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Notes on the Geography of Malaysia: Santubong

Santubong on the coast is an hour's drive north or down-river from Kuching. Any idea what to expect?

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The Santubong River, a distributary of the Sarawak, breasts its way past Suntubong Mountain, to whose far slope we're headed.

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There's a fishing village here called Santubong.

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A boat heads out to sea.

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The harbor.

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The village accommodates the tide.

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Some houses have lots of elbow room.

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A cemetery is put on terra firma.

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A green thumb.

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The village's commercial center.

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Interior of the store.

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Clinic.

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A mile down the road, the sandy beachfront belongs to someone with money.

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Don't want the hassles of a beach-front home? No problemo.

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Targeting locals, not.

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What have we here?

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You'd be forgiven for guessing a gated community, but it's just a hotel, with security.

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So here you have it, the tropical beach of international tourist brochures. Could be anywhere and for practical purposes is no longer on the same planet as Santubong.


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