Pikavia: Cara Mudah Cari Paket Wisata Impianmu

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Akhir tahun menjelang, sudahkah kamu merencanakan libur akhir tahun? Memang, merencanakan dan mempersiapkan perjalanan bukan hal yang mudah bagi sebagian orang apalagi jika harus dilakukan di sela kesibukan. Namun, di zaman serba terhubung oleh internet ini, memilih dan merencanakan perjalanan tak perlu lagi jadi penghambat kamu untuk tetap bepergian dan menikmati perjalanan.  Continue reading

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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

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

5 Things To Do When Visiting Jayapura

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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

Surviving Indonesia #1: How to Travel Savvy in Indonesia

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As an archipelago country stretched across the equator, Indonesia offers travelers diverse kind of destinations with various activities as well. Despite having the dry season, heavy rain are still pouring down through out the year. When traveling to Indonesia, it is best to always have a plan B, considering a bad weather.

Infrastructures like paved roads and public transportation are still underdeveloped in many areas outside Java island and Bali. Electricity and clean water are also scarcely available in remote villages and small islands. Your dream vacation can turn to nightmare without savvy preparation and knowledge. Here are some practical knowledge to consider before you set your foot in Indonesia. Continue reading

Discovering The Eco-Friendly Ciwaringin Batik

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Inhaling the strong scent of boiling wax, I stepped inside a house where elderly women were busy transferring the scalding substance onto fabric.

In that house in Ciwaringin, Cirebon, West Java, they were using a small, pen-like tool to fill in the previously drawn patterns.

This art of decorating cloth using wax and dye that is batik was declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

During my short trip to Cirebon with Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts, I had the chance to visit Ciwaringin village, the lesser known batik village, when compared to the famed Trusmi Batik village located in the same region. Continue reading

Minimalist Packing Tips: How to Lighten Your Load

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“He who would travel happily must travel light,” my favorite French author, Antoine de St. Exupery, once said. Although I’m still a newbie both in this minimalist and vagabondish things, having traveled with different groups of people I always find my bags are amongst the lightest of all the participants. Still, personally I sometimes feel that I bring more than I really need. Unpacking bags after getting back home, I ‘d still be able to find unworn shirts and stuffs which could actually just be left at home rather than making my bag heavier to carry around.

Simplicity has always been the essential key to minimalism. The same applies to traveling. If you travel often only for a short period of time, you might want to read and apply the onebag philosophy. I found their tips useful and their perspective on traveling light refreshing as well as mind-opening. Continue reading

Chinese Garden: A Tale of Ancient China Architectural Wisdom

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucius

2 A lot of iconic buildings and landmarks are built to attract people from all over the globe to visit this small lion city of Singapore. Statue of Merlion, the durian shaped Esplanade, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands skyscraper are a few of Singapore’s tourist attractions. However, this small country is still maintaining its cultural relics of the past. Continue reading