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15
January

Indonesia has beautiful and wonderful beaches. Not only Bali, Lombok, but also Cianjur in West Java have famous and  gorgeous beaches. Cianjur’s beautiful beach calledKarang Potong beach is located in Sedekan, Saganten Village, Sindangbarang sub-district, Cianjur, and it shares borders with Bogor    and Bandung regencies. The beach is like  paradise, namely Karang Potong beach. This beach  is one of the instagrammable and famous tourism destinations in Cianjur. It is around 125 kms to reach  Karang Potong tourism attraction if you depart from Bandung.

Karang Potong beach also provides interesting facilities and photo spots, such as brightly colored buildings, a combination of white and blue with designs like a fantasy castle. Besides, you will also find a combination of rainbow colors at this tourism destination. Inside the building, there is fresh green grass and coconut trees typical of the beach. Another attraction of Karang Potong beach is the view in the evening at sunset. The wonder of the sunset with the expanse of the sea makes you interested to visit it. In addition, Karang Potong beach also has a restaurant in the middle of the rice fields. The restaurant also has gazebos  set in the sea. 

Karang Potong beach  opens from 8.00 AM  to 9.00 pm West Indonesia Time, with pocket-friendly entrance ticket prices. Staying in the beautiful area of Karang potong beach is a selfie hunter's dream. Apart from  the beautiful view which can be used as a background for selfies,    when you open the window of the lodgment, the fresh air and feeling of peace will immediately come to you. All of this is guaranteed to make you fresh and ready to carry out your next tasks.

12
January

Jelenga Beach

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On 10 December 2023, the world's largest travel magazine, Lonely Planet released a list of the 11 best beaches in Indonesia. Mark Johanson, a senior journalist from the United States, ranked 3 beaches in West Nusa Tenggara Province as the best in Indonesia. One of them is Jelenga Beach in Jereweh district, West Sumbawa regency. According to Mark Johanson, he ranks Jelenga Beach as one of the best beaches because its waves are world class. This beach, which is only 40 kilometers from Poto Tano Harbor, has the best Left-Hand Break and it is very suitable for professional surfers and advanced amateurs.

Jelenga Beach is surrounded by a beautiful hilly landscape. The hill is full of green grass and low trees. On the north side, Jelenga Beach offers a stretch of white sand beach with calm turquoise water. It is also suitable for swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. This beach is also suitable for those of you who like surfing. Jelenga Beach is a beach targeted by surfers because it has challenging waves. The waves on this beach come from the middle of the ocean. These challenging waves are formed because West Sumbawa is surrounded by the Flores Sea to the north, the Indian Ocean to the south, and the Alas Strait. Many people call Jelenga Beach a "scar reef" because the waves are shaped like large tubes and are several meters high.

When afternoon comes, please don't go home yet, enjoy the beauty of the sunset on this beach. The gradation of sky colors mixed with the clear blue sea water adds to the beauty of this beach. Jelenga Beach facilities are quite complete. At the location,  there are also  parking area, food stalls, toilets, surf equipment rental and accommodation.

12
January

Sate Bandeng

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Satay is one of a variety of Indonesian culinary delights that is easy to find in various regions in the country. Satay is made from chicken, goat meat, or beef that is cut into small pieces and skewered with bamboo sticks, then grilled using wood charcoal. Usually, satay is served with peanut sauce. While satay is generally made from meat, in Serang, Banten, there is satay made from milkfish. This satay is widely known as Sate Bandeng, or "milkfish satay".

 

Like satays in general, Sate Bandeng also uses bamboo skewers as its identity. The distinctive feature is that there is whole milkfish meat that is stuck into the bamboo, but the meat is boneless. It is very tasty and rich in spices. It is not difficult to find Sate Bandeng in the Banten area. The price of one satay is 45,000 Rupiah or about 3 US dollars - with a choice of spicy and original flavors.

 

According to a story, Sate Bandeng was present when a Sultan wanted to eat milkfish. However, the royal chef was confused because the fish had many fine spines and was dangerous if processed directly. Finally, the chef took the initiative to crush the flesh of the fish and pull out the bones and spines first, then the milkfish meat was mashed and filtered to separate the hard bones and spines. This finely ground meat is mixed with spices as a dough before being put into bamboo and grilled until cooked. This new dish turned out to be liked by the sultan and other high-ranking officials. Finally, Sate Bandeng became one of the obligatory foods of the Banten people at the time and continues to be passed down to this day. As time went by, this satay was not only enjoyed by the nobility.

12
January

Sumber Sirah

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Sumber Sirah is a tourism spot that can amaze and make every visitor feel at home. This tourism attraction is located in Malang City, in the form of a pool that has natural spring water which looks as clear as glass. Sumber Sirah presents very stunning underwater natural beauty, just like in Raja Ampat.

 

Sumber Sirah Tourism spot offers a superior underwater concept in Malang, East Java. It provides snorkeling services in clear and natural fresh water. The natural tourism attraction welcomes all its visitors with baths originating from natural springs with water that is clear as crystal. Many visitors often capture the water play of this tourism attraction in Sumber Sirah Malang with camera shots because the view is beautiful and obviously instagrammable.

 

Situated at a rural area, Sumber Sirah maintains a beautiful natural atmosphere making it ideal for relaxing and feeling calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Traveling to Sumber Sirah combines two unique experiences, namely snorkeling in fresh water and feeling as if you were at the bottom of the ocean. There are several interesting things from Sumber Sirah. The Sumber Sirah tourism attraction is the right destination for those of you who love activities, such as diving and photography.

10
January

The Phinisi Ship is a legendary wooden ship from South Sulawesi, which is thought to have been made since the 14th century or 1400s. Now, tourists can enjoy the sensation of sailing on the Phinisi Ship in Indonesian waters. Usually tourists sail on the Phinisi Ship in the waters of Labuan Bajo. However, now the Riau Islands, which are the Gateway to Indonesian Maritime Tourism, are offering sailing services on Phinisi boats for the first time while enjoying the stunning water landscape of the Riau Islands. Sailing on the Phinisi ship, you can enjoy the experience of sailing while enjoying the sunset against the backdrop of the Barelang bridge which is the icon of the city of Batam.

 

On January 1, 2024, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, had the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sailing on the Phinisi Ship in the Riau Islands. According to him, the natural view of the Riau Islands from the boat was very beautiful and the food service was super delicious. Sailing services on the Phinisi Ship are not a new tourism product in Indonesia. However, in Riau Islands waters, this is the first and has become an attraction for local tourists.

 

The Phinisi ship provides a number of facilities ranging from beds, food and much more. You can try the 4 days 3 nights or 3 days 2 nights package. Traveling on the Phinisi ship, you can relax with your family, diving, snorkeling and more.

10
January

Kaba Hill is included in the Nature Tourism Park, the largest flower conservation area in the world, namely the giant Rafflesia Arnoldi flower, and has an area of around 13,940 ha, and is at an altitude of 1937 meters above sea level. This natural tourist area is located in Rejang Lebong Regency, Bengkulu Province and about 90 kilometers west of Bengkulu City. For visitors who want to visit this location can reach it from Bengkulu City or Palembang City, via Lahat Regency. Access to this natural tourist location is also quite easy.

Surrounded by natural conditions that are still very beautiful, this location is one of the favourite tourist attractions for visitors, especially Bengkulu residents or beginner climbers. Visitors who come to this location will be presented with a natural view in the form of a tropical rainforest which is still very natural and gives the impression of calm and the air is quite cool.

To get to the top of this hill, there are two access points, namely via a footpath which can only be traversed on foot or via a paved road which can be passed by both two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles. Footpaths can be chosen for visitors who want to get a natural atmosphere with hiking activities. Meanwhile, the paved path is intended for visitors who do not have enough stamina to hike on foot. 

When starting to climb Kaba Hill, visitors will enjoy the panoramic view of the vegetable gardens of local residents. When entering the forest area, visitors will feel the cool air and the chirping of birds, which seem to welcome the visitors. The further go up, visitors will find that the tree vegetation becomes less and less. This indicates that the journey is getting closer to the camping location. This camping location is often used by visitors to enjoy views of the sunrise or sunset.

From this location, visitors can continue the journey which is divided into two more routes, namely the ascending and descending routes. Visitors who want to enjoy views of the mountain crater from the top of the hill will choose the climbing route. Meanwhile, those who want to see the crater up close will choose the descending route. For visitors who want to see the crater up close, it is recommended to wear a mask because the smell of sulfur is very strong around the crater.

In this tourist area, there are several facilities that were deliberately built by the management, for the comfort of visitors. The management of this hill or known as POKDARWIS (Tourist Awareness Group) provides facilities such as transportation, accommodation, food or catering facilities for climbers who choose to camp at the location, guides and much more.

The entrance ticket price offered by the management is quite cheap. Visitors will only be charged an entrance fee of around IDR 5,000 per person and BUMDES (Village-Owned Enterprise) services of IDR 6,500. Meanwhile, vehicle parking costs range from IDR 10,000 to IDR 15,000.

06
January

When you travel to Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia, you have to  visit the Jati Semu tourism attraction. This location combines the concepts of nature, education and adventure tourism. It is located in Jalatrang village, Cipaku district, Ciamis regency. From the downtown of  Ciamis city, the distance is about 15 kilometers or 30 minutes by driving. This tourist attraction is open every day. Jati Sewu Tourism opens  from 08.00 AM to 7 PM. The ticket price on Monday-Friday (weekday) is IDR 15,000 or 1 US dollar per person, while on Saturday-Sunday (weekend) the rate is IDR 20,000 per person.

Surrounded by teak trees, Jati Sewu tourist destination offers a number of interesting tourism activities. You canswim in the Jati Sewu Cibungbang swimming pool whose water is supplied from the Cibungbang spring. No wonder that the water is very clear. You can also enjoy various other facilities, such as underwater selfies, snorkeling, and pre-wedding. The underwater selfie at this location is the first one in Ciamis. For underwater photo  facilities, the management has provided various properties, such as motorbikes, bicycles, and others. You can also use this facility without additional fees.

For  you who bring children, this tourism attraction provides some traditional games, including stilts, terompah, slingshots, angklung traditional musical instrument, and so on which are packaged in a fun way. For you who want to be adventurous, you can also try out the archery and paintball rides. Jati Sewu Tourism also has accommodation and camping areas for tourists who want to enjoy the night atmosphere in this tourism area. Jati Sewu Tourism is also equipped with various public facilities, such as toilets, parking areas, restaurants and prayer rooms

06
January

Pulisan Tourist Village is one of the pleasing tourist destinations in Likupang, North Sulawesi. Thus, the village is undoubtedly in the heart of a super-priority destination designated by the Indonesian government. Not only is it strategically located, Pulisan Tourism Village is one of the outstanding tourist villages in Indonesia. As quoted from minut.go.id, Pulisan Tourist Village won the 2nd place title in the 2021 Trisakti Tourism Award in August 2021. Pulisan Tourist Village won the category of tourism village with the favorite video chosen by netizens, with 3,650 likes on the Trisakti Award Instagram account.

Pulisan Tourist Village is one of the main tourist villages in Likupang which offers complete sea tourism packages. The two mainstay tourist destinations in Pulisan Village are Pulisan Beach and Pulisan Hill. Pulisan Beach is one of the favorite beaches in Likupang because it has soft white sand along its shoreline. The beach with white sand seems to consist of three parts, each of which is separated by a rock cliff that juts out towards the sea. Among the interesting activities that can be done at Pulisan Beach are diving and snorkeling. Tourists can also visit the floating houses in the middle of the waters around Pulisan Beach. Meanwhile, Pulisan Hill in the Pulisan Tourist Village area also has views that are no less beautiful. From the top of the hill, you can see a stretch of turquoise seaweed combined with the blue sea. Even though you have to trek first, the view from the top of Pulisan Hill will erase the feeling of tiredness.

 

Pulisan Village tourist attractions are increasing thanks to the Pulisan Cave and the Tangkoko Dua Saudara Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is a habitat for protected rare animals, such as the yaki or large black monkey endemic to North Sulawesi, as well as the maleo bird. Besides that, the local government has also prepared several infrastructures to make tourists' holidays more comfortable when stopping at the Pulisan Tourist Village. They range from providing homestays to 4G signal support around the Pulisan Tourist Village.

06
January

Yogyakarta holds many stories about tourism destinations. One tourism destination that is worth visiting if you travel to Yogyakarta is Tembi tourism village. This village has natural conditions that are still beautiful and green. After passing two entrances, you can feel village nuances. The large rice field area looks green, and the trees between the residents' houses feel shady, cool and serene. 

 

In the tourism village of Tembi, you will find rows ofJogloor limasan houses with large yards that are still preserved until today. Some of these houses are provided for homestays. Rice fields and rivers surround Tembi hamlet, giving you an even more rural sensation. Natural conditions like this are now rarely found in other places so that this is an added value for the Tembi tourism village. 

 

People believed that in the past, Tembi Village was a place where the king's children were cared for. So, there was a belief among local residents that people who came to Tembi and stayed overnight in Tembi would become successful like "kings". There are lots of activities that could be carried out there, such as learning to plant rice with farmers and mingling with daily activities along with village residents.

02
January

When we go on holiday to an area, we usually buy various kinds of souvenirs for our family or colleagues at the office. There are various kinds of souvenirs that we can buy such as clothes and various fashion products as souvenirs. Clothes and various fashion products in various regions in Indonesia that offer unique designs and still highlight the characteristics of the region's original culture. Call it Dagadu Jogya. As a creative industry native to Yogyakarta, it is certainly not surprising that most of Dagadu's T-shirt designs are steeped in Yogyakarta city icons. Starting from illustrations of Tugu Jogja, Taman Sari and Kraton Yogyakarta Palace. Uniquely, Dagadu Jogja also has a visual design with the addition of eccentric Javanese sentences which really describe the city of Yogyakarta.

A holiday to Bali is incomplete if you don't buy Jogger clothes. Different from fashion souvenirs in general, Joger is famous for its eccentric word designs. That's why, to this day Joger is still known as the "Word Factory". Apart from t-shirts, the local merchandise industry which is famous for its tagline "Joger Jelek" also sells various fashion products which are no less unique and interesting, such as bags, wallets, sandals, shoes, watches and various other typical Balinese souvenirs.

Apart from Pempek fish cake, Palembang, South Sumatra is also famous for its unique and creative local products. This can be seen from the many local merchandise industries which are almost always targeted by tourists. One of the most popular is Nyenyes. Nyenyes or meaning “chatty” in Palembang language, is a local creative industry famous for its unique t-shirt designs. This is because almost all Nyenyes fashion product designs use images that are identical to Palembang, such as the Ampera Bridge, Kemaro Island. Interestingly, fashion products from Nyenyes also have a collection of T-shirts with a combination of songket motifs. Of course, the modification of traditional woven cloth with modern clothing will be an attraction for visiting tourists.

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