Location : Dusun Medeng, Desa Sungkung II, Kecamatan Siding, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.

The casual walk about in Sungkung Medeng / Anep gave us an opportunity to socialize with the ‘Copper Ring’ ladies at a genuine level rather than seeing them as exhibits in a set up hall. We would have coffee with them when invited into their homes and have real conversations.

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Cute little moment during our pre-gawai visiting
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A Copper Ring lady’s humble kitchen

Sungkung Anep, traditional, indigenous, Kalimantan Barat, Siding, Dayak Bidayuh, tribal, Obyek wisata, Tourism, Travel guide, Trans Border, Borneo, 婆罗洲土著部落, 印尼西加里曼丹, 孟加映比达友族We have seen on many occasions whether in Sarawak or in Kalimantan where photographers would swarm all over these poor ladies just to catch a snap or two of their external decorations. These humble ladies have always been obliging without ever thinking of asking for money. But as roads are being built from Landak and Bengkayang into Sungkung the days of commercial tourism are getting nearer for these highlanders. For better or for worse we shall see in 2 years.

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Pak Dusun’s mom entertaining us

Copper Ring Lady, Sungkung Medeng, authentic, indigenous, Bengkayang, Indonesia, West Kalimantan, Ethnic, native, highland, obyek wisata, Travel guide, Trans Border, 穿越婆罗洲游踪, 西加里曼丹达雅, 孟加映原住民铜环女, Tembaga Gelang, Dusun Medeng, authentic, traditional, backpackers, Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, native, Dayak Bidayuh, tourist attraction, Travel guide, Trans Borneo, 穿越婆罗洲达雅, 印尼西加里曼丹, 宋宫比达友族铜环女The Long Necks or the Karen tribe commercialized in northen Thailand should be taken as a precaution for all tourism players and villagers lest they be caught in the money trap. Tourism money can spoil even the most simple village folks and make them unfriendly unless they get paid by tourists. We have experienced such unfriendly behaviors in Pampang, Kalimantan Timur as well as Ulu Kapit, Sarawak. Tourists do not mind to pay for taking photos but they must be informed upfront, possibly with the rates stated in the brochure or signage at the venue like the outside of a longhouse or the entrance to the village.

Whatever it will be, we hope Medeng/Anep as well as the whole Sungkung district continue to open their doors to visitors and share their friendly, simple and humble Bidayuh tribe’s way of life.

Another village tour

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Very tall stilted deck

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Borneo’s version of pipe water

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A suspended bamboo bridge to the baruk

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Enjoying his bamboo bong

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Homemade football

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Dried bamboo shoot
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Dried fish
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Chicken badket

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Broiler chicken could hardly stand. They probably never had and never will. All steroid fed in their feed and grow so fast that they can’t even carry their own body weight😭😭😭

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Chatting with Pak Ega

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