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Rajang River

  • Rajang River, Sarawak, Malaysia
On Sungai Rejang
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The Batang Rejang, also known as Rajang River, is the longest river in Malaysia. Originating from Iran Mountains, it flows 563km down to the South China Sea making it an important water supply to indigenous people living nearby the River.
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Wikipedia - Rajang River

Rajang River, Sibu
The Rajang River, as seen in Sibu. Sibu is the main port of the river.

The Rajang River or known as Sungai Rajang is a river in Sarawak, Malaysia. The river is located in northwest of Borneo and it originates in the Iran Mountains. The river flows approximately 563 km to the South China Sea, making it the longest river in Malaysia. The upper part of Rajang River is also known as Batang Balui by the Orang Ulu. Some of the more important tributaries are the Katibas River, the Balleh River, the Bangkit River and the Kanowit River. Malaysia's largest and tallest (160m) hydro electric project, Bakun Hydro Electric Dam Project, is located on Batang Balui narrow Bakun Fall.
The biggest town on the river is Sibu, some 60 kilometers upriver from the mouth of the Rajang. The next major settlement upriver is Kanowit built on the mouth of Kanowit River at the bank of Rajang River, approximately 174 kilometers from the coast of South China Sea and about an hour boat ride from Sibu, followed by Kapit as the last major town on the river. Others smaller towns are Song and Belaga.

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Wikitravel - Rejang River

The Rejang River is of course the region's main highway, linking the entire hinterland with the main gateway Sibu. Travelling by boat up the Rejang River is one of Sarawak's main attractions and this is one of the best ways to get a taste of the state's interesting hinterland.
Regular express boats leave Sibu upriver to Kapit, often stopping in towns along the way like Song and Kanowit. The journey takes between two-and-a-half to three-an-a-half hours depending on the number of stops. See Sibu page on where to take ferry.
From Kapit, one express boat leaves at around 9am for Belaga. Express boats are used only if there is enough water in the river. Otherwise, smaller boats are used. The journey, which passes through the Pelagus Rapids, may take up to four hours.
To go further upriver beyond Belaga, such as to the Bakun area, travellers may have to hire their own boats.

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