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Weh Island, Diving the Untouched Edge Aceh

Embraced by vivid and healthy coral reefs, Weh Island is naturally untouched despite its small size and convenient access. It is another garden often forgotten. Its location is at the westernmost island of the Indonesian archipelago. Situated at the entrance way of the Malacca Strait, the island is commonly a sea passage and a jewel for many yachts and cruise ships to visit and see.Diving in Weh Island is a well established recreational activity. Dive masters and dive instructors are ready t ...

Alas River : Whitewater Challenge Aceh

Alas River flows directly into the Indian Ocean; it has exceptional rapids that attract whitewater rafting enthusiasts for all over the world. Situated at 165 km southeast from Takengon, Alas River cuts through Mount Leuser National Park. This area is especially popular among the young and adventurous. The sharp bends and many rapids are challenging to white-water rafters. How to get there One access to the National park is through the Gurah which lies on the middle of Alas va ...

Banda Aceh, Spiritual Center Among Pristine Rainforests and Underwater World Aceh

Its auspicious position on the tip of the westernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago has made the town of Banda Aceh a recognized transit point as well as a hub for education, commerce, and government. The Aceh Darussalam Kingdom was established by Sultan Johan Syah in 1250AD following the disintegration of old Hindu-Buddha kingdoms like Indra Purba, Indra Purwa, Indra Patra, and Indra Pura. The capital city of the Aceh Darussalam Kingdom was Banda Aceh Darussalam. Following 70 years o ...

Discover Living Culture at Jangga Village North Sumatra

Come and experience traditional Batak life in a village that remains largely untouched by the modern world. Located in the picturesque hillside, visitors come to Jangga village to meet native Batak people and see how their unique culture continues to thrive today. Jangga is most famous for the beautiful ulos cloths which are produced here. Watch the women of the community weave these intricate cloths from inside their booths. Ulos plays an important role in traditional Batak ...

Traditional Life at Lingga Village North Sumatra

Explore indigenous Karo Batak culture with a trip to the traditional villlage of Lingga where ancient culture continues to be preserved today. A short trip from Brastagi, Lingga is one of the most popular places for visitors to come and discover what traditional Karo life was and still is like. Here you will see the distinctive Batak houses with their horned roofs. Some of these houses are still occupied.There are regular opelet to Lingga from Kabanjahe. From Brastagi you can get an opelet f ...

In The Thick of The Jungle at Tangkahan Village North Sumatra

Often referred to as the hidden paradise of Sumatra, Tangkahan’s lush jungle and topography makes it a marvelous tourist spot that remains largely undiscovered. This village in the incredible Gunung Leuser National Park is located on the junction of two rivers, Batang Serangan and Buluh. The park is one of the world’s most biologically diverse conservation areas, home to some of the planet’s most endangered species. Effected in the past by logging and poachers, today this reserve has b ...

Off The Beaten Track at The Remote Nias Island North Sumatra

Located west of the island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean are a chain of islands, running alongside Sumatra but separated from the mainland by a deep trench, they include the islands of Nias, Simeulue, the Mentawai islands and Enggano. Few early trading ships dared to approach these islands because of their forbidding appearance, veering instead to the ports of Padang and Bengkulu in Sumatra.   At over 5,000 square kilometers, Nias is the largest of those islands. It is 130 km long and ...

Visiting Tomok and Tuktuk traditional villages at Stunning Samosir Island North Sumatra

The island of Samosir, situated in the huge crater lake of Toba,  measures 45 km. by 20 km. The island, together with its surrounding areas is the heart of the Toba Batak culture. A visit to Lake Toba is not complete without a stay on Samosir with its many traditional villages along its shoreline. Lake Toba is around 5 hours’ drive from North Sumatra’s capital city, Medan. On the east side of the island, the land rises steeply from a narrow strip of flat land along the la ...

The Asahan River: Thrilling 3rd Best Whitewater Rafting in the World North Sumatra

Flowing from Lake Toba, the biggest Crater Lake in the world, through the staggering Sigura-gura Dam, passing the valley of the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range, before pouring into the Malacca Straits at Nibung Gulf, the Asahan River is not merely a major river in North Sumatra but also an endless stream of excitement for river rafting enthusiasts. Centered at the Bandar Pulau Sub District in the Asahan Regency, North Sumatra Province, the Asahan River track is touted as the 3rd be ...

Teluk Dalam on Nias: Fantastic Surf and Megalithic villages North Sumatra

This lovely little city is an amazing blend of beautiful scenery, culture, and history. Teluk Dalam in South Nias, is a prime destination for surfers both local and international, with its challenging sites and fierce rolling blue waves. This city is also the spot where the famous traditional ‘stone, or boulder jumping’ takes place, a heart-stopping sport requiring great acrobatic skills and athletic ability.  Teluk Dalam is the capital city of the South Nias regency in North Sum ...

Galang Island, the Vietnamese Safe Haven Riau

In the 1980’s, Galang Island suddenly became famous. This island was a topic of discussion in the United Nations since it became home to thousands of Vietnamese boat people, refugees who left their country following the Vietnam War. They came here by boat in alarming conditions.  40 to 100 refugees travelled cramped into one small boat. They floated for months in the South China Sea without any clear destination. Many died in mid ocean, but others managed to reach Indonesian territory ...

Planet Holiday Hotel Batam Riau

The 1,222sqm pillar-free Galaxy Grand Ballroom provide the hotels convention and banquet facilities. With a seating capacity for up to 1,500 persons, the room is equipped with a complete audio-visual equipment, ancillary function and VIP rooms. On the fifth floor, open-air garden terrace or poolside terrace cater for special events. More about this hotel

Palm Springs Golf & Country Club Riau

Palm Springs is conviniently located only 2 minutes away from Batam’s Nongsapura Ferry Terminal. The ferry rides from Singapore will take you about 20 minutes. Facilities: Restaurant Pro-shop Shower Locker Club House Coffee Shop Golf Club for hire Shoes for hire Trolley for hire Motorized for hire Cart for hire Massage Sauna Barber Shop Driving Range Total Holes: 3 x 9 (Palm, Island, Resort) Total Pars: 3 x 36 Total Distance: Plam 2958 M/ Islang 2676 M/ Resort 2820 ...

The Karimun Islands, Guarding the Straits of Malacca Riau

Located west of Singapore and Batam, the Karimun Islands stand guard south of the busy shipping lane that is the Straits of Malacca. Together with Batam and Bintan, Karimun forms part of the Batam-Bintan-Karimun Free Trade Zone, which is being developed into an industrial and tourism region. Capital of the Karimun Islands district in the Riau Islands (Kepri), is Tanjung Balai, a busy medium town largely built on stilts, with a significant Chinese Peranakan population. Here are found a n ...

Ngarai Sianok, Breathtaking West Sumatra Canyon West Sumatra

Just on the outskirts of the hill town of Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau highlands, lies this breathtaking canyon which the locals call Ngarai Sianok, or the Sianok Canyon. Its panorama is particularly beautiful in the early morning light when the first rays of the sun pierce through the mist covering this deep valley that has majestic Mount Singgalang looming at its background. Its beauty has been painted by many artists, most famous among whom was Ernest Dezentje, renowned painter i ...

Madobak Ugai Matotonan Village West Sumatra

Madobak, Ugai and Matotonan villages are not specifically designed into a tourist destination, but their traditional culture and life are well-preserved, making them interesting places for tourists. They are Situated in the upper stream of Siberut Selatan. From Muara Siberut, you should take the Purou-Muntei-Rokdok-Madobak-Ugai-Butui-Matotonan route. Each village has its own unique culture.Madobak, for instance, is famous for its cool Kulu Kubuk waterfall. It has two levels with a total of 7 ...

Pulau Siberut, Home to the Mentawai Tribes West Sumatra

There are not many places in the world where you could find all packed into one small island some excellent world class surfing spots, exotic tropical forests, local tribal experiences, and rare exotic plant and animal species. Among the Mentawai islands lies a small, but unique and, not only naturally but also culturally beautiful island. Pulau Siberut is the largest of the Mentawai chain of Islands, located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 100 km. off the west coast of West Sumatra, ...

Way Kambas National Park, Habitat of the Sumatran Elephants Lampung

Located at the southern tip of Sumatra, 110 km from Bandarlampung, the Way Kambas National Park (WKNP) is one of the oldest reserves in Indonesia.  It occupies 1,300 sq km of coastal lowland forest around the Way Kambas River on the east coast of the province of Lampung. WKNP is closely associated with elephants, since aside from being a sanctuary for these gentle giants, the national park is also known as their training ground. Way Kambas was established as a game ...

Back to Basic in Baduy Banten

Imagine a peaceful place, surrounded by verdant atmosphere. Sound of nature the rustle of the wind amidst the bamboo leaves, the chirping of the birds, the faint rush of the river. Baduy village, located in the hills of Kendeng mountain, about 75 kilometers southward from Rangkasbitung, West Java, is the perfect place to people who want to taste a bit of serenity seldom found in big cities. Those with a taste of adventure might find trekking to Baduy village both interesting and stimulating. ...

Dining Experience in Metropolitan City Jakarta Jakarta

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 Oasis Restaurant on Jalan Raden ...