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18
September

Nias Island

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Located in the west of Sumatra Island, Indonesia, Nias Island is the biggest and most  advanced island among other islands at the west coast of Sumatra. The island is occupied by Nias tribe (Ono Niha) which still has megalithic culture. The region  has tourism objects such as surfing, traditional house, diving spot, Hombo Batu (jumping stone). Trip to Nias Island from Medan (the capital city of North Sumatra province) can be accessed through three modes of transportation: land,  sea and air transportation.


Currently, the name of Nias Island is very popular in Indonesia. Because, Nias Island is one of icons of Indonesian tourism destination through Sail Nias 2019 event. The implementation of Sail Nias 2019 involved a number of ministries and agencies to promote Nias as destination with surfing as tourism potential of world class. Its sea which has blue-greenish color will welcome your arrival on the island. Nias Island has cultural wealth and natural beauty and interesting marine spots.  


Tourism as main sector must be supported by all communities. The tourism destination has to be supported adequate infrastructure and good transportation to accelerate tourism target 2019. As an island with major tourism potential, Nias Island becomes one of priority travel destinations, which is being developed by the Indonesian government. You can visit Teluk Dalam district which has some places that become tourism objects, such as Sorake and Lagundri beach, and Bawömataluo village which has a lot of traditional houses that are hundreds of years old.

16
September

Siguntang hill in Palembang is not probably as popular as Ampera Bridge which splits Musi River. The hill is a sacred place which has story of Sriwijaya kingdom. Siguntang hill is located at Bukit Lama village in West Ilir district, Palembang, South Sumatera. In the past, Siguntang hill was believed as a place for praying of royal family as well as meditation place to calm the mind. Until now, the hill, whose height is 29-30 meters above sea level, is still considered sacred by the local people. Usually, visitors who come to Palembang will do pilgrimage to Palembang noble’s tombs and considered as founder of Palembang City. The hill is the highest point in Pelembang so that it is believed to be the safest place if there is flood. On the peak of the hill, there are some tombs which are related to the figures of kings, nobles and heroes of Malay-Sriwijaya. It is quite easy to access tourism object of Siguntang hill, because it is located in the downtown of Palembang. The trip to the destination can be accessed from the downtown by using land transportation to Ampera-Bukit Besar. The land transportation will carry you directly to Siguntang hill. Entering to the hill area, the visitor will be charged the entrance ticket Rp 3,000 for adult and Rp 2000 for kids. Because its location is close to the downtown. So, it is not difficult to find restaurants. You can also find hotels in accordance with your need and budget.

11
September

Tomohon City

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Tomohon City is one of cities in North Sulawesi province. Since a long time ago, the city has been written in some historical notes; one of them is in ethnographic work, Priest N. Graafland who wrote about a country namely Tomohon that was visited by him around 1850 by using Queen Elisabeth ship. Tomohon is one of regions which is included in Tombulu ethnic. This ethnic is one of 8 Minahasa ethnics. Through a long legal process and considerations in the framework of accelerating the nation's development for the welfare of society widely, the regional government of Minahasa along with Regional Representative Council of Minahasa recommended people’s aspiration to establish South Minahasa regency, Tomohon City and North Minahasa regency which is supported by North Sulawesi provincial government. The people of Tomohon City have customs and culture called ‘Mapalus’. Mapalus, which means working together and helping each other, has been rooted and entrenched among them. The culture is still preserved up today. The beautiful city is also called as the city of flower. Its fertile land makes almost all types of flower grow in the city. A village at Tomohon City also becomes the main tourism destination. It is ‘Bunga hamlet’. Bunga hamlet located at Kakaskasen village in North Tomohon district is the initial location of floriculture development of Tomohon City. From the center of Tomohon City, the distance is 3 kilometers to the Bunga hamlet. Surrounding area of the village, there are many hotels and resorts with beautiful view where there are two volcanoes: Lokon and Mahawu. At this location, you can see and enjoy various kinds of potted ornamental plants and also flowers which are managed from generation to generation and placed at kiosks and also offered to visitors. Growing or selling the flowers is the way to earn a living for the local people.

09
September

At hinterland forest of South Kalimantan, besides various tropical flora and fauna, there are also beautiful waterfalls. One of them is Mandin Damar waterfall which is located at Gunung Raya village, Mentewe district, Tanahbumbu Regency, South Kalimantan. Mandin Damar waterfall has around 10 meters high and 15-18 meters wide. The waterfall is surrounded with forest and it is visited by fewer people. Its water is transparent and deep. Thus, the local people believe that the streaming water of Mandin Damar waterfall can be drunk without being boiled. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the waterfall from two sides, namely from bottom and top of the waterfall. If you love adrenalin, you can climb to the top of the waterfall. You can also jump from the top to swim at the river of the waterfall.  But you have to be careful if you want to jump from the top to avoid from injury. The easiest road to go to Mandin Damar waterfall is through Loksado district, South Hulu Sungai regency. To enter to this tourism object, you have to pay entrance ticket Rp 10,000. Because its location is at remote area, there are not many facilities provided at Mandin Damar waterfall’s complex.

06
September

From August 31 to September 1, 2019, Mie Balap, a typical culinary of Medan, North Sumatera was served free to the community at the event of Pucuk Coolinart Festival at Plaza Medan Fair, Medan, North Sumatera. Many visitors who attended the festival like very much Mie Balap. For today’s edition of Indonesian wonder, we invite you to know closer about Mie Balap. Mie Balap was previously called Mie Tiaw. However, due to the cooking process of Mie Tiaw very fast like in a competition, so the local people called it Mie Balap.Mie Balap consists of kwetiau and vermicelli which is sauteed with leeks, eggs, bean sprouts, and sweet soy sauce. The Characteristic of the taste of Mie Balap is related to the use of many eggs. Because it uses many eggs, Mie Balap has a thick texture. In addition to the distinctive texture, the aroma of Mie Balap has also become more distinctive because of the fragrance of sauted eggs. Especially when poured on a plate covered with banana leaves, the aroma of Mie Balap is more appetizing.Mie Balap is sold by using a cart. This culinary is fried on fry- pan with stone stove by using wood as its fuel. Mie Balap is sold with 2 type of tastes, original and seafood. For original taste, the price is about Rp. 8,000 until Rp. 10,000, while the price of seafood taste is about Rp. 10,000 to Rp. 15,000. Mie Balap is usually enjoyed as breakfast menu, so many traders of Mie Balap sell it in the morning.

26
August

South Sulawesi province has not only abundant sea products but also natural enchantment which can be visited when you are in in the province, namely Selayar Island. The small island is located in Selayar regency, South Sulawesi province. The capital city of Selayar regency is Benteng. The trip to the island takes around 10 hours by motor vehicles from Makassar City. Selayar Island has beaches with smooth white sand such as Pamatata, Tanaera, Lansangireng, Taloiya, Pabadilang, Rampang-Rampangan, and Labuang Nipaiya beaches. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Selayar Island also presents beautiful under-sea panorama at Takabonerate National Park. Here, the tourists can witness wide atoll with the size of 220,000 hectares  and the biggest atoll in Southeast Asia and the third biggest in the world. On Selayar Island, you can also see unique hamlet of Toa Bitombang which is the oldest one on the island. The uniqueness of the hamlet is that the existing houses have bamboo roofs with high wooden supports, and poles. The houses use Bitti or Holasa wood which has good quality. Thus, the houses are still strong although they have been hundred years old. Another uniqueness of the hamlet is that most populations of the hamlet are above 90 years old but they can still do productive activities such as raising livestock and gardening. The beauty of beaches, sea, building, culture, people’s activities and the uniqueness of its nature and people are enchanting magnet of Selayar Island which is interesting to be enjoyed and seen.  

19
August

Siwalima Museum is an important museum which has much information related to Maluku and its natural wealth and culturThe Ministry of Defense (Kemenhan), the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), and the Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Polri) are the three ministries and institutions that will receive the largest portion of the budget in the 2020 Draft State Budget. This was affirmed by Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani in a press conference about the 2020 Draft State Budget and its Financial Note in Jakarta on Friday (16/8). She explained that the Ministry of Defense responsible for national defense will receive the largest budget allocation to reach Rp127.4 trillion, up 16.2 percent compared to this year's budget projection of Rp109.6 trillion. Meanwhile, the budget of the Ministry of PUPR is allocated Rp.120.2 trillion, and the Indonesian Police reach Rp90.3 trillion. Minister Sri Mulyani reasoned that the National Police budget allocation is also related to the need to secure the simultaneous regional head elections (Pilkada) in 2020.Meanwhile, the Ministry of PUPR will also receive more budget because the government raises the infrastructure budget by 4.9 percent. Minister Sri Mulyani said that the infrastructure budget would largely be used for the construction of new roads reaching 837 kilometers, 238 kilometers of railroad tracks, 6.9 kilometers of new bridges and 49 new dams.In addition to the three ministries/institutions, the next highest budget is the Ministry of Religious Affairs reaching Rp65.1 trillion, the Ministry of Social Affairs Rp62.8 trillion, the Ministry of HealthRp57.4 trillion and the Ministry of Transportation will reach Rp42.7 trillion.According to Minister Sri Mulyani, an increase in the budget is also given to the Ministry of Social Affairs by 9.7 percent, because an increase in the social assistance budget is provided by the government.Next year, the government will convert non-cash food assistance (BPNT) into a nine-basic necessity card containing assistance amounting to Rp150, 000 per month with a total budget of Rp28.1 trillion, an increase compared to the 2019 BPNT budget.In his speech when delivering the 2020 State Budget and Draft (RAPBN), President Joko Widodo said that the focus of the Draft State Budget is directed at five main points. The first point is strengthening the quality of human resources to realize healthy, smart, skilled and prosperous human resources. The second thing is the acceleration of infrastructure development supporting economic transformation. The third point is the strengthening of social protection programs to respond to the demographic challenges and anticipate aging populations. The fourth point is strengthening the quality of fiscal decentralization to encourage regional independence and the fifth point is anticipation of global uncertainty.e. The Museum is located at Makmur Park, Amasuhu vullage, Nusaniwe district, Ambon, Maluku. It was built in 1973. Siwalima Museum is quite exotic because it is on the hill which directly faces to Ambon Bay. The word of ‘Siwalima’ is taken from local langauge and it consists of two words: Ulisiwa meaning group of Sembilan and Patalima meaning group of Lima. The second word refers to 9 kingdoms which dominated South Maluku and 5 kingdoms which dominated North Maluku. Two words were created one new meaning of ‘Siwalima’ representing the wealth of history, nature, and culture of Maluku, land of the kings. The construction of Siwalima Museum began from the Dutch’s bill which required the Dutch to return historical stuffs to Maluku in 1970. The historical stuffs are many are piled up in reservoirs and need space to be even more useful. Then, it was found one location which is ex-headquarter of West Irian forces and called Makmur Park. Finally, the place becomes the establishment of Museum and functions to display and also to accommodate historical stuffs handed over by the Dutch. The museum is only 5 kilometers from downtown and it takes around 10 minutes by motor vehicles. Siwalima Museum is educational media which is quite effective for present generation to know well the life of Maluku in the past. 

07
August

Exploring Indonesia is not complete if you do not visit historical heritage such as temple. One of the historical heritages which is not popular for tourist, is Arjuna temple. Arjuna temple was built around 8th century by Sanjaya Dynasty from ancient Mataram. Arjuna temple is one of temples at Arjuna temple complex in Dieng. At the complex, there is also Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, and Sembadra temples. Arjuna temple is located at the Northern most of the temple’s complex. Meanwhile, Semar temple is perwara temple or complementary of Arjuna temple. Those two temples face each other. Like temples in general in Dieng, local people named them with the names of puppet figures of Mahabarata. Dieng people who work as potato’s farmers, use the land surrounding the temple. But since 2010 Dieng people have realized the importance of respecting the historical heritages. So, they change the land surrounding the temples to become more beautiful and make it as one of the mainstay tourism destinations of Banjarnegara regency.The change is also marked by the implementation of Dieng Culture Festival that promotes Arjuna temple as the main place forcutting dread ritual or known as wedus gembel. Starting in 2010 Arjuna temple complex is used to develop tourism destination which is managed by Banjarnegara Tourism Office and Tourism Awareness Group. Tourist will not find statues at Arjuna temple, but those statues are stored neatly in Kailasa Museum which is located across the temple’s complex. To maintain the temple is conducted by re-arranged the temples’ stones which collapsed due to the weather that sometimes reaches minus 11 Celsius. The low temperature is caused by the location of the temple which is on the slope of Mt. Perau and Sindoro. The cold air brings thick fog at the surrounding of the temple with visibility ony 10 footsteps. So, if you have a plan to visit Arjuna temple in August or September, please prepare yourself with winter’s equipment.

07
August

Exploring Indonesia is not complete if you do not visit historical heritage such as temple. One of the historical heritages which is not popular for tourist, is Arjuna temple. Arjuna temple was built around 8th century by Sanjaya Dynasty from ancient Mataram. Arjuna temple is one of temples at Arjuna temple complex in Dieng. At the complex, there is also Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, and Sembadra temples. Arjuna temple is located at the Northern most of the temple’s complex. Meanwhile, Semar temple is perwara temple or complementary of Arjuna temple. Those two temples face each other. Like temples in general in Dieng, local people named them with the names of puppet figures of Mahabarata. Dieng people who work as potato’s farmers, use the land surrounding the temple. But since 2010 Dieng people have realized the importance of respecting the historical heritages. So, they change the land surrounding the temples to become more beautiful and make it as one of the mainstay tourism destinations of Banjarnegara regency.The change is also marked by the implementation of Dieng Culture Festival that promotes Arjuna temple as the main place forcutting dread ritual or known as wedus gembel. Starting in 2010 Arjuna temple complex is used to develop tourism destination which is managed by Banjarnegara Tourism Office and Tourism Awareness Group. Tourist will not find statues at Arjuna temple, but those statues are stored neatly in Kailasa Museum which is located across the temple’s complex. To maintain the temple is conducted by re-arranged the temples’ stones which collapsed due to the weather that sometimes reaches minus 11 Celsius. The low temperature is caused by the location of the temple which is on the slope of Mt. Perau and Sindoro. The cold air brings thick fog at the surrounding of the temple with visibility ony 10 footsteps. So, if you have a plan to visit Arjuna temple in August or September, please prepare yourself with winter’s equipment.

05
August

Sipinsur Geosite area is viewed to have character similar with Orchid Forest in Lembang, Bandung, West Java. So, this area is considered to be destination for millennial tourists. Sipinsur Geosite is included as the main tourism destination in Humbang Hasundutan regency. Covering around 2 hectares, the area is above 1,213 meters sea level. When entering to Sipinsur Geosite, we will be welcomed with fresh air of Humbang Hasundutan hills. The gateway of the park is so beautiful and it has path around 4 meters wide which is covered with the dense pine trees at both sides. The pine forest also functions as camping ground. In addition, there is also play ground for kids. In the Sipinsur Geosite, tourists will directly face with the second island on the middle of Toba Lake namely Sibandang island. The island can be accessed in 10 until 15 minutes from Muara port and takes 30 minutes by walking to go down the hills and twist path from Sipinsur Geosite. Sipinsur Geosite is easily accessed. It is only 18 kilometers from Sisingamangaja XII International airport, Silangit in Siborong-borong, North Tapanuli. Going by can take around 30 minutes. It is through hamlet and monuments of Batak Toba tombs, and swamps where we can see wallow buffalo and Lintong coffee plantation as long as Lintongnihuta region.

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