The cities of Pontianak and Sintang in West Kalimantan

Equatorial monument in Pontianak

Equatorial monument in Pontianak ©a_rabin/Flick

The city of Pontianak is the center of West Kalimantan and is located right on the equator. The city has many canals and is crossed by the 1143 km long Kapuas that is one of the longest rivers of Indonesia. The river that splits Pontianak into two parts, played a very important regional communication role in the history. The carved stone and pottery artifacts show that the region has been inhabited since the fifth century, but the later Islamic influence is the decisive in the area

The city of Sintang lies at the confluence of the Kapuas and the Melawai Rivers. It is the strategic distribution hub for Chinese trade in the interior of Kalimantan.

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The city of Pontianak

The city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan is easily accessible from Jakarta and Singapore with airplane. The Supadio International Airport is 18 km away from Pontianak. The Pelini ship routs connect it with Jakarta and Surabaya. You can also reach Pontianak from the East Malaysian Kuching via Entikongon.

Greetings in Pontianak

Greetings in Pontianak ©U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia/Flick

The closest tourist attraction of the town is the Kadariah palace in Kampung Dalam, the Provincial Museum, the Kapuas and the Landak River. The seaside resorts of the Kijing Island and the Temajoh Island besides the diving, fishing, sailing are a perfect place for relaxing.

The Equatorial Monument lies at 5 km in the north of Pontianak. This is the exact place where the equator divides the earth. Twice a year, on the day of the spring and autumn equinox the shadows totally disappear for 5-10 minutes, a phenomenon that is a great experienced for the visitors.

Equatorial monument in Pontianak

Equatorial monument in Pontianak ©a_rabin/Flick

A replica of a long-house (Rumah betang) was set up in Pontianak, on the Letjen Sutoyo street to recall the pastof the Dayak people. The Gawad Dayak ceremony is held there every year between 20-23 April.

The city of Sintang

An other important settlement is the city of Sintang in West Kalimantan. The Bukit Kelam (dark hill) is a vast and mysterious contiguous block of stone and is one of the main attractions of the city of Sintang. On the side of the Bukit Kelam a steel staircase leads up to the high, climbing it is an exciting challenge for those looking for an adventure. The mountain has an area of 520 km2 and rises at about 900 meters above the plains at the foot. The Kelam is wrapped into clouds in the afternoons, which gives it a murky but fascinating atmosphere. It is at only 15 km with public transport from Sintang, and the weary travelers are awaited by nearby resting pavilions and cafes.

Bukit Kelam in Sintang

Bukit Kelam in Sintang ©a_rabin/Flick

The Baning Nature Reserve and Park also has a memorable view and lies in the city center of Sintang. With a unique ecosystem, untouched tropical rainforests and with breathtaking views it is a quiet oasis for visitors. A wide variety of orchids and kantong semar (carnivorous tropical pitcher flower) serves as backdrop for walks. The adventurous ones are recommended to search for the waterfalls on the Nokanayan river called Nokanayan and Jegonoi.

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