The place is quite in border area of Bogor and Depok. Located in Parung-Gunung Sindur, only a shabby billboard/banner will guide visitor. And could only be seen if the visitor come from Parung.
The area offered three things: cheap picnic for families, hot spring shower and limestone. We could hiking to the top of the limestone and enjoy the surrounding scenery. The area now provide a simple outbound facility such as rope-bridges and flying fox. The spring water believed by the local as a method of medication.
- Family Travel
- Mountain Climbing
Bogor Botanical Garden
One of the most fascinating botanical garden in the world with more than 75 hectares of around 15,000 species of plants and trees, orchids, streams, and ponds.
Not big, but, HUGE trees! wander around and discover various species of flora and fauna.
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this is one of old building in bogor. the official name is gereja santa perawan maria (the church of virgin mary) but it's better known as the bogor cathedral. it was built during dutch colonial time probably in the end of 19th century or at the beginning of 20th century
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Buying Clothes from Factory Outlet
These shops used to be called sisa export and are now often called asli-palsu (or real fakes) by Indonesians. In actuality they are factory outlets, which offer overruns and seconds on export garments at bargain prices. The foreign store and foreign currency price tag often is still on the item ... i.e., US$ 65 ... with the Rp price next to it ... Rp 45,000 (US$4.50).
Brands at many of the stores include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Future.now, Eddie Bauer, MAG, Nautica, Fendi, Elle, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Espirit, Calvin Klein, Armani, Crocodile, Balley Apostrophe, Alfred Dunhill, Nike, Reebok, Limited, The Gap, Banana Republic, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Adidas, Puma, Ann Taylor, D&G, BCBG, J. Crew, Allure, Bennetton, Cerruti 1881, Victoria's Secret, NY & Company, Sag Harbor, Old Navy, Ocean Pacific, Roxy, Hush Puppy, Versache, Table Eight, Cherokee, Express, Karen Scott and Sears and Mervyn's brands.
The shops carry both Grade A (best quality overruns) and Grade B (seconds with something wrong with them so they didn't pass quality inspection by the buyer). Some also carry factory rejects ... but they wouldn't broadcast that fact! Depending on the agreements between buyers/factories and factory outlets, the items are often put up for sale 3-6 months after they go on the market for full price elsewhere.
Don't be surprised if you see 'Made in Korea' or 'Made in Thailand' (to name a few) tags on the clothes too as many of the shops buy from agents who represents factories in these countries. Or, they are really made in Indonesia and mis-labeled on purpose ... !
Local production for the local market is offered in the shops as well ... with very different quality. Buyer beware ... because some of the stores also sell fakes along with the factory seconds.
After you've been to a few of these stores you'll start to see similarities in stock.
Yeah... you Fish.... We fished when we were at that place we had lunch, Fishing Valley. We didn't have any fishing equipments with us, So we just went ahead and bought a simple fishing set there and the bait, which was like a paste. So we went fishing, and I got a palm sized carp and my kid got a 0,6 kg Catfish (Patin). That's quite big... he was really excited about it and wanted to put it in our aquarium back home. So they put it in a big transparent plastic bag and put Oxygen in it. That was quite Fun, I haven't fished since I was 10 years old, and my kid liked it, that was a good time away from all that videogames he has at home.
- Family Travel
Feeding Deers from outside Bogor Palace
You know that there are hundreds of deers inside the Garden of Bogor Palace, right ?
They're there everyday, grazing gracefully.... and this is probably not allowed, but every weekend morning that I pass the palace, I see parents and kids feeding the deers from outside the fence. There are even tiny food stalls selling carrots and local vegetables to feed the deers. Hey... I wanna feed them too ! But Since I'm driving and there's no parking spot, I usually only stare at this feeding rituals during traffic jam. It's so peaceful looking at parents and kids laughing together and deers munching on carrots.
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All u can find in BOGOR
1.Tajur- Do shopping branded bags and shoes with less price than boutique
2.Puncak Pass - Dine and sight seeing of High Hill venue from Peak of Hill of tea plantation
3. Kebun Raya Bogor - Picnic with family sounds great here. Feel the fresh air from large botanical garden. don't forget to see Butterfly Museum and Zoology Museums. U also can see the wild deer around the garden, which are live inside the Istana Bogor .
4. Pasar Bogor - Buy some fruits and pets such as bunny and birds, and wild animal from local farmer or local people, in very cheap prices.
5. Mt. Salak - Mostly they who love mountenary activity will be up here. There also camping ground on this area. See a waterfallNice for Hiking and camping.
6. around city - u can find also the antique store along the way from Bogor to Puncak Pass.
7. City near by - Sukabumi , Cianjur, Bandung
- Museum Visits
- Hiking and Walking
In Memorial monument of Olivia Mariamne
Olivia Mariamne is a wife of Thomas Stamford Rafles whose found this botanical garden in 1811 year.But BOGOR BOTANICAL GARDEN was officially opened in 1817 when Dutch occupied Java, Olivia Mariamne died at Buitenzorg (Bogor) November 1814
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Baby Zoo, Trekking, Camping, Playing @Taman Safari
Taman Safari Indonesia is a big recreation park with zoo, accommodations, and amusement park. Their main objective is saving the animals, especially by breeding the endangered species. They have many animals, about 20% from Indonesia and 80% from other countries. It is located at the foot of Mt. Pangrango - the air is cool and nice.
The activity most people come there for is to see the animals. You ride a car into the park and see the animals around you. They also have the Safari Malam (Night Safari) programme. Where you ride a bus into the park and see the animals in the dark. The buses have spotlight to help you see the animals. You can see lions, tigers, cheetah etc. awake and moving, unlike in the daytime when they are mostly asleep.
There is also the Baby Zoo where you can touch and hold the baby animals. But big cats are heavy although they are still babies :)
Taman Safari also has accommodations. There are hotel rooms, bungalows, caravans, and a camping ground. There is a swimming pool for children, and 2 jacuzzi .
There is also a programme called Safari Trek . It's a guided trek with minimum of 10 people in a group. There are 2 choices of trails: 4 kms (about 2 hrs) and 8 kms (about 5 hrs). Along the way you will see rivers, and waterfall. You can also meet Iweng the elephant. On the way you will also stop at Safari Kem where there is a camping ground, and active physical games. It could be misty up there and the air is very cool!
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
De daunan - Kebun Raya
For a year the little calendar I got at this place
was next to my computer. The last page had
coupons for every single month a free....auch.
It is that little calendar that reminded me
to build a page on Bogor.
It must be something when you remember the
name and the tast of a drink a year after.
'Flemenggo sky' is banana juice with
a scoop of strawberry ice cream..
And at that moment , in that moist heat it
tasted like the best thing in the world.
We also tried some other juices with attractive
names like 'shirly apple' and 'Bella Nautic'....
But you will have to find out about them yourselves.
You can also eat here and we were lucky that
it was a very quit day at the botanical garden.
From the terrace you have a wide view and
you can enjoy the water lilies.
Bogor is still a great city. But just like a lot of cities
in Java it has grown a little bit out of
it's dress. The colder air the hollanders liked
so much is still there. But there is also a lot
of polution here , the traffic is damning...hell
Day and night it goes round the botanical garden ,
like a slow highway.
Lucky for us we found a great hotel.
Hmm found , since everybody in Indonesia
seemed to come from somewhere else ,
the guy at the hotel lobby in Bandug was from
Bogor and he told us 'Mirah' was a great hotel. And it was...
Or 'Astrid avenue' was named after Princess
Astrid from Belgium who visited the garden in
1928 on her honeymoon with Prince Leopold.
The avenue is formed of 'Agathis dammara
trees' and 'Canna hybrida'. The colours of the
Cannas (black, red and yellow) are the
colours of the Belgian flag.
Princess Astrid was the 4th queen in Belgium
and she died tragically at a very young age.
This Swedish princess died at the age of 30
leaving behind her 3 children. Our present king
Albert II. People still got a sort of adoration for her.
I think the most unique thing is that she married
out of love. Not that common at that time in
her social circumstances.
AND she looks fab an cookie boxes.
Ok , I got a little bit carried away here.
Inside the botanical garden you can also
find the memorial for 'Lady Olivia Marianne Raffles'
A neo-roman pavillion raised by her famous
husband Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
Mister Raflles was the British governor-general
from the short British period. (1811-1816).
She is died in 1814 and is burried in Jakarta.
As a real British lady she got annoyed by the
bad habits of the Dutch ladies. They
shewed 'Sirih' and weared sarongs...
(reading this , it just made me smile...a lot)
The botanical garden...KEBUN RAYA
Now the reason why we went to Bogor.
Professor Doctor Reinwordt established the
botanical garden on may 18 1818.
The garden was then named ''s lands plantentuin
te buitenzorg'. Initially it was designated as a
cultivation center for various plants for agricultural
Palm oil , originated from west Africa was
among the great discoveries that was first
cultivated in this garden. (that discovery is
now a parth of the cause of the extinction
of the orang utans since those plantations
are in their former habitat).
So it is a place of historical significance.
The nice thing is that it is 110 hectares of joy
with 12000 species of plants and 3000 orchids. The garden is in very good shape.
I especially remember the tre with
the giant bats and...the victoria amazonica's.
The giant water lilies from Brazil.
The history of Bogor goes long way back.
Already in the 5th century a little hindu civilisation
was located very near Bogor at Holotan.
'Pakuan' was the name for Bogor during the
rule of Pajajaran. But all remains of that period
is an inscription in a stone.
It was in the 18th century that the Dutch became
interested in Bogor. (buiten de zorgen)
Bogor means - without worries.
You need to know that Jakarta-Batavia was
a place of polution , sickness - a place to
It was Governor-general Van Imhoff in 1745
who had his vacation home build at Bogor.
The later 'istana Bogor' or the palace.
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