Fly To Bakalalan, Malaysia
Bakalalan’s group of nine villages sits 910 metres above sea level in the Sarawak Highlands of Malaysia. The cool mountain climate and lush surrounds make this a picturesque, if remote, place to visit, and tourism to the region is increasing steadily.
Bakalalan is the easiest point of access for visitors heading to Kayan Mentarang National Park, and flying in can make this journey conveniently quick. To find the cheapest flights to Bakalalan Airport, use the online search tool above. It’s certainly the easiest way to book your passage to this lesser-known airport, and will save you hours of searching and unnecessary expense.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Bakalalan do not require a Visa to enter Malaysia, for up to 90 days. You do need to ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Malaysia is in Kuala Lumpur. Suite 22, 01 Level 22, No. 3 Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. Phone: + 60 3 2170 2400 or + 60 3 2161 7629. Website: sahighcomkl.com.my.
See and do
Bakalalan is most often used as a stopover for visitors heading to Kayan Mentarang National Park, which is on the Indonesian side of the border that runs a few kilometres away from the town’s outskirts. This huge National Park has become far easier to access with changes in border control, and is a spectacular place to experience the exotic wildlife and archaeological remains in the heart of Borneo.
With the increase in through-traffic, Bakalalan has developed its own attractions, including a spectacular 9-hole, natural golf course. The cool mountain climate makes for great golfing weather, and the lush terrain is the perfect backdrop to an afternoon on the course.
Well-known locally for its apples and mandarin oranges, Bakalalan’s vanilla is a more popular souvenir. Another local specialty is the mountain salt that is mined from the nearby hills. It makes a wonderful gift for friends and family back home.
Public transport is non-existent in Bakalalan, and 4x4s are the most popular form of transport for visitors. It’s generally advised to arrange car hire or transport through your accommodation, as getting information and contacts from outside the country can prove challenging.