The Mahakam river lingers between four big lakes. After that is streams towards the north to meet its most important side rivers near Muara Kaman, the Kedang Kepala and Belayan.
Samarinda is te Capital of East Kalimantan, is split up by the Mahakam River, here the river is more then 1km width, and is a crowded traffic route for ships in all kinds and sizes.
Tenggarong, is home to the sultanate of Kutai kingdom which is about 50km upstream from Samarinda.
Muara Kaman write history as the head quarter of the Hindu kingdom of the old days.
Muara Muntai at the Mahakam River bank, is the jump-off point for a trip over the lakes to visit Dayak settlements and longhouses. Little further upstream Muara Pahu is found as a transit point for those who get up the Kedang Pahu River, when lucky the Irrawwady fresh water dolphins can be spot here. Upstream the Kedang pahu River several Dayak settlements with longhouses can be found.
Samarinda, East kalimantan