Kalimantan, previously known as Borneo, is the second largest island in the world. The northern and the north-western part are on the Malaysian side and belong to the Malaysian states of Sabah and Serawak. The remaining bigger chunk belongs to Indonesia and is divided into 4 provinces; South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan and East Kalimantan. Although West and Central Kalimantan are huge provinces and have a number of pristine and rustic attractions, they are not much visited. The southern and eastern parts, however entertain a good number of tourists. Have a look at some of the attractions in the Southern and Eastern provinces of Kalimantan.


Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan, is a huge city situated on a delta near the intersection of the Martapura and Barito rivers. There are several attractions and activities in store for the visitors, such as walking tours, canal cruises, and the beautiful floating markets. A prominent attraction is the Mesjid Raya Sabilal Muhtadin, the second largest mosque in Indonesia. One also gets the chance to sample delicious and authentic Banjarese cuisine.


Cempaka, also situated in the Southern province of Kalimantan, near Banjarmasin, is famous for its diamond fields. If you have a fascination for precious stones and jewellery, a visit to Cempaka is a must. You can see the gold and diamond diggers in action as they spend days in the river, searching for the specks of gold and crystals of diamonds. You can also buy a polished diamond to keep as a souvenir. It may just be the ticket to “pop the question” to your partner.

Sangalaki Marine Reserve

Sangalaki Marine Reserve is a spectacular archipelago and includes some of the most beautiful islands. All these islands are famous for something or the other. For instance, Sangalaki is a haven for snorkelers who want to encounter Manta Rays, while Derawan is known for its abundant and exotic turtles. Similarly, Kakaban is famed for its magnificent jellyfish lake.

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