My partner and I have never been to Pontianak before, so we were very excited!
Truth to tell, I don't know much about this city. I only know Pontianak for two things, their delicious culinary delights and Tugu Khatulistiwa (Equator Monument). Being sliced by the imaginary equator line, one thing is for sure, Pontianak is hot! (compared to the city I lived in now, Bandung, to be precise)
Here, diced aloe vera are mixed with syrup, water and ice to quench your thirst. I had it while sitting under a banyan tree. Very refreshing!
If you're into souvenirs, I also recommend Dayak woven cloth and batik cloth, sarong and shirts in traditional Kalimantan design. Hand-woven bracelets and beaded accessories are also abundant. The craftsmanship is remarkable and the prices are affordable, too. My friend suggested me to try sengkit syrup with plums, I got it in the airport and yes, it's very refreshing, in a sweet and sour kind of way. I'd love to buy more in the future! I got my partner durian jam from the airport too, and he told me it's very yummy. Pontianak is a fan of aloe vera so you can buy diced aloe vera in packages, aloe vera dodol, aloe vera tea, and... gasp... even aloe vera chips. I think the last one is a bit bizarre so I didn't buy it. But an acquaintance of mine told me it's quite tasty, so if you happen to find some, it's worth a try. Of course, there are more, but alas we only had half a day to explore so perhaps... some other time?
My partner and I were taking pictures here and there when the monument-keeper (for lack of better term) offered to take some pictures of us. He even advised us on how to pose. "See, you over there, yours husband over here. That way, you both are standing in different hemispheres. One in South, and on in North, yet you two are still able to touch and hold hands."
Who knew that we'd encounter such a romantic soul in Pontianak!
So he took some pictures of us, and they turned out great.