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Northwest of Kandangan, the riverside town of Negara is the gateway to a vast wetland ranch where water buffalo swim from their elevated corrals at sunrise in search of grazing areas and are herded back at dusk by cowboys in canoes – an interesting sight if you’re there in late afternoon. The town is a memorable sight too, with its huge mosque and brilliant dome rising across the bridge as you enter. Surprisingly, there is no hotel. Rent a boat across the street to see the swimming cattle (200,000Rp).

To get here from Kandagan take a public minibus (7000Rp, one hour), shared Japanese sedan with four people (15,000Rp per person, charter 60,000Rp), or ojek (40,000Rp).

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