Visiting West Kalimantan
Welcome to West Kalimantan or what is sometimes called ‘Kalbar’ by the locals. Its capital city is Pontianak which is located on the Equator, making it the Equator city. The province has an area of 146,807 km² with a population of well over 4,000,000. The Major ethnic groups are the Dayak, Malay, Chinese, which form approximately 90% of the province’s population. The rest are Javanese, Bugis, Madurese, and other ethnicities.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Big Apple of Kalimantan, Equator City and Family tourist destination. What makes it this holiday hotspot is the fact that it is easy to get around it is accessible and has a wife variety of modern conveniences while yet keeping its rust charm. What to do? Well first off pop down to the rivers Sungai Kapuas and Sungai Landak where you can watch the local kids going for a late afternoon swim and go on jump in too. Kalimantan has amazing wildlife and it all can be found at Kebun Binatang Pontianak (Pontianak Zoo). Plus take advantage of the fresh fruit markets. Fantastic.
Gunung Palung National Park
“In terms of biodiversity, Gunung Palung is one of the top places in the world. Kalimantan’s rain forests have the tallest rain forest trees in the world,” says field director for Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation program, Jamie Kemsey.
“Look out for gibbons, red-leaf monkeys, macaques, sun bears, hornbills, cobras, crocodiles, giant squirrels and many, many other species.”
Gunung Palung National Park is by far one of the most interesting and accessible conservation areas in West Kalimantan due to its high biodiversity and ecosystems of floral and fauna. At the park you will find Lubuk Baji and Kubang Hill which have been assigned as tourism specific areas due to their diverse flora, fauna and beautiful scenery.
Coconut juice, coconut hats, coconut bras, coconut conditioner, coconut shake, coconut shampoo, coconut soap and coconut flip flops, well you get the idea, Welcome to Coconut world. Or to be more exact go to Kijing Beach. Here you will find a coconut plantation. Actually a really nice day just hanging out amongst the coconut.
A city of history that is often overlooked. To get to the main spot of interest is fun in itself, hop into a canoe or small boat and paddle up the Parwan river to get to the Sultan’s palace. This palace used to be the residence of the Sultanate of Sambas, although time is catching up on it, it is still a magnificent building boasting many interesting and wonderful artifacts. Worth a quick visit.
This is a Hakka Chinese city with a diverse make up and a rich history in Gold and believe it or not that almost 15% of the world’s gold supply came from here. So bring your gold pan with you. As the years passed other industries developed in the area and you can still find wonderful ceramic workshops.
Once you leave the city of Singkawang you will find that there are many beaches which are mostly deserted with some very cheap accommodation is available. One of the best is Samudera Indah Beach not far from Pasir Panjang Beach, it is a real nature wonder with 5km of white sand.
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