West Kalimantan Province is situated in the western piece of Borneo island. In light of the particular geographic area, West Kalimantan crossed by the Equator (0 ° scopes) exactly in Pontianak city. In view of this condition, West Kalimantan has turned out to be one of the tropical districts with high temperatures and stickiness. The other particular qualities of West Kalimantan locale is as one of Indonesia territory that is specifically adjoining neighbor nation, in particular, the State of Serawak, East Malaysia. Indeed, even with this position, the territory of West Kalimantan is the main area in Indonesia that have formally get to the street to enter and exit to other nation. This can happen in light of the fact that between West Kalimantan and Sarawak have an open between state street Pontianak - Entikong - Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysia) along around 400 km and can be come to around six to eight hours via auto.

Pontianak Indonesia, City of  The Equator Line

Pontianak Indonesia, City of  The Equator Line
Kota Pontianak is the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, founded by Syarif Abdurrahman Alkadrie as a capital of Sultanate of Kadriyah ( Kesultanan Kadriyah ) in 23 Oktober 1771 / 14 Rajab 1185 Hijriah. Syarif Abdurrahman Alkadrie developed Pontianak as a trading port on the island of Borneo, occupying an area of 107.82 km² in the delta of the Kapuas River. ( Wikipedia )

There are a few purposes of enthusiasm for Pontianak and its region. One of the city's symbols is the Equator Monument at Sintang. The landmark was worked in 1928 to stamp the spot at zero degrees on the Equator. Considering the innovation accessible in that year, the exertion was an amazing accomplishment.  

The Dutch pioneer showed the site with a basic shaft and a bolt. A few remodels and enhancements have occurred including the improvement of a vault in 1990 to secure the underlying site. The landmark today is five times bigger than the first. Recorded certainties are exhibited inside the landmark and in the little historical center.

Trinkets are found at Pasar Souvenir or you might need to purchase nearby items in neighborhood markets, for example, at Pasar Tengah, Pasar Sudirman, or Pasar Flamboyan. The vast majority of the gifts are valid as you see Dayak crafted works, Equator Monument key chains or reproductions, and Pontianak shirts and embellishments.

Things to do In Pontianak

For those of you who love the nature and would like to hike, you can visit Mount Kelam. You can climb to the top of the hill by 2 ways: using the stairs or through the steep rock cliffs and challenging.

You can also visit the Banning Forest Tourism which is the pride tropical forests of Sintang, Pontianak. Bukit Baka and Bukit Raya National Park are also the alternative options for you who want to enjoy the nature around and suitable for you who have some research. For those who really like the challenge, you can visit Melawi River or Pinoh River for rafting.

There is various kind of traditional food available in the city, one of them is a spicy porridge special made of Pontianak with some vegetables as its main material, add with some ingredients such as galangal, chili water / kesum leaf.

There is also Aloe Vera ice made from aloe vera plant's main. For those who like noodles, you can try Sago noodles special from Pontianak made from sago flour, mixed with water and then in thin slices to resemble noodles. There is also Pengkang, as special food from Pontianak. Try that kind of culinary and enjoy your journey to Pontianak.

How to Get There

Pontianak is open via air, ocean, and land. Supadio Airport is the primary air terminal associating Pontianak with whatever remains of the urban communities in and outside Kalimantan. The ocean port is at Dwikora where PELNI vessels and ships serve business and different enterprises in the city.

For voyagers coming overland from Brunei, Malaysian Sarawak and Sabah, the town of Entikong is the section point. Most voyagers leave from Kuching, Malaysia, and end at Pontianak. Transports are accessible every day. Agreeable 30-seater DAMRI transports routinely utilize the Pontianak-Entikong - Kuching-Brunei Darussalam course. Pontianak-Kuching takes around 8 hours, with 2 lay stops in transit, while pushing on to Brunei, the excursion takes one day and night.

In Pontianak, transportation is very helpful to get. Cabs are discovered all over the place, in spite of the fact that the angkot has dwarfed taxis, worked by 8 distinct organizations. Today, many organizations offer autos for lease. Generally, these come in 7-seater minivans.

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