Location : Desa Pimping, Kecamatan Tanjung Palas Utara, Kabupaten Bulungan, Kalimantan Utara, Indonesia.
We left our good memories of Labuan Cermin behind as we started our new adventure from Tanjung Redeb by road to the interior of Kalimantan Utara, to a riverine town called Malinau. We could have conveniently taken a flight but we chose the 10hr car ride instead because it would be more interesting making stops along the way to visit some villages which were mostly of Kenyah or Lundayeh tribes.
We departed Mitra Hotel around 8.30am with a different car and driver under a dull and drizzling sky. Although the Irau event was cancelled we decided to visit Malinau for the sake of our 2 Facebook friends who tagged along with us because they fancied traditional village life just like us. For the next 3 days, we visited as many villages as we could in and around Malinau, namely Setulang, Paking, Semolon Cascade, Pulau Sapi, Sesua and Tanjung Keranjang.
Three hours into the journey we arrived at the Kenyah village of Pimping. The Balai Adat like all Kenyah festival halls was always the pride of this unique tribe with all the colours, carvings and sculptures. They never fail to impress visitors.
Balai Adat Desa Pimping
Boys of Pimping
After almost an hour of mesmerizing the beauty at Pimping we had to hurry on our journey and briefly stopped at several other villages along the way just to snap their welcoming arches. We finally arrived at Malinau after 7 and checked into Cahaya lodge where we stayed the last time we were here.
We must have wasted more than 45min stuck here because of road repair