Aston Samarinda Hotel and Convention Center
Travel Blogs from Samarinda
... anniversary of the city" on the beach with dances and loads of people. OMG we could hardly move and felt like stars as everyone wanted our picture taken with them. You have to know we were the only white people there. There were a lot of dances, music and at some point they put a ship to sea. It was very interesting and awfully crowded. We stopped counting the motorbikes!!! It was a really ...
... speedboat to Tarakan. OMG we were sitting like sardines on it and our luggage had to go on the top. We finally arrived in Tarakan and Wahab got us on a bus and a taxi to get to the hotel. The Bintang Hotel was fine and had wifi – yippie! Once we had settled in the hotel we talked to Wahab about the tour the next day and we went to dinner together and enjoyed the food in a small Warung around the corner.
... and if you are determined and patient enough you CAN get there somehow. I had the experience of going for a walk in a fairly big city that I had previously never heard of and being the ONLY European anywhere on the street. It is a busy bustling place with the usual collection of shops many of which hold parts and equipment for boats. There is a huge mall on the main corner but when you enter only the shops on the ground floor and a couple on the first are occupied, ...
... themselves e.g. when visitor take their photo indirectly. They will come and ask some money. I didnt get any picture when I was there.
Travel Expenses :
1. Angkot (Office - Karang Anyar) : IDR 3.000
2. Angkot (Karang Anyar - Batu Ampar Bus Terminal) : IDR 3.000
3. Bus Ticket (Non AC) Balikpapan - Samarinda : IDR 21.000
... br> I could have flown from Java to Sabah for about the same price, and saved myself a week, and there were times I questioned it. But honestly, I can't regret that adventure. It was enduring but an eye opener and a sample of real life in Indonesia that I wouldn't swap. It was only a week of my life and there are hopefully about 3500 of those!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking