Louu Taman Jamrud, Tanjung Isuy, Indonesia
Penginapan Longhouse Tanjung Isuy Reviews
Penginapan Longhouse Jul 07, 2011
Penginapan is a traditional longhouse which has been converted into a losmen. They have kept the longhouse as a reception area where the guest will be received and there will be locals selling souvenirs if there are many guest around. The longhouse isn’t used for accommodation so it doesn’t really give you an impression of how the Dayak used to live in their houses but it do give you a bit of insight into the construction of the house if you are interested.
The rooms are located in two wings running diagonal to the main longhouse. There are around 20 rooms so it is possible the losmen can be a bit crowded at times but during my stay there was no one else staying at the losmen so it was quite. The rooms are all basic with only a bed with a mosquito and a night table to leave a book and place the very convenient fan the rooms come equipped with. Out on the hall is the common toilets and showers - they have both Indonesian style mandis and western porcelain style toilets the later come without a toilet seat.
In the hall there are a big table where there seems to be a constant supply of free hot water, tea and coffee. At the end of the hall you can go out to a small porch from where you can look out at the area - the view is ok but not the main selling point of the losmen.
Staying at a place with a giant area where the locals sell souvenirs might discourage some people - but the sellers only seems to come when there are a lot of people around and they generally don’t seem to be too pushy. Only one woman did insist on selling something but she did take no for an answer after a while.
Out in front of the losmen you can sit on the elevated porch and look out at the courtyard which seems to be a favorite spot for the local kids to go and play hide and seek. The courtyard is surrounded by traditional Dayak statues which are usually present at a longhouse. If there are many guests present they will arrange a welcoming ceremony. During my stay a group of tourist sailing on a major cruise boat arrived at the losmen just to see this welcoming ceremony. I was invited to come to the ceremony - if I paid something for the children in the ceremony naturally not for the adults in the ceremony. I wasn’t sure what was appropriate to pay and the man wouldn’t indicate what he wanted. Finally I suggest 50,000 Rupiah (about $5-6) which he accepted so either I was paying way too much or I just got really lucky with my first number.
The ceremony got traditional dancing by the kinds and the women while the men play drums. During the ceremony they also do some sort of mock healing where they show what the medicine man would do to cure people possessed by evil spirits. The ceremony isn’t really a traditional ceremony the way the Dayak used to perform them and it is probably a bit of a mix between different dances which doesn’t traditional fit together. But it if there is a ceremony while you stay at the losmen you should join in and give a bit of a donation for the children - of course.
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