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Cruises to Ujung Padang, Indonesia

About Ujung Padang, Indonesia

Now known as Makassar, the eastern Indonesian city of Ujung Padung on Sulawesi Island was one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia in the 16th century thanks to its central role in the spice trade.

Also a former Dutch colony, the city is steeped in history with its crumbling colonial buildings such as Fort Rotterdam now a major part of its charm. Delve into this rich heritage by exploring the cobbled streets or watching as the local fisherman unload their daily catch from their traditional pinisiq boats.

But that's not all there is to it. The city has a thriving modern side with a burst of new hotels and attractions such as the enormous Trans Studio theme park and mall, as well as its bustling marina.

For a break from the hustle and bustle, take a short boat ride out to explore the coral reef at Pulau Khayangan or Pulau Samalona, or simply grab a drink down at Losari Beach.

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Why go to Ujung Padang, Indonesia?

Pros:

With so few tourists in town, it's easy to have an authentic local experience.

Cons:

Not many locals speak English so it may be hard to interact with them.

Bottom Line:

If you like to get off the beaten track, there's plenty to get excited about.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Indonesian Rupiah is the local currency. ATMs can be found throughout the city.

Language?

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but you will find that many locals actually speak Makassarese, a close relation of Buginese.


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