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Introducing Tarakan

Although it’s conveniently close to the Sabah border and a stepping stone to other places, Tarakan offers little of cultural interest. It was the site of bloody fighting between Australians and Japanese at the end of WWII.


BNI bank (Bank Negara Indonesia; Jl Yos Sudarso) Foreign exchange and an ATM.

Immigration office (21242; Jl Sumatra) For visa regulations related to crossing between Indonesia and Malaysia.

PT Angkasa Express (51789; fax 23326; Jl Yos Sudarso, THM Plaza, Blok D-5) Air and boat tickets.

PT Sampurna Andal Mandiri (21975; Jl Yos Sudarso) Also air and boat tickets.