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Embung Kledung

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If you are looking for a place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset in one location, then Embung Kledung ,which is located in Central Java Province is your destination.

The natural panorama presented is truly extraordinary, the fresh air is combined with the beauty of Mount Sindoro and Sumbing before your eyes which is decorated with a fairly large artificial lake.

Many tourists compare this view to the view of Lake Kawaguchi with the backdrop of Mount Fuji in Japan. 

Embung itself means a reservoir or water reservoir, which was made by the community on former tobacco land.

This place was built to collect rainwater which will supply water during the dry season.

Initially, this reservoir was only used as a water reserve, but now the situation has changed with the arrangement of the Kledung Embung area as a tourist attraction and providing an area for camping.

There are several activities you can do here. Besides camping, you can also see the sunrise and sunset and of course take photos with a stunning background. Moreover, the position of Embung is flanked by Mount Sumbing and Sindoro.

Embung Kledung is indeed open 24 hours non-stop, but there are two types of opening hours, namely for regular tourism (non-camping) and for camping. For tourist visits to Embung Kledung without camping, the opening hours are 05.30 WIB to 18.00 WIB.

Apart from that, the entrance ticket price for non-camping is also different and cheaper, namely only IDR 7,000 or less than US dollar per person.

Embung Kledung is located on Jalan Raya Parakan-Wonosobo KM.12, Tlahab village, Kledung Parakan district, Temanggung regency, Central Java.

The distance from the center of Temanggung Regency is around 21 kilometers (km) with a travel time of about 45 minutes.

With an entrance ticket of 5000 rupiah per person, you can also enjoy the various facilities here. Don't forget to bring warm clothes because the air will feel cold, especially at night until early morning. If you want to see the beauty of Mount Sindoro perfectly, come when the weather is clear//VOI


Ngurtafur Beach

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Kei Islands are a group of islands located in the southeastpartof Maluku Islands, precisely in Southeast Maluku. This archipelago has several small islands with stunning natural panoramas. Especially for beach tourism, Maluku region is indeed a beach paradise in the world because the natural scenery presented on the coast of Maluku is truly amazing. One of them is Ngurtafur Beach or Ngurtafur which means raised sand. Ngurtafur is a stretch of embossed sand that extends for about 2 km, which will arise when the sea water recedes so that it divides the ocean into two parts.


Ngurtafur Beach is located in the Banda Sea region,and on Woha Island which is part of Kei Islands, Southeast Maluku regency, Maluku. Ngurtafur Beach is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. However, to get to Ngurtafur Beach, you have to watch the tides, and the best time is April-May or October-December. You don't need to pay an entrance fee, but you have to spend money to rent a boat with a price range of aroundRp1 million or aboutUS$66dollarsper boat that can be filled by 8 to 10 people.

At Ngurtafur Beach,we will not find public facilities;there is only a viewing post and a gazebo that can be used for resting,andsois on Woha Island. If you're lucky, you can meet pelicans stopping at Ngurtafur Beach. The pelican does live around the coast, not migrating from Australia. Apart from seeing pelicans,you can also seeleatherback turtlesatNgurtafur Beach.In addition,there is also a captivity managed by the World-Wide Fund for Nature. Swimming at Ngurtafur Beach is really refreshing;the water is so clear that you can freely see the bottom without anything getting in the way. The most appropriate activity to see the beauty of the seabed is by snorkeling. To get to Ngurtafur Beach,you first go to Ohoi Debut Harbor, which is located in LanggurCity, theadministrativeof government for Southeast Maluku regency in Maluku Province. From here,you have to continue by boat that you rented before heading to Woha Island to Ngurtafur Beach.


Wherever you travel, there are always items to bring home as unique city souvenirs. Garut in West Java is no exception; the city that is nicknamed Swiss van Java also has a variety of unique, even global, creative economic products. The creative products that are the pride of the Garut people include processed leather and craft arts. Besides being unique and artistic in value, these products are also exclusive because you can't find them anywhere else. The first place that you must visit when you are in Garut is the Sukaregang Leather Craft Center which has been known as a paradise for lovers of leather-based handicraft products since 1920. Located along Jalan Ahmad Yani to Jalan Gagak Lumayung, the Sukaregang Leather Center is open every day from 08.00 to 18:00 Western Indonesia Time WIB. The products sold here are a collection of all the production of leather craftsmen scattered throughout the Garut area.


For those of you who prefer crafts made from vetiver which are usually processed into essential oils and various beauty products, in Garut you will find vetiver which is transformed into various crafts, such as prayer mats, key chains, bags, tablecloths, and paintings that can beautify home decorations. The use of vetiver as a basic material for this product is unique and only available in Garut. Apart from vetiver crafts, Garut also has its own unique fabrics. We know that almost every region in Indonesia has traditional fabrics, and so does Garut. Yes, it’s Batik Garutan RM. Like batik in other areas, RM's Garutan Written Batik is also a culture that has been passed down from generation to generation and has survived to this day. The characteristic of this batik is that it has a basic color of ivory yellow and blue with a variety of beautiful motifs such as awi book batik, cigars, stones, sieve branches, merak kibing, and bulu hayam. There is no need to doubt about the quality because it has been recognized on the world stage, one of which is Canada.


Besides leather crafts, Batik and vetiver, Garut is also famous for its snacks, namely dodol, which is made from the main ingredients of glutinous rice flour and palm sugar. Now dodol has various types. There are date dodol, chocolate dodol and fruit dodol. Garut is also known for its natural attractions, such as Kamojang Crater, Drajat Peak, Cangkuang Situ, Bagendit Situ and hot spring tourism. Garut is indeed located not far from the city of Bandung, the capital of West Java Province. The distance between Bandung and Garut is about 70 km to the southeast, and it takes about 2 hours by motor vehicles. Through the access to the Trans Java Toll Road, it makes the city of Garut even easier to reach and visit.


Ndoreng Rice

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When traveling to Demak, Central Java you can visit many pieces of evidence of the legacy of the spread of Islam on the island of Java. In addition, Demak also has a variety of culinary delights. One of them is Nasi Ndoreng. You can enjoy it when visiting Demak. This dish comes from recipes inherited from the Bintoro Kingdom. The Bintoro Kingdom or Demak Bintoro was the first Islamic kingdom on the island of Java. In its heyday, Ndoreng rice was known as common people's food. At that time, many Demak people liked this food.

Ndoreng rice is called the food of the common people, because the food ingredients can be obtained easily from plantations. The ingredients are banana heart, sweet potato leaves, lamtoro seeds, turi flowers, young melandingan fruit, Chinese petai leaves and cassava leaves. After all, the vegetables are boiled; the dish is then doused with peanut sauce, which has been stir-fried. Next, it is sprinkled with "Uyah Goreng" or Fried Salt which is made from roasted grated coconut sprinkled with salt. These ingredients are then mixed into the rice. The way to serve it is on a banana leaf, which has been made into a cone or what the local people call it "Pincuk".

When eaten, Ndoreng rice tastes delicious and tasty. To make it even more delicious, Ndoreng rice is enjoyed with other complimentary side dishes, such as wet tempe fried sambal, salted or hot fish peanut brittle, fried mendoan, and vegetable bakwan. Sega ndoreng is still commonly found in villages in Demak City. The sellers are mostly elderly women who continue the business of their parents. The price itself is quite cheap; it’s from Rp2500 to Rp3000 (0.16 to 0.23 cents USD)/pincuk.


Merah River

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A river usually has clear water color like glass. But what if you see a river whose water is red like blood! Yes, the river with red water really exists in Indonesia; it is located in Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan. In accordance with its color, this river is called ‘Merah River’ or the Dayak people call it Marak River’. The red color comes from contamination of the roots of trees in the forest of Mount Beriun. This forest becomes the headwaters of the river and is very dense in accordance with the characteristics of tropical rains in Kalimantan. The Merah River area is still very beautiful, and it is surrounded by various green vegetation that thrives in the forests of Kalimantan.

According to local people, even though it is red in color, the water of the Merah River is safe for consumption. In addition, according to the myth that develops in the local community, the water of the Merah River is also believed to whiten the skin. Another myth is that if one bathes in this river, all his or her tiredness will disappear because the water is cool. Even so, the Merah River is still sacred by the Dayak tribe, so there are a number of taboos that must be avoided by visitors. One of the taboos or prohibitions is to avoid undressing when bathing in the river. If one doesn’t want to bathe directly in this red river, he or she can visit the tourist village of Pasir Panjang, West Kotawaringin district. There, the people around the village make a red bathing pool that can be enjoyed.


Coto Manggala

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Soto, sroto, sauto, tauto, or coto are various names referring to Indonesian aromatic soup which is made from meat broth and vegetables. We can find various types of soto in many areas of Indonesia. For example, in West Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan. You can find a type of soto called Coto Manggala. In the local language, manggala means cassava, because the type of this soup uses cassava as the main ingredient.


Besides being made from cassava, this soup uses chicken leg. First, boil some pieces of cassava. Then mix chicken leg pieces and spices into the half-boiled cut cassava. The seasoning is made of garlic, pepper and salt. After everything is cooked, this soto is served with chopped celery leaves, fried shallots and sliced ​​boiled eggs. It tastes savory and delicious.


Coto Manggala not only has a distinctive taste, but also has high nutrition and low calories because it is made from cassava. For those of you who are interested in enjoying Coto Manggala, pay a visit to Central Kalimantan, especially to West Kotawaringin. There you will find many Coto Manggala sellers. The price is relatively cheap, Rp15,000 up (1 US dollar) to Rp25,000 (1.6 US dollar) per portion.


When travelling to Semarang, Central Java, there is a new tourist attraction called Little Ranch Sidomukti which is worth visiting. Little Ranch provides countryside farm with assortments of farm animals like texel sheep, Arabian chicken, rabbits, horses, goats etc., complete with the meadows and dens. The atmosphere will make you feel like you are in a European-like farm. Even the barns and dens, known as Red Barns, are made to resemble those of foreign one. This attraction, is 4 to 6km away from Bandungan square, Semarang city center, and can be reached in 20 minutes driving.

Little Ranch Sidomukti is open daily from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. The entrance fee starts from 25,000 Rupiah per person or around 1.6 US dollar. Entering the ranch, you will feel the cool highland atmosphere, plus the view of foggy mountain range. Here you can feed the animals, ride the horses, stroll around with scooters, electric bikes and even an all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and don’t forget to taste the food at the café near the farm. To enjoy the farm’s scenery, there is a bridge and tower where you can take pictures.

There’s a new feature at Little Ranch Sidomukti with go-green concept called Scooter Explore the Village. This facility enables you to stroll around and enjoy the village-like scenery with environmental-friendly vehicle. Besides, there is educational tour linear to the Merdeka Curriculum. The Merdeka Curriculum includes a curriculum structure focusing on the essential materials that gives flexibility for teachers to teach according to the students’ needs and characteristics. The educational tour offered at Little Ranch Sidomuktiare farming, gardening, and profession learning for school children.


Kima Atas Waterfall is the most beautiful water tourism in Manado City, North Sulawesi. This becomes the residents' favorite recreational destination. This waterfall has a natural panorama that can spoil the eyes. Kima Atas Waterfall is located in Kima Atas village, Mapanget district, Manado city. The location is about 10 kilometers from Sam Ratulangi airport, and 15 kilometers from downtown of Manado City and can be accessed by personal or public motor vehicles. This waterfall can be reached within 50 minutes from downtown of Manado city by land transportation. This waterfall has three steps and a height of about 8 meters. Under the waterfall. there is a reservoir of water that forms a pool so that visitors can swim in the area. The panorama around this waterfall is very beautiful, and it is surrounded by green trees so that the atmosphere is cool and calm. The water flows into the clean Kima river and empties into the Manado beach.


The water flow from the Upper Kima Waterfall is not too heavy, because there is a plain, which makes this waterfall look like to have levels. The water that comes down from above will indeed hit layers of rocks before going down to the bottom so that the resulting water flow is not too heavy. Therefore, you can swim and enjoy the flow of water from the waterfall directly in the water reservoir. There are several places that are quite deep, and this place is suitable for those of you who are proficient at swimming. If you are not good at swimming, you can just play in the water around shallow areas.

If you don't want to swim, you can roll out a mat and sit around the waterfall to enjoy the rushing water. At the location of this waterfall, there are trees that are quite dense and large. If you want to stay overnight, there are quite a lot of inns here, because the location is not too far from downtown of Manado, of course there will be many inns with a variety of prices there.


Traveling while seeking knowledge can be a way to find a new atmosphere for you and your family. It would be good if you take a walk to a museum that collects various animals.The museum is called the Zoological Museum located in Bogor, West Java, and it has collections related to the animal world, such as various preserved specimens and animal fossils. The museum is divided into two; the first one is open every day to the public, which contains an exhibition hall located on Jln Ir. H. Juanda No. 9 Bogor. The second one has a collection site and it is only opened to the public once a year in October. This is located at the Cibinong Science Centerpreciselyon Jakarta - Bogor Main Road Km.46 Cibinong, Bogor, West Java.

Initially, the museum was a zoological laboratory under the nam eLandbouw Zoologisch Laboratoriumwhich was founded on August 23rd, 1894, and it was the idea of J. C. Koningsberger, a Dutch botanist. This laboratory was established as a research facility related to agriculture and zoology. In 1906, the name changed toZoologisch MuseumandWekplaats. In 1910, it changed again toZoologisch Museum en Laboratorium. The museum has 24 collection rooms and it was occupied in 1997, with construction funded by grants from the World Bank and Japan. The collection of the Zoological Museum located at the Widyasatwaloka building, Cibinong Science Center covers 3.5% of the total fauna species found in Indonesia. From the diversity of fauna in Indonesia, only 0.05% of animal samples (specimens) are owned by the Zoology Department, Biology Research Center of LIPI.

This museum stores hundreds of millions of specimens from tens of thousands of species. However, the collection is still limited to terrestrial and freshwater animals and invertebrates. The collection here is estimated to be no more than 10% of Indonesia's biodiversity. So if you want to know and you are curious more about the existence of animals on earth, and their history, make sure the Zoological Museum  is one of your tourism destinations.


Every region in Indonesia has its own unique cuisine. One of them is Jalakotek from Majalengka, West Java. Majalengka is a district which is about 95 kilometers from Bandung City.


Jalakotek that is a typical snack from Majalengka is so popular. The shape of this cake is like a pastel and it has a salty, sweet, savory and spicy taste. Jalakotek itself is made from a mixture of wheat flour and tapioca flour for the outer skin, while the inside is filled with stir-fried tofu, minced chicken, bean sprouts, carrots and chili sauce. The taste is savory and delicious, making this snack one of the family's favorite snacks to accompany tea.


Jalakotek, which is a typical Majalengka snack, is very popular from parents to children. Besides, the ingredients are easy to find, making Jalakotek is also easy. The ingredients needed to make the layer are tapioca flour, wheat flour, salt, flavoring and hot water. All the ingredients are mixed by adding hot water little by little until the texture is chewy. Afterwards,  the dough is spread thinly with a diameter of about 10 centimeters. As for the filling, you need tofu and chopped carrots and garlic, bird's eye chili, salt, powdered sugar, ground, stir-fry the ingredients for the filling until cooked, after that wrap the filling in the skin and shape it like a patty or dumpling.


After being fried, Jalakotek is usually sprinkled with additional spices, such as dried chili powder and additional chili sauce. This dish is  so delicious when eaten freshly fried. Apart from being delicious, in Majalengka, you can easily find Jalakotek everywhere, such as at traditional markets, at school area vendors, at hawker centers, fried shops and also at shops selling various kinds of snacks. The prices are quite pocket-friendly.


If you are in Indonesia, West Java area, and not far from Majalengka, please try to taste this Jalakotek snack.

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