With its traditional food options and locally themed staff uniforms, this budget business hotel aims to cultivate a traditional yet sleek environment
Palembang is one of Indonesia’s oldest settlements, and a city with a history as rich as it is long. Palembang was once the capital of the vast Buddhist kingdom of Srivijaya, which covered swathes of modern-day Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The millennia since have seen it changed hands on numerous occasions, with Indian and Dutch conquerors leaving behind their architectural legacy.
The second-largest city in Sumatra has reappeared on the map in recent years, with the government’s successful bid to host the South-east Asian Games and subsequent investment in new hotels and facilities making Palembang more attractive to tourists. Seasoned Indonesian travellers may be surprised by how many idiosyncratic charms are to be found in Palembang, a city that prides itself on its wealth of indigenous cuisines and culture.
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What to doView all
Shop at the bazaars
For a true taste of the hustle and bustle of Sumatran commerce, visit the bazaar at Pasar 16 Ilir, where you can shop for all kind...Family
Try the local cuisine
The most famous of Palembang’s local foods is the pempek, a kind of savoury fishcake usually made with Spanish mackerel and served...Family
See the sporting legacy
Palembang co-hosted the 2011 South-east Asian Games with Jakarta, an event that led to much-needed regeneration and investment in ...Family
Hang out on the waterfront
The arterial Musi River flows right through the middle of Palembang and is central to most aspects of the city’s culture and tradi...Cultural
Visit Sembilang National Park
It’s common for visitors to Palembang to make the approximately four-hour pilgrimage to the incredible nature reserve at Sembilang...Nature
Where to stayView all
Located within walking distance of the famous Ampera Bridge, Tune hotel aims to offer guests the little extra that other value accommodations often ignore.
Although created with the business traveller in mind, the Amaris also offers easy access to all of Palembang sights and is great for the leisure traveler as well.
Where to eatView all
Sample traditional fishcake at Pempek Lince. Run by an older Chinese couple, a visit here is likely to be as cosy as a trip to your grandmother’s.
For those interested in the real deal when it comes to local Sumatran Pindang cuisine, the RM Pindang Musi Rawas is the place to go.
With few options for Western cuisine in the city of Palembang, La Vita Bella is a lovely change of pace from the usual Indonesian cuisine.
Pagi Sore is one of the best places around to sample “Padang food”, the culinary tradition of the Minangkabau people.