Palembang, Indonesia – Mini Me Bangkok!
Before this trip to Indonesia, I had never heard of Palembang in South Sumatra.
I only know about it because I was told there was a large blogging community there called Wongkito. They have been showing me around their city and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.Palembang shares many things in common with Bangkok. It is a river city, and a lot of daily life occurs on the river called Sungai Musi.
Except unlike Bangkok, there aren’t loads of tourists here in Palembang. And that’s why I like it!
Palembang, Indonesia – In Pictures
Wongkito commandeered a pumpboat for a leisurely cruise down the river to see what it’s all about.
Some of the Wongkito members are shown below:
Cruising down the river provides a great insight into the daily life of Palembang residents. I managed to take some great shots on the pump boat trip. This is what happens on a typical day:
People taking public transport
Women doing the daily washing.
Loading and Unloading Goods
Checking out what the neighbours are doing
The thing is, I haven’t seen another foreigner here at all. I’m not hassled to buy anything when I walk down the street.
I’m more of a curiosity here more than anything. People look at me in the street because they obviously don’t see too many foreigners, or ‘bule’ (pronounced boo-lay) in Palembang. But they all are friendly and say hello, and I like saying hello back.
In fact, people want me to have a photograph taken with them.
If you are ever near Palembang, spend a couple of days here and check it out!
More Palembang Stuff
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