Palangkaraya or Honoured and Sacred Great Place, is the capital city of Central Kalimantan. Growing from Pahandut, a small stilt village on the banks of the Kahayan River, the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno, had decided that it would become the next site of Indonesia’s capital. The new city was completely designed from scratch and built in grand proportions in the 1960’s.
Palangkaraya has it own eco tourism pioneers in Kalimantan Tour Destinations, who have introduced a comfortably remodeled traditional ‘rangkan’ river boat. Cruises encompass the natural beauty and magnificent fauna, particularly the orangutan, of Borneo. It is the starting point to explore the vast nature of Central Kalimantan that known as the lung of the world for its vast and fertile tropical jungles and forests.
From Palangkaraya you can explore many great places like Balanga Museum that containts many artifacts of Dayak people, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s Education Centre at Nyaru Menteng, Taman Alam, near Bukit Tangkiling, that offers you a wildlife park with it’s main attractions is Crocodile. You can also hike up to Bukit Tangkiling and Bukit Batu 35 km out of Palangkaraya that will give you a wonderful vista of vast flat flood plains and peat swamp forests, and the rare rocky outcrops or magmatic extrusions in the mostly flat peat swamps.
Airport taxis are available on arrival to transport travelers to the hotels in Palangkaraya. There are numerous transport companies that are usually willing to rent out the car plus driver for differing periods.
These transport companies also operate services to most towns and cities in Central Kalimantan.
The larger hotels can assist guests obtain transport.
Flights depart daily for Jakarta and Surabaya. Current airlines operating services into Palangkaraya are Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air and Lion Air.