Kuching to Sibu

Kuching to Sibu



January 18, 2013 

 “A flying coffin.” The editor of my guidebook takes macabre delight in using that expression from time to time.

 Undaunted, I spend most of the five hour ride from Kuching to Sibu on the outer deck of the small ferry boat. 

Down the Sarawak River - some colorful spots.  East across the South China Sea … well … it’s The Sea.  Up the brown-yellow Rajang River – the shorelines are mostly jungle green.  

The cloud formations … that’s what caught my eye. 


The Sarawak River is an important source of water and transportation for the inhabitants in southwestern Sarawak. It is also used in water-related sport activities such as the annual Sarawak Regatta which attract tourists from all over the world. (120km – 75 miles)

The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean encompassing an area from Singapore to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometers (1,400,000 sq mi). The area's importance largely results from one-third of the world's shipping transiting through its waters, and that it is believed to hold huge oil and gas reserves beneath its seabed.

The Rajang River (Malay: Sungai Rajang orBatang Rajang) is located in northwest of Borneo and originates in the mountains in the south. The river flows approximately 563 km (350 mi) into Kapit, and then to the South China Sea, making it the longest river in Malaysia.

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