Our most recent trip was to the island of Borneo to the area where Christina was born and raised. The people there are almost all Dayak, same with most of Borneo. The smaller northern part of the Island is part of Malaysia and the tiny oil-rich country of Brunei. The largest portion belongs to Indonesia. There will be plenty of info on Dayak culture elsewhere on this site.
The area of Borneo we visited is just across the Malaysian border. It’s hilly, jungle and beautiful. The people are kind and layed back. The cost of living is very low and it is poor by most standards. Kuching Maylasia on the other hand is a modern port city (http://dayakdreams.com/travels/kuching-malaysia-beautiful-port-city-borneo/) so we will be remote but only 2.5 hours from the South China sea and an international airport.
We will make Balai Karangan or Kuala Dua our home. Christina’s family has land their so it’s probable we will build a house on a hill by the Sekayam River. First it was going to be Bali, Then Salatiga but now we’ve decided to move to Borneo. This is our final answer. I am really excited about exploring the area. Some villages are still more easily reached by boat and we intend to canoe our way to them.
The trip from Jakarta was quite reasonable. $35.00 each way to Pontianak and a $35.00 cab ride to Balai Karangan. We stayed with Christina’s brother Christo and wife, Bintang. They were truly wonderful hosts. Make sure you look at the pictures of their amazing house below