Location : Kota Putussibau, Kabupaten Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
After making the last two trips to Badau & Danau Sentarum, we had yearned to visit Putussibau a place made famous by the Iban & Taman longhouses. Our opportunity came when we were invited by a Dayak Ukit friend from Sungai Asap, Belaga to visit it. Ngajang was his name. He and his Ukit friends Martin & Najo had planned to visit their ancestral village Matalunai in Kapuas Hulu. So on the 9Dec2017 we met up at Lubuk Antu before crossing the border to take the 3hr drive to Putussibau. The tar seal road was good all the way thanks to Pak Jokowi’s last visit!
Putussibau is a small town divided by the Kapuas river with businesses mostly run by local Chinese (Hakka & Teochew). We noticed only 2 hotels there, Aman Sentosa and Sanjaya. Interestingly, Ngajang and gang decided to stay at a floating lodge or ‘rumah lanting’ right on the Kapuas river. It cost them a mere IDR20,000 a night. We opted to stay on land with Madam Lala a relative of Martin.
The only spot with some night life was at the sandy river bank they called Taman Alun Putussibau just below the main bridge.
On our first evening there, local friends Jimmy and Ian drove us under heavy downpour to Rumah Betang Bali Gundi, a Taman Dayak longhouse for a quick visit.
Strolling along the busy traditional market was quite an experience and should not be missed for first time visitors. Generally, food was expensive, whether cooked or raw. The logistic cost being the excuse. Vegetables were shockingly expensive from a personal experience. Maybe I was another foreigner to be slaughtered. Next……Lunsara Malay village.
To see more photos, please click our FACEBOOK PAGE