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Medan: Entry Point to North Sumatra North Sumatra

Overview The booming city of Medan, capital of North Sumatra, is an economic hub and commercial centre for the region. This is the largest city in Sumatra attracting residents from all over Indonesia who come here to do business.  For visitors, Medan is best known as the gateway to North Sumatra with many travellers flying into the city and setting off from here for adventures in the cool ...

Nagoya Superblock Area Riau

Overview If you like shopping, you should visit the shopping complex at Nagoya Super Block in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province.  It offers products in several modern shopping malls within one compound. In this pedestrian area, there are 450 kiosks and 170 shops with a Hypermarket on Nagoya Hill.  The Nagoya area is located at Sudirman and Yos Sudarso Streets, Jodoh sub-district, Batam, Indonesia ...

Batam: Just Across Singapore Riau

Overview When one looks out from Singapore’s high towers across the Straits onto the Indonesian islands, there the islands of Batam and Bintan appear very inviting, basking in the sun.  Lying less than one hour by fast ferry from Singapore, the islands promise a completely contrasting environment from that of busy metropolitan Singapore. Batam and Bintan are only two of the more ...

Pekanbaru, capital of the Riau Province Riau

Overview Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau Province and is the third largest city on the island of Sumatra, after Medan in the North and Palembang in South Sumatra.  A large and clean city, Pekanbaru is better known as a business city for its exports of crude oil, palm oil, and pulp and paper. It is cut from west to east by the Siak river, which serves as river transport.   In the old days, ...

Padang West Sumatra

Overview The capital of West Sumatra, Padang is the gateway to the Minang highlands. With the largest port on Sumatra’s West Coast, this is a merchant town attracting ships trading in goods such as rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tee, cement and coal. If you take a stroll down to the old colonial waterfront you’ll see century old warehouses stocked with fragrant cinammon and other spices waiting t ...

Palembang on the Musi River, Heart of ancient Srivijaya South Sumatra

Overview Palembang, the second largest town on Sumatra after Medan, was once the celebrated seat of the rich and powerful Srivijaya kingdom, that for more than three centuries - from the 9th to the 11th century - reigned supreme over the Sumatra seas up to and including the strategic Straits of Malacca. Srivijaya was then known as the wealthy trade hub as well as the center for Buddhist learnings. M ...

Dining Experience in Metropolitan City Jakarta Jakarta

Overview Jakarta today offers an excellent variety of sophisticated fine dining restaurants located in many parts of this sprawling metropolitan city. The best Indonesian cuisine and international restaurants are found in unique surroundings as they are located in elegant and well appointed colonial buildings that enhance that special nostalgic atmosphere of fine, graceful dining  like in those colonial days long gone. The O ...

Jakarta Shopping Extravaganza Jakarta

Overview Whether you’re a serious spender or half-hearted shopper, there’s sure to be something for everyone in Jakarta, the country’s shopping capital. The wide variety of things that you can buy in Jakarta is mind boggling from the best of local handicrafts to haute couture labels. Jakarta has literally hundreds of malls t ...

Bay City Ancol, Jakarta Jakarta

Overview This is Jakarta’s largest and most popular recreation park, more popularly known as \"Ancol Dreamland\". The Ancol Dreamland has an extensive range of attractions that include a Seaworld,  a water park with artificial waves, an  lagoon for fishing and boating,  exciting rides such as the Torpedo and the Hysteria, an art center, a convention hall and hotels. I ...

Jakarta Street Food Scene: Truly Indonesia Jakarta

Overview Living in a country that has endless variety of food and drinks, Indonesians do eat out, but the majority does not go to restaurants. The local food scene relies heavily on street food. Indonesians savour the delicious meals offered by ubiquitous street vendors day and night for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Street food is a quick meal sold by a vendor with a push cart, basket, at a s ...

Jakarta as Indonesia's National and Business Capital Jakarta

Overview Capital of the Republic of Indonesia , Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. During the day the number increases with another 2 million as commuters make their way to work in the city, and flock out again in the evenings. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process. In fact Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as kampungs, now cr ...

Bandung’s precious Tropical Art-Deco Heritage West Java

Overview In the 1920’s when the Dutch decided to gradually move its colonial capital to Bandung, it was the heyday of Art Deco.  That is the reason why until today Bandung still holds some of the best examples of Tropical Art Deco architecture in the world. Bandung then prospered with more and more large plantations and large companies headquartered here. By 1939 Bandung’s cinchona plan ...

Puncak (Cibodas - Cipanas), the Most Popular Mountain Destination near Jakarta West Java

Overview “Puncak” - meaning “the Peak”, has been known ever since Dutch colonial days as the mountain resort for Jakarta’s inhabitants to breathe in fresh mountain air over the weekend. With its grand vistas facing the volcanic peaks of Salak, Gede and Pangrango, here is where Jakarta’s rich build their out of town bungalows atop hills overlooking green ...

Solo Surakarta: A City Steeped in History Central Java

Overview Famous as a city that is fiercely proud of its Javanese traditions, the regal city of Solo or Surakarta is known throughout Indonesia as a strong upholder of Javanese culture. A visit here is a chance to connect with and take in the sights and sounds of ancient Javanese culture. You’ll need at least a few days to explore the city to wander around and discover all the vibrant old markets, busy street life and ancient buildings. Historically, Solo has been a centre of power ...

Yogyakarta's Dining Guide Yogyakarta

Overview Yogyakarta is truly a unique city. Ruled by a king (sultan) whose lineage can be traced to centuries, this city offers plenty cultural and historical heritage. Here you can eat lesehan style without chairs. The rather sweet cuisine of Yogyakarta might surprise you first, but many people have been longing for good Javanese food after trying it once, so you might have the same experie ...

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 ...

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 ...

Surabaya: A City of Heroes East Java

Overview This big thriving city is the crowded capital of East Java. Home to many of the nation’s fiercest independence fighters, the city is known to locals as Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes) and around the city you will see scatered statues commemorating many heroes of the independence movement. Historically this city used to be the trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java, that included Majapahit, Singosari and Kediri.  S ...

Take It Easy in Malang East Java

Overview Ninety kilometers south of Surabaya lies Malang, one of the most leisurely and attractive towns in Java. With leafy boulevards and a cooler climate, this city is a laid back destination, popular with many retirees in East Java.

Balikpapan, Oil City of Indonesia East Kalimantan

Overview Located on the south eastern coast of East Kalimantan facing the deep Makassar Straits, the town of Balikpapan is known as the Oil City of Indonesia.  Its anniversary which falls on 10th of February, in fact celebrates the first oil drilling undertaken in the area, known as the “Mathilda” drill. For this reason, Balikpapan, lik ...