Balikpapan, relatively an unknown place that could be on your off the beaten path exploration, is a city in East Kalimantan of Indonesia. This small city is clean and quiet, thus do not expect much of a city hustle and bustle or much of a nightlife.
You will find many people from all over Indonesia like Javanese and Sulawesi mingling with the locals. They are all generally nice, quiet and polite being the life here more slow and relaxed.
Where is it
What to see
What to do
Where to stay
How to get there
Fly in to Balikpapan’s Sepinggan International Airport, with flights internationally with Air Asia 3 times daily from Kuala Lumpur and with Silk Air from Singapore. There are also domestic flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and many more.
International departure tax is 100,000Rp.
Where to go nearby
Bukit Bankirai – 59km north-west of Balikpapan with a tourist attraction of Canopy Bridge that are generally popular in the Borneo having many beautiful tropical rain forest.
Samarinda – the capital of East Kalimantan
Derawan – for diving in East Kalimantan