Mahakam river flows through three regions namely Kutai Kartanegara and Kutai Barat districts, and Samarinda city. Most of its upper stream areas are only accessible by ketinting or motor boat, or long distance water taxi (ship). Some of its lower streams can also be accessed through land transportation. You can use motor vehicle to travel along the river passing through Samarinda city. You can also walk along the river sides to enjoy its scenery downtown.
When traveling along the river, you will find various social activities performed by local community living along the river sides e.g., transportation of goods and natural resources for inter-island and export purposes, fishing and sales of fishes.
In Samarinda, Mahakam riversides are used as rest areas by local community, particularly from afternoon till night. In the afternoon, traders sell various types wof foods and drinks along the riversides. Residents usually watch sunset while enjoying roasted corns, breads etc. More people come during at night.
Kumala island is situated in the middle of the river. It is a leading tourist object in Kutai Kartanegara district. You could enjoy sky tower, bumper cars, tourist cars etc.