We have lived in West Kalimantan for 35 years. I can't imagine why anyone would come to Pontianak for a vacation.
There is almost nothing to do here. The city is dirty (although it is cleaner than it used to be). The shopping is not great. Kuching, Malaysia has the same environment, and weather, but they have MANY things for tourists to do. Pontianak has next to nothing. If your business takes you here, fine. But if you are looking for a break, don't come here.
Facilities very bad. Road is too small. For walking pedestrians seems too dangerous. More infrastructure should be done.
You can find various kinds of excellent food especially street food, tastes authentically with the quality stays the same even after many years and different generations.
You can enjoy shopping in Pontianak. Very crowded city, pack with motorcyclist need more careful if you are driving.
This city exactly cross the equator line, so no wonder it has warm and hot climate especially in day time.
You could try many culinary things in this area, such as Kwetiaw Apollo and Nasi Lemak, and you could buy any souvenirs in the traditional markets called PSP.
You can visit Kadariah palace and Equator monument. Better rent a car for city tour since there is no taxi in Pontianak.
There are many good and delicious food in Pontianak, especially chinese food. You can walk along Gajahmada street, and enjoy the food along the street.
citizens need to be trained to love their mother nature more (rubbish was seen everywhere). health conscious needs to be practiced too (workers dont wash their hands before making drinks, provided that they had touched other things before).
the road easy to remember, so not efraid to get lost, and have a much choise of kuliner, if u food alcoholic its a nice place to go
it's a nice city, but a lake of water, so prepare your self, but if u stay in hotel no need to worry
Near Pontianak city there are few small town offers attractions of its own. Try Singkawang, Mempawah or Sambas.
Ada tempat menarik seperti Kraton Kadarah dan Tugu Khatilistiwa serta Mesjid Jami yang masih asli lagi
Culinary city, Pontianak. There are lots of food that worth to try in Pontianak. Chinese foods, contains pork, which is very delicious.
Not just that, Pontianak also provide Halal food (no pork) as Melayu people also live in the city. Chinese food: kwecap, kwekiatheng, chaikue, kokue, siobie, bakpao, bakmie pemangkat, bakmie kepiting, nasi campur (Afu or Asan 333 - both are delicious!), etc. Halal food : bakso PSP, gado-gado Arema at Nusa Indah, ice cream ANGIE (in front of SMA St. Petrus), bubur pedas, kue bingka, seafood restaurant Ale-ale, Crab Restaurant, es krim Shanghai (in front of Kaisar Bakery), ice cream Jend. Urip, bakpao keju (Jl. Johar / Kompleks Purnama), Sotong Pangkong. Sightseeing : Tugu Khatulistiwa, Keraton Qadariyah, Jembatan Kapuas & Jembatan Sei. Landak. if you have much time to stay, you can go to Sei Pinyuh, Mempawah & Singkawang. Best time to visit Singkawang is on Cap Go Meh festival, which is celebrated 15 days after Chinese New Year. Lots kind of food you should try at Singkawang. Enjoy!
Pontianak is a good city, good prospect for business. However the facility for public transportation especially city meter taxis are not available, this makes it difficult for business travelers.
I would suggest you to stay more than 2 nights only if you have an interest on Cultures and tradition.
There are more to explore outside the city but still within a day trip. Pontianak, Mempawah and Sambas has its own Kraton or the Sultan's Palace. The aristocrat families still lives here within the Palace although they are no longer in power. Pontianak is very different to Yogyakarta in term of this. The road is hectic and you can't cross the road easily. Don't drive until you understand how the local way of driving in Pontianak.
A dirty noisy town. There is nothing there for tourists. The city has a rubbish problem and needs to clean up and start recycling.
The river side has a few hard to find restaurant - boats,. These could be nice but too much garbage floating around.
Unique Culture (Dayak Culture), various food. Better rent a car, not many option for public transportation.
Pontianak is a very dirty and not really nice city! Its not worth to go if not needed! There is the Statue of the equator there, this is more or less that whats nice to see there! Internet in City hard to get! So if the city is a transit place, organize very well in advance cause its very difficult once youre there!! English speaking people hard to find.
Pontianak is the nice place for business, With the high temperatures so close to the sun, nice food.
The city is quite clean, but the weather is quite hot. People like to have breakfast and dinner on side-street stalls, and taste is good.
The city looks more alive at night. Many food hawkers and fruit seller on the side street of Jalan Gajah Mada. Peaceful city.
Pontianak is tropic city, sometimes is very hot. But in this city you can find very nice and variety local food, which you cant find any where !
Pontianak is a multicultural city, the gateway to West Kalimantam. It is modern with preserved and not- so preserved history, it is set over the banks of two rivers and the perfect place for a city adventure .
Pontianak is a very interesting city. It is a melting pot of many cultures, though most businesses are run by ethnic Chinese.
Almost everybody is There are a lot of places to get great food, but you need to be a bit brave to try some places (especially if you are new to S.E. Asia). A must for any traveller is to visit one of the coffee shops for a "kopi susu". Our favourite place is the Suka Hati on Jalan Tanjungpura Sadly, vehicle traffic is becoming a big problem, with thousands of motorcycles. Traffic jams can be found quite often.
Pontianak is a dirty, busy, hot and humid city without any public transport- ensure you have a car with a driver, unless you feel very brave.
The seafood is exceptional, and very cheap, and the people are very friendly. Do find a way to see the suburbs on stilts by the river.
Typical Indonesian city. Some interesting local culture and sights to see. Seems to be commercial focus rather than entertainment.
Check your time of travel with the Chinese local residents' schedule of ancestor praying. On certain months of the years, all Chinese residents in Indonesia fly back to their hometown to pray at their ancestors/parents/grandparents' graves and a lot of the Chinese Indonesians come from Pontianak.
At this time of year, car rental would be ridiculously scarce and expensive when available. Places to visit would include big Buddhist temples and the Equator Monument which sits right on the Equator line. You can stand on both hemispheres of the Earth at the same time.
Majority of Pontianak population is Chinese. As we know that in Chinese there is a lot of traditional event.
So you can still enjoy that event in Pontianak.
If you want to see the big event attraction in Pontianak, you can look for celebrating the "Cap Go Meh" (15 days after lunar new year).
They play the dragon dance along the street with a big carnival. Very Impressing.
Pontianak is well-known as the Chinese City. For sure, there's a lot of excellent food. You can find good seafood restaurants around.