Location : Kota Palangkaraya, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
After the morning session of regatta was over we decided to survey the waterfront area for the best spot to watch the 3.00pm river parade.
Chasing the dragon
We picked the floating café somewhere by the river. It was going to be a hot day and anything with a roof would be sensible. We arrived early that afternoon and headed for the upper deck of the floating café. Made ourselves comfortable away from the heat and ordered 3 glasses of the best drink of Indonesia, cold avocado/choc smoothie. Never leave Indonesia without trying this delicious drink! Eventually, one by one the beautifully decorated boats left their starting point under the Kahayan bridge and headed downstream in our direction. What surprised me was that there was more to the ornamental display of the boats. There was a complete team of musicians and dancers on board to entertain the crowd. Competition for the best boat must be stiff. The decorations were based on 2 themes, the dragon or hornbill. Some had better engineering with moving wings/head and some dragons spraying water from the mouth.
I was expecting fire instead of water though. Anyway, it was an awesome 2hr plus of entertainment here at the Kahayan river. Great efforts indeed by the participants.
River cruise boats that service the tourism industry here.