Central Borneo Tours and Guide

Palangkaraya (Archipelago Diary)

Story by Stephanie Brookes The small city of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan has been in the news a lot lately. It has been reported in the media that it will be chosen as Indonesia’s new capital, with an announcement due later in the year. So it might be the right time to...

Culture, Colour and a Global Gathering at Gawai Festival, West Borneo, Indonesia

Story by STEPHANIE BROOKES Photos by DAVID METCALF AND HIS GAWAI PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP I stood with my blowpipe at the ready. “Gather strength from your core and aim high,” Agus advised. “We are excited to have an Australian team enter the competition and best of luck to you”, he...

Delightful Derawan Island, Maratua, Kakaban and Sangalaki –East Borneo, Indonesia

Story by Stephanie Brookes The coral reefs that surround Derawan Island are bursting with colour and life and over 870 fish species live in these waters, from pygmy seahorses to giant manta rays. Derawan Island is part of a chain known as the Derawan Islands, which consists of...

A DAYAK GIRL IN JAPAN: THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!

Hi, My name is Yun. I’m from Palangkaraya and I am the founder of a travel agency called the Central Borneo Guide. Today, I’m gonna tell you a story about my special trip to Japan. As a girl who have spent her entire life in Indonesia, I never expected that I would be flying...

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...
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