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I never been to Papua before, and I always dreaming someday could travel to Papua. So here it was...I was going to Sorong, one of the big city in Papua. Why am I this excited going to Papua? It's all because the culture and people. I always think Papua is an exotic island. The people looks the same like aborigin and african, their cultural behaviour and things are always amuse me somehow. But the main reason why I'm going to Sorong is because I wanted to go to Raja Ampat, and Sorong is the gate to enter to Raja Ampat.

My first step: The Airport
It was my first time stepping in Sorong, Papua.
Jeffman island, the old Sorong airport was in that island
..with heart beating so fast, I was overjoyed with this picture in my head about meeting Papua people wearing Koteka, a traditional costume that they only wear to cover their most important part of their body.
So I stepped down in Domine Eduard Osok airport, looked around...and I only saw two buildings just like hangar in this airport, no tall and modern architect building. I walked to one of the building and it was a not so big room with full of airport staff, there's no security gate, and no baggage counter where we usually picked our own baggage. In this airport you have to wait and listen carefully to the staff, they will call you baggage number one by one. And for the first time, I noticed that there's not many of papua people in there. It got me wondering am I in Papua or not??? And later I'll find out why...

The transportation
From the aiport to the hotel, you could rent a car, I mean a private car that can be rent as a taxi.
Nearby island
In sorong a taxi is not like THE TAXI that we use to know, in Sorong it's a private car that already named Taxi by its owner. And from the airport to the hotel were I'm staying, near Lido beach, it cost about IDR 80,000.
Besides taxi, there's only one kind of public transportation, it's a yellow mini bus, it could took you around the city. And there's also ojek it's a motorcycle that you could rent with the diver that could drove you here and there. The public transportation cost is IDR 2,000 - 3,000 per person and the ojek cost is depends on the distance you want to go.

Waigo Hotel (read: why go)
For 3 nights, I stayed in Waigo hotel. A friend of mine already booked this hotel for us. She's working in Conservation Indonesian based in Sorong.
Domine Eduard Osok airport
So we are looking for a hotel that near to the harbor where we depart to Raja Ampat, and our friend suggest Waigo. It's located in front of Lido beach. A not-that-bad hotel with pink as the main color...hehehe it reminds me of Barbie's house:p
While we stayed there, Waigo was in renovating. It's kinda uncomfortable to us...noisy and dusty. And for me, 3 nights stayed there was way to long!

Activities
First day in Sorong, me and my friends were walking along the Lido beach, sight seeing...who knows we found something interesting. But apparently not! Sorong is not the one like I'm expecting. I'm not seeing any native people, there's too many immigrant from other islands. The only happening place in Sorong it the one that they called it 'Tembok' or The Wall. It's a row of restaurants along the wall that separate the land and the beach.
One of the building in Sorong airport
At nights in Tembok, many of Sorong residence gathered, to have dinner, chit chat, or just  sitting and watch the ocean.

If you want to buy things, there's traditional markets and there's one big supermarket called Saga. It's the only supermarket in Sorong. And in Saga, you could find the one and only fast food in Sorong. And what about souvenir? Hmmm...it's quite hard to find souvenirs in Sorong because they don't have any particular things that relate to Sorong. All the souvenirs are made from Timika, another city in Papua. Sorong is just a city that full of immigrant, the papua culture more and more extinct. Too bad:(

I guest if I want to see the real Papua culture, Sorong is not the right place. I hope someday I could visit other Papua's city:)

inirr says:
You're welcome:)
Posted on: Mar 27, 2009
d00tchy says:
Thanks for the info. I guess I'll stay at Kri Eco then. Thanks again!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2009
inirr says:
I just asked some of friend who worked in Sorong, they said there's no dive operator in Sorong. If you want to go to Raja Ampat, there's only 2 ways. Stay in those resort or Live on Board.
Posted on: Mar 26, 2009
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Heading Sorong
Heading Sorong
Jeffman island, the old Sorong air…
Jeffman island, the old Sorong ai…
Nearby island
Nearby island
Domine Eduard Osok airport
Domine Eduard Osok airport
One of the building in Sorong airp…
One of the building in Sorong air…
Sorong here we go!
Sorong here we go!
Waiting for the baggage
Waiting for the baggage
So many people in the airport
So many people in the airport
Raja Ampat both in the airport
Raja Ampat both in the airport
Waigo hotel
Waigo hotel
Welcome to Waigo
Welcome to Waigo
Waigo pink aisle
Waigo pink aisle
Beware of AIDS sign
Beware of AIDS sign
Papua llttle boy:)
Papua llttle boy:)
Sitting in the wall
Sitting in the wall
Walking around Sorong
Walking around Sorong
At the wall in sorong
At the wall in sorong
Sit and just looking at the beach
Sit and just looking at the beach
Please stop litter...
Please stop litter...
Rujak Ambon, fruit salad from Ambo…
Rujak Ambon, fruit salad from Amb…
Fish bbq anyone?
Fish bbq anyone?
Inside the airport at the departur…
Inside the airport at the departu…
waiting from my plane to arrive
waiting from my plane to arrive
Sorong Hotels & Accommodations review
Waigo the Pink Hotel
The unique about this hotel is that from the outside to the inside, the hotel's wall is painted in pink! Hehehe I just feel so girlie staying in Waigo… read entire review
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