Balikpapan Travel Guide

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Balikpapan Overview

Balikpapan is a town located on the Indonesian part of Borneo. Balikpapan is the center of industry and commerce in the province that the city is glowing with better infrastructure that other towns in Kalimantan Timur. There are a wide variety of hotels, from modest to resort-like ones.

Kalimantan is known for the Kutai culture. Kutai was an ancient Hindu kingdom used to thrive on Borneo. Today, people can still see the influence of Kutai culture through arts and craftsmanship.

The central airport is Sepinggan Airport that connects flight to and from major cities all over Indonesia and Indonesia’s neighboring countries.

The cities is an oilfield town, where most of people living here make a living for working in oil companies, or in the company supplying things to the oil companies and stuff related to that. Prior to the oil development era, this town was small and quiet, but now is not anymore, expanding from south to the north and beach on the east side, making it a nice place to live.

Attraction to this town are visiting Orangutan conservation, join the river cruise and see the remote tribe living on the tree beside the mahakam river, you can contact the experienced Tour operator 'Borneo Discovery Tours' at and or drive to a nearby rain forest with some of the bridge built between 2 very high trees.