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a VirtualTourist member from Seattle asked on Jun 1, 2015


Where to meet other backpackers in Makassar

Hi, I am a solo traveler and will be in Makassar for several days in June, was wondering where is a good place/restaurant/guesthouse to meet other backpackers? Thanks

9 Answers

answered on 6/1/15 by
a VT member from Vienna

The Legend Hostel was the backpackers place in Makassar, It was then renovated and quite a bit more expensive, renamed to New Legend Hostel,Jalan Jampea 5G. Haven´t been in the renovated Legend but i think it is still good.

answered on 6/1/15 by
a VT member from Makassar


There is a community here called Makassar Backpacker and I am the member of it. For guesthouse, "Makassar Guest House" is the place I recommend for you. The address is at Jalan Hertasning.

If you are looking for local food, try Konro Bakar, Coto, Palu Basa at Karebosi.

For place to go, there are several options available. You can visit Fort Rotterdam, Leang-Leang, or go to Bira Beach (this beach is 5 hours driving from makassar)

If you are still at Makassar during weekend and if you are interested, you can join us hoping islands near Makassar oat weekend.

If you need help, do not hesitate to ask. Welcome to Makassar :)

answered on 6/1/15 by
a VT member from Makassar

Maybe if I may, I propose that a visit at my guesthouse: Makassar Breeze Place Residence, please contact at whatsapp: +6289650073932 or email: [email]

Thank you.

answered on 6/1/15 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Good advise above, but if it is not already in your itinerary, spend some time in Rantepeo (Toraja land) where you are more likely to bump into tourists/backpackers than in Makassar - and lots to see and do in Toraja land).
Have a great time - Sulawesi is a beautiful island.

answered on 6/2/15 by
a VT member from Makassar

Helloww Cruzinsuzin.....

its so nice and great honour for us, you woul like to visit Makassar on June... there's a lot place you can visit while you were here (Makassar)...

this are the List :

1. Fort Rotterdam is a must, this palce was a historical museum, at here you can learn about Makassar History and take a Great picture...

2. The landmark of Makassar is Pantai Losari, at here you can enjoyed a beautiful Sunset.

3. You can go to the island for a snorkeling maybe, we have a beautiful island for snorkeling and diving like a Kodingareng keke, Sanrobengi, Samalona etc.

4. If you still have a more times maybe you would like to visit Bantimurung, but im not Reccomended this place for you, because it takes a Expensive cost for a ticket entry for a foreign tourist..

about food.....

we have a tradisional and local food like a:

1. pisang epe (this are banana pres and fill it with a melting brown sugar)

2. Coto and pallubasa ( is made from Cow meat, and the taste is so great and delicious)

3. And Also the most famous cullinary is a Seafood, theres a lot of seafood restaurant at Makassar

About Guest house...

well you can stay from the list of place that our Makassar friend posted in it before...

about our community...

Please join with us at Facebook, keyword is "Makassar Backpacker" , any information you can share with us.....

well., i hope its a lot of help you...

Enjoyed Makassar on June..



answered on 6/2/15 by
a VT member from Seattle

I am heading to Rantepao after a couple of days in Makassar. Which bus company do you recommend? I would like to leave early in the morning.

answered on 6/2/15 by
a VT member from Seattle

Thank you for all your advice, will definately check out your list.

answered on 6/2/15 by
a VT member from Melbourne

There are a number of bus companies that travel from Makassar to Rantepeo - some travel early in the morning, some travel overnight. It is an eight hour trip. Usually there is a stop after 4 hours at 'Exotic Mountain' for something to eat and the locals buy 'oleh oleh' - gifts to take home to their families.. The buses are good. The road from Makassar to Pare Pare is good and then there are hills to wind through, slower but good views of the beautiful Sulawesi countryside. If you are in Makassar for a couple of days, I'd suggest booking one or two days in advance as end of June is the start of Ramadan and there are more local travellers at this time. Just book at the main bus station in Makassar.

answered on 6/2/15 by
a VT member from Makassar

Don’t miss a trip to Tana Toraja! The Torajans are a highland-dwelling ethnic group who still practices elaborate ancient funeral rituals rooted in indigenous ancestral worship and delicately intertwined with Christianity.
Their culture, architecture, traditional dress and language are quite distinct from the Bugis, the majority ethnic group in the rest of South Sulawesi.
Its main cities Makale and Rantepao are about 8 hours drive from Makassar, or a short flight away (by Susi Air).

Makassar, a coastal city that offers the best of both worlds: the convenience and connectivity of a modern metropolis, and a memorable share of hidden gems and history.
And what’s a great city without history? The Sultanate of Makassar was established in 1528, when twin kingdoms Gowa and Tallo united. Its palace today, known as Balla Lompoa in Gowa city, flaunts the grace of classical Makassarese architecture.

The sea is an important part of Makassar’s story. The sidewalk of the iconic Losari Beach offers delightful sunsets. It is also near other important landmarks like Fort Rotterdam.

Take a bentor (motorized pedicab) to Paotere harbor and see the elegant phinisi schooners.
On a clear day, cross over to Samalona island, a nearby (25 minutes by boat) white sandy island with crystal blue beaches and coral reefs.

Samalona island, cross over from Bangkoa dock near Losari Beach, US$.30-US$60 per boat (can be shared between 2-8 passengers).

Have fun.... :-)

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