Dayak village

Long House Hotel in Tanjung Isuy: Loou Taman Zamrud

After exploring the serene Semayang and Melintang lakes, our next destination was Tanjung Isuy, a small but charming village by the edge of…


Hornbill

[Stage 3] Exploring Semayang and Melintang Lakes in Mahakam

Lake Semayang has an area of around 13,000 hectares, while Lake Melintang has an area of around 11,000 hectares. These two lakes are part…


Riverlife on the Mahakam

[STAGE 2] MUARA MUNTAI: A WOODEN VILLAGE ON THE MAHAKAM RIVER

Muara Muntai is called the wooden village for the houses and the road that is made of wood.  The road is about 3 km long and connects the…


Schoolchildren on their way home on the Mahakam River

[STAGE 1] GETTING FROM SAMARINDA TO KOTA BANGUN

Many people see Kota Bangun just as a place to stop before going on a Mahakam River trip. But this town has some fun to do on its own.


Borneo’s Orangutans: Just Don’t Call Me A Monkey!

This loveable, gentle, shaggy-haired ape shares 97 percent of our DNA. Like us, they have 32 permanent teeth. Unlike us, their arms are two…


The Mighty Mahakam River

The fabled Mahakam River (Sungai Mahakam) snakes sinuously for over 900 kilometers from the central mountains to Samarinda and the sea…


The Tropical Rainforests of Borneo

Borneo is huge. After Greenland and New Guinea, it’s the third-largest island on the planet – and two thirds of it belongs to Indonesia.…


Samarinda, the Exotic Gateway to East Kalimantan

Samarinda’s city centre is certainly not be one of the Republic of Indonesia’s most distinguished, or visually arresting – and the city’s…


Meet The Dayaks: (Ex-) Headhunters of Borneo

If you think of ‘Dayaks’, you might just picture a headhunter – and you’re not entirely wrong. Before the heavy boots of traders and…