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Travelling from Bali to Sarawak

  • nakedbackpa-

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    I am currently in Thailand and am heading to Bali for a wedding in October. Whilst there I thought I would go to Borneo, do some trekking and see some Orangutans.

    After some research I have found that the best place would be Sarawak and the Gunung Gading National Park. I have chosen this as it is cheap and easy to do as an individual rather than booking a tour.

    Any suggestions of how to get to Sarawak from Bali? I know that Air Asia has some flights but they are not the cheapest and I am really concerned about money rather than comfort plus it is the unforgettable journeys that are the cheapest.

    Also if anyone has any other suggestions of places to visit then that would be great. I am only at the start of the researching process so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I did want to do some volunteering or something like that, i know you can volunteer as a teacher but as I am being paid for that in Thailand this is not onb my list of things to do. I was looking for womething with Animals but after reading numurous reviews and blogs I have discovered that you cant do this without paying a fortune and generally this doews not help the animals in anyway instead facilitates the "rehabilitaion centres" to take on more animals to encourage more tourists. If anyone has any views on this that would be great as it is something that i would like to do but not to the extent of damaging or paying lots of money that will not get me an amazing experience.

    Thanks in advance for all your help.

    #1 Posted: 24/6/2012 - 21:08

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  • captainbkk

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    bad news for you: NO direct flights, and connections do eat time+money-as you have discovered. There is hardly any traffic over the border there-plus that Indonesians never talk about Borneo-its Kalimantan.Plus-that If you book wisely-perhaps wait for their promosi, AA IS the cheapest-but you have to go via KUL. Maybe try other nearby ports to bali, like Surabaya-but do not expect too much on it.
    there are alternatives in INdo: like that park nearby Medan, Sumatera. But flying DPS-MDN also takes some 3 hrs-if it would be direct.
    be sensible-forget that teener dreaming-and that ''volutneering''. They do not need you-just try to do something that teachers are supposed to: think of any possible work/job you could do vs the multi-millions underpaid orang-orang dari Indonesi

    #2 Posted: 25/6/2012 - 06:33

  • nakedbackpa-

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    ok, so as borneo seems to be out. Any suggestions of another island near Bali that we can travel to that will have something adventures to do cheaply. Is it just best to wait until I get there to have a look at the tours on offer or should I book before I go? Idealy I would like to do it on my own as it always works out cheaper than going with a tour company but I am open to suggestions.

    #3 Posted: 25/6/2012 - 20:00

  • traveloworld

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    This information will help me to traveling Bali to sarawak.

    #4 Posted: 26/6/2012 - 04:57

  • KirstyB

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    What about taking a flight to Flores and then working your way back to Bali overland by sea and road. Flores is a beautiful island with lots to explore and you could take a boat from Labuanbajo on the west of the island to Lombok via Komodo National Park - no orang-utans but plenty of other fauna. Once on Lombok you could consider climbing Rinjani if you're still in need of a strenuous adventure or head to the beaches in the south or over to the Gillis. I would suggest travelling this way (Flores to Lombok/east to west ) for a few reasons: most people do it the other way round, flights are often cheaper from Bali to Flores rather than vv and this way you'll know how much time you have to play with.

    Last year I went from Bali to Sarawak and the cheapest routing for me (all on Air Asia) was to fly Bali to Singapore, bus straight from the airport to Johor Bharu and then another flight JB to Kuching.

    #5 Posted: 26/6/2012 - 05:40

  • mooball

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    Could always head to Java and look at a few volcanoes as well as Borobudur.

    #6 Posted: 1/7/2012 - 02:19

  • intrepidsta-

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    What about seeing the orangutans in Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan instead? Since it is still Indonesia it might be cheaper for you to get a flight from Bali to Kalimantan.

    #7 Posted: 12/8/2012 - 02:54

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