Location : Kota Putussibau, Kabupaten Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

After making the last two trips to BadauDanau 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!

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Entrance arch

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Putussibau town

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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.

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Jembatan Kapuas Putussibau

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Floating hotel

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Fishing

The only spot with some night life was at the sandy river bank they called Taman Alun Putussibau just below the main bridge.

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View of Taman Putussibau from the bridge.
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Taman Alun

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.

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Rumah Betang Bali Gundi (Dayak Taman longhouse)

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Pasar Pagi (Morning Market)
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Local cakes

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Ready to use bumbu or spices
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Indonesia’s No.1 dish…. Gado Gado!

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Ikan Toman

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Frogs for feeding arowana fish

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Found this never seen before critter

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