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Visit Sungai Wain & Kebun Raya Balikpapan Kalimantan Timur

Location : Kelurahan Karang Joang, Kecamatan Balikpapan Utara, Kota Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.

Taking the 14hr bus ride from Banjarmasin to Balikpapan turned out to be less exciting as I was hoping. I should have known that 3 quarters of the journey was done in the dark. Even if there were nice sceneries we would not have known. Well, we learned from our mistake.

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A very common sight along most roads in Kalsel, people soliciting for donations in the middle of the road

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Dodol sellers hoping into the bus

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Gas station

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At the station where we disembarked

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Skyline of Balikpapan has not changed much

We had to wait a further agonizing 90min at the bus station upon arrival at Balikpapan at 7am as our friend Antok from Samarinda who came to pick us got mixed up with the wrong station. Balikpapan does not have a centralized bus terminal. Different bus companies have their own private stations. Anyway, Antok finally found the right one and off we went for the city’s Kemala beach front for breakfast.

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Kemala Beach & Resto

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Sungai Wain

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Visible head of a crocodile at Sei Wain

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Managed to snap this curious one

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A short drive away at Kebun Raya (Botanical Garden), some kind of eco park for different species of trees although not fully completed, had good potential. We continued our journey to Bangkirai National Park.

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Entrance to Kebun Raya

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Belian Park

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Bintawa Park

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Banggeris Park

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