Location : Lawas Town, Limbang Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Up and coming little Lawas town may not be very exciting in itself but it is the doorway to the highlands of Ba‘Kelalan, Semadoh or even Merarap mud volcanoes and to the interesting coastal fishing villages of Punang and Awat Awat. Not forgetting Jalan Lawas Damit with the craft centres of Tang Itong and Long Tuma and the nearby eco lodge of Penawan waterfalls.
If you have an hour or so in Lawas to while away you might as well take the boat ride to the opposite side of the Lawas River. Nothing extraordinary. Just a tiny Malay village right opposite and to the right is a resettlement of some Lun Bawang families.
We deicided to do try the loop starting from the left side of the opposite bank. Walked about 1.5km before turning right to the Lun Bawang village. Continued surveying the village for another 700m before catching a boat which happened to pass by to return to point A.
The Malay village was a little busier than the Lun Bawang’s with quite a variety of plants, flowers and especially fruit trees like engkala and rambai. Along the long straight road there was nothing much to see except for some isolated houses.
As we turned right to the Lun Bawang resettlement we did not see a single soul. All was quiet. Even the dogs could not be bothered by our visit. The place looked very clean and very well maintained.
We walked to the very end before spotting a boat passing by. Yelled and waved at him to come pick us from the river bank. He offered us a tour right up to the estuary of river but turned it down as I did not think there was much to offer. Got ourselves ready for Joseph our guide to bring us to Penawan Waterfalls, our second visit.
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