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Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Balikpapan

Samboja Lestari

A Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation project, Samboja Lestari houses more than 150 orang-utans on a series of islands, along with a separate sun bear sanctuary. Half-day morning and afternoon tours include lunch o…
Top Choice Seafood in Balikpapan

Ocean's Resto

An entire reef's worth of fresh fish and crustaceans (the menu is a book in itself), along with steaks, burgers, pizzas and Indonesian dishes, all served in a fine open-air waterfront space. Ocean's anchors a row of…
Top Choice Mosque in Samarinda

Islamic Center

The western skyline of Samarinda is dominated by this must-see complex containing an ornate and colourful mosque with adjacent observation tower. The latter is the highest point in the city, offering panoramic views…
Top Choice Indonesian in Palangka Raya

Rumah Tjilik Riwut

This lovely garden restaurant-gallery in a traditional house specialises in local Dayak cuisine such as juhu umbut ikan baung (fish cooked in coconut milk and young rattan shoots), as well as a broad menu of Indones…
Top Choice Cathedral in Pontianak

St Joseph's Cathedral

Pontianak's dramatic domed cathedral was opened in 2015, replacing the earlier 1908 church deemed not large enough to accommodate the city's Catholic congregation. While obviously European in design, with its St Pet…
Top Choice Seafood in Pontianak

Abang Kepiting

Buckets of iced fish, sting ray, squid and prawns out front are begging to be steamed, fried or grilled to your liking. Treat yourself to an experience and dive into a pile of smoked crabs: a full-body, all-evening …
Top Choice Indonesian in Loksado

Waroeng Gerloks

It's worth the walk uphill to this open-sided restaurant for the views alone – out over the Meratus Mountains, the Loksado valley and the village itself. Taking advantage of the views are two thatched seating areas …
Top Choice Indonesian in Balikpapan

Warung Soto Kuin Abduh

Soto Banjar (chicken soup seasoned with a delicate blend of spices, including cinnamon) is naturally the dish of choice at this popular little warung, but you can also try sate chicken and nasi sop (soup with rice).…
Top Choice Cafe in Sintang

Kece Cafe

One of a line of open-fronted cafes opposte My Home hotel, Kece is also one of the only places in Sintang where you can legally get a cold beer. There's open-mic-style live music on Wednesday and Saturday from 7pm. …
Top Choice Indonesian in Samarinda

Waroeng Sambel Jogja

Serving eight very different varieties of sambal (salsa) designed to knock your socks off, this large complex opposite the riverfront is packed on weekends. The house speciality, the oniony sambel bawang Jogja, and …