Blogs from Kalimantan, Indonesia, Asia - page 3


Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Samarinda April 23rd 2014

It was a spur of the moment kind of trip. I had my ticket to Chongqing and China visa ready the day before departure, but the Yangtze River Cruise schedule didn't fit with my flight itinerary. I had to postpone my Yangtze River cruise trip to some other time as I didn't want to take annual leave more than I needed. The next thing I did was to go to Singapore Airlines website and went thru alphabetically all the flights that didn't require Visa (Indonesian needs visa to travel to many places in this world unfortunately). Then, I remembered my wish list of a Mahakam River Cruise, and the flight to Balikpapan from Singapore was also available. Once flight was booked, I was frantically looking for a tour agent that could arrange a cruise in such ... read more
Jantur Village
Fishermen and their catch
Proboscis Monkey

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak August 1st 2013

I've been saving that blog title for weeks ever since I decided to start my second round of this year's Indonesian travels in the West Kalimantan capital of Pontianak. Pontianak has the distinction of being one of the few cities in the world smack dab on the equator. The airport, however, is well south of the city and hence below the equator. There are many ways to cross from Malaysian Borneo to the Indonesian side but I opted for yet another flight, this time from Kuching, bringing July's monthly total to 8. Flying has become ridiculously cheap in Southeast Asia, often cheaper then the bus ride between the same destinations. After spending 30 days in Malaysian Boreno, it is safe to say that I'm extremely glad that I undertook Borneo's principle tourist activities back in 2006, ... read more
Simultaneoulsy Standing On Both Halves of Planet Earth
Tugu Khatulistiwa
Cruising the Muddy Sungai Kapuas

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Palangkaraya March 21st 2013

I travel alone, at least, most of the time I do. It isn’t that I especially want to travel on my own, but it is just a fact that the vast majority of the people on this planet do not have the time or the money to do so. If they have the money, they don’t have the time, if they have the time, they don’t have the money. In the west, it is a different situation, there it, in the end, comes down to choice and most folks choose differently than I do. I chose to focus entirely on seeing as much of this great big world as possible, and with it eschewed the comfortable certainties of life: the job, the pension, the white picket fence with dog and family, the mortgage, the stress, the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Balikpapan March 10th 2013

The Mahakam River is long, obviously not nearly as long as the great rivers of the world, but long enough to do some cruising. It reaches right up into the heart of Kalimantan, and though it sounds like a ‘Heart of Darkness’ experience, it isn’t. Being rather big means all kind of river traffic can make its way up, and that in turn makes it easy to exploit the natural resources along it. And exploited they have been and are still being. Coal is the main resource, followed by timber, and, so it seems, gold. With rapids only really restricting access to the last third, the rest has been up for grabs. As you take a passenger ferry up or down it you will pass a lot of coal barges, and a lot ports serving the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Samarinda March 2nd 2013

Kalimantan, I have been here for almost two weeks now and if I have noticed one thing is that you get somewhere near to nowhere on a daily basis. Not because the destinations I have been to are so far flung, but because transport is so slow, and this in turn it caused by the abysmal condition of the roads. It didn’t come as a surprise, I knew what to expect, and quite frankly I am exactly where I thought I would be after twelve days, in Samarinda. What I didn’t quite realize is how expensive transport would be. You pay premium for crap rides in Kalimantan, and you don’t get very far or very much for it. If I didn’t have to pay so much for getting anywhere, I would be on half the budget ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Derawan August 26th 2012

Hey hey. Sorry about the lack of updates, connies forgot to publish the last one so it has been sitting saved for ages. We have spent 10 nights in Derawan which can only be described as paradise. We spent every day snorkelling in the morning and afternoon and the evenings playing cards with various people on piers over the ocean. The snorkelling was fantastic with crocodile fish, stone fish and scorpion fish being regular sightings and we have now swum with over 100 turtles. One slight problem was that it was really remote so there was no ATM on the island so connie and i lived off 6p packet of noodles for about 5 nights straight but on the last night a spanish family took us out for dinner to give us some proper food. While ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Derawan August 11th 2012

from samarinda we flew to berau and then by boat we reached the island of derawan where we stayed a week. we visited the other island of the archipelago - kakaban with its incredible lake and jellyfish, maratua. everyday we went snorkelling on the reef and swam with dozen of green turtles which were grazing a metre from our bungalow on stilt. at night we and the park guard released babies turtles in the ocean... read more
the village
derawan homestay
the village

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Samarinda August 8th 2012

from samarinda we went up the great river Mahakam. we stayed three days in muara muntai, a little village on stilts and from there we visited tanjung issuy and muara pahu. travelling on the river by boat we spotted the river dolphins.... read more
white herons
a full load

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Banjarmasin August 4th 2012

from banjarmasin we went to loksado, a tiny village among verdant hills and rivers... read more
a waterfall
a hanging bridge
cinnamon sticks

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Banjarmasin August 3rd 2012

at dawn we went to the floting market... read more
the floating market
the floating market
the floating market

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