First of all, sorry for the delays of the my Mulu Travelogue. In fact, the travelogue does need to have enough “wind” in order to write a long winded post. So by looking back at the previous post on top, I’ve covered how to get there and the most adventure ever , Moonmilk Cave.
Coming up this post, I’ll be covering the Penan Settlement in Mulu.
So what is Penan? Basically, they are the nomadic aboriginal people who lives in Sarawak. To know it more, Mr. Wiki tells you more. To be simple, before you and I landed in Sarawak, they’ve already exist. Correct me if I’m wrong.
On Day 2, the tour begins at 9am. We were asked to gathered at the Jetty.
Somehow, due to the adventures we’ve taken yesterday, we lodge a complain at the information counter to ensure there’s no other group of tourist who encounter the same problem like us. Also, we have to tripple comfirm that for the entire tour, there’s gonna be a “tour guide” accompany since we’ve paid that in our package.
Are you ready? Yup, Alex and I were ready to conquer the World Heritage!
Here you go, the total of 12 of us. Wheeee! Everyone looks so energetic ya?
So we gathered at Jetty, the tour guide will guide us which boat to take, and put on the life jacket.
6 person in a boat ! Everyone seems so happy.. some of them were taking this kind of long boat for the very first time.
Alex and I getting on boat. We’re going for a Football fight! Hehe.. Germany vs Brazil.
And definitely you can see the excitement on my face.
I tried touching the water and splash in on my face, its so cold and fresh! No pollution eh? Sure?
This is the river that we are crossing.
It takes around 10 minutes for us to reach the Penan Settlement.
Some of the area that we were crossing were quite shallow so the boat driver will try to avoid some rocks. They are skillful enough to protect our safety.
Happy. Happy. Happy.
Why was I so happy at that time? Maybe its due to I didn’t had a holiday or short break for a long time. So taking this great opportunity, back to the mother nature, I think it does helps to regulate my mood and hormones. :p
The first long boat arrive earlier than us, and waving to our arrival. Hehehe….
The penan settlement will be the 1st stop for every tourist and I think it’s worth for you to get closer with them. You will get to know more their histories, way of living and of course giving them a little support.
Leon & Alex.
The houses behind are belongs to the Penan’s. They live by the river, everything settle by the river.
Breathtaking views but that was their Long House which were burnt few months back.
The longhouse are the place where the Penan stay, which consist of few living quarters for each family and they have one common halls for everyone. Too bad, it’s burnt and hopefully it will be built up soon.
So this is the Penan Folks who are mostly Christian here. Their common identical looks, the long ear’s tribe.
Meanwhile, this old lady is performing some kind of music by blowing a flute. To be exact, a bamboo flute. But that’s not her main business, she’s actually selling handicraft. By making the music, people would get attracted to her and visit her stalls. What a good marketing gimmick!
Every stall are selling almost the same thing, Handicraft.
Mostly made of beads or “manik” and thread into key chain or necklace.
So talking of support, you could just get some souvenirs from them and bring back home. Still, try not to bargain a too hard, that’s their hard work and performance.
These key-chain will only cost you 3 for RM10. If you are willing to pay more, they are even happy =) Com’n show them your support and don’t buy at the gift shops.
The tourism board did put on some information board about the Penan Settlement. So to know more about their true story, drop by here during your trip and tapao some souvenirs!