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Hot Ujung Pandang - Makassar

Ujung Pandang (which translates as "view from the farthest end") is the largest city on Sulawesi (former Celebes), and has for centuries been the commercial Makassar trade center for the entire island and the eastern Indonesian islands.

Ujung Pandang was named "Makkassar" by the Dutch, and only in the early 70's it got its present name. The Dutch had control over the ocean and its ships, sailing from West to East Indonesia.

The notorious Bugi people of Ujung Pandang and the Bajo Sea nomads played an integral role in the island's history, where Ujung Pandang often is used as gateway to the interior of Sulawesi (like the famous Toraja highland). All of my visits to Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, were of great "hot" experience!
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Sawa - Ricefields

On the way to Tanah Toraja you'll see the most beautiful views, like the traditional sawah (grass-land). The "sawah" (an indiviual rice-field, or the wet-rice method of cultivation) may be well-known of the terraces, situated high above the rivers and streams, though on the way to Sulawesi inland from Ujung Pandang/Makassar you'll be able to see a farmer with 2 bullocks or cows pulling a wooden plough over his flat farmer's land ... it's worth to stop and enjoy the upmost strikingly beautiful scene I have ever seen in Indonesia.


Stunning Sunsets

Makassar/Ujung Pandang Bay teems with sailing prahu's and hosts stunning and spectacularly beautiful sunsets. Maybe the beach can be filthy, though claim some grass on the beachside and enjoy these famous Ujung Pandang sunsets, you won't be disappointed ...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Characteristic, interesting cultures, beautiful landscape
  • Cons:very hot/panas sekali, take your time/pelahan-pelahan
  • In a nutshell:Sulawesi, Celebes, ... worth a closer look!
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2008
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  • Aug 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    I went to Makassar last week. I stayed at Horison Hotel - OK about 3 stars. The transfer from Airport is about Rs 100, 000 only. dont pay more. Rental of car with driver petrol and for about 12 hrs is ONLY Rs 500,000 DONT PAY MORE

  • cleomedes's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 6:58 AM

    Hi Roy, thanks for the great tips and pictures!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 1:14 AM

    Very good information & photos! Thanks for sharing :)

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2005 at 7:10 AM

    VT's latest Makassar page - Welcome! :-)


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