Location : Desa Long Bawan, Kecamatan Krayan, Kabupaten Nunukan, Kalimantan Utara, Indonesia.

Thanks to our guide Sem’s profound knowledge of this neighbouring town, we were able to enjoy this short visit to the most remote part of the Krayan district of North Kalimantan or Kaltara as the locals call it.

Nearby the town is the Semaring Airport that caters for flights coming in from Nunukan, Malinau and Tarakan. Two airlines servicing this highland town are Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Susi Air using ATR planes which is a lot better than Malaysia’s Twin Otters.

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Long Bawan Semaring Airport

Crossborder tourism is foreseeable between Northern Sarawak and Kaltara once the CIQs and infrastructures are ready. Meanwhile let us see what Long Bawan has to offer.

Well to summarise, we visited the ‘Rurum Megai’ craft shop operated on a community basis or ’koperasi’ of the Lundayeh ladies.

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Fibres from this wild plant is processed to weave into cloth

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Back strap looms

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Lady from Landak is the in charge

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Dehydrating salt spring water
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Packed salt
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Firewood standing by

Lastly, we dropped by a factory owned by a Javanese married to a local that produced steam cooked tofu.

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Tofu factory
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Pak Asman the Tofu Boss. Cooked soy in concrete barrel
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He pours hot cooked soy layer by layer to strain and cool

Liked the way he designed the simple steaming system. Very clever.

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Piped in steam to cook the soya
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Boiling water

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Tempe / Fermented Soybean

As we were leaving, 2 Lundayeh girls from the neighbourhood came in to ask for leftover soy pulp to feed their pigs. Good to know that the pulp was put to good use.tofu factory, traditional, exploration, backpackers, Interior village, Highlands, native, tribe, Objek wisata, Tourism, travel guide, Cross Border, Borneo, 婆罗洲游踪, 印尼北加里曼丹,

So that was how we spent the day across the border. Much knowledge was learned. We shall upload all the videos soon on Youtube. Do subscribe to our channel to learn more. Next…..Bakelalan folks learning how to plant organic rice

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