About Jambi

Jambi is another province settled in Sumatra Island, which properly located on the east coast of central Sumatra. The capital of this province is Jambi city.

At early begin, before Indonesia colonized by the Dutch colonial Jambi was a part of well-established of Srivijayan Kingdom. Srivijayan kingdom was an ancient Malay kingdom in Sumatra. It gained its influence some time in 7th century but rather overshadowed by the large neighbor kingdom that time, namely Sriwijaya. Melayu then became a subject of Sriwijaya and then Sriwijaya fell, Majapahit took over this kingdom. Then Minangkabau people of West Sumatra claimed this area after the fall of Majapahit.

In 17th century, the Dutch East India Company created an alliance with Sultan Muhammed Nakhruddin. The Dutch then monopolized pepper trade in this area. Later on 1901, Dutch East India Company moved its place to Palembang in South Sumatra and Jambi was free of its influences then.

The people in Jambi is dominated by the ethnic of Malay with the group of Kerinci and Minangkabau. The economic site from this province is mostly come from Jambi city as the capital of this province. The busy spot from Jambi city is on Batang Hari river as an oil and rubber-producer center.

Mount and Lake Kerinci is commonly visited by the tourist while they passing by to Jambi. The existance of flora and fauna in Jambi, makes this city own their particular of national park as a reservation for those habitats, and others tourism destination are Kerinci Seblat National Park, Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park, and Barbak National Park.

How to get there
Every day, there are 6 flights departing and arriving at Jambi. Flights from Jakarta would have spent one hour, 15 minutes from Palembang and an hour from Batam, as well as from Singapore.

Travelling by ship or ferry is also easy, from Batam it only takes 5 hours and 7 hours from Malaysia. To see and feel the road trip, it takes 6 hours from Palembang, 8 hours from Padang and 10 hours from Bengkulu.


Geographically, Jambi is located between 0o 45′ – 2o 45′ Northern Latitude and between 101o 10′ – 104o 55′ East Longitude. This province is bordered by
North side: Riau province
South side: Bengkulu province
West Side: West Sumatra
East side: Berhala Strait

Wide Area

Jambi province area is 44,800 sq km width.


Jambi Province is divided among 5 regencies and 1 municipality.


Jambi Humidity is about 83%. The rainfall ranges about 1,940 – 2,941 mm per year. The temperature is range between 22.5o C and 33.6o C.


A migration flows to this province is supported by the existence of heavy plantation exertion and transmigration program. In 1994, the total population was 214,507 people, with an average density of 40.1 people per Km2. Compared to the average population growth amounted to 2.144% per year, this province is on the lower level with 1.21% per year during the 1990-1994 period.

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