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Advisory: Various kinds of sexualities are an integral part of Indonesia's cultural mosaic. Many married men and women may also maintain same-sex relationships. Indonesia's first Gay Pride celebration took place in Surabaya, on June 25, 1999. There are no laws which deal concretely with HIV or AIDS, but to avoid problems with uninformed officials, it is recommended that people living with HIV be discreet about their status. Contact Spiritia for further information.

In mid-2012, Indonesian ISPs began blocking websites with gay content. If you want to access your favorite websites on holiday, avoid using SIM cards from Telkomsel, Indosat, or staying at hotels that use these providers for their Internet. Try Axis SIM cards for your phones and smart devices instead.

    Comments from Utopians:

    "In my experience, it is not necessary to use a certain provider to circumvent this blocking. It is sufficient to add Google's name server in front of the ones used by the local provider. This can easily be done on iPad and iPhone, and possibly also on Windows, Android, etc. Go to your Settings menu and navigate to your Wi-Fi settings to find the DNS settings for the provider you are using in Indonesia. Then, insert [8.8.8.8,] (without the brackets) in front of the other DNS numbers in this field. That work's for iOS, and something similar works for OSX and Windows. You can then use your device as a Wi-fi hot spot for your laptop as well." -- Christian K., Dec 12, 2013

    "I currently live in Indonesia, and, as you identified above, some Internet service providers are blocking gay websites, including Utopia, despite the lack of pornographic content. However, I now use an Axis SIM/data card with a Wi-Fi modem to connect to the internet, and I can happily connect to Utopia again! Also, despite gay websites being blocked by Indosat, I could still access cached versions from Google search results. Not the most convenient way of browsing, but it does give an alternative for those who find their favorite gay website blocked by a clueless ISP." -- Daniel, Jul 1, 2013


Indonesia Listings by City or Island:

BALI | JAKARTA | SURABAYA | YOGYAKARTA

Other cities and provinces are listed below...



General Information

    Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and the largest Muslim-majority country on the planet. But the islands that make up Indonesia are hardly homogenous, reflecting not only an astounding repository of natural diversity, but also rich threads of cultural and religious traditions woven into its social tapestry.

    Economically emerging, and rather slowly at that, Indonesia is shockingly cheap. While the low value of the rupiah contributes to the country’s many social and political challenges, it’s great news for travelers.

    If you ever wanted to feel like one of the grand old explorers of the past, there are plenty of world wonders here within easy access; from the astounding cosmic pyramid of Borobudur in Yogyakarta, to the Hindu enclave of artists that is the island of Bali.

    With nearly as many homosexuals in its population as the United States has, Indonesia's large number of long established queer social organizations and activists stands in contrast to the relative lack of social spaces by and for gays and lesbians. But as the general economy grows, gay entrepreneurs are also beginning to flex their muscle.

  • Fascinating Time Magazine article on a fading homosexual tradition in Ponorogo, Indonesia
  • Indonesia Gay & Lesbian News
  • Indonesia Gay Scene Updates message forum
  • Lesbian listings
  • Men in Indonesia message forum
  • Travel in Indonesia message forum
  • Additional Links and Resources


Articles and Publications

  • GAYa NUSANTARA
      Jln Mojo Kidul I/11A, Surabaya 60285, (62-31) 591-4668, email. Indonesia's long-running GLBT magazine.


Organizations

  • AIDS/HIV organizations and information
  • Arus Pelangi
      The Indonesian Federation of LGBT Communities. An advocacy group involved in campaigning and educational activities.
  • Gaya Satria Purwokerto (GSP)
      Jln Laskar Patriot No. 40, Purwokerto, 0858-6933-2727.
  • Ikatan Gaya Anjuk Ladang (IGAL)
      Nganjuk, 0856-4588-8877.
  • Ikatan Gaya Tulungagung (IGATA)
      Tulungagung, 0857-3518-1464.
  • Jaringan Waria/LSL Lampung (JAWALA)
      cp. Edwin Saleh, 0815-4099-9642, email: kpakbandarlampung@yahoo.co.id


Travel Services

  • Magellan Resorts
      Jln Karangsari No 88, Sanur, (62-361) 271-484, FAX 286-087, email. Gay-managed and friendly luxury villas and resorts in Bali, Lombok and Java. Magellan Resorts hand-selects accommodations to anticipate the individual requirements of international travelers. Balance your body, mind and spirit to ensure that your vacations are superior in every sense.
  • Seth Tailored Trip Guide
      Jln Padma Utara No. 1A, Kuta, Bali, +62-857-9212-8785, email. Gay-owned tailored trip guide in Indonesia, Bali, Lombok, Flores, Alor, Bunaken (Manado), Raja Ampat (Sorong, Jayapura). Utopia Member Discount



BALI -- area code (62-361)



Balikpapan (Kalimantan Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Balikpapan is about 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Panorama Disco
        Thurs night, after 23:00.


Meeting Places

    • Lapangan Monumen
        Jln Jend Sudirman. After 21:30. Many gay locals.
    • Transgenders meet at JL. Gunung Pasir, after 23:00.


Saunas and Fitness for Men

    • Dusit Hotel sauna. Tue-Thurs, 18:00-20:00.



Banda Aceh (Aceh)

Organizations

  • Bintang Metamorfosa
      +62-852-6198-8908. Waria support group.
  • Violet Grey (gay)
      d/a Medan Aceh Partnership (MAP), Jl. Tgk Syik Lr E. - No. 6 Beurawe, Banda Aceh 23126, 0651-743-0104.



Bandar Lampung (Lampung Province)

General Information

    The population of Bandar Lampung is about 800,000 (that's 32,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Jaringan Waria/LSL Lampung (JAWALA)
      cp. Edwin Saleh, 0815-4099-9642, email: kpakbandarlampung@yahoo.co.id


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Oya Discotheque
        Yos Sudarso St., Sukaraja, Telukbetung district. Sat nights.


Meeting Places

    • Around the monument in front of the Golden Movie House (Bioskop Golden), Tanjungkarang district, nights.
    • Between Pemuda St. and the main crossroads, Tanjungkarang district, nights.
    • Near King Supermarket, Tanjungkarang Plaza, days.



Bandung (Jawa Barat Province) -- area code (62-22)

General Information

Organizations

  • DIC ABIASA – Bogor (gay)
      Jln Sukasari III, No. 4 Bogor 16142, 0251-354-006.
  • Himpunan ABIASA
      Jln Nilam V, No. 28 Bandung, 40265, 730-9352, hotline 022-9123-1807, email: himpunan_abiasa@yahoo.com Working with the MSM and waria community in West Java.
  • Yayasan Srikandi Pasundan (waria)
      Jln Leuwi Sari VIII, No. 3, Bandung, 520-4592, email: srikandipasundan@yahoo.com


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs and  Cabarets

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Starting Jan 2014, all 'entertainment venues,' including nightclubs and karoke spots, can only be open until midnight. The law is new and a bit unclear, and, like many things in Indonesia, it's hard to say how long or how strictly this law will be enforced or when and if it might be repealed." -- cyrc_84, Feb 9, 2014


Discos

    • Amnesia UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2013
        Paskal Hyper Square. Some gays here.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Visited Amnesia (my second time in two years). It might seem like a gay club, since the vast majority of people there are men. However, most guys are there just to drink and dance and they're not gay -- even though they may be physical with their male friends (just part of Indonesian friendly culture). With that said, there are still a lot of local gay guys, most of whom come in groups: some attached, some single. Very few westerners (I was the only one both times I went), so be prepared to be 'hit on' by straight guys who just want to know where you're from and maybe dance. It is still possible to meet (and pick up) like-minded guys, though. On Sat nights, things start picking up after midnight, really getting going close to 1am, and start quieting down around 4am." -- cyrc_84, Dec 30, 2013

    • Mansion (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2013
        Odeum, Paris Van Java. Open on weekends.


Fitness and Gyms

    • Hotel Preanger gym
        Jln Asia Afrika. Many gay guys here.
    • Imperium Hotel Sauna & Fitness Centre
        30-32 Jln Dr. Rum, 420-2244. Some body builders.
    • Santika Hotel Sauna & Fitness Centre
        54 Jln Sumatera, 420-3009. Not too crowded, but sauna and showers popular after 6pm. Be discreet.


Massage for Men

    • Asgar Massage
        22 Jln Srimahi Dalam, 701-47632. Not only blind masseurs, but mixed with some cute guys. There is also cruising between the clients. If they like each other, they go to the massage rooms and have fun there. There are also some gloryholes. Open 24-hours. Usually busy until 11pm.
    • Seven Kings Spa UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2013
        Next to 22A Jln Aceh, 420-4084. Men for men massage and body treatments. Sauna, steam, foam shower. Open until 11pm.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "The Seven Kings Spa is a bit difficult to find. The address above is a barber shop, if you see it you have gone past the building already. The building is shared with Selaras Spa, which seems to be a bona-fide beauty spa for ladies. There are separate entrances, but only the one for Selaras Spa in the left is clearly marked. Seven Kings has a lit sign which is only visible after dark. At the entrance, there is a counter where you can choose from a menu. You can choose the masseurs from a photo album. Indonesian language skills are helpful, as the staff only speak simple English. I chose the top package (two hours, VIP room, R$499,000). I was taken upstairs to wait. After a few minutes may masseur appeared with a tray containing the paraphernalia. When I asked about his training, he answered that he had no experience before, and only started learning massage at the spa two weeks earlier. He was short, under 1.70m, but muscular, with well developped arms and chest, and definitely had the strength needed. The massage room was in the back of the building, which is in extremely bad shape. The last paint job must have been done more than ten years ago. The room itself was spacious, but dilapidated, with a moldy ceiling and an ancient bath tub that did not even sport a shower head, just a hose. The massage bed was narrow, which was all right for massage. The massage lasted about an hour and was surprisingly good, considering the guy was a newbie. Afterwards, we took a shower together and he walked me towards the exit where I paid at the counter. I cannot stress enough how run down and how dirty the building and room were. If that's a turn off for you, you might prefer to use a hotel room instead. You may want to ask for a more experienced masseur." -- G., Jul 6, 2013

    • Tasik Panti Pijat Tunanetra
        Jln Pajajaran, Gg. Kina no. 126, Rt. 3 Rt. 4 (near Gedung Olah Raga), 0815-466-4502. Small, blind massage with friendly staff.


Meeting Places

    • Alongside the office of Emergency Safety (Bala Keselamatan) and Ponderosa.
    • Cipaku Swimming Pools are very cruisy especially on Wed.
    • Merdeka St, nights.
    • Shopping malls
      • Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP) at 56 Jln Merdaka (behind Grand Hyatt hotel). 3/F, at McDonalds, or in the basement car park facility, late afternoon and nights. Beware of hustlers.
      • Bandung Super Mall at Jln Gatot Subroto
      • Istana Plaza at Jln Pasir Kaligi/Rajajaran. Very popular with PLU.
    • Sumatra St, nights.
    • Town Square (Alun-alun Bandung or A2B) at Jln Dalam Kaum (opposite the central mosque). Two facilities at opposite ends. Dangerous after dark!


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Ohlala coffee shops have gay customers, especially Ohlala Paris Van Java.



Banjarmasin (Kalimantan Selatan Province)

General Information

    The population of Banjarmasin is 600,000 (that's 24,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Bobo Discotik (mixed), Tues nights.
    • Matt Discotik (mixed), Fri nights.
    • Shinta Discotik (mixed), Wed nights.



Banyuwangi (East Java)

Popular Spots

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Warung Lesehan Chandra (food stall)
        Jln Hayam Wuruk. Evenings, gays and M2F waria (transgenders).
    • Warung Lesehan Mak Lampir (food stall)
        Jln Jaksa Agung Suprapto (in front of Diponegoro Stadium). Evenings, gays and M2F waria.
    • Warung Soraya (food stall)
        Bambu Ria, Jalan Brawijaya. Evenings, gays and M2F waria.
    • Warung Susan (food stall)
        Jln Pierre Tendean. Evenings, gays and M2F waria.



Batam (Riau Kepulauan Province)

General Information

    The population of Batam is 160,000 (that's over 6,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Gaya Batam (gay and waria)
      Jln Bunga Mawar, No. 04A Baloi Kusuma Indah, Penuin, Batam 29444 - Riau Kepulauan, 0778-702-6865, Hotline 0778-721-7760, FAX 0778-421-369, email: ygb_aids@yahoo.com


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs and  Cabarets

    • Noname Cafe (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2013
        In Nagoya area. Live bands and often frequented by middle to upper-class workers in Batam. Good Music. Lots of young guys after 11pm. PLU's just roam around.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Noname Cafe is still the best in the island, maybe even the whole province. The crowd is still mostly straights, but we PLUs only want the best, so we go to the best hotel bar in town. There is now a good balance of expats and locals compared to the Noname Cafe 10 years ago." -- riverrobles, Jun 12, 2013

    • Pacific Discotheque
        Located in the Batu Ampar/Jodoh area at the hotel they call "Titanic" (the hotel is shaped like a big cruise ship), just in front of Melia Panorama. Young crowd. Many Singaporeans and Malaysians also.
    • Planet Ozone Discotheque (mixed)
        At the back of the Planet Holiday Hotel, the tallest building in Batam Island.


Meeting Places

    • Batu Ampar harbor, Sat night from midnight to morning.
    • In front of the BCA branch in Batam: daily from 10pm - 5am.
    • Bukit Senyum (Smiling Hill), nights.
    • Bus stop in front of the Permata Bank. Daily from 10pm - 3am.
    • Centrepoint Shopping Centre
    • Plaza 21, Tanjung Pantun-Jodoh. Daily from 2pm - 10pm.



Bengkulu

General Information

    The population of Bengkulu is 260,000 (that's over 10,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Nala Beach (Pantai Nala), late afternoons.



Bogor (Jawa Barat Province) -- area code (66-251)

General Information

    The population of Bogor is about 600,000 (that's about 24,000 Utopians).

  • Men in Bogor message forum


Popular Spots

Accommodations

Discos

    • Spectrum Discoteque (mixed)
        Jln Pajajaran (near to Hotel Pangrano III, on the main street after you exit the highway), 257-057. Popular with the gay crowd.


Karaoke

    • Karaoke Mulia (mixed)
        Taman Topi, Kapt. Muslihat St. Sat nights.


Meeting Places

    • Hotel Salak, in front.
    • Pajajaran St. Bus Stop
        Before the Internusa Shopping Centre, near the fence in front of the Kebun Raya (great garden).
    • The Palace (Istana)
        In front. Day and night.
    • RRI (Radio Republik Indonesia)
        In front of the offices.
    • Shopping malls
      • Internusa Shopping Complex (Pertokoan Internusa)
      • Jambu Dua Mall is the largest in Bogor. The main entrance stair is quite cruisy and always a few gays hanging around. The facility at the back has quite a few PLU, but be discreet.
      • Robinson at the corner of Jln Surya Kencana used to be more popular before JDM opened. Lots of traffic here so be careful of pickpockets!
    • Taman Topi (Topi Park), opposite the Central Police Station. Very cruisy from 7-10pm, especially weekends. Easy to get to know people here, most are young gay men looking for friends. Facility is cruisy, but dirty.
    • Tuju Kujang, near the guardpost.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Gumati Restaurant & Gallery
        26 Jln Paledang, 313-422. Popular place for tourists to eat and relax. Live entertainment on the weekends.
    • Kapulasan Gallery Café
        16 Jln Pangrango (opposite Pangrango Hotel), 331-888.



Bukittinggi, West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Bukittinggi is 100,000 (that's over 4,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Taman Kota (Town Square) (mixed)
        Around Jam Gadang (Big Clock). Nightly, 9pm - midnight.
    • Next to Hotel Novotel, nightly, 10pm - midnight.



Cianjur (Jawa Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Cianjur is 150,000 (that's 6,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • The President movie theater, nightly.
    • The Station, nightly.



Cipanas

Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • The disco on the 3/F of Cipanas market.



Gresik (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Gresik is 100,000 (that's 4,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Inside the harbor, Fri and Sat before 19:00.



Jakarta



Jayapura (Papua Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Jayapura is about 140,000 (that's about 6,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Forum Waria Jayapura
      Jln Ayapo No. 12 Kampung Cina, Abepura Jayapura, 0967-524-681, 0967-585-116, FAX 0967-531 925.


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Paramount
        Sat, Tues (ladies' night) and Thurs.


Meeting Places

    • A. Yani St., along and in front of the Bintang Mas Store.
    • Irian St., along and in front of the shopping complex.
    • Imbi Park (Taman Imbi), in the center of town.
    • Imbi movie theater Sun at 15:30
    • Taman Pelabuhan Kapal (Dermagea) Park.



Jember (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Jember is 270,000 (that's about 11,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Town square (alun-alun), nights.
    • The warung (small restaurant) in the alley in front of the station, nights.



Kediri (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Kediri is 300,000 (that's about 12,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Persatuan Kawan Sehati (Perkasa)
      08133-3665-7995.


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Sky Disc
        Merdeka Hotel. Nightly, esp. Tues (ladies' night) and Sat nights.


Meeting Places

    • In front of the Brawijaya stadium, nightly (busiest on Sat).
    • In front of the Kowak swimming pool.



Kupang (Nusa Tenggara Timur)

General Information

    The population of Kupang is over 160,000 (that's 6,500 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Sasando Hotel bar (mixed)
        10pm onwards.


Meeting Places

    • Along Jln Sumatera, 4-8pm daily.
    • Pantai Timor between Pantai Timor Hotel and Susi Hotel.
    • Taman Kota, after 8pm daily.



Lhokseumawe (Aceh)

Organizations

  • Laluna
      +62-852-6005-4666. Waria support group.



LOMBOK, Senggigi -- area code(62-370)

General Information

Travel Services

  • Karang Divers
      Karang Divers, +62 0821-4789-0073, email. Gay-managed boutique dive shop on the stunning island of Gili Air. They offer dive trips and courses that are small, personal and friendly. Utopia Member Discount


Popular Spots

Accommodations

Bars and Clubs

    • Berry's Bar (mixed)
        Jln Raya Senggigi 3X (on the right on the main road as you enter Senggigi), 0818-0520-9736. Gay-owned, friendly staff, pool table.
    • New Marina Bar (mixed)
        Senggigi. Great music (rock and blues), pool table upstairs and nice atmosphere. Cover charge. One of the best places to go at night in Senggigi. Open daily from 10pm. The local gay community usually move between here and Tropicana. Some nights, the clientele of each place can be up to 40% gay.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Happy Cafe in Senggigi is gay friendly. Good live music every day. Good for drinking, not dining. Staff is friendly, too. " -- bbox, Jul 6, 2013


Massage for Men

      Comments from Utopians:

      "In Gili Trawangan Island, just off the coast of Lombok, there is a new gay friendly massage place called Lombok Tradisional Massage tucked away in the village. The masseur does a brilliant full body massage. Ring Ferry +62 81 907-745-303 for directions." -- Martin, Dec 17, 2013


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Bumbu Café (Thai cuisine)
        Jln Raya, Senggigi (approximately half way between New Marina and Tropicana), 818-540-989. Easily identified by the large sign with a chili on it in front of the pavilion. Owner is gay as are a few of the staff, with the others being very gay friendly. Excellent food. Occasional drag shows on Fri nights.
    • Cafe Pojok
        A few doors to north of Bumbu Café. Displays the rainbow flag. Gay-owned and operated with entirely gay staff.
    • de Quake (seafood)
        Art Market (Pasar Seni), Senggigi, 693-694, email. Located on the beach, this gay-managed, open-air restaurant and lounge looks out onto the bay of Senggigi and offers stunning, unmatched sunset views. Relaxing in the afternoon or evening in their lounge area with your your favorite drink or specially prepared cocktail, or enjoy a romantic meal in serene tranquility with the sound of lapping seawaves. De Quake offers Asian and Indonesian seafood prepared by one of Lombok's premiere chefs, Edi Pono. Gay-managed. Utopia Member Discount



Madiun (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Madiun is 200,000 (that's 8,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Behind the Wilis Stadium, Oendowo St.
    • Town square (alun-alun)



Makassar / Ujung Pandang

Popular Spots

Organizations

  • Gaya Celebes
      Jln Baji Passare II No. 6, 0411-851-829, email: gayacelebes@bigfoot.com


Discos

    • Botol (mixed)
        Losari Beach area. Live music.
    • M Club (mixed)
        Panakkukang area. Disco.


Meeting Places

    • Makassar Theatre
        Bali St.. Sat nights, after the midnight show, people continue hanging out at the Losari beach.
    • Mall Panakukang, 3/F facilities during the day.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Donald's Canteen
        Karunrung. 11:00 to 22:00.
    • Losari beach pub & restaurant
        Makassar Golden Hotel, nightly.



Malang (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Malang is 800,000 (that's 32,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • IGAMA (Ikatan Gaya Arema Malang)
      Jln Hamid Rusdi 67, Malang, 0341-335-770, email. An MSM (men who have sex with men) organization working for HIV/AIDS preventation in Malang Raya.
  • Kelompok Kerja Waria Malang Raya (KK WAMARAPA)
      Lekso No. 11, 0341-400-896. Working with the MSM and waria community in East Java.


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Bale Barong
        Panglima Sudirman St. Tue gay nights, starting at 10pm.
    • My Place (mixed)
        Kartika Prince Hotel, Sat night.
    • Terrace Café Matos every Sat night.


Meeting Places

    • Town Square (Alun alun Kota). Everyday, especially on Sat night. Beware of hustlers.
    • Xtreme Fitness Centre (Ruko Sukarno Hatta)




Manado (Sulawesi Utara Province)

General Information

    The population of Manado is 400,000 (that's over 16,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • The Pasar 45 station and terminal complex, nights.
    • Near the Balai Wartawan and Arta Pusara Bank, nights.
    • The People's Unity Park (Taman Persatuan Bangsa).



MEDAN (Sumatera Utara Province) -- area code(62-61)

General Information

    The population of Medan is nearing 3 million (that's about 120,000 Utopians).

  • Men in Medan message forum


Organizations

  • Kumpulan Orang-orang Sehati (KOOS) (gay/MSM)
      Jln Durung No. 66, Medan, Sumatera Utara, cp. Furkanis, Chan, 0813-9622-2244.
  • Pelangi Hati (waria)
      Jln Marelan Raya, Pasar 5 Hamparan Perak No. 24 B Medan, Sumatera Utara cp. Edo, 081-2637-4242, 0815-3372-3371.


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Tavern (mixed)
        Danau Toba Hotel. This bar has a healthy number of gays mixing in with the straights.


Discos

    • Entrance
        Grand Aston Cityhall, in front of Merdeka Yard.
    • Retrospective (mixed)
        Capital Bld, Jln Putri Hijau (beside Deli Plaza). Gays come on Sat night.
    • Tobasa (mixed)
        Hotel Danau Toba International, Jln Imam Bonjol. Gays come on Sat night.
    • X3
        Yang Lim Plaza, Jln Emas.


Massage for Men

    • Etalase Boutique
        Jln Teuku Umar. Man spa and massage with a gay hang-out café, too. The place looks obviously gay, even for straights that pass by on the road. Most of the visitors are young Chinese.


Meeting Places

    • A. Yani St.
        At end, near the Post office, Telecommunications, and Tourism office (PTP) at the London Bld.
    • Balia Kota St. at the coffee shop "TD."
    • Iskander Muda St. (transgenders)
        At Hotel Berlian.
    • KFC on Jln Monginsidi is crowded on Sat nights.
    • Merdeka Walk in every corner - many gay groups or singles there, especially Sat night.
    • Pal Merah St.(transgenders)
    • Shopping Malls
      • Cambridge Mall
          Jln S. Parman. Many handsome men, especially coming out of My Life Gym and Spa.
      • Medan Plaza
          Jln Iskandar Muda. Gays in the facilties, but be discreet because security knows that also.
      • Plaza Medan Fair.
          Jln Gatot Subroto. Gays meet around the facilties.
      • Sun Plaza facilities.
    • Swimming pools
      • Danu Toba International Hotel at Jln Imam Bonjol. Open to the public for a small entrance fee. Very cruisy.
      • Gaperta swimming pool, every Fri dozens of gay men.
      • Tiara Hotel at Cut Mutia St. Visitors and gay locals.
      • Tirta Kartika at Jln Gaperta (near Tata Plaza). Entry fee. Very cruisy, especially on Fri.
    • Theaters
      • Deli at Jln Perdana right in front of Music House Discotheque. Very old theater. Lots of gay men watching films.
      • Odeon at no. 8 & 9 Jln Jend. Gatot Subroto (1km from Taman Ria and Medan Plaza)
      • Pelita at Jln Pelita, P. Brayan (next to Pelita Mini Market). No air-con. Be discreet.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Cat Walk Café
        Jln Teuku Umar at Tumapel No. 7 (corner house), 456-7277. In the evening. Helpful owner.
    • TD (Tembakau Deli)
        Tembakau Deli St., near Deli Plaza. Nightly. Lots of gay men to the point near the center of town/next to Deli Plaza and Darma Deli Natour Disco.


Shops and Salons

    • Etalase Boutique
        Jln Teuku Umar at Tumapel No. 7 (corner house), 456-7277. In the evening. Helpful owner.



MOJOKERTO (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Mojokerto is 120,000 (that's 5,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Town square (alun-alun), next to the military police building. Nights.



PADANG (Sumatera Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Padang is 120,000 (that's about 5,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Bumi Minang Pub(mixed)
        Hotel Bumi Minang. Open from 9pm. Popular hang out with Padang gays, especially on Sat night.


Meeting Places

    • Imam Bonjol Park
        Best from 9pm till dawn. Transgenders as well as gay man here.
    • Minang Plaza
        Open from 10am-9pm. Good spot for browsing.
    • Padang Theater, all hours.
    • President Music Room
    • Taman Melati
        Aditiawarman Museum Complex, near the Utama Theater at the Taman Budaya.



Palembang (Sumatera Selatan Province)

General Information

    The population of Palembang is 1.5 million (that's 60,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Mega Bintang disco
        Hotel Darma Agung, Jln Sudirman - the road to the airport. (Everyone knows it as Darma Agung.) Usually some gays.
    • Lembang disco
        Hotel Lembang, Jln Kolonel Atmo. Usually some gays.


Meeting Places

    • GYM. Gay customers and staff at this health club.
    • Internasional Plaza (IP). Top floor in the cinema lobby. 3-7pm daily.
    • Jln Dr Wahidin, Topaz area, near Kambang Iwak. Nightly, transgenders.
    • Lumban Tirta Public swimming pool (kolam renang umum) next to the sports hall on Jln P.O.M. IX in the Kampus area. Best on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
    • Outside the Telkom office on Jln Merdeka, near Tugu MONPERA. Between the post office and Garuda cinema. Best between 8pm and 10pm nightly.
    • Tugu MONPERA Monument on Jln Merdeka, opposite Mesjid Agung. Nightly, gays and transgenders.
    • Outside Wartel Dahlia (a telephone office)
        Jln Letkol Iskandar 902a, opposite the Internasional Plaza (IP) shopping centre. Best between 7pm and 9pm every evening.



Pandaan (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Pandaan is 40,000 (that's 1,600 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • In front of the Mojopahit restaurant, nights. Transgender.
    • The Gunung Sari grave, every Thurs night leading into Jum'at legi (a particular Thursday night in the 35 day Javanese calendar). Transgender.



PANGANDARAN BEACH, CIAMIS (Jawa Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Ciamis is about 70 thousand (that's about 3,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Diskotik Star
        Meridian. Sat night.
    • Tempo Doeloe Café
        Jln Bulak Laut. Daily from 10:00-22:00.



Pasuruan (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Pasuruan is 160,000 (that's 6,400 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Gaya Suropati
      0343-764-1864.


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • The Banyubiru baths, 17 kilometers from Pasuruan. Sun daytime.
    • The north town square (alun-alun), nights.
    • Makam Gunung Gangsir, Bangil. Every eve of Friday Legi. Transgenders.
    • Purwanto Hause, Jln Hayam Wuruk 16 (in front Sang Timur school)
    • The warung (small restaurant) second from the south, called Pasar Poncol, Nusantara St., beside the Himalaja Cinema, nights.



Pekalongan (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

    The population of Pekalongan is about 275,000 (that's about 11,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Independence Monument (Juang '45), Thurs and Sat nights.
    • Far end of entrance to Pangandaran Beach, Sat nights.



Pekanbaru (Riau Province)

General Information

    The population of Pekanbaru is over 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Atrium of Plaza Citra. Gay men, nightly, 9pm - midnight.
    • Cafe Plaza Citra (mixed), nightly, 8-10pm.
    • Jln Cut Nya Dhien (next to the Education & Culture [Depdikbud] building). Gay men, nightly, 9pm - midnight.
    • Around the MTQ location (Qur'an reading contest), (mixed), Sat night, 9pm - midnight.



Ponorogo (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

    The population of Ponorogo is over 80,000 (that's about 3,000 Utopians).

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Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Town square (alun-alun), center of town, next to the banyan tree on the south side, along the sidewalk between the West and East squares. Nightly, esp. Sat.



Pontianak, West Borneo (Kalimantan Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Pontianak is a half million (that's 20,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Taman Alun Kapuas: park in front of the Korem (subregional military HQ), nightly after 7pm.



Rantepao (Sulawesi Seletan) -- area code (66-423)

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Popular Spots

Accommodations

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Meeting Places

    • Jln Monginsidi (at the intersection of Jln Sadan) and Jln Yadi are cruisy after 9pm.
    • At the end of Jln Mappanyuki near the police office, after 9pm.



Salatiga (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

    The population of Salatiga is 120,000 (that's about about 5,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • PULSE Tak Hanya Diam
      Jln Kemiri 1, No. 4, Salatiga 50711, 0298-718-3701, 0856-4700-0835, email: youth_mobile@yahoo.co.id


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Along Sudirman St., Sat night.
    • Near Salatiga Plaza, nights.



Samarinda (Kalimantan Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Samarinda is about 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Citra Niaga (CN)
    • Mesra Indah Shopping Centre 2/F, Sat nights.
    • Patung Pesut Mahakam, Sun nights.
    • Terapung Disco, Mon nights.



Semarang (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

    The population of Semarang is 1.3 million (that's over 50,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Graha Mitra
      Jln Trajutrisno Raya No. 20, 024-760-9706, email: grahamitra_noaids@yahoo.com for this waria and gay organization.
  • Semarang Gaya Society (SGC)
      Jln Taman Nangka, No. 8 Semarang, 024-844-6548, 081-7951-6970.


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Jatidiri swimming pool changing room, Sat afternoon and Sun morning.
    • Menteri Supeno St.
    • Simpang Lima Field, near Citraland, nights.
    • The yard in front of SMA I (upper secondary school #1)



Sidoarjo (Jawa Timur Province)

General Information

    The population of Sidoarjo is 100,000 (that's 4,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • GAYA DELTA
      Jln Sidokare Asri Blok BP-26, 031-7054-2622, 0815-5307-1550


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • GOR Swimming pool, every Sunday morning and afternoon.
    • Larangan Market.
    • Town square (alun-alun), near the public telephones beside the Mahkota Cinema and the street next to it. Sat nights best.



Situbondo (East Java)

General Information

    The population of Situbondo is over 600,000 (that's almost 25,000 Utopians).


Organizations


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Cafe Lesehan
        Jln Ahmad Yani, across from the state pawnshop (Pegadaian), on the western side of the town square.9pm-2am.
    • Mangga Dua
        Jln Melati. Popular wth waria (especially out-of-towners from Jember, Banyuwangi, and Bondowoso), 7pm-2am.
    • Warung McD (Mak Dayat eating stall)
        Jln Ahmad Jaffar, in front of the jail, on theeastern side of the town square. 9pm-2am.



Solo / Surakarta (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

Organizations

  • Gesang
      Jln Cokrobaskoro 201B, 0271-730-676, email: gesangsolo@yahoo.com


Popular Spots

Discos

    • Legenda Discotheque (mixed)
        Jln Pasar Besar. Cruisy on Sat night.


Meeting Places

    • Jurung Park (river side)
    • Manahan (Manhattan) Field
        Nights. Gay men, transgenders, women.
    • Park behind Pasar Legi (transgender)
    • Slamed Ryiady, near BTPN Bank
    • Sriwedari (Swedia) Park
        Also the parking lot behind. Nights.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Café Saraswati
        Novotel Slamet Riyadi. Cruisy, especially on Tues, Fri, Sat, and Sun.



Surabaya (Jawa Timur Province)



Tasikmalaya (Jawa Barat Province)

General Information

    The population of Tasikmalaya is 230,000 (that's almost 10,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • BMW Studio
        Cilembang Street, esp. Sat night.
    • Dynasty Billiard
        Sat night after 10pm.
    • The GOR Sukapura Dadaha Complex, nightly after 10pm. Transgenders.
    • Kabupaten (regency) town square, nightly after 11pm. Transgenders.
    • Mesjid Agung vicinity, nightly 6:30-11:30pm
    • Samudra Dept. Store, Sat night up to 11pm



Tegal (Jawa Tengah Province)

General Information

    The population of Tegal is 280,000 (that's over 11,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Meeting Places

    • Mosque Square
        On the east side, in front of the Dewa cinema. Nights.
    • Susana Baru Hotel, in front, nights.
    • Yard in front of Tegal Station (Stasiun Tegal), nights.



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