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Reasons Why Makassar is the Best Place to Visit – Wonderful Places that are not heard of

Did you know Makassar is in Indonesia; that's right sun sand surf and rice fields. Well, Makassar is just as gorgeous; a seaside city that deserves some attention. Here are a few reasons why.

1

You have the Entire Place to Yourself

Tourism is so scarce on Makassar that it's almost a fine treat to enjoy. The place is devoid of noisy tourist coaches and throngs of crowds spoiling picture perfect locations. Instead you have the entire place to yourself; literally. Where ever you go you will be just about the only tourist; the experience is a fine adventure of discovery and self-indulgence, so start packing and head over to Makassar.

2

You Get Familiar with Language and Culture

English knowledge here is scarce and although you will find excellent English speaking staff at Makassar serviced apartments, there may not be many locals that can communicate in the language. Especially heading out to the villages and seashore you will need to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia for better understanding. Hence your basic knowledge of the language as well as simple customs of the place is bound to increase.

3

Enjoy Riding a Becak

The main attractions in the Makassar city centre are Losari Beach and Fort Rotterdam; easily reached from Citadines Royal Bay Makassar the best mode of transport to these locations is the Beck. These vehicles are the local version of the more popular tuk tuk or three wheelers, only smaller in size.

4

Explore Vintage Fort Rotterdam

Fort Rotterdam stands sentinel as a stark reminder of Makassar's Dutch colonial history. This was the Bastian of power within the city since the 1600's and was a popular trading post where Sulawesi trade took place in days of yore. Within the fort are some museums that chronicle the history of Makassar and its people. Entrance to the museum is free although you are expected to offer a generous tip; mind you tipping is big business in Indonesia and all helpful services that do not charge a fee are offered on the premise that a hefty tip is in the works. If you are not comfortable with doling out large tips; strictly refuse all offers of help. Losari Beach from here is a 15-minute Becak ride away and well worth a visit.

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Do Check Out the Floating Mosque

Losari Beach is more of a boardwalk since there isn't any direct approach to the beach. The place is a popular hangout spot and graced by a number of locals out for some fresh air. The most iconic attraction is the mosque that at a certain angle gives the illusion of floating on the water. Losari Beach is a popular family leisure spot and it's common to see kids and adults having a good day out. The place is also the best location for sampling some pisang epe which is a traditional cuisine made from chocolate and banana.

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