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06
January

Samosir Island in North Sumatra, which is geographically an 'island on an island', was formed due to volcanic activity. The island, which has an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, is currently attracting attention as a tourism destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. As one of the largest provinces in Indonesia, you can find a variety of tourism charms, beginning from nature, culture, history, until special culinary. Each tourism spot has an interesting story and uniqueness to know. Legendary stories are another attraction. One of the exotic places that you can visit while in North Sumatra is a village, namely Bonan Dolok. Bonan Dolok Village is located in Sianjur Mula-mula District, Samosir Regency. This village on the shores of Lake Toba has an extraordinary charm. This beautiful destination is similar to Pergasingan Hill in Lombok. Traditional houses, rice fields and beautiful nature surrounded by green hills will be interesting scenery in this village. The rice fields here are very green and there is never a shortage of water because the water from two waterfalls near this area always flows. The hills around this village are very comfortable to climb. From the top of the hill, you can watch a beautiful view around the village with Lake Toba that stretches out.


Bonan Dolok village has three exotic waterfalls which are located close each other. One of the three waterfalls, Sitapigagan is the most popular and frequently visited by tourists. Sitapigagan Waterfall has its own uniqueness. The water flows through the hillside with a slope of about 60 degress and looks like a water slide. The water in Sitapigagan waterfall is a bit dark red and many people think it's dirty. However, if the water is put into a container such as a glass bottle, the water is clear. The pool under this waterfall is only as high as an adult's chest. The place is so nice and still so beautiful and natural. There are no facilities here yet. We recommend that you bring all the necessaries you need, including mealsfood and drinks.

Next to Sitapigagan Waterfall, there is Aek Sibottar Waterfall which is also beautiful. Here you can also refresh yourself after a long trip to the village of Bonan Dolok.

To get to the Sitapigagan waterfall location, you can go through 2 routes. The first route is by boat from Pangururan port to Bonan Dolok which takes about 1 hour and costs 300 thousand rupiah. The second one is by motor vehicles which take about 45 minutes. Nowadays, it is quite easy to find Dolok Bonan Village because there are many directions posted on the side of the road.

To preserve the village of Bonan Dolok and several waterfalls in this area, the Indonesian government has inaugurated Bonan Dolok village as a tourism village in North Sumatra so that the development of tourism destinations in the area and also the economic life of its people is helped through the tourism sector.

04
January

Pasola is part of a series of traditional ceremonies conducted by Sumbanese people who still adhere to the original religion called Marapu (the local religion of the Sumbanese people).

Pasola games are held in four villages in West Sumba regency. The four villages are Kodi, Lamboya, Wonokaka, and Gaura. The Pasola in the four villages is carried out in rotation from February to March each year.

Pasola is not just a form of crowd, but is a form of devotion and an acclamation of obedience to the ancestors. It is a religious culture that reveals the essence of the religiosity of the Marapu religion.

Pasola becomes the bond of brotherhood between the two groups that participate in the Pasola and the general public. Pasola is an expression of gratitude and joy for the local community, because of the abundant harvest.

Pasola comes from the word "sola" or "hola", which means a type of wooden javelin used to throw one another from a horse that is being driven fast by two opposing groups. After getting the affix "pa" (pa-sola, pa-hola), it means the game.

So, pasola or pahola means a game of dexterity by throwing wooden javelins from the back of a horse that is being riden fast between two opposing groups.

Pasola begins with the implementation of the Nyale tradition. Without getting the Nyale, Pasola cannot be implemented. Pasola is held in a vast expanse of field, witnessed by all residents from the two competing groups, the general public, and foreign and local tourists.

Each group consists of more than 100 youths armed with spears made of wood with blunt ends and about 1.5 cm in diameter. Even though it has a blunt end, this game can take lives.

If there is a victim in the Pasola, according to Marapu's belief, the victim receives punishment from the gods for having committed an offense or mistake.

30
December

As the largest regency in East Java Province, Banyuwangi is currently one of the most popular tourism destinations. It is directly adjacent to Bali strait. Most visitors who come only pass before crossing to Bali. If you have time, try to stop over for a moment and explore this small town called The Sunrise of Java. The area is quite diverse, from lowlands to highlands, mountainous areas and beaches, as well as historical sites and other ancient heritage sites. By carrying out the concept of ecotourism, Banyuwangi has succeeded in developing eco-friendly tourism by prioritizing aspects of nature conservation, socio-cultural and economic empowerment of the local communities. The tourism village which is the residence of a tribe in the East Java region called the Osing Tribe, can be your tourism destination in Banyuwangi. What activities can we see and learn at this village? Let's explore this tourism village together.


The local community is more familiar with the name Kemiren Village, but this village is better known to tourists by the name Osing or Using Village. The inhabitants of this village are a group of people who have unique customs and culture as one tribe, known as the Osing (Using) tribe. The government has designated it as a cultural heritage area and developed it as a Tourism Village of Using (Osing) tribe. The Osing tribe used to be servants of the Majapahit Kingdom. However, when the kingdom was attacked, some of them fled to Tengger, Banyuwangi and Bali. In Banyuwangi, they formed the Blambangan Kingdom.

In the Osing Village area, the main attraction is Sanggar Genjah Arum, with its typical Osing old houses that are more than 100 years old. At this village, you can learn the history of the tribe from the shape of the house. The culture includes four traditional houses with different shapes that indicate the social status of the occupants, namely Crocogan, Tikelbalung, Tikel, and Serangan. At Sanggar Genjah Arum, you can directly see the culture and customs of the Osing tribe. There is an angklung paglak that farmers often play while protecting their fields. There are also Barong Kemireng and Gandrung dances that are performed when welcoming guests. The most interesting thing is that visitors can listen to Othek or mortar music played by middle-aged women of the Osing tribe. This music is performed by playing a pestle and mortar accompanied by music from the angklung paglak and drums.

At Osing Tourism Village, you should also taste the Using Coffee at the Kemiren Traditional Village of Banyuwangi, or the typical coffee of the Using people, which is known to have such a delicious taste. You can also practice directly processing it from roasting, grinding coffee beans, filtering coffee grounds to practicing how to serve coffee. The coffee beans are processed into coffee drinks of any type, from espresso or Robusta; the taste is definitely very delicious. The village is located only about 15 minutes from downtown of Banyuwangi. So, the location of this tourism village is quite easy to access. You will get a variety of new experiences in this village. So, you don't have to worry about getting bored in this village. We recommend that wherever you go for a trip, you must follow health protocols so as not to create new clusters. Prepare a mask, hand-sanitizer and keep your distance from other tourists. Have a good vacation!

25
December

To celebrate Christmas, Christians in many regions in Indonesia have also installed various Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, bells, Santa Claus statues and various other Christmas decorations. Besides decorating the house with various Christmas ornaments, Christians in Indonesia also prepare various  culinary of Christmas. For Christians  in Ambon, they make popcorn. They think that Christmas is incomplete, if they haven't served Poporcis cake.

Poporcis cake is actually adapted from a typical Dutch cake called poffertjes cake. Its shape is like pancakes but smaller in size. So, it is  often called mini pancake. This cake is made from wheat flour, yolk, baking powder, liquid milk, butter, and salt.  Uniquely, pumpkin is also added to this cake dough. If this cake is going to be served, it is sprinkled with  sugar. Then,  there are also people who add it with ice cream, honey or grated cheese.  The cake texture is smooth and soft and it tastes sweet. In spite of the small shape, this cake makes you full.

For Ambonese people, this cake is a must cake  for Christmas celebrations.  It is usually eaten by the family members in the morning. Moreover,  this cake is also usually prepared for visiting guests. It goes without saying that if Christmas comes, you can find this poporcis cake in every Christian home in Ambon.

28
December

Karang Bolong Beach is one of the most popular tourism attractions in the region of Central Java. Because this coastal area has a unique beach panorama with hollow coral rocks inside.

In addition, Karang Bolong Beach has mixed black sand; some are soft and coarse. The beach sand is wide enough to cover the edge of the beach so that the contours of this beach are sloping. The coastal boundary is in the form of hills and unique rocks, making the beauty even more charming.

There are so many other exciting activities that visitors can do while at the beach. One of them is cycling and fishing. At the beach, there is also a cave which is famous for its swallow nest. The cave is named Goa Karang Bolong which is located on the east side of the beach. This cave is spacy with 30 meters long and10 meters wide. There is a special ritual that needs to be conducted when swallow nests are to be harvested. 

Karang Bolong Beach is precisely located in Karang Bolong Village, Buayan District, Kebumen Regency, Central Java. Visitors who start their journey from Yogyakarta City can follow Daendels Street until they find a direction to Suwuk beach. Then, they follow this road to Karang Bolong Square.

From the square, they continue the journey following the road and then take the right lane when they find a T-junction. Follow this road until they find the location of Karang Bolong beach.

The ticket price for entering Karang Bolong beach is only Rp 5,000. Then, the parking fee for motorbikes is Rp 5,000 and for cars is Rp 10,000. This beach facility is also quite complete, starting from parking lots, food stalls, gazebos for resting, bathrooms, until places to worship.

24
December

Raja Ali Haji Museum - Indonesia Wonder                                                                                      

Raja Ali Haji Museum was opened on December 18 2020, in coincide with the commemoration of the 191st Anniversary of Batam City. The opening was marked by the opening of a curtain sketch of the face of King Isa bin King Ali or Nong Isa by Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi. Nong Isa was the recipient of mandate of Sultan Abdul Rahman Muazzam Syah from the Lingga Sultanate, to rule the Nongsa area and its surroundings, on December 18, 1829. Nong Isa's government became a milestone in establishing Batam City. 

Batam Raja Ali Haji Museum is located around the town square, Engku Putri Batam.  This museum contains various historical objects and photos of the civilization of the city since the era of the Riau Lingga Kingdom. There are also various historical objects during the Dutch colonial period, the entry of Temanggung Abdul Jamal, Japanese era, Indonesian Independence, the Riau Islands Regency Government, the early development of the Batam Authority, the leadership of BJ Habibie, the Administrative City until the history of Astaka, Malay treasure, and the present Batam infrastructure.

Visiting this Museum, you can also see various collections of Malay cultural objects, as well as learning Malay culture. There is Bangkeng, a storage container for Malay wedding clothes which is at hundreds of years old. There is also Pahar which is usually used to serve dishes. It has a unique shape, complete with legs. Then there is the Semberit, which is a small legged dish. The museum also has a complete collection of Malay-style tableware. There are collections of Sanggan, Talam, and Sangku.Sangku is a hand washing container. Another collection is Tepak Sirih with Kacip. The Kacip is used to split betel nuts. Tepak Sirih is more complete with Cembul, a container for betel nut, Gambier, Lime betel, and Tobacco.There is also Keto a container to dispose leftovers after eating betel.  There is also Kaki Dian, a container to put candles from the Riau-Lingga era.Then, another collection is the Embat-Embat which is a container for fragrant water. There is also the Kupi a container to keep sewing tools. If you are interested to see these various Malay collections, I suggest you to visit Batam Raja Ali Haji Museum.

23
December

Southeast Sulawesi province has a lot of potential interesting tourism attractions that you need to visit. There have been many foreign tourists on vacation to enjoy the natural beauty of Southeast Sulawesi. The beauty of this tourism spot is guaranteed to stun you. As a nation, Indonesia deserves to be proud because it has the most beautiful underwater paradise in the world. This underwater paradise is known as Wakatobi National Park, which is located in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province. Wakatobi National Park was established in 1996, with a total area of 1.39 million hectares, consisting of marine and coral biodiversity which occupies one of the highest priority positions of marine conservation in Indonesia. The beauty and richness of the Wakatobi National Park area is well known in the world, especially after the Wallacea Expedition from England in 1995. The Wallacea Expedition stated that this Southeast Sulawesi region is indeed rich in coral species.

Wakatobi National Park is one of 50 national parks in Indonesia, which is located in Wakatobi district, Southeast Sulawesi. In this park, there is an undersea natural beauty which has 25 coral reefs. There are clusters of coral reefs of around 112 species from 13 families which are located at 25 points along the 600 km coastline. In addition to the beauty presented by various coral reefs, the park also has various species of fish. The wealth of fish species owned by this national park reaches 93 types of fish for consumption and ornamental fish.

There are also three types of turtles that often live on the islands in Wakatobi National Park, namely the hawksbill turtle, loggerhead turtle and the Lekang turtle. For tourists who like the beauty of the underwater world, they can do several activities in Wakatobi National Park, such as diving, snorkeling and swimming to see the beautiful coral reefs and various underwater animals. In addition, they can also witness the various cultures of the local community there. The most interesting thing is that you can see dolphins that appear on the surface. The best place to see dolphins is at Mola Raya Harbor, which can be reached in just 20 minutes from Wanci City, Wangi-Wangi by chartering a boat. This National Park already has quite complete facilities, ranging from road facilities that are quite smooth to taxis that are ready to take you to your destination. The food stalls are also relatively clean and the lodging around the area is quite affordable.

21
December

Besides having Raja Ampat, Papua has many amazing destinations from the western tip of Papua. The province whose capital is in Manokwari has a number of tourism attractions. One of them is Lake Framu, a hidden paradise in Papua. Fewer people know the existence of this lake, because the location of this lake is in the middle of a forest.

The road to Lake Framu is quite difficult because not all of the routes are smooth paved roads. Most of the roads are small and bumpy and rocky roads. From the main road to the lake Framu, you have to stroll about 10 to 15 minutes going down a small forest of West Papua, which is overgrown with lush shrubs where the lake which is dominated by turquoise is located. Therefore, Framu Lake is not often visited by tourists. This beautiful lake is so clean because the indigenous Papuans take care of it.

Lake Framu is part of Lake Ayamaru which is located in Ayamaru City, Maybrat Regency, West Papua Province, about 216 kilometers west of Sorong City. From Sorong to Ayamaru, it can be reached by public transportation for 4 to 5 hours. Ayamura Lake contains many kinds of fish which are often taken by the local people for their daily meals. Because it provides benefits, the local people take care of this lake. Even though it is very beautiful, you have to be careful if you want to swim in this lake. The water is calm. That means that this lake is quite deep. The depth of this lake can reach 6 meters. However, you can swim on the shore of the lake or just throw your feet and walk on the rocks that are clearly visible from the edge of the lake.

18
December

The location is in Bogor, not far from Jakarta City. There are a lot of beautiful natural attractions in this rainy city.  One of them is Curug Cipamingkis. The location is exactly in Wargajaya Village, Sukamakmur District, Bogor, West Java and it includes in the Perhutani area.  The distance from the downtown of Bogor is approximately 44 kilometers. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours by motor vehicles to get to the location. To enjoy the panoramic beauty of Curug Cipamingkis, you need to pay an entrance ticket of 15 thousand rupiah and 3 thousand rupiah of Perhutani retribution. Then, you will also get charged 2 thousand rupiah for a motorbike and 4 thousand rupiah is for a car parking fee.

The main attraction of Curug Cipamingkis is its waterfall. This waterfall comes from the confluence of 2 rivers flowing through Bogor, namely the Cipamingkis River and the Cisarua River. Cipamingkis waterfall itself has a cliff of 10-to-15 meters high. You feel comfortable to visit the waterfall shower or play in the water around it. If you enjoy taking photos, the local guide provides a variety of instagrammable photo spots. Some of these spots are Gardu Pandang, Foto Bintang, Jembatan Cinta, Perahu Asmara, Stone Garden, Taman Barathayuda and Rumah Pohon.

If you want to spend the night, there are also accommodations such as villas and a large camping area around this waterfall.  You can also rent a tent here. For lovers of outdoor activities, Curug Cipamingkis provides an outbound area and also a jogging track. After doing activities and  feeling hungry, you can come to Saung as a place to eat and rest. A prayer room for worship and a toilet are also available. If you are on a trip to Jakarta, don't forget to  visit Bogor City, especially Curug Cipamingkis.

16
December

Like Southwest Sumba, East Sumba also has many excellent tourism destinations. One of them is Waimarang Waterfall. Located in Waimarang Village, East Sumba, Waimarang Waterfall is one of the destinations that is enough to steal a traveler's heart. In addition to being beautiful, the waterfall also has a pool created by nature. To get there, you have to drive about two hours from the center of East Sumba Regency in Waingapu. Off-road terrain to savanna will also welcome a traveler's trip to Waimarang Waterfall. If you are lucky, a traveler can also see horses which are eating grass. Arriving at the location, you will find a large field area for parking with several simple stalls. But you still have to walk about one kilometer trekking to Waimarang Waterfall.

Make sure you wear mountain sandals or comfortable shoes, remembering that the trip to the waterfall goes up and down. Just before arriving, you also have to cross the river first. Even though it's a little tiring, the trekking struggle will pay off with the beauty of Waimarang Waterfall. The waterfall is not big or tall, but it has a natural swimming pool which is quite wide. When you get there, you will not resist the temptation to swim, because the water will refresh your body. There is no change room at the waterfall location. However, you can find simple change rooms in the parking area. On one side of the waterfall, you can also find a higher surface. Beside it, there is also a smaller pool that is no less refreshing.

A long journey requires you to bring your own food, change of clothes and drink when you are in this waterfall area. If you want to go to Waimarang Waterfall, it is free of charge.  You are only charged with parking fee of Rp 10 thousand for cars and Rp 5 thousand for motorbikes. To enter the area, you must apply health protocols by using a mask, bringing a hand sanitizer or washing your hands with soap and keeping distance. Before you travel, make sure you are not infected with Covid-19, as well as when you return home later.

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