The 10 Best Things to Do in Samarinda, Indonesia

December 26, 2017 Matilde Konrad

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. It is the most populous city on the entire Borneo island, with an estimated population of 842,691, up from 726,223 at the 2010 Census. Although it is the capital of East Kalimantan, some government institutions such as the Police, Indonesian Army District VI Of Tanjung Pura, and Pelabuhan Indonesia (Port Transportation) are located on the island. Samarinda is known for its traditional food amplang, as well as the cloth sarung samarinda. 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.
Restaurants in Samarinda

1. Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque

Jl. Slamet Riyadi no. 1, Samarinda 75126, Indonesia
Excellent
52%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Islamic Center Samarinda Mosque

Reviewed By fahmi a - Jakarta, Indonesia

Nice architecture, good location, big prayer room with detail ornament interior. You can pray anytime, because this masjid open for 24 hours.

2. Mahakam River

Samarinda, Indonesia
Excellent
22%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
4%
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4 based on 143 reviews

Mahakam River

Reviewed By DaisyandThyme - London, United Kingdom

I had a nice time during my tour in the Mahakam river. Visited nice places, such as Tanjung Isuy where I saw a long house. I also enjoyed to see the floating villages. Muara Muntai is an interesting small place. But, overall, not sure whether it was worth the long journey.

3. BIG Mall

Jl. Untung Suropati no. 8, Samarinda 75126, Indonesia +62 541 274888
Excellent
23%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
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4 based on 68 reviews

BIG Mall

BIG Mall is a stylish and modern shopping mall, strategically located on the bank of Mahakam river, Samarinda. Your New GREAT Lifestyle. Come & enjoy!

Reviewed By Riza A

This mall is, just like its name, BIG. Plenty of food and shopping choice. Hypermart, SOGO, Matahari, Amazon game center, Solaria, KFC and many more. But it seems unfinished with some of empty store. The potential to become the center of East Kalimantan shopping center is big. Just like its name.

4. Pampang Cultural Park

Jln. Pampang, Samarinda 75117, Indonesia
Excellent
25%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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4 based on 48 reviews

Pampang Cultural Park

Reviewed By callmeyuri - Jakarta, Indonesia

You can use waze or google map to guide you to the location but direction sign are there also. It only takes 5 minutes from Samarinda city. No need to hike, the dayak cultural park located beside the road. The dayak house also located beside the car park. They only charge 15000 rupiah each person.
About 10 dayak dances are in display. The show is on sunday at 2 until 3 pm. DON"T BE LATE!!! Some of the dances are interactive. You can join the dancers and learn.
After the show, you can rent their traditional clothing and take pictures with them. But they will charge you for the pictures.

5. Weaving Village

Samarinda, Indonesia
Excellent
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25%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Weaving Village

Reviewed By callmeyuri - Jakarta, Indonesia

You can see villagers making fabrics by their traditional machine. You can also buy "kain tenun" from the maker itself. The price is relatively reasonable compare to the gift shop. They will tell if the fabric is tenun or not.
The location is equite hard to find. If you coming from the Samarinda city, go toward Samarinda seberang. After the bridge, turn left the go straight until you find big sign welcoming you to the "kampung tenun". Go straight until you find dark colored big house on the right. Park your car there, then go into the small alley beside that big house. You can find every house selling "kain tenun"

6. Jessica Water Park

Jln. Pelita | Komp. Perum Pesona Mahakam, Harapan Baru, Samarinda 75117, Indonesia
Excellent
27%
Good
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Satisfactory
27%
Poor
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Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

Jessica Water Park

Reviewed By suniwati - Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

It's very dissapointing, the water of the pool was very dirty, maybe the dirtiest pool I ever swam, the bathroom was dirty also and the shower was very weak and slow, made me very annoyed! I regretted to go there with my family.

7. Mahakam Lampion Garden

Jl. Slamet Riyadi, Samarinda 75243, Indonesia +62 812-4963-4164
Excellent
12%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
12%
Terrible
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3.5 based on 8 reviews

Mahakam Lampion Garden

Reviewed By Rangga_xyz - Bogor, Indonesia

Have a few lampion but this place not that good for get photo it's more to relax and get cheap food (mostly snack). Many tahu tek seller and bakso. Place a little bit dark and crowded on weekend night (many young people dating)

8. Berambai Waterfall

Samarinda, Indonesia
Excellent
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Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
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4 based on 5 reviews

Berambai Waterfall

Reviewed By becitirta - Bandung, Indonesia

Air terjun ini memilki hutan lebat yang masih asri. Perjalanan menuju spot, dapat ditempuh menggunakan kendaraan bermotor roda dua. Sesampai di lokasi tempatnya bagus, Air terjun yang jernih sangat dingin dan masih alami udaranya masih segar.

9. Taman Tepian Mahakam Samarinda

Jl. Gajah Mada - Slamet Riyadi, Samarinda, Indonesia
Excellent
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Good
31%
Satisfactory
63%
Poor
6%
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3.5 based on 16 reviews

Taman Tepian Mahakam Samarinda

Reviewed By Hartonoswanopati - Tangerang, Indonesia

Taman ini menjadi sarana yang baik untuk menikmati sungai Mahakam dengan rimbunan pepohonan dan tempat duduk . Kebersihan menjadi faktor utama yang harus dipelihara agar taman ini dapat dinikmati dengan nyaman.

10. Jungle Water World

Jl. Poros Samarinda - Bontang Km. 24, Samarinda, Indonesia +62 541 732772
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
33%
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Jungle Water World

Reviewed By becitirta - Bandung, Indonesia

Lokasi wisata ini di daerah Sei Siring, Gunung Lai. Hanya butuh waktu 30 menit menempuh ke wisata ini dari pusat kota Samarinda. Wahana wisata hiburan dan rekreasi keluarga yang cukup lengkap. disini banyak wahana yang bisa ditemukan, Khususnya wahana airnya mulai dari kolam arus hingga sepeda air.

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