5 must-do’s in Jakarta

5 must-do’s in Jakarta

1. EATS Eating at Lara Djonggrang (http://www.tuguhotels.com/laradjonggrang) is like taking a step back in time. Take a walk through the ancient beauty of Indonesia and treat yourself to a unique dining experience. The restaurant is in a majestic old house and you can tour through the many different rooms with artifacts

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10 things i love about Jakarta

10 things i love about Jakarta

The capital of Indonesia and its surrounds are full of surprises for the visitor. Jakarta – a city full of life and colour, with the outlying regions offering just as much diversity. At ground level you will see people hanging out of bus windows, street musicians busking, motorbike taxis expertly

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Malang – Grand Old City

Malang – Grand Old City

Stephanie Brookes glides through the streets of Malang, on foot and by becak, to discover its urban colonial charm and rural countryside. I stood outside the Tugu Hotel in Malang, pondering which becak (cycle rickshaw) driver I was going to use for the day. All of them were sporting tennis-ball-sized

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The Baduy People Urang Kanekes

The Baduy People Urang Kanekes

Hidden Heritage: A Cultural Journey of Discovery Text Stephanie Brookes | Photos David Metcalf Diversity : Our travel stories this month take us back to a former time of innocence in the backwoods of Java, and an adventure to the fabled Ring of Fire. The Baduy are a proud group

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Waisak Day Festival – Borobudur and the Birthright of Humanity 

Waisak Day Festival – Borobudur and the Birthright of Humanity 

Every May, on the night of the full moon, thousands of Buddhists gather at Borobudur Temple for Waisak Day. This holy festival celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinibbana (ultimate freedom). It is affectionately known as Buddha’s birthday. The celebration serves as a moment to create world peace among people regardless of racial,

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Blitar – Hidden relics of the past

Blitar – Hidden relics of the past

Falling into history and stumbling upon ancient relics is what is in store for you when you take a journey to the far east of Java. The 80km stretch from Malang to Blitar reveals weathered stone shrines and alluring temples from the Majapahit Kingdom, which ruled eastern Java from 1293

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