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Tourist and travel guide of Balikpapan

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Balikpapan is a city on the Indonesian part of Borneo island. It has approximately 434 000 inhabitants, is the largest city in the province of Kalimantan Timur (East Borneo). Balikpapan is located on the east coast of the island, on the Makassar Strait, about 150 km south of the provincial capital of Samarinda. Main industry is oil production, processing in a number of refineries, and its exports by a large oil port. In addition, the mining industry and also play a role in the timber industry. Balikpapan also has an international airport. Until the discovery of the first oil well in 1897 was in the territory of the city, only a small village. Then began a rapid growth. Due to the oil fields and refineries, the city was hard fought in World War II: In January 1942 it joined the Battle of Balikpapan, in February 1942, the city was occupied by the Japanese army, recaptured by the Allies in July 1945.
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