Makassar First Timers


Before the sunset view taken from Losari Beach, Makassar
I had a crush on Makassar even before visiting. Not because of its sunset view as the picture above descirbes, but Makassar offers direct access from airport to the main tourist attraction area. By spending only IDR 25,000 per person we may take DAMRI airport bus to RRI roundabout from which important places for tourists like Jalan Jampea (Chinatown), Fort Rotterdam, and Karebosi Square are easily reachable by walk.

However, our trip today was not started from the airport where the bus departed. The night before we stayed at the main road connecting Maros and Makassar. There are many minivans (which is called pete-pete here) passing there but it has to be two times work. One shall get down at Daya Terminal and change another minivan. For the fare, it is theoretically cheaper but it is actually a gray area as the driver sometimes overcharges passengers especially when he notices newcomers. So, we decided to go back to the airport using the free shuttle service from the hotel then take DAMRI bus right to the heart of Makassar.
Bus DAMRI Stop. Inset: RRI Roundabouts.
The DAMRI bus we were in carried few people only. Perhaps because it was still early enough. The traffic was also unpacked yet. The positive impressions did not stop there. The bus driver kindly dropped us at the front of our hotel though it had made a little out of route. Even then he got down with us and carried our belongings until the receptionist. Thought we would be charged for his service but apparently he did not expect anything in return. Still few hours before noon, we were allowed to do early check-in. How lucky we were in Makassar!

Leaving our bags inside the hotel room, we were impatient to look around the city. Fort Rotterdam was the first 'victim' of our wanderlust. Besides its proximity, I thought it would be interesting to learn the history on place before exploring it physically. The entry fee was based on visitor's voluntary donations. But to enter La Galigo Museum, it is IDR 5,000 fixed per person. Inside the museum, there were almost no other visitors than us.
The Entrance to Fort Rotterdam
Buildings inside the fort wall
Museum La Galigo contains many historical collections
Sitting on the defensive wall
Vandalism, a very common thing to be found in Indonesian tourist places.
A small park just outside the fort wall

Another museum located a stone's throw away from the fort looks a little bit neglected.
Along with Fort Rotterdam, Losari Beach is also Makassar's leading tourist attraction. The beach from which visitors may see the sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening is just straight down from Fort Rotterdam and still within walking distance. For many people, Losari Beach is a must-visit place in Makassar. It was Sunday so inevitably that afternoon Losari Beach was very crowded of visitors. Sadly most of the visitors could not maintain the cleanliness of this place.
What a dirty beach
Food Hawkers along Losari Beach
The visitors crowds
Entertaining Traditional Dance
A floating mosque at Losari Beach
The congested traffic right along the beach
Obviously visiting Makassar is not only about Losari Beach and Fort Rotterdam but also its food! Yes, this biggest city in the eastern sphere of Indonesia is well-known for its local cuisine like mie titi and konro.  When the sky turned dark, we left the beach to find the best mie titi in town which was only 50 meters away. Slurp... it was yummy! What is mie titi like anyway? Well, you may say that mie titi is Makassar version of ifumie.

Mie Titi

The next day before departing to Kuala Lumpur, we were lucky enough to have a half-day walking tour around the town, especially the Karebosi area, and had a chance to taste konro. Despite its relatively high price (for tight budget travelers like us), konro did not disappoint us at all. The Konro we tried was the dry-version usually called konro bakar. The most common is sup konro, the wet-version. Whichever it is, konro is always served with special spices which makes anyone miss it and also Makassar.

Me, in front of Karebosi Square
Ribs of beef was being roasted for being a konro
Jampea Street is Makassar's Chinatown and also backpackers area.
The street names in Makassar is written in Lontara alphabets as well.

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