One precious activity when visiting Palembang is taking a Musi River tour. This famous river is the longest in Sumatra at 750 kilometers long. Taking the Musi River tour is a must for visitors who wish to know the Palembang of the past. Long time ago, the native population in Palembang lived along this river. Some even built their homes along the river banks. When taking the tour, you can find several tourist sites such as Kemarau Island and temples. Local people rely on this river for their transportation. You can see many motor boats (taxis) taking passengers to the other side of the river.
Along the Musi River, there are several tourist sites such as Kemaro Island and the tomb of Ratu Bagus Kuning. You can ask the boat driver to take you to these sites. They certainly know these areas well.
You can visit Palembang from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport on Tanjung Api-Api Street which is accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Thailand. To go to the Musi River, you can take a taxi or rented car from the airport. The distance between the airport and City Center is about 6 km.
In the city center, there are nine types of public transportation including seven city buses from various destinations that can take you to Ampera for only Rp1,500 to Rp5,000.
To travel around the Musi River, you must use a motor boat. You can rent one under the Ampera bridge, in front of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum, or in front of Fort Kuto Besak. There are several types of motor boats such as speed boats, Ketek, and small vessels. Their rates range between Rp.20,000 to Rp.100,000 (or 2 to 10 US Dollars). Don’t pay if it is more than these rates. After that, you could enjoy taking the Musi River tour.
Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic Indonesia