Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo
Sightseeing and Attractions in Kalimantan
Kalimantan, the largest part of Borneo offers almost everything, from wildlife and nature, including its fascinating marine life, beaches, sun and sea, to cultural attractions and festivities. However, at present Kalimantan tourism is less developed and the Indonesian part of Borneo is less accessible than Sabah or Brunei. Only few tour operators operate in this fascinating part of Indonesia.
Wildlife and Nature
Kalimantan's wild life and nature is unique. Kalimantan is still home to several large rainforests, where a unique flora and fauna can be found. Orang utans, green turtles, and other endangered species are all native to Kalimantan.
Cultural HighlightsKalimantan is home to many different ethnic groups. Longhouses can still be found along its many rivers. A visit to a traditional longhouse, a cultural festival or a trip to a traditional market are just some of the cultural highlights.
Hotels and Accommodation
There is plenty of hotels in the major business towns, catering primarily to business executives in the oil and gas, timber, or palm oil trade. Several upmarket hotels, which also offer a range of leisure facilities may be suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike.
Restaurants and Food
There is no shortage of restaurants in any town of Kalimantan, serving a selection of local Indonesian dishes or international cuisine. Food markets with their colourful stalls offering different local cuisine can be found in most towns.
There is nightlife in the major business towns, primarily catering for the business traveller and the expatriate.
Flights and Getting there
Kalimantan is primarily served by local Indonesian airlines. Each province has its own airport. Several low cost carriers also operate in Kalimantan. Taxis can be hired from the airport and hotels can also offer a pickup service.
Getting around is mainly by plane and boat. For short distances the choice of transport is the taxi. Car hire may be arranged.
Best time to travel
Best time to travel to Kalimantan is during the dry season, which is usually around April to October.
Visa regulations change frequently. Best to check with the Indonesian Embassy for the latest visa regulations. If visas are issued on arrival, visitors may be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds and a valid return airline ticket. Work visa will only be issued prior to departure. Visa agents offer to arrange visas for business travellers. Tourist and travel information can also be obtained from the cultural section of the embassy or by contacting Indonesia Tourism in Jakarta directly.