Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tour d'Borneo 7: Sambas to Pemangkat

Part Seven. Leaving the city of Sambas for the coast.

I had this weird psychic premonition experience on the way out of town. Somewhere in the back of my head, I knew that police in SE Asia set up check points on the edges of towns, checking people coming in and out. I rounded a curve on my way out of Sambas and thought that it would be the perfect place for a police check point. Hadn't thought about the cops up until that curve. 200 meters down the road, there was a police check point.

I was a bit nervous, which explains why I forgot to turn the GoPro on. I was driving legally. My Myanmar drivers license, by treaty, is valid anywhere in ASEAN, but would the cops know this? I had the motorbike's registration. The rental receipt. I was wearing my helmet, of course. Still, I had read online at the Living in Indonesia Forum, that I still might run into troubles. The Kalimantan police were notoriously corrupt and greedy. They'd find something to demand money from me.

As it turned out, they didn't ask to see a single document. No DL, registration or anything. All they demanded was that I allow them to take pictures with me. Heh heh, okay. Enjoy the video


  1. We almost bought a dash cam to record our drive across the 17 mile Chesapeake Bay bridges and tunnels, plus the up coming drive thru Manhattan. But we didn't. Anyway We are enjoying going along on your trip!

  2. Thank you for your video; I truly enjoyed watching it. It's wonderful seeing where you are going, and basically travelling with you, like your mom said. :) The music you use is wonderful, too. You mentioned about a Karaoke place that had roof problems. Were you looking to sing at Karaoke? Prayer for you continues. Blessings, Lynn


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