Like most of places around Indonesia we usually speak Indonesia as Our National language, even though we may use our own dialect when we communicate among us. So before you leave your country or arriving Indonesia get yourself a phrase book try to learn and remember a few words, our language is not a difficult language you can practice it daily easly. ( Terimakasih,Apakabar ? Baik-baik saja, Berapa harga ? Dimana Pasar or Bemo. Permisi,silahkan.etc )
Where to go
Borneo Island is separated by three country, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia with some main city like Sarawak, Sabah as states of Malaysian , Sri Begawan Brunei the most visited regions and Kalimantan which approximately covering two-thirds of the land divided by three provinces that is west, central, south and east Kalimantan is known less frequented by tourist.
How to get Borneo by Air and Ferry:
From your home, pls. Check your flight to Jakarta directly or fly Singapore/ Malaysia to Jakarta. Then you let us to assist you with your internal flight around Indonesia. There are possibility to fly Jakarta via Semarang or Surabaya to Pangkalanbun. Jakarta – Banjarmasin-Kuching-Pontianak-Pangkalan bun. Or Denpasar bali-Surbaya-pangkalanbun. There are several ferry cross from Java to Borneo/Kalimantan in a week. (contact us for your internal flight assistance information and booking ).
Indonesian Visa :
You are able to apply for your social visa , normally you has six months validity on your passport from the date arrival in Indonesia . you can apply for a visa on arrival 7 days to 30 days in Indonesia that you are in fact eligible. The cost for 7 days US$ 10 and 30 Days US$25 non extendable and overstay the stated period you will have to pay a US$25 per day fine when you exit Indonesia. if you wish to stay more than 30 days you should purchase a social visa at accost of US$60. The following nationalities can obtain a 7 to 30 day visa on arrival : Argentina, Arab emirates, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, And UK, the country not stated above including Netherlands must have a social visa.
Visa Extensions in Indonesia.
If You have a social visa , It is extendable for total period of p to 6 months , however it is validated for only 60 days when you first arrive in Indonesia, you muoffice.st have it extended at least 5 days prior to the expiration of this initial period. Here you need to find an agent to do this for you and there are charge of around IDR 550.000,- per passport to provide you a sponsor letter and to arrange the extension of your visa at an immigration office. You may not be able to extend your visa at the immigration office your self as you need a sponsor letter. But as they say “ Different field , Different Grasshopper”
Planning trip to Borneo Island (Borneo Malaysia and Kalimantan) the rainy season should take into your account. The wost rains usually from November to February ( the weather may change and rain may fall early or later, pls. check with Indonesia weather broadcast service) . During this season some roads impossible,however, the main highways are usually open all year round. Travelling during wet season
Kalimantan is multi cultural, ethnic and religion (Moslem, Christians, Hindus , Buddha.) Muslim is predominantly religion It s respectful for women to dress conservatively. While Men may wear short, Women are advised to wear long pants (Sarongs are appropriate) with T-Shirts or long sleeved Shirts. It also protect you from mosquitoes. Smart casual clothes are ideal especially when dealing with officials, to avoid for any crimes temptation best not wearing jewelry or any expensive items. keep them in secure place or bag. Kumai is a safe small port town with the peoples very friendly to host you.
Other Recommended items to bring on tours:
Good Mosquito repellent, Small Backpack (Trekking), Sunglasses / Hat, Suntan Lotion, Camera /extra Film and battery, Trekking Shoes/Socks, Light Raincoat, Towel & Mini Towel, Cotton Clothing, Flashlight / batteries, Small personal Medical Kit ,out door gears.
Alcoholic Beverage :
Alcoholic beverage not allow in some regions due to ovoid any acciden and criminal, you should prepare your self or buy them in big city and but big hotel may serve ny accident and problems. So don’t expect any beer even at Big Hotel,
Currency and Exchange Money :
Western (US$-SIN$ )Currency could be exchange at some bank here, make sure giving big banknote US$50 – US$ 100,crispy and latest currency( year above 2006). The gold vendor may accept other currency ( US, SIN$,UERO) with their local exchange rate. you can withdraw your money through ATM,. You can find BNI ATM, MEGA BANK, MANDIRI BANK,DANAMON BANK,BRI,BPD in Pangkalanbun city about 30 Minutes from Kumai or 16km, daily Bemo can be easily call out near our office.
During visit and Within the park:
Pls. follow the rule of the park which is you can also read on the welcome sign , do not swimming cause of the crocodile, when you are around the feeding please do not talk loudly which bordering the orangutan and other visitors if you want to enjoy your a good experience with nature and respecting the wildlife, keep also remain your tour guide if you found they don’t follow the rule
Vaccinations and Medications
In Indonesia Typhoid, hepatitis ,Tetanus, and malaria are common. Malaria commonly found every area in Indonesia and also dee in the forest mosquitoes can be a problem and as these can carry disease, malaria and dengue fever. Please take any malaria tab before arriving and during stay in Kalimantan . ( pls. ask your physician advice) and put insect lotion specially at night. Consul your Dokter before you start your trip. In some village they only have small clinic.
Indonesian ambassy and consulate
Indonesia Embassy Canberra
8 Darwin Avenue, YARRALUMLA, ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6250 8600
Fax: (02) 6273 6017
The Embassy is not generally open to the public and is used for various meetings and as a venue for official ceremonies.
Indonesian Consulate Melbourne
72 Queens Road, MELBOURNE, VIC 3004
Tel: (03) 9525 2755
Fax: (03) 9525 1588
Indonesian Consulate Sydney
236-238 Maroubra Road, MAROUBRA, NSW 2035
Tel: (02) 9344 9933
Fax: (02) 9349 6854
Indonesian Consulate Darwin
20 Harry Chan Avenue, DARWIN, NT 0801
Tel: (08) 8943 0200
Fax: (08) 8941 2709
Indonesian consulate Perth
134 Adelaide Terrace, EAST PERTH, WA 6892
Tel: (08) 9221 5858
Fax: (08) 9221 5688
Indonesian Embassy Wellington – NEW ZEALAND
70 Glen Road, KELBURN, WELLINGTON
Tel: (04) 475 8697
Fax: (04) 475 374
Australian Consulate-General in Bali
Jalan Tantular, No.32, Renon, Denpasar, BALI
Tel: 0361 241 118
Fax: 0361 221 195
Australian Embassy in Jakarta, INDONESIA
Jalan H.R Rasuna Said Kav C 15-16, Jakarta Selatan 12940
Tel: 021 2550 5555
Fax: 021 2550 5467
New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, INDONESIA
Sentral Senayan 2, Floor 10, Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8, Gelora Bung Karno Jakarta Pusat 10270
Tel: 021 2995 5800
Fax: 021 5797 4578