Raja Prailiu Village in East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


It is common knowledge that East Nusa Tenggara Province is known for its stunning beaches. Aside from this fact, people can also find other types of attractions though including exotic villages like Raja Prailiu. As people may expect, this village is located in Prailiu and belongs to Kambera Sub-District. As for the region, it is part of East Sumba Regency. One thing that makes it popular is definitely the history, which was one the capital of Lewa Kambera Kingdom. The location is in the east part of Waingapu City and has become another pride of Sumba Island for generations. As for tourists, the village indeed turns into a new vacation destination especially in terms of cultural and historical tourism.

The Nuance
Once arriving at Raja Prailiu Village, tourists may be impressed by its traditional and serene atmosphere. The most recognizable feature that visitors may see is definitely a group of traditional houses called Uma Hori or Uma Mbatang. Some other interesting objects that can be found there are statues, megalithic graves called Reti, and various historical items. Not to mention tourists may meet friendly locals with their beautiful clothes and traditional ornaments! It is because these people are good at creating woven fabrics which are made naturally. Even foreigners have acknowledged it in fact!

Exploring Raja Prailiu Village
Those who never visit Prailiu Village may wonder about what they can do on site. Well, it is as simple as getting closer to the locals. Those people are friendly and they often offer foods to the guests! Not to mention tourists have the opportunity to wear Sumba’s traditional clothes including the ornaments like weapons, bag, cap, etc. After changing clothes, they should take pictures or selfies before returning those clothes to the owner though. It is because they won’t get such kind of experience every day.

The next recommended thing to do in Raja Prailiu Village is to explore the site and witness unique traditional houses. In front of the building, tourists may see big trees and many unique ornaments including animal skulls! Instead of being afraid, tourists would feel enthusiastic and take the opportunity to enjoy photography. Around the trees, tourists may find numerous carved stones with various designs as well. Somehow, these objects look unique and become another background of photography.

The next allure of Raja Prailiu Village is definitely the local woven fabrics. Both the quality and design are unique, so tourists should not miss the chance to purchase them while visiting the site. Even though the price is a little bit expensive, those are valuable products with priceless value and beauty!

Nearby Attractions

  • Persaudaraan Hill
  • Batu Payung Beach
  • Waingapu Pahlawan Monument

How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, which is the capital of East Nusa Tenggara Timur, they can take an airplane from El Tari International Airport and head to Umbu Mehang Airport of Waingapu City. The flight takes only 30 minutes, so don’t worry. Once arriving at Waingapu, tourists can take any local transportation service and head to Raja Prailiu Village right away through Adi Sucipto Street. The distance is only 3.1 km, so the trip takes about 7-10 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Tanto Hotel
  • Sacca Residence
  • Kaliuda Hotel
  • Karya Mandiri


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