Le Grandeur Balikpapan
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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... got shoved into a smoking room (my only request was non smoking) then went about town trying to find someone to help with my visa.
Ok, the visa story is long and complicated, so if you'd rather skip it (no offence taken) then ignore this next bit...
- I entered the country on the 19th July (idiot, for reasons that'll become clear)
- Therefore my 30 day visa runs out on the 17th August
- Tour finishes on the 21st.
- So I need a visa ...
... from there. It was fun walking on the four canopy bridges and have a great view. We imagined that this is about the view the Orang-Utans have and were very impressed. We walked around the forest for a bit and then returned to the car to continue our tour to the pepper plantation and grab a bite to eat in between. It turned out the pepper ...
After we arrived in Balikpapan we took a taxi to our hotel which was right next to the river. Unfortunately we had to pay the whole stay right away and couldn't get any money out of 3 ATMs after our credit cards didn’t work in the hotel. We went to a restaurant recommended in the Lonely Planet right by the ...
... each. There was nothing but plantations and mines at each town so I didn't stop, besides unusually I had a deadline - I really wanted to get as much time in Sabah before I had to leave to Philippines to catch my sailboat.
So I got off each bus, waited around a few hours at each bus station and got on the next one. It's all about eating and stuff when you can on these journeys but there is cheap rice meals everywhere and I ...
... bones. Each time it rains the people who care for the fields have to go around collecting more and more of this matter, but it is inevitably there and impossible to miss. That said, there are still over 1000 bodies which have not been found or identified in that field, but this is due to the fact that there is a huge marsh now and much of what is to be found is lying under those waters. What a site to see and experience. Left me with goose bumps and disgusted ...