Posted by Paul Sadai | Posted in Driving Guides | Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2010
- to try something you though is impossible.
- learn and see for yourselves the long houses along the way·
- to gain driving experience.·
- to save cost the journey by flight.
- to explore the journey experience via Brunei·
- to be able to go anyway in KK and its surrounding area.
- to explore beautiful National Park and Kundasang.
The journey from Kuching to Miri is about 800 km +. The red line in the map below shows the road linking one town to another. It is advisable to spend your night in Miri.
The roundabout before Serian Town. Wash room is also available here.
The journey from Serian to Sri Aman will roughly one hour and a half. The road is just ok. The early you the better coz of less traffic at the time. The picture below is the restaurant at the junction of Sri Aman before you turn right to Betong and Sarikei upwards. Here you can go to the wash room. At one time from my previous experience, we have to stop a few times because we take a heavy breakfast at home. So, my advise to you is not to take anything but get somethings to eat on the road.
Sri Aman Rest Stop
The journey to Bintulu is about two hours plus on an uneven road. Drive carefully and be patience at all time. Some parts of the roads are good. There shouldn't be a problem for a four wheel drive to get through the road. On reaching Bintulu-Miri junction, stop at the coffee shop for a light refreshment. Kuching Bintulu trips need one full tank. Fill in your petrol at Bintulu. After that proceed to Miri which is a 2 hours and 15 minutes drives along the coastal road road. Half way journey towards Miri the road is very bad. There are a lot of bumps and we cannot drive fast. There are many Hotels and Inns in Miri that offer reasobnable room rate. Normally, I prefer to take a cheap but safe place for the vehicles like Tropikal Inn. The rooms rate is from 55 to 75 ringgits.
In the view is Imperial Hotel and shopping mall at the heart of the city.
The next morning, I normally drive without taking my breaklfast. This is because I wanted to reach Limbang Town as soon as possible. If you started late, you will get stuck in Kuala Lurah because school holidays also started in Brunei at the same time as ours, so, most of them prefer to spend their holidays in Sabah preferrably in Kundasang, the salem cool country. That's why hotels in KK and else where are fully booked most of the time.
Inorder to cross over to Brunei, we have to driver along ASEAN Bridge. The toll is RM10. It is still under Malaysia.
This is the one kind of bridge which is high up above the land and river. The tallest in Borneo I guess.
After the toll plaza you will reach Sungai Tujuh checkpoint. The toll plaza cost RM10.
Sungai Tujuh Toll Plaza
This is sg tujuh check point and the other side of Brunei. You need to stamp your passport and declare your car by filling in a form at Brunei Custom check point. To be
able to do that you have to get ready an insurance cover note or the car green card.
Sometimes when the timing isn't right we have to cop with long queues. That's why it is importance to plan your journey ahead. Go early...forget your breakfast...bring buns and water.
The view of Sarawak Immigration Check point.
Limbang is a also a place where you can shop liqours but very difficult to take it out through Brunei. They are as cheap as in Labuan.
Before this Temburong ferry we need to stamp passport at the newest Limbang immigration check point which is not far from here. This is another worse point whereby long queues await if we are not lucky enough.
Then, we will arrive at Sarawak Immigration check point which is also the newest. It is not in the blog. Below is the Trusan ferry. It is a RM10 ferry.
- Mr Beken Jenet of Matang Jaya(Head of the Trans Borneo Expedition)
- Mr Simson Suimi of MJC
- Mr John Mansion of BDC
- Mr Jonathan really ak ok
- Mr Govinder D'Troi
- Mr Cosmas D'Troi
- Mr Geoffrey Sri Aman of Tabuan Jaya
- Mr Ang of Green Rd
- Mr Benedict Set of Matang Jaya
- Mr Murphy JR of Tawau/Quap
- Mr Laneng Yal of Lahad Datu/Rasau
- Mr Geoffrey S Sikajat
- Mr Ben James of Papar
- Mr Dennis Lajahim of Papar.
- Mr Henry James of Tawau
- Mr Ignatius Lajahim of Papar.
- Mr Jites Ringos of Padawan
- Mr Christopher of Limputong Papar
- Mr Ephraim Lajahim of Papar
- Mr Alexander Mandi of Serian
- Mr Henry Barry of Green Wood Park
- Mr Sanada of Tabuan Jaya
- Mr Micheal gumbek of Bau
- Mr Gabriel J Aton of Peraya
- Mr Mark Linton Aton of Miri
- Mr Gerald J Aton of Sandakan/Peraya
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