Location : Bontang & Sangkima & Sangatta, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
It was day 3 in Samarinda and we were very eager to hit the road again to kick start our drive towards the highlight of our journey, ‘Derawan/Maratua islands’. At 8.30am sharp Baha the younger brother of our host Guntur was at our doorstep to pick us with his 30day old Toyota Avanza. The first 30minutes of the journey was misleadingly smooth. After that it was nightmarish. Just too many potholes and landslides. The signages ‘Hati Hati Jalan Berlubang’ which meant ‘Beware of potholes’ all along the way were of no help but just to remind frustrated drivers of the road condition.
On the way to Kota Bontang
Buddhist Centre Samarinda, the biggest in South East Asia
More dragon fruit farms along the way to Bontang
Nothing exciting along this coastal road to Bontang. Bontang looks modern compared to most towns in Kalimantan. Mostly shops than residential houses and nice big roads too.
Entrance to Kota Bontang
Karaoke bars lined the sides of the road leading to the wharf.
Boats to another island Beras Basah
Singapore’s icon the Merlion viewed from the port
It was ‘hello goodbye Bontang‘ and we were off to Sangkima beach next. Nothing much to explore here too. One of those ‘tried & erred’ situations, our first for this trip.
Afternoon market at Sangkima
Preparing peanut sauce for gado gado
Entrance to Sangkima beach
Teluk Lombok Sangkima
….till the cows come home
Compound of Pertamina Office
Coming out of Sangkima our car’s front wheel came off. Such a shock for a 30day old Toyota car. Maybe that should indicate how bad the road condition was. After 15 minutes of searching we managed to locate the missing nut right under the car. Arrived at Sangatta 2 hours later to call it a day.
Believe it or not this wheel came off! Baha got if fixed before dark, thank God
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