Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia

Harbor Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Harbor - Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia
Boys on Bike Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Boys on Bike Riding Next to Us
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia
Pat Dunlap Becak Pedicab Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Pat in Our Becak (Pedicab)
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia
Typical Street Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Typical Street 
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia

Makassar (Ujung Pandang) Indonesia (11/3/2009)

Welcome to exotic Muslim Indonesia in the South China Seas! 

Indonesia is the 5th largest nation on earth (both population and land size) and is made up of 17,508 islands (of which 6,000 are populated) with a climate predominantly equatorial (hot and humid).

Our first stop on our Costa cruise was Makassar (formally Ujung Pandang), once one of the largest Dutch cities and the dominant trading center of eastern Indonesia. 

Today Makassar (Ujung Pandang) is still a primary port city with not a whole lot to see except getting a good feeling for raw traditional Indonesia. Recently Makassar (Ujung Pandang) started efforts to attract tourism and unfortunately the city is best described as hot and dirty.

Island Village Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Island Village 
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia
Makassar (Ujung Pandang) is famous for their pedicabs (becak). They are everywhere (see photos). We hired a becak for the day along with a boat to visit a couple of offshore islands (see photos). 

We also visited the old port (Paotere) where the nationally famous Pinisi sailing boats (see photos) are among the last in use for regular long distance trade like they have been for hundreds of years. Using Pinisi sailing boats will most likely be a practice that will soon become a thing of the past.
Village Children Makassar Indonesia
Village Children - Makassar, Indonesia

Some history... After 350 years of occupation, Indonesia became independent from the Dutch in 1949 after a brief occupation by the Japanese during WWII.
School Boat Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
School Boat - Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia
Pinisi Sailing Boats Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Pinisi Sailing Boats 
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang), Indonesia

Please see our other 3 posts on interesting Indonesia:

Bali, Indonesia

Jakarta (Capital), Indonesia

Komodo Island & Dragons, Indonesia


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Fish Stand Makassar Ujung Pandang Indonesia
Fish Stand - Makassar 
(Ujung Pandang), Indonesia

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1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to go to Indonesia. I learned a little bit of the language a few years ago, but have mostly forgot it since. This post gets me thinking about planning a trip there again soon.


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