It is not easy to get to the ancient Balinese cemetery near Trunyan village. It’s accessible only by boat and even under a bright Balinese sun, the voyage can be an eerie one. Giant monitor lizards, big as crocodiles, inhabit the lake...
I covered this unique spot in a report for CNN Traveller. Here's the story: http://parallelworldsblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/indonesia-bali-behind-the-lens/
This is a laberinth of cages with ponds trees, and plenty of birds in a protected environment. You see here interesting birds such as peacocks,eagles,hawks and plenty of other speciies. It has a lake where fish come to eat from your hand and ducks.
It is a great area to bring the kids, and it is Inside TMI park a huge heritage complex with plenty to see (see tips).
this is a unique museum in the middle of the biggest park in Jakarta and all gear towards preserving the heritage of the country. This is Inside TMI park.
a bit of history
The Museum was built in the neighborhood Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Jakarta with an area of 10.850 square meters and wide bangunanannya 3,980 square meters. This development on the initiative of Mrs. Tien Soeharto and promulgated on April 20, 1993 by President Suharto. Building forms was focused on five star as the symbol of Pancasila and the five buffer elements illumination. On the front of the museum when we enter the page will find that support the monument symbol of enlightenment "nan never extinguished flame" which was surrounded by statues of the lights of five fruit as well as a fountain. The meeting between the water from the top of the monument with the water gushing from the ground became a symbol of the mutual relationship between Government, society and the mass media. The building consists of three floors depicting the life of the past, present, and future. Cylinder-shaped roof also means and identifies kenthongan as a form of traditional lighting while supporting antenna masts as a form of modern lighting
It is a nice area to visit and its right across the santika hotel (see tip).
Drive out of the city and see the beautiful country of Indonesia. Here is a terrace of tea plants, a most effecient use of the mountian side.
Not far from Jakarta near Bogor there are plenty of interesting things to see or do and one of the most enjoyable journeys of my trip was getting to Puncak Pass Restaurant. This place was actually a resort and I wouldn't mind staying here for a time, but we only stopped for lunch. The view from the huge glass walls, allowed us a panoramic version of the lush tea terraces. Like something straight out of National Geographic! Awesome and beautiful!
Mine is not such a clear picture because of the moisture in the air. Climbing up the mountians is also a wonderful way to escape the heat of the lower altitudes.
I recently found myself in Labuan Bajo, Flores after visiting Komodo and Rinca. I had a few days to kill and didn't want to stay any longer in the busy town of Labuan Bajo. I headed for an idyllic island about 40 minutes from the coast called Kanawa. The island is pure bliss with crystal waters, great marine life and wholesome food.
Take a look at this review for a more detailed view of this untouched paradise.
if you go I'd love to hear what you thought of it.
The village of Sekupang is the main town and port of entry on the island of Batam, one of the islands that make up the Riau Archipelago, located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) across the Malacca Strait from Singapore. Sekupang has been inhabited for many centuries. It was part of the Riau Lingga Kingdom until 1911, when the Dutch East Indies colonial administration took over. And often many times during its history, it, along with other villages on Batam, was a hideout for pirates who attacked ships in the Malacca Strait.
Ever since Batam was made a free trade zone in 1989, Sekupang has experienced an economic boom which has included the construction of such tourist amenities as hotels, resorts, shopping centers, and golf courses. Sekupang is in fact one of the fastest growing tourism centers in Indonesia. Many of the visitors are from Singapore, who come to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Tourist attractions include the Padepokan Seni Art Center (which features arts and crafts from all over Indonesia), the Desa Seni Indonesian Art Village (which features cultural shows and other aspects of the Indonesian and local cultures), as well as several top-notch golf courses, including the Indah Puri, Batam Hills, and Southlinks courses.
Despite the recent economic boom, Sekupang is still a relatively idyllic place. Most of the inhabitants make their living from fishing or sea transport. Because of the prevalence of the fishing industry, there are many fine seafood restaurants in Sekupang. In fact, many Singaporeans come to the village for a seafood meal and return the same evening.
Sekupang is served by frequent ferry service to and from Singapore, as well as numerous destinations within Indonesia. The ferries leave from the World Trade Centre in Singapore every 30 minutes, and are clean, efficient, and inexpensive. Sekupang is about two miles (three kilometers) inland from the ferry dock, so it is necessary to hire a taxi to get into town. There is no shortage of drivers waiting outside the terminal offering their services.
In Indonesia under the southern Sky....
If interesting in Astronomy is a must, to view the Bosscha Observatory of the ITB Bandung, situated in Lembang, in the mountains over the big city Bandung.
Special on the Bosscha Observatory is the history. Bosscha is compared to the big observatorys of the world today a small one- but it has is own special history that begun in the Bandoeng town of the Dutch Insulinde in the twentys of the last century.
So please see more in the Bosscha-VT- travelogue of Bandung!
Here in the photo-
please see a view in the dome of the double refraktor at the observatory hill in Bandung- seen while first light at visitors day, early at 9 o`clock, saturday morning.
I went on a waterfall tour. Driver picked me up from Puncak hotel and long drive to mountain area to waterfall. bring swim suits and good walking shoes for hiking. I went with a guide hiking over bridges into streams with slippery rocks to get to waterfall.
along the trail i saw a monkey it seem more afraid of me. my guide pointed it out did not take pic sorry. I was watching where i was walking it was narrow wet and muddy area did not want to fall or slip.
I went on a white water rafting day tour. I forgot which on there are 2. the one i went on is closer to Bali. This river is not as hardcore as the other one but guide said this one has better scenery and waterfalls. We bumped into many other rafters from other companys spalshing water at them also swimming in and under the waterfall area. Grreat Fun.
If you come to Indonesia, so shure you arrive in the great city Jakarta, and you shure have chose a good place.
But if you have time and interest for Indonesia now for the moderns and even for traditional away from great tourist centres,
it is a good idea to visit some days the nice eastern Islands of Indonesia.
Under them I recommend at first Maluku.
Simple begin with with pulau Ambon and pulau Lease. It is from transport and all together now in this time mostly no problem, special if use airplain -.
--->please see the "Pulau Ambon" and "Pulau Saparua" sides in this Virtual tourist pages.
But it is strong recommended to contact a good Tour Leader and/or to speak a little "Bahasa Indonesia".
Special in Indonesia is the tropical landscape in the wet areas, like here the mid of Bali.
At photo a nice place at great Lotos Pond in Ubud.
It is seen from a well known Cafe at the main street in Ubud (westward of palace).
In the background a little temple.
Nice place for recreation.The Cafe is half around the pond under the roofs.
In the back the wall of the temple, with coloured parasols of the temple left and right of the wooden steps to the woodcarved temple door.
After searching in internet a while about unusual trip to volcanoes in Indonesia, I choose to spent one day trip to the famous Mount Krakatau (see www.voyageindonesia.com for further information). Ive heard about this volcano so many times in my life about its devastating kamikaze self destruct erruption on 1883.
cruising with speed boat, I saw this shadow of child krakatau, the newborn of the late krakatau. its shape represent only one thing, RESPECT! this is the same mount that have a place in history and you will have to respect it. local sometimes called it Mbah or Great grandparent usually considered powerful and mystical great grandparent.
while we step out our foot in its dusty hill, we climbed up and suddenly it erupted slowly, more like gassing though :) it spew out black smoke into the sky right in front of us who suddelny ailent still before realize that we must take picture ot it. I manage to record a video of it and included here still capture of my video. Amazing blow!!
"Of the beaten path"
can be even at unusual time-
so I suggest to go the usual way at early morning,
and shure you are surprised-
like here at a bridge at little river in Ubud- the women are washing clothing.
It is in Bali like other islands in Indonesia- it is no washing machine in a Balinese house-
so this work goes in traditional way like here.
Usually the people outside the big cities are friendly.
If you have a little more time, so try to make a tour around
and try to be a villager.
Real a great experience. Maybe easy in touristic Bali.
But my advice if interest and open for the so other cultural roofs of "Insulinde",
the "Tanah Air"-
so don´t care, take a good guide or travel office
and make a two or for day stop at the village.
I good remember - it will be a great experience to see the culture from other side.
Here the traditional bathroom , the "Mandi" near the family house at one of the so much far away eastern islands of Indonesia.
Traveling by land transportation from North Sumatra to West Sumatra vise verse would crossing an EQUATOR Line Monument at BONJOL Village, West Sumatra, at the moment I had a trip from Sibolga North Sumatra to Bukitt Tinggi, West Sumatra by using a minivan sharing taxi which load 12 persons. It was a long trip and I asking to minivan driver to stop a few moments when it was crossing the Equator Line, the driver allow us to align a moment at the Equator line gate, unfortunately we arrive when it was already in the dark of the night
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