Location : Dusun Tauk, Kecamatan Air Besar, Kabupaten Landak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
After having enough of Bananggar Fall, it was time to pack up for the village that has always been synonymous with Bananggar, Dusun Tauk it is. We tagged along to this village with Pak Anton who was invited for a Gawai ceremony. The bike ride must have been not more than 15min. Checked into our homestay for the night and was immediately served Gawai delicacies.
Traditional gawai cake: sticky rice with palm sugar
I had brought along a bottle of Sarawak’s very own Cap Apek much to the delight of our friend Pak Anton. His favourite arak! He deserved it anyway for helping organized this trip for us.
As we did not have much time left for the day, we decided to tour the village on our own. Quite a big village it seemed. There could easily be a 1,000plus residents here. We noticed all the folks heading towards the Landak River to either bathe, do the laundry or cleaning their dirt covered motorcycles. There were many pontoons built along this river to cater to this. Our homestay did not come with a toilet or bathroom. So we assumed business had to be done either in the bush or river. Oh well.
Dusun (village) Tauk
Kids playing marble at Tauk
Sungai (river) Landak
Bathing time is also a time for gossips and interaction
As we were strolling along, we noticed one house with a number of people busy preparing for the night’s Gawai ceremony.
To be sacrificed for the ritual.
The Ketua Adat politely invited us back later that night for the animal sacrifice and we did. The lighting was quite poor with just one bulb. We did our best. I hoped it made them happy.
The ritual witnessed by a large crowd
Unfortunately, the ceremony was not as fantastic as we hoped it would be, especially after witnessing those in Bengkayang. We have been spoilt by the Bidayuh and Bekati tribes there! Nothing much happened that night except for the open gambling.
Holo time with the kids with giant dice
Paid the Pak Dusun or headman a visit at his convenience store. Anton Mulyadi was his name. Had a good chat and signed the visitor’s book before calling it a day.
Chatting with the headman of Tauk – Pak Anton Mulyadi
The next day’s weather was not as kind as the day before. It rained or drizzled for most part of the day, making it almost impossible for the bikes. We managed to squeeze in 30min of trekking through a side trail to quickly check out another waterfall on the way back. Marubat Fall is 700m away from Bananggar. Quite a unique fall with its water falling from a hole in the rock. Since it was too troublesome to make the long way down we decided to do it another time.
The difficult trail in search of Marubat Fall
After coming our from Marubat waterfall, we dropped by Dusun Perbuak
To Dusun (village) Perbuak
Ojeks delivering raw rubber
We walked most of the way back in the rain and even stopped for some nice hot brewed coffee in one of the shops in Dusun Merayuh.
Dusun (village) Merayuh
Sipping hot brewed kopi at Merayuh
How our ojeks look like after
Since there was no way we could drive up the steep slopes at the oil palm estate, we decided to put up an extra night at Dusun Entuai planning more future trips here with the locals. Very good adventure potential here.
Thank God the next morning’s sun was up well before 7 and we patiently waited until 10 for it to dry up the dirt slopes.
We shall be back. See you again Bananggar.
Dusun (village) Entuai, very early in the morning
Hoping on the tractor to get to work
Our host busy all day long producing bamboo spikes to kill banana trees competing with oil palms
Every motorist No. 1 enemy
Visiting the school
Nice triple roof house
Coming back on the third day was a good idea, the weather was super fine