Chinese New Year approaches
Trip Start Oct 19, 2006
55Trip End Apr 05, 2007
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Sunday we went to Kota Belud, a town north of KK. The trip was about an hour and a half by cramped minibus, but we made it pretty smoothly. It was a scenic trip, very green. We read in a tourist magazine that KB was having a big weekend celebration of the indigenous ethnic groups who live there - the Dusun, the Bajau, and the Murut people - would all wear their traditional costumes and that there would also be musical song and dance performances. Plus KB is supposed to have a great colorful market, and Sunday is the best day to see it. Perfect, right? Nope. In a frustrating follow-up to our missing the train, the costumes and performance and parade (!) were all on Saturday. Grr. We did find the market, and it was nice, but small (as suits a small town)
Here's a web site about KB, the people who were there, and the Tamu Besar we missed. Bajau is a really fun word to say, btw.
We were sad to see, when we got back to KK in the afternoon, that it seemed like there had been a really big street fair and market on our very own street while we were gone. Lots of Chinese new year traditional purchases and the regular selection of every non-food market we've seen: wallets, belts, sunglasses, watches. I don't really know how anyone makes a living selling those things here.
Even though we missed the morning activity, we did walk around the night market, and even saw some great fireworks on our last night in town.