Location : Desa Long Bawan, Kecamatan Krayan, Kabupaten Nunukan, Kalimantan Utara, Indonesia.

Doing the side tour to Long Bawan using Mr Sem Tagal’s 4X4 vehicle was most memorable. The crossborder trip to this Lundayeh tribe’s town was less than an hour, passing through military and immigration checkpoints on both sides of the border. Border Checkpoint, Pos Imigresen Malaysia, Immigration, Indonesia, Krayan, Long Midang, adventure, exploration, Interior Village, Highlands, Tourism, Cross Border, 跨境婆罗洲游踪, 马来西亚砂拉越, 印尼北加里曼丹,

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Another frontier and another border peg conquered

Currently there are no proper CIQ on Malaysia’s side and PLBN (Pos Lintas Batas Nasional) on the Indonesian side. We were issued with just a letter stamped by both immigrations allowing us 2 weeks stay although we just wanted a day trip.

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No passsport necessary. Just a letter

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The road from Bakelalan to the border was pretty bad with some parts undergoing construction.

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Most rural bridges are choked with mud due to bad engineering design
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Poor quality road built by the Malaysian army

 

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Lots of buffaloes on the way to the border

A proper CIQ was being built and should be ready anytime soon.

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Malaysian CIQ building under construction
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Pos Imigresen Malaysia

Road construction looked more urgent on the Indonesian side with wide gravel roads thanks yet again to Pak Jokowi’s strategy on infrastructure near the Malaysian border.

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Army checkpoint after the border

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Stacks of cement. Our driver Sem told us how he used to good money just by ferrying cement to Long Bawan. Now this is taken over by the Indonesian themselves. At the same time they drive their produce bypassing Bakelalan to sell direct to Lawas instead. Time and fortune changing hands.

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Many cows over the border so drive carefully

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Hopefully, the Malaysian government will reciprocate and catch up with Jokowi’s. As he joins these dots with the Trans Kalimantan route, Indonesians living near the border of Sarawak can enjoy a better livelihood as envisioned by this no nonsense President. Syabas Jokowi.

Honestly, as we were cruising around Long Bawan town we felt that the grass was greener on this side of the border, for the first time! Border town, adventure, traditional, exploration, Interior Village, Highlands, native, Suku Dayak Lundayeh, Obyek wisata, Tourism, travel guide, Cross Border, Borneo, 穿越婆罗洲印尼, 北加里曼丹高原

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A horse!!!!
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Hilux w/o licence plate

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One of several budget hotels they call losmen or penginapan

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Sem suggested a few warongs for lunch but in the end we settled on one which could cook us a nice vegetarian meal.

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Nice Javanese lunch and coffee everywhere in Kalimantan is awesome
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Maybe eaten raw or cooked as according to our guide Sem Tagal

After which we continued with visits to several places that would interest many tourists. Next…….Lundayeh craft centre, Javanese tofu factory and best of all, the highland salt factory.

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