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PULAU WEH > SABANG TOWN


Click to enlargeThe cozy Sabang is an historical town and it shows. Many old colonial buildings are still standing, shadowed by huge trees that the Dutch once imported from Suriname. Sabang is one of the few towns in Indonesia which still has a sleepy old colonial atmosphere combined with a very social and friendly people.

Click to enlargeDue to its excellent harbor and good water supply Sabang became an important coal loading station for ships en route between Europe and Asia. Sabang was once even bigger than Singapore. The Merbabu Graveyard has many odd and interesting gravestones from these times.

The main attraction is however the atmosphere and the people. It is a pity not to try it out. Enjoy eating out, the coffee shops, the morning market and the nearby beaches. Pantai Kasih is a very nice beach in walking distance. Further down are the beaches Pantai Tapak Gajah and Sumur Tiga. The reefs along Sabang Fair are reportedly nice for snorkeling.

An oddity in Sabang is that shops close between 12.00 and 16.00 or 17.00.

The official Tourism office (Dinas Pariwisata) is located on Jl. T Umar, overlooking the Taman Ria park. The Pulau Weh-Sabang Tourism Association is located next to Hotel Zahira, not so far away. See map.

FOOD & DRINK

Don't miss the traditional Acehnese coffee shop. Order a cup of coffee and sit down. Traditional cakes on a plate will be placed in front of you. When you are finished just tell how many you had. The locally grown Acehnese coffee is excellent. It is normally filtered before served, however, in the countryside the coffee is sometimes served unfiltered. If you cannot wait for the coffee beans to sink, remove them with a spoon. The remaining beans you just spit out. Beware of coffee shops serving instant coffee. Support the local coffee farmers! A small glass costs normally around Rp. 3.000. A nice coffee shop is Pantai Jaya on the water front, open 05.00-22.00. Next to it is the juice bar Jambu Itebe, open 09.00-23.00. Both are nice. They also serve noodles.

All kinds of Noodles, called "mie" in Indonesia, are popular in Sabang. "Mie Jalak" is a Sabang specialty. Pulau Baru on Jl. Perdagangan 29B has become famous for it. A portion is Rp. 10.000. For good Minangkabau food (West Sumatra style) try Lumbung Sari on Jl. Perdagangan 7 (Ph: 0658-22678). For Acehnese food try Perkasa Utama on Jl. Perdagangan 157 (Ph: 21185). Aneka Ria has nice and price worthy sandwiches.

All the food stalls ("kaki lima") that once used to congest the main street have been moved to a new place called Rek, next to the Police station. Nice BBQ Chicken, Octopus Stay, Duck, fried potatoes and much more are sold in stalls around a square filled with tables and chairs. Recommended. Otherwise there are many restaurants along Jl. Perdagangan and in its vicinity. Beyond the RSU hospital on the sea front are a few nice places serving juices and light food in the evenings. Just walk north along Jl. T. Umar and you will see it. One of the nicer coffee shops is Paradiso Cyber Cafe', popular amongst young people with laptops. There is free Wi-Fi.

Fresh fish is the specialty of Sabang Food Court in Pasiran. Go out of town along the harbor. On the right hand side before the road split up in two. Only the sign is visible from the road. Ph: +6281377109903, +6282160003602. Grilled fish, live fish, lobsters, one open area and one aircon-area. Open 24 hours. Also catering. Nice night view over Sabang harbor.

Beer or other alcoholic beverages are normally not available in restaurants, but in places serving Westerners, alcoholic beverages are often available for non-Muslims.

ACCOMMODATION

  1. Sabang Hill Hotel - A classical hotel with a grand view over Sabang. Sabang Hill. Ph: +62652-21999, acehsabanghill@yahoo.com www.sabanghill-aceh.com 22 rooms. Aircon, bathroom: Rp. 400-1.000.000. Suite: Rp. 1.150.000. Incl. breakfast. Discount on weekdays and for longer stays. Restaurant, karaoke bar. Conference room for 30 persons. Free Wi-Fi. Pick-up at Ferry on request; Rp. 50.000.
     
  2. Wisma Zahira
    Jl. T. Umar. Near waterfront. +6281348820811. 9 rooms. With aircon, bathroom, TV: Rp. 250-350.000. Free coffee and tea. Nice Location.
     
  3. Kartini Home Stay
    Jl. T. Umar 25. Ph: +628126925510, +6285270655169. 5 rooms. One with fan, bathroom: Rp. 100.000. Four with aircon, bathroom: Rp. 200-250.000. Incl. breakfast, coffee and tea.
     
  4. Sabang Guesthouse
    Jl. T. Umar 23-25. Tel: 0652-21186. 9 rooms. With bathroom, aircon, TV: Rp. 325-350.000 incl. breakfast, coffee and tea. Free Wi-Fi.
     
  5. Hotel Putra Salju
    Jl. T. Umar 16. Tel: 0652-22747. 10 rooms. With aircon and bathroom, hot water, TV: Rp. 200-450.000. WiFi.
     
  6. Guesthouse Pantai Kasih
    Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin 10. Ph:+62652-21066, +681377347444 (Ayie), www.pantaikasih.com 8 rooms. With fan, bathroom: Rp. 200-225.000. With aircon, bathroom, TV: Rp. 300-350.000. Incl. breakfast. Directly above the Pantai Kasih beach.
     
  7. Nagoya Inn
    Jl. Cut Meutia 34. Tel: +62652-22311, +62812 699 6068 (Mr. Parlan), fax: +62652-22411, www.nagoyainn.com 19 rooms. Aircon, bathroom, hot water, satellite TV: Rp. 300-500.000, incl. breakfast, coffee and tea. Free Wi-Fi. Conference room for 50 persons.
     
  8. Losmen Calok
    Jl. Malahayati. Ph: +6285260362584 (Roma). calok@gmail.com 8 rooms. With aircon, bathroom: Rp. 150-225.000.
     
  9. Losmen Sabang-Merauke
    Off Jl. T. Umar. Tel: 0652-21928. 12 rooms with one, two or three beds. Very basic . Run down.
     
  10. Pulau Jaya Hotel
    Jl. T. Umar 21. Ph: 0652-21344. 23 rooms. With fan, outside bathroom: Rp. 40-85.000. With fan and bathroom: Rp. 125.000. With aircon, bathroom, TV: Rp. 180.000.
     
  11. Kartika (former Sabang Jaya)
    Jl. T. Umar 17-19. Tel: 0652-22168. 14 rooms. With fan, outside bathroom: Rp. 80.000. With aircon, bathroom, TV: 180.000.
     
  12. Losmen PUM (former Irma)
    Jl. T. Umar 3. Tel: 0652-21148. 13 rooms: With fan or with aircon, bathroom.
     
  13. Hotel Holiday
    Off Jl. Perdagangan. Tel: 0652-21131, www.facebook.com/holidayhs 24 rooms. With fan and bathroom: Rp. 100.000-200.000. With aircon: Rp. 250.000-350.000.
     
  14. Montana Hotel, Jl. Surapati 20. Tel: 0652-22817, 0852 6177 5831, hotelmontana@ymail.com 20 rooms. With fan, outsidebath: Rp. 100.000. Aircon, bath: Rp. 225-500.000. Aircon, bath, 6 beds: Rp. 600.000. Wifi.
     
  15. Penginapan Pondok Tapak Gajah
    Lingkungan Keuramat, Jl. Agus Salim. Near Merbabu graveyard. Ph: 0652-22378, +6281269546700, +6285360608300, iskandarmuda62@yahoo.com 12 rooms. With fan, outside bathroom: Rp. 75.000. With fan, bathroom: Rp. 125.000. With aircon, bathroom, TV: Rp. 200.000.

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