Tepian Kayan Park in Tarakan City, North Kalimantan Province
Another recommended vacation spot is available in Tarakan City and the name is Tepian Kayan Park. For the information, it resides near to Bulungan Regency and has become a popular tourist spot among both locals and outsiders. In terms of name, “Tepian” means an edge or border and Kayan is the name of a local river. As the name suggests, the park resides on a river bank and offers a distinct environment to tourists. The exact location is at Tanjung Selor Hilir Village, actually. Somehow, it looks similar to that of Samarinda. Visitors can enjoy a soothing afternoon in that area, doing relaxation, recreation, photography, etc.
The nuance is considered merry due to a high number of visitors. The park features several types of trees, especially palm and coconut trees. The locals take advantage of the clean and neat environment for relaxation either in the morning or afternoon. Reaching the dusk, though, the site becomes more crowded due to the presence of snack and drink vendors that operate near to the parking area. At the river, tourists can ride a small boat too after paying the fee.
Exploring Tepian Kayan Park
The first common thing to do in Tepian Kayan Park is to hang out with friends or families. The locals even take advantage of the park to spend their afternoon after work in a comfortable manner. Not only the site offers a merry nuance at the time, but the park also becomes more crowded due to the presence of local vendors. They sell numerous snacks and drinks! Thus, visitors should carry some cash when heading to the park later. They might use the money to pay the parking fee, after all.
Hanging out in the afternoon is one thing. So, what is next? People come to Kayan Park in order to enjoy casual sports especially jogging. The best time to enjoy the activity is in the morning, without a doubt. The fresh air, peaceful ambiance and warm sunlight may accompany them while jogging. One thing, the vendors haven’t arrived yet in the morning. That means tourists should consider carrying bottled water or snacks if they decide to come in the morning.
Tepian Kayan Park is also popular for its boat service. This is available at noon to afternoon, so tourists must come at the right time. Also, they must carry some money to pay for the service. For the information, the boat is considered small. It only accommodates about 3 people. Not to mention the number is low, so tourists should queue when the park is crowded.
- Cinta Damai Monument
- Jogging Track Kayan River Bank
How to Get There
The first destination is Tanjung Selor City and tourists can get there fast by airplane. The flight may take around 1 day and 11 hours if they come from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport), actually. Once arriving at Tanjung Selor, they should get a boat service at Kayan Port and head to Tengkayu Port at Tarakan Island. The last destination is none other than Tepian Kayan Park. Tourists can take Katamso Street to get there fast. The distance is only 270 meters, so it takes only about 5 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Crown Hotel
- Teduran Mas Hotel
- Tawakal Hotel
- Anugrah Hotel