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The nickname “The Spirit of Java” pinned to the city of Solo is not without reason. Natural tourism, culinary, and culture always manage to seize the attention of tourists. Especially cultural tourism that never stops entertaining visitors with the characteristics of traditional Javanese culture. The city of Solo provides a different experience for those of you who come.

Even though it doesn’t have the title of a business city, Solo is arguably one of the cities that never sleeps. In other words, the city was always full of people until the evening. Both the night culinary tours and the tourist attractions are always crowded. If you want to go on a night tour, here are five recommendations for night attractions in Solo City that must be included in the itinerary list.

  • Fort Vastenburg

Vastenburg Solo Fort is a Dutch colonial heritage building that was built in 1774 and completed in 1779 on the orders of Governor-General Baron Van Imhoff. Vastenburg Fort is quite spacious because it measures 40,000 m2.

In ancient times, this building was a place of defense for the Dutch troops. Now, Fort Vastenburg is a historic building and a venue for performing arts at night. Vastenburg Fort is usually also a place for displaying puppet arts performances or ballet during the Eid holidays.

  • Wedangan Pendopo

If you are hunting for cheap Solo culinary tours, then just come to Wedangan Pendopo. In Solo, there are many wedangan that you can visit, one of which is the Wedangan Pendopo. The mainstay menu at this place includes rice with ndeso vegetables, solo sausage, and wedang uwuh drink.

Wedangan Pendopo provides a place with a thick classic Javanese feel. Old chairs, puppets as displays, traditional musical instruments, and decorations that are closely related to Javanese culture are here. Guaranteed visitors feel comfortable hanging out with friends for a long time in this wedangan.

  • Ngarsopuro Night Market

The city of Solo also often holds car-free days and car-free nights. However, there is something different about the Solo City car-free night. Because here, they sell a variety of clothes, food, and souvenirs typical of Solo at affordable prices. This place is nicknamed Ngarsopuro Night Market because of its location in the Ngarsopuro area.

Besides being able to shop, here also presents art performances which are held at certain times. Ngarsopuro Night Market is opened along Diponegoro street to the gates of Pura Mangkunegaran. So you can park your vehicle a few meters before the night market location.

  • Taman Hiburan Rakyat Sriwedari

Initially, Sriwedari Park functioned as a recreation and resting park for the royal family. But its development later became the center of the development of art and culture in the city of Solo. This park also has several places that are commonly used as places for performing arts. Among them, dance performances, theater, and gathering places.

At the Sriwedari People’s Amusement Park you can also see Solo performing arts. Every Tuesday – Sunday starting at 07.00 AM, the Sriwedari Wayang Orang performance is always held here at the Wayang Orang Building. The story that is shown would be different each day.

  • Surakarta South Square

Solo also has a town square called Alun-Alun Surakarta. The place is the Surakarta Hadiningrat Kasunanan Palace court, or backyard is a pleasant and friendly place for visitors.

If you don’t want to be hot, then you can come at night. Because it’s not hot and the Alun-Alun environment is busier than during the day, you can feel more comfortable. Here you can also taste culinary and market snacks. Traveling around the square using a modified rickshaw is an exciting activity that you can do here. The fare is quite affordable, which is IDR. 10,000 – IDR. 15,000/person for one round. Guaranteed fun!

Before you plan a trip to Solo, be sure to read more about Solo and Indonesia by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.

When planning a vacation, you will determine things like which hotel where to stay and when you will arrive in the destination city. Where to stay is surely an important thing to think about. Especially if your vacation is out of town or you will be spending holidays more than at least two days. An inn or hotel must undoubtedly be needed. Hence, we have summarized some hotel recommendations in Makassar which can be your references if you are planning to go to this city on your holidays.

  • Arthama Hotels

Arthama Hotels Losari Makassar is a hotel located close to Losari Beach. It is also close to various tourist attractions, offices, and shopping centers. At this hotel, you can get premium services at low prices. The hotel’s strategic location makes it an excellent choice for many travelers to stay.

This relatively cheap hotel is guaranteed to provide satisfactory service. How not, the rooms are priced starting from IDR 400,000 but the facilities are no less complete compared to other relatively more pricey ones. You can get a refrigerator, TV, AC, desk, and toiletries in each room. Other facilities available include a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and also friendly service.

Location: H. Bau street Number.5, Mangkura, Ujung Pandang Regency, Makassar City.

  • Red Planet Hotel Makassar

Another excellent quality hotel at affordable prices in Makassar is Red Planet Makassar. For those of you who have a tight vacation budget, this hotel can be your option. The location is also close to various tourist attractions in Makassar. You can also easily access restaurants and malls around this Red Planet hotel.

For the choice of rooms, there are double and twin rooms that you can choose as desired. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a hairdryer, a desk, and toiletries. You can also use WIFi for free both in the room and around the hotel. With a budget of Rp. 200.000 you can already enjoy your staycation here.

Location: DR. Ratulangi street, Number 136A, Mario, Mariso Regency, Makassar City.

  • D’Bugis Ocean Hotel

D’Bugis is a hotel that can be a backpacker’s choice. The location is not far from Fort Rotterdam and also Losari Beach. Interestingly, you may see the view of the open sea when you are entering the lobby. Besides being close to Losari beach, this hotel is also close enough to a shopping center. The rooms are also very clean and comfortable, in fact, this hotel is popular for that.

This hotel provides freep Wifi connections for staying tourists. There are several choices of rooms that you can choose, such as deluxe, city view, sea view and family room. The room facilities are also complete, from TV, AC, towels to toiletries. The amount per day you pay includes breakfast. Room prices start from IDR 200,000 to IDR. 600,000 and above depending on the room.

Location: Entertainer street, Number 51, Maloku, Ujung Pandang Regency, Makassar City.

  • Expressia Hotel

On vacation to Makassar, you can stay and rest comfortably at the Expressia Inn Hotel. The location is in front of Losari beach, so you can save time if you want to go to the beach. This hotel has a total of 56 rooms with a simple but elegant design. We can say that this hotel has an instagramable design and is quite popular in Makassar.

Not only does it have an aesthetic photo spot, but the view outside the room also directly faces the sea. You can spend your lunchtime at the restaurant which has direct views of the beach. Room rates start from IDR 330,000 and above selected room type.

Location: Penghibur street, Number 6-7, Bulo Gading, Ujung Pandang Regency, Makassar City.

  • Hotel Grand Celino

Hotel Grand Celino can be a right alternative if you are looking for a cheap hotel in Makassar. Though it is cheap, the embedded facilities are still of high quality. Each room has facilities such as TV, AC, and toiletries. The hotel is also equipped with a 24-hour front desk and security ready to serve you.

Location:  Lanto Dg. Pasewang street, Number 27, Maricaya, Makassar Regency, Makassar City.

Vacation is more than just the accommodation, and it’s about making long-lasting memories. Discover more adventures in Makassar by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.