9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Solo

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9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Solo

The city of Solo, formally addressed as Surakarta, is an off-shoot of the Mataram Sultanate and was founded almost three hundred years ago. It is small in scale but big in culture and heritage, ideal for a relaxing getaway.

Four Points by Sheraton Expands in Indonesia

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Four Points by Sheraton Expands in Indonesia

Marriott International makes another breakthrough in Bali with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Bali Ungasan, the third Four Points hotel to open on the island. Situated in Jimbaran hills, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Jimbaran Bay, Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung. Whether travellers are on the island for work or fun, the hotel is sure to cater to the needs of today’s every day traveller with its approachable design, stylish comfort and all of the brand’s popular extras.

Moyo Island: Travellers’ Next Awe-Inspiring Secret Hideout

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Moyo Island: Travellers’ Next Awe-Inspiring Secret Hideout

Though Moyo Island might be a familiar name among celebrities, it came quite a surprise to me as it is still affordable, since the island also offers cheaper food and accommodation options that are truly God-sent for budget travellers.

4 Nearby Destinations to Escape the September 2019 South East Asian Haze

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4 Nearby Destinations to Escape the September 2019 South East Asian Haze

Almost every year Malaysia has to tolerate the transboundary haze that affects air visibility, and contribute to respiratory issues. In September 2019, the haze sadly affected parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and it even makes it way to southern Thailand and southern Indochina.

The Green Trip List: 5 Eco-Friendly Destinations for the Green Minded Traveler

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The Green Trip List: 5 Eco-Friendly Destinations for the Green Minded Traveler

Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and definitely a luxury we should not take for granted. This June, as we commemorate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day, it is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and consider the impact we have on Mother Earth

Unmissable West Sumatera, The Land of the Minangkabau

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Unmissable West Sumatera, The Land of the Minangkabau

West Sumatera is a land blessed with natural wonders ranging from its mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, as well as islands and beaches. Its compelling natural landscapes are preserved through time and remain steadfast despite the strong wave of modernisation.

5 Places to Experience Folklore and Literature in Padang, Indonesia

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5 Places to Experience Folklore and Literature in Padang, Indonesia

Rich in culture and heritage of Minangkabau, here are 5 places you can visit to bring your literature and folklore dreams to life when you visit Padang.

Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019: Malaysia and Indonesia Take the Top Positions

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Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019: Malaysia and Indonesia Take the Top Positions

For the first time, Malaysia and Indonesia share the top spot in the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019.

7 Places in Southeast Asia for You to Pop the Question

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7 Places in Southeast Asia for You to Pop the Question

It can be a lot of pressure since everyone wishes to be proposed just like in the movies, so you definitely want your partner to give you a resounding yes

Hilton Announces its South East Asia April Sale

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Hilton Announces its South East Asia April Sale

The April Sale, runs from now till 2nd April 2019, includes a total of 59 participating hotels in Australasia and South East Asia

East Java: Of Sunrise, Smallest Monkey and other Javanese Beauties

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East Java: Of Sunrise, Smallest Monkey and other Javanese Beauties

To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy the sunrise tour in the first place – I dreaded the idea of hauling myself out of bed in the wee hours, specifically at 2:00 a.m., just to catch the first light of the day. Yes, sunrises are beautiful, but so does Chris Hemsworth, the main star of my dreams.

Alila Manggis Launches New Surya Wellness Centre and Programmes

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Alila Manggis Launches New Surya Wellness Centre and Programmes

Alila Manggis is getting the New Year off to a healthy start following the opening of Surya in February, its new oceanfront wellness centre.

Belitung, The Land of Laskar Pelangi

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Belitung, The Land of Laskar Pelangi

Located on the east coast of Sumatra, in the province of Bangka-Belitung, this charming island is surrounded by more than 100 other islands and islets. Belitung was used as the shooting location for one of Indonesia’s highest grossing films entitled Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops) that was adapted from the namesake novel by Indonesia’s best-selling author, Andrea Hirata, and released back in 2008.

Alila Scbd, Jakarta: Of Chic Pads And Hip Hangouts

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Alila Scbd, Jakarta: Of Chic Pads And Hip Hangouts

Alila SCBD Jakarta, is ready to make its much-anticipated debut on 6th Feb 2019, taking upscale lifestyle living to the next level in the heart of the city

Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta – A Discreetly Luxurious and Accessible Stay

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Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta – A Discreetly Luxurious and Accessible Stay

Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is a sharp property that hits the mark in South Jakarta, an up-and-coming area teeming with expats particularly those from Japan and South Korea

The Indonesian Heritage Art Of Batik

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The Indonesian Heritage Art Of Batik

At InterContinental Bali Resort, batik is the inspiration for the full-wall murals in the newly-renovated Singaraja guestrooms, each of which has been hand-painted by a Balinese artisan.

Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts Debuts in Indonesia

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Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts Debuts in Indonesia

Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts is set to make its first debut in Jakarta. Opening mid of 2019, Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue is located in a mixed-used lifestyle mall complex.

Bali’s Greatest Hindu Temples

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Bali’s Greatest Hindu Temples

Imbued with a deep-rooted Hindu spirituality, Bali is often described as ‘the island of a thousand temples’, but the island of ten thousand temples would probably be a more accurate description.

Bali Zoo Introduces A Fun Elephant Mud Fun Experience

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Bali Zoo Introduces A Fun Elephant Mud Fun Experience

 Bali Zoo is proud to introduce a grand new intimate Elephant Mud Fun half-day package allowing guests to get down and dirty with the friendly Sumatran elephants while discovering their behavior and lifestyle from the experienced mahout.

Unwinding at Seribu Islands & Jakarta

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Unwinding at Seribu Islands & Jakarta

Though it literally means ‘A Thousand Islands’, the Kepulauan Seribu archipelago located north of Jakarta’s coastline actually comprises 110 islands – only 45 of them are open for tourists such as Macan, Pelangi, Puteri and Ayer. Interestingly, the size of Seribu Islands is seven times bigger than mainland Jakarta.

AirAsia Touches Down at Silangit Airport, Indonesia

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AirAsia Touches Down at Silangit Airport, Indonesia

AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Silangit – Lake Toba touched down at Silangit International Airport yesterday, marking the airline’s footprint to a new destination in Asean.

Finding Anambas: A Newly Discovered Yet Secluded Haven

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Finding Anambas: A Newly Discovered Yet Secluded Haven

Looking for a tropical paradise minus the big crowds? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the Anambas archipelago!

7 Places to Visit If You Love Halloween

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7 Places to Visit If You Love Halloween

The beginning of October usually means two things: it is either Christmas being only two months away or Halloween! For those who love the spirit of Halloween and mysticism of the paranormal, here are seven places you can go for that horrifically satisfying experience! 

Lost Under the Clouds of North Sumatra

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Lost Under the Clouds of North Sumatra

“Please, just five more minutes…” I begged silently. But time was not on our side – we are pressed for it just like during any other typical media familiarisation trips that I participated in the past. “Chop chop…onto the bus. We need to get going for our lunch now,” said my guide, Pak Herman, a humorous, kind-hearted man with strong sense of punctuality. We were in front of Sipiso-piso waterfall, supposedly the highest waterfall in Indonesia and probably one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. It’s fascinating how this simple case of natural physics could make you lost in the moment; like how this curtain of water in front of me flows sleekly from an opening on the rock face […]

Maluku – Savouring Indonesia’s Spice Islands

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Maluku – Savouring Indonesia’s Spice Islands

The Portuguese attempted to render the Malay term in plural form by calling her ‘Malucas’, which later became to be known as Moluccas. In English, it is widely known as the Spice Islands, as a tribute to the two renowned spices native to Maluku: cloves and nutmeg. Despite being home to valued commodities which were the reasons for conquest, the present day Maluku is the lesser known wonders of Indonesia, waiting to surprise travellers.

A Cultural Jaunt of the Special Region of Jogjakarta

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A Cultural Jaunt of the Special Region of Jogjakarta

Upon my recent visit to this culturally rich region, I discovered some of its magnificent cultural gems that me realise how unique and wonderful Jogjakarta really is.

Tanjung Lesung: A Novel Getaway No More

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Tanjung Lesung: A Novel Getaway No More

Tanjung Lesung is blessed with picturesque beaches and stunning views of the mighty Krakatau volcanic mountain, a low-key place that still holds little recognition among foreign travellers, but has been an absolute favourite among the Jakartans. The place is imbued with soul and romance and the locals want to keep this dreamy paradise all to themselves.

Going Solo @ Surakarta

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Going Solo @ Surakarta

Surakarta – also known as Solo – is the sister city of Jogjakarta, the off-shoot of the Mataram Sultanate after its split around three hundred years ago. Although it has similar culture and heritage with Jogjakarta, it does possess its own distinctive uniqueness. Surakarta has undergone various changes through modernisation, adaptation and integration; but compared to the other cities in Java, Surakarta still retains much of the Javanese authentic identity. The destination proves a magnet for culture vultures, heritage celebrants, history buffs and ethno-sophisticates. Side note: Many Malaysians identify Surakarta as Solo based on a famous Indonesian folk song called ‘Begawan Solo’ (‘Solo River’), which is the longest river in Java that flows through the central and eastern parts of the island. […]

Transcendental Journey from Makassar to Toraja

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Transcendental Journey from Makassar to Toraja

From the grand departure tradition of the dead called Rambu Solo to the ceremony of changing the deceased’s clothes called Ma’nene, there is no wonder Toraja is much-publicised for having one of the most bizarre funeral customs in the world.

10 Best Ways To Explore East Java & Bali

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10 Best Ways To Explore East Java & Bali

Being a newbie to travelling, I was enthusiastic to discover Indonesia, a country known for its natural wonders and secluded paradises.