Bau was once a prosperous gold mining town. In fact, in the 1800s, the Hakka community who first settled here from China was into the gold mining industry. To this day, the descendants of the first Hakka settlers remain in this town. They now operate the local shops since the gold mine has long been depleted.

The blue lake (tasik biru) that was once the mining ground, is now a beautiful lake. The authority has put up a sign to warn the public of the arsenic contained lake water – nice to look but dangerous to touch!!


No gold but life goes on in this small little town.



The famous temple cum roundabout.


My friend, Sharod from Denver, made a new friend at the local craft shop.