Local people in Toraja are generally friendly and helpful, and mostly are strong believers of Christianity. Even though it is a Christian predominated region, travellers are advised to dress appropriately in order to avoid unnecessary attention. Click "Tips Indonesia" on the left column here for more matters on Clothing.

If you encounter the locals tend to laugh or smile a lot during talking to you, don't take it wrongly as if something is funny or wrong with you, it is just part of their smiling culture.


Should you like to develop and print your photos, there are many photo services in Makale and Rantepao. Generally locals go to either Kodak or Fuji shops. Processing time depends on numbers of printing, but usually it takes around one hour or less for a set of photos, and it costs about Rp. 1,500 for one print.

Postal Service

Location : Jl. Sultan Hasanudin No. 2, Makale and Jl. A. Yani , Rantepao
Telephone : +62 423 21014
Operating hours : Monday to Friday, 8am-3pm.


Unlike in big cities in Indonesia, such as Bandung, Manado or Balikpapan, Rantepao is a small busy town in Tana Toraja. Common crimes in big cities, like pickpocketing, are fortunately a rare problem. However, as a common advice, visitors still have to pay attention to their belongings.

Even though foreigners are a comly seen in Tana Toraja, Rantepao normally becomes quiet after 10pm. Shops and restaurants tend to close at this time.

Police in Indonesia (and in Tana Toraja) in general are changing towards better public service standards. Though changing the old habits (and public perception) is not easy and takes time, steps have been taken to improve public perception.

Police Stations

Polsek Rantepao

Location : Jl. Budi Utomo
Telephone : +62 423 21358.

Polsek Tana Toraja

Location : Makale
Telephone : +62 423 22100, 22110.

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