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Gazebo Restaurant

March 18, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl Abdul Gani no 2 , Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description Gazebo restaurant has gone far to create an ambient Torajan  atmosphere using traditional rice granaries for its seating area within sculptured gardens. You sit surrounded by brightly coloured cement fish by little bridges, located At the back there is further seating in an open plan restaurant. The menu has a few Indonesian style spelling mistakes which put smiles on many a tourists face. Service is good although they lack the English ability. Suggestion Go for chicken steak with french fries with an onion sauce 40,000 rp. Price Food prices range from 15,000 rp for Noodles with vegetables right up to 40,000 rp for Traditional dishes. Drinks range from 5,000 for a water to 10,000 rp for fruit punch.

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Recipe of the week BolaTollo sola Den Dua Kau

March 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Bola Tollo sola Den Dua Kau or Bamboo with Tapioca leaves  is a Torajan village recipe and a must eat on any visitor’s itinerary. Ingredients 100 g tapioca leaves 700 g bamboo root 1 coconut 2 cloves of garlic 2 shallots 2 cm cubed of fresh turmeric 1 stem of lemongrass 1 vegetable stock cube dash of salt vegetable oil Preparation 1/Take the tapioca leaves and put them in a large bowl then using the palms of your hands fold the leaves until they have broken up. 2/Peel off the outer layers of the bamboo root and finely cut into large flat squares, place in a saucepan and fill with water then boil it for 10 minutes. 3/ Finely cut up the garlic and shallots, peel the turmeric and grate finely.Crush the lemongrass with the flat side of a knife and tie in a knot. 4/ Take the coconut split in half and grate it out, place it in a bowl and pour over half a liter of warm water then squeeze the mixture with your hands producing a pulp. Take a sieve and press the pulp through it to obtain the milk. 5/ Place a large wok or saucepan …

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Warung Pong Buri'

Warung Pong Buri’

March 12, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Emi Sailan No. 1, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan Description Warung Pong Buri’ has been around for more than 20 years now. They’ve built and kept the reputation of being the warung serving the most authentic Torajan food in Rantepao. Every morning they freshly cook their dishes and leave them in huge pots sitting in the front counter. So open the pots and choose your dish! Pong Buri’ can get really busy with a local crowd around lunchtime. Get there for an early lunch. The warung closes when the food is finished. Suggestion Go for the classic Lendong Pamarassan (eel in black sauce) with rice. (15,000 rp) Price All dishes go for 15-25,000 rp. Unlimited rice is included in the price, as well as drinking water.

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Bakmie Gentong

Bakmie Gentong

March 12, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Merdaka 16, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description How can something so simple as noodles with chicken impress us so much? Too many warungs and restaurants seem to go for the easy way. Buy premade industrial noodles, cook them and serve them with cheap meat. Bakmie Gentong makes the difference! Not only are their noodles home made, but also the pieces of chicken that are being served are of premium quality. No bones, no skin, no bullshit. The owner of this little restaurant is an Italian woman who lives in Tana Toraja for about 20 years. She’s usually around and speaks English fluently. Suggestion Go for Bakmie Ayam Spesial Gentong: fresh noodles served with pieces of chicken, fish cakes, vegetables and a tasty soup. (16,000 rp) Price All bowls are between 13-16,000 rp. Drinks range from 1,000 rp for a water to 9,000 rp for fruit punch.

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Map of Toraja

Map of Toraja

March 11, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Essential for any visit to Tana Toraja is a map of the whole region including all places of interest. Click on a place below to get more information about it. Or download the map as a .pdf on the bottom of this page. Places of interest 1/ Batutumonga. amazing views 2/ Benteng Pongtiku. fort 3/ Bori’. burial site, ceremonial ground & megaliths 4/ Buntu Pune’. traditional village 5/ Kambira. baby graves 6/ Ke’te’ Kesu’. traditional village 7/ Lemo. burial site 8/ Lempo. ceremonial ground & megaliths 9/ Lo’ko’ Mata. burial site 10/ Londa. burial site 11/ Makula. hot springs 12/ Marante. burial site 13/ Nanggala. traditional village 14/ Pala’ Tokke’. hanging graves 15/ Palawa’. traditional village 16/ Pasar Bolu. buffalo market 17/ Pongtiku Airport 18/ Rante Karassik. ceremonial ground & megaliths 19/ Sarambu. waterfalls 20/ Suaya. royal burial site 21/ Tampangallo’. burial site & baby graves 22/ Tilangnga. natural swimming pool 23/ To’ Barana. traditional village & weaving center 24/ Tumakke. traditional village Download Click here to download the map as a .pdf (6,5 MB). Print it and bring it with you to Tana Toraja!

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Londa

Londa

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Londa is a grave site located 5 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. Three methods of burial are customary at Londa. Here, the coffins of ordinary people are placed in caves and crevices at the foot of the hill. Bring a powerful torch or hire an oil lamp for 25,000 rp. The remains of persons of higher rank rest in burial chambers carved from the wall of the limestone cliff. The latter are accompanied by tau tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, placed close to the chamber. The higher the status of the deceased, the higher the chamber, which can be situated as far as 50 meters from the ground. There are also some newer graves which Torajans refer to as banua tai ma’rambu (the house without smoke). Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Rantepao-Makale bemo and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Londa”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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Warung Moro Seneng

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Pongtiku, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91830 Description The owners of this little warung have come over from Java to give you a taste of their cuisine. It’s a no frills kind of place serving mainly the locals. It is located on the southern part of the main road from Rantepao to Makale. Warung Moro Seneng serves all the Indonese classics like bakso, nasi goreng and mie goreng. But their signature dish is mie kuah: noodles with chicken and vegetables in a rich peanut sauce. In front of Moro Seneng, you can also find an outside stall selling fried bananas and fried tofu. Suggestion Go for the tasty mie kuah for 10,000 rp only. Price All dishes go for 10-20,000 rp. Unlimited drinking water comes for free. Fancier drinks like es jeruk go for 4,000 rp.

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Kambira

Kambira

March 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

On the road from Sangalla’ to Suaya you will find Kambira. Surrounded by a bamboo forest you will find a large tree containing several baby graves. Some of them are more than 100 years old. When a baby that does not have any teeth yet dies in Tana Toraja, it is brought within the hour to the baby tree of the village, where a the a small ceremony is held (no buffalos are sacrificed). Torajans believe that by doing it that way, the spirit of the baby will grow up together with the tree to reach the sky, where it can go to the afterlife. Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang. Just before Makale, the driver will ask you to leave the vehicle. At that place you are able to take on a pete-pete to Sangalla’. From there on, travel by ojek to Kambira.

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Wisma Fios

March 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Abdul Ghani No. 8, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91830 Description Wisma Fios is a family run wisma built up over four floors. It is located just off the main street and close to Pasar Pagi market. The staff is very friendly and is willing to help you with any information about Tana Toraja. They are currently building a rooftop restaurant which will serve western food. There are 14 rooms of which all have hot water. Facilities Book exchange / Car rental / Guide service / Laundry / Lounge/Bar / Massage / Motorbike rental / Massage / Restaurant / WiFi (free) Rates & bookings Single/twin room with hot water: 150,000 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 Heritage Hotel

March 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Kete-Kesu, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91831 Description Toraja Heritage Hotel is Toraja’s most prestigious hotel. This 4 star hotel caters for the good life. It is located 5 minutes driving south of town. The hotel was built on a hill and has stunning views, and is set in rambling tropical gardens. The facilities cover everything from a jogging track to tennis courts, and even a small gift shop. The 134 rooms are set around a large swimming pool. If you book a more expensive room, you get a traditional Torajan house (tongkonan). Heritage Hotel has two restaurants that serve both local and western cuisine. This is the place if you really want to splash out in style. Please take note that presently there is some restoration work going on. Herritage’s swimming pool is also accessible for non guests. Just pay 20,000 rp at reception. Facilities Air conditioning / Book exchange / 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 / Sauna / Souvenir shop / Swimming pool Rates & bookings Standard room: …

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