Places to visit

Mahakam River

Mahakam River

Overview

Mahakam river is the biggest river in East Kalimantan province. This 920 km long river flows from its upper stream in Kutai Barat to its lower stream in Kutai Kartanegara and Samarinda.
Mahakam is very important for most inhabitants in the province as some areas are only accessible by river. Transportation of goods also relies on this transportation means. This river empties itself in Tenggarong, Belayan and Lawa rivers.

To Stay

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Platinum Hotel

Jl. Industri Kecil no. 38 91122 Pare Pare South Sulawesi

Grand Fatma Hotel

Jl Pesut No.14, Timbau, Kutai Kartanegara 75511

RedDoorz near Islamic Center Samarinda

Jalan Tengkawang No.57 75243

Guest House Remaja

Jl. Untung Suropati blok. HHH no. 4 - 6 komplek. Carpotek, Sungai Kunjang 75111

HARRIS Hotel Samarinda

Jl. Untung Suropati No. 35, Sungai Kunjang 75126

Hotel Manau & Cottages

Jl. Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo No. 69 75136 Samarinda

RedDoorz near Taman Samarendah

Jl. Siradj Salman No. 1 75243

Guest House Surya Jati Lestari

Jalan Siradj Salman No 1 RT 27 , Samarinda Ulu , Kalimantan Timur 75242

RedDoorz near Samarinda Square

Jalan Kyai Haji Wahab Syahranie Gg. Pondok Asri No. 26 75243

Amaris Hotel Samarinda

Jl. Dr. Sutomo No. 75, Kota Samarinda

Raudah Guest House Samarinda

Jalan Pramuka I 75123

Mesra Business & Resort Hotel

Jalan Pahlawan No 1 75123 Samarinda

Get Around

Mahakam river flows through three regions namely Kutai Kartanegara and Kutai Barat districts, and Samarinda city. Most of its upper stream areas are only accessible by ketinting or motor boat, or long distance water taxi (ship). Some of its lower streams can also be accessed through land transportation. You can use motor vehicle to travel along the river passing through Samarinda city. You can also walk along the river sides to enjoy its scenery downtown.

Get There

From Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, which is the entry point to East Kalimantan , we can take land or air transportation to Samarinda. Some airliners provide local route of Balikpapan-Samarinda. You can also take a taxi to Samarinda for a 2.5-3 hours drive.

If you use land transportation, you will be amazed by the beauty of Mahakam river in area called Samarinda Seberang. You can see busy sides of the river in Samarinda city center.

To Do

When traveling along the river, you will find various social activities performed by local community living along the river sides e.g., transportation of goods and natural resources for inter-island and export purposes, fishing and sales of fishes.
 
In Samarinda, Mahakam riversides are used as rest areas by local community, particularly from afternoon till night. In the afternoon, traders sell various types wof foods and drinks along the riversides. Residents usually watch sunset while enjoying roasted corns, breads etc. More people come during at night.
Kumala island is situated in the middle of the river. It is a leading tourist object in Kutai Kartanegara district. You could enjoy sky tower, bumper cars, tourist cars etc.


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