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Land Travel By Bus: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

There are three ways to reach Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. First ride a ferry via Labuan Island It will take 7 hours and land travel by bus via Sarawak, Malaysia it will take more or less 10 hours or take an hour flight from Brunei Airport.

Let's focus in land travel. There's no concrete info online regarding this route before I travel, but I really want to do it just because of the Passport stamp that I will get before I reach Kota Kinabalu.

One month before my travel date I purchase a bus ticket online via Sipitang Express. This company is the only one offering a trip to Kota Kinabalu via Lawas, Sarawak MalaysiaI was so nervous at first because of the multiple entry in the two countries. I was consulting some of the travel blogger friends regarding on this matter doing a multiple entry into a visa free country. They said nothing to worry about its fine. 

I left the hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei around 7am since the bus will leave at 8am sharp. My friend fetches me up in the hotel and drop off in the loading area of the bus. 

The loading area of sipitang is not in the bus terminal of BSB they parked between Jalan Sungai Kianggeh and Jalan McArthur just in front of Joy Guest House. I purchase my ticket online because it’s cheaper compared on the day of travel I paid 100RM- 22USD via online and 45BD - 32USD for walk-in passengers. 

They collected our passport for their manifest in Immigration. It was 8am when we left Brunei the bus is not full I think we are less than 20 passengers on-board. The first border to cross is Tendungan, Sarawak, Malaysia but before that we need to exit in Kuala Lurah, Brunei it took an hour to reach the exit border of Brunei. We took almost an hour to get an exit stamp because of the traffic and there's a lot of people exiting that time. 
Lawas, Sarawak, Malaysia
Finally the bus leaves after 1 hour and 5 minutes later we need get off again in the bus because we will fall in the in the immigration of Tendungan to legally enter in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The bus is very comfortable and the air-conditioner is in the full blast because the weather in Borneo is quite hot.

We took 2 hours to reach the Limbang town in Sarawak and headed to the exit border which is Pandaruan. We get off again in the bus to fall in line with immigration window, promise there’s no ending of getting off in the bus until you reach the last border. After we leave in the Sarawak, 5 minutes later we get off again to get an entry stamp in Ujung Jalan, Brunei, yes you will enter again in Brunei after, 1.5 hours later we reach the exit border of Brunei which is Labu we get off again to get an exit stamp. After 10 minutes we reach the Mengkalap, Sarawak border to get an entry stamp and the last border before we take a lunch in Lawas.

We reach Lawas, Sarawak around 11:30am to take a stopover, lunch and to get more passengers. 12:30pm when I get back in the terminal as the bus will leave at 1pm this time the bus is already full. We continued our journey to reach the exit border of Sarawak which is Merapok we get our exit stamp and together with the entry stamp in Sindumin, Sabah, Malaysia. That is the last border, Yes, I made it! They’re the same country but different government so we need to get an entry stamp to legally enter in the Sabah, Malaysia.

We reach Kota Kinabalu around 6pm because we got stuck in the heavy traffic in Bongawan.

I know you're confused, here’s the border I crossed before I reach Kota Kinabalu and be able to get an 8 passport stamp.

1st stamp – Exit in Kuala Lurah, Brunei
2nd stamp – Entry in Tendungan, Sarawak, Malaysia
3rd stamp – Exit in Pandaruan, Sarawak, Malaysia
4th stamp – Entry in Ujung Jalan, Brunei
5th stamp – Exit in Labu, Brunei
6th stamp – Entry in Mengkalap, Sarawak, Malaysia
7th stamp – Exit in Merapok, Sarawak, Malaysia
8th stamp – Entry in Sindumin, Sabah, Malaysia


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