Monday, May 31, 2010

Fort Marlborough

FORT MARLBOROUGH is an old fortress Built in 1713 till 1719 by British East India. As a British colonial heritage, Marlborough is located in the main street of Bengkulu. Inside the building, there is a subway connected to the outside. It was as the second strongest fort built by British in the east after Fort George in Madras, India. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1817 was appointed by British Administration as Lieutenant Governor of Bengcoolen (Bengkulu), during his administration, a botanist JOSEPH ARNOLD discovered the world largest flower at Manna district, southern parts of Bengkulu, the Flower is well known as RAFFLESIA ARNOLDI. The British ruled the region more than 100 years, then in 1825 under the London treaty, the administration was Handing over to the Dutch until Indonesia get the Independence Day in 1945.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dendam Tak Sudah Lake

This small lake, located 8 km from Bengkulu, has been curiously named Dendam Tak Sudah ('never-ending grudge'). The lake has facilities for water-skiing and boating and its surroundings feature an abundance of orchids known as Vanda hokriana. When they bloom, the lakeside transforms into a huge exotic flower garden. Dendam Tak Sudah Lake is surrounded by mountainous scenery and hosted by habitat for typical water orchid called Vanda Hookeriana (Merr.), naturally a hydro parasitic plant, as well as a means of natural conservation in biodiversity. This lake has been used for fishing, canoeing and other water sports facility proposed.

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Tour Garden Bumi Kedaton - Batu Putuk

Lampung has long been as the Land of Elephants and Way Kambas as the best known as elephant training center. But don't imagine that getting there is easy these days. Getting to the National Park takes at least two hours from the center of town, on a road in terrible condition. This trip is only for the truly adventurous, or tourists with a lot of time on theirs hands. But don't worry - now there's Taman Wisata Bumi Kedaton (Bumi Kedaton Tourism Park), located in Batu Putuk area, only 20 minutes from the center of Bandar Lampung. This park had created especially to make it easy for tourists, and the local people of Lampung, to enjoy a family holiday with Sumatra's favorite beasts.

This tourism object has built on 9 hectares area, Bumi Kedaton is like a miniature zoo, with various animal attraction: bears, porcupines, many types of bird, and monkeys. The park is only 75% complete at the moment, but soon it will also feature a crocodile park. Visitors can also see pythons and king cobras, horses performing material arts, and of course the perennial favorite, the elephants.

We can also ride an elephant while trekking up the river. So next time if visit Lampung, take the time to have an adventure with the elephants. The park also offers accommodation in 3-bedroom bungalow in traditional Lampung style.

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Trekking Through The Meratus Mountains

Meratus Mountain lies from southern to northern of South Borneo. The range inhabited by Meratus Dayak ethnic. They settle on remote places along Meratus range. Nomadic farming, animals hunting, and ritual ceremony are part of their life. The highest part is on Mount Besar. The area is covered by tropical rain forest, river, mossy stone, and tremendous waterfall. By trekking here, you will breath the fresh of tropical forest air and whispered by the sound of mighty nature.

The Meratus mountain range area is a forest area located in the South Kalimantan province, ranging from southeast to the north and bordering the province of East Kalimantan, the protected "Green Belt." Meratus area is home to a rich flora and fauna, including endemic species of Kalimantan and several of them are species that are in danger of becoming extinct. Therefore, these species need to be protected to ensure their conservation. Old secondary growth typically has a fairly continuous canopy cover of greater than 6 metres, growth consists exclusively of dense bamboo groves which shade the ground and prevent re-entry of tree seeds. Hill dipterocarp forest is the natural vegetation of the Meratus and can be found at the west side of the Meratus mountains.The Meratus mountains contains rocks of the ocean floor, limestone and sedimentary rocks.

The Meratus Mountains is the livelihood for thousands of the Dayak Meratus people. The Mountains functions as a water catchment area that guarantees regular irrigation cycles for the lower lands along the rivers.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Anjuk Ladang Museum

Anjuk Ladang Museum is located in Nganjuk city, and inside it, there are many goods from the Hinduism culture, Doho, and Majapahit which were found in Nganjuk area. In that area, was also found an ancient inscription about the establishment of Nganjuk municipal.

This museum is located east of the Nganjuk bus terminal and contains things of historical value such as inscriptions, statues found in the Nganjuk regency. This museum is divided into various building, the front Joglo building contains the Anjuk Ladang inscription whereas the main building in the middle contains the statues and other historical remains such us vessels, bowl, leather shadow puppets, bell and mask. The hind building is small and is used for the museum secretariat, the security ward and bathroom / toilet.

The museum is open for whoever is interested in the history, the identity of the people of Nganjuk and the strong Anjuk Ladang motivation.

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Teleng Ria beach is the nearest from Pacitan, it is about 5 minutes from the city. This beach faced to 'Pantai Selatan' with extent of white sand along about 3 km length. The distance from the Capital of Pacitan regency to the location is only 3,5 km, and it is easily reached with various vehicle.

The wave is medium and enjoyable for swimming and also to have a picnic with family. It has white sand and beautiful panorama guarded by limo mountains.

Various supporting facilities which have been built are; Watch Tower to enjoy the south sea wave, swimming pool and play ground, a stage for cultural event for Bonggo Budoyo and camping area, fishing area, hotels, and traditional food of Pacitan.

This beach is also applied for Fish Auction Place (TPI) so that the visitor can buy fresh fish.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Camplong Tourist cottage and Beach are located in Dharma Camplong Village. Further east just 62 km from Bangkalan. Camplong beach is a good place to stop over on your journey in Madusa Island through south road. The Kind of tourism with many facilities given both children amusement places and accommodation in front of inn/cottage along the edge of the beach. Camplong fishing village with colorful sailing boat can be added into your tour. Camplong cottage in this area is recommended to stay at. The distance of the tourist cottage and Camplong Beach from the Regency Capital is about 8 km with roads in good condition. It is a very suitable place for transiting or resting because it is precisely located near the main street to Kamal-Sumenep. When you come to this resort you are able not only to rest but also to enjoy delicious Madurese ‘rujak’ easily found there. There are also provided with other facilities such as children amusement places and swimming pools.

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Karanggongso Beach

Karanggongso beach is about 3 Km, east of Prigi. The beach is 1,5 Km long with its white sand, gullet and clear water which enables the tourists to take a bath. This beach is located in Tasikmadu village. This beach is facilitated with a cottage, a hotel and boats rental, including Hotel Prigi and a hotel belongs to the Regional Government cooperative.

With its natural scenery around, Karanggongso Beach is suitable for the visitor to enjoy the sea air and the waves. There are big stones around the beach. The visitor can sit there, watch the waves and feel the wind. This beach is one of the beautiful beaches in Trenggalek regency that can attract both the domestic and foreign tourists.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nasi Timbel

Nasi Timbel is the famous Sundanese dish, and a must try local delicacy. Nasi Timbel consists of steamed Sundanese foodrice (white or red rice) in a tube-shaped wrapped in banana leaf (by covering it in banana leaf will make the rice more aromatic and appetizing,... mmm..yummy), lalapan/raw vegetables (tomatoes, coriander leaves, eggplants, cabbages, lettuces, and so on), sambal terasi (shrimp-paste chili sauce), tomatoes sauce, tempe (made of fermented soybean), tahu (fried tofu), ayam (fried or roasted chicken), pepes Ikan Mas (goldfish wrapped in a banana leaf and roasted) and a sliced of jambal/ikan asin (salted fish). And served with sayur asam, a vegetable soup given a sour flavour by the addition of tamarind.
Nasi timbel one of my favorite Indonesian food ^_^.

Timbel (in Sunda Language) with the meaning "Bekal" in Indonesian ( "Bekal" means "Supplies" in English). Histories, the farmers before going to rice field or farm always bring the supplies of rice with wrapped by banana leaf and completed with a side dishes for lunch, therefore recognizing of Nasi Timbel.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Karangsari Agro Tourism - Fresh Starfruit

Karangsari Village, Regency of Sukorejo, Blitar is become popular because of the Star Fruit (Belimbing). What makes this star fruit become so famous is coming from the size, which has jumbo size, and it has sweeter taste than commonly star fruit, with tempting light yellow.

While doing devotional visit to Bung Karno graveyard, you can spend your time visiting Karangsari village and buy the star fruit as a gift. While enjoying the atmosphere at Karangsari village you can also see the star fruit's tree over the road, for the people around the village is plant it at their house.At first, someone at the village trying to plant the star fruit seed, which is a gift from a friend, and amazingly this person can change the people around for they can cultivate the star fruit as a commodity. And so on, this village become popular as the biggest star fruit producer. The type of star fruit that largely produce is Bangkok, which is grafting by local type and Bangkok, there are also the Philippine type that trying to cultivate.Actually, for both type, Bangkok and Philippine the fruit are having the same size and taste. But, for Red Bangkok Type the fruit is more dense and having sweeter taste, instead of needs extra maintenance.

Unfortunately, the obstacle is about the quantity and the karangsariquality of the fruit. For Philippine type, the fruit is tends to be wide apart.The consumer needs for this fruit is stable and tends to increase. The biggest consumer is coming from Surabaya, Semarang and Jakarta. At Surabaya, the distribution is not only coming from traditional market, but also on supermarket and hypermarket. In fact, the the biggest demanding for Karangsari star fruit goes to Supermarket or hypermarket than to traditional market.The selling is usually coming from Surabaya and directly forward to Jakarta to fill the requirement in there. Because of the market demand is increasingly raise, the Karangsari people are cultivate the red Bangkok star fruit (now popular as Karangsari Star Fruit) but at present time other village is also start to cultivate the star fruit. Other villages are Purworejo, Tlumpu, and any other area near Blitar.For you who wants to make a trip to Blitar and wants to buy Karangsari Star Fruit, you can pick the star fruit from the tree, which still fresh and naked. the price is usually negotiate by the owner, it can be per pieces or per Kilos.

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Coban Talun Waterfall

Malang Birds Market was just side by side with flower market, one could see not only various kinds of Indonesian Birds, but also imported birds from other countries, from parakeet to cockatoo, java eagle. here you could also find ornamental aQuarium fish and many others wild animals like monkey and wild cat.

Coban Talun Waterfall tourism is located in Junggo sub-village, Tulungrejo village, Bumiaji district. The waterfall is lying between the big stones. The big rock of white stone have predominate the contents of river. In the waterfall base there is superficial pool water what overflows pool.

Coban Talun waterfall is surrounded by forest and cool mountain. Because of the natural beauty, this area often used as camping ground area. This camping ground is located in one area with Coban Talun waterfall. The natural and cold area, make many visitors, either from education world and public, interesting to visit this camping. But the visitors should have fit stamina to reach the location, because the path is sloping way.

Japan Cave Of Coban Talun
A Cave that has 5 meters depth is located in Coban Talun area, not far from its pool. It is located in Junggo sub-village, Tulungrejo village, Bumiaji district. This cave has unique structure; looks like letter ‘T’.

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Kembang Jepun is the eldest area in Surabaya city, because it resides in Kalimas stream and close to Tanjung Perak port. In its ancient building line even most its paint is sleazy and dusty and matt enunciated because as the commerce center.

But, here exactly the history of Surabaya city is started, business activity have never desisted. Office stationery shop, diesel engine, bank, textile, fashion had completed the existence of this area.

Talks about Kembang Jepun of course not get out of Jembatan Merah (The Red Bridge). Since the leadership of Daendels in 1811, the center of municipal administration of Surabaya is located in Jembatan Merah area. The resident offices, police, tax being merged into one building.

In west of Jembatan Merah (Willenstraat) like Rajawali Street (Heerenstraat) had fulfilled some merchants from Europe. The Chinese Public (Tionghoa) stayed there since 1411 occupying a "Chinese Kampong" region eastside of Kalimas. Karet Street (Chinesevorstraat), Kembang Jepun Street (Hendelstraat) is the Chinese residence.

Name of Kembang Jepun, begin when Jembatan Merah to grow become a downtown. The Merchants who would have business in Hendelstraat must pass the inspection in resident. After obtaining the permission and activity to trade had take place, hence many hotel and cottage to lodge the merchants. Simply draw the peasant growing from Sakura country. They are having aligned to decorate the night through that street. Jepun in Malay mean Japan.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Avalokiteshvara Chinese Temple

Avalokiteshvara temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Banten. This temple is built around 1860 and successfully renovated at 1930. It's so unique place, since it situated in the front of Speelwijk Fort. The visitors can stay here during their trip to Banten. Simple and humble place to stay but it's one of the option whenever we're in Banten.

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Cheng Hoo Mosque: Islam, Java and Chinese Architecture

The Architecture of Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque, which located in Gading Street Surabaya, is enough artistic. It is built by allying Islam culture, Java, and Chinese that predominated by green color, turned yellow, and squeezed. The form of the building is typical of Chinese with 'Joglo' Java. This is show tightly between Chinese cultures and Java, which have intertwined since former. Cheng Hoo is also inspiration name of 'Admiral Cheng Hoo', which become a Moslem when admission to Majapahit empire. The Chinese Moslem community had built this mosque wish to remind again that Chinese also propagates Islam taught.

Cheng Hoo Mosque inspired from Niu Jei Mosque in Beijing, China, being built in 996 A.D. But, the development of new Cheng Hoo mosque executed by 10 March 2002 and opened in 13 Octobers year past. As a whole, the mosque is capable to accommodate 200 pilgrims, fairish 21 x 11 meters with main building 11 x 9 meters

This mosque building has eight sides on the top building. The third measure or number is having separate meaning. Numeral 11 symbolizing new Ka'bah measure that just built. Numeral nine is depicting 'Wali Songo' as Islam spreader in Java Island. While figure of eight symbolize pat kwa that mean luck or glorious.

The historian Sie Hok Tjwan have ever written, before arrival the colonialist from Europe, the relation of Chinese with resident in Indonesia region don't show race problem. Islamic Religion in Java and in Palembang, South Sumatra, finite Sambas in West Kalimantan come it from China. The concept is Islam-Hanafi. The Mosques in upstate Java Island are clearly showing China architecture.

Sie Hok Tjwan tell, in 1451 Bong Swee Ho is coming Champa built the Islamic center in Ngampel, East Java, for local resident. Bong Swee Ho is hereinafter known as 'Sunan Ngampel'. Bong Swee Ho's son named Bong Ang is one of 'Wali Songo' titled 'Sunan Bonang'. The Empire enforcer of Islam Demak, Raden Patah (Jin Bun), also a Chinese or Chinese - Indonesian (TNA/Mohammad Khodim and Winanto)
This religious service place is expected can become unifier media for 'mualaf' from Chinese ethnical. Because, many 'mualaf' from Chinese, who still hesitating to implement religious service together.

This mosque is built to memorized China Soldier to believe in Islam who first entrance to Indonesia, namely 'Laksamana Cheng Hoo'. 'Cheng Hoo arrival is the evidence that Islam is not new thing for Chinese public. Even, before Java admission Islam, this religion particularly come step to China.

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Bedugul Botanical Garden-Kebun Raya

Bali Bedugul Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya is the huge tropical garden located in Bedugul, plateau area in Bali. It is situated in the cool atmosphere with rain forest and hill surrounds it. This botanical garden is opened on 1959 and owns 154,5 ha land located Tabanan regency, northwest part of Bali. It is close to the beautiful lake which is called Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Temple. It is completed by more than 1187 plant types and multifarious of floras. In this area, there is orchid garden with the collection of 320 orchid types from Bali, Java, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Sulawesi and also Irian Jaya. We can also meet the rose garden with the collection of various rose from rust colored until green chromatic.

Bedugul Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya is also completed by 524 birches which are still in its original forest. In this place we can meet the collection from America, South America, China, Japan, Australia, Africa and also Netherlands. Cyathea Garden is one of the specific gardens owning the various collections of Paku-pakuan (tropical vegetable) which can be eaten as vegetable by Balinese and some of them are used for decoration. The tree from this nail Cyatheas are often exploited as growth media of various orchid types. Cactus collections are consisted of 104 types. This cactus is obtained from Africa, America, Germany, Switzerland and also Indonesia. The crop season at botanical garden is taken 94 types plants that are the collection from the exploitation for Balinese life ceremony, temple ceremony, devoting/offering and others purpose. It also owns the collection of drug crop with 84 types/species.

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Beside of the crop collections, Bedugul Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya also owns the traditional Balinese houses and it function as guest house for scientist who is doing observation. It is also opened for public including tourists and to be one of favorite tourist destinations in Bali especially for domestic tourists. The most crowded visitors at this place are on Lebaran Period (Moslem holiday), Balinese Holidays, National Holidays and New Year period. You can visit this place by joining Bedugul Tour with some of optional which you can contact Bali Star island/PT. Bewish International Tour.

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Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village is a traditional countryside owning unique characteristic life, socializing and culture. It is located in Kubu Village , Bangli Sub district and Bangli Regency. The natural nature and environments of countryside is designating the pittance touch of modernization influence. This countryside is supported by cool atmosphere because it is located on the height land about 700 m above sea level and according to history of all old doyens that this countryside is taken away from the word Pengeling Pura what its meaning remember to ancestor, but there is also telling that the word of Penglipur mean the entertainer. It is said that at former empire era, all king often use this area as a place to amuse themselves, because its nature is beautiful and can give the peacefulness and inspiration at the time of experiencing a problem.
What to See at Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village, Place of interest in BaliThe houses exist in this countryside from north to the south is look very beautiful in particular the Balinese traditional entrance gate which are made similar each other. When we step down to this village, we will meet the Balinese houses are oriented northeastwards to Mount Agung which is located in north-east of Bali Island . The structure of house building between one house and others are equal in particular to condition, form, size and function from the building except building of family bed room is freeform. The family temple building is places the same direction to the Agung Mount, kitchen is located in upstate from the lawn and the building of Bale Sakaenem is the six beamed building which its function for ceremony place. The place for look after the livestock and the place to plant assorted vegetable are referred as non irrigated dry field which is called Teba. Its Construction material is made from wood except family residence. It is predominated by substance from bamboo because around this countryside is bamboo producer.

Social Life System

The countryside is lead by a leader which is Bendesa or Kelian or Penyarikan or Patengan and he/she is assisted by Sinoman. The social system is recognized by the 12 group terms that are number 1 until 12 as member of Pemerincik that is commissioned member converse the problem or plan and its result is submitted to the member. They are very trusting of 12 groups and have represented the tradition in heritage away back. The Consanguinity System in this countryside is Patrilinial system that is according to father lineage. This countryside religion leader is called as Jero Bayan which is consisted of 3 Jero Bayans that is a Jero Bayan Mucuk and 2 people of Jero Bayan Nyoman. The specific cultural potential like pattern of building architecture remains to be traditional, the beautiful nature and environment with cool atmosphere, hence this countryside is the ideal place to visit during your vacation in Bali.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Balinese Struggle Monument

The Struggle Museum for the Balinese People was scraped during 1980. Started from the idea of Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, was Balinese Governor. He ignited the idea initially about the museum and the monument for the struggle for the Balinese people. Then during 1981, was held the design contest of the monument, which was won by Ida Bagus Yadnya, a student the Udayana University route of the Engineering Faculty's architecture. Then during 1988 was carried out by the laying of the cornerstone and while approximately 13 years of the monument development were finished.

In 2001, the physical building the monument was finished. A year later, the diorama filling and the arrangement of the monument environment were carried out. In September 2002, SK Governor Bali was about the appointment of the UPTD Monument Head carried out. And finally, on August 1 2004, the Service to the community was opened generally, after beforehand in June 2003 the appointment of the Monument was carried out by RI President at the time Ms Megawati Soekarnoputri.

The monument that was located in Renon field region was indeed very interesting attention for everyone because of the place that was treated well and cleanly and complete with the tower that soared to the space that had typical Balinese architecture that was beautiful. The location of this monument was also very strategic because of being located in front of the Office Governor the Level of I Bali that also in front of the Building of DPRD Bali Province to be precise in the Renon Nitimandala Field. This place was the place of the battle of the independence time between the Balinese people against colonizer’s troops. This war was famous with the "Puputan War" term that meant the war completely. This monument was established to give respect to the heroes as well as be the symbol of respect for the struggle for the Balinese people.

To enter the monument that has wide 4.900 m2 and the area of the land 138.830 m2 this, each mature visitor was adopted the ticket costing Rp 2,000. Whereas Rp 1,000 for children. When we entered the museum that was in this monument, we will see many interesting matters. The design of the monument interior also was not inferior good with the exterior. Apparently also foreign and local tourists that was seeing-saw this place collection. This monument collection various dioramas that was put forward the struggle for the Balinese people. Gotten 17 available dioramas in the monument that was located in this Puputan Niti Mandala Highway. Several of the narrated the struggle in the royal time in Bali in opposing the colonization. For example, the Jagaraga War in Buleleng, Puputan Badung War through to the Puputan Klungkung Battle.

Not only that, several dioramas also depicted the kick lunged at the Balinese people in maintaining independence after the proclamation of Indonesian independence. For example the battle in the Buleleng Port, Bali Strait was through to the Margarana bellows war supervised headed by I Gusti Ngurah Rai.

Apart from the diorama, appearance was seen by several of the hero's national paintings I Gusti Ngurah Rai with his troops. In the monument that also was the museum and was named Bajra Sandhi this also was gotten by the library, the place of the typical Balinese food expenses and Balinese diligence that unfortunately if you did not bring the present as the work was brought came home. After that, we could try to climb onto the tower that the height tens meters that. From on top of our tower could see Denpasar City scenery and the activity in the Renon Field and surrounding area. After you were satisfied to enjoy all of them and you wanted to come home, don't forget to take the photograph of Balinese architecture that was very typical in the Struggle Monument for the Balinese People.

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Gala Cave

Gala Cave was located in the Nusa Lembongan Island, Lembongan Village, Nusa Penida Sub District, Klungkung District, Bali, Indonesia. Currently the Gala Cave becomes one of the tour destinations that were interesting in the Nusa Lembongan Island. Moreover, several tourists also carried out meditation in this cave. The Gala cave personally still was continuing to be conserved like initially without being carried out by renovation.
During 1961 till 1976 an ascetic who was named Made Byasa made the cave in the limestone hole. The Made Byasa work was a person mastermind person, the farmer, the farmer but also the ascetic. Made Byasa made this cave for approximately 15 years only with using very simple equipment at that time that is “linggis”. He dug up this cave as the house live in underground in the limestone hole.

As the house generally, in the house remains at Made Byasa this was gotten the sitting room, two bedrooms, the bathroom, the well and two kitchens. Because was in the limestone, then all the room had the wall of the limestone. The area from this underground house around 500 square meters. To enter this cave was gotten seven entrances. This cave also had three ventilation holes for the circulation of air in this artificial cave.

The entrance to the Gala Cave was narrow enough and must descend underground with the step be as deep as approximately 2 meters. In the Gala Anda Cave could follow this underground house in the quite dark path. However in several corners of this cave was installed illumination light so as you could see to various rooms that were gotten in the Gala Cave. The height in this underground house was not so high, that is between 1 and 2 meters, so as you would more often.

The development of this cave took up time 15 years from 1961 to 1976. Made Byasa that his work as the constructive mastermind the Gala Cave because inspirited epos or related “pewayangan” Hindu that is Mahabarata especially in the episode of "Wana Parwa". Made Byasa inspirited with the Pandawa life that was in refugees from Kurawa troops so as to make the special refuge that was made from resin or asphalt. Kurawa personally meant destroyed Pandawa.

In this story, was told how that Pandawa was exiled to the forest for 12 years because not more betting with Kurawa. For 12 years, Pandawa must face the living challenge in the forest. Because of feeling not safe and thinking that from time to time Kurawa could kill his family, and then they built a cave. This cave was named "Putty".

In this refuge Pandawa continued to be safe from troop’s Kurawa chase. Five children the Guide who was acknowledged as Pandawa were safe in this house that is Puntadewa, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa. According to epos Mahabarata, they succeeded in escaping through.

In this cave also was gotten by relief that depicted the process of the Gala Cave resolution. Gotten several symbols like humankind, the elephant, the main gate, and the turtle that in the Hindu calendar had the meaning that is 1898 in the Heritage year or in the public's calendar fell during 1976 that is the year when the Gala Cave was finished was developed.

To reach the island measuring 4,6 square km. this indeed only could be covered through sea. From the Benoa Port headed the tour region that currently becomes the Balinese mainstay, there was two ships went for a trip that was ready delivered, Bounty Cruises and Balinese Hai Cruises

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Way Kambas National Park

Way Kambas National Park was located in the Middle Lampung and East Lampung Regency, Lampung Province, Sumatra Island, Indonesia. Way Kambas National Park was delegation of the ecosystem of the plain forest that consisted of the forest of the freshwater swamp, savanna of the tall grass/scrub, and the coastal forest in Sumatra Island.
Moreover, Way Kambas National Park was the place of the Sumatra Elephants training centre and become the first elephant training centre in Indonesia. In this place wild Sumatra Elephants were trained and made for the performance like the game of football, swam, et cetera. The touris could ride the elephant by being accompanied by the elephant coach to go out around the area or in the middle of the forest.

In Way Kambas, the elephant that originally became the pest and the enemy for the farmer, was changed by means of trained to become the domesticated elephant, obedient, and the follower. The attraction that was shown by these Way Kambas elephants was very unique, ridiculous and occasionally exhilirating.

In the game of the ball, these elephants were given by measuring facilities of the big skin ball and the goal. Whereas when dancing, these elephants were accompanied with “Jaipong” or “Dangdut” songs, so as to be seen funny because they could shake his hip was proper for the style of a dancer. For the exhilirating performance, the tourist could lie in the previous land the elephant will take a step on this lying body.

To reach Way Kambas only needed time 2 hours from the Bandar Lampung City. The road was asphalted in the good condition. Was available the network of the adequate transport and every time had public transport. The place that was easy to be covered to go on a trip.

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Moramo Waterfall

Moramo Waterfall was located in Tanjung Peropa Nature Reserve Region. To be precise in the Sumber Sari Village, Moramo Subdistrict, Konawe South Regency, South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia. Moramo Waterfall was an amazing nature gift for Konawe Selatan Regency community, South-East Sulawesi. Moramo Waterfall had seven stages that were the place of water flowed freely. According to the story that developed in the community, this place was believed as the fairies bathed place that descended from heaven.

Geographically, Moramo Waterfall was located in the Alam Tanjung Peropa National Park region that also was the tourist attraction at the same time as the area of the protected forest in South-East Sulawesi. So, air around the waterfall felt cool as well as produced the peaceful atmosphere for the tourists. In this waterfall region, was gotten the potential for the wealth of the nature stone took the form of marble. Estimated, the content of this marble on the whole revolved 860 billion cubic meters. And, marble in this region was one of the sources of the biggest marble reserve in the world.

Moramo Waterfall was the beautiful stratified waterfall (cascade) with height around 100 meters. From this height, water flowed through seven main stages. Beside 7 main stages, also gotten 60 small stages that at the same time functioned as the place of the water reception (a kind of water reservoir). From many ponds, just one that could be made use to swim, that is the pond that was located in the second level from 7 main stages of this waterfall.

In this region was the ideal habitat for varied of birds, colored butterfly, and other several of faunas. Beauty of the nature panorama, the waterfall, the chirping of birds and combined with varied colors of butterfly dance, became the attraction of the Moramo Waterfall region. The attraction that was not inferior attracted from this waterfall was the attraction of the stone that formed the stage. The stone that formed this stage was not slippery although being passed through water continually, so the tourists who visited to this location could climb arrived to the peak.

Besides that, this stone also gave the amazing attraction when was touched by the sunrays. This stone will radiate of colors that were dominated by the beautiful green color. These colors were also seen as dancing around when being stroked soft by the water wavelength when the sunrays touched the stone that was in the foundation of his stopping place pond water.

Was available wide parked around the location for the tourists who came to use the personal car. For the tourists who wanted to swim, was available the place of the substitute for clothes, bathroom and WC. To support comfort for tourists was provided temporary holiday accommodation in order to rests.

To reach the location, the tourists could use the public's transport or the personal vehicle. The trip could be begun from the Airport of Walter Monginsidi that was located in the South Konawe Regency. From this airport, immediately could head towards the Alam Tanjung Peropa National Park region to be precise in the place of the dismissal of the end of vehicle. After arrive in the dismissal of the vehicle of the end, the trip was continued to the location in a walking manner to the best of 2 km.

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Palembang Grand Mosque

Palembang Grand Mosque is one of the inheritances of the Palembang Sultanate. This mosque is known as the center of Palembang city. It was built from 1738 to 1748 by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I, also known as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jaya Wikramo. Some say it was the largest mosque in Indonesia at that time.

When it was first built, it covered a land area of 1,080 square meters (about 0.26 acres) with a capacity of 1,200 persons. It was then expanded by Sayid Umar bin Muhammad Assegaf Altoha and Sayid Achmad bin Syech Sahab under the leadership of Prince Nataagama Karta Mangala Mustafa Ibnu Raden Kamaluddin.

From 1819 to 1821, a renovation was made by the Dutch colonial government. After that, further expansions were made in 1893, 1916, 1950s, 1970s, and lastly in 1990s. During an expansion in 1966-1969 by the Grand Mosque Foundation, its second floor was built covering a land area of 5,520 square meters with a capacity of 7,750 persons. During renovation and development in 1970s by Pertamina, towers were constructed. The original Chinese style tower was maintained as it is now. This mosque is very typical of Palembang tradition. Most of its timbers have Palembang typical carvings called Lekeur.

At present, the original building of this mosque is located in the middle of a new building, officially inaugurated by Indonesia's fifth president, Megawati Soekarnoputri. Since it is surrounded by the Musi River and its streams, this mosque is located as if it is in the center of the city.

Getting There

Palembang is the entry point of South Sumatra province. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport at Tanjung Api-Api Street is the primary entry way to the provice, and is accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Thailand. The distance between the airport and mosque is about 6 km. You can go to this historical building by a taxi or rented car from the airport.

In the city center, there are nine types of public transportation including seven city buses from various destinations that can take you to Ampera.

Getting Around

You can walk around to explore this great mosque, and visitors will find it unique in every corner of the building.
To Do

If you are a Muslim, don't miss the chance to pray here, while reading Asmaul Husna (99 names of Allah) written on the mosque ceilings. If you want to know more about this mosque, you can go to its library for free.

To Stay

This building is located in the City Center making it easy to find hotels nearby. You can find star-rated or ordinary hotels along Kapten A Rivai, Sudirman, R Sukamto, Veteran, and POM IX Streets.
To Eat

Since it is located in the City Center, you won’t find any difficulty finding local foods here. Not far from the Palembang Grand Mosque, you can enjoy Palembang traditional foods like empek-empek panggang and kerupuk (crackers) for Rp 1,500 to Rp 22,200 per piece, depending where you eat. There is also a food stall selling es belimbing (star fruit ice). It is the only food stall that sells es belimbing.
To Buy

Near the Palembang Grand Mosque, you will find two markets seeling various types of food and souvenirs including fruits and Songket (woven fabrics). These markets are called Pasar 16 Ilir and Pasar 35 Ilir. About two kilometers from there, you could find a Songket center and 50 meters from there, you could find a Lekeur (carving) center.


This mosque is a suitable site for religious and cultural tours because it reminds us of God Almighty and the cultural diversity of Palembang.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Japanese Bunker

The Japanese bunker in the town of Bukittinggi was built by Indonesians under forced labor for the Japanese soldiers who occupied Indonesia from 1942 to 1945. This 1,470 meter long underground bunker is 40 meters below Ngarai Sianok (Sianok canyon). There are 21 tunnels in the bunker which were used to store ammunition, as residences, meeting rooms, the Romusha (forced labourer) dining room, kitchen, prison, hearing room, torture room, espionage room, ambush room, and the escape gate. Exploring this complex burrow of tunnels and caves is a real adventure.

You can see how these this place made an effective fortress. The tunnels are three meters in diameter and have walls so thick that sounds cannot be heard from the outside. The tunnels cover a vast area, nearly two hectares, and have six doors. One door is located in Panorama Park while others access Sianok village in the Ngarai Sianok ravine.

Getting There

The entrance to the Japanese bunker is located in Panorama Park, where you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ngarai Sianok.

This Park is about 1 km away from the Bukittinggi city center. Visitors can use private cars or sado/andong (public carriage) from the city center to this Park while enjoying the cool air of Bukittinggi.

From Minangkabau international airport, you can take a rented car or minibus to Bukittinggi. You can find the minibus at the exit gate of the airport at Simpang Ketaping. Distance from Padang to Bukittinggi is 90 km.

Getting Around

Walking down into the Japanese bunker can be a challenge with some narrow spaces to squeeze through. While originally it would’ve been very dark and cold these tunnels today now have lamps and proper ventilation.

Most of these tunnels will soon have rooms to display photographs, a museum of struggle, and a mini theater. At the entrance gate, visitors can see a map of this bunker and each tunnel now has information boards about its functions. This bunker also has CCTV cameras.

To Do
The Japanese bunker is located at Panorama Park in Bukittinggi. Visitors may stay in hotels with proper facilities down town. Visitors can also walk from their hotels to this park.

To Stay

Since it is located within Bukittinggi city, visitors can choose hotels with appropriate facilities downtown so they could walk to Panorama park.

To Eat
West Sumatra is famous for its spicy and fragrant Padang cuisine.
Panorama Park has only a few stores selling food and drinks. Outside this area, there are restaurants selling Kapau rice.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010


Padusan tourism is located in Padusan village, Pacet district. This location can reach by any vehicle. Padusan is a fresh place because there are many kinds of teak trees and has an international level of swimming pool. This natural warm swimming pool, is the present of natural jungle that can bring peaceful feeling in our heart. This location is also equiped by some facilities such as; playground, bath room, toilet, rest room, etc.

This tourism area is often visited by many visitors to get fresh and cool air. They also usually swim in the natural hot spring as in private warm bath room. Visit Padusan tourism and enjoy its beautiful nature scenery.

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Between Bandung and Bogor in the mountains lays Puncak, a cool area, which is very popular. People from Jakarta spend their weekend and on public holidays from the heat and busy streets of the capitol of Indonesia to Puncak. Bandung to Puncak takes about 3 hours drive. Puncak Pass area has long been the foremost weekend retreat for Indonesians capital city residents. The cool, fresh air, and the magnificent view offer a calm, fresh and peaceful feeling. In the afternoon, sunsets from the top of the pass can be quite spectacular.

Puncak Pass is one of interesting destination in the West Java Province. It is located in the south of Jakarta and can be reached by an hour journey. Puncak is an ideal place for weekend, as well as a good location to find a fresh mountain air. Besides, many attractions can be found nearby, such as the Bogor and Cobodas Botanical Gardens; the Gede Pangrango National Park; the Plantations and the Safari Park.

Puncak Indah consists of three districts: Ciawi, Megamendung, Cisarua. The area is familiar with its fresh air and beautiful panorama. From Ciawi to Cipanas, there are many bungalows, hotels, motels, restaurants, and other tourism facilities. Tourisms object in Puncak is Lido Park, which is located in Cigombong village/Wates Jaya (km. 21) Rd. Ciawi-Sukabumi, Cijeruk. Facilities that are provided in Lido Park ara restaurant, cottages, swimming pools, camping grounds, and other facilities for lake recreations. Gunung Mas XII Plantation, which is located in Rd. Puncak, Cisarua district. It offers panorama with hilly panorama, which could only be found in Puncak. Activities that could be done are tea walk and seeing the making of the tea from the picking of tea until the tea is ready to serve.

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Grajagan Beach

Grajagan is an interesting beach to visit. A wide clean sand hampers the beach. The hill across the sea, stick on the ground strongly. The beautiful panorama of Grajagan fishing village can be seen here. The caves for the battle protection in Japanese Era can be seen here. The cottages and motel are available for the visitors. Grajagan is located about 53 km to the South of Banyuwangi.

Grajagan is very ideal as transit place or as the gateway to Plengkung beach. Beside its location that not too far from Alas Purwo, Grajagan is very beautiful beach. It needs about 2 hours to reach Plengkung by canoe rent. The journey is has similarity time if we reach it by car through land. Grajagan is could be the choice of the visitors who want to go to Alas Purwo National Park using canoe. A 314 ha area is located in forest of KPH South Banyuwangi, precisely in 111 square of BKPH Curahjati or administratively, in Grajagan village, Purwoharjo district, Banyuwangi regency.

Open-air recreation or nature activity can be done in many places, such as: in forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, etc. Grajagan is one of Banyuwangi beaches that show the combination of rolling ocean waves on one side and the dense forest on the other one. In this place, we will be able to see the beautiful panorama of Grajagan fishing village. Because of that, there are many tourists visit this place. Here, you can find an old cave, which was restricted by Japanese soldiers.

There are also available cottage, cafe, and playing area for children. This tourism object usually crowded of visitors on holiday. The interesting journey from Grajagan to Alas Purwo is using canoe rent, especially to Ngagelan beach that is Turtle breeding. You will have an interesting experience and view many natural panorama.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rengganis Peak

Mount Argopuro is one of the volcanic mountains that still active in East Java. It is about 2,300 km above the sea level. As a Natural Resource Conversation, mount Argopuro is worth to visiting especially for those who like hiking or mount climbing. As well as historical heritages of Blambangan kingdom and Dutch colonial, there is also a dry lake over there.

Mount Argopuro is an animal preservation area because of the population of peacocks and the beauty is so spectacular due to some reason: First, the hiking adventure of Rengganis Peak will give a special challenge to climbers because they will need at least three days round trip. Second, to reach Rengganis Peak, you have to pass Sikasur, a very wide savannah (50 ha), which used to be local airport for the Dutch military airplanes and this was the only one airport located on a mountain peak in Indonesia. Besides the peak, it is also an area of the spreading Edelweiss and will make you impressed.

On the Rengganis Peak, you will also find an old building of the kingdom Rengganis Goddess - 2,300 meters above the sea level. To reach the peak, you can start from the nearest Hotels at Pasir Putih Resort. From Pasir Putih, you can take a bus going to Surabaya bat you get off at Besuki bus Station, above 15 km and the bus fare is 2,500 rupiahs. From the bus station, you can used public transportation (bemo) to Baderan village and the distance is about 22 km and the fee is 5,000 rupiahs.

The hiking route to peak will be better being started at 6 in the morning because you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mount Argopuro and also will better if you hire a guide or a porter that will help you language. You can pay above 35,000 rupiahs for per person each day including their catering. From Baderan, you can start to hike to the Second Spring (Mata Air Kedua), the distance is 6.5 km and it takes 6 hours, then you can spend the night around the Second Spring. If you are strong enough, it will be better if you go straight to Sikasur (it is above 8.5 km from the Second Spring) and you can spend the night over there. Then you can continue your hiking to Rengganis Peak and it takes about 5 hours.

It will be better if you do not spend the night on the peak because of the very cold weather and the extreme wind velocity. After reaching the peak, you can return to Sikasur and spend the night there and the next day you can return to Baderan before coming back to Pasir Putih.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

The legend of sangkuriang

Sangkuriang is a legend from Sunda (West Java), which tells the story of how the Bandung lake, Mt. Tangkuban Parahu, Mt. Gurangrang and Mt. Bukit Tunggul was formed. The original story is very long, but I have shortened it here, focusing on the most important parts.

Once upon a time, a beautiful lady named Dayang Sumbi gave birth to a boy which she named Sangkuriang. When Sangkuriang was old enough to hunt, he took his mother’s dog Tumang (which according to this legend is an incarnation of a god and also Sangkuriang’s father) and ordered Tumang to chase after a boar. When Tumang did not follow Sangkuriang’s order, Sangkuriang became very angry and he killed Tumang. He carved out Tumang’s heart and brought it back to his mother.

Dayang Sumbi took the heart, cooked it and ate it. When she discovered that the heart belonged to Tumang, her husband, she was overcome with wrath. She sent her son away, but not before she hit him with a spoon and left a deep scar on his head.

Sangkuriang travelled around the world. After a long while, he arrived back in his village again without recognizing it. He saw a beautiful lady and fell in love with her. Little did he know that she was his own mother. He asked for her hand in marriage and she agreed.

Dayang Sumbi later realized that Sangkuriang was her son, as she recognized the scar that she had inflicted. She tried to tell him and break off the wedding, but he didn’t believe her and insisted to go on with the wedding. Dayang Sumbi then set an impossible condition that Sangkuriang has to fulfill in order to marry her: he should build her a big boat and a lake by damming Citarum river, all within one night, and it shall be finished by dawn. Sangkuriang agreed to the condition.

He built a boat from a large tree, and with the help of spirits, he dammed the Citarum river with landslides. The water eventually rose and filled the plain, turning it into a lake. When dawn was near, he was almost ready. Dayang Sumbi realized this, so she prayed for divine intervention. As an answer to her prayers, the eastern horizon lit up. Deceived by the lights, cocks crowed and farmers rose for the new day, thinking that dawn has broken.

Sangkuriang was also deceived. He thought his endeavor has failed. Angrily, he kicked the boat so that it toppled over. This boat became Tangkuban Parahu mountain (tangkuban means upside down, and parahu means boat). The pile of leftover woods became Mt. Burangrang, and the rest of the big tree became Mt. Bukit Tunggul. The lake became lake Bandung (which literally means ‘dam’).

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Raflesia Park

Raflesia Park is part of the Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center in Agam district. Although it has many other species, this 3.4 hectare conservation center is focused on conserving the Raflesia flower, which can only be found on Sumatra Island. This flower usually blossoms during wet seasons i.e., from mid to end of year.

Batang Palupuh Raflesia Park is a conservation center for three types of Raflesia flowers; Raflesia Arnoldi, which can be 1,5 meters wide when blossoming, Raflesia Arizentis with a 15 cm diameter when blossoming, and Raflesia Oumor Pupolus Titanum. Although it is more like a forest, this center is called a park because many Bunga Bangkai grow here. Outside this area, Raflesia flowers also grow in three to four areas.

Getting There

Batang Palupuh is situated some 10 km north of Bukit Tinggi. Although it is part of the Agam district, its distance to the capital city of Lubuk Basung is about 80 km. From the Minangkabau international airport, you can take a minibus plying the Padang-Pasaman route. This bus will pass in front of the gate of this tourist attraction.

Getting Around

Batang Palupuah is a large nature conservation area. However, visitors can only see blossoming Raflesia flowers within one to two kilometers. To see the unique flowers, visitors can only trek or walk across the forest. There are muddy paths with giant roots.

To Do

Raflesia Park offers an opportunity for nature lovers to see live blossoming flowers which can only be found in Indonesia. These flowers have long roots that can reach as long as 20 meters and grow in other trees. This conservation area is also used as a research and socialization center for young generations.

To Stay

Visitors can spend one day to explore various types of Raflesia flowers in this area. It is located near Bukit Tinggi, enabling visitors to stay there. However, if you like to stay overnight a bit closer to the park, you could stay in local community's homes.

To Eat

There is no special menu offered in this area. Visitors can enjoy tea or coffee and snacks served in food stalls belonging to local inhabitants.

To Buy

If you don't come at the right time or if you forget to take your camera, you may buy the most recent photographs of blossom Raflesia Arnoldi flowers. A 3R size photograph is sold for only Rp 5.000 from the conservation officials.


Because Raflesia does not blossom all the time, it is best for visitors to first contact the Office of Natural Resource Conservation at Khatib Sulaiman Street no 46A Padang or contact the Natural Resource Conversation Unit of Agam district. In addition to obtaining the correct information about the blossoming time, coordination between the Office and rangers in Batang Palupuh station will prevent you from any illegal collection around the area.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sukawati - Art Market

Sukawati area is known for its art market that become 'a must see' place by tourists especially the local ones from Jakarta or other area in Java. Huge number of small stalls occupied the two stories building offer a lot of cheap souvenirs. Almost any kind of Bali's souvenirs can be found in here either painting, woodcarving, clothes, temple umbrellas and other temple accessories, leather puppet, wind chime, jewelries and others. The souvenirs choices are has huge quantity and available in various choices.

Sukawati road-facing market located in_Gianyar Regency has a strategic position, as it is passed through during the tour to some destinations to the east. Sukawati art market is close to Celuk village, the center of gold & silversmiths. We can drop in after watching barong and Kris dance performance in the morning. It cans be accessed through bemo transport, tour bus or taxi.

Two hundred meters toward west from the Sukawati Art Market, on the right side of the road, there is another market called 'Pasar Seni Pagi' or 'the morning Art Market' which only open very early in the morning until around 7 AM. The crowd of souvenirs retailers from other part of Bali will come here to get semi-finished product with a very low price. Many of Bali's most established puppeteers live in Sukawati. In line with this fact, Sukawati is also the center of Shadow puppets production center. The leather puppet, 'wayang kulit' are made either of cow or buffalo hide.

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Cibodas Botanical Garden in Jakarta

Quite interestingly, Indonesia sports two different kinds of flora and fauna thereby making its vegetation a very distinctive one. Falling under the Melanesian region, Indonesia inherits this unique characteristic of having an impressive variety of 40, 000 species of plants. The flora family consists of around 6,000 species used for both traditional and medicinal purposes.

Owing to the bountiful nature, a lot of Botanical gardens and Parks have emerged in and around the neighboring cities of Indonesia. Quite evidently, the capital city, Jakarta is the venue of one of Indonesia’s premier botanical gardens, Cibodas Botanical Garden. Also known as Cibodas National Garden and founded by J.E Teysmann in 1862, this garden is well known as one of the first class tropical research stations in the world and has aided innumerable scientists in their research on tropical rain forests and is situated at the base of the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park. The Garden is now a part of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

Features of Cibodas Botanical Garden in Jakarta

- The Garden is located at a high altitude of 1300-1425 meters on the slopes of Mount-Gede Pangrango. The Garden is spread over a huge area and has an uneven topography interspersed by rugged terrain, valleys and waterfalls.
- The Cibodas botanical Garden has an exotic species of plants but the natural formations (sub montane and moss) are the finest examples to be relished in the whole of Java. The current collection of the park counts 5831 living specimens from 1206 species.
- The exclusive collection consists of a rich fern collection, floral gardens, cacti and succulents, bamboo, palms and conifers collection. The local favorites include orchids, Indonesian Oak and chestnut and Javanese Rhododendron.
- The Garden houses a herbarium and a seed museum for the purpose of research, development and conservation. The 649 species of seeds present in the seed museum are used for seed identification whereas the 1503 species are the pride of the herbarium.
- The Garden is a landmark in history as it was the first site for Quinine cultivation in Indonesia. The first plant was imported from South America. Same goes for the Eucalyptus species from Australia and conifers from America that frequents the landscape now.
- Plants like Acacia, camellia and other temperate species also feature in the collection of the garden for decorative and commercial purpose.
- The Garden’s terrain offers good conditions for trekking and is dotted with beautiful waterfalls natural as well as man made which make for good resting sites.
- The Cibodas Botanical Garden maintains a guest house, library and nursery which provide for accommodation and research facilities to the research workers and visiting students.

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Tirtosari Waterfall

Tirtosari Waterfall is located about 2,5 Km southwest side from Sarangan Lake, can be gone through ride horse or by foot. At this Tirtosari Waterfall location can be enjoyed beauty natural, water that flow from about 50 M height downward through a slot that flanked by precipitous stones give a beautiful view and it interesting. According to public belief if we enjoy the Waterfall Tirtosari we earn to ageless and beautiful.

Meanwhile, Tirtosari Waterfall has a beautiful and fresh waterfall that brings a fresh situation for the busy people who want to refresh. IT can clear our mind from a tired day.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kebon Rojo

Kebon Rojo (king garden) is family recreation and amusement centre that resides in Blitar Mayor duty house complex and reserved for common public / tourist, freely. There are various stepped animals in the garden, playground, relaxing place, actor appreciation podium that has background of one century ‘Bung Karno’, water fountain and various crops types of step that functioned as town’s lungs.

If you often have recreation with your family, try to visit this area. Enjoy its fresh air and bring your children here. You can also take some picture with the animals or the plants. There are many visitors has visited this area with their family or their friends. Usually, they bring their own food and have lunch in this area.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Popoh Beach

Popoh beach is the interesting tourism object in Tulungagung regency. In this tourism object, you can enjoy the beautiful of nature scenery, astonished with a thousand temples; enjoy the swimming pool, and fauna. This tourism object has managed by the region government of Tulungagung, together with Retjo Pentoeng Cigarettes Company.

In this Popoh Beach is also equipped with lodges facility, fish market, marine tourism, and a few places for fishing. The communities around always held a traditional ceremony called ì Labuh Semboyoî by wash away sacrifice of two goatís head to the sea for the ìrulerî of south sea (Indonesia Ocean). That ceremony is aimed to get a lot of fish from south sea.

There is onyx handicraft place as Tulungagung souvenirs and located along the road way to Popoh, Boyolangu, Campurdarat, Besuki. We can reach it by motorboat to walk around Sidem Beach, Klatak, Gemah and Bayeman. Popoh Beach is presents tourism a lot and has playground for the kids, smooth spoon beach, quay wall, sea fish market, seafood, etc. The other tourism facilities of Popoh beach is lodges for the visitors who want to stay here for a while and enjoy Popoh beach longer. The place of fishermen is at east side and stick out to sea. If we lucky, we can see the fishermen get their fish from sea and sell it with affordable price.

Almost every holiday and red day, this tourism object is always full of visitors, both from Tulungagung around also foreign tourists.

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Bukittinggi " The Most Relaxing City In Sumatra

Bukittinggi is West Sumatra’s center of culture and tourism, nestled in the highlands north of the provincial capital of Padang. It is a pleasant two-hour drive (90 km) from Padang through the gorgeous Anai Valley up to Agam Plateu. Located 930 meters above sea level, it has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi.

The central landmark is the town’s clock tower, dubbed by the local people as Jam Gadang (Big Clock). It overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity and fantastic place to do some souvenir shopping. Also worth visiting is the Rumah Gadang Museum, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century.

There are dance performances at the museum's open stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. You might also want to check out the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.

Getting There

From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping, the flight will take about 2 hours. After you've arrived you can use a taxi or bus to Bukittinggi.

Getting Around

Taxis and buses are available. A rented car with chaffeur is the best choice if you prefer privacy. Horse carriages or sado are colorful, charming transportation to move around town.

To Do

Visit one of the landmarks of the city, the Bukittinggi "Big Clock" or better-known as Jam Gadang. You can also visit Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake Singkarak.

To Stay

There are various Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi. If you are looking for a star hotel, Novotel Coralia Bukittinggi offers a grand view of the beautiful Anai valley, while Lima's Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified locally as 'superior hotels'.

To Eat

Simpang Raya, Jl. Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or noodle dishes. Bear in mind that most of the dishes are spicy, do ask before you eat to avoid embarrassment (also bowel distress) if you cannot stand hot food streaked with chilis.

Under the Bridge Restaurant, Jl. A. Yani. This is a slightly upmarket travelers' restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.

To Buy

Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and souvenirs.

Located on Jl. Minangkabau 19, this area has a huge range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya to king sticks from North Sumatra.


Though the horse carriage is far more expensive than the 'ojek', it is very popular with the locals, especially since it can carry the whole members of one’s family.

Good varieties of restaurants are situated on or close to the city. Rendang and Soto Padang are favorites. Rendang is made of beef soaked in spicy sauce. Soto Padang is relatively mild if you do not add extra sambal or chili sauce on it. For those who prefer bland food, Ayam Pop is a dish not to be missed.

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Gedung Sate Bandung

The evaluation of the government to change some of departments from Batavia city to Bandung city was a huge beat for the development of the city. First, in year of 1914, the Department of Defense was transported, and then in year of 1920 the Government Department now called as Gedung Sate followed.

Because of the extraordinary ornament on the roof of Gedung Sate, with a bit similarity to the stick of sate (Indonesian Food), It’s called as Gedung Sate. The buildings was built with the total cost around 6 millions gulden. It is the first building that made by supported actual technology in Indonesia.

With wonderful shaped of the building-complex, designed by of the architect J. Gerber (1921), both ornaments of western and also eastern architecture were incoperated. In 1925, Gedung Sate was the only big building around Bandung.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Maharani Cave

Maharani Cave, is located in Tanjung Kodok sea tourism area, Paciran district Lamongan regency, about 200 m from Tanjung Kodok gateway fringe the roadway to east. About 50 m in the south of the street, there is stone that its soil is tire to form the bank that has downwards. Here, some labourers had mine the coral soil, phosphate material and dolomite fertilizer that had sold out of Paciran region. On this area, is a countryside road, which is the footpath, and every day passed by non irrigated dry field farmers, the stone mineworker workers, also once in a while is crowded passed the boy scouts who performing a camp around the area.

This Maharani Cave found by 4 labourers who being led by Mr. Sugeng. This cave had found on 6 Augusts 1992. The name of this cave had selected by the situation of the beautiful cave like a palace from a beautiful queen. Before the invention, one of the members, had dream, she had met with a beautiful woman who had a beautiful as the property of a queen that called Maharani. The queen seems to be a head time door of the cave that had found. The name of this empress has specified by the fact of this cave condition. In platform of the cave named Paseban Maharani, there is stone which has crown form, the property of a queen, which named “Selo Mahkota Maharani”. This beautiful cave room also alike an empire palace of subterranean that is full of graven pillar and roof.

The situation of the nature cave of Maharani Palace is stay at 200 m from Java seashore residing in Tanjung Kodok area, Paciran district, Lamongan regency. This cave is easily to visit and fluent to obtain the transportation towards to the location.

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Kuta Beach

Kuta in addition to being the sunset site number one, with its daily spectacular sunsets, it is also the centre of night life activities in Southern Bali and a shopping mecca, with its lines of shops, boutiques, and galleries, tattoo parlors and travel offices.

Restaurants line up the streets as well as the beachfront, hotels, ranging from a small, inexpensive homestay to a luxurious resort, will ready accomodate you.
Set on Asia’s most famous surf beach and stretching out long a miles of golden sand, Kuta is a center of entertainment, sport and relaxation. For thrill seekers, the opportunities are endless – you may try bungy jumping, surf surfing, sky diving, paragliding, wakeboarding or gocart racing. Bali’s waves are world famous and range from safe beach breaks for beginners at Kuta, to the awesome swells at Uluwatu and Nusa Lembongan, which regularly attract the world’s most adventurous surfers.

The beach of Kuta is one of the first favorite beaches discovered by tourist.
On the south, the beach is fenced by the airport's runway, which gives you a breathtaking landing experience. The beach stretches as far north as the eyes can see.
As short walk away north, waves will invite you to test your surfing.

Kuta is very short drive away from the airport, and transportation is readily available to take you from and to Kuta to and from anywhere else in Bali. Along the north of Kuta, Legian street offers a number of high quality boutiques, excellent restaurants, cafes and bars influenced by western style. Exclusive hotels can be easily found in Seminyak, further north of Kuta, while antiques wooden furniture shops in Jalan Raya Kerobokan.

On the other hand, no-one will think the worse of you if you spend your time soaking up the sun and relaxing. In fact, teams of masseurs and other alternative health professionals will work hard to help you achieve the perfect state of equilibrium as you lie on the beach or the massage table. With excellent spa facilities, a full range of natural treatments are available for both men and women.

Nor does the fun stop when the sunsets. Kuta’s bars and discos offer something for everyone, from quiet, open air-bars near the beach where you can have a soothing drink before bed as you gaze at the stars or into the eyes of your lover and let the sound of the surf wash over you, to elegant hotel lounges where you can enjoy a grasshopper or an Irish coffee, to rollicking, raunchy beer barns that are very much designed with young singles in mind.

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Ancol : Jakarta Baycity

This is Jakarta's largest and most popular recreation park. Used to be known as "Jaya Ancol Dreamland", its extensive range of attractions includes sea and fresh water aquariums, swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing and boating, a bowling alley, as well as an assortment of nightclubs restaurants, and massage parlors.

The Ancol complex includes a marina, Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World), a golf course, hotels and a drive-in theatre. The 'Pasar Seni' or art market has a varied collection of Indonesian handicraft, paintings and souvenirs on sale. An open-air theatre features live performances by local artists.

Getting There

Ancol Bay can be reached by using buses, bike-cabs, taxis, or rented cars. If you're coming from Bogor, there's a train available, but only on Sunday.

Getting Around

You can moving around inside Ancol Bay area by using a car, take a walk or ride a shuttle car which already provided.

To Do

* Ancol Beach
This water park consists of various pools and slides that will thrill both children and adults that never quite grew up. Experience a day of fun-filled adventures by braving the rapids, diving down the slides, enjoying the exciting water rides or just splashing around. The theme park was refurbished several times to ensure safety and everlasting fun. Nonetheless children must always be supervised by adults. The poolside restaurant is popular for its variety of local dishes

* Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World)
Indonesia own Disneyland where you can discover a cultural journey through Indonesia and many other countries. With the accent on fun, other attractions include a thrilling cork screw roller coaster, adventurous flume rides, turbo tour simulators, bumper cars as well as many other exciting fairground amusements. Open Mon to Sat, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sun from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* Amusement Park
A village unto itself, this 24-hour park has hotels, nightclubs, shops, and amusement centers, including an oceanarium with dolphin and sea lion shows, a golf course, a race-car track, a four-pool complex with a wave pool, and water slides. Africa is represented by a comedy of mechanized monkeys, America by a Wild West town, Europe by a mock Tudor house, and Asia by buildings from Thailand, Japan, India, and Korea. Rides, shooting galleries, and food stalls surround these attractions, all set on 1,360 acres of land reclaimed from the bay in 1962. COST: Admission. Sat.-Thurs. 11-6, Fri. 1:20-10.

* Marina Ancol
This is a special port for yachts, motor and sail boats, and the port of departure to Kepulauan Seribu or Thousand Islands resorts. This is also a good location for windsurfing and other marine recreation. Beach facilities for the sea or lagoon area are amply provided: water cycles, canoes, sail boats, fishing gear and many others. Stalls are abundant, serving drinks and snacks along the beach.

* Seaworld
This giant oceanarium proudly introduces visitors to more than 4,000 fish and sharks from 300 species. Come and enjoy the deep-sea panorama while strolling through an 80-meter tunnel. The fascinating creatures live in some 500 million liters of seawater and are fed three times a day (some hand-fed). The attraction also features a theater which plays three educational films in English and Bahasa Indonesia. Open Monday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* Ancol Golf
Built as part of the giant recreational area in Ancol Dreamland in North Jakarta, the 18-hole plays to par 17 with a length of 6,501 meters. Here, the sea wind is often an interesting challenge for golfers. Padang Golf Jaya Ancol has no membership restrictions and is suitable for those wishing to combine golf with a family outing. Facilities at the clubhouse include club rental, pro shop, driving range, locker rooms, hot / cold showers and a spacious parking lot.

In Ancol Bay Area, there are so many things to do or see. If you like water sports, in Ancol Jakarta BayCity you can find jet ski rental there. You can do sailing or even visit Bidadari Island, one of the island among Thousand Islands Area.

To Stay

Within Ancol Jakarta BayCity area, you will find several hotels such as Raddin Hotel, Wisata Hotel, Mercure Hotel and Putri Duyung Cottages with various prices and facilities.

To Eat

You may find many food stalls offering their specialties dishes. There's also one location near Pantai Carnaval which is a place for lots of restaurant served local and international dishes and several of them are serving seafood as their specialties. For the beverage, its worth to try "Es Kelapa Muda" or Young Coconut Ice.

To Buy

A colorful open-air art market is located at the Ancol Amusement Park, which provides the unique experience of not only buying quality Indonesian arts and craft, but also a chance to see and meet the artisans at work. You can watch puppet makers, wood-carvers, painters, and many other craft makers from throughout the archipelago cheerfully working on their creations.

At this art and handicraft market, visitors get to watch Indonesian artists creating their masterpieces. Hundreds of artists from all over the country congregate here to exhibit their work, making the spot a fascinating place for tourists and art connoisseurs. You can even get a portrait of yourself done.

Both traditional and modern art and crafts are on display, including paintings, sculptures, traditional Indonesian wayang kulit (leather puppets), gemstone jewelry and many other artistic products. Art performances are frequently held at the Art Market (Pasar Seni) inside the Jaya Ancol Dreamland on Jakarta's beach. They normally range from wayang kulit shadow plays to folk dances and modern drama.

The market is open Monday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You can buy lots souvenir in every attractions inside Ancol Bay Area, with their own characteristic souvenir. Also you can buy some Indonesian art as a souvenir at Pasar Seni or Art Market.


* Equip yourself with sun protection and bathing suits
* Dont forget to bring an extra cloths
* Many souvenirs are sold with fixed prices. But, theres a possibility to bargain at Pasar Seni or Art Market.

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