Indonesia, Kalimantan, Travel

East Kalimantan Trip | Day 1/4 : Touch Down Balikpapan

IMG_1896.JPGThe shot was captured on the plane to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

I took 6AM flight with the other 19 people in the group. We arrived at Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport (formerly named Sepinggan Airport) after 3 hours flight. The flight was packed with local Kalimantan passengers.

This is my first experience to visit Kalimantan. I was very excited to see the other side of Indonesia. 🙂

We had 5hours to wait for next flight to Berau. So we kill time by travel around Balikpapan city.

We were told that the airport was bigger than the current condition. They renovated & reduced the airport size because it was too big for them. We were surprised because as we know, airport is always busy. So it should be big, right? But they need smaller. XD


Welcoming signage with woman wearing traditional Balikpapan attire

 We rent 2 cars to bring us around Balikpapan. Our first destination is Pasar Kebun Sayur (translated in english : Vegetable Garden Market). At first I really thought that we will go to vegetable traditional market. But when we arrived there, I was surprised that the ‘veggie garden’ is just the name. Silly me. :p


So actually the ‘market’ that we went to, is a place that selling local handicrafts & souvenirs such as, beads bracelets & necklace, fabrics, woven bags, etc. Since in my group are women, they were excitedly looked around to shop! The goods here are cheap! I mean it. You can get the beads necklace for Rp 25,000 and if you buy more, it would be better to bargain more. 😀

Before we headed back to Sepinggan Airport, we filled our tummies with the must-try Black pepper crab (kepiting in bahasa Indonesia) at Restaurant Kepiting Saos KENARI. They are very popular with the crab dishes. Other popular restaurant is Restaurant Kepiting Dandito. We didn’t go there since Dandito is far from the airport.

I tried the black pepper crab and it was very delicious! Even though I was expected the crab to be bigger that it was served, but the flavor & crab melted in my mouth!Superb! Definitely will come back but will try Dandito next time 🙂

Let’s head back to airport!


Amazed with the airport so we decided to wefie here 😀


20 of us

Restaurant Kepiting Saos KENARI

Jl. Marsma R. Iswahyudi No.4, RT 061/05, Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan
(0542) 764018

Restaurant Kepiting DANDITO

Jalan Marsma Iswahyudi No. 71, Sungai Nangka, South Balikpapan, Balikpapan City, East Kalimantan



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