Samarinda is a wood industrial estate and important port town that serves as the capital of the East Kalimantan province. Located on Kalimantan Island, the city is a great base and jumping off point for exploration of the hinterlands and the Mahakam River. This is a destination that is ideal for those looking to have an adventure on the river, as most areas to explore are reached via travel on the river. Termindung Airport
and buses from nearby cities make Samarinda an easily accessible destination for travelers.
Within the city of Samarinda are opportunities to explore the local culture and traditional markets. But it is the remote regions that draw the most attention for those who travel here. The river is a gateway to places such as the villages of the Dayak tribes. On the shores of Jempang Lake is Isuy Bay. A stop here at the longhouse craft center allows opportunity to explore the culture and witness local dances. Mancong is another longhouse destination to visit, and the truly adventurous can head to Melka. A great orchid reserve here makes the 30-hour long trip on the river a well-deserved reward.
Accommodation in Samarinda is easily found on the northern side of the Mahakam River where most of the city is. Quite a few budget and mid-range properties are within a few kilometers of the airport as well as the river.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Samarinda for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.