Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

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

In East Kalimantan of Indonesia, north of Java and west of Sulawesi. It is also south of Malaysia and part of the Borneo continent.

Map of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Map of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

What to see

Crocodile FarmBeaches – Manggar and Lamaru beath at the south east of the city

What to do

Precious stones market – also known as Pasar Inpres Kebun Sayur
Local tours – river safaris on Mahakam River or Orangutan Sanctuary Eco lodge

Beach at Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Beach at Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

Where to stay

As main city of Kalimantan, you may be sure to find quite a number of choices of hotels and places to stay here in Balikpapan. You can find luxury hotels up in the hills or at the beach.

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.

Sunrise at Sea, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Sunrise at Sea, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

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

Photo credits from top: Rachel, zulfinho and gatotkusumo