Caroline and Sven's further adventures 2016 travel blog

Motorbikes are used for absolutely everything, including this mobile toy shop.

Above the town is a large, lit up cross (at night). This...

We paid a couple of dollars to use this pool at the...

The pool looked out on the river running through town, providing bathing...

Every 6 days in Rantepao there is a huge buffalo market, probably...

Prized light coloured buffalo was thoroughly washed and taken into the shade.

Being hand fed grass as he lies down! The buffalo are so...

Potential buyers wander around the yards and surrounding sheds and do a...

It looked akward when the buffalo tried to lie down with their...

Pigs were also available at the Rantepao market, trussed up and lying...

Cock fighting is supposedly banned, but there were many magnificient specimens available...

The owners would let the roosters have short bouts of fighting to...

Pet fish for sale on the side of the road.

There are several different types of rice available apart from the usual...

Jeepneys used for getting short distances around the town. Two people seated...

Mobile "bakso" vendor. Noodle soup with vegetables and pork balls. Cost about...

Carving one of the intricate panels decorating a traditional house and the...


Our last few days in Sulawesi were spent in Rantepao. We were there for the buffalo market where there are hundreds of buffalos for sale. Prices are negotiated with the owner and we saw some thick wads of cash being counted. The owners look after their animals so well, washing them after their trip on a truck, bringing them water and hand feeding them grass! They must have a few pangs to finally sell them, knowing what they are very soon destined for.

We paid a few dollars to hang out at a fancy hotel one day and use their swimming pool (complete with buffalo statue!). Just to the side of the pool is a brownish river where pampered buffalo are given their daily wash. A land of contrasts.

Motorbikes are definitely the vehicle of choice and the photos will show many of their uses from transporting passengers to mini mobile shops and food stalls.

We took a 10 hour comfortable bus trip back to Makassar where we overnighted before flying one and a half hours to Bali.

Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |