Welcome to Balikpapan


While the port area is a bit grimy, for the most part the city is clean and vibrant, with several enormous shopping plazas and some decent beaches. Midrange to high-end hotels with reasonable rates abound, and a social scene exists in the form of restaurants, hotel bars, live-music venues and the odd nightclub.

Overall the city makes a fine weekend break and a great place to begin or end more adventurous travels.


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orang utan trip

ItineraryDay 1: Day 01: BALIKPAPAN, SANGATTA (LD) Pass By: Balikpapan Plaza Shopping Center, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, KalimantanUpon arrival at Balikpapan airport, meeting service and transfer of about six hours to Sangatta. Check in at Simple Hotel, for dinner and overnight. Meals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: simple hotelDay 2: Day 02: SANGATTA, KUTAI NATIONAL PARK (BLD)  Stop At: Kaba Bay, Sengata, East Kalimantan, KalimantanEarly in the morning by motor canoe upstream Sangatta River into the jungle of Kutai National Park Reserve. Upon Arrival at Prefab Orangutan Research station, we will drop our stuff and direct start a jungle trek into the forest, looking for wildlife and Orangutans, which are completely wild. Afternoon return to Prefab Station for Lunch and rest, late afternoon another forest trek searching for wild and experience the beauty of the Rainforest flora and Fauna here. Dinner and overnight at Prefab Research station.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: rimba logleDay 3: Day 03: KUTAI RESERVE, DELTA SANGATTA RIVER (BLD) Stop At: Kaba Bay, Sengata, East Kalimantan, KalimantanEarly in the morning by motor canoe upstream Sangatta River into the jungle of Kutai National Park Reserve. Upon Arrival at Prefab Orangutan Research station, we will drop our stuff and direct start a jungle trek into the forest, looking for wildlife and Orangutans, which are completely wild. Afternoon return to Prefab Station for Lunch and rest, late afternoon another forest trek searching for wild and experience the beauty of the Rainforest flora and Fauna here. Dinner and overnight at Prefab Research station.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: good hotelDay 4: Day 04: SAMARINDA, BALIKPAPAN (B)  Pass By: Balikpapan Plaza Shopping Center, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, KalimantanBreakfast, free at leisure, and enjoy the hotel atmosphere, until departure transfer to Balikpapan airport for your flight to your next destinationMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.