Location : Kampung Tanjung Jone, Kecamatan Jempang, Kabupaten Kutai Barat, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
Tanjung Jone was our second destination after Tenggarong, coming in by road from Samarinda the capital of Kalimantan Timur. The ride was one of the most brutal we had ever experienced. Lousy road conditions full of potholes thanks to giant trucks of coal, palm oil and timber, the 3 biggest enemies of Borneo. The sight of Jempang lake took away all the pains. This lake has an area of 15,000 hectares with a depth of 7-8 meters. Jempang is one of the largest lakes of about 76 lakes spread over the Mahakam river basin.
We reached the Bugis village of Tanjung Jone at dusk with sunset painting beautiful colours in the sky. Dragging my trolley bag along belian plank walk to the homestay was a memorable experience too after the 20 minutes windy boat ride. Here are our photos of probably the 3rd largest lake in Borneo in the dry season. I wonder what it would look like during the landas when the mighty Mahakam feeds it with all the water it can hold, must be quite a sight to behold. Until then please enjoy these photos. (Nearby villages, Tanjung Isuy & Mancong Longhouse)
Belian / iron wood house
Number 1 carver’s house
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