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help with BORNEO itinerary & visa

Posted by louzdelaluna on 12/4/2014 at 03:12

Dear travelers,

I'm planning a trip through Malaysian & Indonesian Borneo and I'd need advice for my itinerary.

I am landing in Kota Kinabalu and I am proceeding to Sulawesi.

My itinitial plan was the following:
Visit Sabah (Mt Kinabalu, Sepilok, Danum valley, Pulau Sipadan)
Cross by sea (with a prearrenged visa) to east Kalimantan
Visit Kailimantan (Derawan archipelago, Wehea forest, cross borneo trek?, Loksado) and go all the way to Pontaniak
Cross overland to Kuching and visit Sarawak
Cross back (visa on arrival) and connect to Sulawesi from Pontaniak

This may not seems very efficient but basically the trick for me is to first use my 30-day prearranged visa for Indonesia, then exit to Malaysia and neter again to obtain a new 30-day visa on arrival, to be extended later for another 30 days, thereby allowing me a total stay of 90 days, which is definitely not too much for vast indonesia.

But things seem to complicate when it gest to transport:
How to connect to the rest of Kalimantan from Pontaniak?
How to connect from Ponatniak to Sulawesi?

Alternatively, I could just do Sabah > Sarawak > Kalimantan from west to east and proceed to Sulawesi. This means I'll only get a visa on arrival in Enkitong, and extend it once. But then I might go to peninsular Malaysia from Java and then back to Sumatra, getting a new 30-day visa on arrival, and summing up to 90 days again. But then I still have the problem:
How to connect from Pontaniak to the rest of Kalimantan?
Are Sabah & Sarawak well connected by road?

Thank you very much in advance for you much needed advice! :-)

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Posted by captainbkk on 13/4/2014 at 07:09

NO, there hardly any roads Sabah-Kalimantan (==the usual Indo name for its part of Borneo).There IS a road, with frequent buses west side, from Srawak, Kuching-Pontianak. Some of the buses run onward to Brunei, try
There is a daft simple answer to all these nagging probs; FLY, by kepal terbang (=airship). try LIOnair or AirAsia for cheap=murah. Try a normal airlinerouteplanner like amadeus to check if there are other airlines if they do not fly. INdo has scores of local and often not that safe (banned by the EU and US due to concerns about pilots licencing and maintanance) airlines. Routes often change and mostly is NOT online and buy tiket=karcis when there. The fears that any young newbee nowadays seems to have about fullness 5-6 monthes before is just daft nonsense.
BTW -the Indo part of Borneo has very little to really see, its mainly a fairly expensive tree-logging and oil-searching area with bisnis aimed at that. Only advisable If you have enough of Asia experience. Sulawesi is different in that.

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