Belaga District is one of the most remote and largest areas in Sarawak with an area of 19,403.27 square kilometers, where the huge Bakun Hydro Project (BHP) is located. BHP is expected to provide cheap electric power to the country and even be proposed to export to neighboring countries such as Brunei, Indonesia and even Thailand. The Belaga region is part of the Sarawak Renewable Energy Corridor (SCORE), with an area of 70,000 square kilometers.
Belaga beauty lies in her seclusion. It is outside the well-beaten tourist trip and access to Belaga, also known as Heart of Borneo, due to the animals and plants present there, was somewhat limited to this day. Here lies Belaga's greatest asset: it is polluted and its charm is still not desirable by the tourism industry.
The most spectacular sights of Belaga as in Usun Apau are found in its inner nature where nature is at its best glorious, and still not disturbed by any tourist activity. Access to these parts is either by road, road registration, air or river. Here, the mountains covered in green colors dominate the horizon. Sometimes a waterfall flows down a transparent slope, captures sunlight in the process and forms a rainbow. Underneath it, rivers move everywhere at lightning speed, forming slopes as they weave across rocks.
As the largest region in Sarawak and located in the center of remote Sarawak, Pelaga includes among its richest areas some of the richest forests in the world, and it is one of the most important archaeological finds in Malaysia and some of the most exciting landscapes in the world. In fact, it will be difficult to find another region in the world that has a lot of diversity in nature, people and culture in one elegant package.
The largest man-made lake in Borneo
The Pelaga region is also the largest catchment area in Southeast Asia when the Bakun Hydro Dam project is completed sometime in 2011, which provides 2,400 MW of electrical energy. The manmade lake will extend to the top of the Baloy River, the Murum River, the Linau River, and many medium-sized rivers and streams that will make up a lake larger than Singapore Island. Directly outside the artificial lake, visitors can see the beautiful low-lying mixed dipitrocarp forest, with trees hanging over the rivers. River transportation is the main means of communication here. The rivers flow quickly, and during periods of drought, the water level is completely reduced and visitors can enjoy beautiful scenic landscapes.
In addition to the wealth Pelagha derives from her land, her people are the richest possessors. Its numerous ethnic groups unite more than 15 in total and this is the only official figure, to give Pelaga a unique character. The result is a colorful soup bowl of culture, heritage and traditions.
the original people
Nearly 100% of the neighborhood's residents are ethnic Orange Oulu (Orange Oulu means internal people) that consist of Kenyan, Kyan, Benan, Bunan, Kijaman, Lahanan, Sekaban, Tanjung, Ukit, Siping, Lesom and Sihan. Other bumiputera minorities are Iban, Malaysian and non-Chinese bumiputera, which make up a total population of about 30,000 people.
Orange Oulu, which consists of many tribes in Pelaga, has the hottest costumes. In most of Belaga's long houses, you'll find jewelery and accessories, which are inherited from her grandchildren, which are proudly displayed and protected with zeal by their owners. The skill of bead decoration, which is passed down from generation to generation, has resulted in a variety of colors and designs in its letter. The important role that cow horns play in everyday life of Orange Oulu also comes to life in Orange Oulu's most popular dances. Dancers hang around groups of trumpet feathers in their hands and mimic birds as they escape, capsize and escalate. Agile and flowing movements.
Accompanying music is provided by Sape, one of Borneo's most popular musical instruments. A four-stringed musical instrument, which produces a rich and sensitive tone. It is made and carved from one tree trunk. Traditionally, they are made of four strings of split rutan. Today, steel wire is used. Fashion is again setting. The rich décor of Orang Ulu brings a colorful dimension to dance.
The small town of Belaga is located at the meeting point of Belaga River and Balui River. About 37 km beyond and above the Paloy River is the Bakun Hydro Dam. Bakun Hydro Dam is located at the junction of Bintulu-Bakun Highway and Sibu-Kapit-Belaga-Bakun Highway along the Rejang River, the longest river in Malaysia. This location gives Belaga an advantage as a very strategic point as an ecotourism center in the heart of Borneo.
Easy access and an efficient transportation network are a key component of a successful destination. Belaga has fairly good access from neighboring countries like Brunei and Kalimantan Borneo. While it's nice to have a ready market at hand, regional cross-border traffic has its limitations because of its nature and size.
Reaching Sarawak is also a fairly good component of the system that has a major impact on Pelaga as a destination. One of the factors that contribute to travel patterns is locating and linking one destination to another. Sarawak is divided by the South China Sea from the peninsula of Malaysia hundreds of miles away. Pelaga is in the heart of Borneo so to speak, isolated in the heart of Borneo. Travelers who go to Kuala Lumpur can disperse to destinations within the peninsula of Malaysia via a direct flight to Bintulu via Kuching; travelers who land in Singapore can go to Pelaga via a direct flight from Singapore via Kuching and the tourist to Bangkok can go to Pelaga using a direct flight through Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Kuching. Tourists from Kota Kinabalu can come to Belaga by direct flight to Miri or Bandar Sri Begawan, then they can use ground transportation to Belaga or Bakun.
Local air arrival is another important factor for the destination. Pelaga has enjoyed its airport since the colonial era, a few kilometers down the river of the small town of Pelaga. The frequency of access to domestic air services is somewhat weak. Most of the arrivals to Pelaga are by road and road, although there is an alternative route by air.
Within the domestic market, tourism in Pelaga is still in its infancy which is growing steadily and strongly with an opportunity to lay the groundwork for planning and developing a sustainable industry. Borneo's heart is free of spoils of tourist bulldozers and can learn from the mistakes of other regions or states in Malaysia. Feel free to contact us at http://belagahomestaysarawak.com