Location : Desa Datah Diaan, Kecamatan Putussibau Utara, Kabupaten Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

Every since our very first trip to Kapuas Hulu (Festival Danau Sentarum), we had been told of the Kayan community in the district of Mendalam. With an extra day in hand before the Gawai celebration we went in search of this elusive tribe.

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Meeting new Kayan friends from ulu Putussibau during Festival Danau Sentarum 2017.

We had no idea yet how to get there but according to info given to us as we drove to Putusibbau, we needed to get to the junction of Mupa. Unfortunately, we could not nail Mupa on Google map, so we had to engage the expert service of Madame Tina who is a friend as well as a very active tour operator in Kapuas Hulu. Driving her own car, she led us to the recently completed Mupa bridge and the rest of the way we ventured on our own.

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Aerial view of Mupa bridge

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Thank you Tina and Kynan for showing us the way , at Mupa bridge

On a trial and error mission we made our way slowly sometimes hesitant if we took the right turn or not.

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Entrance to Desa Ariung Mendalam
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Entrance to Desa Padua Mendalam.

At some point we made a stop to snap some photos and it was here that our angel came to the rescue. It came in the form of Mr Lihang who was on a motorcycle on his way back to his village. We stopped him to ask for directions and he kindly invited us to his village called Mendalam Pagung, Desa Datah Diaan. Prayer answered.

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Desa Datah Diaan
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Waiting for the mini ferry
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Mini ferry that crosses the Kapuas river for pedestrians and motorcycles

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Aerial view of Datah Diaan
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Foreground is the newly completed motorcycle bridge for Datah Diaan

We had a good tour of the village and had lunch thanks to Lihang’s sister Angelika. Rumah Adat Lung Linge Hatung, adventure, authentic, village, Indonesia, Kalimantan Barat, Suku Dayak Kayaan, tribal, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, Trans borneo, 探索婆罗洲, 印尼西加里曼丹, 富都加央族 traditional, Borneo, Kalimantan Barat, Putussibau Utara, Desa Datah Diaan, mendalam Pagung, native, Kayan, tribe, Obyek wisata, Tourism, Cross Border, 探索婆罗洲, 印尼西加里曼丹富都, 加央族部落 adventure, traditional, backpackers, destination, Borneo, Kapuas Hulu, Datah Diaan, Mendalam Pagung, tribal, Obyek wisata, Tourism, travel guide, Trans Border, 婆罗洲西加里曼丹, 富都达雅克部落 adventure, authentic, village, destination, Kalimantan Barat, Putussibau Utara, Mendalam Pagung, Desa Datah Dian, native, Kayan, tribe, tourist attraction, travel guide, 印尼西加里曼丹, 富都达雅克部落adventure, authentic, village, Borneo, Indonesia, Kalimantan Barat, Kapuas Hulu, Putussibau Utara, native, tribe, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 印尼西加里曼丹富都, 婆罗洲原住民部落

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At Lihaang’s house
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Lihang with his piglet
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Power nap on a cool rattan mat, soooooo nice
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Angelika and her American friend

The biggest surprise here was to discover an American lady who had been staying in their house for the last two months working on the translation of Kayan stories as compiled by the Kayan pastor of the village. Next……..Gawai proper

Rumah Adat Lung Linge Hatung

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At the rumah budaya, Rumah Adat Lung Linge Hatung

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Village convenience store
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At the sape player house

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Every house seems to have a vessel like this for washing feet or shoes

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Anyone interested to buy Kayan machette. The machette maker

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