Adventure Gone Wrong

Yesterday there were 2 Canadians who had taken a bus from Medan (North Sumatra) and were headed to Jakarta. They were using the Lonely Planet travel guide for their journey—no personal guide or translator. They got halfway through Jambi and realized this was not the adventure they had imagined.

At a bus stop in Sarolangun, a friend of mine saw them, and though he doesn’t know English, he realized that they were quite distressed, not being able to communicate with anyone. He then called me on his cell phone and let me talk to the hapless travelers.

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Short Cut on Road Between the Cities of Jambi and Muara Bulian

A car that lost control and went up into the brush.

A car that lost control and went up into the brush.

We were informed of a “short-cut” between the cities of Jambi and Muara Bulian that would cut down the driving distance by 10 kilometers. During a recent trip to Sarolangun we had the opportunity to verify that information, and we found that the different route was only 4.2 km (2.6 miles) shorter.

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Jembatan Gantung (hanging bridge)

In the Village of Tanjung Muara Semayo

Bridge Over the Tabir River

Bridge Over the Tabir River

There are times when we get to enjoy crossing rivers on foot bridges. These bridges can be quite intimidating the first time you cross them, especially when they are missing a few boards here and there.

Another intimidating experience on these bridges is when motorcycles come across the same time you are crossing them. Motorcycle traffic is frequent on the one pictured here, and when it happens, pedestrians must stand to the far side and hang onto the cables so the motorcycles can pass behind them.

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Taman Burung Bukit Tiung

Parrot Park on the Hill

Sign at the Park "Welcome to tourism site." "Bird Park on the Hill"

Sign at the Park
“Welcome to the Tourism Site.”
“Parrot Park on the Hill”

In the Indonesian City of Bangko (Jambi Province), there is an interesting park that has an assortment of birds, as well as monkeys.

The cost to enter the park is Rp6,000 ($0.60 USD). If you want to park your motorcycle it’s an extra Rp3,000 ($0.30 USD).

The location of the park can be found by clicking this Wikimapia link.

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This is a Video We Made of

Taman Burung Bukit Tiung

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Jam Genta

In the Jami Dialect, Jam Gento

Clock Bell Tower in the City of Bangko

Clock Bell Tower in the City of Bangko

In the City of Bangko there is a bell tower positioned on the most elevated piece of land. This tower was inaugurated in November of 2000. Since that time the area has been a location where people visit to talk and observe the scenery. There is also a small soccer field located to the west of the building. To find the location of the tower, click this link.

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Park in the City of Muara Bungo

This is a depiction of a rafflesia flower, the largest known to man. The portrayal also has two geese, which is linked to a legendary story from the Jambi Province.

Monument in Bungo Cyber Park

The park in the City of Muara Bungo, formerly known as Taman Kota, is now referred to as Bungo Cyber Park. This park was updated with the installation of a series of connections for laptop computers, and with this update the name of the park was also changed.

Picture to the Right: This is a depiction of a rafflesia flower, the largest known to man. The City of Muara Bungo has several of these monuments in the center of several roundabouts. These flowers are said to be located not far from the city, though we have yet to be able to locate one. The monument also portrays two geese (Angso Duo), which is linked to a legendary story from the Jambi Province.

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Stairs of the King

Entrance to Tanggo Rajo in the City of Muara Tebo.

Entrance to Tanggo Rajo in the City of Muara Tebo.

Jambi’s history, though mostly built upon myths and legends, has one story about the kings that would sit on the bank of the Batanghari River in the evenings to enjoy the sunset. The City of Jambi has built this story into possibly the most prominent “hang-out” location in their city (Tanggo Rajo, also called ANCOL).

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