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For I never imagined that I went to Crocodile Farm, then my friends took me to one of the farm in Balikpapan, OMG!! I was freaked out to see hundred of crocodiles running around..argghhbut it was a great experience though.They sell crocodile meat too to grill and make satay :)but I didn't brave enough to try one :(more
I tried to get map or brochure about Balikpapan from the hotel we stayed (Hotel Pacific) and also a bookstore in Plaza Balikpapan but both don't have any. So we visited the Tourist Office a.k.a in Indonesian, 'Kantor Pariwisata Kota Balikpapan' on their brochure or 'Dinas Pariwisata' on their building signboard.The guys there were very helpful and...more
Excellent service. Spacious, light and modern airy rooms with good internet connections. Very good...more
An ageing hotel with fairly poor food. Beware cockroaches in the rooms. There are better hotels in...more
Nice stay here, for the location is closed to the malls and offices in the city. Warm welcome by...more
This is a nice spot to relax.Enjoy Mexican and western food with family, friend or just by yourself.There are also many cocktails selection.Free poll table.Open daily: 11 am - midnightYou can bring your notebook (laptop) and using free hotspot internet here during certain hours. (Monday-Saturday2 pm-6 pm,9 pm-12 pm,Sunday all day).more
MacDonalds does not exist in Balikpapan and I am thankful. There is an abundance of Crab restaurants that litter the town and each one adds their own special sauce to the cooked crabs. I love crabs but find the amount of effort one puts into retrieving the succulent meat often outweighs the overall enjoyment of eating it. Nevertheless, you get an...more
I think this is the most representative restaurant in Balikpapan (besides those ones in hotels). It's located right on the beach where u got the nice view. U can dine in the verandah or if it's too hot get inside the aircon resto. The service is good, the food is excellent. Fried Crabs!more
We spent a long time on the internet researching Balikpapan for bars and restaurants. A few websites pop up with references to Sid's Bar and Petrosea, but none of them bother to provide directions so we still don't know where they are!We stayed in the Gran Senyiur Hotel which is not far from the Novotel. The first night we walked along the main...more
Taking a bike seems to be a convenient choice if you stay for a while here in Balikpapan. You may come and see this web site to have a look at the motors choice. I recommend it to you. The guy in the site says that he usualy rent it to some young French expatriat. You might be interested in it. Check it out..www.rentalbagus.commore
One thing I really like about Balikpapan is that it's easy to get around. And the few days I was there, I did not feel that I was cheated on the fare because I'm not local; there are slight variation on the fare each time I got into the 'angkot' but it's quite negligible. Oh, as far as I know (and being first time short visit there), there are two...more
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Central Supermarket is located beside Blue Sky Hotel at Jln Letjend Suprapto (Kebun Sayur).The store has two floors. The second floor has variety of foods, drinks and baking supplies. I was impressed by the amount of variety of westerner's foods that they sell. The store layout made it easy to navigate and the staff were friendly to help you. If...more
Hot & stuffy inside, I think locals would shop here. Out of a few shops/pasar listed in www.balikpapan.go.id, our hotel reception suggested Pasar Klandasan for clothing & Pasar Kebun Sayur for souvenirs; so we did not go to other places and can't compare them (we did not have much time either).After browsing the place, we stayed at a shop we...more
Good day Felix,
Go for the road trip.. I highly recommend it. I have been driving/riding for years from Singapore to Thailand, Cambodia, Burma.. Now want to explore Borneo with my bike next year. Since you live in Balikpapan you should ask around your mechanics and 4x4 clubs. Even motorcycle shops will know this.
From the info I gather for my trip. You should drive to Kalimantan/Kuching border IDN Entikong checpoint. From there you can drive all the way to brunei and Kinabalu. Potholes, puncture tires are basic part of driving. have fun..