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Nyobak’ng Gawai Tadan 2016 : Side trips to Bumbung & Siding

Location : Dusun Bumbung, Desa Bengkawan, Kecamatan Seluas & Dusun Siding, Kecamatan Siding, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

After the main event at Tadan village was over, we had a quick and simple lunch at one of the villager’s house. We had planned to visit the ‘riam’ or cascade of Bumbung village some 30min boat ride up the Biang River.  Most parts of the river were shallow and Aking our boatman had to maneuver carefully to avoid hitting submerged rock or sand bars.

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Biang river

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Meeting the Bumbung villagers as we left and them returning home

The village looked deserted and eerily quiet. Most of the villagers were away attending the Nyobeng Tadan. We saw no more than 10 people. There were not more than 20 houses with some very high up on steep slopes.indigenous, Seluas, Desa Bengkawan, Bengkayang, West Kalimantan, gawai dayak, paddy harvest festival, Tourism, transborder, travel guide, native, tribal, Waterfall, riam, air terjun, adventure,

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Bumbung village

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Bumbung School

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At the end of the village was a path that led to the cascade where we had a dip.authentic village, indigenous, backpackers, Bengkayang, Desa Bengkawan, Borneo, gawai dayak, obyek wisata, tourist attraction, crossborder. transborder, travel guide, native, nature, Waterfall, riam,

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Riam of Dusun Bumbung

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We made it back to Dusun Sebujit with enough of daylight and decided to do a quick bike ride to Siding village which we had not visited for more than two years.

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Dirt road to Siding from Sebujit

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Road leading into Siding with the Anggas Mountain in the backdrop

The last visit was actually a ‘hello goodbye’ situation when we were coming back from Sungkung and took the boat from Kapot to Siding and continued immediately on foot to Gumbang. Paid Pak Sigul the ex headman a visit before being brought to the army post by Pak Bakas the current headman to report our visit. Indonesia is very strict about registering visits by outsiders. Must be a legacy of the Dutch during the Chinese gold miners’ confrontation. Anyway, rules are rules. Had a few quick round of tuak with Pak Sigul and some old friends before hurrying back to Sebujit.

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Gawai visit to an old friend Pak Sigul

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Concrete paths are laid across most parts of the village now.

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Farm fresh ijuk / palm wine!

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Giving Pak Amin a treatment on the last morning before returning to Kuching.

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Map of Jagoi/Siding area under Bengkayang

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