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Balikpapan

(2.4/5 based on 700+ reviews for top 20 attractions)
Things to do: shopping, beaches, nature

Oil City

Used as a hub for international oil and mining companies, the small city of Balikpapan boasts a blend of cultures making a comfortable home in this clean and relaxed environment. Take a trip to Balikpapan for easy access to a nearby orangutan sanctuary, which you can visit for a single day or experience as a volunteer for a longer period of time. Other popular Balikpapan attractions include a crocodile farm, many seafood restaurants, and beaches. A Balikpapan holiday can also include shopping trips to several large malls spread around the city. Plan your trip to Balikpapan and other Indonesia destinations using our handy Indonesia tourist route planner.
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Balikpapan features upscale and business hotels, as well as budget and backpacker accommodations. Stay near the city center for easy access to nightlife and shopping. Volunteering at the orangutan sanctuary, however, requires sleeping on site at one of the basic rooms. Remember to take outdoor equipment like a flashlight and insect repellant if staying at the sanctuary.
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