Crossing the Batanghari River

Batanghari River
This picture was taken from the north shore in the City of Jambi.
The far side of the river is the WTC Mall.
The far upper left is Ancol, from where you can ferry your motorcycle across.

You can get across the Batanghari River in the City of Jambi in less than 5 minutes with a ketek (boat). The location for doing this is Ancol, also known as Tanggo Rajo.



Crossing the River

Dock for loading motorcycles. This dock is located on the north side of the Batanghari River in the City of Jambi. It is the same location where we shot the below video.

To go to the other side of the Batanghari River at the City of Jambi, an inexpensive taxi boat (ketek) can be obtained for Rp2,000 ($0.25 US).


On September 28, 2011, eight people died on an overloaded ferry, before it departed to the island of Kalimantan, from the island of Java. The cause of the 8 deaths, and many injuries, was due to a stampede that occurred when a fire broke out.

Ferries are a major form of transportation between the many islands of Indonesia. Many of these ferries are overloaded with passengers and have few have sufficient life-jackets and safety equipment. It is not uncommon to hear of these ferries catching on fire or sinking, with the loss of lives.