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By John Wassner

The indigenous humans of Borneo use blowpipes and poisoned arrows. They put on "pan-handle" haircuts, stay in communal dwellings and a few tribes have mastered the artwork of creating themselves "invisible" within the jungle. yet chiefly, they've got a name as fearsome headhunters. Having forged apart his Armani denims and acquired up the entire jungle gear he may possibly locate, the writer units off to adventure and discover the wilds of Borneo, one of many final really unknown areas in the world. His in simple terms situation: even if he will be capable of finding a good cup of coffee within the jungle. yet existence within the wasteland seems to be fairly agreeable - with fantastic (if strange) foodstuff, all-night longhouse events, drunken natives and breathtaking atmosphere. In a trip that took year of making plans and practise, the writer takes at the robust Rajang river, traveling up its many tributaries into the center of Borneo - traveling distant longhouses, remoted frontier cities, govt outposts, logging camps and nomadic tribes deep within the jungle.

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I check the kitchen for more coffee and I’m in luck. A fresh pot has just been put on the fire and is starting to bubble away. Mug in hand, I walk back outside and start exploring the surroundings. The rain has eased off and a few rays of sunshine are starting to break through the dark clouds, bathing the landscape in an eerie light. Everything is still, other than the rushing, brown water below. The longboats, tied securely against a large palm tree, are straining against their ropes in the fast-moving river.

The heat is unbelievable and I can feel the sun burning right through my clothes. For the first time I can actually experience the benefits of well-designed ‘adventure travel’ clothing, and I am glad that I listened to the expert advice of the salesman back in the Sydney trekking shop as I roll down my shirtsleeves for added protection, and zip the fulllength trouser sleeves on to my ‘convertible’ shorts, much 39 espresso with the headhunters to the amusement of the boatman who has been watching the proceedings with great interest.

Toilets of this kind are commonplace in Borneo, and while the locations may vary from secluded spots to quite open areas, they all have one thing in common: 47 espresso with the headhunters they are, for obvious reasons, invariably located down-river from the bathing areas. Refreshed and clean, I once more climb up the bamboo steps, the ‘monkey log’, and back in the bilik manage to get changed into a fresh set of clothes under my all-purpose sarong. Outside the door, the troops are starting to gather on a big mat, emerging one-by-one out of the various apartments.

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