Maluku as the Dream Islands of Magellan

Maluku as the Dream Islands of Magellan

Magellan lived between 1480 and 1521 and sailed in the service of the King of Spain. He was the first man who led a fleet of five ships to west, starting from Europe to Asia, the first European to sail in the Pacific Ocean or made an expedition around the world. It is clear that few tourists would have the resources to step, mile by mile, in Magellan's footsteps, but the Maluku Islands, known as the Spice Islands of Indonesia, is one of the places he stopped by that well worth the attention.... [ read more ]

Nias Island

Nias Island

In the Indian Ocean, in the western part of Sumatra is one of the 131 largest islands called Nias Island. You can get there by a weekly ship, if you are will be going there from Jakarta. This ship brings you to Gunung Sitoli or you may take a not so frequent flight from Medan. The airport is Binaka on the island, you may also consider the Susi Air, UNHAS or Merpati Air. Discovering this island and its culture is one of the must do. There are Chinese, Malay and Batak as native inhabitants liv... [ read more ]

Palawa and Toraja of Indonesia

Palawa and Toraja of Indonesia

In southern Sulawesi is a place called Palawa, it is also accessible by the river of Sa’dang. One of the most interesting feature of this place is you can see Tongkonan on hill tops with bull horns attached in front of their traditional houses. Usually, they can be found among shady bamboo trees. At Toraja, there are several interesting things you can do in Toraja for example, finding out about the interesting Torajan culture, trekking, rafting, shopping and checking out their local arts. ... [ read more ]

World’s Largest Archipelago State

World’s Largest Archipelago State

Clusters and clusters of island, this is Indonesia. The key islands being Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku and New Guinea. Many people know about the major islands, such as Sunda Islands, the Greater Sunda Islands like Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. As for the Lesser Sunda Island, as well as Maluku Islands and New Guinea that is of West Papua and Papua. Black Beaches Pangandaran is a place with black beaches, a pretty remote place. It is a town and you... [ read more ]

The Cultural Base called Rantepao

The Cultural Base called Rantepao

In Tana Toraja Regency, there is a town called ‘Rantepao’ and it is famous for being the cultural center of an ethnic group called the Toraja. This is a Buginese word which means ‘people of the uplands’ from the language, this area has been developed since the 70s for tourism purposes and the Toraja people lives in the mountainous parts of South Sulawesi. Majority of them are Christians. In the capital, that is Rantepao, they do have a ‘Funeral Season’ between July and October. T... [ read more ]

The Perfect Break in Sulawesi

The Perfect Break in Sulawesi

One of the first things to do is to visit the Museum of North Sulawesi, it has all about its arts, culture and history of the North Sulawesi Province. There features 2810 artifacts all collections are from Gorontalo, Minahasa, Bolaang Mongondow, Manado and Sangihe Talaud. Bunaken is the National Marine Park and it is a great place for scuba diving. If you are in Sulawesi, you must check out the Lairiang River. It is the longest river in Sulawesi that runs from Napu, Bada and Gimpu valleys. L... [ read more ]

Sights of Mataram and Ampenan

Sights of Mataram and Ampenan

This is where you can find the banks, public buildings, general hospitals, post office and shopping malls. Mataram is the main city and also the capital of Lombok. You can visit here Ampenan which is a port town as well as Cakranegara. Other than the substantial houses, you can find impressive public buildings which are rather large. Shopping facilities and transportation infrastructure is equipped here, you can find dance performances, art exhibitions, theatre as well as wayang kulit, the I... [ read more ]

Follow the Heritage Trail of Medan

Follow the Heritage Trail of Medan

If you are traveling to Medan, one of the routes to take is the heritage trail. For tourist who wants to try al fresco dining in Medan, the main thoroughfare is Kesawan Square. After trying out the local food, check out the prominent building called Tjong A Fie Mansion. The other must see landmark is the Maimoen Palace located at Baru Sub Regency that is very near the Polonia Airport. The highlight of this building is the forty-three wooden masks that were shaped like the horseshoes and the ... [ read more ]

Capital of North Sumatra: Medan

Capital of North Sumatra: Medan

Medan literally means ‘a large place to gather’, so it has been a meeting place for traders or gamblers who come from Stabat, Hamparan Perak, Suka Piring and etc. From just a small village called ‘Medan Putri’ at that time in 1590, it was later acquired by Aceh and Deli Land. It has a great geographic location as it is the meeting point of Babura river and the Deli river. As mentioned by John Andersen in his Edinburg edition of his book ‘Mission to the East Coast of Sumatera’, it... [ read more ]

Indonesia and its Colonial Heritage

Indonesia and its Colonial Heritage

If you have a specific interest on the Indonesian history, from its colonial architectural heritage of the Dutch East Indies era, you will fall in love visiting their various forts and historical colonial buildings. There are other attractions such as its museums, churches and the colonial heritage hotels are simply amazing. Heritage tourism attractions in Indonesia is mainly in Kota. It is the old Jakarta and here you should explore the Maritime Museum, Gereja Sion, Stadhuis Batavia, Toko M... [ read more ]