Jambi was legtimated as karesidenan (administrative unit of the colonial period) by Netherlands when Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin passed away on April 27th, 1904. Jambi Residency was included into Nederlands Indie with its first rules was O.L. Helfrich. On March 9th 1942, Japan succeeded in taking it over from Netherlands, but on August 14th 1945 Japan gave up to Alliance Army. On the independence day, Sumatera became one province with Medan as the capital. There was a national meeting in Bukittinggi on April 18th 1946, decided to split Sumatera into 3 sub-provinces. Those sub-provinces are Sumatera Utara, Sumatera Tengah and Sumatera Selatan. Jambi Residency was then included into Sumatera Tengah Sub-Province. In 1948, those sub-provinces were legitimated as provinces, but the people of Jambi Residency wanted to make Jambi as a province. With all efforts done by them, then Jambi Province was legitimated on January 6th, 1957. This date then became the anniversary of Jambi Province until now.
Things to see
Sei Letung Waterfall, located in Muara Buat village, has a beauty you need to see. The air is still fresh. This waterfall has clear water and is preserved very well. The proud of Merangin people is the Jam Gento. The location of Jam Gento is usually used as a place to hang out for many youngsters and local people also.
Things to do
Tanggo Rajo is a favorite place to visit for tourists. Besides the location near to the home office of Jambi's governor on Jalan Sultan Thaha, Tanggo Rajo is the best place to enjoy the panorama of Batanghari River while fishing or tasting various food offered by many foodstalls there. For you who love nature, there's Mayang Mangurai City Forest. This forest is used as the central conservation and cultivation of aloes plants. We can walk along this non-pollute place. Besides, this place also offers several outbound activities for you and family.
Things to eat
Mie Celor is one favorite culinary in Jambi and you can find it almost in every corner of Jambi City. This rich of spices food is perfectly enjoyed at night or when the rain comes. There's also Jambi's bone soup which is just like ribs soup. This soup is made of soft meat with clear broth and sprinkled with celery and fried onion. If you want to bring some gift for your family, you can just buy dodol kentang (taffy made of sticky potato). This culinary is made of potato taken from Lubuk Nagodang village. This dodol kentang has several flavor such as strawberry, pandanus, palm sugar and pineapple.
Getting to Jambi
Flying to Jambi: Jambi is served by Sultan Thaha Airport. Sultan Thaha Airport is located about 6 km southeast from Jambi. A taxi into the city from Sultan Thaha Airport would cost IDR 50.000. Read more about Sultan Thaha Airport or look for flights to Jambi