraying the Jade Emperor, into Malaysian ringgit.

Matt: Visiting the new yacht marina and meeting fellow yotties Ellen & Jits (SY “Silent Wish”) from the Netherlands.

Taking a local bus no. 1A (MYR 4.- per person) from Miri to the Kuala Baram Express Wharf and thereafter the Sing Hing express boat (MYR 20.- per person) on the meandering Batang Baram upriver to the small and friendly riverine town Marudi, the cultural heart of Sarawak's highland tribes folk, collectively called Orang Ulu.

Facing Borneo
© Konni & Matt

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