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Palembang

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Best Time: June- September Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Palembang International Airport Check Flights

"The Venice of Southeast Asia"

Palembang Tourism

Palembang spreads over an area of about 400 sq. km. and is recognized as one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. It occupies the lowlands that are situated to the east of the Bukit Barisan Mountains. The city is located about 105 kilometres away from the Bangka Strait Coast and lies over the River Musi, the largest river in Sumatra Province. Once popular as the Venice of Indonesia, it has since labored under the brunt of poor infrastructure that has kept tourists away. However, it has pulled up its socks and is gearing up to welcome them with better infrastructure and facilities.

The city is also nicknamed Kota Pempek. It is one of the oldest cities in Asia and has not yet been recognized as a popular tourist destination. The city does have a strong cultural and historical significance which might draw the offbeat travellers or backpackers. It was once called the Venice of East but the charm depleted over the centuries. At present, several attractions have also been developed in the suburbs to promote eco-tourism. Travellers who do not wish to explore a highly populated destination may choose to explore the suburbs instead. 

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Places To Visit

  • Although tourism in Palembang is not as expected, travellers will find some attractions in the city that would make their visit worthwhile.
  • One can head to the Ampera Bridge which was built in 1962 and, at a length of 224 metres, is one of the largest bridges in the country. This bridge connects the north and the south banks of the city and extends over River Musi. At dusk every day, the bridge becomes a spectacle with its bright neon coloured lights.
  • One can also go for a serene cruise in River Musi and see or shop at the floating markets.
  • A visit to the river island, Kemaro Island, located about 6 kilometres from the bridge, can also be accommodated while exploring Palembang. This island is situated in the middle of one of the deltas of River Musi. It has a Buddhist Shrine and the graves of the Princess of Srivijaya, Princess Siti Fatimah and a Prince of China, Prince Tan Bun An.
  • Some more attractions in the city are - Kuto Besak Fort, the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum, Srivijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park, Bukit Siguntang Hill, Punti Kayu Forest Park, Palembang Bird Park and Masjid Agung Palembang.

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How To Reach Palembang

Travellers can reach Palembang by train, by bus or by flight. Other cities of Sumatra Province have regular buses plying to Palembang and disembark at the Alang-Alang Lebar Bus Terminal. Those opting for the railways can board one of the trains heading to Stasiun Kertapati, which is the city's railway station. Palembang also has an airport, the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (PLM). There are a considerable number of flights connecting this airport to most cities in Indonesia.

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