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Sumatra’s second-largest city is a major port and prospers on the core industries of oil refining, fertiliser production and cement manufacturing.

The city’s spicy fare is subject of much debate (positive and negative) in Sumatra, and it’s worth establishing your own opinion for cuisine chats around the rest of the island.

Palembang sits astride Sungai Musi, the two halves of the city linked by the giant Jembatan Ampera (Ampera Bridge). The river is flanked by a hodgepodge of wooden houses on stilts.

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