Ciater Hot Springs

Ciater Hot Spring is a nice park with small pools in which we can sit or swim. The streams and pools  by warm mineral springs is derived from the active crater of Mount Tangkuban Perahu.

Ciater Hot Springs is located not far from the tourist area of Mount Tangkuban Perahu, which is precisely located in the District Ciater, Subang regency, West Java. In Ciater Hot Springs area  also can do other interesting activities, such as cycling, swimming, fishing, boating, rafting, horseback riding,  camping , outbound,  walks in the tea plantations.

The temperature of hot water that comes from springs Ciater ranging between 43-46 Celsius degrees. With a sulphur content, the hot water in Ciater Hot Springs is believed to cure skin diseases,  and other diseases.
If you want to stay and spend the night on Ciater, it has provided a variety of lodging, or bungalow around the area


The Anambas islands-The Most Beautiful Tropical Islands in Asia (CNN)

Anambas archipelago (Kepulauan Anambas) is a small archipelago of Indonesia, located 150 nautical miles northeast of Batam Island in the South China Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. Geographically part of the Tudjuh Archipelago, it is administratively a regency within the Riau Islands Province.

Anambas formed lagoons that separate the islands. When sea low tide, you can see several islands connected by a sand dune with other islands. The bottom of the lagoon in the form of white sand with beautiful coral gardens at several points.

The Anambas islands consists of 238 islands, only 26 are inhabited. Because of the natural beauty of Anambas, even CNN named it the most beautiful tropical islands in Asia. Anambas Islands are one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots, with good snorkelling and diving spots. Do not be surprised if Anambas referred to as a rival Raja Ampat and its beauty could be beat Maldives.

One of the Anambas islands with good tourism potential in particular is Pulau Bawah, Pulau Penjalin, Pulau Durai & Pulau Nongkat. These Pulau, located about 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore, is actually a cluster of islets that collectively surround three lagoons, each of which suitable for snorkelling, scubadiving and beach activities.

To reach Anambas by air  you must fly to Tanjung Pinang, capital of the province on the island of Riau Island.

From Tanjung Pinang, Nusantara Air Charter flies to Matak Airport in the sub-district of Palmatak. The 48 seater aircraft flies daily. From Matak airport you must take a speedboat to Tarempa, capital of the Anambas district.

Alternatively, the Conoco Philip oil company has a Fokker 50 aircraft which is also made available for public use when there are seats open. This is  a plane used to transport the company’s staff and flies Jakarta-Batam-Matak, operating daily except Sundays.

From Singapore, take a ferry to Tanjung Pinang port. Then travel by taxi to the airport to catch your plane. If you wish to travel by boat, the MV VOC Batavia and MV Seven Star Island serve The Tanjungpinang-Letung-Tarempa route vice versa.


The Batu Secret Zoo In Malang

Batu Secret Zoo is a tourist spot and a modern zoo, located in Batu, East Java, Indonesia. Batu Secret Zoo has 14 hectares of land that is part of Jatim Park 2, besides Tree Inn and Museum of Wildlife. Batu Secret Zoo has several collections of animals from several country, but mostly from Asia and Africa. There are  White Lion, Deer Africa, Bird Macau, Reptile Garden, Flying Lemur, Aquarium, Savanah, Africa Village and others.

Beside viewing the various collection of animals, there are a variety of rides Secret of Zoo Batu, such as Fantasy Land, Animal Show, Brigade Fire, a children's pool themed  Toy Story cartoon, and more.

Address  Batu Secret Zoo located at Jalan Oro-Oro Ombo No. 9, Batu, Malang, East Java. Telphon Number: (0341) 596111. The road to the attractions Batu Secret Zoo can be reached by private vehicles or public transportation.

Other activities that you can enjoy In Batu Secret Zoo, are:
  • Play ground rides
  • Riding elephants circling the predetermined route.
  • Water vehicle tour around the artificial lake.
  • Taking pictures trained animals like birds and snakes
  • Enjoy art painting collections trick to get photos with 3D effects.
  • Enjoy some of the locations of interesting attractions such as Savannah, African Market, Tiger Land, River Adventure, Safari Farm, Hippo & Croc Garden, and more


Dieng Culture Festival-The Soul of Culture

Dieng Culture Festival  is the largest event held annually in the Tourism Dieng Area, at highland Dieng. As the name suggests is a cultural festival with the concept of synergy between the Culture Society, Nature Dieng potential and empowerment of local communities as the basic mission of the event.

Ritual Procession for Dreadlocks hair is a core event. The variety of events such as; jazzatasawan, film screenings, shadow puppets and other traditional arts, flying lanterns, fireworks, carnival culture, as well as exhibitions of handicraft products / creative industries and culinary of the highland Dieng.

Ritual of Dreadlocks Hair Boy have  purpose that aims to expel bad luck of the boy and society Dieng In general.

Dieng Culture Festival was first held in 2010. Previously, it is known as "Dieng Culture Week". When third year, the event changed its name into Dieng Culture Festival. The 7th Dieng Culture Festival (DCF) has been held for 3 (three) days from the date of August 5 to 7, 2016.


Hombo Stone in NIAS

Fahombo, Hombo Stone or in Indonesian "Jump Rock" is a sport traditionally Tribe Nias . Exercise was previously a rite of passage Nias ethnic group is a lot to do in Nias Island and become a tourist attraction traditional strangest unique to the entire world.They must jump over the composition of the building stones as high as 2 meters with a thickness of 40 cm.

In the past, youth Nias will try to jump as high stone over 2 meters, and if they succeed they akaan into manhood and can join as soldiers to fight and get married. Since the age of 10 years, the boy on the island of Nias will be prepared to make a turn "fahombo" them. As a ritual, fahombo taken very seriously in the customary Nias. The boy would jump over the rock to get the status of their maturity, with fighters dressed in Nias, signifying that they were ready to fight and take responsibility for adult males.

Stones to be skipped in fahombo monument shaped like a pyramid with a flat top surface. Height not less than 2 meters, 90 cm wide and 60 cm long. Jumpers not only have to jump over piles of stones, but he also must have the technique for landing, because if he landed with the wrong position can cause muscl injuries or fractures. In the past, even a rock on a board covered with nails and stakes, which shows how serious this ritual in the eyes of Nias Tribe. Tactical battle, fahombo tradition also means training young warriors for agile and nimble in jumping over the walls of their enemy's defenses, with a torch in one hand and a sword in the evening

Come to NIAS and feel the fahombo spirit with jump up the stone.


Museum Batik Pekalongan

Museum of Batik Pekalongan was inaugurated by the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia,  Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on July 12, 2006. The museum building has an area of approximately 2.500 m2 on a land area of 3.675 m2. The building was a Dutch heritage building that has stood since 1906. This building has functioned as City Hall, the Mayor's Office, the sugar factory up until the municipal government office complex and ultimately Batik Museum.

Museum Batik Pekalongan has a lot of  batik  collection, the old  and modern batik from various Indonesian regions, from Java, Sumatra, Borneo, up to Papua.

Not only exhibiting a collection of batik,   Museum Batik Pekalongan also be a training center and learning center of making batik. Students and  visitors can learn to how to make batik or conduct research on the culture of batik.

Cooperation with some parties needed  to preserve the culture of batik. All done in accordance with the Batik Museum's commitment to continue to maintain and preserve the cultural heritage of high valued.

Museum Batik Pekalongan Address: Jl. Jatayu No. 3, North Pekalongan, Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia. Phone: (+62 0285) 431 698


Angke Mangrove Nature Park in Jakarta

Mangrove Natural Tourism Park is one of tourism destinations which has nature theme in North Jakarta. This park is located in the north jakarta precisely in the residential area of Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK). To access this location is quite easily, it could use a personal vehicle, taxi or public transportation from centre of Jakarta city.

Angke Mangrove Nature Park in Kapuk presents the beautifull natural  of a lake surrounded by a mangrove forest with an area of  approximately 90 hectares, making it the mangrove just like the Amazon forest in Jakarta.

There is a lake that surrounding mangrove which is quite spacious and clean, here we can enjoy the beauty of the lake while boating or canoeing. And other uniqueness of these places is visitors can walk on the wooden bridge which was built just above the lake.

The Mangrove Nature Park  is a conservation area managed by a private company. Decorated green clump of mangrove forests, the region is home to a variety of animals ranging from birds to lizards water.


Tabuhan Island is Best Place For Kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings.  Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which utilizes standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose.

Tabuhan island in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia is a sports tourism destination for Kiteboarding. There was held Tabuhan Island Kiteboarding Pro 2015, as a  Kiteboarding sport for tourism, followed by 55 participants from 20 countries.This event is the second time carried after last year.

Why Tabuhan Island, Banyuwangi is the best spot for kiteboarding? Because the wind speed around the island reach 20-25 knots constant throughout May to October. This wind speed was very good to play kiteboarding. Moreover, the sea around without waves.

This year Kiteboarding held 22 to August 23, 2015. Dozens of participants came from various countries, like the United States, Brazil, UK, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and China. This competition parade a number of styles in kiteboarding such as freestyle, free-ride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping, and kitesurfing.

Some kiteboarding world champion like Dan Sweeney (Freestyle Kiteboarding Champion from Australia), Narapichit Pudja (Runner-up World Champion and Asian Champion Race Race), and the Niklas Langseth (Champion Freestyle Kiteboarding Sweden) competed in the Tabuhan Island Pro in 2015.

You can join here,  to the Tabuhan island to play kiteboarding especially in May - August. Co-Host Tabuhan Island Pro Kiteboarding, Jeroen van der Kooij said that in here, is the better place to play kiteboarding than Bali. While in Bali, clear Van Der Kooij, the wind hardly ever blows at speeds above 15 knots.

How to get to the Tabuhan island ? From Banyuwangi city takes about 20 minutes to get to Bangsring Beach, one of the departure point to the Tabuhan.From Bangsring beach, you can go to Tabuhan island only less than 25 minutes using tourist ships operated by local residents.

Kalimutu Lake- The Lake With 3 Water Color

Kelimutu Lake is a crater lake situated on top Mount Flores (volcano). Mount Flores is located on the island of Flores, District Flores, Ende, East Nusa Tenggara Province, (NTT) Province, Indonesia.

Kalimutu Lake, better known as the Lake Three Colors. Discoloration on the three lakes is influenced by the activity of  volcanic mineral of Mount Kelimutu. Lake Ata Polo is lake which was originally green, then changed to a reddish brown color. Lake Nuamuri Ko'o Fai has a toska color turned into white milk. And the last lake, Lake Ata Mbupu recorded rarely changed its color, is now turning in to black from its original green color. Since 1915, the three lakes changes color several times, between 17-44 times.

Discoloration on the three lakes is just a scientific for fluctuations Kelimutu volcanic activity. According to records, this mountain has erupted terrific in 1830, several other eruptions also occurred in the early 1900s. Even the surrounding community trust, discoloration Lake Kalimutu is not only a common natural phenomenon, but also as an early sign of the occurrence of a something big.

Kete Kesu And Londa-Ancient Stone Graves In Toraja

The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 1,100,000, of whom 450,000 live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja").

The word toraja comes from the Bugis Buginese language term to riaja, meaning "people of the uplands". The Dutch colonial government named the people Toraja in 1909. Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days

Tongkonan is the traditional ancestral house, or rumah adat of the Torajan people, in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tongkonan have a distinguishing boat-shaped and oversized saddleback roof. Like most of Indonesia’s Austronesian-based traditional architecture tongkonan are built on piles. The construction of tongkonan is laborious work and it is usually built with the help of all family members. In the original Toraja society, only nobles had the right to build tongkonan.

Kete Kesu is a tourist village in Tana Toraja region known for its traditional life of the community can be found in this region. There are many ancient relics such as stone graves were estimated age of 500 years in Kete Kesu are. In the stones graves that resemble a canoe or boat, saved the remnants of skulls and human bones. Nearly all the tomb stones placed hanging on the cliffs or caves.

Londa is a grave of the past were reserved for the nobility with two large caves that can be entered by visitors and the coffin containing human skulls.

There are many ancient tomb stones like this in Toraja. But the famous is Kete Kesu and Londa. Toraja is known with this stone grave.

One of the unique culture of Toraja is called Rambu Solo. Rambu Solo is a funeral procession Tana Toraja society, who do not like funerals in general. Rambu Solo is a ritual death of Toraja society which aims to honor and deliver the spirits of Toraja people who died toward the spiritual realm

Ma'tinggoro tedong (typical cutting buffalo by Toraja society, by slashing buffalo with a machete and only with a one single slash),  in ceremony Rambu  Solo.

How to get to Toraja? Flight from Jakarta to Makassar. Then use the bus to Toraja about 8 long hours journey.


The Indonesia Philately Museum

The idea of holding a permanent exhibition of stamps in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta was expressed for the first time by Madam Tien Soeharto, wife of the second Indonesian President when she was visited the stamp exhibition that was held by Posts and Giro Public Corporation (now Pos Indonesia Inc,) on The 6th Asia Pasific Scout Jamboree that was held at Cibubur in June 1981

Indonesian Stamp Museum consist of eight show cases tells about: the History of stamps; The Stamp printing; The Stamp issued by period I & II; The Stamp by the Theme I & II; Philately; and Other Philatelic Items. Philately is a hobby of collecting, cure, and studying stamp and other things relation to stamps and payment of despatch, such as First Day Cover, Souvenir Sheet, Carnet, Maximum Card, Commemorative Cover, etc. If you want to complete your collections, we provide philatelic items here in Indonesian Stamp Museum

This museum is built on land with an area of 9,950 square metres on the right side of Komodo Museum and decorated with carvings in the styles typical of Bali and Java. On either side of the stamp Museum, there are two building of 204 square metres each for management office and Branch Post Office providing postal services to visitors and customers.


Museum of The Asian-African Conference

The first large-scale Asian–African or Afro–Asian Conference—also known as the Bandung Conference—was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, which took place on April 18–24, 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia.

The Asian-African Conference gained a big success both in formulating common concerns and in preparing operational guidance for cooperation among Asian African Nation as well as in creating world order and world peace. The conference has had a result Dasasila Bandung, which became the guideline for the colonized countries in fighting for their independence. It also became the fundamental principles in promoting world peace and international cooperation. The success of the conference was not only for the time being but also for the time after so that the soul and spirit of the Asian-African Conference becomes one of the most important factor that deciding world history.

All is a huge prestige that gained by the Asian African Nations. The spirit of Bandung had succeeded in widening the work volume among Asian African Nations. As a consequence, their influence and their role in international cooperation are increased and more respected. 
In order to maintain those mentions above, it is important if the Asian-African Conference with its event is maintained eternally in a museum where the conference was held, Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, a city that is considered as a capital city and a source of inspiration for the Asian-African Nations.

Inspired by desires to eternalize the Asian-African Conference, the idea of establishing a Museum of the Asian-African Conference in Gedung Merdeka was born by Prof. Dr. Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, S.H., LL.M.. The idea was delivered in the meeting of the Committee for the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference (1980), which was attended by Directorate General of Culture, Prof. Dr. Haryati Soebadio as a representative for the Department of Culture and Education. Fortunately, the idea was fully supported including President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto.

The idea of establishing the Museum of the Asian-African Conference had been materialized by Joop Ave, the Executive Chairman of the Committee of the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference and Director General of Protocol and Consular in the Department of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Department of Information, Department of Education and Culture, the Provincial Government of West Java, and Padjadjaran University. The technical planning and its execution was carried out by PT Decenta, Bandung. 

The Museum of the Asian-African Conference was inaugurated by President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto on 24th April 1980 as the culmination of the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.

The Museum of the Asian-African Conference has a permanent exhibition room, which exhibits collections of three-dimensional objects and documentary photos of the preparatory Tugu Meeting, the Colombo Conference, the Bogor Meeting and the Asian-African Conference 1955.

The exhibition room also provides:
- the historical events that become the background of the Asian- African Conference;
- the effect of the Asian-African Conference to the world;
- Gedung Merdeka from time to time;
- Profile of participating countries of the Asian-African Conference performed in multimedia.

In the Museum has also a library provides books on the history, social, politics, and cultures of the Asian African Countries and others; documents of the Asian-African Conference and its preparatory conferences; magazines and newspapers donated by other institutions or gained through purchase.


9 famous temples in Indonesia

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur  is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues each of which is seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple Compounds consist of Prambanan Temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple. Prambanan Temple itself is a complex consisting of 240 temples. All the mentioned temples form the Prambanan Archaeological Park and were built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. These compounds are located on the border between the two provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java on Java Island.

Sewu Temple
Sewu is an 8th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple located 800 meters north of Prambanan in Central Java. Candi Sewu is actually the second largest Buddhist Temple in Indonesia after Borobudur. Candi Sewu predates nearby "Loro Jonggrang" temple. Although originally only around 249 temples are present, the name in Javanese translates to 'a thousand temples,' which originated from popular local folklore; The Legend of Loro Jonggrang. The original name of this temple compound is probably Manjusrigrha.

Mendut Temple

Mendut Temple is a Buddhist temple built by King Indra of Syailendra Dynasty. Mendut Temple niches became the throne for a large Buddha statue.
The temple is located about three kilometres east from Borobudur. Mendut, Borobudur and Pawon, all of which are Buddhist temples, are located in one straight line. There is a mutual religious relationship between the three temples, although the exact ritual process is unknown

Brahu Temple
Brahu temple is the biggest temple in Trowulan. Brahu is supposed come from “Wanaru” or “Warahu”, which is name of holly building that mentioned in a cooper inscription “Alasanta” that found in west side of this temple. Brahu temple is made of red bricks and plain without decoration. It is located in Jambu Menta sub-village, Bejijong village, Trowulan district, Mojokerto regency.

The temple that looks out on west is rectangle building with 22,5 m length, 18 m width, and 20 m height. Its building consist three part, which is foot, body and roof. Seen from its style, this temple is supposed to Buddha temple that built in 15 century. Based on Mpu Sendok inscription (861 Saka or 9 September 939 M), this temple is place to burn Kings Brawijaya death body (crematorium). But in some research, they never found any death body ash in the temple. The restoration of this temple is done in 1990 – 1995.

Banyunibo Temple

Banyunibo (Javanese: "dripping water") is a 9th-century Buddhist temple located in Cepit hamlet, Bokoharjo village, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The temple, dating from the era of Medang Kingdom, sits in a narrow valley surrounded by paddy fields about two kilometers southeast of the Queen Boko archaeological park on the east side of modern Yogyakarta. Further north is the Prambanan temple, and to the south are the Gunung Sewu hills, extension of Gunung Kidul hills.

Cetho Temple
Ceto (Candi Ceto) is a fifteenth-century Javanese-Hindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu  on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Cetho is one of several temples built on the northwest slopes of Mount Lawu in the fifteenth century. By this time, Javanese religion and art had diverged from Indian precepts that had been so influential on temples styles during the 8-10th century. This area was the last significant area of temple building in Java before the island's courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century. The temples' distinctiveness and the lack of records of Javanese ceremonies and beliefs of the era make it difficult for historians to interpret the significance of these antiquities

Ngawen Temple
Ngawen (known locally as Candi Ngawen) is an 8th-century Buddhist temple compound in Magelang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. Located in Ngawen village, Muntilan sub-district, 6 km (3.7 mi) to the east of Mendut temple or 5 km (3.1 mi) to the south of Muntilan town center. Ngawen temple compound consists of five temples, however today only one is successfully reconstructed.