Location : Desa Temajuk, Kecamatan Paloh, Kabupaten Sambas, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
There are 2 ways to get here, one is by boat round the western most corner of Borneo (or the southern tip of Sarawak) and the other other way is by bike/walk via Telok Melano a Malay village an hour boat ride away from Sematan jetty. After being done with our community service organised by the Sai Babas I decided to get hold of Man the ojek who is an Iban married to a local girl here.
Bike journey starts
For most part of the ride it was anything but pleasant, full of pot holes and bumps. Nice houses line both sides of the ‘road’ leading to Paloh’s beautiful beaches. Had a chat with policeman Suharmi at the canteen. Funny how nobody cares about the legitimacy of my entry into Indonesia. Probably my ojek did the explanation and made life easier for me. This must be one of the most hassle free border crossings I have ever done. Besides it is only 15minutes ride apart. I would not mind staying for a couple of days if homestay could be arranged. I am sure this can be easily done as Paloh and Melano villagers inter marry. Fresh seafood must also be easily available here.
Temajuk immigration office
With policeman Suharmi
Swiftlet farm/Rumah walet
Pontianak bikers doing the paperwork at the police station on the Sarawak side
On the way back I paid a visit to a jellyfish processing factory. Interesting sight as I observed the pairs of workers carrying plastic boxes strung on bamboo poles making trips back and forth along the beach to the fishing boats for the jellyfish. People here are extra friendly and always the first to strike a conversation.
Jellyfish processing factory
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