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.
Bauh means new in the local language of Bidayuh Bau and thus Bau in this context refers to the 'new town' created for Chinese settlers who migrated here long ago to mine for gold and also to neighbouring Siniawan. The surrounding villages are still very much Bidayuh though and while generally proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia, Buidayuh Bau is their native language and the most common around Bau. Borneo Dictionary is a good source to pick up a few words and phrases in the language.
Buses run every hour from Kuching's downtown or it takes an hour to drive.
Food court style kopitiams serving affordable local dishes and drinks can be found in Bau town. Most villages will also have a couple of home based places that sell meals and snacks.
Siniawan Night Market
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5pm till 11pm this one street town of historic wooden Chinese shop houses comes alive with outdoor seating, street food and red lanterns. Set against the upper reaches of the Sarawak River and with its own temple the town makes for an excellent finish to any day spent exploring the Bau region.
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 . 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.