Kopi Ireng, Dago

Favourite Bandung Restaurants

One of the big attractions to Bandung is the variety of interesting restaurants, cafes, and coffee houses tucked into the hills around Bandung. Every weekend, Jakartans escape the chaos and congestion of the capital to relax in the quiet Bandung hills. Here are some of my favorite places. Dago Atas Area   Cloud 9, A[…]

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Carita, the famous beach in Banten

Carita, The Typical Seaside Resort Town

Carita is a typical seaside resort town that stretches along the coast 20 kilometers south of Anyer. Carita is very popular among Jakartans wanting to escape the busy capital and you may find, especially on weekends that the beach is thronged with tourists, snorkeling in the murky waters and jet skis propelling themselves ferociously up[…]

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Surfer challenges the reef break at Batu Karas.

Visiting Batu Karas

Batu Karas is a secret Indonesian surf spot, only known to those in the know, so implies one website that offers a tour to an unnamed, charming surf village offering sand barrels and shorty takeoffs on a 300 meter point break.     In 2006, Tom Williams, owner of Bonsai Bungalows, came to Batu Karas[…]

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Trekking through the Great Forest is a great way to see West Java's natural beauty

Bandung Trekking

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda (Great Forest Park) is a conservation area, botanical garden, and recreational area that begins in the Dago area of Bandung and stretches nearly 30 km north, past Tangkuban Perahu to the village of Ciater. In addition to the waterfalls, the mostly pine and bamboo forest has abundant wildlife –[…]

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Bandung City Tour on Bus

Bandung, Once Known As “Paris Of Java”

Bandung is the cosmopolitan provincial capital of West Java famous for its universities, cuisine, fashion, and night life. Though it is overshadowed by Jakarta, which is just two hours away, it is a dynamic city in its own right. Bandung is the center of Sundanese culture, and an important business, arts, and education center. Located[…]

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Citumang river, West Java

Around Batu Karas, West Java

One of the pleasures of staying in Batu Karas is renting a motorbike and riding around enjoying the scenery. There are a number of short trips you can take. I’ve already written about Green Canyon, and Pangandaran, but there are a few more choices. Batu Hiu (Shark Rock) has an interesting past. According to an[…]

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Travel to Anyer beach

Getting To Anyer, Banten

Anyer is located around 3 hours West of Jakarta and has become a popular weekend getaway among the busy workers of Jakarta. The only real landmark of any interest is the lighthouse that was built by Queen Wilhelmina of Holland in 1885. It was built in remembrance of those people who tragically lost their lives[…]

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Climbing the Mount Gede

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, Mountains in West Java

The twin peaks of this park speak of a turbulent natural past. Heat, rock and ash push and thrust to create this spectacular mountain yet the story does not finish there. Today, there is continued activity, which pushes these peaks higher and higher now standing at 2,958 m and 3,029 m. Yet this is a[…]

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Buffaloes in Alas Purwo National Park, Banyuwangi

The Nature Reserve Of Banyuwangi, Alas Purwo National Park

Hidden in the most eastern part of Java is a peninsula of approximately 44,000 hectares that is home to the Alas Purwo National Park. There are 2 distinguishing features about this area, the highs and the lows. Both provide a challenge for humans to reach their best. The Highs. At the top of the active[…]

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Halimun Salak National Park, West Java

Ecotourism Tour, Gunung Halimun National Park

Jakarta has many wonderful qualities but sometimes the fact that we can escape from Jakarta is its best feature. Where to go, Gunung Halimun National Park is a cool refreshing spot that connects a weary soul with nature and gives you a chance to rejuvenate. Only 80 km south west of Jakarta this national reserve[…]

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The Meru Betiri National Park

Meru Betiri National Park, The Natural Charm Of East Java

This is a strange and unusual park due to its remoteness allowing it to hold its natural charm and wild virtues. With 50,000 hectares, this park holds a fantastic evergreen jungle that is waiting to be discovered. Around 200 km from Surabaya and 75 km from the main Bali to Java port, Ketapang, the main[…]

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The Puncak highland, Bogor

Travel To Puncak Pass, The Great Escape

Fresh Air, Clear skies, cool breeze, winding mountain paths, friendly people, great food, pulsating rivers, adventures, breakfast with a view from your private villa, who would not want all of these things in a quick and easy getaway from the organized chaos of Jakarta. This all is within reach; the great escape, Puncak Pass. Only[…]

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Buddha statue in stupa Borobudur

Borobudur, Top Tourist Destination in Central Java

You and hundreds of other people are about about to take a walk around a symbolic representation of the world, as it was imagined and built here sometime around 800 AD. You are at one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and the huge, square, terraced pyramid in front of you, is nothing[…]

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Milagro, Jakarta bike community

Get On Your Bike, Enjoy Jakarta

10 years ago there was a small and enthusiastic group of cyclists in Jakarta. Today, cycling has become a new addiction for an ever-growing number of people in this sprawling metropolis. With weekend car free day streets adding fuel to the number of people hitting the streets the question remains where can you jump on[…]

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Gedung Pancasila

The Political And Spiritual Center Of Jakarta Tour

These ancient lands with dragons, volcanoes and hidden coral gardens of thousands of years old is actually still an adolescent in a political sense and still on a journey of discovery. With independence only taking place in 1945, there is a real sense of building and encouraging unity within Indonesia and this is reflected in[…]

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