Kuching off-road, exploring the Fairy cave and enjoying a Bidayuh meal amongst others amazing things !

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

We booked the Bau History Tourwith James during our holiday in Kuching and we learnt a lot about the history of this region. James has a deep knowledge of the area and knows a lot about caving : that was really interesting !

It was a full day tour during which we visited Bau and a “bird nest factory”. Bau has been a gold mining town since 1840. In 1857, there was a lot of fights between the Chinese miners and the first Rajah, James Brooke, resulting in a violent massacre. The dead bodies were left to rot in the river because there were too many to bury. The decomposing bodies produced a bad smell, which is said to have given the town its current name. In Malay, Bau means “smelly” 🙂 Don’t be scared, the town is not smelly anymore and it is actually quite nice ! On our way to the village…

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