|Sarawak trip: The Bario Highlands|
Part 4 Bario
After a very pleasant stay in Ba' Kelalan we had to move on, to Bario, the center of the Kelabit Highlands.
It is a three-day trek, but takes only 10 minutes by flight!
We all had confirmed tickets (booked through the Internet), but we did not realise that "Ba' Kelalan Airport" does not have computers!
So we did not reconfirm on arrival and the airport staff had already issued tickets to locals.
Lucky for us, they decided that we had priority, but it was a bit sad to see that several locals were at the airstrip, ready to go, and had to wait until the next flight. And that would have been 5 (!) days later, as there are only two flights weekly to Bario. Hopefully FAX managed to put in an extra flight.
Bario is more spread out than Ba' Kelalan, which is the more romantic one of the two locations. But Bario has a lot more trekking possibilities (which we did not explore)
We received a friendly welcome in the Bariew Lodge, run by Reddish and his wife.
After lunch we visited the oldest longhouse of Bario, Bario Asal. Not a good idea to do this with a big group, so after a while I decided to walk back to the lodge through the famous Bario rice fields. Flowers, insects, birds, there was enough to see and admire.
The next day we walked to Pa Lungan, another Garden of Eden and so beautiful that it deserves its own page. See the next episode.
We stayed there overnight, and when we came back in our lodge the bad news was that there was no running water.
But no problem, we went to the river and took our bath there...:-)
A tropical downpour caught us on the way back, so those in the back of the 4WD even had an extra shower.
Leaving Bario the next day, we did not take any chances and booked already early in the morning.
Some group members flew direct to Miri, a small group continued the tour to Marudi.
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