Travel Blogs from Java, Indonesia

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Day 51, Pt.1:  My First Motorcycle Ride, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Day 51, Pt.1: My First Motorcycle Ride

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... extra punch. Also, it seemed inappropriate to drink anything other than local coffee while traveling through the one and only Java, international capital of amazing coffee. Victor, the 18yr guy, stayed up and accompanied me out on several room hunts ...

*Day 53: Ary's Hospitality, Surabaya, Indonesia travel blog

*Day 53: Ary's Hospitality

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... first stop was Surabaya's Chinese mosque. Strangely, it was a Chinese explorer from the Ming dynasty who spread Islam across Indonesia and there are several monuments to him scattered throughout the city. The mosque itself wasn't more than a small ...

the snake charmer..., Solo, Indonesia travel blog

the snake charmer...

A travel blog entry by rawhideone

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... the 'snake slapper' would be more appropriate....well it all starts with a trip to Solo - or Surakarta being its real name...in Java.  It's about 2 hrs east of Yogyakarta and is the center of the universe for batik making.  It's also a zone red ...

Beautiful Borobodur Temple, Borobodur, Indonesia travel blog

Beautiful Borobodur Temple

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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DOMINIQUE HERE: Day : 108 Temperature : 34 degrees Weather : Sunny The World Heritage site of Borodobur Temple is Indonesia's single biggest tourist attraction and can attract up to 90,000 tourists during Indonesian holidays. Thankfully, it's Ramadan ...

Mighty Merapi, Kaliurang, Indonesia travel blog

Mighty Merapi

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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DOMINIQUE HERE: Day : 109 Temperature : A nice cool 30 degrees Weather : Scattered clouds We've had a couple of successes over the past day. Firstly, yesterday was the cheapest day of our trip so far….we spent 14 between the two of us!! Let me ...

Landscapes from another world, Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Landscapes from another world

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... one of these being Mount Bromo, belching out steam and sulphur more or less continuously. In the distance Mount Semeru, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, soars into the sky at over 3,500m. The sleepy village of Cemoro Lawang is situated at the top ...

Day 52: A New Friend, Borobudur, Indonesia travel blog

Day 52: A New Friend

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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A 4:30 am wakeup call got me up just in time to catch the first bus to Borobudur, the nearby ancient Buddhist temple ruin, largest Buddhist complex in the world & hyped as one of SE Asia's truly great monuments. It lived up to the hype, but was very ...

Jungle Highs, AC lows thats the way Indonesia goes, Jakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Jungle Highs, AC lows thats the way Indonesia goes

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... time to do any kind of proper research in Singapore, added to the fact that it was very much a last-minute decision, we entered Indonesia with little clue about where we were going or what to expect. Sometimes this has worked for us - Chennai was a ...

Day 51, Pt.2:  Mister Chah'Ching, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Day 51, Pt.2: Mister Chah'Ching

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... that's been fighting for independence for the better part of a decade. I asked them if they'd ever traveled outside Indonesia, and while Assif hadn't, Ryan mentioned having spent time studying for a bit in a Saudi Arabian religious institution. My racist ...

Coffee Plantations and Sulphur Lakes, Sempol, Indonesia travel blog

Coffee Plantations and Sulphur Lakes

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... cacao and coffee plantations. Our destination - the Ijen Plateau - is home to some of the finest coffee plantations in Java. In particular, it is where the world famous Arabica and Robusta Coffee is produced. We finally reached Sempol and arrived at ...

Days 49-50: Singapore to Yogya, Jakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Days 49-50: Singapore to Yogya

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... . A 5,000 rupiah (50 cents) bribe was required to rescue the rucksack from the ferry baggage claim Nazis. PS: I'm now entering Indonesia day 3, and it's quickly rising to the title of "favorite country I've traveled to." More thoughts on this next time, ...

Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Yogyakarta

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... hour east by plane from Jakarta. It has a completely different feel to Jakarta and as our LP describes it, it is the soul of Java. It is still headed by it's Sultan,  and it is the city where the traditional Javanese language, customs and arts are at ...

Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Yogyakarta

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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Highlights The train journey. We took a 7 hour train journey to get from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and what a contrast it was from Indian rail. Actually I would go as far as saying it was better than some English train journeys we've had. Lots of leg room, ...

The Lunar Landscape of Bromo, Cemorolawang, Indonesia travel blog

The Lunar Landscape of Bromo

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... an early start. We woke at 3.15am and took a 45 min jeep ride up to the viewpoint overlooking Bromo, the Tengger Massif and Java's largest mountain Gunung Semeru. As we got there already a lot of other tourists had beaten us to it, however they were all ...

there's a market for everything..., Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

there's a market for everything...

A travel blog entry by rawhideone

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... nbsp;   Yes there is a very important leader here...and it's a Sultan.  I guess there are three cities in Java that have sultans ...a long tradition of sultanry.  And there is a town within the city that's walled in with these thick ...

Visiting the largest buddhist temple in the world., Borobudur, Indonesia travel blog

Visiting the largest buddhist temple in the world.

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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Getting up at 4:30 am and paying 15 entry fee each this place had to be something special. Wow! Borobudur is an incredible Buddhist temple complex, not only in terms of size but also the intricate carvings that tell the story of Buddha's life on the ...

Lombok to Surabaya, Surabaya, Indonesia travel blog

Lombok to Surabaya

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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... 3 hours earlier than we were led to believe. The bus station clock says 5am and we reaslise that in the travel timewarp that is Indonesia we're back in a GMT + 7 zone. A metred taxi drops us outside Paviljoen Hotel in Central Surabaya where we stayed 2 ...

Mount Merapi & Yogyakarta - Day 184, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Mount Merapi & Yogyakarta - Day 184

A travel blog entry by christosp

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... Rinjani (Lombok) is an easy hike. I can really feel my fitness improving after all the trekking I've done in Malaysia and Indonesia, although I'm still pretty far from where I want to be. Not a finely tuned mountain goat just yet. I didn't feel ...

Prambanan & the Ramayana Ballet, Prambanan, Indonesia travel blog

Prambanan & the Ramayana Ballet

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... cracker) and made our way to the Ramayana ballet. Ramayana ballet. Sold to us as the most memorable cultural show in Indonesia we couldn't miss the Ramayana Ballet which is performed in front of the floodlit Prambanan temple complex. The show is based on ...

Day 54: Gunung Bromo & Bus to Bali, Probolinggo, Indonesia travel blog

Day 54: Gunung Bromo & Bus to Bali

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... in that much pain from that many different ailments before. The Mt Bromo sunrise was not only one of the main reasons I'd chosen Indonesia over Vietnam though, but also the main reason I came to urban industrial Java at all as opposed to going straight to ...

Bandung & Tangkuban Parahu Volcano - Day 185-186, Bandung, Indonesia travel blog

Bandung & Tangkuban Parahu Volcano - Day 185-186

A travel blog entry by christosp

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... to the Volcano. The locals looked bemused to the fact that a strange westerner was on their bus to a non describe town in central Java. Sat on the tiny back seat sandwiched between two old timers. I asked the driver to drop me off at the road which leads ...

The real Java, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

The real Java

A travel blog entry by zee

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... -over in Yogya, and take the opportunity to see Borobodur. It was also a good way to break up the 24 hour-long bus ride across Java. The thought of bus rides by now was enough to make me break out in a cold sweat, so I decided to catch the overnight ...

Yogyakarta & Mount Merapi - Day 183, Mount Merapi, Indonesia travel blog

Yogyakarta & Mount Merapi - Day 183

A travel blog entry by christosp

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... become completely impossible. Probably lucky more than wise that I changed my plans at the last minute. Tonight I climb Indonesia's most volatile volcano, and the sixth most active in the world, Gunung Merapi ("Giving Fire"). The Javanese worship ...

The incredible sulphur minors of Ijen!!!, Situbondo, Indonesia travel blog

The incredible sulphur minors of Ijen!!!

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... minors were strolling past us as if they were empty handed. Our legs hurt after the walk back but we didn't moan. After what we had seen we felt a bit pathetic to be honest! Once at the bottom we had a lovely Indonesia breakfast and made our way to ...

Big Buddhas of Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Big Buddhas of Borobudur

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... sure what you call such a place (maybe a 'mosple'?) but it again illustrates the two religions generally living in harmony in Indonesia, in recent history at least. I've avoided religion as a topic but will probably tackle it when I wind up Indonesia. ...

Javan Lava, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia travel blog

Javan Lava

A travel blog entry by ad_n_caz

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... to pass on the offer for our possibly last chance of such luxury for a very long time. A... On the April 5th Indonesia will be holding their first ever free presidential elections, and campaigning is pretty well under way here. It's pretty ...

Jakarta, Bogor and Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta,  Indonesia travel blog

Jakarta, Bogor and Yogyakarta

A travel blog entry by faff

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... know. Thousands of people covered the dark sand and people go into the water with all there clothes on. Most of Indonesia, especially the island if Java is islamic but not so strict. Dave and me were celebrities and pretty much the only white people ...

Jakarta, Jakarta Pusat,  Indonesia travel blog

Jakarta

A travel blog entry by faff

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Dirty Ol' Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia travel blog

Dirty Ol' Jakarta

A travel blog entry by zee

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... 's no point 2) Don't trust anyone except yourself- turned out I could've gotten a visa on arrival after all. The difference between Indonesia and Malaysia is striking. The first thing that hits you is the crush. There're a lot of people in Indo, and they ...

Triumph and Troubles in Java, Carita, Indonesia travel blog

Triumph and Troubles in Java

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... and asked for the next available ticket on the next available flight going to anywhere! So, here we are, about to board a Garuda Indonesia flight!! Yikes!!! Not a good time to mention Garuda's safety record!! So, if you don't hear from us again, it was ...

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