After some great days passed with Yana and her friends in the surroundings of Melak experiencing Dayak life and nature, it was eventually time to say goodbye, going back to Mahakam River in the village of Tering to take the Kapal Biasa and head toward Long Bagun.
This was best location of the many available in the area, Melak, Long Iram and Tering: We took this choice according to this travel article about Tering Lama and this other blog post we read about the Dayak side of the village, Tering Lama, and it was definitely a good decision!
Once again Yana and her Backpacking friends, managed to give us a direct ride to Tering, while they were on their way to a camping weekend on top of a local mountain, that we had to decline because of limited time.
The village of Tering is composed of three different agglomerations: the first one, is the "Malay" village, where people working in the mines are living; then is the Dayak village of Tering Lama just across the river (you can cross for free with the ferry carryig the motorbikes, or for 5000Rp with a fast boat, don't be scammed), and then the newest part of all, Tering Baru.
The over sized Mosque dominating the skyline of Tering
In the Malay...