Gay Guide to Indonesia
last updated: Monday, November 29, 1999 09:15
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Welcome to Indonesia, hope your dreams come true!
There is no law or a government regulation to control about the gay acitivity, but homosexual acts are legal. Homosexuality has traditionally been an integral part of Indonesian culture. Married man also maintain sexual relationship with members of the same sex. Only in the country's new, western-oriented middle class has homophobia taken root.
: Jakarta (Java Island)
Language : Bahasa Indonesia
Area : 1,919,433 km2
Population : 235,000,000
Province : divided into 27 provinces (include East Timor)
Currency : Rupiah (US $1 = Rp 7,200 ~ 01/12/99)
Religions : Moslem (87%), Christian, Hindu, Budha, Confusius
Climate : mostly wet, hot tropical climate; tropical rain forest. In the dryer southeast large monsoon forest.
Please be aware of some guys who come up to you at the clubs may be drug dealers or under-cover cops! Persons convicted with drugs face fines and imprisonment.
Some of the men you meet may expect money.
If you go home with a local, watch your valuables!!!
|JAkarta, the capital|
Ancol Dreamland, Art Museum, Dunia Fantasi, Fatahillah Museum, Monumen Nasional, Maritime Museum, Museum Gajah (National Museum), Pasar Ikan (Fish Market), Taman Bunga Cibubur (Flower Garden), Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (miniature of Indonesia), Textile Museum etc.
Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), Tanah Airku Theatre (TMII Complex), Wayang Orang Bharata.
Acacia, Alia Cikini, Alia Jatinegara, Alia Pasar Baru, Ambhara, Ancol Hotel, Arcadia, Aryaduta, Ascott, Borobudur, Century Atlet, Century Karawaci, Ciputra, Crowne Plaza, Dharmawangsa, Dusit Mangga Dua, Golden, Grand Hyatt, Grand Mahakam, Grand Melia, Grand Menteng, Griya Wisata, Hilton International Jakarta, Horison Ancol, Ibis Slipi, Ibis Tamarind, Ibis Kemayoran, Ibis Cikarang, Indonesia Hotel, Interhouse Hotel (Blok M), Jayakarta, Kempinski, Le Cristal (Kristal), Le Meridien, Lippo Sudirman Grand Suite Hotel, Mercure Rekso, Marcopolo, Mercure Slipi, Milenium, Mulia, Omni Batavia, Park Lane, Menara Peninsula, Nirwana, Park Royal Boulevard (Slipi), Patra Jasa, Pondok Putri Duyung Ancol, President, Quality, Radin Ancol, Radisson, Regent, Sabang, Sheraton Media, Sheraton Bandara, Sari Pan Pacific, Shangri-La, Sahid Jaya, Sentral, and many cheap small hotel or "losmen" (no star) located at Jalan Jaksa area (Central Jakarta) etc.
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
CBN, Dnet, Idola, Indonet, Indosat Net, Pacific Net, Radnet, Uninet, Visionet
Cyber Cafe/Internet Cafe/Warung Internet (Warnet)
Twilite Cafe, Jl. Kemang Raya, South Jakarta.
Uninet, Megamal Pluit 3th floor, Jl. Pluit Indah Raya, North Jakarta.
Net Cafe, Taman Anggrek Mal, West Jakarta
Asmat Cafe, Balemang Cafe, Batavia Cafe, Chi-chi's, Chili's, Dapur Sunda, Fashion Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, Jamz, Jimbani, Mardi Gras Music Club, Musicafe, News Cafe, New Orleans Music Lounge, Nyonya Suharti Fried Chicken, Oasis, Pasir Putih, Planet Hollywood, Tonny Roma's, Twilite Cafe, Warung Kemang, Zanzibar, Net Cafe, Prego Cafe etc.
Blok M Mall, Blok M Plaza, Cinere Mall, Ciputra Mall, Gajah Mada Plaza, Kalibata Mall, Kelapa Gading Mall, Mangga Dua Mall, Megamal Pluit, Pasaraya Blok M, Pasaraya Manggarai, Pasar Baru shopping complex, Pasar Festival, Plaza Bintaro, Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall, Puri Indah Mall, Sabang Street, Sarinah Thamrin, Supermal Lippo Karawaci (Tangerang), Taman Anggrek Mall etc.
Gelanggang Remaja Grogol, Pasar Festival, Pluit, Senayan.
Massage Service, link to the list of masseurs in Jakarta area.
Health Center & Beauty Salon, link to the list of health center and beauty salon in Jakarta area.
Gay Magazines, link to the list of gay magazines in Indonesia.
Organizations, link to the list of gay organizations in Indonesia.
Anyer Cottage, Bukit Pasau, Carita Krakatau Beach, Desiana, Griya Indira Anyer, Jayakarta Anyer, Kalimaya Resort, Mambruk Anyer, Patra Jasa Anyer Beach Resort, Pesona Krakatau Cottage, Pesona Wisata Nuansa Bali, Pondok Pantai Bulakan, Sanghyang Indah Resort etc.
Mambruk Anyer Hotel, the beach close to the hotel, specially on the weekend.
Glosis, Jl. Ciumbeluit, nice restaurant and cozy.
Bunga Karang Indah, Horison Bekasi, Sentosa Melati
Grand Mall, Metropolitan Mall
Younger crowd, specially Saturday and Sunday evening (after 05.00pm).
Metropolitan Mall (Bekasi)
Younger crowd, specially Saturday and Sunday evening (after 05.00pm).
Citra Cikopo, Gunung Geulis, Hijau Lestari (Puncak Pass), Megamendung, Mirah, Novotel, Pangrango, Permata, Puri Avia (Puncak Pass), Safari Garden (Puncak Pass), Salak, Wisma Bogor Permai etc.
Internusa Shopping Complex (Pertokoan Internusa), temporary closed (under construction).
President movie theater, nightly.
The Bus Station, nightly.
Pasar Cipanas (Cipanas Market)
The disco on the 3/F of Cipanas market.
Century (Karawaci), Permata Mulia.
Supermal Lippo Karawaci
New area for housing complex. Younger crowd, specially Saturday and Sunday evening (after 05.00pm).
Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH).
The GOR Sukapura Dadaha Complex, nightly after 10pm. Transgenders.
Kabupaten (regency) town square, nightly after 11pm. Transgenders.
Mesjid Agung vicinity, nightly 6:30-11:30pm
Samudra Dept. Store, Sat night up to 11pm
Cisolok Spring Water, Pelabuhan Ratu Beach, Selabintana
Padi Padi, Pantai Mutiara (Pelabuhan Ratu), Permata Hijau, Samudera Beach Hotel (Pelabuhan Ratu), Tamansari, Wisma Surya etc.
Alun-Alun (town square), nights.
Pelabuhan Ratu Beach, weekend
Selabintana Recreational Park, weekend
Shopping center, evening.
Hanjuang Hegar Melati
Altea Mirama, Elmi International, Garden Palace, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Ibis Rajawali, Lasmana, Majapahit (managed by Mandarin Oriental), Natour Simpang, New Grand Park, Novotel, Radisson, Sahid Surabaya, Satelit, Sejahtera Hotel & Apartment, Shangri-La, Sheraton
Note: you can always meet some
gay-waiters if you're discreet.
Indigo (mixed), Mojopahit Mandarin Hotel on Jln Tunjungan. Faboulous regional and western food.
Shangri-La, Jl. Mayjen. Sungkono. Great Italian restaurant.
Bungurasih Terminal (back part). Nightly, gay men.
Excelso Cafe at Surabaya Plaza, Galaxy Mall and Plaza Tunjungan 3 (shopping centers). Irian Barat St., (transgenders), nightly.
Jembatan Delta, the bridge close to Delta Plaza. Nights. Many rent boys hang around looking for customer.
Kalfor, "Kalifornia", Jalan Ketabang Kali - Gubeng Pojok).
Kokar, Konservatori Karawitan (Arts Conservatoire)
Pasar Atum Complex, Terminal One
Pataya, Kangean St ("stren kali"), the narrow street along the river between Pemuda St and Irian Barat St. Nightly, gay men.
Plaza Tunjungan Shopping Complex
Especially in front of Gunung Agung Bookstore (Plaza Tunjungan II), food court and around the ice-skating rink. Some rent-boys.
Contact phone number 3200015
Harbour, inside the harbour, Fri and Sat before 07.00pm.
Wilis Stadium, behind the stadium, Oendowo St.
Alun-Alun (town square), crowd (transgender)
Montana, Tugu (the unique boutique hotel in Malang)
Lobby Mandala Theatre, Sat night.
My Place(mixed), Kartika Prince Hotel, Sat night.
Alun-Alun (town square), next to Lippobank. Nights.
Brawijaya Museum, next to the museum, Wed nights
Arjosari Terminal, Sat nights.
Alun-Alun (town square), next to the military police building. Nights.
Mojopahit Restaurant, in front of the restaurant, nights.
The Gunung Sari grave, every Thurs night leading into Jum'at legi (a particular Thursday night in the 35 day Javanese calendar). Transgender.
The Banyubiru baths, 17 kilometers from Pasuruan. Sun
The north town square (alun-alun), nights.
Makam Gunung Gangsir, Bangil. Every eve of Friday Legi. Transgenders.
The warung (small restaurant), second from the south, called Pasar Poncol, Nusantara St., beside the Himalaya Cinema, nights.
Ponorogo, a religious town
Town square (alun-alun), center of town, next to the banyan tree on the south side, along the sidewalk between the West and East squares. Nightly, esp. Sat.
GOR Swimming pool, every
Sunday morning and afternoon.
Alun-Alun, town square, near the public telephones beside the Mahkota Cinema and the street next to it. Sat nights best.
Ciputra, Metro, Dibya Puri, Djelita Melati, Indraprasta, Merbabu, Patra Jasa, Puri Garden, Puri Indrakila (Ungaran), Srondol Indah, Tanjung Mas Jaya, Telomoyo, Tugu Indah,
Menteri Supeno St., nights
Simpang Lima Field, near Ciputra Hotel, nights.
SMA 1 (high school), the yard in front of the school (upper secondary school #1). Many transverstites at nights.
Candi Borobudur (Borobudur Temple), Candi Mendut (Mendut Temple).
Aman Jiwo, a unique boutique hotel located in quiet area (close to Borobudur Temple)
young and cute army from the military school, specially
on Sat and Sun evening.
Borobudur Temple, around the parking lot. Many young guys.
Independence Monument (Juang '45), Thursday and Saturday.
Cakra, Narita, Sahid Raya
Jurung Park, along the river side (Bengawan Solo
Manahan (Manhattan) Field, Nights. Gay men, transgenders, women.
Pasar Legi, (transgender), in the park behind
Slamet Riyadi, near BTPN Bank
Sriwedari (Swedia) Park, Also the parking lot behind. Nights.
Quality Hotel Solo, gays hang around swimming pool.
Susana Baru Hotel, in front, nights.
Stasiun Tegal (bus station), yard in front of the station, nights.
Sudirman St., along Sudirman St., Sat night.
Salatiga Plaza, near the shopping center, nights.
Prambanan Temple, Sewu Temple, Kraton Kasultanan (the palace), Vredeburg Fort, Kaliurang, Merapi Volcano.
Ambarukmo Palace, Ayodya, Bakti Kasih Pundi Mas, Batik Palace, Berlian Melati, Bumi Asih Melati, Dusun Yogya Village Inn, Indraloka Guest House, Holiday Inn, Hyatt Regency, Makuta Guest House, Matahari, Melia Purosani, Mendut, Mutiara, Natour Garuda, Oryza Melati, Phoenix, Peti Mas, Puri Artha, Santika, Sejahtera Family, Sewu Mas, Sheraton Mustika, Sri Manganti, Tribrata Melati, Yogya Inn Melati, Yogya Moon Melati, Wisma Gembira Melati.
IAIN Sunan Kali Jogo, IKIP Negeri Karangmalang, IKIP Sanatha Darma, Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI), STIE YKPN, Universitas Atmajaya, Universitas Gajah Mada, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Universitas Janabrada, Universitas Muhammadiyah, UPN.
Basement Discotheque, Hotel Mutiara, Jl. Malioboro.
Graha Paramitha Discotheque. Gay night only on Fri.
Near the train station. Favorite with expats and backpackers. Some commercial activity.
Cafe Excelso, at Malioboro Mall, young local crowd.
North Square (Alun-alun utara), nights.
Seni Sono, in front of the building, after 21:00.
THR Purawisata, Jalan Brigjen Katamso. Thurs night drag show.
Bedugul, Besakih, Kuta Beach, Lake Batur, Nusa Dua Beach, Sangeh Monkey Forest, Sanur Beach, Tanah Lot, Ubud, Uluwatu.
Amandari, Amankila, Bali Beach Hotel, Bali Clift Resort, Balisani, Bintang Bali, Chedi Ubud, Grand Hyatt Bali, Hard Rock Hotel, Kupu-Kupu Barong (Ubud), Med Club, Nikko Bali, Radisson (Sanur), Ritz Carlton Hotel, Sahid Bali Seaside, Sanur Beach Hotel, Sheraton etc.
Galeria Nusa Dua, Pasar Sukawati
Cyber Cafe/Warung Internet
Bali Cyber, Cafe & Restaurant, where every bite is a passion. We serve good food and fast connection. Phone : (62) 361-761326 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Legian Cyber, fast connection, friendly atmosphere, ample parking. Address : JONI II, Jl. Sahadewa (ex Menuh) 21, Legian-Kuta, Bali. Phone : (0361) 761804 Fax : (0361) 752455. E-mail : email@example.com.
Special Note :
It is easy to make friends at all of the venues listed here. These places are popular with locals and visitors.
It's common for guys to meet in the beachside clubs, go for a "walk" together on the beach, then return to the club for more dancing.
Kuta Legian Beach
Cafe Luna (mixed)
Holiday Inn Resort, Senggigi Beach Hotel
Some activities in Sengiggi (main tourist center), try Pondok Sengiggi bar.
Kute Nyale Beach
Marlborough Fort, Nala Beach, Panjang Beach, Suci River, Tapak Balai Beach, Tapak Padri Beach.
Nala Beach (Pantai Nala), late afternoons.
Ngarai Sianok, Benteng De Kock Fort, Pasar Atas Pasar Bawah, Lake Danau Maninjau, Lake Danau Bawah, Lake Danau Atas, Istana Pagaruyung.
Nuansa Maninjau Resort, Novotel and many other small hotels.
Bumi Asih, King, Lembang International, Princess, Sanjaya, Wisata Hotel & Restaurant.
Special note :
All discotheques in Pekanbaru have certain tables where rent-boys hang out.
Plaza Citra, at the atrium. Gay men, nightly, 9pm -
Cafe Plaza Citra(mixed), nightly, 8-10pm.
Jln Cut Nya Dhien, next to the Education & Culture building (Depdikbud). Gay men, nightly, 9pm - midnight.
Bioskop Golden, around the monument in front of the
movie house, Tanjungkarang district, nights.
Between Pemuda St. and the main crossroads, Tanjungkarang district, nights.
Tanjungkarang Plaza, near King Supermarket, days.
Batu Ampar harbour, Sat night from midnight to morning.
BCA bank, in the front of the builiding in Batam: daily from 10pm - 5am.
Bukit Senyum (Smiling Hill), nights.
Bank Bali, bus stop in front of the Bank Bali-Bank Exim. Daily from 10pm - 3am.
Matahari Shopping Centre, Lucky Plaza at 4th floor (gays hang around centre for AIDS Support there)
Plaza 21, Tanjung Pantun-Jodoh. Daily from 2pm - 10pm. Studio 21 Cinema
Pasar Malani, Pasar Baruk (near warung stalls)
Taman Alun Kapuas, park in front of the Korem (subregional military HQ), nightly after 7pm.
Citra Niaga (CN)
Mesra Indah Shopping Centre 2/F, Sat nights.
Patung Pesut Mahakam, Sun nights.
Terapung Disco, Mon nights.
Kawanua City, Manado Beach, Manado Plaza, Minahasa Melati, New Queen, Novotel, Panorama Melati, Permata Ria, Santika Manado etc.
Meeting places :
Pasar 45, bus station and terminal complex, nights.
Balai Wartawan, near the building and Arta Pusara Bank, nights.
The People's Unity Park (Taman Persatuan Bangsa), in the central.
Bumi Asih, Kenari, Losari Beach, Makassar Gate Beach, Makassar Golden Hotel, Makassar City, Marannu City, Radisson, Sahid Makassar, Sedona Makassar, Wisata Inn Melati etc.
Karebosi Field, nights.
Ambon Manise, Manise Hotel
Freeport, mining complex, many foreigners.
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