Marudi is situated on the northern bank of the Baram roughly 80 km from Miri. It is a busy bazaar town whose traders supply most of Sarawak’s northern interior, so you are likely to bump into members of dozens of different ethnic groups here. The town’s main attraction is Fort Hose, a Brooke-era wooden fort named for Marudi’s most famous administrator, the naturalist, ethnographer and pioneer photographer Charles Hose. The fort is nowadays a museum, featuring some of Hose’s remarkable ethnographic photographs, as well as local textiles, handicrafts and ceremonial items. To get there, walk uphill along Jln Fort from the Main Bazaar (10 min). The nearby Taman Tasik (lake park) offers excellent river views from the hilltop.