The Kalimantan-Sabah-Sarawak Border
To cross the border between West
Kalimantan and Sarawak, proceeds towards Bengkayang,
and continue towards the north, passing the
villages Ledo, and Sanggauledo up to Seluas before
reaching Entekong as the last village on the Indonesian
side of the border. At the Border there is an immigration
post, from Entekong,
you can walk for about 20 minutes before entering Malaysian territory.
Locals have a special
passport issued by the provincial government of West Kalimantan, to
Sarawak and to trade on a small scale and buy their daily needs. After
crossing the Border to The Malaysian Part of Borneo Island Sarawak
there is a terminal for taxis
that can take the traveler to Kuching and other places in Sarawak.
Benkayan as the transit point, has some
attractive tourism destinations
around as Sepogot and Sekaruh villages, where about 600 Bekati people
The Bekati live in the mountains, around the Teriak river.
Linguistically, they belong to the Kendayan Dayaks, but they dislike
being called Kendayans. The
Bekati live in comparative isolation. Besides dry rise fields, they
also tap rubber from plantations, and are also known as depth
hunters. The traditions
of the Bekati people are still largely preserved, although the
penetration of outside influences has already begun. Bekati longhouses
differ from those of other Dayaks in Kalimantan. The Bekati longhouses
has no pillars, but rests on the ground. It functions as a place for
the holding of ceremonies, meetings, and as kind of hostel for
travelers. Many Bekati people are illiterate and faithful adherents of
the old ancestral beliefs. Many wooden ancestor statues are found
around Bekati villages. These wooden statues are more than a meter
tall without arms.
Sanggau lies at the mouth of the Sekayam and Kapuas rivers. The town
can be reached over the Kapuas river, past a few villages, such as
Limbung, Tayang and Meliau. A road also exists.
The Sekayam river can be navigated by small motorboats up to
Balaikarangan, not far from the border between West Kalimantan and
Sanggau has a population of
about 350,000. The palace of the old Sanggau kingdom still stands here
on its tall
wooden pillars. The Balairung was the hall where the king receive his
audience. Nowdays, a big cannon is kept in this hall called the Segetar
Alam Cannon, it was a gift from Pontianak kingdom.
The mosque of the Sanggau kingdom is a long building on short pillars,
with a double-tiered roof. The top is sharp, like the spire of a
church. All parts are made of wood.
To Cross The Border between East Kalimantan to Malaysian Part of
Borneo, Fly to Tarakan, from where you can go by Boat ( speed- or
Longboat) to Nunukan Island, where daily in the Morning Ferries will
cross the Sea to Malaysia Tawau.