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2,239 kilometre-long
Pan-Borneo Highway

The Pan-Borneo Highway was built in 1986 to link the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

It begins in the district of Sematan in Sarawak, and passes through Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang, Lawas, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.

From Sibu one can take off from the main route of Pan Borneo Highway and travel by boat on the mighty Rejang River passes through Kanowit, Kapit to Belaga the heart of Sarawak

Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway

Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of  Brunei.

As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.

There are several bus companies covering different section of the Pan-Borneo Highway. But there is one bus company cover the whole route. Salam Bumimas Express has buses from Kuching-Miri-Kota Kinabalu-Tawau.
http://www.salambumimas.com/routes

 

Document Download : Budget accommodation along the Pan Borneo Highway


Microsoft WORD document download :

PAN-BORNEO HIGHWAY TRAVELLERS’ GUIDE
(Sabah and Sarawak)

With lists of PLACES OF INTEREST and BUDGET ACCOMMODATION along the PAN-BORNEO HIGHWAY



This Guide Book has too many 75 pages to fit into one MS Word document, so it is divided in following 4 parts each in a separate document:

PAN-BORNEO part 1/4 - Sematan, Lundu, Kuching  24 Pages

PAN-BORNEO part 2/4 - Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Kenowit, Kapit 
18 pages

PAN-BORNEO Part 3/4 - Bintulu, Batu Niah, Miri 
25 pages

PAN-BORNEO Part 4/4 – Limbang, Lawas 
8 pages
 


Pan Borneo Highway
(Trans Borneo Highway)

Pan Borneo Highway is a road network on Borneo Island connecting two Malaysian states, Sabah and Sarawak, with Brunei.

The route start at Tawau Town of Sabah and ends at Sematan on the West Kalimantan/Sarawak border.

The highway is numbered AH150 in the Asian Highway Network and as Malaysia Federal Route 1 in Sarawak. In Sabah, the route numbers given are 1, 13 and 22.

The highway is a joint project between both governments which started as soon as the formation of Malaysian Federation in 1963 which comprised Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.

The section that connects Sarawak, Sabah, and Brunei is the Lawas–Temburong (Brunei) stretch, completed in 1997. The completion of the Lawas–Temburong (Brunei)  stretch made travelling by car from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu possible. Both Sabah and Sarawak government continues to build newer sections to connect rural areas.

The length of the entire highway is expected to be about 2,083 kilometres (1,294 mi) for the Malaysian section.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian sections of the Pan Borneo Highway is known as the Trans-Kalimantan Highway. The western route connects the city of Pontianak to Tebedu.


PREPARING THE CAR
Prepare your car in the best condition by servicing it. Any cars can do but a four wheel drive has the advantages due to the condition of certain sections of Pan Borneo Highway.
 

POOR ROAD CONDITION
Be aware certain section of the roads are in poor condition.


LANDSLIDE
Land slide is common during raining seasons. When Borneo rains, it is heavy especially on mountain roads.

PLENTY OF TIME
Allow plenty of time to travel in PAN BORNEO.  It'd be better to stay overnight for a good rest before continue your journey the next day.



MALAYSIA
checkpoint
BRUNEI
checkpoint

         
1 2
Sungai Tujuh Sarawak  
Sungai Tujuh checkpoint  
3 4
Kuala Lurah
Brunei
Tedungan
Sarawak
Kuala Lurah is 15Km to Bandar Sri Begawan Tedungan point is 43 Km from Limbang
5 6
Pandaruan
Sarawak
Kg Puni
Brunei
Pandarun to Limbang Town is 15 Km Puni to Bangar Town is 5 Km
7 8
Labu
Brunei
Mengkolap
Sarawak
Labu is 23 Km to Bangar Town of Brunei Mengkolap is 23Km from Lawas of Malaysia
9 10
Merapok
Sarawak
Sindumin
Sabah
Meropok is 35Km from Lawas Town Sindumin is 18Km from Sipitang Town

The official route for the highway actually begins at Miri, and it continues north towards Brunei, Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak, into Sabah via Sindumin, and onto Sipitang, Beaufort, Papar, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau and ends at Serudong on the Sabah/East Kalimantan border. The highway also extends southwards from Miri towards Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching, and ends at Sematan on the West Kalimantan/Sarawak border.

 

Goals of Pan Borneo Highway Projects :

1- Upgrade from a 2-lane single carriageway to a 4-lane dual carriageway.
2- Modern bridges and proper Rest & Service Areas.
3- Interchanges (including fly-overs)
4- More comfortable and Shorter journey
 

The origins of a planned trunk road connecting the expansive states of Sarawak and Sabah with Brunei in between date back to the 1960s when it was known as the Trans-Borneo Highway.

The impetus for improved road connectivity across Sabah and Sarawak grew in the ‘70s, leading to a plan by the Governments of Malaysia, Brunei and Kalimantan Indonesia to develop further the idea of constructing a highway along the coastline of Borneo. It would be called the Pan Borneo Highway.

Fast forward 50 years later and Sarawak’s major trunk road system today is the Federal Route 1, part of the Pan Borneo Highway or Trans Borneo Highway. It is mainly a 2-lane single carriageway of JKR R3 standard design. Only 144 km (13%) of the trunk road from Sematan to Lawas is a 4-lane dual carriageway of JKR R5 standard. Travel across the vast state of Sarawak continues to be a long journey – up to 19 hours from Sematan to Miri before.

To accelerate the social and economic growth of Sabah and Sarawak, a major effort to fully develop and upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway was announced by Malaysian Government in April 2013.

When completed in 2022, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak from Telok Melano to Merapok will span a total distance of 1,089 km. Pan Borneo Highway is slated to be THE transportation backbone of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and will play a major role to open up economic corridors and opportunities in areas it transverses.

 


Pan Borneo Highway
http://puakangkang.blogspot.com/2012/06/pan-borneo-highway.html

 

 


The multi-billion Pan Borneo Highway project must be completed as scheduled and on budget

The Malaysian Prime Minister in April 2016said contractors tasked in carrying out the 1,236km project in Sabah should not “sell” their contracts to other companies.


“Don’t sell your contracts otherwise we will blacklist you,”
The Malaysian Prime Minister said when launching the Sabah stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway at Kg Andus, some 50km south of Kota Kinabalu Sunday, 24 April 2016.


Malaysian Federal Government had initiated many large scale projects in State of Sabah including :

1- the oil and gas development in Sipitang Town,
2- Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu Town,
3- Universiti Malaysia Sabah  main campus in Kota Kinabalu
4- People’s Housing Schemes
5- Pan Borneo Highway from Tawau Town to Kuching City.


The first phase of the project costing some RM2.8bil

The first phase would see the construction of over 11.7km from Donggongon in Penampang. The stretch would be part of a 706km upgrading of existing single-lane trunk roads to a dual carriageway highway.

The highway would also see the construction of a new coastal highway from Tuaran to Sabah’s northernmost of Kudat.

 

The Sabah 1,236-kilometre Pan Borneo toll fee dual carriageway from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu costing about RM12.8 billion would be completed by 2022.


There will be two promised contracts to be fulfilled by Malaysian Government:

1- the upgrading of the Jalan Donggongon-Papar Spur (3B package)

2- the five-kilometre Tawau-Sandakan dual carriageway highway (Second package/Second phrase), which are expected to be constructed in early June 2016.

Second phrase of the Pan Borneo Sabah Tawau-Sandakan dual carriageway highway


The Sabah Pan Borneo project will create a positive impact on the infrastructure landscape and socio-economy in Sabah while it connects with the other main districts in Sabah such as Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, and Kudat.

This project will be implemented via the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) by Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd (BHP) according to the Key Performance Indicator (KPI).


The estimated cost for the entire Pan-Borneo Highway Sabah is RM2bil while the costs for the highway’s Sarawak portion is estimated to be at RM800mil.
 


Pan Borneo Highway
Route AH150

PETA LOKASI POS KAWALAN IMIGRESEN

 

The first phase of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah will be launched in the first quarter of 2016.

The construction of the 2,239km-long highway would eventually link the major cities of Sabah and Sarawak.

The project boost ties between Sabah and Sarawak.

 

Appointment of Pan Borneo Highway contractor http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/04/28/Sarawak-assembly/

Dayak contractors want share in highway project  http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/03/27/dayak-contractors-want-share-in-highway-project/

No charges for 1,076km stretch of highway as it’s the only road network across Sarawak :  http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/04/01/Sarawak-portion-will-be-tollfree/

From Kuching to Kota Kinabalu : http://forum.virtualtourist.com/Borneo-1295688-12-10075518/Kuching-to-Sabah.html

Sick and Haggard Pan-Borneo Highway : http://holeng.dapsarawak.com/?p=835

599 potholes = bumpy landing at KK airport : http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/10/02/599-potholes-bumpy-landing-at-kk-airport/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Borneo_Highway

https://www.facebook.com/supportprdap/posts/4355856589357

MP: Review Paltry Pan-Borneo Highway Allocation : http://www.bintulu.org/2013/10/29/mp-review-paltry-pan-borneo-highway-allocation.php




Kuching Sentral

Kuching Sentral

From here express bus journey along the Pan-Borneo Highway travel northward and end in last station Tawau Town


Bus Station in Sri Aman

Bus Station in Sri Aman
Sri Aman town is not on the Pan-Boneo Highway. The town is another road off the Highway.


Sibu Express Bus Terminal

Sibu Express Bus Terminal

The Express Bus Terminal is located at Pahlawan Road, 3 km from the town center.
There are many shops and eateries near the terminal.

The best way to get to the town center from the terminal or via versa is by taking taxi or bus.


Bintulu Regional Bus Terminal at Medan Jaya Commercial Centre

Bintulu Regional Bus Terminal at Medan Jaya Commercial Centre

Terminal Bus Medan Jaya. Medan Jaya is a part of new township. The old Bintulu town is a few more kilometres toward the sea.


BATU NIAH FOOD COURT

BATU NIAH FOOD COURT
 

There is no bus terminal in Batu Niah Junction. The express buses ply between Miri and Bintulu stop rest in front two food courts:

1- Batu Niah Junction石山飲食中心

2-  NGU'S GARDEN FOOD PARK 吳家莊食坊

No buses go from the junction to the Batu Niah Town which is 11 km from this junction. The transport services for this section from junction to the town is cover by private cars (taxi) at around Rm 10.00 per car.


Miri Express Bus Terminal at Punjut Corner

Terminal Bus Pujut, Pujut Corner, Miri, Sarawak

By taxi from Miri City Center to Terminal Bus Pujut is Rm20.00


Express bus stop in Limbang Town

Express bus stop in Limbang Town
 

There is no Bus Terminal building in Limbang Town.  The location where express buses from Sarawak and Sabah stop for passenger to drop off and picking up is just at the road side opposite the Lim Yang Building.

The blue express bus in above picture is Sipitang Express from Kota Kinabalu stopping here for lunch break before reroute to final destination of Brunei.


Lawas Bus Terminal(Terminal Bas Lawas)

Lawas Bus Terminal(Terminal Bas Lawas)
 


Sipitang Bus Station (Sipitang Bus Terminal) at Jalan OKK Puteh

Sipitang Bus Station (Sipitang Bus Terminal) at Jalan OKK Puteh

 

Sipitang Express (and Jesselton Express) specializes in cross border express bus services. Their bus Service include :

1- Kota Kinabalu to Lawas and Limbang, which are the cities in Sarawak and
2- Kota Kinabalu to Bandar Seri Bagawan in Brunei.


Kota Kinabalu City Park Bus Terminal

City Park Bus Terminal Kota Kinabalu

City Park Bus Terminal
For buses travelling South toward Sarawak and Brunei. Route cover towns such as Sipitang, Beaufort, Lawas, Limbang, Miri and Brunei.

If you are going to Sarawak and Brunei, this is the correct bus station. Do not go wrongly to City Bus Terminal (North) in Inanam Town
 


City Bus Terminal North in Inanam Town

City Bus Terminal North in Inanam Town
10 Km from Kota Kinabalu City Center.


Keningau Express Bus Station

Keningau Express Bus Station

Bus station for regional express buse between Keningau, Kota Kinabalu and Tawau.


Tawau Regional Bus Terminal
Tawau Regional Library
Open-Air Seafood Stalls

Bus station in Tawau where Pan-Borneo Highway express bus stationed. This is the last station where Pan-Borneo Highway bus journey end. (Or this is the starting if you are travelling South to Kuching City)


The Sarawak portion of the Pan Borneo Highway is toll-free because the 1,076km stretch was the only main artery spanning Sarawak and there were no alternative routes available.

This is unlike the case in peninsular Malaysia where although the North-South Expressway was the main link, there were many toll-free alternative routes that people could choose to travel on in West Malaysia.

The first phase of the highway, the Pan Borneo Sarawak (not the whole Pan Borneo), costs RM15bil.

Sarawak’s highway is toll-free is because this highway is the only road network across Sarawak.


The highway improve the infrastructure of Sarawak and also open up economic opportunities for the people.

The project will bring long-term benefits for the people of the state and was not a mega project that drained public funds.


The 1,700km highway in Sarawak part is estimated cost of RM27bil, involves the construction and upgrading.


75 Sarawak consultant firms have been appointed to handle the project based on recommendations from :
1- Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2- Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


A newly set up company, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd, is undertaking the development of the highway, which is scheduled for completion in Sarawak in early 2023.


LBU - Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd is a Sarawakian company entrusted and mandated by the federal government to plan, organise and undertake the construction of the more than 1,000km Pan Borneo Highway from Tanjung Dato in Sarawak to Merapok in Sabah.

As in 2015, 80% of the road between Sarawak and Sabah are nothing more than twisty country roads.


1 Bus from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu city centre
1- Tawau Regional Bus Station to Inanam Bus Terminal
2- Inanam Bus Terminal by local bus to city centre.
 
2 Bus from Kota Kinabalu to Lawas town centre
1- City Park Bus Station to Lawas Bus Station
 
3 Bus from Lawas to Limbang town centre
1- Lawas Bus Station to Limbang Bus Station
 
4 Bus from Limbang to Miri through Brunei city centre
1- Limbang Bus Station to Miri Long Distance Bus Station 4Km north of the city
2- Miri Long Distance Bus Station to Miri City Bus Terminal (Local Bus Station) in city centre
 
5 Bus from Miri to Bintulu city centre
1- Miri Long Distance Bus Station to Bintulu Long Distance Bus Station
2- Bintulu Long Distance Bus Station to Bintulu Local Bus Station
 
6 Bus from Bintulu to Sibu City Centre
1- Bintulu Long Distance Bus Station to Sibu Long Distance Bus Station
2- Sibu Long Distance Bus Station to Sibu Short Distance Bus Station
 
7 Bus from Sibu to Sarikei Town Centre
1- Sibu Short Distance Bus Station to Sarikei Short Distance Bus Station
 
8 Bus from Sarikei to Sri Aman Town Centre
1- Sarikei Long Distance Bus Terminal to Sri Aman Bus Station
 
9 Bus from Sri Aman to Kuching City Centre
1- Sri Aman Bus Station to Kuching Sentral Bus Terminal
2- Kuching Sentral Bus Terminal to STC Bus Station
 
10 Bus from Kuching to Sematan Town Centre
1- Kuching STC Bus Station to Sematan Bus Station
 


Limbang to Bandar Seri Begawan: To head towards the Brunei border at Tedungan, 43 km. away from Limbang, you should head southwards out of town past the museum. The road, which is also the road to Nanga Medamit (the start of the Headhunter's Trail) runs parallel to the Limbang River. Take a right turn at the KM10 point (follow Nanga Medamit and Batu Danau direction) and travel for another 13 km. before taking another right turn. Going straight will bring you to Nanga Medamit. The road crosses the Limbang River at Batu Danau village and continues right up to the border checkpoint at Tedungan. Just before the checkpoint, there is a collection of shops and food outlets. They basically serve to quench the thirst of beer-starved people coming across from Brunei. Lines at the checkpoint can be phenomenally long, especially during weekends. Once you sort out Malaysian immigration and cross the border, you will immediately come to Brunei's Kuala Lurah checkpoint. Both Malaysian and Bruneian checkpoints have drive through lanes for you stamp your passport but you may have to get out of your car to sort out the necessary car permits. From Kuala Lurah, its about 15 km. to Bandar Seri Begawan and very good roads. There are several junctions and roundabouts but there are very good signposts.


Bangar to Limbang (20 km.): This leg of the journey is short and should be relatively easy as traffic is light. It involves crossing two immigration checkpoints and one ferry ride at the border. A new bridge across the Pandaruan River is open as at 8 Dec 2013 eliminating the ferry crossing. From Bangar, head west and after about 5 km., you will come to Kampung Puni where you go through Brunei immigration (opening hours 6am to 10pm). This is not a drive-through facility and the immigration post is a one-story wooden building on the south-side of the road. Park and get your passport and car permits done. After landing on the Malaysian side, proceed to Malaysia's Pandaruan immigration checkpoint (opening hours 6am to 10pm) a short distance away. This is a drive-through facility although sorting out permits for cars may require you to park and get out of your car. With the opening of this checkpoint in June 2007, you no longer have the strange situation of having to get your Malaysian entry stamp (or exit stamp if traveling the other direction) in Limbang town. From Pandaruan, it is a simple drive to Limbang just under 15 km. away. You will pass Limbang airport just before entering town from the northeast direction.


Bangar to Limbang (20 km.): This leg of the journey is short and should be relatively easy as traffic is light. It involves crossing two immigration checkpoints and one ferry ride at the border. A new bridge across the Pandaruan River is open as at 8 Dec 2013 eliminating the ferry crossing. From Bangar, head west and after about 5 km., you will come to Kampung Puni where you go through Brunei immigration (opening hours 6am to 10pm). This is not a drive-through facility and the immigration post is a one-story wooden building on the south-side of the road. Park and get your passport and car permits done. After landing on the Malaysian side, proceed to Malaysia's Pandaruan immigration checkpoint (opening hours 6am to 10pm) a short distance away. This is a drive-through facility although sorting out permits for cars may require you to park and get out of your car. With the opening of this checkpoint in June 2007, you no longer have the strange situation of having to get your Malaysian entry stamp (or exit stamp if traveling the other direction) in Limbang town. From Pandaruan, it is a simple drive to Limbang just under 15 km. away. You will pass Limbang airport just before entering town from the northeast direction.

 


 

Lawas to Bangar (48km): This stretch used to involve a ferry and border crossing, but immigration checkpoints and a new bridge have eliminated them. From Lawas, take the road out towards Trusan, about 20 km. away. This will take you to the immigration point at Mengkolap on the Malaysia side 23 kms away. Once through that, it's another 100 meters to the Brunei customs at Labu. From Labu, its about 23 km. easy driving to Bangar, Temburong's administrative center.


 

The road swings inland heading to the Sabah-Sarawak border at

Sindumin 18km away.

The Immigration posts for are contained in one building on the border. As you leave Sabah, your passport will be stamped and your immigration card retained. A few meters on, at the other end of the booth, submit your passport to Sarawak Immigration with a new immigration card to be stamped into Sarawak. (Going in the other direction you hand your passport and card into the Sarawak authorities who will retun both to you and then you hand them into the Sabah authorities who will also stamp them and then return them.)

This procedure may not apply to Sabah and Sarawak residents but check just in case. The one-street town of Merapok lies just ahead. A good road flanked by oil palm plantations goes the 35km. to Lawas. Just before reaching town, you will go onto a cable-stayed bridge across the Batang Lawas (Lawas River). You will also pass the junction to the Lunbawang village of Long Tuma and Lawas airport. See Lawas page for more info on the town. Lawas is also a point where you can leave this itinerary (see Get in above) by heading to Bakelalan in the Kelabit Highlands.

 

Brunei–Malaysia border  : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunei%E2%80%93Malaysia_border

The border between Brunei and Malaysia consist of a 481.3 km land border.


 


The final “missing link” along the 2,000km Pan Borneo Highway has been fitted in with the 60m-long Friendship Bridge across Sungai Pandaruan that separates Brunei’s Temburong district and Sarawak’s Limbang district.

The completion of the RM21.9mil bridge constructed by the two countries on a joint-venture basis means that vehicles can travel uninterrupted from Kuching to Miri, before crossing Brunei and re-entering Sarawak at Limbang before going onwards to Lawas and on to Tawau in Sabah.


 

May 2013, BN election manifesto launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that one of them is the construction of the 2,300 km Pan-Borneo Highway stretching from Sematan in Sarawak to Serudung in Sabah.

The highway is expected to spearhead new growth areas, better business opportunities and enhanced communications.

Themed ‘A Promise of Hope’, the 2013 manifesto was unveiled in the wake of the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat on April 3, 2013, paving the way for the Malaysia's 13th general election.

There is also the pledge to build 2,500 kilometres of paved roads in Sabah and 2,800 kilometres in Sarawak, while the rural electrification project will benefit 60,000 households in Sabah and 80,000 in Sarawak.

 


 

The stretch of 1,077 Pan Borneo Trunk Road in Sarawak is from Sematan Town  to Lawas Town

The project is proposed to be implemented in three phases starting from 2011 to 2025. These are extracted as follows:-




 

Malaysia Ministry of Works plans to upgrade the whole stretch of the Pan-Borneo Highway to dual carriageway in stages at an estimated cost of RM22 billion. Upgrading works began in 2011 and is estimated to be completed by 2025.
 

Pan-Borneo road is fully tarred, with a total of 284. 65 kilometres already upgraded to dual carriageway.

1, 166 kilometres of the Pan-Borneo Highway is located in Sabah.


Problem of  Pan-Borneo Highway upgrade including the problem of heavy vehicles carrying loads that exceed the 38-tonnes load limit, which frequent the Pan-Borneo highway. This causes the roads to become damaged prematurely, thus incurring high maintenance costs.

 





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