Photographer's Note

Bath Time in the river near the car ferry crossing one of the deeper rivers in this jungle area. The man was very cheerful and smily as we watched him having an early morning bath.

The many rivers of Borneo serve as the main arteries of internal commerce. Among the most important are the Rajang, Kapuas, Barito, and Mahakam rivers.

With a population estimated at around 15 million the island is rather sparsely populated. Principal cities include Banjarmasin, Pontianak, and Balikpapan in Indonesian Borneo and Kuching in Sarawak. The population consists of three main groups: the Dayaks, the aboriginal inhabitants; the largely Muslim Malays, whose chief occupations are trading, farming, and fishing; and the Chinese, who are mainly traders. The number of Indonesians has been increasing, particularly in Central Kalimantan Province of Indonesian Borneo, since the government of Indonesia began offering assistance to citizens wishing to migrate from densely populated areas of the island of Java. Few Europeans, Eurasians, or Indians inhabit Borneo.

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