Very new (since 2009, as the table shows) and as you see (in google earth) at very prominent position in east-west direction is the "World Peace Gong" in Ambon- situated north of the central area of Ambon town. This monument and place may show the great attention for that by the Indonesian and Maluku governement. In the mid of the Photo here see...more
When in Ambon, take the time to go for a walk (or cacth a bemo up the hill and walk back) to the Martha Christina Tiahahu statue. It is a huge monument set in some nice gardens, but even better are the views over Kota Ambon. The walk down the steep, winding road is pleasant.more
Following the Jalan Patimurah, suddenly you will find a little landmark of Ambon history of 16 century, the Monument of Georg Everhard Rumphius.He was a great botanic german netherland scientist in ancient times, see the Photo.If you cross the street, you will find near the great white Catholic Kathedral the "Pustaka (library) Rumphius".Take the...more
In Ambon Manisè you can find so much different restaurants- so from local Ambon food - to all around Indonesia food- until makan Padang!So I mean every restaurant in Ambon has it specials.So here a photo - at nice restaurant we found - at photo with a view of typical nice "Makanan Ambon" - so sate ayam and (very hot) soup ayam dan kenari - and...more
Great selection of food. What I like the most is the Yellow Rice! Seriously tasty and delicious.Cheap price for complete Yellow Rice with Fish (around 10.000 rupiah means 1 USD)Clean, spacious, and really helpful waitress (always full smile). Nasi Kuning IkanNasi Kuning TelurGrilled PrawnJuice Sirsak!more
It is the best Sea Food Restaurant in Ambon. Kepiting Saus Padang or Crab with Hot Cilli Sauce is a must! Or if thats too hot for you order Crab with Sweet Sour Sauce or Kepiting Asam Manis. You choose living crabs from the container, they weigh the crabs -700 grams for $11 enough for two people with small appetite. Also order Water Spinach or...more
Nusantara Buana Air (NBA) have recently re-signed their contract with the government for flights from Ambon to Banda - currently Wednesday and Saturday for approx 320,000 rupiah (US$ 35) one way. (Cost depends on how much the government are subsidising the flights.) It is difficult to book flights ahead, and from all reports, the Banda - Ambon...more
It's really easy to use Batavia Air. You can easily book your flight at http://www.batavia-air.co.id/etiket/I chose 00.50 Jakarta time and arrive at Ambon around 05:30 in the morning (the difference time between Ambon and Jakarta is +2 hours). So the direct flight took us around 3.5 hours. 1 hours before we landed, we got a simple breakfast. Quite...more
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Very nice is the music of Ambon. If you look some surprises for home - so look just in a music store in the town.Here for instance see photo a casset of Joyce and Ridwan "Nonstop Ambon"- old and modern songs. In the music shop is much different in music- from folk until modern pop music- but this "nonstop ambon" is good for an first overview. Very...more
Like other parts of Maluku, many Ambonese still believe in the power of 'sasi', a kind of magic spell that protects property or prohibits entry. In the village of Laha on Pulau Ambon, a sasi has been placed on the mangroves; no-one would dare chop them down for firewood. So when in Maluku, if you see a sign mentioning sasi, or hear that a sasi has...more
Everytime I like see the markets- the pasar in Indonesia. So in Ambon town too.Special the maluku islands usually you find at the markets all sort of fish got from lokal fishermans around the Island.Here in central ambon the woman at market stalls like to tell, how to make the fish ready in the kitchen- see the photo!more
I heard from many to buy the ambonese cookies (with Kenari or Bagea) at Petak Sembilan but at some point it is just bit too far from my hotel so I went instead to stalls in the gang to Mardika (next to Citra Supermarket). The tastes are horrible, there's a taste of kerosene in it. I got some cookies as gifts from my parent's friends and turn out to be way better than what I bought. They bought it at Petak Sembilan. So whatever you do take your time and go to Petak Sembilan. It taste better, it wrapped better, and it has no kerosene taste in it.
Fun Alternatives: Petak Sembilan
Luggage and bags:
Make sure you don't travel between islands with big bags. Less is better. Smaller is better or even better if you use sort of mountainpack especially if you have to take ships.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ambon can be seriously superbly warm...so wear something white t-shirt or something loose...Sunscreen seriously needed and don't forget to bring hat with you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Surprising enough...even the worst hotel has a good sanitation when it comes to clean toilet. But be prepare with squat toilet. So bring your own tissues.
Make sure you buy enough anti Malaria tablet from home or if you forget then take Riboquin or nivaquin (anything with Choloroquin 150Mg in it). And just do it according your doc's suggestion. Really good if you already take the medicine 4 days in consecutively before to Ambon or other Lease Islands. I also bring along wet tissues for cleaning and refresh the face once in a while.
Miscellaneous: Mosquito reppelent is good to have! Buy Autan or just buy the electric repellent at local supermarket (baygon is good brand).
If you are in the city of Ambon, near the Rumpius Monument,
you will find the "Pustaka Rumpius" (library) near the great Catholic Cathedral.
If you are interested in the History of Amboina,
take the time and ask for to see the reprints of the historic
"Amboinisch Kruidboek - Beschrieyving van demeest bekende Boomen, Heesters, Kruiden, Land- en Waterplanten die Men in Amboina....."
of Georgius Everhardus Rumphius, here when we visitet that place at 2007. Here kindly hold and friendly explaint by Mr. M.S.C. De Sol.
Another picture shows a flower of Ambon maybe an orchid name Susana...
Around in the office is a table of G.E.Rumpius.
Pleas see the Photos.....
"Ambon Manisé- sweet Amboina":Nice city, important as capital of Maluku, and not so busy like other greater citys in Indonesia. Ambon is surrounded by a long row of little villages around the Ambon bay. Ambon itself reaches from the beach up to the hills...from there you will find nice views to the town, to an over the bay and the blue north...more
My favorite is the beach, culture, and food :-) Ambon Manise is the famous nick-name for Ambon. Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku which is built on a hillside overlooking the bay, has a number of interesting sites of historical and cultural interests. I never get bored to come back again in Ambon for the rest of my life. The beauty and the...more