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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 2018
- Eleventh and last part: In Borneo Part 2 from Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan
                                                                        and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak in East Malaysia
before:
West Papua Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
West Papua Part 1 – on the western Bird's Head Peninsula from Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
North Sulawesi Part 2 – Tomohon and surroundings to Tangkoko NP and onwards to Bitung with ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
afterwards:
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
 
Sarawak Map
 
 
 Map of Southeast Asia
Indonesia
Malaysia
latest picture: June 7, 2018
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1523  Celebration of our 49th Wedding
Anniversary in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown
during our one-day visa run with AirAsia from
Makassar in South Sulawesi. Everything is
perfect, the setting as well as the food
(“sweet & sour chicken” with plenty of beer)
1524  We are blessed with wonderful rice
paddies that extend right to the street during
our 62 miles [100km] long drive from
Makassar to the ASDP ferry terminal of
Garongkong, from where the ship to Batulicin
in South Kalimantan is sailing twice a week
1525  Rice farmers live in typical
stilt houses under shady palm trees
right at the edge of their fields
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1526  In densely populated Indonesia it
is a pleasure being able to drive along
rice paddies. We encounter them in
different growing stages
1527  Actually this policeman is regulating
the traffic on the opposite lane. But the
adventurous look of our LandCruiser
attracts him magically. He comes
over for a chat and a picture
1528  A common sight: Farmers are
working on a rice field with broad
straw hats against the scorching sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1529  In Garongkong’s ASDP ferry terminal
we observe the trucks with cows boarding
the ferry “KMP Awu Awu” to South
Kalimantan. We count 11 vehicles with
12 animals each. Do we still have space?
1530  The cows are squeezed together in such
a way that they can hardly move. Their helpers
sleep in hammocks fixed above the open
trucks in order to watch them during the
24 hours lasting sea journey and to soak
up their urine with sawdust
1531  Ducks belong also to the living
freight on our “KMP Awu Awu” to
Kalimantan. They also are squeezed
together and gasp for air
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our neighbors in the air-conditioned “VIP” dormitory of the ASDP ferry “KMP Awu Awu” from South Sulawesi to South Kalimantan.
The journey lasts for the 273 miles [439km] nearly 24 hours and costs rupees 2'157'000 (US$150)
1532  The young mother with her two
adorable children who not once are
crying during the whole sea journey
1533  A deeply religious Muslim
lady who travels alone
1534  Three “mullahs” traveling in a group
to Batulicin/Kalimantan to train people
religiously at mosques. They spend a
lot of time reading from the Quran
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1535  Early morning: A still drowsy Emil
at our sleeping spot on the “KMP Awu Awu”
of the ASPD Line. The sleeping mats
cost 60’000 rupees each = US$4.20
1536  Rice, fish or chicken and some
vegetables. This is the ferries' standard
food one gets three times a day –
breakfast, lunch, dinner
1537  We reached the coast of South
Kalimantan. The golden shining mosque
“Annur” in Kotabaru on the Island Laut is
an exotic sight behind simple stilt houses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1538  South Kalimantan: River Life in
Pagatan, 16 miles [26km] southwest
of Batulicin, on our transit journey
towards Malaysia
1539  Emil has every reason to smile: He
steps out of a bottle shop in Kereng Pangi
near Katingan Hilir with a case of Bintang
Beer – a real find in the increasingly "drying-
out" Indonesia (coord. -1.89650/113.29066)
1540  Central Kalimantan: Our LandCruiser
in front of the Monument of Dayak Tribe
and Madura Tribe in Sampit. In the
background the Islamic Center of Sampit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1541  Between Sampit and Nanga Bulik
finally some nature for a lunch break. But
nature has here its pitfalls: As soon as we step
out of our car, horse flies are attacking us –
probably due to the blue of our LandCruiser …..
1542  ….. a “mushroom” – one of the
interesting stone formations 17 miles
[27km] before Nanga Bulik – that
spread over the place
1543  Emil is studying the Kalimantan map:
Despite GPS (Garmin Nuevi 52) maps still
are an essential and indispensable part
for our route planning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The blooming nature is part of our travel joys
1544  Three little white flowers transform
a stony inhospitable place into a friendly
sight. It might be a kind of primroses
(Primulaceae)
1545  A curled up fern sprout in its
growing stage. Ferns do not produce
any seeds nor flowers
1546  The yellow flower and its buds
are a refreshing dash of color against the
green of the fern: A Simpoh Ayer-“tree”
(Dillenia suffruticosa)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1547  Palm oil fields as far as the eye
can see – Kalimantan is not any better
than Malaysia. There are almost only
palm oil plantations for 125 miles
[200km] between Sampit to Nanga Bulik
1548  How long might this single
tree still be allowed to grow skywards?
1549  A typical granary in the tropical
vegetation of Kalimantan –
short before Nanga Bulik
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1550  A Catholic Church of Saint Francis
in its immaculate white along the “Trans
Kalimantan Highway” (shortly before the
provincial border of Central and
West Kalimantan)
1551  Liliana among three girls in
their traditional Kalimantan costumes.
It is a nice good-bye to our 8 months’
island hopping in Indonesia before
we cross into Malaysia
1552  5/18/2018: Back in Sarawak,
East-Malaysia (Borneo). Shortly after
crossing the Entikong/Tebedu border posts
we find a lovely spot to celebrate our smooth
reentry to "familiar ground" with a drink
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1553  Kuching, Sarawak’s capital: Mr. Wong
Hieng Kee exchanges the broken tailgate lock
since Seram of our LandCruiser for free. Later
he is also our savior in finding a new cylinder
head gasket for our cylinder head overhaul
1554  Social evening in Kuching,
Sarawak’s capital: We gather with some
members of the 4x4 Travel & Adventure
Club Sarawak over some cans of beer …..
1555  ….. and are gifted with club T-shirts
and Jamboree cups as farewell presents
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1556  Our LandCruiser on the second of the
three river ferries from Samarahan via Sebuyau
to Pusa that connect the coastal road Kuching-
Sibu-Miri. Price for crossing: each 1 Ringgit =
US$0.25! (shortly after our first crossing at
Samarahan a new bridge was opened there)
1557  View from the second river
ferry at Sebuyau: Beautiful billowing
clouds hover over a strip of land
1558  Our LandCruiser is freaking Emil
out with its well-known overheating problem:
Bubbles have generated within the fuel pipe
and the carburetor. He needs to suck in
fuel to be able to continue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1559  A traditional longhouse of the Dayak
in Selangau. Up to 100 families live together
in a longhouse. Each family has its separate
entrance from the communal terrace
1560  The village of Selangau along the
Batang Mukah river with stilt houses and
the fishermen’s canoes at the doorstep
1561  A simple life away from the city hustle
and bustle: The settlement Tatau at the east
bank of the slow flowing river Batang Tatau
with a beautiful forest backdrop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At Tusan Cliff Beach, 23 miles [37km] south of Miri along the coastal road from Bintulu
1562  The uniqueness of the bizarre
brownish cliffs at the eroded sandy Tusan Cliff
Beach is its “natural bridge” at the far end
1563  A fishing boat is returning
from its fishing trip to safe land
1564  Still lovely and a tourist attraction
despite of having been heavily eroded at begin
of January 2018: The Tusan Cliff Beach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1565  Emil is bending over Indonesian maps
with Anja and Chris – German overlanders in
a Landrover Forward Control. He gives them
tips, as we are just coming from there and
they are just heading towards it
1566  Having a lovely time with our new
traveler friends Anja and Chris at Miri’s
Luak Esplanade. Having traveled for months
off the beaten track, we really enjoy spending
time with like-minded people
1567  We are really touched: Anja
and Chris surprise us with a home-
baked bread and their own book in German
Vier Quadratmeter Freiheit” (Chris Ebener)
“Four square meters of freedom”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1568  View from the bridge at Lutong over
the Baong river, 4 miles [7km] north of Miri,
to the An-Naim mosque that is reflecting
wonderfully in the motionless waters
1569  Back in Miri at the Luak Esplanade
– a remembrance picture
1570  A glowing red sunset at Miri’s
Luak Esplanade marks the end of our
8 months long “Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-
Papua Trip” through 16 different islands
 
More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from Aug. to Oct. 2017
Part 2: Pictures from the second part of North Sulawesi – Tomohon and surroundings, Tangkoko NP in October 2017
Part 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore in November/December 2017
Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
Part 5: Pictures from West Papua Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 1 (Central) – Seram in February 2018
Part 7: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 2 (Central) – Ambon in February/March 2018
Part 8: Pictures from Papua Part 1Yapen in March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
More websites from Indonesia and Timor-Leste:

More websites from East Malaysia und Brunei: