Blogs from Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan, Indonesia, Asia


Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun May 22nd 2018

We arrive at Gatwick in good time for lunch in the lounge. And champagne of course. Boarding the Emerates A380 and settling in to our “suite” is always a pleasure. All passes smoothly, we follow James' example of watching films all the way and being asked to stopping loudly by a passenger who wants to sleep. Four hours transit in Dubai however is not such fun. It is the middle of the night, it is now our bed time, but we join all the other passengers in the lounge who are sitting, eating and wandering around like zombies as we all want to be in bed. Meanwhile the airport is full of Japanese tour group following their flag bearer in closed up ranks, transiting to who knows where but suitably hatted and scarved against the burning ... read more
Checking if it is safe to come down
Mama eats sugar cane
Swinging about

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun April 6th 2017

I didn't know what got into me but as soon as I returned from my Orang Utan trip to Tanjung Puting, I had the urge of going back. This time, it was such a short trip, and I decided to check out on Tanjung Keluang National Park where there was a turtle conservation, funded by the government. My guide, Yomie, was kind enough to pick me up at the airport from which we had a quick stop at a nearby restaurant and had delicious grilled fresh-water fish. From there, we headed towards Kumai, a sleepy port town near Pangkalan Bun. Most people in Kumai made a living as fishermen, tourism or from river transport. It is the main port used for the entry to Tanjung Puting and for transport of goods in and out of Pangkalan ... read more
Ground area available for picnic or team building
Hatched baby Turtles are being fed
Baby Turtle heading to the sea

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun February 11th 2017

I woke up early. Checked my watch, it was almost 5am. The two lovebirds are deep asleep; let them. After washing my face I climbed up the deck. Daylight was breaking out and I could hear some birds busy with their daily chores. A pristine and peaceful early morning. All creatures of the night have gone to sleep, an eerie calm blanketed over the misty wilderness. Today is my last day in Borneo. We are yet to see the Camp Leakey, the orangutan habitat that was established by legendary Dr. Galdikas. I was also keen on visiting a local village. It’s probably my lifetime opportunity to meet the locals here and learn about their lifestyle away from the civilization. **************** The six cylinder engine of the boat roared into life around 7am. Desi and Kadek were ... read more
Are they all mine!
Let me get out of here!
Ah, so tasty!

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun January 28th 2017

When I was a little boy growing up in India, I remember the monsoon days when I used to cuddle with my father in the evenings and pestered him to tell me the stories of the jungles around the world, the tigers, the lions and other animals. My father was awesome storyteller. He used to tell me the stories of Jim Corbett and the man-eating tigers, lions in Africa, dense forests in Borneo and his own experiences in the jungles in India. Lying close to him and curled up, I used to listen to those amazing stories while it rained outside. With the symphony of torrential rains on the tin roof, my childhood dream used to roam around in a make-believe world of animal kingdom, in the vast savannas of Africa, in the dense forests of ... read more
Arriving in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo
Kumai River
Sailing along the Sekonyer River

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun November 27th 2016

Tanjung Puting National Park was one of the places to visit on my bucket list. I didn't think twice when I got the invitation from a friend who organised the trip. Prior to this, all I knew about Pangkalan Bun was the fact that it was located in Central Kalimantan, of which the capital city was Palangka Raya. Neither did I know the two airlines that flew direct from Jakarta: Trigana and Kalstar (Garuda flies via Semarang). I had associated old propeller planes when travelling to remote places in Indonesia, so it was a pleasant surprise when I boarded a jet plane. It turned out my friend was able to gather 24 participants, all of whom arrived safely at Iskandar Airport on Friday morning. After collecting our luggages, we were picked up by our Tour Operator, ... read more
Sekonyer River
Proboscis Monkey

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun September 18th 2015

Camp Leakey is door dr. Galdikas in 1971 opgericht om het gedrag van de orang utangs te bestuderen, het bijzondere is dat in dit kamp al ruim 40 jaar hetzelfde onderzoeksteam werkt. Het is gekkenhuis met Klotoks aan de pier, er liggen er wel een paar dozijn. Via een lang houten pad op palen komen we bij het informatiecentrum, waar alles wordt uitgelegd over de orang utangs. Het centrum is nog niet erg met de moderne tijd meegegaan, overal hangen vergeelde foto's en de informatie is een paar decennia terug afgedrukt en ingelijst. Na het informatiecentrum lopen we door het woud naar het voederplatform, waar we een ware nachtmerrie aantreffen. Natuurlijk zijn de ouwetjes van National Geographic al aanwezig, maar ook al de andere buitenlandse toeristen en een blik irritante Indonesische die meer aandacht hebben voor ... read more
Woudreus met parasietboom
Even banaantje oppeuzelen

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun September 15th 2015

Om kwart voor zes staan we op en gaan naar het ontbijt, waar we een grote variëteit aan koude en warme gerechten aantreffen. Heel druk is het nog niet, alleen wat Japanse jongeren, waarvan de meisjes al giechelend het buffet afstruinen. De shuttle brengt ons vandaag veel sneller naar de binnenlandse terminal toe, waar het erg druk is. In Indonesië mogen alleen passagiers de terminal in en wordt al je bagage bij de ingang gescand. Geheel volgens verwachting zegt de dame aan de balie schaamteloos dat de vlucht naar Pangkalan Bun twee uur vertraagd is, en dat om half acht ‘s ochtends. Wij zijn niet verbaasd want thuis heeft Robbert de vluchten bekeken, en minstens een uur vertraging is normaal op deze route. We nemen de shuttle naar de internationale terminal en wisselen daar wat euro's, ... read more
Onze Klotok
Even slingeren
Wat er allemaal 's nachts door het bos kruipt....

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun July 20th 2015

Today we are leaving Borobudur to Borneo. Borobudur was awesome. So, we took a taxi to the airport and flew to Borneo after catching a connecting flight. When we got to Borneo we took a taxi to our hotel. Our hotel was amazing!!! It had an infinity pool and a masssage chair in our room. We went into the pool for a little bit and ordered room service for dinner. I had fried rice, Ania had fish and my dad had Gado Gado. We watched TV and went to bed. When we woke up we got ready and checked out of this hotel. We were going to stay at a lodge for a night and stay on a boat for the other night. We got in the taxi to get to our boat. When we go ... read more
Looking for Monkeys in Borneo
King #2

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun August 1st 2014

We arrived in Pangkalan Bun on an hour and a half flight from Jakarta. Pangkalan Bun is in Kalimantan which is the Indonesian side of the island of Borneo. The main tourist attraction here is the Tanjung Puting National Park. We have arranged for a three day, two night trip up the river into the park on a klotok (houseboat). The owner of the tour company we booked our trip through met us at the airport and drove us into town. He recommended a cheap hotel to spend the night while we await our trip to start early the next day. The place was a bit of a dive but it worked for one night. The next day we were met by our tour guide and we loaded up for the 20 mins drive out to ... read more
Alex & our guide
First encounter
Feigning bravery

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pangkalan Bun July 30th 2012

we hired a klotok for four days and sailed up and down the river and canals in tanjung puting national park. these were the most enjoyable days of our holiday in kalimantan... read more
the river
orang utang and baby
orang utang

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