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Ten reasons why you should visit Indonesia

Posted in Travel by avisoo on February 8, 2010

When I go traveling, travelers whom I met along the way usually skip Indonesia as a destination when they travelling South East Asia countries. As far as I know, they did not get clear information from the Internet, and many negative rumors about Indonesia. So, there are 10 reasons why you should visit Indonesia.

10. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur temple is located in Muntilan, Magelang and is about 2 hours (42 kilometres) from Yogyakarta city. The borobudur Buddhist sanctuary, moren than a thousand years old, it is the greatest Buddhist work of art existing in the world. Borobudur is recognized as one of the greatest stupa and World’s wonder of its kind in the world.

9. Toba Lake

Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Located in northern Sumatra, the largest of Indonesia’s many islands. The lake water is warm, clean and perfect for swimming. A great way to explore the lake and surroundings is by renting a motorbike for the day. The roads are clear and safe and even a beginner can quickly feel comfortable zooming around the green hills and valleys of the Lake Toba countryside. Lake Toba is a four hour bus ride south of the major city of Medan. Air Asia now flies into Medan from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

8. Komodo Island

Komodo island is located between Sumbawa and Flores islands, a small island of 280 square km. The sea surrounding the island offers vistas of sea life, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches. The only accommodation available is in simple guesthouses in the fishing village. The diving in Komodo Island is world class. There are some of the worlds richest and most beautiful coral reefs. Komodo Island is accessible from the sea only. Fly to Labuan Bajo, from where it is about 3-4 hours by boat to the island.

7. Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. I think it’s best view is from Mount Bromo to the sand sea below, and the surrounding volcanoes at sunrise. At Mount Penanjakan you can reach the viewpoint by foot in about two hours.

6. Bunaken Island

The island of Bunaken is rated in the top of best diving destinations on the earth. You can swim with dolphins, sharks, giant turtles and other colorful coral-reef fishes. Bunaken Island is just 60 minutes by boat northwest of Manado City. Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. You can reach Manado city by plane.

5. Sempu Island

Sempu Island is located about 60 km from Malang, East Java. Actually, this island is a natural  conservation area. No population in this island, except wildlife. Sempu Island have an exotic Lagoon. Bring ur food, water and tent here, and enjoy the natural nature of Sempu Island.

4. Bali

Bali is the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including sculpture, dance, painting, music and metalworking. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian and Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture.

3.  Mount Krakatau

Mount Krakatau is located on the Sunda Straight between Sumatra and Java, it is a volcanic island and part of Indonesia. An eruption in 1883 blew the island apart and caused a tsunami that killed more than 36,000 people. Mount Krakatau is the most amazing Volcano in the world!

2. Raja Ampat

Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas arounr Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. Raja Ampat includes the four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands. The archipelago is part of an area known as the Bird’s Head functional seascape, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. The bay at Ayau Island, Papua.

1. People

The people in Indonesia are some of the friendliest, most pleasant people you’ll ever encounter. If you gain the trust of Indonesian people, they may be willing to open doors for you that you never imagined could exist. Indonesia has more pretty girls per square meter than anywhere else, with smiles that will melt your heart.

So that’s it, Indonesia and Ten good reasons to go.


Mount Bromo part.2

Posted in Travel by avisoo on February 7, 2010

3.30 am : We tracked downhill with other 4 dutchmen at moon-light dark, headlamps did so well. Dust were all over flying our eyes. We reached ‘Segoro Wedhi’. The sea of sand.

4.10 am : We’re all like stealth walking at the distant dark, the smells, the persona, that feeling. We’re on the feet of Brahma, on the run. Chasing, chasing for Brahma’s sun to awake, to get the ace to the grace with Brahma’s head.

05.00am : Dehidrate. Stopped for liquid. Another stage. Upside walk. Minimal oxygen at 3000M above the sea. Skies getting dark cherry. Reddish and oranges. finally. We reached all stairs. A lot of people wait to merit the same joy, and it’s the Sun coming up.

Scenes from on the top of Mount Bromo

We meet. Greet. Chat. A lot of people with their expertise with same goal. Ate a pop mie and fruit tea for another energy. Its time to explore Brahma’s belly.

08.10 am : We’re downhilled. Observe the texture of frozen larva morphed into solid and sands.

Brahma’s belly were swept our mind compeletely. mystical place for a mystical being. it was a total redemption. priceless

11.10 am : and then.. We went back to the hotel to packed our stuff and check out. We had a Nasi Pecel with Lele Fish before. Shit. Best thing we ate. See you soon Bromo.

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How to get Sempu Island from Jakarta

Posted in Travel by avisoo on January 27, 2010

1. Jakarta – Malang

Start at Gambir train station-Jakarta’s mainline railway station. Take a train to Malang (Gajayana) for the price around 280.000 Rupiah (US $30). Train takes about 14 hours

Notes: You can go to Malang by plane if you want to save a much time (by plane takes 1 hour).

2. Malang Train Station – Gadang

City was calm but volumed. There’s alot of backpackers started they journey at front of the station. Take a blue minibus called angkot to Gadang. Pay 3.000 rupiah (US $0.33) to the driver (they stop at angkot station). It will takes 1 hour.

Notes: I’ve met a very smart curios youth. tricky question and witty. the driver willing to cheated in order to rob on us. crap. whatever you do, get the info as much as you can then act like an adventurer. not a tourist.

3. Gadang Angkot Station – Turen

Take minibus (old Hiace) to Turen. The minibus costs 5.000 Rupiah (US $0.50) per person , minibus takes about 2 hours. A driver will drop you at front of traditional market building at Turen.

4.  Turen – Sendang Biru beach

From Gadang you will drop at Turen. The last station connected to Sendang Biru beach. Halt for an hours, to filled the capacity. The minibus costs 15.000 Rupiah (US $1.50).  Angkot takes 3 hours.

Notes: Angkot Suzuki carry with 22 passengers? 10 for max ideal. speedy freak? edge of heights? un-stabil manouvers. nightmares. Don’t forget bring mineral water and snack at ur bag. Pray!

5. Sendang Biru beach – Sempu Island

Angkot dropped you at sendang biru beach. Take a boat to Sempu island, costs 100.000 rupiah (US $10) for 1 boat. They departed you in the edge of the island, then trekked the jungle around 1 n half hour to laguna. Magnifico!

Overview: The transportation from Jakarta to Sempu Island takes approximately 20 hours and costs approximately US $40-45 with very little pain and not too much effort. Bring ur supplies, no people in this island.


I would recommend leaving Gambir Train Station at evening than you will be arrive at Malang Train Station in the morning. It will give u get a much time to Sendang biru beach in the evening. OR, if u can’t imagine how tired are you doing that step, you can rent a minibus (plus the driver too) from Malang terminal Station to Sendang biru beach, and it costs 500.000 rupiah (US $50) for 1 trip.

take a boat to sempu island