Jungles, temples and local history
The weekend markets in the jungle village of Serikin Indonesia attract a lot of domestic tourists. It’s a stretch of stalls about 400m long, selling all sorts of stuff – produce, household goods, handbags, clothes and various tables of bush medicine with oils made from lizards (to resolve skin and nail problems), special muscle lotions from Papua New Guinea that create a heat that can be felt even through denim and tiny vials of tooth whitener (who knows what’s in it).
Afterwards we went to the Fairy Cave, which is absolutely massive and not unlike something from Indiana Jones. We stopped for lunch in the historic town of Bau, with its ‘blue’ lake, a throwback from the days of the Chinese goldminers. And then on to Siniawan, where dark wooden buildings and red Chinese lanterns give it a very special feel.
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