Pangkalan Bun is a name of the capital city of West Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan Province. Initially, the city was a port or base on the banks of the Buun River. Because of its history, Pangkalan Bun became the name of the city.
Along with the development, Pangkalan Bun has turned into a center of plantation business and silvicultural business activities. Pangkalan Bun's popularity went uphill because of its role as a mainstay transit city for tourists who want to visit Tanjung Puting.
The connectivity of the city to the surrounding area, such as Sampit, Ketapang, and Pontianak, is through the Trans Kalimantan land route. Meanwhile, the sea lane through the port in Kumai connects Pangkalan Bun with the City of Semarang and Surabaya.
Especially for the air route, Pangkalan Bun opens city access through Iskandar Airport. Flight tickets to Pangkalan Bun are currently available from cities Pontianak, Balikpapan, Palangkaraya, Sampit, Banjarmasin, Surabaya, Solo, Jakarta and Semarang.
Although the name is not as popular as the surrounding cities, Pangkalan Bun has an amazing tourism potential. This can be seen from the following places:
Location: Teluk Pulai, Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah.
Most people who buy flight tickets to Pangkalan Bun are tourists who want to explore Tanjung Puting National Park. Here, people want to see orangutans close up, without disturb their habitat. As the largest orangutan conservation area in the world, Tanjung Puting National Park protects around 30 - 40 thousand intelligent primates. Within an area of 400,000 hectares, this park also protects other primates, such as proboscis monkeys and long-tailed monkeys, as well as various birds and crocodiles.
Location: Pusat Kota Pangkalan Bun, Raja, Alut Selatan.
This palace is a replica of the Kutaringin Sultanate Palace, which displays similar contents as the original. Visitors can enter parts of the palace, such as the reception area (Ward), the place of the king meditates (Rumbang), the government center (Dalem Kuning), and the royal dining room (Pedahiran). Travelers who visit this place are curious to see various relics of the sultanate. Especially the face painting of the kings and the chariot that is said to have a mystical spirit.
Location: Tepi Sungai Arut, RT 01 and RT 02, Kelurahan Mendawai.
This destination offers the beauty of the Pangkalan Bun traditional village. This village appeared colorful, making the area that was once a slum became very artistic to be photographed. Various murals that adorn the walls, wooden bridges, and colorful painted along the Kampung Pelangi road are inviting tourists and make the day become more festive. Aside from relaxing in the village, tourists can also try the thrill along the Arut River by riding getek.
A walk in Pangkalan Bun certainly feels good with the presence of your favorite culinary destinations. The three best names include:
Location: Jalan DAH Hamzah, Mendawai, Arut Selatan, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah.
Open every day, 10:00 - 22:00 WITA.
TripAdvisor chose this restaurant to be the number 1 dining place in Pangkalan Bun. Visitors like Meranti because this local restaurant offers a delicious seafood menu, in a simple but elegant dining lodge atmosphere with a touch of meranti wood. When you visit here, make sure to order fresh and large shrimp.
Location: Jalan DAH Hamzah nomor 27, depan kelurahan, Mendawai, Arut Selatan, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah.
Open every Monday - Saturday, 06:30 - 15:00 WITA.
This roadside food stall has always been a favorite breakfast place for Pangkalan Bun residents. This stall provides Soto Manggala which is a special dish of West Kotawaringin Regency. It feels reminiscent of Soto Banjar, but uses stuffed chicken feet and cassava instead of rice. The freshness of the clear soup is indeed best to eat in the morning, accompanied by fried and chili sauces.
Location: Jalan Pangeran Antasari, Raja, Arut Selatan, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah.
Open every day, 08:00 - 22:00 WITA.
As a new restaurant in Pangkalan Bun, Kampung Buun becomes one of the tourist favorite places. Every day, this restaurant is always crowded with tourists who brought by Pangkalan Bun tour service providers. Tourists come here to pamper their tongues with the taste of grilled fish that is perfect accompanied by chili paste and vegetables. Interestingly, this restaurant is the first to hold free meals for charity every Friday at the beginning of the month.