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

This was one unforgettable trip into the interior of Sarawak for fish and not just any fresh water fish but the most expensive in Sarawak and perhaps Malaysia too. This king of all fishes is none other than the ‘Empurau’ fish.

For the sake of an old friend Ms Siaw Ling who requested me to organize a trip for her family of 3, we made the much dreaded 14 hour drive from Kuching to Sungai Asap Resettlement to pass the night before continuing the following day. Poor Ester our host’s daughter had to stay up late so we could have supper upon arrival. Bakun Hydroelectric Power Dam, backpackers, destination, fishing trip, Belaga, Kapit, Malaysia, Sungai Asap, native, Orang Ulu, Tourism, Cross Border, 穿越婆罗洲游踪, 砂拉越布拉甲, 加帛马来西亚,We had breakfast the next day at BRS town centre and even found time to shop for native souvenirs at the only craft shop there.

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Belawing tower (Dayak Kenyah) at Uma Baha Sungai Asap
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Souvenir hunting

We continued our journey towards Bakun dam (Click here for our post on Bakum Dam Market) and after an hour we were greeted with a huge spray coming from the spillway. Such luck!.

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Watching the release of the spillway

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The best spot to view the spillway. Seemed like this deserted spot was where a cafeteria once stood

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Taking the 20min boat ride to Mebong island lodge

The 20min or so ride in his speed boat brought us to a tiny little island chalet. Hydroelectric Power dam, Embankment Dam, empangan, Mebong Cove Villa, backpackers, destination, Balui river, exotic fish, fishing trip, Kapit, tourist attraction, Trans Borneo, 婆罗洲游踪, 砂拉越峇贡水坝, 加帛马来西亚,

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Arriving little “island” chalet
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Waiting for the boat to fishing

Checked in and off we went touring in Luhat’s boat. Our friend Sia wasted no time casting his rod for some easy catch but only ikan baung or mystus. Sia had a total of 6 before deciding he had enough fun.

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Sia’s first bite at Bakun

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Floating house at the picnic spot
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Mr Ho the owner of the boathouse

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This clear water river flows into the dam.
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Soaking and chatting
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Luhat the chef
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Dinner

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