First day in Tana Toraja

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Padding field everywhere

It took me 10 hours by bus from Makassar (capital city of South Sulawesi) to Tana Toraja. Fiiuh...what a ride....! This long journey, you have to choose a very comfortable bus! Thank God I rode an executive bus called Litha. It has air-con, cozy seats that has it's own leg rest (?), and the distance between one seat to other in front of you is long enough so that you could stretched you legs freely. But too bad it doesn't have toilet, but that's really doesn't matter to me, cause the bus willing to stop in any near public toilet. This bus also could drive you in front of your hotel. For the ticket, one way, it took IDR 80,000,-.

surrounded by clouds

In Tana Toraja, me and my friend (Didi) stayed in PIA POPPIES hotel in Rante Pao (one of the busiest town in Tana Toraja). Familiar with the word 'Poppies'??? Yup! It's taken from a street name in Kuta Bali. Apparently, the owner of Pia Poppies long time ago was working in one of the hotel in Poppies street. I knew this hotel from Didi's Lonely Planet. Very nice and cozy place.

When I first arrived in Tana Toraja, I noticed that this town was covered by something white. At first I thought it was fog, but it actually clouds! I don't know whether the Tana Toraja located in a very high place or is it the clouds that's to low??? I felt like living in the city above the clouds...^_^

The people in Tana Toraja some of them are farmer. So this city has lots of pading field. There are greenish everywhere!

The very recognize of the Toraja culture is in its traditional house that's called 'Tongkonan'. Tongkonan is a wooden traditional house that has a roof like a buffalo horns. The wall has batik design using a natural coloration from dirt and soil. In every Tongkonan, they have the original buffalo horns, it symbolize how many buffalo they sacrified when one of their family past away.

Toraja also famous for its coffee. My god their coffee are amazing! They have plenty of coffee plantation for arabica and robusta. You have to buy their coffee and taste it!!!

inirr says:
Thanks Liena:)
And you should try the rafting! Really...really beautiful!
Posted on: Mar 13, 2009
jeonli1978 says:
Congrats Rini for featuring this fantastic blog on Tana Toraja.I'm planning to go there end of this year.Most probably I will refer to you for this trip to Tana Toraja.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2009
bernard69 says:
u r right Rini!luwak coffee is made of coffee berries "which have be eaten and passed through the digestive tract of the palm civet".There is a good article on Wikipedia :http://wikipedia.org/wiki/kopi_luwak or if Shane want to buy some more rarest gourmet coffee in the world ,he can browze http://buy-kopi-luwak.com/
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
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Padding field everywhere
Padding field everywhere
surrounded by clouds
surrounded by clouds
On the way to the hills
On the way to the hills
Green..green...green!
Green..green...green!
Wooden black n white buffalos hea…
Wooden black n white buffalo's he…
Tongkonan
Tongkonan
Look at its batik design!
Look at it's batik design!
Beautiful isnt it?
Beautiful isn't it?
Tongkonan in the middle of padding…
Tongkonan in the middle of paddin…
the children of Toraja
the children of Toraja
Say peace and smile:D
Say peace and smile:D
Pia Poppies registration
Pia Poppies registration
My room
My room
My bed
My bed
Pia Poppies bathroom. Even the wal…
Pia Poppies bathroom. Even the wa…
Travel warning! Tana Toraja danger…
Travel warning! Tana Toraja dange…
Likes the photos and wooden puppets
Likes the photos and wooden puppets
The Pia Poppies receptionist
The Pia Poppies receptionist
The owner
The owner
The restaurant
The restaurant
View from Pia Poppies back yard
View from Pia Poppies back yard
This is where we eat
This is where we eat
The hall
The hall
The bench that made from rocks
The bench that made from rocks
Bassin also made from rocks
Bassin also made from rocks
Very cool place
Very cool place
You could eat here with its beauti…
You could eat here with its beaut…
The only mosque ive found in Tora…
The only mosque i've found in Tor…
The traditional coffee shop
The traditional coffee shop
Arabica or Robusta?
Arabica or Robusta?
Coffee machine
Coffee machine
They grind the coffee
They grind the coffee
Start to grind
Start to grind
Arabicas coffee beans
Arabica's coffee beans
Tana Toraja Hotels & Accommodations review
Rocky furniture in Pia Poppies
Actually this hotel already reviewed in Lonely Planet Asia edition. And from my point of view, this hotel was all I need for a cozy, comfort, friendl… read entire review
Tana Toraja
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