When visiting Palangkaraya, just look outside of your aircraft window
and you will see the green field of nature below cut by a small river
with slow course twisting to the downstream passing the mangrove
forest. The flow is similar to the head of dragon with endless body.
forest area seems to be distantly spaced and clear, Palangkaraya city
will appear as though coming out of the tropical forest. Central
Kalimantan is full with tourism and natural resources potentials.
Plantation, forestry, fishery, mining and husbandry might attract
curious visitors. Moreover, the diversity of the ethnic groups is
interesting. Three major Dayak tribes inhabiting this region are Ngaju,
Ot Danum, and Dusun Ma’anyan tribe.
Curious? Just go out of your routine and enjoy the differences by involving yourself in the way of life of a Dayak.
Garuda Indonesia Airlines’ domestic flights direct to Palangkaraya
three times everyday. From Palangkaraya, you should book a travel
package which includes a visit to a Dayak village. Some packages even
include staying with them.
need to return to Palangkaraya to rent a car or book a customized trip
package where you can ask the guide to show you around wherever you
want. The guide will give you a prediction on how long it should take
to get there and what you should do to make the experience enjoyable.
In the local Dayak language, Palangkaraya means ‘holy container’.
Palangkaraya can easily be reached from Jakarta, Banjarmasin,
Samarinda, Balikpapan and other points on the island by air. The town
has become the center of government, trade and education of the
province. The Regional Museum of Palangkaraya contains a collection of
historical and cultural interest from all over Central Kalimantan.
Here are some other places you can visit while going to or from the Dayak village.
Kuala Kapuas Kuala
Kapuas. It is located at Kapuas River, 40 km from Banjarmasin. A
well-known tourist attraction is Telo Island, a pleasant fishing
village and port. For the adventurer, white-water rafter and nature
lovers, there is Gohong Rawai, known for its beatiful and challenging
rapids. The gold mines of Teweh and Batu Api, Rung¬an district, are
also interesting sites to be visited. In this region, gold mining is a
major source of livelihood for the people, who pan for the valuable
metal using the old traditional method.
Sampit is the biggest timber port in Kalimantan. The Orchid Park of
Pembuangan Hulu is home to a number of rare and beatiful orchid
varieties. Hunters can engage in their favorite pastime in hunting park
of West Kotawaringin.
Make sure to visit the old Palace of Pangkalanbun, constructed
completely out of ulin (iron wood). It is the only Banjar royal legacy
found in Central Kalimantan.
Tanjung Puting National Park The
Tanjung Puting National Park is a well-known nature and wildlife
reserve in lowland and swamp forests, inhabited by orang utans,
owa-owa, bekantan and other primates. One can visit the Orang Utan
Rehabilitation Centre which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund
you want to know further about Dayak tribe, learn Dayak traditional
dances and music instruments, like plucked stringed instruments and
The Ngaju Dayak tribe, the most popular Dayak tribe
occupying around Kahayan and Kapuas River, is known of its arts.
Especially wooden-coffins with elevated cemeteries, dead ships and high
Ot Danum tribe inhabits around the River to
the north of Ngaju inhabitant and to the south of range of Schwaner and
Muller mountains. Ot Danum tribe lives in long-shape houses with 2-5
meter pillars over the ground. One house has about 50 rooms. This
long-shape house is locally called as betang.
Ot Danum tribe is
known of its skill of plaiting rattan, palm leave and bamboo. They
still follow the ways of their ancestors. The Ma’anyan village tribe
still practices the spirit heart, agriculture ritual, complex mortality
ceremony. And they still call a shaman whenever they need some healing.
The cemeteries indicate social hierarchy. The range of noble cemetery
is situated at the upstream of the River, followed with soldier
cemetery, ordinary community cemetery to the downstream, and cemetery
for slave is situated in the downstream’s edge.
The village provides home-staying services. While staying there, you can learn things like craftmanship or traditional cooking.
those who lead an active life might be tempted to follow the local
fisherman to fish. Fishing technique ranges from using fishing rod to
using their unique-style seine. There is nothing like feasting on the
fish that you have caught yourself!
Then to top it all, you can
go hunting with locals for deers or wild boars. Dayak tribes make a
living by clearing away forests and they have a unique hunting method.
They do not actively pursue the animals, but somehow lure them to
approach the Dayak people.
How can they manage to do that? They
have a unique method in attracting the animals. When hunting deers,
they imitate the sound of a young deer. Since does always protect their
youngsters, the female deer will approach as soon as they hear the
sound for help.
In hunting, they use lances or blowpipes. A
blowpipe’s size is long and it also functions as a lance. Blowpipe
needles used for hunting are smeared with poisonous concoction that
will paralyze or even kill.