"Accidental Balikpapan" Top 5 Page for this destination Balikpapan by kissman
Balikpapan Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 46 photos
Why Balikpapan? I totally blame it on airasia.com. Got one of their promotional e-mail and was searching for places to visit. And the cheapest was RM10.00 for Balikpapan, at the end, plus whatever fees there was, it was RM200.00 but still affordable since I was not planning for a travel.
But searching for info on the net was daunting since it seems that most backpackers are interested for the whole Borneo exploration whereas I was just blowing a few days of my Chinese New Year holidays. But enough helpful info was obtained from lonely planet forum, vt, and cold calling on some yahoo messengers.
The whole trip was okay considering my first time to that part of Indonesia and since I was not looking for something particular, it was nice to see the people and culture there. But if yo have other options, I would not recommend it so much.
I searched for info on Balikpapan after paying for my flight ticket, and boy, was I surprised. There's not much info at all and I started to worry. But a few sites helped; those are:
www.indonesia.nl (under tourism menu)
And may the force be with you.
I tried to get map or brochure about Balikpapan from the hotel we stayed (Hotel Pacific) and also a bookstore in Plaza... more travel advice
Armed with some info from internet about Balikpapan, we landed safely albeit with a little trepidation about the place.... more travel advice
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