Pontianak West Kalimantan, places of interest include Learning the local cultures, Dayak tribes, dancing performances, and West Kalimantan tradition. Pontianak is easily accessible from Jakarta or Surabaya by air. One of its main attractions is the culture of its Dayak ethnic groups. The official website for Kalimantan Barat.

Most Dayaks live in longhouses along rivers that crisscross the land. This province covers an area of 146,807square km. Its low plains are swampy with more than 100 rivers playing a vital role in communications and the economy. Scattered across the swamps are several lakes and villages, often linked by bridges. The provincial capital, Pontianak lies exactly on the Equator. It is a fast-growing city divided into three parts by the Kapuas and Landak rivers. Pontianak West Kalimantan is the main gate to enter this province through Supadio Airport,18 km from the city. The Kapuas River, about 1,143 km, is one of the longest rivers in Indonesia, connecting.


Pontianak with the Sanggau, Sintang, and Kapuas Hulu Regencies. Among the branches of the Kapuas river are the Landak, Kubu, Punggur, Malawi, and Sekayam rivers. The population information of Pontianak West Kalimantan consists of the Dayaks, Malays, Chinese, and some other Indonesian ethnic groups. Dayak dances express respect, heroism, welcome, and cure. It is recommended to take a river trip and make overnight stops at villages where dance performances are organized on advance notice. Pontianak, the capital city of West Kalimantan Province, lies exactly on the equator. Pontianak was founded in 1771, during the reign of the Sultan of Pontianak. The native people of this region are the Dayaks and the Melayu. This province is also called the province of “Seribu Sungai” or “Thousand River” because it has many rivers, big and small. The biggest river is the Kapuas River.

Pontianak and Places of Interest.

Pontianak Information.
As the capital of West Kalimantan, there are some interesting places to visit, among others the Equator Monument, Kadariah palace in Kampung Dalam, the State Museum, the Kapuas and Landak Bridges with a river view and floating market. You can also simply relax in the recreational park Tirta Ria. The beach resort of Kijing and Temajoh Island are good places for diving, fishing, and sailing.

Betang (Long House).
On the outskirts of Pontianak is a Dayak traditional longhouse at Saham village,158 km from Pontianak. The measures of this long-house are 186 m long,6 m wide, inhabited by 269 people. There is no accommodation here.


Pasir Panjang.
It lies 17 km from Singkawang in the Sambas regency. There is a beach resort, ideal for swimming. Comfortable cottages are available equipped with a tennis court. In the vicinity of Singkawang, the Gunung Poteng hill resort with its fresh air is a good place for nature lovers.

National Park and Nature Reserve
The Gunung (Mount) Palung National Park located in the Ketapang regency is home to miscellaneous flora and fauna. The Raya Pasi mountain located in the Singkawang regency is also interesting to visit to see the Rafflesia or the Giant Flower.

Singkawang is also a nature reserve. The forest of Sanggau is worth a visit where hot springs, lakes, and caves can be found. The other nature reserves are the forests of Baning and Kelam Hill in the Sintang Regency. While in Kapuas Hulu, there is the Bentuang.

Sambas Palace.
This palace is one of the remnants of the Kingdom of Sambas. Up to the present time, it is still kept in good condition. There are many antiques to be seen.

Tanjung Isuy
This little settlement around Lake Jempang in the lake-studded East Kalimantan hinterland has a traditional Dayak long-house which has been turned into lodges for visitors. The grave of a Benuaq Dayak chief lies aside the hamlet’s only road. Visitors are usually given a traditional Benuaq Dayak welcome. The trip to Tanjung Isuy over the Mahakam river is a long but interesting one past floating villages and forest scenery. If you are lucky, you can watch a belian, or witch doctor, dressed in his skirt of leaves, cures his patients at night by performing the rites prescribed by ancestors to the frenzied accompaniment of gongs and drums. Many Benuaq Dayaks still prefer the old cures to the modern ones at government public health centers which are nearby.

West Kalimantan has recently been developed for tourist traffic, however, Pontianak has two three-star hotels, each with modern amenities and also facilities for conventions. Two and one-star hotels have air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms.

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