Lesser Known Tourist Destinations in Jogjakarta

The Special Region of Jogjakarta is iconic, with world-renowned culture and heritage sites. One might think there’s too much to do in Jogjakarta, as it is affectionately known, from Candi (temple) Prambanan and Candi Borobudur to the Keraton (palace) and Taman Sari. As central as those places are to the culture of Jogja, it is often fun to explore beyond them.

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Yogyakarta – a Special Report on a Special Place

Yogyakarta is a Daerah Istimewa, special district, in south-central Java, and is often affectionately known as Jogja.  It is bounded to the west, north, and east by Central Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Tengah) and fronts the Indian Ocean to the south. The district includes the city of Yogyakarta, and most people think that only the city

Indonesia’s ‘Monuments of Love’

When it comes to romance, some seem to prefer fantasy to reality. The world boats famous eternal love monuments: the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, a love symbol of the Fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal; Altenau Palace (now Mirabell Palace) in Austria, built by the prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von

A Train Journey to Jogjakarta

“Tiket, tes dan ID” beamed a friendly face. It was the conductor.  Full of anticipation and anxiety for the journey ahead, I fumbled my papers into his hands. It was the first time in six years I had taken local intercity trains. My last train trip was an excursion to Semarang from Jakarta: a pleasant

Aruna Senggigi Offers a Relaxing Tropical Escape in Lombok

If you’ve been longing for an island escape, the year-end holidays present the perfect opportunity for you to pack up your suitcases and embark on an exploration to one destination that often gets over looked for more popular islands like Bali: the neighbouring island of Lombok. Experience an idyllic retreat to Lombok at the charming

The All-New Pullman Lombok Mandalika Beach Resort Officially Opens

The Accor-owned multinational upscale hotel brand, Pullman Hotels and Resorts, unveils its first property on the island of Lombok with Pullman Lombok Mandalika Beach Resort. The newly-opened beachfront oasis presents globetrotters with an immersive escape for both leisure and business. Nestled on the southern coast of Lombok, Indonesia, the all-new resort presents travellers with a lively

Hello, Hello Bandung

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is scheduled to undergo dynamic-testing in November 2022, coinciding with the G20 presidency. This is a form of friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Indonesia and China. The Jakarta–Bandung high-speed rail or KCJB (Kereta Cepat Jakarta-Bandung) project is one of the strategic partnership projects within the framework of Indonesia’s Global Maritime

What’s Good in Bandung These Days?

That is the question you should be asking before you get in the car or head to the train station! We know that the hotels in Bandung have improved out of sight and are great places to really relax and forget the Jakarta city struggles, but please don’t just settle down in the hotel the

Kebun Raya Bogor

This beautiful park also commonly known as Bogor Botanical Gardens is located in the city of Bogor, covers an area of 87 hectares and has 15,000 types of trees and plants. It is just one (or so) hour from Jakarta by car (if you are lucky) and is a real treat to visit if you like what

Return to Lombok: The Cultural and the Modern 

This 5,435 km² tropical island located to the west of Bali, is actually a part of a province called West Nusa Tenggara or Nusa Tenggara Barat, and is surrounded by many small islands that are called “Gilis” by the local people, and which may be even better known than the main island since Gili Air, Gili

Sustainable Forests are a Must for Indonesia and the Planet

“Sustainable forest management is the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause

Bandung’s Creative Sites

Bandung's young blood never ceases to express themselves through creativity. Photos courtesy of Janita Ekaniana, Bandung Cultural and Tourism Office, NuArt Sculpture Park, Floria Zulvi/NOWJAKARTA The city that’s always passionate about presenting its creativity in every corner leaves such a good impression on travellers. Bandung’s image as a creative city has been embedded in the memory

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