I live in Jambi for almost the rest of my life. The only time i left Jambi when i went studying in a University in Lampung Province (at the edge of Sumatra). How to go to Jambi with flights ever discussed on one of my post here. There are several people also ask where they should stay in Jambi so.. after browse i found these hotel list, number 1 is the most fave hotel here in Jambi:
- Novotel Jambi
JAMBI -Jln. Gatot Subroto No. 44, Jambi 36134
+62-741-27208, 50808 / +62-741-27209
- Abadi Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Gatot Subroto No. 92-98, Jambi 36134
+62-741-25600 / +62-741-23065
- Jambi Tepian Ratu Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Slamet Riyadi No.40, Jambi 36121
+62-741-668888 / +62-741-667788
- Grand Hotel Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Prof. Sumantri Brojonegoro No. 51-54, Jambi 36135
- "88" Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Halim Perdana Kusuma No. 8, Jambi 36134
+62-741-33266, 31188, 33287
- Adipura Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Prof. Dr. Sumantri Brojonegoro No. 119, jambi 36251
+62-741-60200, 60900, 62873
- Aini Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Prof. h. Moh. Yamin SH No. 19, Jambi 36135
- CatLeya Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Prof. Dr. Sri Sudewi Maschun Sofyan, SH No. 12, Jambi 36122
- Dahlia Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Iskandar Muda Muda 100, Jambi 36134
- Isti Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Panglima Polim No. 12
- Jambi Raya Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Camar I No. 45-48, Jambi 36134
+62-741-34971, 21175 / +62-741-34972
- Kursina Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Arif Rahman Hakim 2, Jambi 36124
+62-741-62484 / +62-741-667321
- Makmur Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Husni Thamrin No.14, Jambi, 36112
+62-741-22324, 23226 / +62-741-25507
- Marisa Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Kol. Abun Jani 12, Jambi 36129
+62-741-60533, 60363, 60677 /+62-741-33160
- Matahari 1 Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Sultan Agung 67A, Jambi 36135
+62-741-24610, 20451 / +62-741-33160
- Merdeka Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Prof. Dr. Sumantri Brojonegoro No. 33
- Mexiana Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Halim Perdana Kusuma No. 10, Jambi
- Mustika Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Sultan Agung No. 81, Jambi 36112
- Nusa Wijaya Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Kol. Abunjani No.14 Rt. 22, Jambi 36129
- Palem Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. Soekarno-Hatta No. 45, Jambi 36139
- Penawaran Inn
JAMBI -Jln. Kolonel pol. M. Taher No. 55, Jambi 36142
- Perdana Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. P. Hidayat Kota Baru, Jambi
- Pinang Hotel
JAMBI -Jln. M. Husni Thamrin Rt. 05
Jambi province is a small province in Sumatra island. Not so extravagant like other province like North Sumatra (Medan) or West Sumatra (Padang) or even South Sumatra (Palembang), or Lampung. The city centre is quiet place with only few shopping malls. Its not a jungle, but also not a big city like Jakarta or Batam (more close to Batam tho.. and more pretty than Batam).
Several places to visit for tourism like the jambi batik centre in the other side of the river (called "Jambi Seberang").
In here you could see how jambi batik made. Its very different than Java batik theres several main colors like blue, red and green. Also there's no animal picture. I think the style that i know is "durian pecah", "kapal perang" and "bungo manggis" i forget other style. But its all nice. The price would be depend on the material where the batik is done. I prefer hand made batik because its so nice and smooth..... and the nearest interesting place 30 min from city centre would be the Candi Muara Jambi or Muara Jambi Temple.
I went to the temple 4 times in my whole life. I like the site, its full of tree and theres a human made lake, lots of durian tree (haha.. i know ! for some its a yucky fruit!). But the main thing is the temple. Its one of the biggest temple in Sumatra island. Belong to Srivijaya Kingdom that rules most of Indonesia during it time. A very well known kingdom that known until the Burmese ( i ever read this somewhere). Its not as huge and well maintaned like in Thailand, so sad to admit. This could be some source of income from the government but i don't think they really serious doing this tourism thing. First time i went there, i was still in primary school, and second time when i was in elementary school there was a malay people festival, and its really awesome because there so many malay culture that comes from Jambi showed there.
They perform act based on jambi malay culture, there was dancing and music. Also "pantun" (its a traditional poetry) i like to hear that. Last time i went there at highschool i think i was 16. I went there with my family. We set a tent and stay there the whole day, its like a family picnic. Its fun to do. I don't know if they allow to camp all night or if it is safe to do. Because its quite a jungle. Other place worth the visit maybe the river bank at the afternoon. Its very calming to see. I used to eat at WTC shopping mall next to the river bank at one of Japanese restaurant "Zenbu" (no, they don't have sushi...too bad). And sit there to watch sunset and the river life. Sometimes if you were lucky you will see some jambi chinese will swim across the river.. i think they did that weekly. The river it self not a small one.. maybe almost 1 km stretch. Kind of remind of river in Bangkok (Chao Praya or something ?). Or if you want to go more down to earth style, you could go to a place called "Taman Tanggo Rajo" or called "ancol" by most of Jambinese (yup sound like Jakarta ancol). Okay i think thats several places in Jambi city you could visit.
Outside Jambi... hmmm.. i could think a place that i call a piece of heaven.. (wink wink).
My mom family comes from a region called Kerinci. They use to have flight from Jambi to Kerinci, but i think they finally close it down. The only way i think using a land transportation.
Its 8 hrs car ride from Jambi. Some people said it is closer to West Sumatra or Padang. Kerinci have the highest mountain in Sumatra. You could go there using a travel car (small mini buses, with crazy driver) or small bus (will take you longer but not made you have heart attack). I mostly use travel/bus from "Safa Marwa" company. There are plenty hotel build in this regency lately.. i am glad they fix the accomodation problem these days. If you want to travel around this regency the best way i think is to rent a motorcycle or "ojek". The road is small and sometimes bumpy. But i think its not far from Bali Road, its almost the same road that connect Kuta and Ubud.
There are other way to go to Kerinci like from Padang..West Sumatra so for the comparison of distance i think i found something:
- Padang - Muara Labuh - Sungai Penuh (249 Km)
- Padang - Painan – Tapan – Sungai Panuh (277 Km)
- Bukut Tinggi – Solok – Muaro Labuh – Sungai Penuh ( Km)
- Jambi – bangko – Sungai Penuh (465 Km)
- Kuala Tungkal – Jambi – Bangko – Sungai Penuh (726 Km)
- Palembang – Jambi – Bangko – Sungai Penuh (726 Km)
- Bengkulu – Tapan – Sungai Penuh (879 Km)
There's a flight from Jambi straight to Kerinci Regency using Riau Airlines. They fly twice a week (Monday and Friday) at 9 am. I think you should contact a travel agent to book this flight because i can't seem find anything on their website about this flight, but it is advertised in local news paper (Jambi Newspaper).
And for the accommodation there you could stay on these hotel:
- Hotel Busana, Jl. RE.Martadinata Telp. (0748) 21122 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Yani, Jl. Muradi No.1 Telp. (0748) 21409 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Matehari, Jl. Basuki Rahmat Telp. (0748) 21061 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Aroma, Jl. R.A. Kartini No.2 Telp. (0748) 21142 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Masgo Kencana, Jl. Yos Sudarso No.21 Telp (0748) 22690 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Kayu Manis, Jl. RE. Martadinata Telp. (0748) 21226 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Anak Gunung, Jl. H. Agua Salim Telp. (0748) 21269 Sungai Penuh
- Hotel Jaya, Jl. RE. Martadinata Telp. (0748) 21221 Sungai Penuh
There are plenty places you could stay, from Sungai Penuh (center of the regency) or in Kayu Aro (on the way to Kerinci mountain, very cold, and near the tea plantation).
There is a lot of things i like in Kerinci.
1. Hot Spring in Rawang
Only few minutes walk from my great grandmother house. This is for free, and its quite open place. If you want to go here bring your shirt and short to bath. Not far from here if you are in adventure mode, you could walk to the 7 storey waterfall. Its quite a walk up, but its really fun.
2. Telun Berasap Waterfall
Placed on the way to Kayu Aro... very high, very cold.. amazing scenery.. worth the ride up there. A lots of news said this waterfall will be use as source of electricity for most province in sumatra. Its very high and the sound is so loud. Water so fresh and cold. The stairs to go down is very slippery so you better be careful.
3. Tea plantation
This tea plantation almost the same like in Puncak West Java/near Jakarta. But this is like 4 time bigger, and oh my God the scenery awesome !its on the way to the Kerinci Mountain. You will need to rent a car to go here, i don't know the public transport but its really really worth the visit.
4. Kerinci Lake
Last time me and family went here for a family picnic. We had our lunch there in a place name "Pesangrahan" there's a floating place where you could eat your lunch. The lake it self amazing... but thing that i don't like is the water hyacinth. Its cover like 40 % of the lake. But the water oh so crystal clear.. hehe but too cold for me to swim.
5. Root Bridge
I forgot where exactly the place is... but its in Rawang area. I went there on the way to the traditional market in early morning.
6. Huge Semurup hot spring
Bigger, have bathroom and range of the water temperature. There is small pond you could boil eggs. There used to be swimming pool also, but i think they don't use this anymore because its not clean (uhh yuck).
7. Made handcraft... i made a may from leaves
8. Flying huge kite in a dry rice field
9. Eating lunch in rice field oohhhh like the wind and scenery... even Ubud Bali is nothing compare to this !!
10. Foto hunting...
There are so much to do there.. even riding a buffalo is quite fun. I never feel bored visit Kerinci.. because its really worth the journey. The nature really beautiful and still pure.. i like the people also.. even they shy to me hehehe.. so i don't know how they handle western people. I think only very few of them speak english.
I ever stay here for a month.. really ! its not even close with Chiang Mai... well okay they have elephant tour.. but i think still Kerinci win it all. Well they had so many things to fix like the accommodation and transportation.... but if they had this.. oh God... i really going to help them promote this place..
Even as one of people from Kerinci there are so many thing that i haven't explore in Kerinci.
One of the amazing place that i haven't see is Danau Gunung Tujuh or Seven Mountain Lake. This lake is so special because this lake is the HIGHEST LAKE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. This lake is 1.996 meter above the sea level. This lake is surrounded by 7 mountain summit that's where the name come from. My high school friends went there on my 2nd grade, and they said it was unforgettable journey. Because the lake is still natural and so crystal clear, but its worth the hike (it is 51 Km from Sungai Penuh/the center of the regency).
I've been there... so i know.. they could be much better !
** Update from 2013:**
I found this one website that had lots of good information about Kerinci region. The website name is Wild Sumatra.
Nb. I got all of these pictures online by googling, so it is not the pictures that i take by my self...