Welcome to Tenggarong
Once the capital of the mighty Kutai sultanate, Tenggarong has been attempting to re-create its past glory, with mixed results. Flush with mining profits, the government has invested heavily in infrastructure – good. However, development largely focused on turning Kumala Island from a local wildlife haven into a gaudy tourist attraction, plagued by a corruption scandal – bad. In 2011 the 10-year-old bridge across the Mahakam, dubbed 'Indonesia's Golden Gate', suddenly collapsed into the river, killing 36 people. It has since been replaced.
Most travellers come for the lively annual Erau International Folk & Art Festival; otherwise the informative museum is your primary draw.