January 20, 2013
I rode the express boat up the Rajang River from Sibu to Kapit, took a quick lunch of chicken and rice, and along with the driver, traveled up into the mountains for my stay in a traditional longhouse.
The scenery is lush but the longhouse was a bit “primitive” even for me, and it was pouring rain. So after a polite visit we drove back to Kapit (pop 14,000) to a small but clean hotel.
The next day we made a tour of the surrounding areas of town. Of course, the local market is always entertaining.
The driver mentioned that there are only two main roads here and neither of them goes to Sibu. The only connection is along the river.
After two days in Kapit, I traveled back to Sibu (pop 255,000) and my room, overlooking the river, in the new wing the four-star Kingwood Hotel.
I must admit that as I get a bit older, I am also seeking a bit more comfort in my travels.
Good thing they accept MasterCard here in Borneo!