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Exploring Kipat, Sarawak, Malaysia

By on April 18, 2014 in General

The boat trip from Sibu to Kipat takes 3 hours and costs RM30 (VIP) one way.

Kipat is a small, but surprisingly busy, town. In fact it was packed!

P1130587Welcome to Kipat… The landing stage at Kipat

IMG 6687Town map – not a lot to the place…

IMG 6688Kipat Lily Pond

Due to an early start I hadn’t had breakfast in Sibu, so decided to visit the Famous Bakery in Kipat, and discovered the delight of donuts on sticks.

IMG 6690Donuts on sticks

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One thing that surprised me was just how busy the town was, there were cars and people everywhere.

P1130493Traffic jam in Kipat

The town also had a great day market (I bet they have a good night market as well!), which was selling the usual range of goods – meat, fish, vegetables, snacks and things.

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P1130504More chillies

P1130508Local handicraft

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P1130516Stall holder keeping the flies off the fish

P1130517I have no idea what the person was doing with this blow torch/flame thrower – cooking something?

One thing they did seem to be selling in the market, which I have not seen before, is what I would call ‘bush meat’, that is, wild animals.

P1130523I saw this creature for sale on one of the stalls – no idea what it is (or was)

P1130526Same creature as above, but on a different stall

P1130525Is that snake?

Confusingly, on the same stalls that were selling the meat there were these…

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No market in Malaysia would be complete without a snack section…

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Besides the local market the town was also packed with shops…

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P1130547And now I know where to buy my fishing nets…

The town also has a fort, Fort Sylvia, which wasn’t open and about which I could find no information.

P1130558Fort Sylvia, Kipat

The river front was fairly busy.

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Including some ‘goods boats’ which I had previously seen being loaded up in Sibu.

P1130564Shipping goods up the river

The river isn’t only a means of transport, it also provides a lot of food.

P1130571Eel traps

P1130622Fishing on the river

P1130589Looking upstream from Kipat

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