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Toraja Prince Hotel

April 01, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Jurusan Palopo, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description Hotel Prince located not far from Bolu market, it has a very grand entrance lined with king palms bringing you up to the main reception hall with the swimming pool opposite, follow the pool around and you reach all the rooms in different buildings. There’s lots of Torajan decoration painted on white walls and all the rooms have little seating area’s outside. The whole hotel is set out in well planted gardens. It is located on the way to Palopo. stay here for a stop off to Palopo or further afield. Facilities Breakfast included / Car rental / English speaking staff / Free maps / Free wifi / Laundry / Live Music / Lounge/Bar / Massage service / Restaurant / Swimming pool Rates & bookings Standard room: 400,000 rp Suite: 500,000 rp Extra bed: 100,000 Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Papa Batu Tongkonan

March 30, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

On the road from Makale to Bittuang  you will find Papa Batu. Sitting near the top of a hill where you will find Toraja’s last surviving stone roofed Tonkonan still standing after 700 years. Ten generations of the same family have lived in the Tongkonan since its first construction. visitors are welcome to enter on one condition: To knock on the door not with their hands but with their heads three times. Torajans believe that by doing it that way, no harm will come to them on the way home! Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang and get out at Makale terminal. Then jump on a Bittuang bound Kijang asking the driver to drop you off at the junction of Tumakke’ (Kiri dekat de jalan Tumakke’) Then it’s a ten minute walk up to Papa Batu, located next to the village of Desa Banga.

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Recipe of the week: Duku Manuk Lalapan

March 29, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Duku Manuk Lalapan or Chicken Meat. Cooked in a spicy broth a real home cooked recipe hard to find in most restaurants. Ingredients half a  fresh chicken 3 cloves of garlic 2 bay leaves 1 large hazelnut 1 cm cubed of fresh ginger 2 cm cubed of fresh turmeric 1 cm cubed of fresh galangal 2 stems of lemongrass 1 teaspoon of ground coriander 2 tablespoons of red palm sugar salt to taste 1 glass of coconut water (from the center) Preparation 1/ Peel the garlic, ginger, turmeric, galangal, hazelnut and cut them up then pound into a fine paste. 2/ Take the chicken and cut it up into large pieces then place them in a large saucepan add all the ingredients from step 1 then mix it together with your hands, leave it aside for an hour to soak up the mixture. 3/ Then add the coriander, plus the lemongrass cut into strips. 4/ Add the coconut water plus enough normal water to cover the chicken then add the bay leaves, palm sugar and cook until the liquid has reduced by half adding a little salt to taste. 5/ Now the chicken is ready! You may shallow fry the …

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Hotel Marante Toraja

March 28, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Jurusan Palopo, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description Hotel Marante Toraja is your best option when looking for a classy hotel out of town, without having to pay to the same as other 3*** hotels. Marante is a stylish 3*** hotel set around a beautifully planted garden with all amenities at hand. It is located on the way to Palopo but not too far from town, Some of the cottage’s which are really Torajan style house’s face onto the swimming pool and gardens. It’s well worth staying there if you like a comfortable room after returning from a long day out touring. Facilities Air conditioning / Breakfast included / Car rental / Credit cards accepted / English speaking staff / Free maps / Guide service / Laundry / Live Music / Lounge/Bar / Massage service / Motorbike rental / Restaurant / Sauna / Swimming pool Rates & bookings Delux room: 65, US$ Cottage: 75, US$ Suite: 115, US$ Extra bed: 15, US$ Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Bambu Restaurant

March 27, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Sangalla’, Kampung lampio, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia. Description When we heard of Martin the Chef it surprised us to find out he had rented two of Rantepao’s restaurants making them very successful with his delicious cuisine, soon people noticed and so did the owners so they ended his contract thinking they could do the same, sadly they did not. Now Martin is located on the road to Sangalla‘ with his new restaurant Bambu with an exciting new menu. Using lots of bamboo and natural roofing material it has a natural feel, Bambu restaurant is a great stop off point when visiting sights such as kambira. The staff are very polite and speak English fluently. Suggestion Go for local Torajan vegetables kangkung Ayam Spesial. (18,000 rp) with black rice (10,000 rp) tamarella juice (12,000 rp). or pre-order chicken steamed in bamboo (60,000 rp) Price All food  ranges from 10,000 rp to 60,0000 rp Drinks range from 10,000 rp for a water to 36,000 rp for a beer.

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Wisma Maria

March 26, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Ratulangi No. 23, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91830 Description Wisma Maria has a long standing reputation as a backpackers choice of stay and has a mention in a famous travel guide book  located parallel to the main street and close to a number of hotels and restaurants. As you enter the main reception on your right hand side is a large glass cabinet with life sized Tau Tau or wooden carving of the founder of Wisma Maria. Turn left and you are in the restaurant which have very reasonably priced food and drinks then onto a large garden with the accomodation set on two floors. The rooms are a little bit worn out but the location makes up for it. The staff are very friendly and are happy to help you with any information about Tana Toraja. Facilities Book exchange / Breakfast included / Bicycle rental / Car rental / Guide service / Laundry / Lounge / Massage service / Motorbike rental / Restaurant. Rates & bookings Twin room with hot water: 150,000 rp Twin room with cold water: 120,000 rp Single room with cold water: 100,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? …

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Recipe of the week: Duku Manuk Curry

March 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Duku Manuk Curry or Chicken Meat Curry  is a Torajan recipe served in most good Torajan restaurants. Ingredients half a  fresh chicken 1 bulb of garlic 6 shallots 1 spring onion 1 long red chili 2 cm cubed of fresh turmeric 1 stem of lemongrass 1 vegetable stock cube 5 small curry leaves dash of salt teaspoon of black pepper vegetable oil Preparation 1/ Take the chicken and cut it up into pieces then place them in a large bowl add salt and pepper mixing it together with your hands. 2/ Peel the shallots and garlic and finely cut them up. 3/ De-seed and chop long red chili. 4/ Chop spring onion into 1 cm lengths. 5/ Peel the turmeric and chop roughly, cut the ends off  the lemongrass put them aside in a bowl. 6/ Pour a little oil in a pan and bring up the heat, seal the chicken so its brown on all sides.Remove the chicken then pour some water in the pan to take up the juices left from the sealing. 7/ Place a large wok or saucepan over a stove on medium heat pour in a little oil and fry off the onions and garlic …

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Cafe Aras

March 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. A. Mappanyuki No. 64, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description Cafe Aras is Toraja’s first art cafe. The owner used to run an antique Torajan wood carvings art shop. His vision was to create an arty setting with great food so he founded Cafe Aras. The place feels welcoming as soon as you enter. The walls are made of split bamboo rising up to kamacha (woven bamboo) to the ceiling. They’ve put lots of art and textiles to the walls (make an offer if you see something you like!). Stylish wooden tables and chairs are set out over two mezzanine floors on either end of the place. Cafe Aras has an open kitchen in the back next to an outside seating area. Their extensive menu covers everything from Torajan dishes over Indonesian classics to western food. Service is fast & the friendly staff speaks English well. In the evenings Cafe Aras is a vibrant hub where travellers hang out, drink beers and share their stories of the day while local guides play guitar and sing songs. Suggestion Try their tasty pork in pamarasan sauce for 45,000 rp or maybe a yummy pizza. Price theres lots of choice western food …

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Madarana Hotel

March 20, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. sa’dan No. 21, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Located on the road to Bolu Market as you approach it from Rantepao it looks as if its traditional Torajan village with its boat shaped houses called Tongkonans enclosed with trees and flowers. As you walk in its sixteen rooms are set out over two floors its location is somewhat noisy. Of all the rooms the better ones are on the first floor facing towards the garden if you feel like a little bit more of an upgrade this place is a good choice. Facilities Breakfast included / English speaking staff / Free maps / Laundry / Lounge / Bar / Massage service / Motorbike rental / Restaurant Rates & bookings Standard room: 350,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Toraja Misiliana Hotel

March 19, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Pongtiku No. 27, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia. Description Toraja Misiliana Hotel  is a purpose built hotel complex located 5 minutes from the center of Rantepao, It is a family run hotel which was established in 1980 with 5 rooms, reception and a restaurant since then it has slowly built up to be major hotel in Toraja. Set around a large garden with different conference centers, restaurants and a large swimming pool with nine different room categories the choice is extensive from a Standard room right up to the Presidents suite. What we like is the many little quotes from the Bible painted on wooden boards dotted around the gardens. It’s well worth staying there if you like a comfortable room after returning from a long day touring. On arrival the staff make you feel very at home serving you with welcome drinks, feel free to ask them any questions as their English ability is excellent. Facilities Air conditioning / Breakfast included / Car rental / Credit cards accepted / English speaking staff / Free maps / Guide service /  Gym / Laundry / Live Music / Lounge/Bar / Massage service / Motorbike rental / Restaurant / Souvenir shop / Swimming pool …

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