Monthly Archive November 2009

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Honeymoon and Spa

More and more people are choosing the beautiful INDONESIA for their exotic honeymoon vacations, that promising a destination for honeymooners and romantic excursions, islands like Bali, Lombok, Java and Sumatra are becoming more popular with each passing year, causing them to expand and include more tourism, including resorts and vacation packages for consumers. We ensure to be able to help you pick one that meets your budget, length of time, and the destinations that you want to visit. Our experienced travel specialists will help you coordinate your family vacation, couples vacation or your honeymoon vacation and wedding travel plans. Let us do the work to get you the latest specials and discounted travel packages and all inclusive vacations possible.

  • Bali Paradise Island
    Most romantic hideaways are waiting in Bali. Discover luxury honeymoon options that encompass the stunning scenic and cultural delights of this unique Island. Bali has a natural asset in breath taking scenery, featuring spectacular green mountains, white sandy beaches, and sparking blue sea.

    • Michi Retreat Resort and Spa, Ubud, Bali
    • Risata Bali Resort and Spa, Kuta, Bali
    • Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Ubud, Bali
    • Kamandalu Resort and Spa, Ubud, Bali
  • Java Green Countryside Island
    Part of the living culture of Yogyakarta and color of daily activities of live and behavior of the locals, particularly the Javanese community with its traditional way of life and customs. Because of its culture richness and heritage, Yogyakarta known as the cradle of Java.

    • Giritirta Resort and Spa, Sentul, West Java
    • Javana Spa, Sukabumi, West Java
    • Java Garden Spa, Yogyakarta
    • Apsara Spa, Malang, East Java
  • Lake Toba – North Sumatera
    Berastagi is a lovely tourist town in the Karo highlands on the way from Medan to Lake Toba. It is situated at an altitude of 1300m and with the setting of by two volcanoes, Mt.Sinabung and Mt.Sibayak. At Gundaling Hill you can see a clear view of those two volcanoes.
  • Lombok & Gili beauty Island
    Less developed than Bali, Lombok has better beaches, a bigger volcano and more varied landscapes. Many visitors are independent travellers drawn by the island’s intoxicating diving, snorkelling, hiking and surf spots, as well as intriguing endemic culture. Also, enjoy spa is other relaxing option.
  • Padang – Bukittinggi
    Bukittinggi is one of the loveliest, friendliest, most relaxed town in all Sumatra. This town is situated more or less 930 meters above sea level. Formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, Bukittinggi has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi.

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Pasir Padi Beach

Pasir Padi BeachBangka Belitung Islands, or more popularly known as Babylon is a new province of South Sumatra fractions. Islands with an area of 81,724.74 km2 and a population of 1,000,177 inhabitants is a province rich in maritim tourism. With capital Pangkal Pinang passed on February 9, 2002, Islands, famous since ancient Babylon with the result of tin mining and white pepper.

Will discuss tourism baharinya, Babylon has some beaches that are so beautiful and fascinating. Wet Sand Beach is one of the few beaches that held a very charming beauty. For citizens Pangkalpinang, a city of about 134,000 inhabitants, Pasir Padi is the only beach resort in the city. This beach is located in Bukit Intan Subdistrict, Pangkalpinang. Beach overlooking the South China Sea coast has a gently sloping bottom as far as 100-300 meters to the sea. The waves are so calm sea makes it feel safe beach for bathing.

Clicking sound was amazed when he saw the beauty of the beach scene with a blue sea and clean sand stretching as far as the eye could see. A beauty that can not be expressed in words.

In addition to swimming beach, the tourists can sail to the two small islands located about 2 miles from shore using sailboats owned by fishermen. Two of these islands, namely: Long Island and the island Semajun. On Long Island we could see the bustle of the fishermen and families buy and enjoy their catches such as fish, crabs, and so on. Another case in Semajun Island, a small island uninhabited.

If the holidays, the beach is crowded with visitors who want to swim or feel the warmth of the sun with the sun. In addition, regular visitors who enjoy the beautiful beach are dozens of young children who live in villages around the coast. They have not come to bathe at the beach or just sunbathing, but playing football.

On the shore of the cars were free to visitors passing by on the beach sand. Hard sand beach, either wet or dry, causing the wheels do not disappear into the sand. This beach was often used as motor racing arena fights. Supporting facilities such as lodgings, restaurants and fishing included there.

As a province of the archipelago, Bangka Belitung has great potential in the field of marine tourism. Almost all the beaches in this archipelago is a typical beach of white sand to relax with a very calm surf. The beaches are very gentle slope is still very clean and natural because the level of soil and water pollution are not too big on the coastal environment.

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Batu Karas Beach

The Sports Lovers paradise Surfing

Batu Karas BeachMaritime tourism object is a combination of Pangandaran Beach and Batu Hiu with a more natural atmosphere calm. This beach is often visited by tourists to surf and swim. Batu Karas beach in the area Batukaras Village, Sub Cijulang, Ciamis regency, West Java, which can be reached by car approximately 45 minutes from Pangandaran.

Perhaps, for the surfers who are in Java do not need to fly to Bali or Nias to hone his ability to dance over the waves. Because of this Karas Stone Beach, in addition to a sloping beach also has a small bay. So not too strenuous surfer when paddling to the point / starting point for the arrival of the waves. For tourists who want to learn sufing, on this beach there are also a variety of surfboard rental, complete with instructor dyang coordinated by local youth organizations. They provide all the surfboard models there, ranging from professional surf board to surf board for beginners or buggy board used while on his stomach. Good tutor-good and very patient help beginners ….!

In the area of Batu Karas Beach there are also a variety of accommodations at a very relative. Or for you to come party one-room inn is calculated perkepala Rp. 50,000. The atmosphere is calm, natural and natural is it, can also be one of the alternatives for couples who want to honeymoon. Seafood dish also available at this beach, such as squid, fish, crabs and others.

Besides surfing, buggy, Jetski, banana boat and other water sports, this place is also suitable for those who love adventure. Batu Karas offers opportunities for camping and roaming nature. For those who are brave enough, to hire local residents to demonstrate the Coral Nunggal – secluded beach with towering cliff on the beach lips.

Many foreign tourists who come to Batu Karas Beach. In addition to trying to stability leg to stand and bend with the waves on a surfboard, the tourists wanted to feel a quiet beach, feeling the breeze. It was still deserted beach of visitors, for reasons that menepuh travel far enough to route Pangandaran Beach – Beach Batuhiu – Green Canyon – Batu Karas Beach. However, if you’ve come to the beach this time, these hearts certainly want to come back again. Remembering the fun of learning surfing Batu Karas Beach.

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Trowulan Mojokerto

Trowulan is a district in Mojokerto regency, East Java, Indonesia. Sub is located in the western part of Mojokerto district, bordering the Jombang District.

In this district there are dozens of sites covering nearly 100 square kilometers of buildings, statues findings, pottery, and burial relics of the kingdom of Majapahit. Allegedly, the central kingdom in this region, written by mpu Prapanca Kakawin Nagarakretagama in the book and in a Chinese source of the 15th century.

Bajang Ratu TrowulanBook Negarakertagama mention poetic description of the Majapahit palace and its surroundings, but the explanation is limited to about royal and religious ceremonies. Detailed descriptions are not clear, some experts are trying to map the archaeological capital of this kingdom came up with results different.

Research and excavations in Trowulan in the past focused on the monumental heritage of temples, tombs, and petirtaan (bathing). Recent archaeological excavations have found some relics of industrial activity, trade, and religious, as well as residential areas and water supply systems. All this is evidence that this area is a dense residential area in the 14th century and the 15th.

According to the book Prapanca Negarakertagama; Majapahit palace surrounded by red brick walls high and thick. Nearby there is the post where the Ponggawa guard. The main gate to the palace (palace complex) is located on the north side wall, a grand arch with a large door made of wrought iron. In front of the north gate there is a long building where the annual meeting of state officials, a market, and a purified crossroads.

Enter into the complex through the north gate of the field is surrounded by a religious shrine. On the west side of this field is surrounded by hall of canals and ponds where people bathe. At the southern end of this field there are rows of houses built on terraces berundak, these houses is home to the palace courtiers. The other gate to the third field is filled with great buildings and halls. This building is the waiting room for guests who will be the king. Complex of the king’s palace residence located on the east side of this field, in the form of a pavilion or marquee is built on an engraved brick, with large wooden pillars carved a very gentle and roof ornament decorated with clay. Outside the palace there is a complex place to live preacher Shiva, Buddhist monks, members of royal families, as well as officials and nobility (nobility). Further out, separated by a broad field, there are many other royal building complex, including one residence Mahapatih Gajah Mada. Until here Prapanca depiction of the capital city of Majapahit ended.

A note from China 15th century Majapahit palace describes very clean and well maintained. Mentioned that the palace was surrounded by high red brick wall more than 10 meters and a double gate. Existing buildings in the palace complex has a large wooden pole as high as 10-13 feet, with wood floors covered with soft mats where people sit. Palace roof made from pieces of wood (shingles), while the roof to house the people mostly made of palm fiber or straw.

A book of etiquette and manners of Majapahit palace described as the capital; “A place where we do not have to walk through the fields”. Temple reliefs from the time of Majapahit no urban ambiance, but described the area walled settlements. The term ‘kuwu’ in Negarakertagama intended as a unit of walled settlements, where people lived and led by a nobleman. This settlement pattern is characteristic of the Javanese coastal town of the 16th century, according to European explorers. It is estimated that the capital of Majapahit composed of a collection of many such settlements unit.

Ruins of ancient cities in Trowulan discovered in the 19th century. Based on the report Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who served as governor of Java from 1811 to 1816, stated that; ‘the ruins of the temple …. spread for miles in this area ‘. At that time this area is a dense teak forests that survey and a more detailed study impossible. However, Raffles very interested in history and culture of Java, fascinated by what he saw and called Trowulan as the ‘Pride of the island of Java’.

Excavations at around Trowulan shows some of the ancient settlements still buried in the mud volcanic sediments of the river and a few feet below the ground due to overflowing of the river Brantas and Kelud mountain activities. Some archaeological sites scattered around the village Trowulan. Some in disrepair, while some other sites have been restored. Most of these ancient buildings made of red brick.

Candi TikusCandi Tikus is a ritual bathing pool. This pool may be the most exciting archaeological discoveries in Trowulan. Name of Candi Tikus given because at the time were discovered in 1914, this site is a rat’s nest. Redeveloped into the present condition in 1985 and 1989, bathing complex which is made of red brick-shaped hollow square container. On the north side there is a ladder to the bottom of the pool. The main structure protruding from the south wall is estimated to take shape Mahameru legendary mountain. Buildings are no longer complete the form terraces that crowned square towers arranged in a concentric arrangement of the highest point of this building.

Not far from Candi Tikus, in the district Bajang Palace gate stood the Queen, is a gate of paduraksa elegant red-brick materials is estimated to be built in the mid-14th century AD. This building forms a slim 16.5-meter-high tower of the roof decoration shows a complex carvings. Bajang Queen in Javanese means King (royalty) that stunted or deformed. The tradition linking the existence of people around this gate with King Jayanegara, the second king of Majapahit. Based on the legend when the little King Jayanegara fell in this gate and cause defects in the body. This name may also mean “Little King” because Jayanegara ascended to the throne at a very young age. Historians attribute this gate with Çrenggapura (Cri Ranggapura) or Kapopongan in Antawulan (Trowulan), a sacred place mentioned in Negarakertagama as pedharmaan (shrine) dedicated to the spirits Jayanegara who died in 1328.

Wringin LawangWringin Lawang is located not far south from the main road in Jatipasar. In the Java language, Wringin Lawang means “door Beringin”. This great archway made of red brick with a broad base 13 x 11 meters and 15.5 meters high. Estimated to be built in the 14th century. This gate style commonly known as ‘Bentar temple’ or split gate type. This architectural style may appear on the Majapahit era and are now commonly found in Balinese architecture. Most historians agree that this gate is the entrance to the complex of important buildings in the capital of Majapahit. Allegations about the original function of this building invites much speculation, one of the most popular is supposed to be this gateway entrance to the residence of Mahapatih Gajah Mada.

In the district there Bejijong Brahu Temple. This temple is the only sacred building which still remains intact from the sacred buildings that once stood in this area. According to the local people’s confidence in this temple held a cremation ceremony (the burning of the bodies) the first four kings of Majapahit. Although difficult to prove these allegations, but the physical evidence indicates this building is a building that allegedly sacred worship is to glorify the holy royal family members who have died. About who the king of Majapahit characters or glorified in this temple is still unclear. Near the ruins of the temple Brahu Gentong Temple.

Princess CEMPA tomb is a tomb believed to be patterned Islamic community is the tomb of one wife or concubine of the king of Majapahit who came from Champa. According to local tradition, Princess CEMPA (Champa) who died in 1448 is a Muslim who married one of the last king of Majapahit dibujuknya finally managed to convert to Islam.

Segaran

Segaran swimming pool is large rectangular size 800 x 500 square meters. Segaran name comes from the Javanese language ‘immediate’ which means ‘sea’, the local community may liken this big pond as a miniature ocean. Walls and red brick embankments around the pool which also gives shape to the pool. When discovered by Maclain Pont in 1926, the structure of the dike and the red brick walls were covered by dirt and mud. Restoration done several years later and is now swimming Segaran enabled by locals as a place for recreation and fishing ponds. Original function of this pool is unknown, but research shows that this pool has several functions, among others as a storage pond to meet the water needs of the urban population is dense Majapahit, especially during the dry season. Another popular suspicion is pond was used as a bath and swimming pool exercises Majapahit soldiers, besides the pool is alleged to be part of the amusement park where the Majapahit aristocracy entertained the ambassadors and royal guests.

In the northeast corner of the ruins of the pool Segaran ‘Menak Temple Orange. The building is now only ruins remain scattered in the form of rocks and building the basic foundation is still buried in the ground. The uniqueness of this building is a building made of andesite stone in the outer layer, while the interior is made of red brick. The most interesting part of this building is on the roof there is a magical creature carving identified as Qilin, magical creatures in the mythology of China. These findings suggest that there are cultural relations between the Majapahit was strong enough with the Ming Dynasty in China. Local tradition linking these ruins with the marquee (pavilion) Wungu Kencana Queen, queen of Majapahit in the story Menak Damarwulan and Orange.

On the base site, there are several reasons the rock where rivet beams. It is estimated that a part of the wooden building. Since made from organic materials, wooden building had been destroyed, leaving only the stone base.

In the district found some Troloyo patterned Islamic tombstones. Most gravestones dated 1350 and 1478. These findings prove that the Muslim community not only been present in Java in the mid-14th century, but also as proof that Islam has recognized and embraced by a minority population of the capital of Majapahit. Locals believe that the tomb is the tomb Troloyo Raden Wijaya, and each held Friday Legi this pilgrimage at the tomb.

Sites other important include:

  • Balong Bunder
  • Hall Penyalamatan
  • Site gold and bronze craftsman
  • Ngliknguk
  • Temple Kedaton
  • Sentonorejo
  • Temple Sitinggil

A lot of gold jewelry from this period have been found in East Java. Although there is a lot of gold mines in Java, the import of gold from Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi allows gold producers to produce and work in Java.

One district in Trowulan called packaging, which comes from the word which means gold mas. Gold jewelry and gold craftsman tools found near this area. Small pottery bowls that may have been used to melt the gold, base and stone cast bronze three-legged round average is used as a base for metal forging and carving. A large number of clay that is used to melt bronze and printing are also found in the village of Ferns. Some of the bronze is used to print money gobog, large coins are often used as a talisman. Several other metal objects were also found, including an engraved bronze lamps, water containers, bells, and other objects that may be used for religious ceremonies and bronze drum musical instrument. Similar objects made of wood and bamboo can still be found in Java and Bali. Many also found iron tools that may be imported into Java because Java has a little iron ore mines.

Manuscript Nawanatya mention of royal officials in charge to protect the market. ‘Eight thousand pieces of cash each day’ received this official. The cash referred to in this manuscript is money kepeng China, which became the official currency of Majapahit since 1300, replacing some of the functions of gold coins and silver have been used for centuries. Coin or coins are preferred because China is in a small value or a dime, ideal for everyday transactions in the market. These findings illustrate the economic changes in Trowulan marked by the emergence of business and more specialized jobs, with wage payments, and the acquisition of goods of daily needs by buying and selling. Important evidence Javanese society’s perception of the 14th century portrayed the money in the form of pig piggy bank with a hole in the back to insert coins. The relationship between the figure of a pig with a very clear case of money; in Javanese and Indonesian, the word ‘piggy bank’ can mean just saving money container or savings. While he said his own roots ‘boar’, which means boar. Container and other forms of money were also found.

Art pottery is the main activity of Majapahit society. Most furniture pottery used for household purposes, such as for cooking or storage containers, with decoration limited to the stripes of red paint. Coconut oil lamp from pottery are also common. The finest pottery made generally in the form of barrel-shaped containers, jars, and jars with thin walls, beautiful shape and smooth surface shiny red color obtained by sanding either before or after combustion. Pottery works was confirmed as the work of a skilled potter and professional. Container of water is the main urban pottery products Majapahit and many round water butt found. There is also a box-shaped water containers decorated with motifs underwater scenes and other sights. Statue of clay pottery produced in large quantities and represent many things. Starting from figure gods, humans, animals, miniature buildings, and scenery. Exact function is not known; may have many functions. Some of the clay figures may be part of a small temple where prayers in their respective houses as there are now in Bali. Examples of pottery in the form of miniature buildings and animals are also found near the shrine in the mountains Penanggungan. Several other figure is a playful depiction of foreigners and immigrants in Majapahit, may also be used simply as children’s toys.

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Karimun Jawa

Apart from the main island, Karimun, two of the larger islands are Kemujen and Parang. The Karimunjawa islands are administered as an Indonesian sub district with five (5) villages (Karimun, Kamagin, Kemujan, Digimon, and Parang) administratively part of Jepara district (kabutops) of Central Java province.

Karimun Jawa is an archipelago of 69 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Jepara. The islands’ name means ‘a stone’s throw from Java’ in Javanese. The main island is also known as Karimun.

Apart from use as a pirate base, the islands are believed to have been uninhabited until a penal settlement was established during the British occupation of Java in the early seventeenth century. The settlement was abandoned by the Dutch during the Java War (1825-1830), but the former convicts remained as settlers. Cotton plantations set up during the convict period became a major source of income, as did goldsmithing.

The 22 islands have been declared as a marine national park, leaves 5 other islands managed by private and Indonesian Navy. The islands have known with extensive coral reefs; a mixture of fringing and patchy reefs. There are a number of dive sites and an upmarket dive resort. The source of income for the local economy is fishing (which is the islands’ largest employer), followed by services and commerce.

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@G-Land, Banyuwangi

For you sports fans who want to surf a draining experience adrenaline, prepare for a visit to a beach in East Java. G-Land, “The Seven Giant Waves Wonder” nickname was given by foreign surfers to the waves roll on shore Plengkung located in Taman Nasional Alas Purwo (TNAP) or National Park, Banyuwangi, East Java.

G has three different connotations reply:

  • Green, because of its location in forest edge
  • Grajagan, the name of the nearest point before crossing the road in the woods
  • the Great as one of the best waves in the world wrote. Whatever the means, that’s the nickname for a local name called Plengkung

FIXED forest can be achieved through Banyuwangi directions MUNCAR city or continue toward Benculuk Anyar market through Dlimo Tegal. From here drive 10 km through the macadam road to the main entrance of the National Parks in Rowobendo. From Rowobendo, 3 km to the macadam road leading to the post Pancur. From Pancur branching path to Sadengan, beach Ngagel or continue Plengkung. From Pancur to Plengkung 6 km away, although the asphalt road is new (only a small part is not completed), while this can be achieved with only three ways: walking for 2 hours, trail riding jagawananya and TNAP, or use specialized transportation pickup reply TNAP succeed. Private vehicles can only be parked in the post Pancur. Ngagel beach location, Sadengan, Trianggulasi beach accomplished in one minute Pancur because it can be done easily using any vehicle.

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Diving Manado

Manado is surrounded by a mountainous area, is a key tourist transit point for visitors. Ecotourism is the biggest attraction in Manado,North Sulawesi. Scuba diving and snorkelling on the nearby island of Bunaken are popular attractions.

Other places of interest are nearby Lake Tondano, Lokon Volcano, Klabat Volcano and Mahawu Volcano. Dive the teeming coral walls of Bunaken National Park’s warm waters or explore the world’s best critter diving in the Lembeh Strait. North Sulawesi has it all.

There are more marine species here than even the Great Barrier Reef. SAILING BUNAKEN was recently held for The world DIVING record awarded in the world guiness book of records.

 

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Batam-Bintan Islands

Batam is a small but busy island, hundreds of multinational owned factories, towns, shopping centers. Located 20km from Singapore and 25km from Johor Malaysia, Batam is Indonesia’s equivalent to China’s SEZ’s (Special Economic Zones). The island is an industrial hub with electronics factories, a large and growing ship repair industry and an even larger oil service sector. Quite a few expats head there for work, and pubs and golf courses have sprung up to serve them. Next to Batam is BINTAN that has dual features: the northern portion of the island, Bintan Resorts (Lagoi), full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns. As it has very little in common with the rest of the island, the resorts are covered in the Bintan Resorts article. Separated from the resorts by checkpoints and armed guards, the southern half of the island is “real” border town Indonesia, home to fishing villages and some low-key beaches and golfing.

 

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