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Pontianak, West Kalimantan

Location : Kota Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia

Pontianak the capital of Kalimantan Barat may not be the most exciting city as far as tourism is concerned. However, it is an important gateway to Kalimantan’s many known & unknown CAN (culture adventure nature) tourism. Infrastructure improvement by the committed Indonesian government has cut driving from Entikong to Pontianak by a good 2 hours making the journey from Kuching to Ponti (as locals call it) a 5 hour drive. When you pass the halfway town of Ngabang do not forget to buy some of its prawn sausage. My non vegetarian friends were very impressed by its quality. Ponti is basically a Teochiew or Tiociu dialect majority city and hence offers many interesting snacks and food of which ‘mie kepiting’ or crab meat noodles is the most famous. The ‘gado gado’ here in my opinion is the best in Indonesia. The main street Gajah Mada at night is a hive of food vendors and diners. Take a stroll and find the best of roadside Chinese traditional food. The ‘pueh ki muay’ or ‘aeroplane porridge’ is remarkable too not just by its taste but more so for the speed at which they are served! Lightning speed. By the way, the notorious drains of Gajah Mada are now covered to prevent the ugly sight and stench of the 80s and early 90s.

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Gado gado

Fresh Aloe Vera

Fresh Aloe Vera

BBQ corn

BBQ corn

Having local friends such as Julianto and Maria (couple) helps me discover more about Ponti the way that most tourists would not. They brought us to their childhood favourite homemade ice cream place which was actually a family house at Jalan Karel Karel Satsui Tubun right opposite Julianto’s former school Santu Petrus. The ice cream was really awesome. The most memorable was the ice kacang served in young coconuts, never seen elsewhere. There were many types of unique cakes and snacks too. A must go place when in Pontianak. Kalimantan Barat, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, agro, aloe vera, beads, Borneo, fishing, gado gado, Kapuas river, museum, outdoor, swiflet farm, theme park, sungai Kapuas, Kota Pontianak 06
Besides the food attractions one may also spend a nice morning stroll along the banks of the Kapuas River watching the water taxis or sampan come and go, kids swimming or fishing and chatting with the locals.

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Bridge across Kapuas River

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Aloe vera & papaya farm

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Langkau copra

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Pancar

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When all else have been done do go to The Mall to pamper yourself at Johnny Andrean Saloon something I never miss out anywhere in Indonesia. Go for the hair wash, head massage inclusive, back massage and reflexology all for less than USD15.  Such a deal.

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2 Comments
  1. 1887 days ago
    egi

    um, Mr. Kim,I think one of your pictures caption need little correction.
    Langkau Kopra, not copra. Kopra is sun dried or smoked coconut

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    • 1883 days ago
      Admin

      Lol, there is no Mr Kim here! Sim maybe. Anyway, ‘copra’ is the English version of ‘kopra and pronounced exactly the same way for both. Thanks for writing Mr Purwanto.

      Reply

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