Central Borneo Tours and Guide

A Dayak in Japan (My walks never stop here!)

Who knows a Dayak girl like me had been in Japan for 1 week for promoting Kalimantan Tourism. I didn’t expect that before. Actually, I did some Travel fair before in Pontianak, Batam and Yogjakarta, but this is the 1st time my business “Central Borneo Guide” goes to...

Send a Love to Orangutans without Touching Them!

We love Orangutan so much! We want to hug them like a doll, want to touch, want to hold them and even want to preserve them. But do you know that the interaction between humans and orangutans are a dangerous thing? Researchers from the Faculty of parasitology orangutan R Wishnu...

The Stunning Island of Maratua

Author: Yun Pratiwi         Each and every travel destination in the tropical island of Borneo, Indonesia, has its own attraction: the amazing orang-utans in Central Kalimantan, the ever-popular river floating market in South Kalimantan, culinary specialities with aloe vera...

Isen Mulang Festifal 2016

Author: Yun Pratiwi Central Kalimantan is the third largest province in Indonesia; located in the island of Borneo, it is divided into 13 districts and one single town: its capital Palangkaraya. Each Dayak district has its own language, and there are more than 15 Dayak languages,...

Yulia The Batik Dayak Woman

Author: Yun Pratiwi Yulia the batik woman was introduced to me by my sister two years ago. Her mother is a senior batik artisan from Palangkaraya who grew up amongst economic problems. As her family could not only rely on making batik, she had to find different ways. At one point...

Siti the Dayak Dancer

Siti the Dayak Dancer by David Metcalf Siti is an extraordinarily beautiful and determined young woman. Her story is one of courage and determination and a desire to represent her culture through the spirit of dance. And she has a dream. This talented dancer was born twenty-five...

Pak Anden: the Dayak Elder and Village Chief

Pak Anden: the Dayak Elder and Village Chief by David Metcalf Pak Anden greeted me by smudging my forehead and cheeks with a white powdered paste. After I received my traditional Dayak blessing, we talked about the issues facing his village Kanarakan, located on the Rungan River...

Isen Mulang – A Cultural Extravaganza

Isen Mulang – A Cultural Extravaganza By David Metcalf A very special event occurs in Central Borneo on May the 18th each year. Thousands of Dayaks converge on the small city of Palangkaraya to join together in a spirit of dance, fun, joy and cultural expression. They come from...

Tiwah Life and Death in Dayak Country

Napin Dalin, the chief of Tewang Rangas village, looked me straight in the eye and said, “The spirits of the dead are all around us and we must help their souls reach the highest place in heaven. The offerings that we make, including the sacrifice of cows, chickens and pigs, will...

The Return of Siti Habibah the Dayak Dancer

This remarkable story began on May the 18th 2012. The day I flew to a place I had never heard of just two weeks before, a town in Central Borneo called Palangkaraya and a chance meeting with a beautiful young Dayak dancer. I attended the annual Isen Mulang Dayak Cultural festival...