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dirgantara
post Jan 28 2008, 01:08 AM
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Hai Friends,

Have been travelling to un promoted places in Jakarta, Bandung, Jogyakarta, and Bali by Land ?

Using Cars, and ride any traditional transportation, visiting secluded places but having worthy and unforgetable experiences, save and secure journey.

There are lots of interesting places, community, traditional environment that havn't been promoted in any web sites.

This trip might not be a pleasure and cozy tour, but it seem an adventuring and interesting trip. I do believe there are lots of places to be visited. Java and Bali Islands have wide land coverage waiting to be explore.

Let's Start naming places and let us try to find out informations thru this forum.

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post Jan 28 2008, 10:18 AM
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These bloggers went on a wild tour of Indonesia by land:

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...39900/tpod.html


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post Jan 29 2008, 09:59 PM
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~ We found a room that was a bit more cheerful than the one in Jakarta and set off on the search. A man asked us where we were from and what we were looking for, when we told him he took it upon himself to lead the bajigur hunt so ............................................................ .................................................2 hours we had no luck and we were also wondering what the deal was with this random man and whether we were being set up for a scam (Holly - remember the chinese silk house!) We kept expecting him to take us to a Batik shop and say, "Oh my friend in this shop likes bajigur, lets go and ask him". ~

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I am sorry of what was happening. And couldn't change it back and start it over with a good story.

Remember the one's saying crazy.gif "don't believe in a stranger !" I myself an Indonesian, travelling is my hobby, I brought my family and been in many places, from Java and Bali, by car. (In my mind I wondering the beautiful places we'd been but only us admiring the scenery and experience it, and I ask myself why not sharing it with others they might also interested.) I never ever break that rule. I am only asking people only for a directions, and the police only for information of what we are looking for. I do talk with the stranger for a manner.

If a stranger comes and try to open a communication with me or my family, for me its a big questionmark, and I treat him as an intruder. (And politely refusing him).

The reason why I opened this tread is to introduce a friendly and trusted way of travelling (I am not a profesional tour guide). If I bring a guest (a Friend, I should say), he already know me well cyberly, we had exchange words and pictures, we know each other's background. It takes time -that's true- but we already had a good relationship before the trip, and I know exactly what he wants for the trip. Then at his arrival it seems we are just like an old long lost friend. We still maintaining contact till now, and the relationship is not stop only for travelling... other matters coming in our topic.

I have no intention of making others believe me, but at least I read one's experience that must be shared in this tread. Thank you very much.

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post Jan 30 2008, 02:01 PM
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That's interesting. There is always a balance that you have to find when talking to strangers while you are traveling. I think it's usually pretty easy to tell when someone is trying to swindle you. They constantly ask for money, or give you something like a bracelet, and then try to make you pay for it.

Then again, I've never been to Indonesia, so maybe they are more sneaky there, I'm not sure.

In North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, it has always been pretty easy for me to identify the con-artists, from the friendly people.


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post Feb 1 2008, 05:05 AM
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After reviewing his travelling blog which was :

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entri...39900/tpod.html

during his visit in bandung, he had been thru a limited timeof stay, and tried to ask someone about bajigur, and unfortunately he talked with an opportunist. Sorry to hear about the bad experience he had that ruined his visit to Bandung.

Sometimes it happened to our journey right, a wrong man in the wrong place in a wrong situation. I did experience that. But don't forget I did experience a right man in the right place and in the right situation. And I reach in an amazing scenery, which was a seven steps waterfalls, the water flow so slow, clear and friendly and we go thru the water falls step by step, imagine the excitement, going in thru the big rocks, bigger than people, taking pictures and showering. Actually during that visit we were aware about if the flood or raining on moutain. But we did had an amazing experience.

I got that information only from a by passer, a school teacher, which was staring at as in a moment during our rest time beside a roadside, and we had a conversation, a usual friendly talk, he was wearing a school teacher uniform (that was my clue, about his information was right).

Who knows ? Who and What. But when it comes you must catch that information right away or lost forever.

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post Feb 1 2008, 10:43 AM
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It's true you have to be aware of everything around all the time when you are traveling or else you will miss out!

Some people say that if you think you are lucky, it really just means you are observant.


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post Feb 3 2008, 11:09 PM
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That's it AN OBSERVANT I agreed

If you want to travel to a new place, get someone you can trust as your observant. He could be your relatives, friends, or business partner in a place you wanted to travel. They wil you give valuable information not only that....... you will find out that the cost of your travel will be cheaper than the one posted in the Professional Tour and Travel Angencies ( upss..... sorry !!!! - but I have to say it so.)

I did joining some tour agencies and turn out to be so so trip (not bad but not good). Even they had tried the best to explainned or made us happy. And right after the tour I tried to find out places sorrounding it and had visited unpromoted places which was not published in the brosure.
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post Feb 4 2008, 01:50 PM
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What are some of those places?


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post Feb 14 2008, 12:55 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Feb 5 2008, 01:50 AM) *

What are some of those places?


I'm sorry Starlagurl, it takes time for to reply on your last post, it happenned that I had to prepare to go to Aceh - northern part of Sumatra (remember tzunami ?), for a community job.

During my experience of travelling, naming places is not actually the main interest, its true the places must be cited. I am must focusing on the term of adventure travelling as we are trying to go to a new or regular places. Its a different way of looking & visiting places, or in other word "exploring travel".

The Places could be around you, or it could be the tourists spot, etc. Try to observe a community on the way to the Place. If you really wanted to find out more about the community then try to visit the market (especially the traditional market) and the shops (not only the souveneir and antique shop), try also the hawker which are selling mostly the traditional dishes. You'll find it enjoyable. I tried this whenever I came to a new place. You can do this if you are not attached to a tour package or on a free time during the tour (especially on the last day of a tour package)
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post Feb 15 2008, 01:27 AM
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I still want to add some command on my last reply was about "Traditional Market".

In Indonesia, we have several kind of Traditional Market (it also the same in other countries),
there are Fish Market which is located close to the traditional harbour, or a Flower Market which is near green houses. It means you had 2 Places or tourist spot in one visit. 1st is the community which are fisherman and or farmers. This community is more friendly and they are eager to tell stories or communicating with tourists. THeir attitude are pure and kind. I had an experiences of having friends within this community and were closed as if we were a distance relatives. I brought some of my guests and introduced them. Did you know its fascinating, they kept in contact even my guest had gone home. Sending pictures or even exchanging some handicraft work.

Its hard to find a People like this if you are in the city proper. Because their life had been distorted with financial matter.

You don't have to go abroad, to find this places. Try the one near your province or country, different province or country had their own traditional way of living, and it might interest you. The peoples living in the mountainous area and the beaches area showing a different traditional way of living.

Don't go to Indonesia if you just wanted to see Borobudur Temples, or Bali etc, which is displayed in brochures of tourism. Make it the second option in your travel, whether you like it or not the tour guide will also pass through this places.

Ofcourse it will happenned if you can trust someone to bring you around. Especially if you are abroad.
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The other interesting place to visit is the Stations (whether its a Train or Bus station).

But the Stations are more complicated places to visit. Because the peoples here are coming from a distance area which might have a varieties characteristics and attitudes. You might see them in a different traditional costumes and dialects. And also their behavior such family and children.

For those who likes phography these are the places where they can capture many interesting angles.
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Pamela, your photos are beautiful.
How is it possible to attend a wedding in Indonesia? Do you just show up? Were you invited? That's pretty neat, if you can just show up to a wedding like that.


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post Mar 12 2008, 03:17 AM
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Thank You ppamela for adding some picture. Its really a fascinating pictures. I could not even get a detailed picture like you did, because the pictures mostly showing my family.

Sorry that I didn't mention places. In this forum I just wanted to tell people the way I visiting places. Because we cannot visit places and grab a general opinion of such city or place. Try to look over it in detail. Like you did in sumatera and java, and visiting place in an adventuring way. You wouldn't experience that if you joint the travel agent or tour package, was it ? And of course you have to spend more time visiting one place.

I am not going to name out the places here. I wanted others to share their opinion and adding other ways of visiting places. It could be by boat, a small boat not a yacht or speedboat, a motorcycle and a bicycle instead of a tour bus fully aircon and reclining seat. I Think you have experienced that on your trip right. Please share with us here.
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Try Semeru! Highest peak in Java Island..it's a wild wild adventure, between the summit and the great mount and death..
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