Of all Kalimantan, you’ll find the best preserved primary forest in the east and north. This dense and thick forest is home to the diverse Dayak people and to an array of colourful wildlife. Also known as “Asia’s Amazon”, you’ll find opportunities to connect and learn from unique river people who have lived in harmony with the jungle for years. Start from Setulang village at the edge of the pristine rainforest and get to the depths of the forest by boat, listening to barefoot Dayak guides as they introduce you to the secrets of the jungle. Botanists will be thrilled to find species of plants not yet listed, while anthropologists will be mesmerised by the diversity of the Dayak tribes living along the river, each with distinct practices and costumes.
In the east, the port city of Balikpapan is a vibrant city offering a variety of activities if you are traveling with children as well as being an interesting spot for those looking to unwind in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Shop for souvenirs in the city’s hectic markets, unwind at a hotel bar and relax at one of the few beaches located downtown such as Kemala or Melwai. A variety of restaurants and high-range hotels will provide comforts in between jungle treks! The city’s natural reserves are also worth a visit, as they provide a glimpse of Kalimantan’s rare and varied biodiversity within the city. Children will love the Crocodile Farm and exploring the Agro Tourism Garden, 100 hectares with of gardens perfect for a picnic or day out discovering local biodiversity.
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