Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Paradise lost

I have just completed uploading photos from my trek to a dam and some waterfalls at the end of 2009. It's where I went to when I posted the previous two "trekking on muddy trails" posts (click on the label "Trekking near Bengoh dam" above to see the other posts). I went with a big group of trekkers and we visited the site of the Bengoh dam, a village named Kampung Bojong and some very beautiful waterfalls. We walked a total of 18 km that day and it was well worth it.

I have over 100 photos taken during this trek, please visit my Flickr photoset (click here) to view the photos. I will let the pictures do the talking...

Here are a handful of photos, for many more do visit my Flickr photoset.

The infamous Bengoh dam in Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Suspended bamboo bridge or tiboyan in the Bidayuh language.

The last of a generation... An elderly Bidayuh matriarch still wearing copper bangles on the arms as well as her shins. Only in such remote villagers can we still see this. She was extremely friendly and posed for pictures too. She is carrying some thatch material made of palm leaves. The Bidayuh villagers we met were very friendly and they were very generous with smiles too.

A beautiful waterfall... how do you say goodbye to a beautiful place like this?

Another one of many waterfalls here. There's so much eco tourism potential here that unfortunately may never be tapped. Not only the natural beauty of the surroundings here but the countless lives that will be disrupted, entire peoples displaced and resettled, cultures and traditions, everything will never be the same again.

This is truly paradise. One that sadly will be lost forever.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The dam will dry all that up? That's very sad.

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