Canopy Bridge in East Kalimantan The Most Beautyfull Natural Bridge in The World - Tour and Travel Agency Indonesia
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Canopy Bridge in East Kalimantan The Most Beautyfull Natural Bridge in The World

If You think This Beautiful place somewhere ini Brazilia, America nor Australia… You Are Wrong!! This is in East Kalimantan Indonesia! 

How to get there
After spent several hours at Sun Bear Sanctuary in Samboja. We drove to Bangkirai Hill Rain Forest Canopy Walk for about an hours. Half of the road is quite good, the rest we faced some terrible road condition. It is recommended to drive there using 4-wheels  car. On the way there, we crossed woods, palm oil plantation and coal mining site. The location is 58 km from Balikpapan to the north. Bangkirai is part of Kutai Kartanegara District, in East Kalimantan Province. There is no public transport from Balikpapan to here, so visitor have to rent a car from Balikpapan or Samarinda.
 

Road condition to Bangkirai. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
The adventure

After passing the entrance gate, where we have to pay entrance fee Rp. 3,000 for adult and Rp. 1,500 for kid, we parked our car then we went to Canopy Walk ticketing.  The fee for domestic is Rp. 20,000 and for foreign visitor is Rp. 50,000.

Canopy Walk Ticketing. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

After that, we were ready to go to the Canopy Walk passing some trekking path. There are several trekking path inside the forest. Most of the trekking path’s name are using former Forestry Minister’s name.
The Canopy Bridge Sign. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
The Bridge to Enter The Forest. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
Welcome to Bangkirai Hill Gate. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
Trek I – M. Prakosa. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
Rain forest vegetation inside Bangkirai Hill. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
The forest is dominated by trees that are more than 150 years. The average height of the trees is 40-50 meters.  During trekking we found that some big trees had been adopted and the adopter name is put on the sign below the trees.
 

 

 
Adopted tree. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
Trekking Path
Trekking path

After the first 150 m trekking, we entered the second trek, 300 meters to go to the canopy bridge!!! It is suggested to bring one bottle of drinking water to avoid dehydration. Even though, there are some people who sell drinking water below the canopy bridge before we climb the to the bridge.

Trek II – Djamaludin. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
We found some big trees collapsed due to bad weather or too old.
Big tree collapsed. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
 

 

Finally, we arrived at the Canopy Bridge. This canopy bridge was built in United Stated in 1998 with highly safety standard. It is connected 5 big trees around 30 meters above the ground level. This is the first canopy bridge in Indonesia, the second in Asia and the eighth in the world.
 

 

 

 

Bangkirai Canopy Bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
First of all, we have to take the stair to enjoy the canopy bridge. There are some regulations that everybody has to follow while they are on the canopy bridge.

 

 
The Canopy Bridge Regulation. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
Canopy Bridge Tower. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
Stair to the canopy bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
Stair to the canopy bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

 
After arrived on the top of the stair, I walked to another tree using the canopy bridge. This was my first experience.  It was amazing upstair. Looking down and surrounding of rain forest.  Listening some birds singing. What a peaceful day!! It is totally different with the crowd in Jakarta, the place where I live.

 

 

 

The canopy bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
 
 

 

 

 

The Rainforest View from The Canopy Bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

The Canopy Bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
 

 

The Canopy Bridge. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
 

 

The Canopy Bridge. Photo Credit – Carl Fakaruddin
 
It was pump up my adrenaline. The weather was nice at that time. Even though It was so tired. I was happy and enjoy this adventure. On the way back, we choose to use different trek with what we used to go to the canopy bridge.
Another Trekking Path
Another Trekking Path

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for trekking. Some of place was quite slippery.

The souvenir stores and the restaurant

 

There are some souvenir that sell t-shirt and East Kalimantan traditional handmade souvenirs.

 

The souvenir store. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

There are some restaurant that sell snack, drink and provide meal such as fried rice, noodle  or fried chicken.

The restaurant at Bangkirai Hill. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

The Lodging

 

Visitors are also can rent villa or lodging to stay or do camping in Bangkirai  Hills. These are typical lodging building, some with air condition and some with fans only. You can have experience stay in the middle of rainforest.

 
Lodging at Bangkirai Hill. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014
Lodging at Bangkirai Hill. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

 

Lodging at Bangkirai Hill. Photo credit – Carl Fakaruddin 2014

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