Singkawang Travel Guide

Situated in West Kalimantan, Singkawang is one of Indonesia's most interesting cities, with plenty of attractions to amuse and entertain visitors from all walks of life.

Worth It?
If you plan on exploring West Kalimantan, Singkawang is a good place to use as a base.
What to Do
temple hopping, soak up the sun on the beach, swimming, visit the botanical gardens.
Best Time to Go
during the dry season between April and October.
How Long?
Two or three days are needed to fully explore all of Singkawang's attractions.
Singkawang is known as the 'city of a thousand temples' as there are numerous temples scattered around the city, most of them Chinese in origin.

Singkawang's main attraction is its temples, and there are literally hundreds to explore. However, there are plenty of other things to see and do such as a beautiful beach, lush parks, monuments and museums. This former Chinese governed trading city still retains examples of the distinctive Chinese style, now blended with local influences.

Singkawang's many cultural influences make this a great place to eat. Chinese food tends to dominate cheap food stalls, while the must try local specialties include rujak ju hie - rojak with dried squid - and kembang tahu - tofu with sugar and thick sauce. Bon app├ętit!

Travel to Singkawang - Getting There

Singkawang is best reached from Pontianak, where there is a large airport with regular flights from Jakarta (2 hours) and Kuching (1 hour). There is a regular bus service connecting Pontianak with Singkawang (three hours) and buses also run to Singkawang from places such as Kuching and Sambas (2 hours).

Singkawang Things to Do

Singkawang Attractions

Vihara Chikung
this large and lovely Taoist temple was originally founded by the Singaporeans.
Bukit Bougenville
Singkawang's botanical garden is a great place to relax for a while.

Side trips from Singkawang

Pasir Panjang
located just 17kms south of Singkawang, this beach resort is the perfect place to soak up the sun.


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