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Pangkalanbun - Central Kalimantan



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Pangkalanbun is a busy little town which is  the best place to get access to the Tanjung Puting National Park. It's located in Central Kalimantan.

There is little to do in Pangkalanbun except for catch up on your internet and change money though this needs to be done at a bank during week days as there is no sign of money changers within the town. Generally it is not geared up for tourists and very few people speak English.

In the centre of town is Istana Kuning, a longhouse built entirely of iron wood.

Istana Kuning Pangkalanbun

Traditional longhouse in Pangkalanbun

There are a few internet cafes in town offering connections for 5000Rp per hour. If you have a laptop computer they will let you plug your laptop in their network to gain access at the same cost. There are regular power cuts, several a day and night though these only last a few minutes at most.

To get to the Tanjung Puting National Park you first need to get to the village of Kumai about 30km from Pangkalanbun. You can catch a speed boat from Pangkalanbun along the river to Kumai though it is cheaper to get a bus or someone to take you on their motorbike for around 20,000Rp.

Boats for hire to get to Kumai

Getting there and away

There is a small airport in Pangkalanbun with direct flights to Jakarta as well as other towns and cities in Kalimantan. There is a departure tax of 10,000Rp payable at the airport.

Merpati Air has the most frequent flights to Jakarta.

Linus air has direct flights from Pangkalanbun to Jakarta everyday leaving at 3.35pm. Prices start from 927,500Rp.


Kalstar Aviation has daily flights to following cities in Kalimantan:


P.Bun - Bangarmasin 10am    599,700Rp

P.Bun - Pontianak      1pm     599,700Rp

P.Bun - Sampit          10am   272,600Rp

P.Bun - Ketapan        1pm     426,000Rp


Istana Kuning long house




Last updated 7th December 2009

Gardens in front of Istana Kuning Pangkalanbun

Main street of Pangkalanbun

Hotels in Palangalanbun


Losmen Selecta, located just off the main street on Jl. P. Antasari. Ph: (0532) 21526. Prices are 40,000Rp for one person or 50,000Rp for 2 people.

Losmen Selecta

Losmen  Nirwana, located on the main street in Pangkalanbun, Jl. Pangeran Antasara. Cost is 50,000Rp for a twin bed room.

Losmen Nirwana Pangkalanbun

Hotel Bahagia (1 review) is a budget hotel located in the centre of Pangkalanbun. Prices start from 55,000Rp. For pictures, prices and contact details click here.

Hotel Abadi located on the main street of Pangkalanbun with prices starting from 93500Rp per night. For picture, prices and contact details click here.

Hotel Novada is located in the centre of Pangkalanbun. Prices start from 60000Rp per night. For picture, prices and contact details click here.

City Hotel (1 review) is a modern budget air-conditioned hotel located in the centre of town with prices starting from 100,000Rp per night. For pictures. prices and contact details click here.

Hotel Mahkota (2 reviews) is located on the main street of Pangkalanbun. Prices start from 160,000Rp per night. For picture, prices and contact details click here.

Blue Kecubung Hotel is the nicest hotel in Pangkalanbun. Located up the hill over looking the town. Prices start from 350,000Rp per night. For picture, prices and contact details click here.






















































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