Sambas (West Kalimantan, Indonesia) is a small city at the crossing of three rivers, it was an independent sultanat until the foundation of the Indonesian Republic, and has recently been theater of an horrible massacre.
That’s basically all we could find out about the city on the internet. Anyway, muddy and tired after having rode the road from Malaysia we decide to stop one more night to rest and look around.
Sambas, Borneo, Indonesia – Roaming Around
The main road is busy and ugly but just take a side road to be amazed. For us it is a surprise, this just seemed a place to stock in supplies and have a shower. But it is wonderful, the side streets are suspended wooden walkways and even the houses are suspended on stilts. Everything is built along the river and often on the river.
We visit the sultan’s palace (Istana Alwatzikhoebillah), the only one thing we found on the internet about Sambas. In fact the building is modest, nothing special, the beauty lies in the rest of the city. People bathe, brush their teeth and children plunge into this great river whose water, however, is not exactly pristine.
Birds in cages and no beer
Almost all the houses have cages with various birds on the veranda. Seems like this is a local trend. We are really happy to be here, even if it’s impossible to find a beer. We are told it’s illegal but it is not true at all. In this city 99% of the population is Muslim and they are really convinced it is unlawful.
We meet am English teacher from Flores, another Indonesian island of christian majority, which confirms that beeris absolutely legalin Indonesia and there is also domestic beer, just there isn’t any here in Sambas, apparently. He says he just drinks when he comes back home for holidays… we will discover shortly that he could find beer way much closer.
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