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Originally envisioned by President Sukarno as a new capital city for Indonesia – and even for a pan-Asian state – Palangka Raya was built beginning in 1957. It shows in the refreshingly ordered streets and wide boulevards. While Sukarno’s dream died, the city has a few surprises in store, including Kalimantan’s only high-end jungle river cruise, two luxury hotels, some trendy cafes and a spot of nightlife. The market and old town are east, while government buildings and sprawl are west.

Palangka Raya is the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, also famously known as Central Borneo situated between the Kahayan and the Sabangau rivers. The closest airport serving the city is Tjilik Riwut.

The city had a population of 220,962 inhabitants at the 2010 Census (compared with 158,770 at the previous Census in 2000), with an average population density of 92.1 per km² (Indonesian Population Census 2010 results). The latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 236,601.

The city was built in 1957 (Emergency Law 10/1957 on the establishment of the Autonomous Region Central Kalimantan Level I) on wilderness that opened through the Pahandut village alongside Kahayan river banks. Palangka Raya is the largest city by land area in Indonesia. Most of the area is still forested, including protected forests, nature conservation areas, and Tangkiling Forest.

Additional information

LocationCentral Kalimantan, Palangkaraya
DatesDec – Sept
Include.Motorized boat, guides, drinking water, simple lunch, as in itinerary
ExcludeAirfares, hotel, airport tax, porter, optional tours

Palangkaraya City Tour

  • Our guide will meet you at Palangka Raya airport or hotel. Discover the traditional markets and the interesting life of local people. Visit the handicraft shops before enjoying lunch of traditional Dayak grilled fish and prawns.
  • Visit the Museum, with its collection of Dayak artifacts, and visit the boardwalks of the original riverside village.
  • Take a small motorized canoe around Kahayan River which divides Palangkaraya ciry, see the local life on the floating houses.
  • Return to the Hotel.

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