Living in Samarinda

Samarinda from Afar


Samarinda is the capital of the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The city lies on the banks of the Mahakam River. The whole area of the city is directly border to the Kutai Kartanegara Regency. It is the most populous city on the entire Borneo island. The city also has a bridge connecting its river banks, Mahakam Bridge. The city center is on one side and the other side is named Samarinda Seberang.

Samarinda from Above

The local inhabitant that live in Mahakam is the people of Kutai, Banjar, Dayak, Bugis, Jawa, Toraja, Sunda, Minang and Tionghoa. The people are mostly use Bahasa Banjar or Kutai language in daily spoken or using national language of Bahasa Indonesia.

Segiri Stadium in Samarinda

By the geographical area in Samarinda, this city is tends to have potential cultural tourism that will make any attractive spot to the tourists. In fact, there are some destinations from Samarinda which can be visited, like, Pampang cultural tourism village, which also the home of Dayak Kenyah tribe. There is also Crocodile cultivation in Makroman, Tepian Mahakam, Samarendah Park, Mahakam Lampion Garden, Tanah Merah and Pinang Seribu Waterfalls, Lembah Hijau Recreation Park, Tenun Village in Samarinda Seberang, Citra Niaga Souvenir Center and the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, Samarinda Islamic Center.

Beautiful Sunset in Samarinda


Facts about Samarinda:

  • The capital of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo
  • The most populous city in Borneo Island up to 900.000 people
  • Has many local inhabitants
  • The main religions are Islam, Christianity, Catholic, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism
  • Traditional food is amplang (fish cracker snack), Nasi Kuning (Samarinda Turmeric Rice) and Pisang Gapit (Pressed Banana)
  • The region is well-known for its traditional cloth, Sarung Samarinda – a patterned cloth in bright colors
  • Rich natural resources; coal, oil and timber