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|Aneka Ria Forest Park |Bangko |Batik & Handicraft Atelier |Bukit Duabelas Nature Reserve |Jambi |Kerinci Seblat National Park |Lake Kerinci |Mount Kerinci |Muara Jambi Temple |Orchid Gardens

The province of Jambi shares borders with Riau to the north, West Sumatra and Bengkulu to the west and South Sumatra to the south. It occupies an area of 54,000 sq. km. and has a population of 2 million. Two-thirds of the province is covered with jungle.

The capital of the province is Jambi and there are five regencies: Batanghari, Sarolangun-Bangko, Bungo-Tebo, Kerinci and Tanjung Jabung.

The new trans-Sumatra highway, which cuts through the province, now gives good accessibility to Jambi from any major town or city in the island of Sumatra. A good road now connects Jambi with Merlung, Pelabuhan and other towns near the Riau border. Daily flights are available from Jakarta, Palembang, Padang and many other locations in Sumatra. River transport is cheap and easily available.

Today, many places that were practically inaccessible to modern means of transportation have shed their isolation, and as a result Jambi is no longer the stagnant province it was a couple of decades ago.

A kingdom, known as Melayu, existed in ancient times in the area which is now the province of Jambi. During the period of its highest bloom, this kingdom supposedly maintained relations with other great kingdom of Indonesia, notably Sriwijaya, Singasari and Majapahit - the first a neighbouring state, the other two on the island of Java.

The Kubu

Kubu (or Anak Dalam) is the name of an isolated tribe whose members are still little touched by the influences of modernity.

About 900 to 1,000 of them live scattered inside the Biosfier park and on the Bukit Duabelas hillside, a number which has remained practically unchanged over the past decades because the mortality and birth rates are more or less balanced.

The Kubu are mostly hunters, although they also grow edible tuberous plants. They also collect rattan to be exchanged in barter with hunting tools. The people still lead a nomadic life and move to a new site whenever there is something wrong in their current place, or someone dies.

Other isolated tribes in Jambi are the Talang Mamak, Laut, Bajau and Talang.

Aneka Ria Forest Park

This park has a zoo, a playground for children and a fishing pond. It is located near the airport in the South Jambi district and covers an area of 36 hectares.


This is the capital city of the Sarolangun Bangko regency, 248 km from Jambi town. It is an important transit point for intercity buses to and from Java.

Batik & Handicraft Atelier

The Atelier is located 1.4 km from the centre of the town of Jambi. It is a centre for the Jambi-style Batik, plait work and agate handicraft. The centre is run by women.

Bukit Duabelas Nature Reserve

This nature reserves is located in the Pauh subdistrict, 60 km from Bangko in the Sarolangun Bangko regency. It covers 28,703 hectares and home to deer, monkeys, bears, wild pigs, elephants, snakes, iguanas and many species of birds. Small lakes are found in its surroundings and many small streams discharge into the Batanghari river.

This nature reserve is also home to the Kubu (Anak Dalam) tribe, who number around 1,000.


The capital of the province of Jambi is located on the Batanghari River and has long been known for its many historical remains. Traditional culture and modern life coexist in harmony. The town has a pleasant and inviting atmosphere.

Lake Kerinci

This lake is located 20 km from Sungai Penuh, the capital of the Kerinci regency. This is a popular tourist spot with beautiful panoramas. Accommodation is available on the side of the lake.

Kerinci Seblat National Park

Located in the Bukit Barisan Mountains, it occupies a total area of 1,484,650 hectares. The park is home to a great variety of animals species, such as elephants, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhino, tapirs, panthers, deer, wild goats, primates, crocodiles, birds and reptiles.

Mount Kerinci

This is the highest mountain on the island of Sumatra and it is popular with mountain climbers. The nearest village and climber's base is Kersik Tuo, near Kayu Aro, Kerinci. The route is marked by signs, posted at half kilometer intervals.

Muara Jambi Temple

Located 30 km northeast of Jambi, along the Batanghari River. This site is considered one of the richest archaeological sites on the island of Sumatra. The eight temple-like structures appear to Buddhist, and were probably built around the 14th century.

In 1982, a 32 centimeter tall female bronze statue was found at Koto Kandis, in the Muara Sabak subdistrict. It is believed to be the goddess Laksmi, holding a lotus bud in her right hand and an oil lamp in her left.

In addition to the archaeological sites, many visitors find the riverside an ideal recreation and picnic spot.

Orchid Gardens

The park grows many species of orchids and has its own research and development laboratory. Built in 1981 at the initiative of Prof. Sri Soedewi Sofwan, the wife of a former governor of Jambi, the park covers an area of 25,056 sq meters. It is located 5 km from Jambi.


Jambi-style floral Batik, weaving, plait work and agate handicraft.

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