Kupang has a role as the capital of the East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT). The largest city in Timor Island is located on the northwest of the island, precisely on the coast of the Gulf of Kupang. Since the area is surrounded by the ocean, most of the people in Kupang support their life by working as fishermen and craftsmen.
Kupang City Tourism boasts historical and nautical charm. The city pampers tourists with beautiful scenery, coupled with the hospitality of the people who are known for their friendly smiles.
People from overseas can enter this city through El Tari International Airport. This historic airport serves domestic and international flights from various well-known airlines. Flight tickets to Kupang from various cities in Southeast Asia can be purchased easily and quickly through Traveloka. There are various advanced features and attractive promos from Traveloka that ensure the purchase of airplane tickets to Kupang becomes more easy and profitable.
Visiting Kupang is not completed yet without visiting its most popular destinations. The most popular attractions from Kupang City include:
Location: Jalan Frans Seda
Discover various stories and historical relics of East Nusa Tenggara in this national museum that was founded in 1978. The Museum of East Nusa Tenggara has more than seven thousand collections of historical objects from various ethnic groups that inhabit the East Nusa Tenggara region. The favorited collection by tourists here is Homo Floresiensis ancient human fossils and the whole bone of a blue whale.
Location: Bolok, Kupang Barat.
Gua Kristal is considered one of the nature wonders in Kupang because it has natural springs to refresh this dry city. It can be said that Gua Kristal is a hidden paradise because of the location is not widely known to many people, even the surrounding residents. After passing and climbing the forest full of rocks and scrub, do not hesitate to refresh yourself by swimming in the crystal clear spring pool. Not only in the photo, the beauty of the 30-meter-wide pool is truly stunning with a touch of sparkling blue colour when it is showered by the sun.
Location: Kelurahan Lasiana, Kupang Tengah.
The panoramic beauty of a 3.5 hectare sloping beach is perfect with coconut trees lined up nearby and palm trees on the banks of the blue sea. The white sand beach is a favorite place for local people to relax. Here, people spend time for playing water, enjoying the breeze, fishing, playing beach volleyball and soccer, or just singing together. The facilities at this beach are already qualified with various food stalls, performing stage, children's playground, swimming pool, and lodging.
Aside from the exotic nature, Kupang's authentic cuisine is also proven to be able to make anyone wants to return to this city. Some of the most popular recommendations can be found here:
Location: Jalan Siliwangi, Kampung Solor, Kota Lama.
Open every day, 17:00 - 24:00 WITA.
This is a seafood paradise in Kupang. This culinary market is the right place for dinner with the main menu of grilled fish. Dozens of food stalls here sell various types of fresh fish in front of their stalls. Visitors just need to choose what they want and ask the seller to cook it with special Kupang spices. For those who are bored of eating fish, food stalls at the Pasar Malam Kampung Solor offer a menu of other types of seafood, as well as various vegetables, chicken or duck, satay, tofu and tempeh.
Location: Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan I, Oebufu, Oebobo.
Open every Monday - Saturday, 08:00 - 17:00 WITA.
One of the most popular foods in Kupang is Se'i. The best restaurant which serves the speciality menu is Depot Bambu Kuning. Here, visitors can order Se'i mixed with rice, single portion and big portion. Another menu that also delicious is satay, cah jantung pisang, cah bunga pepaya, and pork bone soup. Be sure to check the left side on the outside of the restaurant to see the process of how Kupang people made se'i.
Location: Jalan M Praja, Alak.
Warung Makan Artis is popular with the menu of Kuah Asam Ikan Tenau, which is well-known as the icon of soup food of Kupang City. The famous Kuah Asam Ikan Tenau in Warung Makan Artis is very refreshing, not fishy, and guaranteed to make anyone addicted. Every day, this restaurant is crowded by visitors from various circles, such as employees, governmental staffs, and even up to celebrities. The mandatory menu here is Kuah Asam Kepala Ikan. As a dining companion, Warung Makan Artis also offers a phenomenal menu such as Ikan Asap, Gule Sapi, and the phenomenon sambal goreng.