- Palangkaraya is the province capital of Central Kalimantan
and situated in the upstream region of the Kahayan river In the
local Dayak language, Palangkaraya means a holy container. Palangkaraya
can easily be reached from Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Samarinda, Balikpapan
and other points of the island by air. Nowadays, the town has
become the center of government, trade and education of the province.
The Regional Museum of Palangkaraya contains a collection of historical
and cultural interest from all over Central Kalimantan. The Nature
Reserve of Tangkiling lies 34 kilometers north of Palangkaraya.
Small rivers flow through the reserve.
- Kualakapuas is the capital of the Kapuas regency,
south of Palangkaraya, on the Kapuas river 40 kilometers from
Banjarmasin. A well-known tourism attraction is Telo Island, a
fishing village and port. It is a pleasant site for recreation.
For the adventurer, white water rafters and nature lovers, there
is Gohong Rawai, known for its beautiful and challenging rapids.
The gold mines of Teweh and Batu Api, Rungan district, are also
interesting sites to be visited. In this region, gold mining is
a major source of livelihood for the people, who pan for the valuable
metal using the old traditional method. Gold mines are found in
many places in Central Kalimantan.
- Sampit town, on the Sampit river and the capital of
Sampit regency, is known as the biggest timber port in Kalimantan
as well as in Indonesia. Here can be found many sawmills which
proces the timber for export. One can find many interesting tourism
attractions in Sampit. Pandaran Beach is a park on the seaside
at the mouth of the Sampit river. It is quite unique. One sees
to one's north the river emptying its water into the sea. To the
south is the wide expanse of the Java Sea. The Orchid Park of
Pembuangan Hulu is a natural forest in which a number of rare
and beautiful orchid varieties grow. Hunters can engage in their
favorite pastime at the Serayan river which borders on the hunting
park of Kotawaringin Barat.
- Pangkalanbun is the capital of the Kotawaringin Barat
regency, in the western part of Central Kalimantan. It is busy
lisle town. In this town, the old Palace of Pangkalanbun now 200
years old, can still be seen. Made of ulin [iron-wood), it is
the only Banjar royal legacy found in Central Kalimantan.
The Mosque of Kyai Gede is the oldest mosque, being more than
300 years old, found in Kotawaringin district. The Tanjung Puting
National Park is a very well- known nature and wildlife reserve
for lowland and swamp forests, inhabited by orang titans, owaowa,
bekantan and other primates. One can visit the Orang Utan Rehabilitation
Centre which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).