Rivers in Kuching

Imagine yourself sailing through history of the Brooke Era chatting away on the unique insight of the riverine life of Kuching, passing by “tambangs” ~ small house like boats used for ferrying locals across the river from the Malay Kampongs built on stilts with a full view of the Astana, Fort Margherita. Cruising to present day by Satok Bridge, not to miss the Parliament House a unique building resembling the Melanau tribe hat. Cruising along the Malay Village with their daily chores, gives you the ever changing living scenery of the history and lifestyles of Kuching.

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Rivers in Miri

Miri River splits the peninsula and mainland Miri, flowing out to sea from inland, curving at Lutong Town. The Piasau Bridge and Miri River Bridge crosses over the Miri River into the Piasau Nature Reserve. Back in the 60s until the 80s, ports were located along the river, from Miri old town and Krokop reaching to the point just before Piasau Bridge. Post year 2000, the river mouth relocated to make way for the Miri Marina.

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Rivers in Kapit

1880 during the reign of Rajah Charles Brooke, “Fort Kapit” was built to prevent the Iban from migrating up-river and attacking Orang Ulu settlements. The fort was settled by Hokkien Chinese as labourers, additional Hakka Chinese immigrants arrived in 1906 as farmers, and Fuzhou Chinese in 1919. In 1925, “Fort Kapit” was renamed as Fort Sylvia. January 28th, 1934, Kapit experienced the most severe flood in history with water level as high as 162 feet (49 m). Kapit is located 140 km upriver from Sibu along the Rajang River.

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