Location : Kecamatan Loksado, Kabupaten Hulu Sungai Selatan, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia.
Ever since we have been covering Kalimantan for the last couple of years, our list of the tribes we have met living in Borneo has been getting longer and here in Loksado we just added the Meratus Dayaks to it. I wish we had more time here in Loksado to mingle with these new highlanders and understand their way of life first hand but we had too many things to cover on our first trip that we just skimmed across the whole of South Kalimantan in a ‘hit & run’ manner. I know my FB friend Borneo Trekker would be smiling reading this and shaking his head again, please forgive us. Come back we shall. Village hoping, camping in primary jungle, Haratai waterfall and tons of other adventures offered by tour guide Rudy Redhani are things that will certainly bring us back here again to experience. We would also like to see how they celebrate their paddy harvest festival or even a shaman’s healing ritual in the ‘balai’ as we read somewhere.
We woke up to a very wet and gloomy Sunday morning. It was raining but the aroma of banana fritters and coffee from the street below easily dragged us out of bed.
Coffeeshop that sell yummy banana fritters
The view from the balcony of Alya Homestay which was right beside the Amandit River was more awesome than we realized the night before on our arrival in darkness.
Snap of Amandit River from inside the homestay
Early morning laundry in the rain
The greatest thing about this homestay
By 7.30am, with poncho and umbrella we soon went breakfast hunting. Toured the tiny weekend market for a bit. Most of the vendors were not too keen to set up shop early as they knew the rain would be holding back the shoppers for a while.
Fish monger opening on a very wet note
Squat sitting a very classic style
By 10am we were almost ready to move on to Kandangan the next town. Heck, we did not even visit the Loksado village across the river. Nevertheless, the journey to here was one of the most memorable we have ever had.
Entrance to Loksado
Bamboo rafting the most popular one way ticket down the Amandit River
Just a few minutes of heavy downpour the river swelled