Singkawang is a city located in the province of West Kalimantan as the prime tourist destination in West Kalimantan because of the beauty of land, beach and sea. Singkawang even has a worldwide tourist attraction such as the Cap Go Meh (Chinese New year Festival). The word “Singkawang” comes from Khek / Hakka dialect “San Kew Jong” which literally means "Mountain Mouth Seas", its refers to a place between the mountain and the sea. This is because geographically Singkawang borders the Natuna Sea to the west, and mountains such as Raya, Pasi, Poteng and Roban to the east and south, while the river flows through the city into the Natuna Sea.
Singkawang growth began during the gold mining era in Monterado, many workers came from mainland China. Before the miners would go to Monterado, they would transit to rest in Singkawang to continue their journey, workers who had been working in mining would rest in Singkawang. Because of the promising development in Singkawang, the miners switched professions to be a farmer and merchant in Singkawang and eventually these miners lived and settled in the city.
Take a bus from Pontianak to Singkawang. The trip takes about four hours or 150 km and cost about Rp 25.000/pax.
Take a taxi from Pontianak city center to Singkawang the trip is about Rp 90.000/pax by a big car max 5 passengers)or Rp 100.000/pax by a small car(max 3 passenger). From Supadio Airport it takes price about Rp 120.000 to Rp 150.000/pax. By using a taxi you can request Any place you Would like to be picked and dropped.
Besides visiting the many temples, especially the main temple at Tri Dharma Bumi Raya, Singkawang is famous for its food centres which come alive at night. Most popular is the Pasar Hongkong, where you can find a large variety of food, including porridge, nasi lemak, Rujak Ju Hie (hot fruit salad with dried squid) a specialty of Singawang, and tofu Singkawang. The city also has many coffee shops known as Kopi Tiam. For recreation, locals go to Pasir Panjang Beach, (or Long Beach) 17 km from the center of the city. Besides enjoying the beautiful tranquil scenery, the beach also offers beach activities including boat rental, water bikes, go-karts, souvenir shops and plenty of food stalls.
Joss sticks,candles,and Buddhist accessories from Toko Tanjaya (Jl. Niaga 155) Tel : 0562-631102. This shop is one of the biggest of its kind in Borneo Island in terms of trading volume. Expect crowd of buyers, especially during Capgomeh festival (15 days after Chinese New Year). You can get special singkawang tshirt, at 'KAKI LIMA' t-shirt trader, Jl. Sejahtera, in front of Kopi Nikmat shop, since 18.00-22.30 at night.
Singkawang has many types of vegetarian restaurants, bistros and coffee shops. Usually vegetarian restaurants serve Indonesian food menu, whereas bistros may serve different sorts of dishes depending on the type of food itself, such as Chinese Food, Malay Food, etc. Traditional food vendors can also be found still selling food in a simple way using barrows such as “bubur gunting” and “Mi Tiaw” vendors. At night traditional food vendors can be found in the “Pasar Hongkong” (Hongkong market) along store entrances in Singkawang. The latter stores make up of old buildings in the city center. There are three major types of food in Singkawang, which are Chinese Food (non-halal), Malay Food and Vegetarian Food.
Some of the famous dishes are: Chicken Rice, Curry Rice, Chicken Noddles, Fried Rice Noodle, various cakes and sweets. Not forgetting the local tropical fruits. Some famous dishes in Singkawang are : Mie Kering (dry noodles) and mie goreng (fried noodles and bakso). Bubur Paddas Kak Dian, it's a traditional malay dish of west Kalmimantan, with rice and vegetables, fresh served, and hot. Sotong Kangkung 1+1+1, it's unique food, because only SIngkawang have this, it mixes hot cornstarch with leafy vegetables and slices of squid.
There are many coffee shops in Singkawang; popular ones are “Warkop Nikmat”, “Warkop Gajah”, etc. many of named for order coffee in singkawang, you can say 'Kopi Pancong' for order a half glass of coffee, or 'Kopi Nen' for coffee mix with milk, and you can order hot tea of others drink at Warung Kopi (coffe shop).
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Most often a taxi, police vehicle or a private car is used to get someone requiring urgent medical attention to a hospital. The ambulances in Singkawang city are more often used in the role of assisted patient transport rather than for first responder/paramedic supported emergency assistance and transport.
Departmenf of Cultural and Tourism of Singkawang City Jl. Merdeka No.78
By shared taxi, to Pontianak it will cost 120,000 IDR. Contact Palapa Taxi, Jl Niaga No. 25 Samping Tua Pekong Singkawang (Ph: 0851 0133 9999 - 0821 4876 9999). They leave every hour, and can pick you up from your hotel, and drop you to your destination in Pontianak. Trip takes 2-3 hours, depending on how many people you are picking up and traffic in Pontianak.