Monday, April 18, 2016

On the Way to Deepest Borneo!

I'm very excited about this next journey. 11 days, 7 stops, and a proper loop which means I'll (barely) have to go back the way I came at any point on the trip. Here's a map of the plan I've photoshopped...


In Indonesia, West Borneo is called Kalimantan Barat, or just KalBar. I'll be landing in Pontianak, the regional capital on the 20th (I've got a 13 hour layover in KL that I'm not looking forward to), and my first goal is to find a place that I can rent a decent bike. Most importantly, something with rack on the back onto which I can strap my backpack. During my recent Myanmar tour, I had the bag essentially as a passenger on the seat which wasn't so comfortable. 

Then, I'll need to decide as to whether to drive the first leg to Sanggau or go by river boat up the Kapuas River. The Kapuas is Indonesia's biggest river and the largest river in the world located on an island. It would be interesting, but if it's like 12 hours, that's too long.

You'll notice that the third leg is in black. That's because Google Maps could not find a road connecting Balai Karangan and Bengkayang. But this detailed map from the Indonesian tourism board clearly shows there is...



Anyways, I'm not sure if there's a road or not... which is a plot point in and of itself...

I've read there are some lovely beaches in Singkawan and Pemangkat.

Other than that, I don't know what to expect. Wish me luck! 

4 comments:

  1. Good luck! I'll pray for you! Blessings, Lynn

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  2. Borneo huh..? When I grew up there were stories about man-eaters (cannibals), so you watch out for them!

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    1. This is true! Borneo was home to some of the most notorious cannibals on Earth. I've arrived in Pontianak, but I'm having one big problem: there's no place to rent a motorcycle!

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  3. Exclusive post.. Thanks for sharing with us . Keep updating your blog.

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