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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.


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.

Get in[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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.
  • Fairy Cave: Big limestone cave on top of a mountain with great views.
  • Wind Cave: Interconnected caves with a cool breeze and plenty of bats and swiftlets. Next to a river which is a popular local swimming and picnic spot.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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