The first impression came to my mind is that Tanjung is a very masculine city. Located approximately 4 hours drive from Banjarmasin, Tanjung is a huge industrial city in South Kalimantan.
People can easily notice its industrial atmosphere by looking at so many heavy vehicle across the big street. In addition, workers with mining uniform dominate the city.
The main industry is mining where there is a huge mining pit from Adaro Group. Besides minig, Tanjung also has oilfield belong to Pertamina.
The ironic part I found about Tanjung is the fuel scarcity. Eventhough Tanjung has oilfield, an extremely long queue can be found in gas stations. Most cars / heavy vehicle has to stay overnight in the gas station queue to get the oil. There must be something with the fuel distribution management.
Like any other industrial city, Tanjung has adequate facilities to support the workers. For accommodation, there is Aston Hotel and several small hotels where the majority of the visitors are mining workers.
Tanjung also has good variety of restaurants to choose. Asian Restaurant (one of Kalimantan's wellknown seafood chain), Ayam Bakar Wong Solo, Ayam Goreng Mega, are several of the examples. This is a good thing since many workers can easily find variety taste from many areas in Indonesia.
Tanjung is definitely an emerging city. New luxurious housing complex, mall, are being built at the moment. There is also and a grand people representative's building (which ironically always looks there is no activities everytime I passed by) and huge Islamic center around the area.
Balikpapan is probably the city with the highest living standard in Indonesia. I was very impressed of how clean and neat the city is. No wonder that Balikpapan is the consecutive winner of Adipura Award (the award for the cleanlinest city in Indonesia).
Sepinggan International Airport which currently undergo a renovation. Connected from big cities in Indonesia and also to international destination such as Kuala Lumpur and Sinagpore.
Most of industry in energy resources has its head office in Balikpapan. The industries consists in the field oil, mining, heavy macinery, and agriculture industry. Those multi national companies offices are concentrated in Manggar Area.
Not only clean, the street is also very well organized. People are actually using the pedestrian crossing in its proper place (something which I rarely found in Indonesia). There are also crossing bridges in a very good condition. The safe and comfortable public car (which costs only $0.3 per trip) is very reliable, even for first time visitor.
Since the majority comes from other cities and expatriates, Balikpapan is a modern city with no single dominant culture. Due to the high activities of business, Balikpapan is an excellent location for MICE purposes. Ranges of 5 star hotels, restaurant, conference hall, shopping malls, entertainment center, can easily found in Balikpapan.
Seafood, especially crab, is a must try when visiting Balikpapan. For a good atmosphere, Ocean Seafood Restaurant is probably on the best (located on seaside overlooking the beach). For unbeatable crab, pople should visit Dandito Restaurant which serve extremely delicious crab with various sauce flavor.