28-DAYS CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE 3rd LARGEST ISLAND ON EARTH!
If you have the time, do we have the tour for you.
We do not run this tour every year, but when we do if you send us your email address, we will put you on the Trans- mailing list and keep you informed about the next tour.
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The TRANS-BORNEO MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION is just what it says it is–an expedition. Expect the unexpected on this four-week tour as we battle with the conditions every day, trying to make it to our intended destination every night. The challenges are great, but so is the reward of completing a journey and seeing a region and ecosystem that few people ever witness.
The TRANS-BORNEO MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION lasts 28 days, cover 3,100 miles (5,000 km), crosses the equator twice, and traverses six provinces and three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.
is larger than Texas, and approximately 50% of the TRANS-BORNEO EXPEDITION motorcycle tour will be on unsealed roads so pillion riders will not be permitted to participate. This also means participants must have a moderate amount of off-road riding experience and be in decent physical condition. A significant portion of even the sealed roads are in decrepit shape making for slow progress.
The TRANS-BORNEO EXPEDITION motorcycle tour takes place in May, historically one of ’s drier months. However, it is highly likely we will still experience a considerable amount of rain because our route transects many rainforested areas and precipitation is a daily occurrence in those micro-climates.
For those bikers needing the security of a fixed itinerary and schedule, this motorcycle tour is not for you. Our routing is pre-determined, but because of the vagaries of the road and weather conditions, our arrival and departure schedule must be left open and flexible.
We stay in Western-standard hotels in the major towns and cities along the way. Throughout Sabah, Brunei, and Sarawak our hotels are quite luxurious. Same holds true for the larger Kalimantan cities. Many of the smaller towns and villages in Kalimantan, however, only have basic lodging and food facilities. Called losmans, room fans are considered an extravagance; in-room toilets a rarity.
The emphasis of this motorcycle tour is on the indigenous cultures. With over forty ethnic groups speaking sixty-five languages and dialects, is a living ethnological museum. As we enter tribal lands controlled by such groups as the Dyaks and Ibans, our convoy will have to ask permission to cross their homelands in a ceremony leaning more towards fun than seriousness. These interior precincts do not get many visitors and we become their excuse for throwing a good party with us as guests of honor.
Knowledgeable guides will accompany our tour all the way around the world’s third- largest island, explaining the indigenous lifestyles, histories, and the Bornean environment.
’s lifeblood is water. Surrounded by such romantic sounding seas, like the South China, the Java, the Sulu, and Suluwasi Seas, the Makasar and Karimata Straits, a lot of attention on this tour will be directed oceanwards as we skirt this giant of an isle. One of our rest-day stops will be Mabul Island where sea turtles daily lay eggs practically beneath our bungalows. And we can probably catch the mass scuttle of the hatchlings each night as they race pell-mell towards the surf.
A lot of this expedition also criss-crosses the interior, and rivers are countless. Many days will be spent following their lazy courses, crossing over them time and again, watching commerce and the daily chores of the people taking place along the river banks.
The TRANS-BORNEO EXPEDITION motorcycle tour starts and ends in Brunei. We also spend two nights in the award winning BORNEO RAINFOREST LODGE in the environmentally-protected Danum Valley. Then we head for Tawau where a chartered vessel lands us in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Traveling south on decent roads we visit Tanjungredeb and the booming oil towns of Samarinda and Balikpapan. Crossing into South Kalimantan we head to Benjarmasin, the “Venice of the Orient” and the most interesting town on the Kalimantan side. We spend an extra day here sightseeing, exploring their diamond and gemstone fields, pay a visit to a floating market, and watch the construction of old-fashioned but still in-service Bugis schooners.
The roads get sloppy across Central and West Kalimantan. We feel our way to Palangkaraya, Sampit, Pangkalanbum, and then pop out of West Kalimantan at Sandai. Depending on our progress through these parts, this will determine how long we can roam through our final segments of Sarawak, Brunei, and Sabah.
If we have made good time across the bottom of we can duplicate most of the stops in our EAST MALAYSIA TOUR (please read the itinerary details in this section). If our progress was slow we will have to omit some planned stops in East Malaysia. This is surely a trip you’ll be telling your grandchildren about. This expedition is the essence of motorcycle adventure travel.
For more details about this amazing motorcycle journey, please contact A.M.A. Space is limited.
Next TRANS-BORNEO MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION is scheduled for May, 2015. However, custom tours can be organized in for private groups at any time upon request. Contact A.M.A for details.
If you have a month to spare, there is no better way to spend it than on this TRANS-BORNEO MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITION.
This tour is the equivalent of participating on three of our motorcycle tours run back-to-back-to-back, and the price is USD 9,995. Passengers who want to ride in the support vehicle: USD 4.995.
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