Bali boasts of being the best vacation destination in Indonesia thanks to its coastline full of impressive beaches, entrancing natural landscapes, rich cultural traditions and strong religious roots. Attracting travelers to flock to the island of the gods throughout the year, Bali offers the tumult of Kuta for those seeking out frenetic crowds and heavy partying. But if you travel up to the north to the region of Buleleng, tranquility and idyllic fishing villages will offer you a refuge for a quieter retreat. Continue reading
How about learning to surf in an archipelago filled with the world’s best waves? Here are four beginner-friendly surfing spots across Indonesia to get you up and surfing. Continue reading
It was barely an hour past lunchtime as the bus drove slowly, taking our group from the Jakarta Tourism Business Forum 2014, penetrating through the congested traffic of Jakarta, making our way to Sunda Kelapa harbor in the northern part of the city.
As the bus was approaching the Sunda Kelapa harbor, I could see the 12-meter-tall Syahbandar Tower — which is located in the same compound as the Maritime Museum — slightly leaning to one side from afar and reminding me of the famous Tower of Pisa. Both the museum and the tower serve as remnants of the past from back when the city’s name was Batavia. Continue reading
“Where is the market here in Long Duhung?” I innocently posed the question to Ibu Dolba, a Punan Dayaknese woman who took me for a boat ride on a traditional canoe called a ketinting along the Kelay River.
In answer to my question, Ibu Dolba suddenly burst into laughter — apparently, at me — and then said: “No, we don’t go to a market. Everything we need is here [in the forest and the river].”
I was bemused, for her answer to me was quite unexpected. However, her prompt answer struck me as a reality that I had apparently not been aware of — that Long Duhung is one of a few isolated villages situated in the depth of East Kalimantan’s dense forest, as isolated as my knowledge about a Dayak tribe that its members still mostly rely for their living on hunting and gathering. Continue reading
Sometimes it takes only a short getaway to rekindle the sparks between you and your loved one. Here are four cities in Indonesia that you should visit for a honeymoon or just to fall in love all over again. Continue reading
With Bandung now receiving direct international flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore; traveling to West Java should have gotten easier than ever. But as the result of more exposure in the spotlight, Bandung has become more and more packed of tourists and shoppers especially on weekends. Traffic jams during public holidays and over weekends has been slowly suffocating not only people who visit Bandung, but also those who get to call this city as their home.
When it gets more crowded in Lembang and it takes much longer just to reach Dago Pakar, expanding your holiday options to other regions beyond Bandung is perhaps the best decision you can make to escape the bustle of the city. Continue reading
Planning and preparation are both essential home-works that travelers need to do before departing to their dream destinations. However, traveling can be full of pitfalls especially if the plan consists of trips to places away from the comfort of urban civilization. As an archipelago comprising of more than 17,000 islands, many villages in Indonesia are still relying on themselves for electricity and don’t have decent paved roads nor decent public transportation. Traveling to these regions might be a tricky and tough thing to do. Below are the tips that might make the exploration effort easier. Continue reading
Hot yet beautiful. That was my first impression of Jayapura, the biggest city in Papua situated by Youtefa bay on the easternmost part of the archipelago. Used to be a headquarter for allied army in World War II and still is a frontier army base for Indonesia’s military troops as well as for community development workers and Christian missionaries, Jayapura is a melting pot of many ethnic groups in Indonesia.
Although starting to be packed by traffic jam, Jayapura is still a pretty sight to see with its lush forested hills, steep roads and busy port. Here are five picks of activities that you can do if you have a chance to set your foot in Jayapura. Continue reading
It had been supposed to be a usual lazy weekend for me if it wasn’t for a plan to go along on a family trip to Cibodas, West Java. Leaving Jakarta at 7 am, the morning weather was surprisingly sunny despite a heavy downpour inundating the capital through out the prior week.
The traffic was also miraculously friendly as we drove up on Jagorawi toll highway which connects the neighboring cities of Jakarta, Bogor and Ciawi. Exiting at Ciawi toll gate, our car hiked up passing through Puncak area which has been a popular weekend respite for Jakartans ever since I was a little child. Continue reading
I took this picture at Petanahan Beach, Central Java, a few weeks ago when I was attending a friend’s wedding in Kebumen City. The beach is situated around 53 kilometers soutward from Kebumen City and has a vast golden sandy beach. Similar to other beaches along Java’s southern coast, Petanahan has a strong current and large waves and is not very suitable for swimming. However, the beach has a serene ambiance and its landscape is a perfect blend of beach and lush forest which makes this less-known beach is worthy a visit. Continue reading