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Medan: Entry Point to North Sumatra North Sumatra

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 highlands of Lake Toba or the wild Sumatran jungle.  This is a busy and sprawling metropolis so ...

Nagoya Superblock Area Riau

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

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 than 2,400 islands that make up the Riau Islands province, stretching from Sumatra, rounding north east ...

Pekanbaru, capital of the Riau Province Riau

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, the town was a main trade and distribution hub for commodities and goods that include coffee and co ...

Padang West Sumatra

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 to be shipped to Jakarta and Singapore.  The Batang Arau River flows through the city and it is quite a ...

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

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. Monks from China, India and Java used to congregate here to learn and teach the lessons of Buddha. In AD ...

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 ...

Jakarta Shopping Extravaganza Jakarta

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 to browse through.   To Jakartans, shopping and spending the whole day in malls is entertainment. Malls are places to hang out and spend happy weekends with famil ...

Bay City Ancol, Jakarta Jakarta

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. In  the Ancol complex are also a marina, the Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World),  a drive-in theatre. The ...

Jakarta Street Food Scene: Truly Indonesia Jakarta

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 stall, or possibly at a store where customers can see the preparation of food clearly. It provides a close conne ...

Jakarta as Indonesia's National and Business Capital Jakarta

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 crossed by mai ...

Bandung’s precious Tropical Art-Deco Heritage West Java

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 plantations produced 90% of the world’s quinine, while Dutch coffers were filled with the sale of coffee grow ...

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

“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 ricefields irrigated by gurgling streams. The scenic but winding Jakarta-Bogor-Puncak road was once ...

Solo Surakarta: A City Steeped in History Central Java

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 in Central Java. ...

Yogyakarta's Dining Guide Yogyakarta

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 experience. This city offers many luscious delicacies. From bakpia cookies, wingko babat, to enting ...

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

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 some incredibly green lush hills set against the backdrop of a raging ocean. With raging surf and salty sea br ...

Surabaya: A City of Heroes East Java

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.  Situated on the mouth of the Brantas river, Surabaya was o ...

Take It Easy in Malang East Java

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

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, like its counterpart city of Pekanbaru in Riau on Sumatra, is better known for its oil rather than its tourist attract ...