Pangkalan BunAdministratively, Pangkalan Bun is a sub district, andcapital of the West Kotawaringin district. The bustlinglittle town was once the seat of power of the KutaringinSultanate in the reign of Sultan Imanudin reign in 1811-1814. The legacy of the sultanate can be found at theKeraton Kuning or Yellow Palace, in the heart ofPangkala Bun. The palace itself is reconstruced, sincethe original site was burnt down in 1986. Historically, theKutaringin Sultanate was once a district of the BanjarKingdom which emerged as a separate sultanate duringthe reign of Sultan Banjar IV Mustainbillah. TheSultanate came under the rule of Javanese MajapahitKingdom, and therefore traces of Javanese culture arefound abundant in the area.
About an hour’s drive from downtownPangkalan Bun, a relaxing sceneawaits at the Kubu Beach. The beachis a 3Km gulf of relatively flatsurface, where the water is calm andperfect for recreationalactivities. There are also areas whichare perfect spots for fishing. Along theshores, visitors can also watch andtook part in the activities of thefishermen, as Kubu is also known as a
Unlike cities in Java or otherislands, and as in most Kalimantan’scities, the main mode of transportationis by rivers, and Pangkalan Bun is noexception. The traditional Kelotok andGetek boats as well as speedboats ofevery shape and size passing by onthe Arut River are a common scene ofthe town. On both banks of theriver, traditional wooden housespunctuated by riverside activities of the
There are also distinct buildings withinthe Chinatown area which also facesthe Arut River. If one wishes to cruiseand venture along the long and wideriver, there are kelotok and Geteksparked on some points of the river andthey will be only too willing to offer atour down the river.
In 1973, DR. Birute Galdinas establishedThe Orangutan Care Center Quarantine(OCCQ) in Pangkalan Bun. Ever since, thefacility has taken care of wounded Orangutansand those confiscated by the NaturalResource Conservation Office (BKSDA) . Inthis quarantine facility, visitors can alsointeract with charming orangutan babies.Visitors will be guided and supervised by anofficer in charge when interacting with theyoung orangutans. The facility encompassesapproximately 100 hectares and canaccommodate over 300 primates.
SWISS BELINN PANGKALAN BUNSwiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun is the first 3-starinternational hotel in the city of PangkalanBun, capital of Kotawaringin Barat Regency inthe west of Central Kalimantan Province.Strategically located in the heart of thecity, the hotel only is only a couple of minutesfrom Kumai Harbour and just 15 minutes drivefrom Iskandar Airport, from where there aredirect flights to Jakarta as well as other townsand cities in Kalimantan.
SWISS BELINN PANGKALAN BUNThis brand new hotel offers exquisiteservices and facilities for business andleisure traveller to the city. Swiss-BelinnPangkalan Bun offers 93guestrooms, comprising 1 PresidentialSuite, 4 Royal Suites, 6 ExecutiveSuites, 13 Grand Deluxe and 69 Deluxe.Guest facilities include Lobby Lounge andBar, Coffee Shop, Karaoke, FitnessCentre & Spa and a Swimming Pool. For