26 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

26 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

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26 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  27​h
1
Pontianak
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
2
Palangkaraya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Banjarmasin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Balikpapan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Samarinda
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
6
Pulau Kakaban
— 1 day
Travel:  3​h
7
Derawan Islands
— 2 nights
Travel:  6​h 30​min
8
Berau
— 2 nights
Drive:  56​h
9
Tarakan
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Pontianak

Pontianak ©
Pontianak boasts a delightful blend of cultures, which live separately in their own sections of the city but come together amiably and often intermarry.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orangutan Museum and Tua Pek Kong Pagoda. There's much more to do: make a trip to Masjid Raya Mujahidin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jami Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Equator Monument, and browse the different shops at Ayani Mega Mall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Pontianak itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Pontianak is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Pontianak due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Pontianak to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Palangkaraya.

Things to do in Pontianak

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tua Pek Kong Pagoda
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Masjid Raya Mujahidin ©
Masjid Raya Mujahidin
Kapuas Square ©
Kapuas Square
Keraton Kadriah ©
Keraton Kadriah

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Palangkaraya

Palangkaraya ©
Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sebangau National Park Central Kalimantan and Bukit Doa Karmel Tangkiling, Palangkaraya. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Balanga Museum, make a trip to Palangka Raya City Monument (Soekarno Monument), walk around Taman Pasuk Kameloh, and snap pictures at Kahayan Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Palangkaraya online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pontianak to Palangkaraya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Banjarmasin.

Things to do in Palangkaraya

Parks Nature Museums
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Taman Pasuk Kameloh ©
Taman Pasuk Kameloh
Balanga Museum ©
Balanga Museum

2
nights
Banjarmasin

Banjarmasin ©
Banjarmasin sits within a delta formed by the Barito and Martapura rivers, so life here generally happens along its waterways.
On the 18th (Sat), make a trip to Siring Watch Towers Martapura River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabilal Muhtadin Great Mosque, and then pause for some photo ops at Taman Siring 0 Kilometer. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jami Mosque Banjarmasin, buy something for everyone on your list at Duta Mall Banjarmasin, and then appreciate the history behind Bekantan Statue.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Banjarmasin trip planner.

You can drive from Palangkaraya to Banjarmasin in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Palangkaraya to Banjarmasin is 1 hour. In January in Banjarmasin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Balikpapan.

Things to do in Banjarmasin

Historic Sites Shopping
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Jami Mosque Banjarmasin ©
Jami Mosque Banjarmasin
Taman Siring 0 Kilometer ©
Taman Siring 0 Kilometer
Duta Mall Banjarmasin ©
Duta Mall Banjarmasin

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Balikpapan

Balikpapan ©
Used as a hub for international oil and mining companies, the small city of Balikpapan boasts a blend of cultures making a comfortable home in this clean and relaxed environment.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wehea Rainforest and Merdeka Square. There's much more to do: take in the views from Bangkirai Hill Nature Tourism, stroll through Sun Bear Education and Conservation Center, kick back and relax at Monpera Beach, and walk around Bekapai Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Balikpapan online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Banjarmasin to Balikpapan. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Samarinda.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lamaru Beach ©
Lamaru Beach
Plaza Balikpapan ©
Plaza Balikpapan
Bekapai Park ©
Bekapai Park

2
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Samarinda

Samarinda
The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at East Kalimantan Center Oleh-Oleh Khas Kaltim, take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque, and then don't miss a visit to Mahakam River. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kutai Sultan's Palace and then buy something for everyone on your list at BIG Mall.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Samarinda trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Balikpapan to Samarinda takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Pulau Kakaban.

Things to do in Samarinda

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kutai Sultan's Palace
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Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Mahakam River
Mahakam River
BIG Mall ©
BIG Mall

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Pulau Kakaban

Pulau Kakaban
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sting-less Jellyfish Lake.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pulau Kakaban holiday maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Samarinda to Pulau Kakaban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Derawan Islands.

Things to do in Pulau Kakaban

Parks Wildlife
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nights
Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands ©
Derawan Islands sit in the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Sangalaki Island and then step off the mainland to explore Maratua Island. On the next day, head off the coast to Derawan Archipelago.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Derawan Islands tour builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Kakaban to Derawan Islands. In January, daytime highs in Derawan Islands are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Berau.

Things to do in Derawan Islands

Parks Nature
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Derawan Archipelago ©
Derawan Archipelago
Sangalaki Island ©
Sangalaki Island
Maratua Island ©
Maratua Island

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Berau

Berau ©
On the 29th (Wed), explore the activities along Segah River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baitul Hikmah Great Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rayatul Ikhlas Great Mosque, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Pasar Sanggam Adji Dilayas. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Merabu Village.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Berau trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Derawan Islands to Berau with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berau

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Pasar Sanggam Adji Dilayas ©
Pasar Sanggam Adji Dilayas

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Tarakan

Tarakan ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Masjid Al-Mubarak and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amal Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tarakan trip planner .

You can drive from Berau to Tarakan in 56 hours. February in Tarakan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Tarakan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Amal Beach ©
Amal Beach
Masjid  Al-Mubarak ©
Masjid Al-Mubarak