Hotel Sahid Jaya Makassar
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I took the Pelni ferry from Labuan Bajo in Flores to Makassar in Sulawesi. These ferries don't run all the time so if you miss one, it could be days, or even a week before the next one departs. It was supposed to be a 22:00 departure, though it ended up being a 02:00 one. I travelled economy class. There must have been over 100 people in each compartment. I love travelling like this as it's the best way to meet and mix with the locals. I had a lovely group ...
... that they have 5 star beds and showers and the rest is budget. The room was basically a shoe box but compared to the insect ridden or filthy accommodation we had been in (or more than likely going to be in), it was like heaven. We paid about $25 a night.
We went to Fort Rotterdam in Makassar which was built by the Dutch in the 1600's. The fort itself was quite nice if you're a history buff but we found it a little boring.
We wandered around the fort ...
... beach) is absolutely covered in plastic, paper, tin cans, rotten food and even human waste! Despite heroic, monthly efforts by locals and ex-pats alike to clean up the beach, it's just a short term solution. Weeks, possibly even days after these clean-up events, the beach begins to fill with litter again.
The problem stems from school education, or there lack off. Children here are just not taught ...
... it was great and very tasty. We even tried some colorful cocktails! Something I had stopped doing for a while, but if you convert to euro it is all still very cheap. So for a few days we let go and were having a real Western holiday, hehe. Some Americans that we met on Bunaken island recommended us Lembongan island, off Bali. So we had to check that out! We took the fastboat, which was really fast. Once on the island we made a bad decision walking to the right ...
... times, and then someone would get whipped! We didn't see any other travelers, so we didn't take pictures or anything, but it was quite interesting....
If you did not read Tyler's blog entry about his boat from Labunbajo to Bali, allow me to shed some light on passenger ferry-boat travel in Indonesia: pure mayhem! As per most of my experiences with travel in SE Asia, chaos was just as natural as breathing. Our ...