Pandansari Beach is located in the villages of Patehan, Gadingsari, Sanden, Bantul. This beach is located in other clusters of beaches such as Goa Cemara, Samas, Pandansimo and Kuwaru beach. The location can be accessed from Yogyakarta with a distance of about 30 kilometers. It takes around one and a half hours. Although access to this place is quite easy, public transportation, which can reach Pandansari beach, is not yet available. So it’s better to drive your own car or rent a motor vehicle.

The name Pandansari comes from the conditions around the coast. On the beach there are lots of wild Pandan. Although this beach is not as famous as other beaches, the condition of this beach is cleaner compared to other beaches around it. If you visit the beach in the morning, you will see people fishing on the beach. Tourists can also catch fish, but they must be careful because the waves are big and there are lots of coral.

Pandansari Beach is one of the beaches in Yogyakarta that has a lighthouse. The 40 meter high lighthouse has a circular staircase that can be accessed to the top. The lighthouse was built in 1996 and began to be used in 1997 as a sign and lighting for ships that sail at night.


A lighthouse is a building specifically designed to emit light and functions as a navigation guide for ships at sea. Without a lighthouse, ships will have difficulty sailing at night and risk hitting rocks or dangerous objects.


The way the lighthouse works is not as simple as reflecting light into the sea. The lighthouse works on the principle of reflecting vertical light onto a horizontal surface. This horizontal surface is affixed with a giant lens called a Fresnel lens. This lens reflects light in the form of light.

If the lighthouse is erected on a rock in the middle of the sea, the lens will rotate continuously in a clockwise rotation. Do not be underestimated, these lenses are very strong, you know! Thus, a beam of light will be easily visible even in bad or foggy weather conditions.


Lighthouses mark reefs or dangerous areas on the coast. But the lighthouses do not only illuminate the approach to the coasts. They also allow sailors to find their way around. Each lighthouse has its own characteristics, its own way of illuminating the horizon. Some headlights emit sector lights, that is to say light beams of different colors: red or green to indicate dangerous areas, white to indicate the road to follow. Those which send only white light, can be fixed lights (constant and identical light intensity in all directions), flashing lights (periods of darkness longer than the periods of lighting), isophase lights (same dark and lighting times), or blackout lights (longer lighting periods than dark periods). To find his way around, all that remains for the sailor to do is determine what type of light is lighting him, count the durations of darkness and light and measure the rate at which these durations are repeated. By referring to his book of lights, where all the lighthouse codes are indicated, he will discover the name of the lighthouse that lights it and deduce its position in relation to the coast. Useful if the GPS or radar is down

Reopened, Hotels in Yogyakarta Strictly Implement New Normal Protocol

A number of provinces in Indonesia are no exception Yogyakarta Special Region is preparing to reopen the tourism industry gradually by implementing new trends called new normal. New normal is a designation for the new order of life lived by the people during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to implementing health protocols and the new normal order for guests, all employees who work in hotels must also understand Covid-19. Hotels are required to provide facilities and infrastructure to support health protocols for guests and all employees who work at the hotel.

According to its Public Relation Ibis Style Hotel Yogyakarta, Tiffany Hana stated that Ibis Style ready to New Normal complying with the health protocol established by the Yogyakarta Tourism Office and the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Tiffany said that every guest who will check in and enter the hotel area is required to wear a mask, check his body temperature, and use a hand sanitizer first, in addition to showing a health certificate from a doctor stating that he is free from influenza symptoms, coughing, runny nose including body temperature information and blood pressure.

Hand sanitizers have also been prepared in front of the elevator for guest use at any time. Limitation of the number of people in the elevator and the boundary line on the elevator floor so that people keep their distance.

Other hotel facilities such as rooms and meeting rooms that are more often used by guests also apply stricter health protocols because they are used interchangeably by other guests.

When guests finish using the room or meeting room, they are always sprayed with disinfectant to keep it sterile. Arranging meeting rooms also by implementing physical distancing and will be limited by the number of people.

“We strive to provide maximum comfort and safety for guests. All employees also apply the same protocol and are equipped with PPE standards. So, guests do not need to worry during their stay, ” she said.

Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association also set a rule about prohibition on spitting up for guests who do activities in the pool area. Beside that the swimming pool capacity will be limited according to the area of ​​the pool. For example, a swimming pool with an area of ​​7 to 8 meters can only be enjoyed by 5 people so that guests continue to apply social distance while in the hotel area.

In this new normal implementation, interaction between hotel staff and guests will also be reduced. For breakfast services are no longer provided in a buffet, but delivered directly to the guest room. Not only that, in terms of payments will also be converted into non-cash payments.

Not only the rules above must be obeyed, the use of rooms between one guest also may not be contiguous. In addition, the hotel will provide a gap between rooms and one guest varies between 2 to 7 days.

And the most important thing, if when a guest enters the hotel his body temperature exceeds 37 degrees, the hotel should immediately refer guests to the nearest hospital.

Transportation in Jakarta

As a metropolitan, Jakarta people are very busy, every day people go to work, go out, etc. Being the seventh most congested city in the world, it is not always easy to navigate the streets, but do not worry, the city has an efficient and modern transport network. Here are the options available to you each day.

Cars in Jakarta

The prices of cars and gas are affordable in Jakarta, so if you are tempted to have your own vehicle, take into account the traffic problems of the city. To summarize, unless it is a real necessity, avoid driving a four-wheeler in Jakarta. As a result, the motorcycle is a good alternative and will allow you to squeeze through unsustainable traffic during rush hour.

The bus by Transjakarta

Transjakarta is an express bus system (BRT) in operation since 2004. It is a reliable and comfortable means of transport, serving 15 main lines, including seven, 24 hours a day. Count 3,500 IDR (about $ 0.27 ) for a trip.

Please note, Transjakarta buses can be very crowded at peak times and the wait can take between 10 and 20 minutes due to traffic jams. Despite everything, Transjakarta remains a reliable transport option.

Book a car with driver in Jakarta online

This type of service, similar to Uber and Lyft, is ideal for having a vehicle with a driver. To benefit from this, you can use mobile applications, of which Gojek and Grab are the most popular and also allow you to book a motorbike taxi. Naturally, the car costs more and the travel time is a little longer than the motorcycle.

Count at least 10,000 IDR (almost $ 1) for the first 4 kilometers, but prices can fluctuate during the day to reach their maximum during peak hours.

Note that these apps offer other services, such as delivery of food, packages, groceries, medicine, cleaning on demand, vehicle repair, and even a massage service at home.


Jakarta now has a new, faster public transportation system. Officially opened to the public in 2019, it is the first metro network in Indonesia that currently serves 13 stations, from Lebak Bulus to Bundaran HI.

Despite its limits, the MRT remains an interesting means of transport, if your destination is near one of its 13 stations. The MRT in Jakarta is modern and convenient, with trains every 5 minutes. He makes nearly 300 trips a day, from 5 am to midnight. Thus, although the new MRT is not the most complete transport network available to Jakarta, it nevertheless remains fast and reliable.

Take the taxi in Jakarta

Taxis are convenient, although much more expensive than the Transjakarta or a regular bus. You can hail a taxi anywhere in the city or order one in advance to make sure you arrive on time.

Bluebird is the most popular and reliable taxi company in Jakarta whose cars, painted in light blue.

For pleasant and reasonably priced taxi journeys, make sure the driver activates the counter. Avoid negotiating fares, as drivers generally charge foreigners a higher fixed price. It is also recommended to activate Google Maps and search for routes to your destination. So you can always choose the shortest and least crowded route possible. The app will also warn you if the driver is moving away from the road.

Road to Margo Utomo Agro Resort in East Java


220 kilometers in 4:30, this is the program of our afternoon on the Indonesian roads, from Bromo to Kalibaru. We have booked two double rooms at the Margo Utomo Agro Resort. They are located in small bungalows set amidst lush tropical vegetation, flowers and very well maintained. With a large pool as a bonus, this resort looks luxurious but is actually very affordable.

There is the possibility of taking a guided tour of the plantation. Our guide, whose smile never leaves his face, explains and shows us how we grow coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla etc. It makes us feel everything, even taste it when possible. Coffee beans drying in the sun.  So, when she makes me smell the cinnamon with her eyes closed without telling what it is, I immediately makes an association of idea: “Mmmh, it smells like cake”! Then an employee admires the children by climbing the coconut palms with bare hands and feet, as easily as if it were a staircase, to pick up some coconuts.

Then the guide shows us teak… in the form of trees. It also shears the bark of a rubber tree, the famous “rubber tree”: children are captivated by this substance which transforms in a few seconds into latex. We end the visit by the oven above which boils coconut juice, which we have the right to taste and which is a pure delight.

In short, a superb little lesson in things that this guided tour, perfectly suited to children but also to adults. In the afternoon, we leave for Banyuwangi where we will spend the night, and which will be our starting point in the early morning for the excursion to Kawah Ijen (which means “crater of Ijen”).

How to get there ?

By car : the plantation is located in Kalibaru, on the southern road from Bromo to Ijen (via Jember). It is an ideal stopover between the two volcanoes.

Accommodation : Margo Utomo Eco/Agro Resort  (in Kalibaru, East Java: not to be confused with the Margo Hill View Resort, which is part of the same group and located nearby).

→ The price : low season $. 40/night for the double room, breakfast included, and $. 50/night for high season. The exotic garden is lush and particularly pleasant. The height of happiness for children: there is a large swimming pool surrounded by tropical vegetation.

Address: Jl. Lap. No. 10, Kalibaru Kulon, Kalibaru, Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur 68467. Tel +62 333 897700

The Margo Utomo plantation

→ Visit of the plantation – There are two ways to tour the plantation (“Aroma tour – Spice gardens”): the one hour guided tour and the two hour one. We chose the one hour, which lasted almost double thanks to the very available guide.

→ Catering – We have tasted a delicious warung on the road which crosses the city (leaving the enclosure of the plantation, take the path on the left, then turn right at the first crossing; arriving a little further on the road main road which crosses the city, the warung is located a hundred meters on the left). It’s delicious and it only costs a handful of euros for four meals, the Chinese boss is welcoming and as in all warungs, we had very nice meetings there.

Where you go to Rafting in Indonesia?

The Indonesian archipelago has a vast and very rich geography. Volcanoes, mountains, beaches, plains, rivers and jungles help shape the exotic landscapes of Indonesia. Between rafting, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving, nautical activities abound and adventurers and sports enthusiasts will always find their happiness!

On Bali, most travelers descend the Ayung river, suitable for rafting with friends or family. Located in the Ubud region, it is indeed the largest river on the Island of the Gods. Extending for almost 70 km, it offers many rapids, ideal for rafting. She finishes her race in Sanur. The Ayung River flows through mountains and jungle, offering an interesting tropical setting, as well as a variety of flora and fauna. Do not hesitate to open your eyes and admire the animals that live around the river! Maybe you will get a chance to spot iguanas or monkeys?

Other travelers are heading more towards the Telaga Waja river in Ubud. It takes its sources at Mont Abang and crosses the region around the village of Rendang. Slightly less touristy than the Ayung River, it nonetheless offers a pleasant and positive experience. The water is clear and the view along the river is worth the detour.

There are also rafting circuits on the other Indonesian islands. For example, the Aceh region of North Sumatra hosts the Alas River. Whitewater rafting enthusiasts will be delighted to go there. They will enjoy the crossing through the Mont Leuser National Park. Excursions lasting several days may in particular be offered. Note that some descents are more aimed at experienced adventurers.

In the Yogyakarta region of central Java, the Progo River is also suitable for rafting. Located not far from the temple of Borobudur, it ends up joining the Elo river. If you are traveling with your family, be aware that the routes remain accessible to children. The Citarik River near Mount Halimum National Park, west of Java also hosts some rafting tours.

North of Sulawesi, not far from Manado, the Nimanga river is proving to be a major challenge for those accustomed to rafting. Passing through a few traditional villages and leading to several waterfalls, it is a popular destination in the region. Still in the Minahasa region, let’s add the Ranoyapo and Sawangan rivers to the list. The currents are strong there and they are therefore more offered to experienced people.

How to speak of rivers and streams without thinking of Kalimantan? This Indonesian region of Borneo Island is home to a large number of streams and rivers, each winding between the wild jungles that cover most of the territory. The Lamandau River in the center of Kalimantan offers powerful rapids promising an unforgettable experience. It stretches for about 300 km and crosses the lands of the Dayak people and the Lamandau reserve, dedicated to the protection of orangutans in Borneo.

Ask before each activity to be sure that the course meets your expectations. The descents are generally accessible to as many people as possible and the safety instructions are clearly explained before departure. Rafting agencies provide the necessary equipment to all participants. An accompanist supervises the groups in particular to guide them and ensure safety.

BROMO CALDERA, a beautiful mountain in East Java

Visit the Bromo caldera last May, our goal was to sleep in the village of Cemoro Lawang because it is at the heart of the action. There are hotels and “homestays” located a few kilometers away, but you would then be dependent on jeeps to get to the viewpoint in the middle of the night.

From Yogyakarta, we first went to the big city of Probolinggo by train. Two trains leave Yogyakarta in the morning, around 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. The journey takes approximately 9 hours. The seats are not very comfortable, there is little leg room, but it is very clean and there are power outlets available. Train times are easily found on the Internet or book train tickets online via Traveloka apps.

Arrived at Probolinggo, yellow bemos wait in front of the station. These are vans that serve as shared taxis. Other tourists will get off the same train as you, so get on with them. Then the scam (or almost) is well established, because when you claim the bus terminal, they will in fact drop you in front of a tourist minibus agency. The rates offered by the agency are not excessive, at 60,000 IDR / 4,5 USD per person with good conditions of comfort. The minibus leaves as soon as it is full and the climb to Cemoro Lawang takes 1.5 hours.

Sleep in Cemoro Lawang

It’s a real problem. Since most tourists leave after half a night, few owners make the effort to offer beautiful rooms. If comfort is not your priority, it is very easy to find a free room without reservation, even in high season. Ask around as soon as you get out of the bus and in less than two minutes you can drop off your luggage. However, you will understand, the price / quality ratio will be poor: between 150,000 IDR/ 12 USD and 200,000 IDR /15 USD for a small dirty room seems to be the current price. Our homestay was called Yog Bromo but we are not sure to recommend it. Bring a meat bag as only the bottom sheet and a wool blanket are provided. No towel either. The lack of air conditioning is not a problem as it is cool.

If you want a little more comfort, book as soon as possible to find a place in a highly rated establishment. Again, that’s what we would do. But be careful, don’t rush. The majority of hotels available online are far from the caldera, which will not be practical at all to follow our hiking tips later in the article. Book in the village glued to the crater and not in the back villages, you can easily go wrong.

The top rated accommodation while being close to the starting point of the hike is the Guesthouse Gunung Bromo (~ 45 USD).

Another cheaper option is the Bromo Otix Guest House (~ 20 USD), tested and approved by our readers.

Eating at Cemoro Lawang

Cafe Lava is the most famous restaurant in town. Now this restaurant is a calamity. Half the menu was not available, the service was disastrous and they cooked us the worst possible version of the dishes we ordered. Special mention for the tomato soup: pieces of raw tomatoes floating in a cup of hot water!

The alternative we found on the second evening is Cemara Indah, more expensive but with decent food, good wifi and large, rather pleasant room.

Readers tell us about another address they spotted: “To eat, very pleasant surprise, just after the village fork (where the public buses are waiting) in the direction of Cemara Indah. There is a warung with a red facade (on the right). PS: the facade is more of a wood color than red according to other readers, who also approve of the address.

Walk in the caldera and on Mount Bromo

If you are still motivated, we advise you to continue on this good streak and to walk in the Bromo caldera on foot rather than by jeep or motorbike.

Mount Bromo in activity, Indonesia

Again, it’s simple, and it’s even free! The main path is chargeable (and expensive), but there is an alternative passage in the middle of the village. Nobody buys it and it is used by the people of the village and their horses, so it must be believed that it is not so illegal to borrow it. We took 1.5 hours from the village to the top of the Bromo crater, 3 hours in total with the return. At the start the volcano seems close but it is an optical effect. It’s surely also easier and faster when the ashes do not fly. If you don’t want to walk, you can easily find jeeps or motorbikes that will approach you a few hundred meters from the volcano. Then it’s horses that can take you up the stairs. But on the latter, you will have to climb without help.

Some additional tips for the sunrise over Bromo

  • We used our cell phone flashlight, which saved us from investing in a headlamp. The battery holds surprisingly long.
  • You don’t really need a hat (even though some hat sellers guarantee it’s freezing cold at the top of the mountain). We were hot during the hike, it’s only the wait at the top which is a little cool. With two pullovers, an anorak and socks as mittens (!), We were fine.
  • You will meet other tourists during the climb, so you will never be completely alone in the dark, do not panic!
  • This hike is free because it does not pass inside the park. Do not listen to those who tell you otherwise.

Some additional tips on the Bromo caldera

  • There are days with dust and days without dust. In our case there were many, which did not prevent us from embarking on the adventure.
  • Take a scarf or scarf that allows you to both breathe and see through. Even if there is little dust in the caldera, there will be some at the top of the crater.
  • Don’t forget to put on sunscreen. It is at altitude and the white of the ashes reflects the light a little like snow. Result, we ended up a little red even though we had spread. And putting cream on top is not easy, with all the dust flying!
  • Provide water, we have
  • Bring some water, we drank almost a liter each.
  • Watch out for cameras. For example, dust can get into the inner workings of the zoom and block it.

Yogyakarta: Cultural capital of Java

An essential step in any Indonesian trip, Yogyakarta is “special”: it is the qualifier used for the 2,000 km² region, located in the center of the island of Java, of which it is the capital. Here is the heiress of Javanese kingdoms dating back to the 8th century, then of a sultanate, the proud guardian of sites, arts and traditions classified by Unesco: Borobudur and Prambanan, batikfabrics, wayang puppets.

Yogyakarta, heart of Java

Unofficial but prestigious, the status of historical-cultural capital gives Yogyakarta (approx. 1,000,000 inhabitants) a unique role in the Indonesian space, dominated by Java .

From the 5 to the 16C, Hinduism and Buddhism irrigated the region, before the progressive installation of Islam, then its domination. But the everyday and the spiritual remain marked by the animism and the past power of Javanese Hinduism, as evidenced by the spectacular Prambanan temple.

By importing new artistic and cultural expressions and renewing the old ones, the regional advent of Islam generated a so-called Islamo-Javanese space. The numerous Indian, Chinese and Western traders, particularly the Portuguese and then the Dutch colonizers, enriched this substrate.

At the independence of the country, the Sultanate of Yogyakarta is maintained to thank the patriotism of its sovereign. Respected, this aristocratic character explains the conservation of monuments and traditional habitats.

Besides the archaeological remains, the region is also well endowed with interesting landscapes. The hilly countryside is watched full north by the powerful silhouette of the Merapi volcano (alt: 2,900 m), sacred to the Javanese.

There is no shortage of places to see in a close radius: 60 km to the northeast, the city of Solo (Surakarta) , a princely cousin; 40 km further on Candi Sukuh , a temple with erotic sculptures dominating superb tea plantations; 150 km north-west the strange and smoking Dieng plateau ; 130 km due north, Semarang and its unknown but remarkable Sino-colonial heritage, and 70 km to the east, the port of Jepara from where embarked on researchers of islands magnetized by the Karimunjawa archipelago.

Yogyakarta: the discovery; Jl Malioboro, his thrilling axis

From a plane window at night, the large Yogyakarta resembles a giant inlay of phosphorescent mother-of-pearl.

One more megalopolis? The worry fades after landing. Rarely exceeding 3 floors, the center of “Jogja”, well maintained and tolerable traffic, distills an almost peaceful atmosphere, compared to the chaos of other large cities of Indonesia.

With a density of 10,000 inhabitants / km² (two times less than Paris), Jogja is a city of kampung , neighborhoods of village spirit where we advise to get lost. Maisonettes and villas, from the modest to the most opulent of colonial inspiration, remain the majority. Consistency is reinforced by the tiled roofs, ranging from simple two-sided to elegant four-sided tipped so-called ” joglo “, too often dismantled and sent to Bali.

Aligned with Merapi and Kraton, the central north-south axis is materialized from Tugu station by the famous avenue Jl Malioboro which concentrates the maximum animation, the armada of khaki lima mobile kitchens contributing until late in the night. The name of these local Champs-Élysées, in addition to popular, is the subject of conjecture. One of them refers to a pub for famous cigarettes, which used to be located just outside the station!

Dedicated to trade and to the walker of onlookers-clients, its wide sidewalks shared with horse-drawn carriages and becak scooters run alongside shops of all kinds, including many clothes and batiks. On the west side, the arcades recall a Sino-colonial past, masked by the disparity of styles and the absence of sinograms.

More than an avenue, Malioboro defines a district incorporating many perpendiculars.

To the north, Jl. Sosrowijayan heads west. Cut off from gangs (aisles in Indonesian), it irrigates an “international village” of boarding houses and resto-bars very frequented. Further south on the east side, the large Beringharjo market precedes Fort Vredeburg , the southwest corner of which looks at kilometer 0 of the city, marking the passage to the historic hypercentre.

The Kraton district, Jl. Prawirotaman and Kota Gede

Beyond km 0, the square and grassy square Alun Alun Utara , flanked by the Sonobudoyo museum to the northwest, is planted with two enclosed groves, objects of an amusing belief: move away, cover your eyes and try to pass between … Don’t laugh.

Much larger than the only fraction that can be visited today, the actual perimeter of the Kraton  (1 km2), the palace of the sultans, formerly included this square. Witness this change of scale, the crenellated walls and white doors with floral decorations giving the district its elegance.

At the option of walks, we discover interesting neighborhoods, like the one near Taman Sari , mixing its traditions with street art.

At the southern end of the Kraton, the square Alun Alun Kidul is smaller than its twin, but very busy at night.

To the south-west of the palace, Jl. Prawirotaman orientates east-west a mixed district, both touristy (hotels, resto-bars) and arty: galleries, trendy shops, street art (see below).

Opposite side of Jl. Parangritis, Tirtodipuran Street extends west this sector where travelers always end up meeting.

5 km east of Jogja, Kota Gede was the first capital of the sultanate. The ancient tombs of N’Dalem Natan are only accessible when guided. Remained quite traditional – lively market, many typical houses – this village is famous for the work of money. Boutique-factories like HS Silver are full of beautiful objects and jewellery, repairs are possible, all at an ultra-competitive price.

The heritage of the sultanate: the Kraton and Taman Sari

Without being extraordinary, the Kraton , palace of the sultans of Jogja, is a majestic and living space. If you visit the right one! (See the warning in the practical sheet).

In the first courtyard, representations of gamelan or dance orchestras are organized every morning under the pavilion. Ask about schedules at the entrance.

The largest and most important bale (open pavilion) of the palace occupies the following courtyard. Evidenced by its luxury and details: Carrara marbles, pillars with subtle decorations, Buddhist symbols of the Lotus, etc. Neighboring kiosks and galleries covered with beautiful tiled roofs lined with lambrequins, and a courtyard where beautiful colonial-style mansions nestle.

The visit continues through smaller courtyards and exhibition halls where curiosities, utensils, dishes, photos and sometimes surprising diplomatic gifts bear witness to a bygone era. Do not miss the batik museum.

Formerly inside the Kraton, the Taman Sari , “Garden of Flowers” in Javanese, was dedicated to relaxation. More aquatic, it surrounded a lake in particular, as its English nickname of Water Castle recalls. Only the baths are mostly kept. Several beautiful doors with ornate pediments and elegant bricks covered with lime make up an atypical decor, a mixture of Javanese, Western styles and Hindu symbolism.

From the small tower overlooking the large enclosed pool, the sultans watched those they intended to swim in the harem, installed here …

The museums of Yogyakarta

Modest and shy museography, the Sonobudoyo museum is however essential.

In the prehistoric halls, classic then Islamic , we notice the bronze drums known as Dongson, a superb Buddhist bell plated with silver, fine carved wooden trays and manuscripts on lontar palm. Covered in ancient Javanese writing, they are still used in Bali, while Islam and its colorful illustrations imposed paper on Java.

The batik section describes the production phases and the Javanese motifs, linked to the nature, daily and religious, of this mode of textile printing classified by Unesco.

The Art Performance rooms recall the distracting, but also royal and religious character of these expressions. In stars, the wayang puppets (superb performances daily except Sun from 8 to 10 p.m.), kulit (flat, shadow theater type) or golek (in 3 D) are also protected by Unesco, for the multiple talents that they require. There follows a magnificent collection of topeng theater masks.

The following rooms are used for decorations and utensils from Javanese houses, kriss magic daggers, as well as traditional toys and games.

The pavilion at the entrance houses an impressive meeting of wooden and metal gamelans. Remarkable Wayang Kulit puppet shows are regularly organized in the evening.

At the Sultan’s carriage museum , the ceremonial models are as kitsch as they are luxurious.

Yogyakarta: from traditions to contemporary arts

Strengthened by its traditions and its special status, Jogja is constantly reinventing itself .Music, dance, theater, graphic arts and street art are of great vitality there. Accepted on the identity card, the mention “artist” is a source of respect. A biennal has been organized since 1988.

Indonesia is in the top three worldwide for the use of social networks. While drawing the country towards consumerism and immediacy, they nevertheless boost the creativity and impact of artists. But, unlike the Balinese Hindu and cosmopolitan context, digesting social developments, the conservative push suffered by Javanese Islam affects socio-cultural life. Is this why Jogja’s artistic scene is sometimes discreet, even underground?

Discretion is not unique to street art , an area in which Jogja has an international aura and has several recognized local artists and collectives.

Favorite of expats, flashpackers and digital nomads, the Prawirotaman Tirtodipuran district naturally plays an incubator and exchange role “East Meets West”.

A beautiful modern space with a mezzanine, the Kedai Kebun  gallery combines boutique artist workshops and café-restaurants. Nearby: Cemeti, one of the oldest galleries; further south, Ace House Collective mixing art and grocery.

The periphery is not to be outdone. 6 km south-east, the village of Jeblog in Bantul serves as a living scene for community street art. In the same vein, about 7 km further, street art tours are organized in Gendeng .

Organic and fair trade have met with a strong response from the younger generations. The Vla-vla agency-café-restaurant-boutique is a good example.

five cities to discover by train from Jakarta

Five cities to discover by train from Jakarta

The train can be a nice way to travel on Java. They are comfortable, air conditioned and the price of tickets is relatively inexpensive. We offer five destinations from Jakarta, the trains all leave from Gambir station located in Menteng.


Located 220 km from Jakarta it will take you 3 hours to get to this small provincial town. By leaving early in the morning you can go back and forth during the day. One of mainly destination in Cirebon is the Trusmi district. Batik is at the center of this district. Cirebon batik is recognizable by its cloud-like patterns called Mengamendung. You can stroll along the small streets, visit workshops, adjoining shops and stock up on batik.

To go a little further, you can visit the old palace of Kasepuhan which has a certain charm and also discover the rattan workshops around Cirebon as in the village of Galamantro.

On the practical side: arrived at Cirebon station take a taxi to go to the Trusmi district and give him an appointment for the return.


It is certainly faster to get to Bandung by train, the journey will only take you 3 hours while in the car it is more random. Bandung is nicknamed little Paris. Located high, you can breathe a little better, its art deco buildings, its museum of the conference of non-aligned countries are among the essentials. Being able to discover a volcano in activity and easy to access, it is also possible by going to Tangkuban Perahu, located about thirty kilometers from Bandung.

Spend a night in Bandung is pleasant, many hotels in town or just outside offer very interesting formulas.


A six-hour journey will take you to discover Semarang nicknamed Little Holland. The old colonial buildings are fairly well renovated. We can only invite you to discover the Lawang Sewu Palace or the Palace of a Thousand Doors, the Blendug Church built 250 years ago, the Chinatown and its Tay Kak Sye temple, the old port and an artisanal Kretek factory.

You can extend your trip by taking the train, direction Pekalongan, another batik capital or rent a car to go to the heights of Salatiga, small town where Rimbaud stayed during his short stay in Indonesia as a Dutch soldier. And continue further to visit the Hindu temples of Gedong Songo (VIII – IXth S.).


From Jakarta the journey to Surabaya will take you 11h. You will be able to discover the history of Kretek, the cigarette with cloves through the Sampoerna museum, the Arab quarter, its Suci Ampel bazaar which leads to the Ampel mosque, the Chinese quarter, the red bridge emblem of the battle against the occupying Japanese in 1945, the colorful Pabean market and then take a break at the Majapahit hotel.

To extend the stay, you can hire a car to explore the site of Trowulan, capital of the former Majapahit kingdom (1293-1527).


A seven-hour drive will take you to the heart of Yogyakarta. Not to be missed is the Sultan’s Palace, which can be visited only in the morning, the royal baths, the market, the puppet manufacturers, a rickshaw ride in the city. And then of course a visit to the temples of Prambanan and Borobudur.

How to buy your train ticket:

The Traveloka online sites, offer the sale of train tickets, it is also possible to buy your tickets in convenience stores  like Indomaret. A receipt is provided, you must go to the station 20 minutes before departure to collect your ticket at the counter. We advise you to take the Executive class, equivalent of the first class, you will appreciate the particularly pleasant space for long journeys.

The best place to get souvenirs in Bali

Where to buy souvenirs in Bali?

Of all the islands in Indonesia, Bali is certainly the most artistic. Indeed, the Balinese have a great passion for crafts and art in general. Spending your holidays on the island, you will be amazed by the many local products that amaze the view but also the touch: wooden sculptures, jewelry of all kinds, multicolored canvases, etc. Do you want to know where to buy these to make gifts for your loved ones and / or for yourself? In this article, find the best places to get souvenirs in Bali .

Ubud market: for art lovers

Ubud market is located near the temple of Saren , opposite the dance hall. This is surely one of the most famous markets on the island of the Gods for offering quality souvenirs at good prices. You can find a wide range of art objects for all tastes and budgets: wooden statuettes, paintings representative of the daily life of Balinese or Hindu beliefs, decorations made of wicker, etc. The small downside regarding the Ubud market is at the level of the prices of items which are a little higher than elsewhere. However, the value for money is satisfactory given the strength and beauty of the goods. Besides, you can always negotiate before taking an object that you like.

Kuta shopping centers: for fashion enthusiasts

Kuta is not only famous for its heavenly beaches and surf spots; it is also famous for its shopping centers erected near the sea. If you are looking for original gifts for your fashion-minded friends, shopping in these is ideal. They offer a wide choice of designer clothes , but also traditional clothes made in linen, silk, or cotton. With them, you can treat yourself to the famous sarongs, distributed in several models and colors; but also magnificent tunics that will undoubtedly please your loved ones. Here, the prices displayed on the labels are fixed; however, they are available to all budgets.

Sukawati market: to buy traditional clothes

The Sukawati market is located in Gianyar, in the direction of Ubud. Like the Ubud market , it is a good place to pay for art objects of all kinds without breaking the bank. But apart from that, the place is renowned for its merchants who sell quality traditional outfits . The choice is vast in terms of cuts and colors; and the fabrics are both robust and upscale. In this market, it is also possible for you to buy different original clothing accessories that are handmade: bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. Here, the prices of the items are very affordable.

The village of Celuk: for jewelry enthusiasts

It is in the Sukawati district , Gianyar that the village of Celuk is located. He is known worldwide for his high-end gold and silver jewelry. The craftsmen who make them are very skillful with their hands and produce quality items that meet everyone’s needs and budget.Whether you want to buy a ring, a bracelet, or a necklace, they will meet all your needs. In addition, they are able to make you a unique and fully personalized piece of jewelry if you have specific requests. You will be blown away by their attention to detail and their professional thoroughness. And the most? They are also open to price negotiations! What could be better ?

Krisna: for last minute purchases

Krisna is a souvenir shop where you can find everything. It has two subsidiaries: one is located in Kuta, on Sunset Road; the other is near the airport in Tuban. This second store is the most interesting to see, especially if you are about to return and need to buy last-minute souvenirs. On the Krisna shelves , you will see a wide range of items perfect for young and old: sarongs, kites, traditional masks, Balinese and Indonesian food products, wicker bags, art objects, handcrafted jewelry, etc. The prices of the goods are fixed at the brand. However, they are not expensive in the sense that they compete with the high prices offered by street vendors.



After waking up in the morning and having an Indonesian breakfast (mie goreng, or fried noodles), we walk towards the botanical garden. On the side of the presidential palace, you can see hundreds of deer and hinds. It seems to be the attraction of Sunday because street vendors offer carrots and other vegetables to Javanese, who wish to feed these animals. We walk well 45 minutes before finding an entrance to the botanical garden. Entrance is 13,000 IDR for local tourists and 25,000 IDR for foreign, double compared to locals but it’s still very inexpensive (less than $.2 )!

The Bogor Botanical Garden was first opened in 1817. The garden was founded (Bogor was then called Buitenzorg, which means “carefree” in Dutch) by the government of the Netherlands Indies, which wished to gather the plants that Javanese and natives from other regions of their colony used it in their domestic use or as medicine, and to allow to study them in order to use them for commercial purposes. The garden has become a center for the promotion of agriculture and horticulture in Indonesia. The founder of the “Lands Plantentuin”, from the name the Dutch gave him, was Casper Georg Carl Reinwardt, a German who had originally traveled to the Netherlands to study the natural sciences and specialize in botany and in chemistry. In 1817 Reinwardt, who was then 44, was appointed director of agricultural affairs in Java and the surrounding islands. On May 18, 1817, 47 hectares of land surrounding the governor’s palace was converted into a botanical garden and Reinwardt was appointed first director of the Buitenzorg botanical garden from 1817 to 1822. During this period 900 new plantings were carried out in the garden.

In 1848, the garden received four oil palm seeds from the botanical garden (Amsterdam) which had been endowed with two potted palms brought to Amsterdam by the East India Company of Mauritius, which had been producing seeds for six years, which were spread throughout Southeast Asia. These seeds were the first introduced in Indonesia, from there, the cultivation of the oil palm spread throughout the archipelago, making the palm an economic good of primary importance, by providing a source of food and vegetable fibers. may constitute cords or mats. Does palm oil come from the Dutch? Even if we criticize a lot the products using this oil, we must not forget that it is an important economic source for Asia …

We spend more than two hours in this park to admire trees each larger than the other, orchids, a Mexican garden … Many locals spend the day there. It is also a meeting place for lovers.