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The Tantalizing Water Castle At Tamansari Yogyakarta

Overview When a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then she/he should not miss The Water Castle or known as Tamansari, less than 1 Km west of Kraton. Just west of the Kraton, are the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family. Tamansari means beautiful ga ...

Yogyakarta, A Modern Blend of the Ancient and the Arts Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta: A Modern Blend of the Ancient and the Arts Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th cen ...

On the Edge of Merapi Volcano Yogyakarta

Overview Living in the shadows of an active volcano is like sitting on a time bomb, especially when one of them is called the Fire Mountain or Gunung Merapi, the volcano that dominates the center of the island of Java.  Mt Merapi, located near Yogyakarta, is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. It is one of some 500 volcanoes in Indonesia, from which at least 129 are active, aptly giving this ...

Mysterious Myths and Spectacular Ocean Views At Parangtritis Yogyakarta

Overview Escape from the city for a while and take the short drive from Yogya to the mystical Parangtritis beach where dramatic jagged cliffs meet a glistening volcanic black sand beach. Located around 28 km (17 miles) from Yogya this is the ideal distance to come for a day trip to take a break out of the city and soak up the roar of the waves and the astounding atmosphere. Here you’ll see som ...

Caving Adventure in the deep Jomblang Vertical Cave Yogyakarta Yogyakarta

Overview Aside from rich and well preserved cultural heritages, the charming royal city of Yogyakarta is also surrounded by loads of natural splendors. From the majestic volcano of Mount Merapi to the shores of Parangtritis Beach on the mystical southern coast of Java, this lush area is decorated with various beautiful nature artworks. Secluded amongst the Sewu Karst Mountain range that stretche ...

Trekking up most active Merapi volcano from Selo village Yogyakarta

Overview While the sheer view of the majestic Mount Merapi  is already a splendor in itself, the thrill of conquering the most active volcano in Indonesia truly offers its own special sensation. Basically there are two routes leading to the summit, the Kaliurang track from the south and the Selo Village Track from the north. Although Kaliurang is only a short drive from the city of Yogyakarta, but ...

The Longhouse and the Dayak Way of Life West Kalimantan

Overview When travelling up the Kapuas River, you will pass typical Dayak longhouses, with smoke wafting from atop roofs disappearing behind leafy ferns and rows of coconut trees.  Inside, mothers will have just extracted the coconut juice to prepare a big dinner that smells most inviting. A Dayak longhouse consists of more than 50 rooms with many kitchens, making it one of the largest houses built ...

Loksado, Captivating Dayak villages amidst lush Meratus Mountain landscape West Kalimantan

Overview Driving Into the heart of the Meratus Mountain Range, some two and a half hours from Banjarmasin,  capital of South Kalimantan Province, one will be welcomed by a lush landscape decorated with wonderful waterfalls, rushing rivers, and the enchanting culture of its indigenous people. That isolated piece of South Kalimantan’s paradise is known as Loksado, a sub-district of the Hulu ...

Getting to Know the Dayak Ways Central Kalimantan

Overview The indigenous people inhabiting the dense tropical rainforests of Borneo are collectively called the Dayaks, but in fact they comprise many tribes that are diverse in culture as well as in language. The word “Dayak” actually means “inland” or “upriver”, especially where the Indonesian part of Borneo, - called Kalimantan, - is cut by m ...

Palangkaraya: Cruise Into Tropical Rainforests Central Kalimantan

Overview Central Kalimantan, dominated by the indigenous Dayaks, is known as the lung of the world for its vast and fertile tropical jungles and forests. The northern mountain chain, the Schwaner Range, is home to some of the most pristine forests in Kalimantan. Certain areas are within WWF’s Heart of Borneo conservation initiative signed by the 3 nations, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. These mo ...

Pangkalan Bun: on the Arut River Central Kalimantan

Overview When heading to the Tanjung Puting National Park, flight schedules may allow travelers to drive straight from the airport to the park, but there is no reason to avoid Pangkalan Bun, a pleasant town on the Arut River.  “Whoever drank from the Arut River will surely return to Pangkalan Bun” says a classic saying for those who visit the town for the first time ...

The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve Central Kalimantan

Overview The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, (in Bahasa Indonesia: Suaka Margasatwa Sungai Lamandau, or SMS Lamandau) is a river that flows through 76,000 hectares of tropical rainforest, and is a sanctuary for many endangered species, including the Borneo Orangutan. The reserve is funded by the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and provides preservation of lowland forest ecosystems and ...

Teritip Crocodile Breeding Center East Kalimantan

Overview Teritip is a breeding center with the highest number of crocodiles in East Kalimantan. At present, more than 1,450 crocodiles, ranging from estuary crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), and two endangered species i.e., fresh water crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) and supit crocodiles (Tomistoma segellly). These crocodiles are bred in dozens of cages covering a 5 hectare of area. These cage ...

Mahakam River East Kalimantan

Overview Mahakam river is the biggest river in East Kalimantan province. This 920 km long river flows from its upper stream in Kutai Barat to its lower stream in Kutai Kartanegara and Samarinda.Mahakam is very important for most inhabitants in the province as some areas are only accessible by river. Transportation of goods also relies on this transportation means. This river empties itself in Tenggarong ...

Sangalaki, Underwater Paradise East Kalimantan

Overview For those of you who like diving, the beauty and diversity of flora and fauna around Sangalaki Island will attract you to come again and again.  This island is located in the Derawan Archipelago, Berau, East Kalimantan. It is one of the best locations for diving and snorkeling in the world, along with Raja Ampat in Papua province. Blowing winds, clean seawater, ...

Kakaban Island, Strange Stingless Jellyfish in the Derawan Archipelago East Kalimantan

Overview Indonesia is a fascinating country in every sense of the word. Rich in culture, natural beauty and biodiversity. Home to the weird, the wacky and the wonderful. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, think again.  Kakaban island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the district of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan, covering 774 hectares of ...

Pulau Maratua, Dive with Green Turtles and Manta Rays in East Kalimantan East Kalimantan

Overview Maratua Island in the Derawan Archipelago off the north coast of East Kalimantan, is a large tropical island partially encircling a massive lagoon on one end and fringed with sheer rocky walls and coral reefs along the other end.This giant upside down U-shaped island covers about 384 square kilometers of sandy white beaches and mangrove forests and 3,735 square kilometers of territorial waters ...

Kuala Kapuas South Kalimantan

Overview Kuala Kapuas. It is located at Kapuas River, 40 km from Banjarmasin. A well-known tourist attraction is Telo Island, a pleasant fishing village and port. For the adventurer, white-water rafter and nature lovers, there is Gohong Rawai, known for its beatiful and challenging rapids. The gold mines of Teweh and Batu Api, Rungan district, are also interesting sites to be visited. In this region, gold m ...

Pulau Kaget Nature Reserve, Habitat of the long-nosed Proboscis Monkeys South Kalimantan

Overview In the episode called “Flight 714” of the classic comic series Adventure of Tintin (released in 1968), there is a hilarious scene where a character named Allan looked at a peculiarly unique long-nosed monkey and imagined it to be his boss Rastapopoulos. That peculiarly looking primate is in fact a Proboscis Monkey, the unique mascot of South Kalimantan. These indigenous dwellers ...

The Cempaka Diamond Fields, Where the 166.75 Carat diamond was found South Kalimantan

Overview The land of South Kalimantan is blessed with some of the most sparkling treasures that mother earth provides, especially those that radiate the most exquisite glow, namely:  Diamonds. Sending out its beautiful glow all around the world, these sparkling gems are unearthed from various diamond fields in the province, but the most notable are found at the Cempaka Diamond Fields, by the to ...