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bqualls
May 24th, 2012, 10:33 PM
I will be spending a day in Makassar enroute to Raja Ampat late September. Any suggestions on how to spend the day?

rusti999
May 25th, 2012, 12:06 AM
Haven't used him myself, but have seen numerous reports about this guide on the Internet:

Dodo The Penman from Makassar (http://dodopenman.blogspot.com/)

Quero
May 25th, 2012, 12:29 AM
I presume you're traveling from North America? If it were me, I'd just want to play it by ear and get over travel fatigue/jet lag rather than making firm plans/commitments to tours or tour guides. IJS. There's a Dutch colonial fort there you can visit on your own, if you get bored (just take a "becak" trishaw/taxi to it): Fort Rotterdam (http://indonesia.travel/en/destination/570/fort-rotterdam-and-the-i-la-galigo-museum-within-history-of-south-sulawesi/tips). Lots of school kids are around there on field trips, so if you go there, you might get "interviewed" by some kid for an English-class project, or you might be asked to be in countless photographs (you become the tourist attraction, LOL).

Roy L
May 25th, 2012, 06:17 AM
Last year I was in Makassar for a day as well. I was travelling to Tana Toraja, central-south Sulawesi. My (personal opinion) advice, just take it easy and don't do too much. To me the city was very unattractive. I tried to find the hidden beauty of it, but I could'nt find it. Off course, a day is too short too really form an opinion, but Makassar is definitely not the town to see some quik high-lights in one day. Your best shot will be indeed, as mentioned earlier, Fort Rotterdam. But if I were you, just relax and get over your jet lag!

Roy

rusti999
May 25th, 2012, 07:22 AM
Last year I was in Makassar for a day as well. I was travelling to Tana Toraja, central-south Sulawesi. My (personal opinion) advice, just take it easy and don't do too much. To me the city was very unattractive. I tried to find the hidden beauty of it, but I could'nt find it. Off course, a day is too short too really form an opinion, but Makassar is definitely not the town to see some quik high-lights in one day. Your best shot will be indeed, as mentioned earlier, Fort Rotterdam. But if I were you, just relax and get over your jet lag!

Want to throw in another idea. Have to agree with Roy that the city itself was unattractive. However, if you are a foodie and can tolerate spicy food, the city in my opinion is a good one to satisfy your taste bud. Check the Wikitravel page for Makassar for places to go:

Makassar travel guide - Wikitravel (http://wikitravel.org/en/Makassar)

On my way back from Raja Ampat, I had some grilled sweetlip (locally called kaneke) there, very fresh and good.

Wisnu
May 25th, 2012, 09:17 AM
Last year I was in Makassar for a day as well. I was travelling to Tana Toraja, central-south Sulawesi. My (personal opinion) advice, just take it easy and don't do too much. To me the city was very unattractive. I tried to find the hidden beauty of it, but I could'nt find it. Off course, a day is too short too really form an opinion, but Makassar is definitely not the town to see some quik high-lights in one day. Your best shot will be indeed, as mentioned earlier, Fort Rotterdam. But if I were you, just relax and get over your jet lag!

Roy

Toraja is amazing
We spent 3 days in Toraja only last year.
I don't think you can visit toraja in one day, unless you have extra energy.
Depend on traffic, it will take 6-8 hours one way. Bus may take a bit longer.
Typical toraja trip package is 3D/2N or 4D/3N.

bqualls
May 25th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Thanks to all for the input.
We'll probably not need to rest because we will spend two nights in Bali before Makassar. The fort sounds interesting.. but I'd like to see some of the Toraja style structures---How far out of Makassar before the Toraja style structures can be seen. Do we have to travel the full 8 hrs. before we can see them? If so, then well just have to spend some time at the fort and checking out the Phinisi docks.

Quero
May 25th, 2012, 10:17 PM
If it's the architecture per se that you want to see--just the structures--you'll find some near Maksassar at Somba Opu. There's an open air museum there (as well as the ruins of an old fort) that you can visit.

Wisnu
May 26th, 2012, 03:10 AM
As marcia said, you'll see the look "similar" architectur in Somba Opu. However, it's not comparable - Toraja, is not just "Tongkonan" their traditional house - it's about land, stone, people, cultures, way of death and life.
If you can, I recommend to spend minimum 1 full day in Toraja (excl. travel time).
Dodo the penman as mentioned by rust is nice person if you want to have good private car and driver (not for guide, you have to use local guide in Toraja)

Anyway, here few of Toraja architecture we took last year:

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/5406/Toraja_tongkonan_3.jpg

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/5406/medium/tongkoma_tedong.jpg
http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/5406/kuburan_batu_2.jpg

and newly occupied apartment - not cheap to have it

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/data/5406/kuburan_batu.jpg

bqualls
May 26th, 2012, 10:08 AM
Thanks for the info. Time constraints will keep us from going all the way to Toraja, but Somba Opu sounds like a nice place to check out.

jake11
May 26th, 2012, 06:47 PM
If you are staying at the Hotel Aryaduta then hopefully it will be their Brazilian BBQ night. It was totally worth the price. They had so many tasty dishes it was fantastic. We spent our day there just walking down by the waterfront. Have fun!

bqualls
May 27th, 2012, 12:48 PM
I love good BBQ, Jake; but we'll be at tha Aryaduta on monday since our LOB sails on tuesday. Their website shows Brazilian BBQ on saturday and international buffet on friday-looks like we'll be ordering a la carte.

jake11
May 27th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Oh.. bummer!!! Would have been great if it was the BBQ night. It is a very nice hotel! They upgraded us for free to one of the nicer rooms on one of the top floors! Have a great time!
I love good BBQ, Jake; but we'll be at tha Aryaduta on monday since our LOB sails on tuesday. Their website shows Brazilian BBQ on saturday and international buffet on friday-looks like we'll be ordering a la carte.

Allison Finch
June 12th, 2012, 10:53 PM
This past winter my roommate on the Damai spent a day there. She found a used clothing shop in one of the shopping centers where she found some original old Chanel and other designer dresses that fit her perfectly. And CHEAP!! These were originals, not knockoffs.

instructorinasia
June 12th, 2012, 10:59 PM
Contact Caraka Tours - Caraka Travelindo in Sulawesi Indonesia. Sulawesi Travelling Agency for a romantic or adventure holiday travel trip in Sulawesi, Indonesie, Asia. We can offer you scuba diving, snorkeling with dolphins and whales, mountains and trekking, sailing and (http://www.sulawesi-indonesia.com/) and they should be able to organise a day tour to take in as many of the local sites as possible. I have just booked a 4nights / 5 day Toraja tour with them for next month when my parents are over in Indonesia.

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