Bario Highlands
The Land of a Thousand Handshakes

Bario is an area with a collection of indigneous Kelabit longhouses located in the centre of the Kelabit Highlands in the northeast of Sarawak, Malaysia, very close to the international border with Indonesian Kalimantan. Situated at the eastern edge of the Taman Negara Pulong Tau national park, Bario sits approximately 1200 m (3937ft) above sea level. It is the main settlement for the indigenous Kelabit tribe in what is known locally as the Kelabit Highlands. There are regular flights between Bario Airport and Ba’kelalan, Marudi and Miri.

Rice Farming

Bario rice (small grain) is renowned for its texture and flavour. Grown locally in wet paddy fields throughout the Bario valley it is one of the main crops produced here.

Flora and fauna

The primary jungle around Bario is teaming with flora and fauna (including the famous Rafflesia pictured here), jungle birds, and wild animals such as wild boar, honey bears and mouse deer. The hills throughout the area also support wild orchids.

Natural Wonders

Batu Lawih, a giant limestone megalith, sits to the North West of Bario, and is a 3 day trek from Bario airport. One of many natural wonders to be found in the region.

Bario Highlands is also famous for its pineapples!

Getting There

There are regular flights to Bario International airport from Miri. You can see the current list of flights here.



There are numerous affordable homestays in the different longhouse areas for when you want to stay a while in the clear air of Bario valley. The list can be found on this site – check above!Bario Homestay Collective
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