|The view of the Kayan River in Tanjung Selor, North Kalimantan.
Kalimantan presents a diverse range of tourism opportunities, encompassing ecotourism, agro-tourism, and the captivating realm of marine and river tourism.
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Borneo, often hailed as the "Island of a Thousand Rivers," boasts an impressive expanse of water bodies, numbering in the thousands, across its sprawling 743,330 square kilometers. From the mountain peaks, these rivers cascade through distant landscapes, ultimately finding their way to the sea.
Delving deeper, an intriguing phenomenon emerges. A sense of wonder is sparked by the fact that several river names mirror the identities of the indigenous tribes dwelling along their banks.
One such case is the Kayan River, which not only holds the distinction of being the longest, stretching over 575 kilometers, but also serves as the geographical divider of North Kalimantan. This very river has deep historical roots within the Kayan Dayak tribe, originating from its midst and carrying a legacy that has endured through time.
The Kayan River's course spans an impressive 575 kilometers, charting its path through Malinau County. The river's origins trace back to the heights of Mount Ukeng, specifically within the embrace of Long Ampung Village in the South Kayan District of Malinau Regency.
Embarking on its course, the Kayan River meanders through the Malinau County, beginning its journey in the heights of Mount Ukeng, specifically at Long Ampung Village in the South Kayan District of Malinau Regency. Its expedition concludes at the estuary in the Tanjung Palas Tengah District of Bulungan Regency.
Across my extensive travels throughout Kalimantan, I've encountered three rivers that bear the same tribal names, contributing to the cultural tapestry of the region:
- Kayan (North Kalimantan)
- Ketungau (Sintang, West Kalimantan)
- Manyuke (Landak, West Kalimantan)
For those with an interest in preserving the historical fabric of these lands, I invite readers to supplement this narrative with additional instances of congruent river and ethnic names, should they still exist. Your insights, messages, and comments are invaluable contributions to this exploration.
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Notably, the Kayan River reigns supreme in size and length, inviting contemplation on its significance. Tentative conjectures, bordering on hypotheses, suggest that these river names serve as conduits to civilizations of yore.
They offer a glimpse into the ancestral inhabitants, the trailblazers of civilization and the custodians of riverine culture in bygone eras. It is through these tribes that the course of history began.
Consider the Kayan Dayak tribe, whose existence has been intertwined with the natural rhythm of life along the riverbanks in the province of North Kalimantan, some 1,600 kilometers to the northeast of Indonesia's present capital, Jakarta.
The Bahau River, one of the tributaries of the Kayan, further enriches this intricate narrative.
The Kayan River remains, and always has been, a vital lifeline for its inhabitants. Carving its way through the heart of Bulungan Regency, it sustains the economic engines of North Kalimantan.
Not limited to serving as a transportation network, its invaluable contributions encompass fisheries, agriculture, plantations, and surface water tax sectors.
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Renowned for its abundant plankton and delectable fish, the Kayan River holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Kalimantan. This aquatic lifeline bears immense significance, necessitating its protection from pollution. Upholding the upstream reaches, harmonizing them with forests and habitats, is vital for sustaining this delicate equilibrium.
Indeed, the Kayan River's course spans an impressive 575 kilometers, charting its path through Malinau County. The river's origins trace back to the heights of Mount Ukeng, specifically within the embrace of Long Ampung Village in the South Kayan District of Malinau Regency.
Upon its journey's conclusion, it gracefully merges with the Tanjung Palas Tengah District of Bulungan Regency.
A collective understanding emerges—one that underscores the Kayan River's role as a wellspring of life. Its abundance must be safeguarded and nurtured with unwavering dedication.
A testament to its significance, the Kayan Watershed encompasses the Kayan Mentarang National Park, traversing Tanjung Selor, the capital of North Kalimantan Province, as well as the heart of Bulungan Regency.
As the river reaches its delta, it fans out into a broad expanse, a testament to the power and vitality it brings to the lands it graces.*)