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Travel Guide for Indonesia:Kalimantan_Timur:Balikpapan

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Basic Facts

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Population: No-one really knows but it is estimated at around 1 million. Altitude: Sea level Telephone Code: +62 0542 City Name in other languages:"Balik" in Indonesian means "Turned over" and "Papan" means "Plank" so I guess that Balikpapan means a turned over plank???

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Balikpapan is a seaport in East Kalimantan on the Island of Borneo. There are not many things to see and do as most tourists use Balikpapan as an entry point into Borneo from Singapore or Jakarta on their way to see other attractions such as eco-tourism in South Kalimantan and the native Dayak peoples of Central Kal and the Mahakam River. Balikpapan boasts an international airport catering for planes up to 747 class. There are several tour guide companies in Balik so the interested tourist can ... more

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries and Walking Tours

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away - Regular domestic air services from Jakarta, Surabaya, Manado, Banjarmasin. Regular International air services (daily) from Singapore via Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore airlines. Buses - There are many bus services of varying size units both with and without Airconditioning and which connect Balikpapan with Banjarmasin in the South; Samarinda to the North and all points to the West. Cars - You can either rent a car from a local owner or go through a rental ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or none is available, here is what other members suggest. Hotels There are several 2,3,4& 5 star hotels in Balikpapan with another 14 hotels under construction. These hotels vary from 3 star to 5. Hostels - Nothing like Europe. There are no backpacker hostels here although the lower ranked hotels will give cheap rates due to the number of up and coming hotels being built and they need the trade. Camping - No camping faci ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants - Too many to list but you can get any type of food here. Supermarkets - Mainly Mata Hari and Makro. Good selection of goods. Several Shopping centres. Street Food - Many "Cholera Carts" here. You are better off eating at the roadside warungs if you desire the local fare but be warned that the food can be very "Pedas" or hot and if your stomach is not used to the local food, beware and be prepared to spend some extra time in the 'loo. Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

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Exchanging Money - There are several money changers in Balikpapan but be wary. They mainly trade in US & Australian dollars. The banks will exchange foreign currencies but will not accept any damaged, creased, stapled or torn notes or any with writing on them. If you want to change your money at a bank, make sure your notes are in pristine condition. Costs- The cost of living is higher than that found in most other parts of Indonesia due to the higher salaries paid here and thus th ... more

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post - Postal services are here and are quite fast considering. Do not put valuables into envelopes for posting especially money. Telephone - What do you need? Mobile phones? Public phones? IDD?,It's all here. Fax- Yes, Fax is available. Internet Access Dial up or Broadband, cypher cafes - all here. ...

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars- Lots of bars and discos at the hotels. Cafes- Yes, lots of cafes. Discos - Several Cinemas- There is one cinema in Balikpapan but why would you want to go there when DVDs are so cheap and the latest releases...

Hospitals and Doctors

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The best Hospital in Balikpapan is the Pertamina unit. There are others but you wouldn't want to go there unless the Pertamina burnt down. Make sure you have travel insurance and possibly include MediVac if you can afford the premiums because by and large all expatriates have varying tales about competency. Same with Dentists. Get your teeth checked before you leave your home country. Not being cynical here - just practical.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Embassies & Consulates in the city, offices for visa/immigration issues ... There are non that I know of although I believe there might still be an Honorary Dutch Consul here. Best check before you come. Tourist visas are available on arrival and cost US$25 at the airport. The visa is only good for one month after which you have to leave the country to arrange another trip back if desired. Do not overstay your visit - it will cost you plenty!

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Activities and Sports

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This is a soccer mad country so there are always local matches on the weekends. There are 2 golf courses - Karang Joang approx 12 kms out of town and Pertamina Golf Course in the middle of town. Green fees are around Rp150,000 to Rp200,000 per 18 holes. Current exchange rate is Rp9,000 to US$1. Karang Joang has buggies- Pertamina has not. Caddies must be used and they cost anothe Rp100,000 for 18 holes. If you like fishing you can always meet with Sid at Sids Bar who runs the Borneo Fishing C ... more

Culture and Local Customs

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Events and Holidays

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Dangers and Warnings

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Be careful of the local customs such as not using your left hand to pass something to a local, don't point at things with your foot ( like your luggage), don't raise your voice to locals, don't stand with your hands on your hips ( aggressive stance, aggressive attitude). Just be pleasant and smile!! The people are generally very friendly and helpful towards travellers. Be very careful on the roads. Pedestrian crossings are not a safe way to cross over. Watch out for those motor cycles!! Use mo ... more

Tourist Traps

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History

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Economy

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Arts

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Media

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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External Links

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