How to Spend 24 Hours in Makassar

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The provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Makassar is renowned for its thriving port and superb local delicacies. It also offers interesting historical sites and charming ocean vistas.

Although the urban conglomeration covers 2,473 square kilometers, you can get around the city in the space of one day.

Here are seven ways to occupy yourself from dawn till dusk – what order you see them in, though, we’ll leave up to you. Continue reading

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Cruising Around Jakarta Bay on a Quicksilver Boat

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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

#TiketGratisTraveloka : Dapatkan Tiket PP Gratis Citilink dari Traveloka!

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Ada banyak jalan menuju Roma, katanya sih begitu. Tapi, ada banyak cara juga yang bisa kamu lakukan untuk bisa dapetin tiket PP gratis ke destinasi domestik impianmu. Cara paling gampang adalah ikutan Kontes Menulis Berhadiah Tiket Citilink (PP) Bebas Pilih Rute yang diadain oleh Traveloka.com.

Simak penjelasan ringkas berikut ini tentang cara untuk mendapatkan #TiketGratisTraveloka . Continue reading

An Interesting Trip to Long Duhung, East Kalimantan

“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

5 Unique Airbnb Accommodations in Jakarta

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The lodging rental website Airbnb has been growing and trending these past few years, and Jakarta is no exception.

The digital marketplace enables property owners to rent and share their private accommodations with travelers at low and reasonable rates. Not only is it cheaper than staying at a hotel, but renting rooms via Airbnb is a great way to get a more personal experience with your destination’s local culture and peoples.

If you plan to set foot in the capital city and would like use Airbnb, I have picked five accommodations that might offer a welcome alternative to a hotel. Continue reading

4 most romantic cities in Indonesia to fall in love with

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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

3 Interesting Places to Stay in Garut

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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

How Google Can Help You Checking Your Flight Info

We’re not sure why we’ve never heard about this before — but as they say, it’s better late than never.

Unless you’re dealing with a late flight, that is.

When you’re in a hurry to find your personal flight info, it turns out you can turn to Google. Continue reading

Berkelana ke Masa Lalu di Pingyao

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Tanah Tiongkok tidak pernah benar-benar menjadi destinasi perjalanan impian saya. Imaji kota yang penuh sesak, keramaian yang memekakkan telinga serta toilet umum yang kotor dan berbau pesing membuat saya enggan menempatkan Tiongkok di peringkat atas daftar perjalanan impian saya.

Namun, perkenalan dan percakapan saya dengan seorang pria Indonesia yang bekerja sebagai manajer penginapan di sebuah kota mungil di utara Tiongkok belum lama ini berhasil melunturkan keengganan saya berpelesir ke negara terbesar di Asia ini. Continue reading

What to Prepare When Traveling to Indonesia’s Remote Places

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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