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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2015
Cross-Borneo trekking companion(s) wanted!  (1 Answer)

Hello everyone!

I (32, Dutch male, in decent condition) am off to Indonesia soon and would like to do some hiking while there. There is this interesting route in Kalimantan that's intriguing me, and that I'd like to do, which is the cross-borneo trek. And I'm hoping to find some trekking companions!

What: Starting in Balikpapan, it's about 7 days up the river Mahakam into the jungle by boat, then about 7 days hiking through the jungle and across the Muller mountain range, and 3 days to travel by boat to (eventually) Pontianak.

When: I could start between mid-March and mid-April 2015.

Send me an email if you're interested or if you have a group - doing this or another jungle trek in Indonesia - looking for another participant!
Hoping to hear from you soon! Best regards,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2013
Samarinda to Pontianak Overland and River  (1 Answer)

Interested in travelling by boat and foot from Samarinda to Pontianak during the dry season 2014 (Aug or Sept?. Anyone who has, what is your advice? Also interested in travel companions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2013
Traveling Partner: Orang Utan at Samboja Borneo

Hi, on 8 - 10 march 2013 im planning to go the Orang Utan tour at Samboja Borneo, currently looking for traveling partner, because it need at least 2 people for the package. anyone interested to join, dont hesitate to contact me :)

thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2011
From Kuta Kinabalu to Labuan Klambu  (6 Answers)

Hello. I would really appreciate some advice from anyone in the know.

I will fly to Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpar around 20th Feb 2012. I have no time constraints and will be taking around 6k with me.

I have no real plan, but I really want to see the salt AND freshwater Lake Labuan Cermin near Labuan Klambu.

What means of public transport would I have available? Will this break my budget for other countries attempting this - tour guide and pass costs etc? I see some tours online and costs can be nearly £1000 for just a few days! I would be happy I could just reach this place on my own.

I'll be travelling alone and backpacking it. I can live in cheap accomodation and am not really heading for any party scenes. Having to wait for a few days here and there wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

Any info will be greatly appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2011
Klotok hire  (2 Answers)

We would like to hire a klotok for 3 nights, 2 days this August in Tanjung Puting NP. We are going to arrive in Kumai and would like to know if it is advisable to book hire in advance or should we be ok to wait until we are there? We have been quoted £550 for 2 people (food, entry inc), seems steep or am I tight? Also, is this the best way to see the park or are there any alternatives you have tried? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2010
equator line  (1 Answer)

I just want to confirm something - in jeep401somethings posting about visiting the equator monument, they said the museum is free. Is th entrance to the monument also free of charge?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2007
Western Kalimantan

Has anyone visited the western portion of Kalimantan, specifically I'm interested in Gunung Palung National Park outside of Ketapang? Is it accessible? Is it worth visiting over other Orangutan sanctuaries? I've heard these orangutans are "wild" and not rescued. Is it worth the effort to get to such a remote location or would our time be better spent on the east and south coasts? Any feedback would be most helpful.:)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2006
Safety  (5 Answers)


going to Borneo this August a nd I am wondering about safety there, especially as I am a woman travelling alone.
Any advice would do.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2006
travel around Kalimantan  (4 Answers)

We are thinking of travelling to Kalimantan in february 2006 and want to know what the transport system is like there and where are the best places to visit. Also we want to see orangutans and if anyone knows where we can do that please let us know. What is the best way into kalimantan from brunei as we have a stopover enroute back to Australia. Accomodation and prices would also be agreat help. Thanks Mike Mizzi

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2005
weather december-february and other things  (4 Answers)

Hello, selamat pagi to all again,

I need your advice-help again:)
how is the weather like in Sabah and Sarawak from December-February? Lots of rain?

How about prices if you compare that with peninsular Malaysia... is it lot more expensive (accomodation-guest houses, bus, food...etc) in Sarawak-Sabah?

And what is popular (local) food there:)?

Terima kasih for all answers. Saya menghargainya!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2005
from Pontianak to Kuching  (10 Answers)

Selamat pagi, dear VTers!
This is my first question at VT forum and I hope one can help me with it:) I am travelling to Indonesia/Malaysia this winter and I have limited time of 3,5 months all together for this trip. First I would like to stay 1 month in Malaysia and then I have to go out of country, because without visa I can be there only 1 month. Then I was thinking about 2 or 1,5 month of Indonesia,so far I haven't decided about where to go there yet as it seems all so huge and the matter of distances is also unknown to me. However, there's a question I would like to ask you, those who are familiar with Klimatan/Sarawak: is there any overland border crossing (official) between the two states? How about travel between Sarawak and Sabah and then return to Peninsular Malaysia?
Thanks for all your answers in advance. Terima kasih!

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