Location : Lanjak, Kecamatan Batang Lupar, Kabupaten Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
Situated in the upper reaches of the mighty Kapuas River of West Kalimantan it can be reached in several ways. From the Sarawak side there is only one way in and that is by land via the town of Lubuk Antu where the Malaysian CIQ is situated and Badau on the Indonesian side. Lanjak, the town on the fringe of Sentarum Lake, where the venue is, lies another 40min drive away.
Our journey from Kuching took us about 7hrs with 2 breaks, coffee in Lachau and lunch in Lubuk Antu. Indonesians would have a harder time to arrive at Lanjak, 12hrs drive from Pontianak! The other option by air is to fly from Pontianak by Garuda ATR to nearest town Putussibau and continue by car for another 2.5hrs. Geographically, it is a lot easier for Sarawakians to visit the biggest lake of Borneo than Indonesians themselves. This Ramsar site is home to about 150 species of fish besides the orangutan and proboscis monkey. Its size and depth fluctuate depending on the season during the year. Any festival celebrated with the status of this lake deserves attendance no matter how difficult the journey.
Accommodation was an issue especially with the ongoing festival. We finally checked into one at around 8pm with the help of a local friend Radin. It was a pleasant ‘emergency homestay’ up on the first floor of a shophouse whose owner was a Kayan family and a friend of Radin.
The two nights we were in Lanjak there was very strong wind around 6-7pm followed by rain. Luckily, on the first night it fizzled out after 9 allowing us to enjoying the cultural sape presentations from the Iban and Kayan communities. The surprise of the night was a lone Kenyah girl from Belaga presenting her song, and sape music. Her name……Elizabeth Bungan, you did Sarawak proud. Next……..Boat tour of Sentarum.
Festival Danau Sentarum
Ethnic Music Festival
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