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.
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.
The road from Bakelalan to the border was pretty bad with some parts undergoing construction.
A proper CIQ was being built and should be ready anytime soon.
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.
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.
Sem suggested a few warongs for lunch but in the end we settled on one which could cook us a nice vegetarian meal.
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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