Experience the coastal town of Pekalongan on a breezy becak ride!

Becak is a carriage with three wheels, where a man sits on the back to pedal it forward. Today, this traditional mode of transport can only be found in a few small towns across Indonesia. Back in the 1930s, Becak was mostly used by Chinese traders to carry and transport goods. The name Becak came from a Hokkien dialect ‘be chia’, which means a horse carriage.

Here’s a little secret we’d like to share with you: the best tour guide in Pekalongan could be a becak driver.

In a small town like Pekalongan, becak driver is a local guide who knows about the town’s well-hidden culinary scene. They know where the locals shop for the best batik. Or when is the best time to visit certain tourist attractions. Plus, they know the best routes to fit all these experience into your schedule!

Today, becak--that has become a rarity in other big cities--could be one of the last environmentally-friendly means of transportation in Indonesia.

THE SIDJI has helped some Pekalongan becak drivers to pimp their ride, and recently, together with them, we designed #YOKNAIKBECAK: an experience for our guests to explore the coastal town of Pekalongan on a breezy becak ride.

Batik Tour

The batik textile prints of Indonesia are famous throughout the world for their beautifully intricate patterns, delicate designs and warm colors. Pekalongan, is one of the cities that is renowned for its distinctive north coast batik.
Pekalongan batik is produced by the skilled artists. They are instantly recognizable just looking at their unique patterns and bright colors, which reflect multi-cultural influences from Chinese, Dutch, Malay, Japan, and Arab nations. The beauty of batik made in Pekaolongan has been recognized throughout the world. They are even get exported to Australia, the United States, the Middle East, Japanese, Korea, China and Singapore.
If you’re interested, you can get to know more about the history of Pekalongan Batik and learn how to draw a Batik on Batik Museum. Try and buy Batik clothes or textile at Batik Mukti, a Batik store located next to our hotel. Also, try to walk around "Kampung Batik" (Batik Village) where many artists draw the Batik textile daily. Ask our staff on how to go there.

Authentic Local Food

Pekalongan offers several traditional foods, as follows:
Sego Megono is rice with sliced young jackfruit and grated coconut. It is savory and spicy, it's usually served while still hot with an additional menu of fresh vegetables and fried fish. Sego megono is usually wrapped in teak leaves or banana leaves. You can find many Sego Megono in Pekalongan, just ask randomly to our staff which one his favorite.

Soto Tauto is a kind of meat soup with thick sauce made with tauco (fermented soy), buffalo meat and crispy bowel. You can eat Soto Tauto together with rice or rice cake. You can try our authentic Soto Tauto at our Nostalgia Restaurant.

Kopi Tahlil is made from a blend of pure coffee with spices like ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, pandanus leafs, lemongrass, and nutmeg. Kopi Tahlil can warm your body during rainy days in Pekalongan. Try "Kopi Tahlil" in Jl. Pati Unus near Pekalongan’s St. Petrus Church. Open daily from 4.00 PM until late night.

Green Beans Soup with black sticky rice and coconut milk is a usual breakfast food for Pekalongan people. It’s sweet and tasty, try "Kacang Hijau Pak Sulaiman" in Jl. Sultan Agung near Borobudur Department Store, open daily 5.30 AM to 9.00 AM.

Local Attraction

Many local attractions you can find in Pekalongan. Simpang Lima is the heart of Pekalongan, 5 mins walk from the hotel, and there are a lot of traditional food stalls during the evening. During daytime you can visit "Alun-Alun", a park in front of Batik Museum –  FYI, find a giant-sized B-A-T-I-K typography there, it’s a landmark, a good spot to take a picture. Also, there is a post office close to Alun-Alun, don't forget to send a postcard to your loved ones from Pekalongan.