Monday, December 22, 2008

The Islands part 2

Capital of Java, Yogakarta also called Jogja is the centre of educational, cultural and economic activity. You must see the premier university of Indonesia, the Gajah Mada University and various arts centers, markets, galleries, craft shops and bazaars. Malioboro is one of the tourist attraction in Jogja. trough out the street you can find numerous gifts and souvenirs. from t-shirt, wayang, blangkon, and also foods like gudeg, or nasi kucing(cat Rice) and many others. there is also Keraton, the palace of the king of javan or The Sultan.

Maluku Archipelago, it is made up of 1000 islands, many uninhabited and the rest so isolated from each other and from the outside world that each has its own culture and very often its own language. Halmahera is the largest island in the Moluccan group and one of the most diverse. Banda, in the middle of the Banda Sea, is often referred to as the original ‘Spice Island’ and is famous as a nutmeg-growing center. At present, the islands are popular for diving and snorkeling.

Nusa Tengara, Nusa Penida was at one time a penal colony but now attracts visitors to its dramatic seascapes and beaches. Komodo is home to the world’s largest and rarest species of monitor lizard, while Sumba is noted for its beautiful Ikat cloth. Mount Keli Mutu is one of Indonesia’s most spectacular natural sights, famous for its three crater lakes, whose striking colors change with the light of the day. little since the Bronze Age, yet the islands’ inhabitants are renowned as musicians and palm weavers. The Terawangan Islands is a small group with beautiful beaches and coral gardens. Lucipara has excellent waters for snorkeling. Bone Rate, Kangean, Tenggaya and Tukang Besi is a group of isolated islands in the Flores and Banda seas, epitomizing a tropical paradise.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Islands

Sumatra, The second-largest island of Indonesia, which is a house of the volcanic mountain range, hot springs, unexplored jungle and extensive plantations. Bengkulu, Gedung Wani and Mount Loeser Reserve are some of the amazing Reserve forests. The popular Indonesia Tourist Attractions situated in Sumatra are, Lake Toba, Lingga village, Bukittinggi's Fort de Kock that located close to the zoo, market, a refurbished rice barn and the Bundo Kandung Museum and the most attractive beaches on the east coast.

Sulawesi,Popularly known as Orchid Island, Sulawesi is the land of high mountains, misty valleys and lakes, geysers and hot springs like Karumengan, Kinilow, Lahendong, Leilem and Makule. In the south is Bantimurung Nature Reserve which has thousands of exotic butterflies. The island has geysers and hot springs, the most celebrated of which are at Karumengan, Kinilow, Lahendong, Leilem and Makule. Torajaland is known as the ‘Land of the Heavenly Kings’ and its people are noted for their richly ornamented houses and custom of burying the dead in vertical cliffside tombs. Ujung Pandang, formerly Makassar, is celebrated for the Pinsa Harbour where wooden schooners of the famous Buganese seafarers are moored. Fort Rotterdam, built by Sultan Ala in 1660 to protect the town from pirates, is now being restored. Racing is a popular island activity; there is horseracing and bullock-racing and at Ranomuut there are races with traditional horse-drawn carts.

Lombok a land of temples and local handicrafts like rattan baskets and woven fabrics. Lombok is a popular tourist destination where you can visit at the Senggigi Beach, Gili Islands, Gunung Rinjani, and Desert Point well known for surfing. The island possesses one of the highest volcanic mountains in the Indonesian archipelago, Mount Rindjani,. The two main towns are Mataram, the capital, and the busy port of Ampenan; both are an adventurous site. The south coast is rocky. The west, with shimmering rice terraces, banana and coconut groves and fertile plains, looks like an extension of Bali. The east is dry, barren and desert-like in appearance. The north, the region dominated by Mount Rindjani, offers thick forests and dramatic vistas. There are also some glorious beaches, some of white sand, others, such as those near Ampenan, of black sand. At Narmada there is a huge complex of palace dwellings, complete with a well containing ‘rejuvenating waters’, built for a former Balinese king. At Pamenang, visitors can hire a boat and go diving, entering a clear-water world of brilliantly colored coral and inquisitive tropical fish.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Other views of indonesia part 2

Krakatau volcano erupted in the year 1883 and is one of the most catastrophic natural events, which is etched in history. The entire region surrounding the volcano was engulfed in clouds of dust. The volcano disappeared, soon after eruption and resulted in the formation of small islands in the area. One of the volcanoes in the area is called Anal Krakatau or the child of Krakatau, which is a young and active volcano. Boat trips to the volcano, allows tourists to get a closer look at the young volcano.but the local authorities prohibited the visitor to wonder around too close to the crater due to its still an active volcano.

Mt. Tangkuban Perahu is filled with many places for sight seeing and exploring. It is an interesting spot and the mount is famous for its distinct upturned boat shape. The panoramic view of the mount and the forests is a delightful experience. The peaceful mountain erupted in 1969 and Kawah Ratu is the main crater or the Queen's crater, as its name suggests. the legend said that tangkuban perahu shaped like upturned boat was because it use to be a boat.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Other views of indonesia part 1

A beutiful site that you must visit is the Borobudur temple. the temple's name originated from Sanskrit - Vihara Buddha Uhr. built in the eighth century and located in Magelang. It is situated on a hill, overlooking distant hills and sprawling green fields. The temple is built with grey andesine stone and has seven terraces. The great Stupa of the temple is 40 meters tall and the walls are extensively sculpted.the local said the temple are build of stones that sticks with eggs.

Lake Toba is a beautiful centerpiece of the north Sumatra. The exquisite scenery and the pleasant climate, in the surrounding areas make it a popular tourist attraction. It is the largest lake in South East Asia and it measures 100 km in length. Resultant of a volcanic explosion, the lake's surrounding landscape is fertile. The island of Samosir is located on the centre of the lake and the culture and tradition of the amiable tribe, Toba Batak attracts tourists from all over the world.before know the locals believes that you cannot swim at tobalake, it forbidden due to its purity.

Tana Toraja is yet another attraction. Rantapeo, a major attraction of the place, is located in the north eastern part of Ujung Pandang. Rantepeo is located 700 meters above sea level and offers a pleasant climate. The entry point of Tana Taroja is a traditional boat-shaped gate. Tana Toraja has cliff graves and two villages, named Lemo and Londa. Londa is considered as one among the oldest sites of hanging graves of local nobility. Taroja has many excellent craft shops for the shopping buffs.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jakarta, oh Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, it is the most advance city, a metropolitan city. due to the center of economics, Jakarta has been the place to do business from other city and even other countries who want to invest or just visiting. you can find almost anything at Jakarta, from the most branded stuff to the things that require bidding. many malls are provided, there are also traditional markets.

For places that provide entertainment, Jakarta is the place, pubs, karaokes, billiard, you name it Jakarta has it. it is 24 hour of entertainment provided to people who enjoy the city style living.
Family entertainment can also be found at Jakarta, from monas a monument that has a pure gold for its roof, Taman mini the summary of Indonesian Culture, Ancol the advance water entertainment. and also numerous museum that provide the history of places and industries of Indonesian.

Ancol, provide an entertainment supported by the most advance technology such as water boom, wave pool, and others. such as disneyland, ancol also has the rollercoaster that thrill you like no other. and games that dares you beyond your wildest imagination. it also provide the water sport, such as jetski, fishing, banana boat and many other water activity. it also provide a museum of sea called sea world where you can see the under water lives.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), are the summery of Indonesian culture, you can find all of the culture Indonesia have. all in one place, the traditional houses, dances, songs, traditions and other things, just by visiting TMII. It also have several museum of technology and arts of indonesian. all in a theme park, all in Taman Mini indonesia Indah.

The capital city of Jakarta retains much from the colonial Dutch and British periods, with many fine colonial-style buildings and the recently restored old quarter. You can visit at The National Monument towers, Merdeka Square, The Central Museum, Portuguese Church, Istiqlal Mosque etc. If you want to shop, then antiques market on Jalan Surabaya and batik factories in the Karet are the perfect place for you. Throughout the island, puppet shows are staged in which traditional wayang golak and wayang kulit marionettes act out stories based on well-known legends; performances can sometimes last all night.

Jakarta are also the city of international events, lots of international events were held at Jakarta. such as, Jakarta International Java Jazz, the largest jazz shows in Asia. Independent film festival, blues festival, soul nations, and many other festival held trough out the year.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

How Far is Indonesia From Bali?

That is so far, the most ridiculous question I have heard. a side Bali is more famous then Indonesia, everybody have to know that Bali is the part of Indonesia it is placed in the south side of Indonesia, right in the wing of java.

Bali shares the most exotic culture of hinduism, this is placed atUbud, the village of art. here you can find the real balinese people living side by side with their hinduism culture, prayer, houses, kecak dances, bali sculpture, the sacrifices etc. Ubud can provide this for you.

At Bali you can enjoy the ultimate water sport with views and services far more superior from any other places. the place for this is Tanjung Benoa. here you can enjoy parasailing, banana boat, Jet Ski, Rolling Donut, Flying Fish, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Glass Bottom Boat + Turtle island and other water activity.

Art is the most valuable object at Bali, the wayang, T-shirt, Bali sculpture, and many other token you can find at sukawati art market. Just about 1 hour on road from Kuta you can found anything money can buy for souvenir of bali. although the most usefull skill to use here are the bidding skills due to no price are too cheap or too expensive.

For better price while traveling in Bali, you can use tourism package provided by your tourism agent. there are numerous package you can use. there are Honeymoon package, kintamani tour package, bedugul tour package, kecak and seafood package and many other. For further information contacting your agents are the most proper thing to do.

With its spectacular white beaches, verdant jungle and mountain, Bali is a tropical paradise.
The landscape of Bali ‘is made up of volcanic mountains, lakes and rivers, terraced ricefields, giant banyans and palm groves and, on the coast, bays ringed with white sandy beaches. Bali is famous for its crafts and adventurous activities, which are organized on the southern beaches. The island lies a short distance from the eastern coast of Java, across the Strait of Bali. The tourist areas are in the south, around Sanur beach and at Kuta, which lies on the other side of a narrow isthmus. The island also has thousands of temples – the exact number has never been counted – ranging from the great Holy Temple at Besakih to small village places of worship.

So, to conclude this article, I want to tell you that Bali is not far from Indonesia Hahahaha

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Snapshot of Indonesia

I have lived in Indonesia for about 29 years now. never go abroad, not because i didn't want to, i didn't have to. why so? here is why, first everything I need and want are here, right under my feet. in the mother land. and second, hey... everyone is dying to visits my country, the exotic place, the culture, the nature and far more we have what other countries in the world don't, like warm weather, beautiful views of islands, beaches, mountains and places beyond your most beautiful dream. Indonesia has it all.

In Indonesia, you can surf the wave of Bali, diving in the beautiful terumbu karang of bunaken Manado, the creativity of Bandung, the one stop shopping trip at Jakarta, or the most elegant view of Prambanan and Borobudur temple of Jogjakarta. and the sculpture of papua, or the jungle of borneo. all is provide with the hospitality of Indonesian people.

Indonesia has the most exotic culture in the world. If you would travel deeply into our islands you will find the exotic of wayang theatre at Middle Java. the fastest cow of karapan sapi at madura. the dance of war at papua, and far more the most viewed of tourist are the dandut music, check it out. you'll definitely get an addiction.

The food, aah.. don't mention the food. it always make me hungry, Indonesian food are very tasty, because it is mixed by 100% Indonesian spices and recipe that are existed for ages. the fried rice, gado-gado, rica-rica, sambal, rendang, and the most famous of indonesian are kerupuk. hahahaha, all of my friend from other countries always ask me for more kerupuk.

It is a glance of what you can enjoy in Indonesia. for more deep views of Indonesia, read my next article.