“Ulu Padas is one of the richest plant diversity sites in Borneo, and
it is especially known for its abundance of orchids, rhododendrons and
pitcher plants. Ulu Padas is also the home to the Lundayeh people…”
A brochure wrote!

I came to know about Long Pasia from my brother Chyau, who is going to
visit this place by end of July and asks us to join. Unfortunately we
have arranged an appointment in Bangkok in mid July. I was a little
disappointed for not being able to participate on this trip. Later,
his friend Colleen made the trip possible for us.

Without learning more about Long Pasia and Lundayeh people, my first
instint says, “this is a chance which I shouldn’t miss. It has proven
100% correct! They are some places I would like to go back after my
first visit. Long Pasia is certainly one of them.

Thanks Colleen for helping us to organise the trip. On Thursday 6 July
2006, we finally arrived to our destinated homestay in Long Pasia
after a long road journey. We were hosted by Noor Dawa – papa on the
rock. His house is a raised wooden house with a large balcony. Its
structure is simple but spacial and extremely clean. There are touches
of design elements, things are properly in place and looks very well
organised.

Just after we settled in, our driver Richard told us that no one is
cooking dinner, as Noor’s wife is out of town. So, I volunteered
cooking simple vegetarian dishes for ourselves plus the host – Noor
Dawa. Noor had done the rice. With help from Alex, within half an hour
dinner was ready, and Richard made a very nice ‘Lundayeh mushroom
soup’ for us. Sometime if you want to know which dish is the best?
Answer can be found from only watching Alex eats. This time, Alex
finished the soup!!!

After dinner, a short chit chat, and we all went to bed, preserving
energy for trekking the next day… Till then, I didn’t really know
who we were staying with! Lundayeh tribe were once fiece head hunters.
Thanks God the headhunters’ time has long gone and today they are
mainly a Christian community.

To date, in my opinion, Long Pasia is still very well preserved and
remain untouched as her most natural stage. There is no electricity
supplies from the government at the moment. Some households use solar
systems (free supply from the government) and other rely on
generators. Misty morning air came from the nearly untouch forest…

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