Borneo Field Trip Diaries
Rivers of Sarawak
(Sungai di Sarawak)
by Michael Lo
of Sarawak, Malaysia
From his website: http://www.ibanorum.netfirms.com
In the past, rivers were the only way to access the interior of Sarawak, so most of the
towns and villages were built beside rivers. In the upper parts of the rivers most of the
native people are of the Dayak tribe. In the lower parts the majority are Malay. Chinese
live in the towns.
Some rivers in Sarawak are infested with man-eating crocodiles, especially in brackish
water. That's why I seldom go fish collecting in brackish water....too dangerous!
The most famous "crocodile river" is called Batang Lupar, in the Seri Aman
division. It is famous because a lot of men and children have become victims of the hungry
croc. Besides crocodiles, freshwater dolphins are also found in the rivers of Sarawak
Here are some pictures of rivers that I have taken during my fish collection trips:
NOTE: Sungai = River)
The upper Sungai Sarawak in Bau area
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Batang Kayan, (Lundu area). The green arowana is found here!
A small river near Sematan,the most western part of Sarawak
River cruising in Sungai Sarawak near Kuching City
Sungai Bako, the only route to beautiful Bako National
Park. If you want to see real crocodiles, go to the upper part of Sungai Bako.
Sungai Rejang, the longest river in Malaysia. It used to be
a clean river but after logging activity began in the upper part of the river, the colour
of the water turned brown!
An underground river (flooded cave) near Tebedu
Ferry service at Sungai Rambungan. After July 1st 2004, all
vehicles using ferry services in Sarawak State had to pay a toll. Before this they
were free of charge.
The famous crocodile "king" called "bujang
senang" attacked and killed a lot of villagers living near the Batang Lupar River,
Seri Aman. The story of this giant croc. became a legend.....
Upper Sungai Sambas, Kalimantan
Upper Batang Kayan. The water level is very low during the dry
Upper Batang Kayan
Upper Sungai Sarawak
Sungai Peduan, of Bau. A beautiful place!