Bario Kelabit is a Malaysian village located in the centre of the Kelabit Highlands in the northeast of Sarawak, very close to the international border with Indonesian Kalimantan, and 3280 feet above sea level. It is the main settlement in the Kelabit Highlands. There are regular flights between Bario Airport and Ba'kelalan, Marudi and Miri.
The Kelabit Highlands is tucked in northeastern of Sarawak and is very close to the international border between Kalimantan and Sarawak. Bario is on the Kelabit Highlands, 3280 feet above sea level. It is the unofficial capital of the Kelabit Highlands. All roads lead to Bario. Due to geographical barriers, this wonderful place is isolated from the rest of the world.
The Kelabits value ceramic jars, brass gongs and beads. These items are inherited from their ancestors. The beads are used to make beaded hats (peta baa' rawir) and necklaces that are worn by the Kelabit women especially on special occasion. Visitors can purchase some of these beads as souvenirs too.
A traditional musical instrument is the sapeh, a plucked lute. It is carved from a tree trunk in an elongated rectangular shape with a homogenous neck extending from one end of the body. Formerly, its three or four strings were made from finely split rattan, but today they are made of wire strings.
The Kelabit also play the pagang (tube zither), which is made from a length of bamboo tube closed at both ends by its natural bamboo nodes. The strings are finely cut strips from the surface of the tube, which are still attached at either end.
On special occasion such as Iraus or during visits by important people, the school children will form a bamboo band where all the musical instruments that are played are made from bamboo.
There are homestays in the village where board and meals are included in the price.