The trip to Layun took us about 6 to 7 hours basically pass through oil palms plantation. From Miri we drove down the old highway pass Lambir and towards Bekenu junction into the road that will also bring us towards Logan Bunut. The road is basically tar sealed with the occasional pot holes which would wake you up if you happened to be sleeping at the time the car hits it. Then most of the way, you’ll be travelling on gravel roads which is a good massage on you whole body.

The first town that you will encounter is Bakong, a relax town where everybody know each other and would pass their time staring at other people. An accident happened when we were there and you can imagine the spectacle of on lookers around the incident where the only damage was a broken tail light cover and a small one at that.

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The next on the route is a small town call Lapok, there is a new part of Lapok built just below the old town but travelers along this route would prefer to stop at these old shops. The old Lapok looks like a cowboy town and you just be waiting for the horses to pass by.

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As you drive on, the road will start to get worst due to the rain that the rural places had been experiencing and muddy road which only a 4 x 4 vehicle could pass through but even that would not be able to pass through broken road that had been over-flowed by the river near by.

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You can imagine the people living in this area, how much difficulties they have to face just to get supply to their homes. By the way, the charges to Long Lama is about RM60.00 and sometime it is too expensive for the rural folks whom has no proper income to afford it and that is only half way for some of them. I remember someone told me that some of the people would have to walk 2 – 3 days just to get their monthly supply of daily essentials like sugar and salt.

Eventually, you will arrive at a ferry crossing which has an almost wash out landing that had been in use since forever. The ferry is like the type used in Miri way back in the mid eighties, if you remember the “Lady Nightingale”. The charges to get ferried across is about RM5.00, just to let you know, everything is money in this area. There is a sign in one of the education department which has a sign stating “Kawasan Hidup Susah”.

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Long Lama is a town that can also be accessed by river via Kuala Baram by boat express, i.e., Kuala Baram to Marudi then to Long Lama and the charges are about RM20.00 with a total cost of RM40.00 until Long Lama. We still have about another 2 hours before we reach our final destination.

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Finally arriving at our destination, we were given quarters to store our bags and where invited for tea break.

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The view from the quarters was very peaceful and I found out that they had to make do with what they can and to make the place as nice as they can so as to bear the harsh condition that they have endured in this desolated place. You can find fishes in the pond some caught from the river and it is getting to be crowded. I suggested that they could eat some of them at least they can have fresh fish in their menu.layun

This article is contributed by Miri Guy

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