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

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A Tropical Paradise in Cibodas Botanical Garden

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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