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This image is from Kapit, a town in the central areas of Malaysian Borneo, and shows the view upstreams from the harbour. The town is still not connected to the road network, hence the river is the only way to get in and out (except for the not-so-busy airport). There are more than 20 daily departures and arrivals by express boats between Kapit and the nearest big city Sibu, which is further down the river.

The Rajang river is the longest in Malaysia and continues far into the remote parts of the jungle. Upstream there's only one departure daily, to a town called Belaga, given that the water level is high enough. From Belaga it's possible to connect by car to the coastal highway between Bintulu and Miri. I recommend this route as you get a glimpse into a part of Malaysia that is not much visited. Despite the lack of tourists, it's a very interesting region, being the home of the Iban tribes and countless traditional longhouses.

Kapit itself is a lively town. There's always something going on at the market and down by the harbour. I can't guarantee you will find decent quality hotels in there, but a place to sleep is a place to sleep. There are 12 motels ranging between RM 45-135 ($10-$30) in price.

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