Location : Kampung Merasa, Kecamatan Kelay, Kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
We left Miau Baru with a sense of satisfaction and heading towards Tanjung Redeb we had to pass by the sub-district or ‘Kecamatan’ of Kelay where a mixture of Bahau, Kenyah and Kayan tribes are spread over.
Very clean and nice place
2 other villages from here are Long Beliu and Long Sului
Enjoying coffee with locals and a Javanese off duty policeman. This was where we had our toilet break and a ton of info from these nice guys. This round on me
Moving on, next was Wehea Park. Stopped by to ask the guard manning the boom gate what the attraction was in this ‘touristic’ place. He said it was jungle and more jungle. When we first asked how far the drive was, he replied ’30min’ but when we asked a second time the same question it became 1hr. This guy scared me. He had no idea what he was selling and no photos to show. Decided not to take the bait if any at all.
Entrance to Dayak Wehea Park
Dusty road + smoggy sky = Not the best day to catch a good shot
The first village (among the 14) we were attracted to was a Kenyah village by the name of Merasa. At least the welcoming arch was attractive.
Kampung Merasa welcoming arch
Cellphone number of the portal maker, Jiu
Noisy hornbill up in the tree caught our attention as we were inspecting the arch at Merasa. Being able to see a hornbill in the wild gives me much satisfaction
But we soon found out after driving 30 min to the village that it was just another modern community with detached houses.
Jembatan Gantung, nice bridge
Balai / Community hall
Lumbung padi / Paddy silo
Interesting volleyball net posts
The only house worth spending time was one built in 1976 belonging to a couple by the name of Jalung and Urai with the Kenyah culture still intact.
Built in 1976
The only house with Dayak deco
Chatting with the guide and lady owner Urai
Big floor planks
The river passing through this village looked impressive but we just didn’t have enough time to enjoy a swim.
In retrospect, I would say the drive from Kelay to Tanjung Redeb was the most captivating in terms of the close proximity of the virgin jungle to the road. Sitting in the car drifting through those giant trees was like a dream. Pray it will stay that way forever. Nowhere else in Borneo had I experienced the same.
The nicest jungle in Borneo so far that we have experienced is here in this stretch of road with gigantic trees dotting both sides of the road.