KALIMANTAN TRAVEL TIPS
Replies: 103 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 6:13 AM Last Post By: durianwriter
Sep 25, 2012 3:00 AM
First of all a big thank you for everyone contributed to this thread (and others too on TT). I have been reading information about Kalimantan since more than a year (and yes, been there already too). However, the reason for this post now is the fact that I will get back there in less than a week.
We have largely laid out a schedule, but still unsure what to do exactly, so I would like to ask some questions/advice/thoughts etc.
We will start the trip from Palankaraya due to the fact that my partner will be there already. However, i will arrive in Jakarta late sunday night (30th Sept) and plan to take the earliest flight out to either Palangkaraya or Palangkabun.I plan to be in Tumbang Manggu by the 2nd or 3rd of October, alternatively Palangkaraya on the third. Does anyone know how much time it takes from Palangkabun to Tumbang Manggu (or Kasongan, which is on the road)? Is there anything worth seeing in between given limited time I have (apart from Tanjung Puting?).
After Palangkaraya, we have around two weeks to travel around Kalimantan, and we want to spend the last couple of days on Derawan to relax and snorkeling and stuff. Our initial plans looked like this:
Palangkaraya->Banjamarsin->Loksado->kandangan->Balikpapan->Samarinda->Kutai NP-> Berau-> Derawan.
However, we have heard that Loksado, though being nice (some sources) is overrated (other sources). We have no lonely planet so i don't really know what they suggest. Is it worth going there if we want to do some trekking (2 or 3 days?) in the rainforest and maybe see some villages? Is the rainforest nice there? If not, where would you suggest going istead? I have read some things about Tangkilling NP in Central Kalimantan and the region around the Kahayan river.. any experience there?
Is it worth doing the side trip to Kutai NP, even though we've already been to Loksado area?
I have already been to the Mahakam area, but not seen too much due to time constraint. I think KMNP would be nice too, but definitely not doable with our time available (although we would fly straight from Banjamarsin to Berau).
Any Idea is highly appreciated. We both speak indonesian so we can get around easily.
Sep 25, 2012 9:41 AM
91The forest around Loksado is secondary at best. I found it very underwhelming.
There is no national park called Tangkiling (it may be some other type of reserve) - Tanjung Puting, Sebangau and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya are the only national parks in Central Kalimantan.
Kutai is secondary forest, too. But it is well worth visiting for wildlife, of which you would see very little around Loksado.
Sep 26, 2012 5:30 AM
92Thank you Laszlo. That's more or less what i've expected from Loksado.
Regarding Tangkilling i have found this: http://www.borneotourgigant.com/Tangkiling_National_Park.html
I know there is a small reserve close to tangkilling with some Orang Utans on a Island in the Kahayan river, but not sure if that's what they mean with Tangkiling NP. In the upper region of Kahayan there are some dayak villages (and Betangs), one of them called Tumbang Malahui, Tumbang Anoi, Tumbang Kurik.. any thoughts about these?
Where would you recommend going instead of Loksado? BBBRNP and visit Bentang Tumbang Gagu? I think i can be reached from Tumbang Manggu too (instead of from Kalimantan Barat). I assume this region is mainly primary?
Thanks a lot
Sep 27, 2012 9:45 PM
93For all of you guys thinking of visiting Kayan Mentarang NP from Bario, Malaysia. Here is some immigration info I got from the Indonesian Embassy. As opposed to one of my earlier reply's it's not possible to cross the border there legally, this is the information I received from the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore.
At first the embassy personel kept saying by phone and even in person(i had a map with me!) I could do it with a Visa in advance. But because the tourist comittee lady kept saying it wasnt legal I looked up the Indonesian Immigration Law in English and found the golden key word "Immigration checkpoint" When I informed about the presence of this "Immigration checkpoint" at the embassy in that area they said there is none, and crossing the border is illegal. So basically you have a 1 out of 7 chance of receiving the right answer;) If you wonder if things change in the future, just call your embassy and ask about this immigration checkpoint. Using descriptive words doesnt work...
Sep 28, 2012 4:01 PM
94No idea about Tangkiling.
Yes, much of BBBRNP is definitely primary forest, with some good wildlife, but nearly zero facilities. I've only visited the West Kalimantan side (though exited to Central afterwards) - feedback on the entry point from Central would be most welcome. Tumbang Gagu was nice, if somewhat quiet.
Oct 18, 2012 4:12 AM
95In the beginning of november we will be traveling from Tawau - Derawan - Kutai NP - Balikpapan.
For the first part from Tawau to Derawan, we know how to do it.
But the second part from Derawan(or Berau) to Kutai i didn't find any helpful info.
Can someone please help? How long would it take to get from Berau to Kutai and how to do it?
What about Kutai to Balikpapan?
Oct 18, 2012 11:20 AM
Oct 19, 2012 12:43 AM
97Thanks for the information. I have been searching for a decent map of Borneo(especially Kalimantan) on the internet but didn't find any detailed map. Just a few ones with not so many details(towns). Is there a usefull map on the net? Or can i buy a good map when we get to KK or in Tawau, Tarakan,...?
Oct 27, 2012 7:53 AM
98Hi everyone, on 14th January I'm planning a trip to Borneo and I'm planning on doing an approx 4 or 5 day trek from Bario to Pa Lungan and I have a couple of questions:
Does anyone know if it's possible for us store our large backpacks at any places in Miri while we go on the trek?
I was thinking about booking the flight to Miri on 14th, and the flight from Miri to Bario on 15th, just not sure about the return leg.. Do we need to pre-book our return flights from Bario to Miri? I've read that they get booked up quite quickly - though I'm not entirely sure what date we'd be back in Bario, and whether I should allow extra days for potential delays etc?
Any advice would be much appreciated...
Oct 31, 2012 7:51 PM
99Seems there is very limited info about Palangkaraya even on Lonely Planet Indonesia/Borneo book, I want to give some details about it based on my experience spending 4 days there.
Palangkaraya is the capital of Central Kalimantan, this city before was suggested by former president Sukarno for capital city replacement of Jakarta. Palangkaraya is very dominant with Dayak house and wood carving where Dayak is the majority of this province itself
Going to Palangkaraya, we can see identical things of Borneo which are Dayak culture, Orang utan and river transportation
Palangkaraya city itself quite modern and very easy to navigate, has quite modern mall with modern cinema (Palangkaraya Mall) . Palangkaraya has replica of long house that has some traditional scheduled event and also Museum Balanga (has traditional Dayak artifact )
Going around Palangkaraya, angkot is very easy and has not specific route (just mention name of place , angkot will bring you for 5000 rupiah )
Excursion around Palangkaraya
- From pier behind Tugu Sukarno near DPRD office (very easy to access), there is some big boat that offer river cruise on Sungai Kahayan, the boat will pass Kahayan bridge and local stilt house along the river. The river cruise cost 75,000 for 3 hours .
- Now about Tangkiling reserve. In Tangkiling there is some Orang utan reserve. This reserve is located at Kaja island, an island that isolated in Rungan river. This island is preserved in order for orang utan ex captives to adapt before release back to forest
This orang utan reserve give cheap alternative, if u want to see orang utan but don’t have time and cost to go to Tanjung Putting
How to go there : from Palangkaraya, you can charter angkot for around 150,000 rupiah return to Tangkiling pier (about 1 hour journey ). In Tangkiling pier you can hire klotok (small boat) for about 100,000 to bring you go along the Rungan river and circling around the island to see orang utan ( the best time to see them is around feeding time in the morning, I came at 8.30 and still see many orang utan about 20 ).
You can also ask the boat to stop in Sei Gohong village to see sandung (traditional grave to place bone for Ngaju Dayak families )
- Sebangau National park is the best alternative if u want to see real orang utan in wild, but it needs a lot of time and also money. Since I only have limited time, I just hire small boat (about 40,000 rupiah) to cruise Sebangau river, the cruise is very interesting, the boat passed labyrinth of rasau trees with brown coloured water (more like coke ) and stop at stone mining site .
How to go : to go to the gate of Sebangau NP, you can take angkot from Palangkaraya to Kering Bangkirai pier (around 10,000) and from there you can negotiate the boat and also go to the park office to get information about it (don’t hope too much, when I came there office was shut )
Nov 4, 2012 1:18 AM
100I'm looking at going to Kalimantan in December. I've seen mention of it above, but is it difficult to enter Bukit Baka Bukit Raya from West Kalimantan and exit into Central Kalimantan? How would the rainy season affect transport in that area?
Nov 5, 2012 2:45 AM
Nov 6, 2012 1:14 AM
Thank you very much for the information about Palangkaraya. Unfortunately I just see it now after already returned from my trip to Central Kalimantan, but I made similar experience. I have some updates too in case anyone needs it.
- Tangkiling Nature Reserve:
- Tumbang Malahoi Longhouse:
- Kutai NP:
- Kutai NP -> Berau:
- Berau-> Derawan:
- Sangalaki Archipelago:
All in all it took us two weeks for this including two days in Banjarmasin and sourrounding area. However, a lot of time was spend in transport. I hope this information helps anyone planing a trip to Kalimantan. If you have some further questions don't hesitate to ask directly.
Nov 14, 2012 6:13 AM
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