Samarinda is known for its fine sarong cloth. The city shows some
signs of being the capital of a prosperous province. New government
office and public utilities are rising everywhere. Samarinda has
a number of modest but comfortable hotels.
Balikpapan, the center of Kalimantan's oil industry is also the
gateway to East Kalimantan with air and sea connections to Jakarta
and other major points in Indonesia. Even the trip to Samarinda,
begins in Balikpapan. In accordance with its importance, Balikpapan
has a number of good hotels, including one of international standard,
as well as recreation facilities. It has the second busiest airport
in the nation after Jakarta.
Berau and Marine Tourism on Derawan island
Found here are the remains of a king called the Keraton Gunung
Tambur and The Keraton Sambaliung. Historic objects can be seen
here. Derawan island is i 3 hours by a long boat from Tanjung Redep
(The Capital of Berau Regency) or via Tarakan. There are many rare
animals such as the green turtle, the scarlet turtle, star fruit
turtle and sea cow. Other things are rare species of marine plants,
coral reefs, iguanas, sea birds, crab and the location for a pearl
diving. It is also good for scuba diving, fishing, swimming, and
other water sports.
Located in the regency of Kutai with an area of i 200.000 ha, Bontang
has a rare flora and fauna. The Kutai National Park near Bontang
is north visiting to see sceneries especially those at Beras Basah.
It is one place for the adventure-seeking visitors. Things of historic
value and ancient remains, art collections and traditional ceremonies,
with a background of beautiful panoramas of the jungle and mountains
are to be found here.
Tanah Merah Indah - Lempake
This is recreational park called Tanah Merah Indah- Lempake with
a waterfall, located ± 16 km from downtown Samarinda. It
can be reached by car or public transportation.
Tenggarong, up the Mahakam river from Samarinda, is the capital
of the Kutai regency and was once the seat of the Kutai sultanate.
The Sultan's palace at the riverside is now a museum where the old
royal paraphernalia are kept, as well as an excellent collection
Of Dayak Woman antique Chinese ceramics.
Dayak statues can be admired in the yard. A curious thing about
the royal paraphernalia is that they display a strong resemblance
with Java's court traditions.
Every 24th of September, the former palace becomes a stage of dance
and music performances given to celebrate the town's anniversary.
This lisle settlement around Lake Jempang in the lake studded East
Kalimantan hinterland, has a traditional Dayak longhouse which has
been turned into lodges for visitors. The grave of a Benuaq Dayak
chief lies aside the hamlet's only road. Visitors are usually given
a traditional Benuaq Dayak welcome. The trip to Tanjung Isuy over
the Mahakam river is a long but interesting one past floating villages
and forest scenery. If you are lucky, you can watch a belian, or
witch doctor, dressed in his skirt of leaves, cures his patients
at night by performing the rites prescribed by ancestors to the
frenzied accompaniment of gongs and drums. Many Benuaq Dayaks still
prefer the old cures to the modern ones at government public health
centers which are nearby.
Melak - Kersik luway
Melak is a little village further ustream on the Mahakam river
in the heart of the land of Tanjung Dayak. Not far from the village
is the Kersik Luway nature reserve, where the "Black Orchid
Muara Ancalong - Muara Wahau
Dances of the Kenyah Dayak are often performed here for visitors
at a traditional longhouse. Also various handicrafts can be seen