|Sarawak trip: Iban Longhouses|
Part 6: Marudi & Iban longhouses.
The Twin Otter flight from Bario to Miri took us first to Marudi, a small cowboy town on the banks of the mighty Batang Baram river.
Here six of us started the second leg of our trip, while the rest flew back to Miri and from there to KL.
Marudi is now less isolated than in earlier days, because it is possible to go to Miri overland, by 4WD.
But most of the transport takes place with longboats over the Baram river.
We stayed in the Victoria hotel, with a nice view of the jetty, always busy.
This was our first 'town' after Lawas, with a Chinese temple, a wet market, and more of those modern commodities..:-)
The next day we visited several Iban longhouses, guided by Thomas, a friend of Neal who had organised the trip.
These longhouses are generally quite modern constructions, with electricity, fans and fridges. Several of the newer ones, near Marudi, have road access
But the structure is still traditional, with a number of apartments ('doors') which share a common verandah
In one of them, Sepetang, we stayed overnight.
Of course there was tuak!
Back in Marudi, before leaving for Loagan Bunut NP, we had a farewell meal with more tuak. Nice brew!
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