"Celebes" South Sulawesi Province by bcrismon
South Sulawesi Province Travel Guide: 259 reviews and 643 photos
If seeing and participating in local culture is your thing, head to the well traveled Tana Toraja. Once you recover from the bus ride to Rantepao, head out to see the sights and find out if there are any celebrations taking place (this is likely). Be forewarned however that this typically involves a lot of animal slaughter. But these ceremonies are fascinating and you are right in the mix.
Makassar is not necessarily a pretty town, but it is a decent size city with city ammenities, a welcome respite from long trips in the sticks. While not a beautiful place, it is interesting and the people were some of the friendliest I had met in indonesia. The chinese food is good and cheap and a welcome alternative to indonesian cuisine. At Pelabuhan harbour you can see the big bugis Perahu and mix with some bugis. At night head to Pharos to see how the locals boogie. For a bit of the sleasy and cheasy join the locals at some of the Karioke joints in and around Chinatown.
There are great walks aroung Batutumonga. And the view from the town is the most spectacular in the area. Hiking up Gunung Sesean was my favorite. We also took an easy downhill walk to Tikala, bemo to Rantepau and back to Batutumonga. The kids were really fun.
- Pros:Fascinating culture and landscapes.
- Cons:Public bus ride from Makassar is rough
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