Sarikei 2004 - Rejang River view 2
If you combined Rejang River view 1 & 2, that's the view you would get when you travel towards Bintagor & Sibu along the river. You would enjoy salty river breezes (the best things in life are free) while your express boat cut through the muddy river. You would pass by village houses amongst the nipah plams and mangrove trees. The captain would skilfully avoid the huge floating logs from the lumberjacks while fishermen in sampan (small boats) held on for dear life from the wake of your express boat. The ticket conductor would struggle to stablise himself (in the moving boat) along the corridor between the benches & luggages to sell tickets. The kids would love the waves from passing boats as your boat went through a Disney ride. Most unforgettable would be the occasional whiff of Axe brand medicated oil from people who could even get motion sickness in a river ride.
In the 70's, Sarikei-Bintagor express boat trip (o.5hr) cost RM$4 while Sibu was RM$8 (1.5hr). With new & better roads cutting through virgin forests, the Sarikei-Bintagor-Sibu express boats dwindled in business in the 90's despite investing in high tech bullet shaped express boats equipped with video tape players & aircon. They changed routes to ply the smaller river towns like Rejang in the 2000's and this benefited the rural folks.
OK, quiz time. For your express boat ride, do you like free breeze or aircon?