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Balikpapan is a city in East Kalimantan.
Balikpapan is a major headquarters for international oil companies operating out of eastern Kalimantan. Surprisingly, it's a relatively clean, small city, with clear blue skies, not much nightlife, and not too much traffic.
The people there are a mix, with lots of Javanese due to transmigration, lots of people from Sulawesi, and of course, the locals. The people are quiet and polite, and the pace is slow and relaxed.
 Get in
 By plane
Most people arrive by air. Balikpapan's Sepinggan Airport (Template:IATA) has frequent flights from Jakarta, as well as commercial services from Surabaya, Banjarmasin and Makassar. There is also an international flight from Singapore operated by SilkAir a few times a week.
The airport is located on the coast just outside of the city. Airport taxis operate from the terminal; there is a fixed fare depending on the destination.
 By car
Balikpapan can be accessed from Samarinda, Bontang And Banjarmasin by land trough 2 bus terminal From Samarinda, Bontang by Terminal Batu Ampar, and From Banjarmasin from the other terminal in the Batu Ampar District.
 By ferry
Semayang's seaport that serves cruises from Makassar, Pare Pare, Tarakan, Surabaya, and other eastern parts of Indonesia. This port is one of the busiest ports in Indonesia and the main gateway to Borneo, serving cargo ships not only from Indonesia and South East Asia.
 Get around
Plaza Balikpapan: This is the most popular shopping mall in Balikpapan. Located at the centre of the city and it is a must visit for visitors.
Dapur Bunda: A new beach located further off Klandasan. It offers a nice view of sunset.
Shopping: A market where the handicrafts are sold.
Balikpapan has a beautiful beach such as manggar, lamru located just outside the city, with entry only Rp. 3000,- you can enjoy all day sun bathe, if you into crocs, there is a crocodile farm, near the manggar beach.
On Merdeka(Independent) square you can play soccer and do other sports. Check out the beach in balikpapan. See one of the nice local markets.
Local tour operators arrange river safaris on the Mahakam River and orangutan tours.
Amplang/Kuku Macan. It is somekind of chips made from fish.
There are a number of star rated hotels poised on the hills and at the beach that are perfectly adequate.
Be warned: Balikpapan suffers from frequent blackouts, averaging two or three times a week for four to eight hours each time. Unless you like sweltering in tropical heat in utter darkness, make sure your accommodation has a generator.
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