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Makasar Travel Guide, Indonesia

The city of Makassar is the capital city for Sulawesi Selatan Province (also famous by the name of South Sulawesi) within the country of Indonesia. Till the year 1999 the present city of Makassar was called by the name of Ujung Pandang (due to the presence of a historical forth within the city). Even today the two different names for the city are used regularly even though the original name for the city is Makassar.

When it comes to local transport then the trishaw (called as Becak in local language) is the most comfortable method. They are small in size but comfortable for two people to enjoy the ride. The good thing about the taxi service of Makassar is that every taxi charges as per the running meter and hence the chance of fraud reduces. One can hire taxis from any corner of the city. Local transport hasn’t immensely developed in the city of Makassar yet the currently available methods of transport are appreciable. Pete - Pete is another local method of transport which is modified version of a car so as to carry extra passengers.

The city of Makassar stretches over an area of around 176 kilometer square and this makes it one of the largest cities for Indonesia in terms of area of expansion. The city of Makassar has the population of around 1.26 million inhabitants. This city is actually a port city that faces the famous strait of Makassar which lies between Sulawesi and Borneo Islands.

Being a port city, Makassar is famous for its fish. It is quickly become an important fish exporter for Indonesia. Fishing of Trpang (also famous by the name of sea cucumber) has recently helped the city of Makassar gain recognition on the national as well as international level. The port city of Makassar has also gained recognition as the hub for shipping industry. It has become famous nationally for its pinisi boats that are regularly used in case of long distance water journeys.

The major reason which has helped the city of Makassar to attract huge tourists towards itself is its cuisine. Multiple cuisines which have entered the city from various countries can be found in multiple outlets of the city. The cheap city of Makassar is a must visit whenever you hit Indonesia.

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