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沙捞越巴贡水坝 Bakun Dam, Sarawak Native Market

Location : Bakun Dam, Belaga, Kapit Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.

It was probably the most memorable part of our trip. Thanks to Alis for organising 2 young guides Desmond and Carmen to lead us to the most controversial dam in Malaysia.

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Our guides Desmond and Carmen

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This was as far as we were allowed to go

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Metal overhead barricade torn down by thuggy logging company

We started off from Uma Bakah before 8.30am to make sure we could catch the action at the jetty where the twice weekly market (Wednesday & Saturday) would be held. The mountain were still covered with thick mist as we headed towards Bakun but by the time we arrived more than one hour later the sky cleared and the sun was burning hot, on the first day of the Chinese new year. Pretty rare. The carpark was already full and mostly double cabs were lining the sides of the inclined road leading down to the jetty. Hydroelectric Power dam, Empangan, backpackers, destination, Belaga, Bintulu, Borneo, Dayak, native, floating house, exotic fish, wildlife, tourist attraction, protected animals, 沙捞越巴贡水坝 Hydroelectric Power, Empangan, Belaga, Kapit, Malaysia, Dayak, native, traditional, local market, exotic fish, wildlife, jetty, wharf, tourist attraction, 沙捞越旅游景点

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Bakun Dam

Lots of fish lots of meat, wild wild meat! There were these bottles of greenish slushy stuff they called ‘budey’ which I suspected were undigested stuff from the deer’s intestines! Sounds yukky but the locals love it. If you cannot stomach it don’t come.

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Bottles of budey a local ‘delicacy’

But of course there were other stuff like local honey, machette, durians, vegetables, coffee and tea too.

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Durian season

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Parang for sale

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The coffee lady from Uma Bakah

Heard that the buyers came from as far as Sibu, Miri and Bintulu in search of exotic fish and wild game meat which I do not have to list them. Let the photos speak and view at your own risk! Law enforcement agencies on wildlife are going to frown a lot.

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With the Kayan floating house boss Mr Luhat

As I am writing, he is on the way to complete a resort on a little ‘island’ somewhere in the dam. When I met Luhat at the jetty with his guests, he told me he would be ready to take in more tourists soon. So guys, check out his page Belanum Bay Floating House after April.  Next….Murum dam.

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Azigo….have a beer

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