Lying at an altitude of about 3,500 feet above sea level in the north-eastern corner of Sarawak is the famous Bario Highland, a Kelabit territory, one of the minority Orang Ulu tribes of Sarawak. Bario means 'Wind' in Kelabit language. (the correct pronunciation is 'Bariew'). It is affectionately known as the 'land of a hundred handshakes' as this is how friendly locals will greet you as you wander around the community. Bario proper is the gateway to the Kelabit Highlands, thanks to its airport and a small network of roads leading to some of the nearby villages. About thirteen villages are located in & around Bario area, and Kampung Bario Asal is the first. This is a must-visit longhouse where one can see the ancient timbers of the unique kitchen darkened by the constant smoke of generations of cooking fires. Most of the area's accommodation is found in and around Bario, and it is the main starting point for treks throughout the area. One can go kayaking or immerse in the historical tales of the monoliths that dot the area. The place has incredible organic food such as the famous Bario rice and pineapple. One of their annual events is the internationally known Bario Food Festival also known as 'Pesta Nukenen', held in July each year. For the adventurous; Bario is either the starting or the ending of the arduous 5/4N Bario-Ba'kelalan jungle trekking adventure.
Bario Airport is an airport located in the interior of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. The runaway is small size, especially for MASwings Twin Otter passenger aircraft.
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Bario is the perfect place to visit all year around. The tropical climate makes it possible to travel to Bario from January to December
1. Trekking and Bird Watching in Bario - The best thing one can do is trekking in Bario as there are so many beautiful treks available here. There are simple and basic treks to advance treks depending on the level you require. The beauty about trekking in Bario is that the weather is so cooling, you most likely won't break a sweat while trekking. Some treks are short and simple, but the rewards at the end of the trek are pretty nice. Besides, you may also enjoy bird watching while tracking in Bario, one of the lesser-known bird watching places in Malaysia. But for those who plan to do some bird watching in Bario, you are in luck as there are quite some montane birds to be spotted all over this place. A simple walk around Bario would easily net you 10 to 20 birds, and when you go for bird watching treks, you will see much more. Even the famous Dulit Frogmouth was once spotted just out of Bario. There is a couple of bird watching guides in Bario, and one of them is Scott Apoi from Nigmat Ayu Homestay.
2. Visit a Kelabit Longhouse in Bario - There are a few traditional longhouses found in the Bario areas, and some of them are still in the original statuses. Since 2016, some of the traditional Kelabit longhouses have started charging a small fee, around RM 3.00 to RM 5.00 per person to visit the longhouse. One of the most popular longhouses is no other than Bario Asal Long House.
3. Bario Salt Factory - It is more of a local homegrown centre where local families take turns to process and produce the famous Bario Salt. You need to trek in for about 10 to 15 minutes before you arrive at a shed where the salt is processed and made. A guide is required to bring you here, and you can see how the Bario Salt is made, and you can also purchase it directly from those making it there. If it rains, the trek can be quite muddy, so take note on this. Also, if you are headed to Bakelalan, don't forget to visit their salt factory.