Welcome to Muara Muntai
Considering the price of ironwood these days, the streets of Muara Muntai might as well be paved with gold. This riverside town's nearly 20km network of richly weathered boardwalks clack loudly with passing motorbikes, adding to the rich Mahakam soundscape and giving the impression of a floating village. The sound of money has also caught the attention of unscrupulous traders who offer to replace the boardwalks at cost, then sell the 'reclaimed' lumber to builders in Bali, circumventing restrictions on the trade of new ironwood. Sadly a stretch of boardwalk in the village centre has been replaced with concrete.
Muara Muntai is an interesting place to wander and the best base for day trips to Lakes Jempang or Melintang.