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Bau

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Bau is in Sarawak, Malaysia. Located only an hours drive out of the city of Kuching, Bau is a regional area and home to the decendants of the Bidayuh tribes. The people are extremely friendly and the place feels very safe. Its a big difference from the city of Kuching but much more rewarding with mountains to climb and rivers to swim in.

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Buses run every hour from Kuching's downtown or it takes an hour to drive.

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  • Serikin Market: A famous market along the border of Malaysia and Indonesia, it sees some rare oddities pass by in the shops. Small stalls along the street selling fruits, cloth, cheap goods and other soveniers.
  • Blue Lake: Originally a gold mine dug out by the British around the ninteen hundreds, since then the mine has filled with water to form an almost natural lake. With stunning beauty and a bright blue colour, the lakes history and view is not to be missed.
  • Bung Jagoi: A steep mountain where the original head hunters of the area lived. Now it can be climbed and travellers can experience the wild life, eating wild fruits with the guidance of the locals. As a part of the Homestay program tours are provided and the local plants and history of the mountain are explained on the journey to the top. It's hot work, but well worth it for the view at the end.

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There is a homestay program offered in a local village and helps to provide travellers with a real experience of what Malaysian life is like but also offers some amazing scenary and places to visit such as the Blue Lake, Fairy Caves, Bung Jagoi and the Serekin Market, famous for its location along the Malaysian and Indonesian border.

Home Stay Program Accomodation with the local homestay program is available [2]. The program provides accomodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and tourguides all in one. Activities and local knowledge of places are included and overall is a great experience.

  • Rabak Dahlia, Jalan Kampung Seropak, Bau, +60 17 2201784, [1]. Eco-cultural resort with individual bamboo chalets and a replica Bidayuh longhouse for groups. Meals can be provided or you can self cater. Dahlia can also organise cultural activities in nearby villages or outdoor adventures.  edit