Merpati airlines has a regular flight to Waingapu airport. It provides flights from Kupang via Maumere and from Denpasar four times a week (Merpati Waingapu: 0387-61323). Transnusa also provides this route from Kupang but its schedule is tentative. Merpati flies with the same frequency to Tambolaka in West Sumba, but from there, you have to take a four-hour drive to Waingapu. Although winding, the condition of the roads from Tambolaka to Waingapu are good. Meadows and savannas in East Sumba provide amazing scenery along the way.
For sea transportation, motor boats from Ende and Aimere in Flores and from Kupang in Timor (ASDP-Waingapu: 0387-61533) are available. Pelni ships arrive in Waingapu twice a week.
You can find rented cars at Waingapu airport. If you are a hotel guest, you can ask for a pick up service. Hotels generally provide rented cars. In the city, there are motor taxis that can take you around. You can just stand by the street, and they will come to offer their services.
You can do many things in Prailiu. Local inhabitants are familiar with tourists and researchers. You can see mothers weaving fabrics who can show you how to weave, spin, and make natural colored dies for yarn. Buying fabrics and various types of woven products are certianly what they expect from tourists. You can walk around the village while observing traditional houses and cemeteries full of carved materials and corpse preserving process.
Waingapu has many hotels and home stays. Some commonly visited by vacationers are the Hotel Merlin (0387-61300), Hotel Sandlewood (0387-61887), and Hotel Elvin (0387-62097).
Hotels usually have their own restaurants such as Merlin, Sandlewood, and Evlin restaurants. At night, there are many food stalls selling grilled fish in Pelabuhan Lama.
Buying various types of woven products is certainly something you should not miss when visiting Prailiu. Each village in Sumba actually has its own special product. Some villages are famous for their woven fabrics, and some others are known for their scarf products. In Prailiu, you can find them all because woven fabrics from various villages in hinterlands are also available here.
Betel is a compulsory dish for visitors. You don’t have to eat it but you have to be polite when rejecting it so as to respect local customs.
Tourists are considered potential buyers by mothers selling fabrics. It is best not to have a quick transaction, but you should have a small talk first. Hospitality will bring many advantages. You will probably be given information about which products are made of manufactured yarns and which are of home woven yarns.