You will find something missing if you visit
Palembang without taking a Musi River tour. This famous river is the
longest in Sumatra at 750 kilometers long. Taking the Musi River tour
is a must for visitors who wish to know the Palembang of the past. Long
ago, the native population in Palembang lived along this river. Some
even built their homes along the river banks. When taking the tour, you
can find several tourist sites such as Kemarau Island and temples.
Local people rely on this river for their transportation. You can see
many motor boats (taxis) taking passengers to the other side of the
You can visit Palembang from
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport on Tanjung Api-Api
Street which is accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, China, and
Thailand. To go to the Musi River, you can take a taxi or rented car
from the airport. The distance between the airport and City Center is
about 6 km.
In the city center, there are nine types of public
transportation including seven city buses from various destinations that
can take you to Ampera for only Rp1,500 to Rp5,000.
To travel around the Musi River, you must use a
motor boat. You can rent one under the Ampera bridge, in front of
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum, or in front of Fort Kuto Besak.
There are several types of motor boats such as speed boats, Ketek, and
small vessels. Their rates range between Rp20,000 to Rp100,000 (or 2 to
10 US Dollars). Don’t pay if it is more than these rates. After
that, you could enjoy taking the Musi River tour.
Along the Musi River, there are several tourist sites
such as Kemaro Island and the tomb of Ratu Bagus Kuning. You can ask
the boat driver to take you to these sites. They certainly know these
was chosen as the venue of a National Sports Event, Palembang developed
rapidly making it easy to find hotels in the City Center. You can find
star-rated or ordinary hotels along Kapten A Rivai, Sudirman, R Sukamto,
Veteran, and POM IX Streets.
won’t have any difficulty finding local foods here. Not far from the
Palembang Grand Mosque, you can enjoy Palembang traditional foods like
empek-empek panggang and kerupuk (crackers) for Rp1,500 to Rp22,200 per
piece, depending where you eat. There is also a food stall selling es
belimbing (star fruit ice). It is the only food stall that sells es
belimbing. Its name is Ujuk.
On the Musi River, there are
floating restaurants where you could improve your culinary experiences
You can find
souvenirs near the Musi River or you can just walk one to two kilometers
from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum and you will find two markets
seeling various types of food and souvenirs including fruits and Songket
(woven fabrics). These markets are called Pasar 16 Ilir and Pasar 35
Ilir. About two kilometers from there, you could find a Songket center
and 50 meters from there, you can find a Lekeur (carving) center.
weather in Palembang is as warm as Jakarta so we suggest that you wear
thin cotton clothes. And don’t forget to bring along your hat or
umbrella to protect you from the sun.
Quoted from : http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/210/musi-river-tour
Supported by : JavaTourism, Lintang Buana Tours