51 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

51 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

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51 days in Kalimantan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Balikpapan
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Derawan Islands
— 2 nights
Travel:  6​h 30​min
3
Berau
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Bontang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Samarinda
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tenggarong
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Sekolaq Darat
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
8
Palangkaraya
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Banjarbaru
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Pangkalan Bun
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
11
Sintang
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
12
Singkawang
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Pontianak
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Athens

7
nights
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 Balikpapan Botanical Garden and Tukong Hill Lighthouse. Get some cultural insight at Dahor Heritage Balikpapan and Museum Kodam Mulawarman. Go for a jaunt from Balikpapan to Penajam to see Jumlai Beach about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Manggar Segarasari Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kemala Beach, snap pictures at Bangkirai Bridge, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Japan-Lamaru Tomb.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Balikpapan route planner .

Athens, Greece to Balikpapan is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Balikpapan is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in July: highs in Balikpapan hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Derawan Islands.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jumlai Beach
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Balikpapan Botanical Garden ©
Balikpapan Botanical Garden
Dahor Heritage Balikpapan ©
Dahor Heritage Balikpapan
Museum Kodam Mulawarman ©
Museum Kodam Mulawarman

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Derawan Islands

Derawan Islands ©
Derawan Islands sit in the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Derawan Archipelago and then look for all kinds of wild species at Whale Shark Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Maratua Island and then step off the mainland to explore Manimbora Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Derawan Islands day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Balikpapan to Derawan Islands. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Berau.

Things to do in Derawan Islands

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Derawan Archipelago ©
Derawan Archipelago
Whale Shark Point ©
Whale Shark Point
Maratua Island ©
Maratua Island

4
nights
Berau

Berau
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Baitul Hikmah Great Mosque and Sambaliung Palace. Get some cultural insight at Merabu Village and Rayatul Ikhlas Great Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Berau trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Derawan Islands to Berau. In July, daytime highs in Berau are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bontang.

Things to do in Berau

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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3
nights
Bontang

Bontang ©
Explore hidden gems such as Bontang Kuala Village and Kutai National Parrk.

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Getting from Berau to Bontang by car takes about 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Samarinda.

Things to do in Bontang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kutai National Parrk ©
Kutai National Parrk

5
nights
Samarinda

Samarinda ©
The capital and most populous city in Borneo, Samarinda entices tourists with its traditional foods, religious and historical artifacts, and markets.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muladharma Monastery and Weaving Village. When in Samarinda, make a side trip to see Pangempang Beach in Tanjung Limau, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at BIG Mall, find something for the whole family at Jessica Water Park, admire the sheer force of Tanah Merah Waterfall, and walk around Taman Tepian Mahakam Samarinda.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Samarinda trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bontang to Samarinda takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tenggarong.

Things to do in Samarinda

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pangempang Beach
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BIG Mall ©
BIG Mall
Muladharma Monastery ©
Muladharma Monastery
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque
Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque

3
nights
Tenggarong

Tenggarong ©
Kutai Sultan's Palace and Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muara Kaman - Sedulang Natural Preserve and Ambalat Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tenggarong online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Samarinda to Tenggarong takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sekolaq Darat.

Things to do in Tenggarong

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Kumala Island ©
Kumala Island
Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong ©
Planetarium Jagad Raya Tenggarong
Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara ©
Kedaton Kutai Kartanegara

1
night
Sekolaq Darat

Sekolaq Darat ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kersik Luway.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sekolaq Darat sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Tenggarong to Sekolaq Darat takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Palangkaraya.

Things to do in Sekolaq Darat

Parks Wildlife
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Kersik Luway ©
Kersik Luway

3
nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Kawasan Arboretum Nyaru Menteng and Palangka Raya City Monument (Soekarno Monument). There's much more to do: make a trip to Bukit Doa Karmel Tangkiling, Palangkaraya, take a leisurely stroll along Kereng Bengkirai Pier, take in the views from Kahayan Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Balanga Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Palangkaraya trip maker .

Traveling by car from Sekolaq Darat to Palangkaraya takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Sekolaq Darat to Palangkaraya, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Banjarbaru.

Things to do in Palangkaraya

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Taman Pasuk Kameloh ©
Taman Pasuk Kameloh
Balanga Museum ©
Balanga Museum

4
nights
Banjarbaru

Banjarbaru ©
Banjarbaru is a city in the province of South Kalimantan in Indonesia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Al-Karomah Great Mosque and Waduk Riamkanan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lambung Mangkurat Banjarbaru Museum and Monumen ALRI Divisi IV Pertahanan Kalimantan. Change things up with these side-trips from Banjarbaru: Pelaihari (Kayangan Mountain & Rimpi Hill). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Pertokoan Cahaya Bumi Selamat, don't miss a visit to Cempaka Diamond Mine, stroll around Van Der Pijl Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sultan Adam Forest Park.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Banjarbaru tour planner.

Getting from Palangkaraya to Banjarbaru by car takes about 5 hours. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Pangkalan Bun.

Things to do in Banjarbaru

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Martapura, Pelaihari
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Waduk Riamkanan ©
Waduk Riamkanan
Lambung Mangkurat Banjarbaru Museum ©
Al-Karomah Great Mosque ©
Al-Karomah Great Mosque

3
nights
Pangkalan Bun

Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun, is a city in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo in Indonesia. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Tanjung Puting National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Camp Leakey, explore the activities along Arut River, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pangkalan Bun online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Banjarbaru to Pangkalan Bun. Traveling from Banjarbaru to Pangkalan Bun, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sintang.

Things to do in Pangkalan Bun

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Central Kalimantan
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tanjung Puting National Park ©
Tanjung Puting National Park
Camp Leakey ©
Camp Leakey

1
night
Sintang

Sintang ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kelam. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Hutan Wisata Baning, then contemplate the long history of Istana Al Mukarramah, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gua Maria Bukit Kelam.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sintang online vacation planner .

Getting from Pangkalan Bun to Sintang by car takes about 15 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daily temperatures in Sintang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Singkawang.

Things to do in Sintang

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hutan Wisata Baning ©
Hutan Wisata Baning
Gua Maria Bukit Kelam ©
Gua Maria Bukit Kelam
Istana Al Mukarramah ©
Istana Al Mukarramah

3
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Singkawang

Singkawang ©
Singkawang or San Khew Jong in Hakka, is a city located in the province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Step off the beaten path and head to Tri Dharma Bumi Raya Temple and Kura-Kura Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tjhia Family House, stroll around Bougenville Park, kick back and relax at Mimi Land Beach, and head off the coast to Randayan Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Singkawang route builder .

You can drive from Sintang to Singkawang in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pontianak.

Things to do in Singkawang

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lemukutan Island ©
Lemukutan Island
Mimi Land Beach ©
Mimi Land Beach
Kura-Kura Beach ©
Kura-Kura Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Joseph Cathedral and Museum Negeri Pontianak. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Orangutan Museum and Masjid Raya Mujahidin. Step out of Pontianak with an excursion to Long House Kampong Saham in Pahuman--about 2 hours away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Wed) at ParadisQ Waterpark. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jami Mosque, stop by Supermarket Kaisar, browse the different shops at Ayani Mega Mall, and don't miss a visit to Kapuas Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pontianak day trip tool .

You can drive from Singkawang to Pontianak in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pontianak

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Long House Kampong Saham, Tua Pek Kong Pagoda
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ParadisQ Waterpark ©
ParadisQ Waterpark
Makam Juang Mandor ©
Makam Juang Mandor
Jami Mosque ©
Jami Mosque