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The huge province Kalimantan Tengah (KalTeng) is the least visited province of Borneo. The Dayak who live there belong to the most traditional of the island. The officially recognized kaharingan-religion, in which dozens of religious themes are kept, spread to other provinces from KalTeng. A visit to Central Kalimantan demands courage and the readiness to travel like an inhabitant of Borneo yourse (...)

In the pre-colonial time, the Ngaju in the catchment area of the Kahayan, were more open to technological and cultural influences from outside than most other Dayak. With the arrival of the Dutch and - in 1835 - the missionary Rheinische Mission (later followed up by the Basler Mission, many converted to christianity. The missionaries founded very good schools, so that the christiani (...)

After the imposement of the province of KalTeng in 1957, the capital, Palangkaraya, was truly cut out of the jungle. The Russians, back then allies of the Indonesian president Soekarno, gave 40 km of paved road to the new province, which connected Pandahut (a village which became capital) and Tangkiling. Along this road, which has now been extended to Kasongan (85 km from Palangkaraya), transmigra (...)

Many travelers to Kalimantan agree that Banjarmasin, with its busy waterways, floating market and traditional gem mining, is far and away the most interesting city on the island. For those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, Banjarmasin also has an interesting riverbank settlement, though at first glance it appears ugly and dirty. In the morning, riverbank people bathe, (...)

An hour before Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik arrived at the open-air venue to open the biannual Borneo Festival, a group of musicians from Hulu Sungai Tengah regency, South Kalimantan, rehearsed the compositions in a casual manner and apparently exuberant mood. Wearing casual attire instead of flashy uniforms - some with a cigarette glued to their lips - they did not pretend to be ent (...)

Kuala Kapuas ('Mouth of the River Kapuas') is located at the mouth of the Kapuas River, 40 kilometers from the city of Banjarmasin in Central Kalimantan. 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 (...)

Sampit is the biggest timber port in Kalimantan. The Orchid Park of Pembuangan Hulu is home to a number of rare and beautiful orchid varieties. Hunters can engage in their favorite pastime in hunting park of West Kotawaringin. (...)

Pangkalanbun is the capital of the Kotawaringin Barat ('West Kotawaringin') regency, in the western part of Central Kalimantan. It is a busy little town. In this town, the old Palace of Pangkalanbun, which is over 200 years old, can still be visited. Made of ulin ('ironwood'), it is the only Banjar royal legacy found in Central Kalimantan. The Mosque of Kyai Gede is the ol (...)

Located in the Tanjung Puting Reserve in Central Borneo (Kalimantan Tengah), Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and former spouse Rod Brindamour. It was named after the legendary paleo-anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now a (...)

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