PALANGKA RAYA – PENDAHARA – TB. MANGGU
Early morning transfer to cars for the 3 hour journey to Pendahara, a small traditional town located on the banks of the Katingan River. Here we see the processing of raw rattan vines for the furniture and weaving markets, and see some locally made baskets. Continue to the car ferry.
Crossing the Samba River, we drive through the logging village to reach the longhouse. Rarely visited by tourists, it is newly built in the traditional model. We will receive a Dayak welcome ceremony on arrival.
Take an afternoon walk to the nearby forest to see the rubber trees or ladangs cultivated by the villagers. Learn about traditional remedies from the forest. Later in the evening we eat with the owners andhear their stories of how the longhouse was built and their lfein the village. Rest on the broad terraces and stroll down to the river edge. The sleeping conditions are very simple – a mattress on the floor and a pillow. (Overnight longhouse) (LD)
TB MANGGU VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
After breakfast we set off to explore the remarkable collection of painted sandungs, or bone houses, sited around this village. Meet the people and visit the Kaharingan, or Dayak traditional religion, temple. Return to the longhouse for lunch, and then after resting, walk again to explore the village. In the late afternoon and evening, the longhouse performers will put on a musical and dance performance. Be prepared to join in!
(Overnight longhouse) (BLD)
RETURN TO PALANGKA RAYA
In the morning, visit the longhouse ladang or garden to find some edible vegetables for lunch. Return for and enjoy your last lunch together. Transfer to the car for the return trip to Palangka Raya. Optional stop along the way for fresh coconut drink and to clamber over the rocky outcrop called Bukit Batu, and gaze over the 360 degree panorama of peat swamp forests in the late afternoon light. Return to the hotel by 6pm (BL)
Transfer from and to the airport or hotels at start and end of the tour, all other transport, accommodation and activities as indicated on the itinerary, all meals during the trip, and English speaking and local guides.
Airfare, airport tax, alcoholic and soda beverages, optional tours, personal insurance