One day for everything in Melacca

A world heritage city called Melacca (Melaka) is great destination to visit. I was wondering to know as my friend recommended me to come to this city only for a day or maximum two days. Why??

It is not big city and the main attraction is only around Jonker Street and Melacca River. I didn’t believe at the beginning until finally I know the best way is to spend not too long here.

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One side of Melaka Sentral

I arrived here in Melaka Sentral, a transport hub like JB Sentral and KL Sentral, where I can go to around using city bus. Staying next to Dataran Pehlawan makes me quite happy as it is not far from tourism center, Jonker. Walk along for 20 minutes and reach 0 km point. That is it!

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Take bus 17 to Dataran Pehlawan

Take a bus to Dataran Pehlawan, check in and ready to explore the city. By what? On foot of course.

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Dataran Pehlawan at noon

Dataran Pehlawan seems a big square and surrounded by mall and some old fortresses. People walk around with family to spend time or just relax for a while. Sometimes people hold concert or event in the square. There is also a shopping center below it. Looks incredible!
Dataran Pehlawan seems a big square and surrounded by mall and some old fortresses. People walk around with family to spend time or just relax for a while. Sometimes people hold concert or event in the square. There is also a shopping center below it. Looks incredible!

Another building? Find Islamic museum and The palace of Melacca Sultan (Sultan means King) there.

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Islamic World Museum

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Palace of Melaka Sultan

Walking out of the fortress, I am heading to a park with tower namely Taming Sari where people can get inside the tower and lifted up, then viewing the whole landscape of Melacca, especially the harbor area. Unfortunately, it is costly, so I choose to keep my money. Good idea for backpacker with shoestring budget, isn’t it?

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Taming Sari Tower

There is Banda Ilir Park where many people spend their leisure time and probably use ‘free Wi-fi’ facility here. Really? Yes, but I don’t know the speed, as I just see the note about Wi-fi connection here.

Afterwards, the next destination is Red Church (Melaka Christchurh) as the icon of city. Actually, it is still operated as usual and people can get inside to look around as long as there is no praying. Otherwise, the church is only to pray, as normal one.

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The Church of Melacca

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Melacca Center Point

This church was built strategically as it is located in front of central point of Melacca (0 km). No need to be surprised if a lot of people gathered here such as tourist, souvenir merchants or a driver (like a bicycle driver decorated with unique items). Children must be happy to ride this one.

Move again for about 100 meters, there is Jonker Street with chicken statue as the icon in the entrance gate (from the church). It looks like Chinatown in Melacca with some Chinese ornaments and of course Chinese stalls. At Saturday night, usually street musicians will come and entertain the visitors here. Is it long? No, I guess the street lengths is less than 1 km. But, walking at crowd will make you move slowly and maybe you need an hour to reach the other side.

 

That is my whole day in Melacca, no need to spend more days as I have moved around the town and feel satisfied. But If  I have to come back here, will i? Absolutely if I had chance, should come back.

For the end of night, I move back to the hostel on foot and I decide to spend a while in the side of Melacca River. The river’s view at night was extremely beautiful. Moreover, if taking the boat, but again, I will not spend on costly price as I did on the tower. So, relax and watch the view gives me enjoyable moment at night. PS : make sure the weather is good, no rain or rainy, but windy is okay.

Especially to enjoy the whole small world heritage in one day. Interested?
Come on! Melacca is waiting for you..

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Sawadee Khaap Bangkok!

Sawadee Khaaap!

Bangkok is capital of Thailand and it is popular as tourism city. A lot of tourists come here every year to relax and feel the real thai ambience. A city located in central of Indochina is totally amazing. You can see many objects around the city such as historical buildings, temples, market and people’s festival. If you are a backpacker, then Bangkok is right destination for you to enjoy. There are many ways to reach this city, such as by train, ship and plane of course. The last transportation is the most realistic for many.

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Don Mueang International Airport

If you are in Bangkok, then what to do and visit? Here I am going to suggest you some places I have ever visited. See the following objects here. I just listed the objects I have ever visited, so let’s check this out!

  1. Grand Palace

Who doesn’t know this place? Royal family lives here ad of course the architecture looks fascinating. Take a walk around the palace and you just need to be amazed of. Unfortunately, the entrance fee is quite expensive, which is 500 baht. I am sure you will be satisfied because the high price is totally paid for the great building of Thai royal family.

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Welcome to Grand Palace

I forgot to wear jeans or something to cover my leg and that’s why i didn’t enter the palace 🙂

Remember, you mustn’t wear short for religious reason. So people should wear trousers or anything to make polite looking. If you wear shorts, the palace provides cover for your shorts. Don’t worry. It is totally free! Amazing, isn’t it?

2. Wat Pho

It is well known also as sleeping Buddha located next to Grand Palace. You can go on foot to this place for about 15 minutes. 100 baht is needed to enter this place so it is not expensive.

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Sleeping Buddha

Remember to keep your politeness especially your outfit. The temple is not that big but it is also recommended to visit at day, because it is closed at night.

3. Wat Arun

Here is one of the most popular spot in Bangkok, located in the side of Chao Praya river. A small temple with only 50 baht as entrance fee, is quite recommended place to visit. Remember to come at day until 5 pm, because it will be closed at night.

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It was under construction, perhaps now is back

How to go? Take a boat crossing the river with only 3 baht. I repeat, it is just ‘crossing’, not ‘going along’. The pier or small harbor is located near to the grand palace. For Indonesian, I would recommend to buy some shirts beside Wat Arun. Believe or not, Rupiah, Indonesian currency, is accepted here and the sellers are able to speak Indonesian. Incredible, isn’t it?

4. Siam Mall

Perhaps it looks like other malls but you may see the difference. What’s that? It is located in the intersection with BMT Mall on the other side. Besides, there are a lot of king’s photo in the mall. You will be surprised also (for moslem) if you can find small mosque to pray in the upper floor.

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(The deceased) King Bhumibol inside the mall

Shop many things here with low price or you may sightsee if you are person who don’t like shopping on trip.

Then how to reach the place? Take BTS (like MRT in Singapore) and stop exactly next to the mall. If you have more money, take tuktuk (rickshaw) as this vehicle is easy to find in the whole city, but of course the price must be more expensive.

5. Chatuchak Weekend Market.

If you like shopping, then it should be on your priority. Open only on weekend, you should make sure your schedule. Located before Don Mueang Airport, you can take bus from city center (democracy monument). In a simple way, just take any bus towards the airport. Remember, Don Mueang Aiport, not Suvarnabhumi!

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Ready to do shopping or just sightseeing?

What to do here? Shopping of course. Find anything you want to bring back such as souvenirs, shirt, until food ingredients. Everything is available here. Hungry? Get some mango sticky rice here. It is identically thai food with cheap price.

Even you will find thai merchant who are able to speak Indonesian inside this place. So there is no reason not to visit Chatucak especially when you flight back from Don Mueang Airport.

6. Vimanmek Mansion (Former Royal Family House)

The royal family lived here in the past but not for now. People visit only for tourist object. Moreover it looks like an european-style building in Bangkok.  You may walk around the small square in front of the Mansion but seems you can’t enter (if i am not mistaken).

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Look like i am not Thailand

How to reach this place? I am not sure about the bus but tuk-tuk is good choice to take you here. Interested?

7. Khaosan Road

Voila! This is the most popular place for backpacker in Bangkok. As the icon in Bangkok, seems useless if you don’t visit this area, or even stay for a night. It is totally good choice for you who want to find hostel with shoestring budget. Book online or offline is not a problem.

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One side of Khaosan at night. Super!

The food? Pad Thai here is quite cheap and make you full. With only 50Baht, you will taste amazing Shrimp or Chicken Pad Thai. Besides, you may find other foods such as grilled seafood or fast food like McD and KFC.

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Enjoy Thai massage

Need to relax? Stay calm and do thai massage with only around 120 Baht per 30 minutes. I think it is worth as you will be better after getting massage by the specialist.

I suggest to stay here. Even there are no train or bus directly to Khaosan, you can take bus number 59 with yellow body from Don Mueang to Democracy Monument. Then go on foot to this area. Also, some bus drivers will understand as long as you ask them to take you next to Khaosan area.

So, are you not satisfied to those objects? There are Pratunam Floating Market, Erawan Temple and etc. Find others. But if you are at your first time. Just explore and go to the others. Are you ready? Go go go!

 

 

Starting point, KL Sentral!

Kuala lumpur is one of the most famous tourist area in south east asia other than Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta. People come here for various reasons and the several tourism objects are there to be visited. As a tourist, probably I will give you something become attraction in this city. Transportation. Of course, they have multiple public transportation and KL Sentral is the best place as hub transportation throughout the city. That is why i am gonna share about KL Sentral, the great hub transportation in south east asia. Have a look!

KL Sentral welcomes you when you land by plane then continue the journey by bus with only 12MYR as the ticket fee.

If you enter KL by bus, your stop will be at TBS Bus Terminal and continue using LRT to KL Sentral. Seems simple, doesn’t it? Remember that TBS is the biggest bus terminal in the whole Malaysia with a lot of routes along the country and overseas trip such as Bangkok, Hatyai and Singapore.

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People are in line for ticket in TBS

 

First impression when you are here is to feel comfortable towards your destination along the city. Why? because any main destinations are reachable here by MRT, LRT, KTM and KLIA Express as express train. How is the price? If you take MRT or LRT, it is not that expensive because it is for inner city destination. It charges only between 1 – 20 MYR as the furthest route.

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This is for LRT Kelana Jaya

MRT or Monorail will bring you in from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa as final stop. It is not far away actually as KL Sentral is the starting point. If you want to go further, LRT with several names such as Ampang, Laluna Jaya and other should be your choice. Usually they have more than 10 stops. KL Sentral is in the middle stop for LRT.  Going to Batu Caves, Gombak or Port Klang? This is your right choice. But I would remind you that both MRT and LRT are usually crowded so you may stand up during the trip. I guess you will see no problem as a backpacker, right?

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KTM awaits you

Move to other trains, KTM will charge you more as the destination is other cities in Malaysia such as Melaka, Johor Bahru, Butterworth Penang. How about KLIA Express? You may guess from the name, it is train to reach airport but you may be surprised to see 55 MYR as the ticket fare. (You know I am not going to take this option as I prefer to choose Bus with 12 MYR, much cheaper, to reach the airport).

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Have enough money? Take this KLIA Express

Now, everything depends on yourself. Where do you want to go?
Besides for transit, you can do many things here such as eating, praying for moslems and showering. Fulfill your stomach with McD, KFC, Burger King or another available food stalls. Want to do shopping? Walk 5 minutes from the area to the mall. See, it is complete area for a backpacker. Probably I am not wrong to say it is one of my favorite hub for inner and inter city transportation.

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Taraaa. Time to sightsee in KL Sentral!

 

 

Travelling to India, why not?

Namaste! Do you want to visit India as traveler or tourist? You know the difference. If you choose the tourist, then you don’t need to read this post.

India sounds strange and a bit creepy for some traveler but not for me. Why? Because I never visit to the country of Bolywood. Here I would like to give some recommendations to do during journey in India. Travelling in 5 cities around India makes me know a little about the culture and of course how to deal with. People always tell their nightmare in India but I prove the other way. Perhaps only two weeks of my visit, but I can conclude that India is not that bad. It is good for you who like challenges and face it. Look, before you come to this country, listen to my advice, “If you are successful on travelling in India, then you may be able to do in the other countries”.
My friend said there are two possibilities after coming back from India. Firstly, you will never ever go to India anymore. Sounds frightening, isn’t it? Perhaps because they got bad experience. Secondly, you will be addicted just like consuming drugs. You want to come back whenever you are able to do so. Which one you will choose? If you believe me, then you should be the second person. How? The choice is in your hand. Note that it is based on my experience and you may do something else.

Look at some tips of what to do in India.

  1. Keep an eye on your belongings

As a traveler in a shoestring and of course backpacker, you may choose cheap transportation mode and lodging. You know, it doesn’t guarantee the safety of your stuffs. Then what? Rely on yourself and bring always small bag. When you sleep, make sure the pocket, passport and money (these are 3 most important things, PPM) are on safe place. You can put below the pillow while your bag is on the right side of bed.

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watch your belonging (http://www.worldnomads.com)

If you have to go to toilet while in a journey, take your most important things (PPM) with you. Put any shirts and jeans on the backpack because if those are missing, you are still alive. Remember!

  1. Always be mingle with locals

Trust me, good people are everywhere. It is a simple thing but if you really believe on that, you will not have bad perception when meeting someone new. Besides, they may help when you are in need. Just talk with them about anything like weather, time and food. What if they don’t understand English? No problem. I repeat, no problem. As long as you have good intention to make a friend or have a small talk, they will be open to you.

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Always interact with locals

Look, with a man from Amritsar, Punjabi who speaks only Punjabi and Hindi, is still able to communicate with be. How to do? You have both mouth and hand, you can use for sign language. You help them and let them help you occasionally.

  1. Give a gift (if possible)

If possible, you may give them, locals or fellow strangers in the hostel you stay, a gift from your home country. I did during my trip in India and it works. They look happy after receiving something from me and say thank you.

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Bring them a gift then they will respect you

Remember not to expect much after giving the others. Believe me, a thankful statement coming out from their mouth is much more than anything else. I felt when I was I in Agra, the city where Taj Mahal lies. Had a small talk with local guide in a coffee stall, and then I gave him a coin of 500 IDR. He looked surprised and said “Thank you brother, it goes to my heart”. For me, it was everything and I felt so satisfied afterwards.

  1. Find the cheap one

Find the cheap one? Yes, it is for everything you do in India such as food, transportation, hostel and entrance fee on tourism spot. How about the stomach if you eat randomly? Pray before eating and look at restaurant’s cleanliness beforehand. Simple tips but you should consider it.

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expensive? take a picture in front of it

An experience with a rickshaw driver in Jaipur, he drove around city, to cheap and free objects and finally he took me to Briyani small restaurant with low price of course.
How do I do that? I never meet the driver, then how can I trust him?

I repeat, if you have good intention, you will never find any serious trouble. One more, ‘Good people are everywhere’. Don’t ask too much until you practice it, okay?

  1. Believe in yourself

What does it mean? You should be nice with anyone but remember to keep firm especially if you have bad feeling. It is normal to have poor prejudice, otherwise you will get something called ‘scam’. Scam is a condition when you are trapped by someone else on paying bills, transportation or souvenirs.

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Trust yourself wherever you are

When you doubt to decide and want to ask people about your decision, please don’t do it. Believe in yourself. Use feeling and intuition which may leads you to the right decision. It is also small tips but must be beneficial for your trip in India.

I give you only 5 to do list in India as traveler or backpacker. You are not tourist. So, pay attention to those tips and do it. You may find other one, as you may find different situations than I did.
Again, believe me, you should be addicted to come back to India, someday. India will teach you a great lesson of travelling where you can travel somewhere else in the world afterwards.

Ayutthya, the ancient capital of Thailand

Have you ever considered to take a look at the ex-kingdom period in Thailand? Here we are, Ayutthya! Situated for about 40km from Bangkok, this old city offers you a lot of historical sights about ancient Thailand. Most of sites are used only for tourism objects even though there are few temples (Wat, in Thai) still used for praying. How to get to this town? Many options to take but most people can drive a car from Bangkok or perhaps by taxi. The other options, you may take train with much cheaper price absolutely than taxi, but you should find other transportation to get around the town if you finally choose train to visit here. This old city takes you back to the ancient Thailand where all temple are still used for daily activities. Interested to go back to past time?

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Welcome to Ayutthya

What kind of objects are available? Most are temple as the former Thai kingdom centuries ago. You can start going around up to you, but I can share my experiences during trip in Ayutthya.  Here we are.

  1. Wat Chaiwattanaram

First temple I visited and still active for praying. But even though people are using for praying, tourist are permitted to enter. Go around the temple and you might be surprised to see unheaded Buddha. Have no idea about the reason, but it was based on the historical moment centuries ago.

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Buddha with yellow body cover

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Pssst. Be quiet please!

The entrance fee is not expensive, only about 30 baht (if I am not mistaken) and you are free to explore. Remember, be patient especially don’t get into the temple when being used for pray.

  1. Wat Mahathat

Perhaps it is one of the most popular one. Not the name of Mahathat, but the stone Buddha’s head planted on the tree. Remind yourself not to be higher than Buddha’s head if taking a photo. It is forbidden so you just need to follow the rule. Take it easy, you are a guest and you have to do what the owner says, aren’t you?

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Stone head’s Buddha inside the tree

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Ruin at Wat Mahathat’s other side

Besides, you may walk around the ruins of temple with unheaded Buddha again. There are also story about the kingdom period and a war caused of chopping the head.
How about the fee? Only 50 baht needed to move in. Cheap but totally worth, will you?

  1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Looks like temples in Indonesia and historical story about the kingdom period. Unfortunately, it is not used for pray anymore and totally for tourism object at this moment. Located far away from the city center. The price? Also not expensive, perhaps around 20 baht.

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet

I have visited only 3 objects, but there are remaining objects to visit. All of them are temple which some are still used as sacred place or praying. You need a full day to explore whole Ayutthya with car of course, or probably with bicycle if you want to. So, how is your opinion after seeing 3 objects in this small town? Curious to know more? Pack your carrier and travel on. Soon!

Sawadee Khaap, Bangkok!

Sawadee Khaaap!

Bangkok is capital of Thailand and it is popular as tourism city. A lot of tourists come here every year to relax and feel the real thai ambience. A city located in central of Indochina is totally amazing. You can see many objects around the city such as historical buildings, temples, market and people’s festival. If you are a backpacker, then Bangkok is right destination for you to enjoy. There are many ways to reach this city, such as by train, ship and plane of course. The last transportation is the most realistic for many.

If you are in Bangkok, then what to do and visit? Here I am going to suggest you some places I have ever visited. See the following objects here. I just listed the objects I have ever visited, so let’s check this out!

  1. Grand Palace

Who doesn’t know this place? Royal family lives here ad of course the architecture looks fascinating. Take a walk around the palace and you just need to be amazed of. Unfortunately, the entrance fee is quite expensive, which is 500 baht. I am sure you will be satisfied because the high price is totally paid for the great building of thai royal family.

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Remember, you mustn’t wear short for religious reason. So people should wear trousers or anything to make polite looking. If you wear shorts, the palace provides cover for your shorts. Don’t worry. It is totally free! Amazing, isn’t it?

  1. Wat Pho

It is well known also as sleeping Buddha located next to Grand Palace. You can go on foot to this place for about 15 minutes. 100 baht is needed to enter this place so it is not expensive.

www.richard-seaman.comRemember to keep your politeness especially your outfit. The temple is not that big but it is also recommended to visit at day, because it is closed at night.

  1. Wat Arun

Here is one of the most popular spot in Bangkok, located in the side of Chao Praya river. A small temple with only 50 baht as entrance fee, is quite recommended place to visit. Remember to come at day until 5 pm, because it will be closed at night.

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How to go? Take a boat crossing the river with only 3 baht. I repeat, it is just ‘crossing’, not ‘going along’. The pier or small harbor is located near to the grand palace. For Indonesian, I would recommend to buy some shirts beside Wat Arun. Believe or not, Rupiah, Indonesian currency, is accepted here and the sellers are able to speak Indonesian. Incredible, isn’t it?

  1. Siam Mall

Perhaps it looks like other malls but you may see the difference. What’s that? It is located in the intersection with BMT Mall on the other side. Besides, there are a lot of king’s photo in the mall. You will be surprised also (for moslem) if you can find small mosque to pray in the upper floor.

Shop many things here with low price or you may sightsee if you are person who don’t like shopping on trip.

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King Bhumibol (the deceased) in Mall

Then how to reach the place? Take BTS (like MRT in Singapore) and stop exactly next to the mall. If you have more money, take tuktuk (rickshaw) as this vehicle is easy to find in the whole city, but of course the price must be more expensive.

  1. Chatuchak Weekend Market.

If you like shopping, then it should be on your priority. Open only on weekend, you should make sure your schedule. Located before Don Mueang Airport, you can take bus from city center (democracy monument). In a simple way, just take any bus towards the airport. Remember, Don Mueang Aiport, not Suvarnabhumi!

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Welcome in Chatuchak

What to do here? Shopping of course. Find anything you want to bring back such as souvenirs, shirt, until food ingredients. Everything is available here. Hungry? Get some mango sticky rice here. It is identic thai food with cheap price.

So, are you not satisfied to those objects? There are Pratunam Floating Market, Erawan Temple and etc. Find others. But if you are at your first time. Just explore and go to the others. Are you ready? Go go go!

What to do as backpacker in Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur or well known as KL is good place for backpacker to travel. As the city with multicultural life, you may be surprised by looking at ethnics like Chinese, indian and of course Malaysian speak malay. Even though they are able to speak English too. Besides, you will see a lot of tourism objects around the city describes the cultural life here. Guess, you are a backpacker with shoestring budget. So, what kind of objects you could see? What to do in Kuala Lumpur? Have a look below.

  1. Petronas Tower

It is the mascot of Malaysia located in Kuala Lumpur. Everyone who comes to this city always visit this object. The twin tower and used also as offices are totally recommended place. Besides, you will find mall inside namely Suria KLCC where you can spoil your eyes by only sightseeing around the mall.

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Night at Petronas Tower

How to reach the towers? It is totally reachable. If you have a lot of money, then taxi could be your choice. But as a traveler, I suggest you to take Monorail from KL Sentral to Bukit Nanas station. Go on foot from the station to Petronas and it takes only 15-20 minutes. So close, isn’t it? One more, if you want to find the great view of Petronas, just do visit at night. Because not many people come and also the light shows you the beauty of Kuala Lumpur at night. Fancy one?

  1. Lapangan Merdeka

Known also as Merdeka Square and it is popular spot for traveler to enjoy for a moment. It is a big square where you may have a seat over there with your friends or just by yourself. Take a photo is good idea to do on the spot.

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Cloudy day at the square

Any public transport? You may take Go-KL city bus which drop you at Merdeka square. The bus price is not expensive, if I’m not mistaken, only about 1MYR. But if you want to walk towards the square, you can take LRT from KL Sentral to Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque) Station. Walk for 15 minutes and the square is exactly in front of your face.

Here you may also visit the mosque and KL Gallery as other objects around the area.

  1. Batu Caves

A sacred place for Hinduism people, especially for Tamil or indian. A big statue of one of Hinduism God namely Shiva, Lord of destroyer which decorated totally from gold. You can see how people pray in the temple. There is also Hanuman statue, as Lord in Hinduism and depicted as monkey, located in the entrance of Batu caves.

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Welcome to Batu Caves

Actually located quite far from the city but you don’t need to worry about. Get into LRT from KL Sentral towards Batu Caves as the last station. It takes less than an hour. Are you ready to visit?

  1. Petaling Street

It is popular as Chinatown because so many Chinese people here where they are able to speak both malay and chinese. You will not see a lot of attraction but night market is good enough to spoil your time in Kuala Lumpur.

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Night Market at Petaling Street

How to get? If you are from KL Sentral, just take LRT to Pasar Seni and you can walk for several minutes. Easy to reach, right?

  1. Genting Highland

As one of the most favorite tourism object in Kuala Lumpur, Genting is quite far from the city. Because actually it is located in different region. For you who like to bet, this is great place. But you may also enjoy the view by going up to the highland by cable car. Afterwards, you can sightsee for moments if you don’t like to bet.

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By cable car to Genting Highland

Interested to visit? Buy bus ticket from KL Sentral (round ticket) for bus and cable car included. The journey takes around 2 hour. However, it is totally recommended to visit!

  1. Rapid KL

It is not an object but you can take this bus to move around the city for free. Free? Of course, you just need to find any stops available throughout city. You may also change the bus line because there are 4 line in different colors. If you have no much money but still wish to travel, this is good choice for you to grab.

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Let’s go with the bus

You may see more objects beside those mentioned above. However if you have no idea about the way to reach the spots, just go to KL Sentral and you can go around city using MRT,LRT, Bus and Train. I guess it is quite friendly city to explore for beginners and also not-boring places for person who travel for many times. So, are you ready to travel here? Jom!

Jogja, reasons why should be visited

Yogyakarta or more popular to say Jogja is always well known for tourism, food and many more objects. If you have been in this city, you should know of what to visit during your journey. For people who never come to the educational city, it is better to promote the objects such as mountainous areas, beaches, temples, food centres and cultural heritages. But the most important of those objects are to know the reasons behind your visit to the city of Mataram Kingdom. Have a look at the following ones.

  1. Keep the culture

As you know, Jogja is famous for its culture. They are palace with a king, also as the governor, cemetery for the kings, and many more cultural sites. It means they really respect their own culture and have intention to keep it. You may see some events in Jogja such as Sekaten (night people market located in the north square of Jogja) where people from around Jogja, even several cities come and celebrate the event. In addition to Sekaten, you can look at gunungan ( a mount-shaped food taken by palaces officer from the north to the next square (pakualaman square). It has been wonderful event as you find the real Javanese culture here. As you never find it elsewhere, why don’t you pack your backpack and book ticket to Jogja?

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Night Market (Sekaten)

  1. Food is everywhere

While traveling, you may be hungry and want to feed yourself by local food. Don’t worry if you are food hunter and you are in Jogja. Find anywhere from street food to Restaurant. But if you a real traveler, perhaps street food is good idea to fulfill your appetite. Go to Angkringan (low prices food sold in a barrow) in Malioboro area, oseng mercon (food with a lot of chilies until releasing sensation of cracker) and many more.  Don’t worry about the price as you may get lower than any other cities in Indonesie. Are you ready to have a cuisine feast?

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Angkringan in Jogja

  1. Easy to relax your mind

It is totally enjoyable city without any traffics compared to other cities. You will enjoy the traditional ambience especially in the suburb or rural area. No need to see a busy life because people live a little bit slowly here. Besides, this is a good place if you wanna avoid hectic life for a while. Just get some of your ‘me-time’ and then you should get fresh again afterwards with full spirits for struggling.

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Relax in Jogja

  1. Friendly people

Here is probably where you find friendly and humble people. Even if they can’t speak English, they keep guiding you if you need a guidance like asking for direction. Don’t worry about anything, the people of Jogja get used to welcome tourist or traveler and that is why you should be very welcomed in this city. Perhaps it makes some people judge Jogja as their second home sweet home after coming back from the journey. How about you?

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Friendly people is anywhere

  1. Always be a memory

You couldn’t agree more if Jogja will always give an unforgettable memory. However, you wanna come back to visit in short or even long time in the city. It is normal to know many reasons of your coming back. Even you can promote this city to people who never been to and probably you as not Jogja people can guide them during the journey.

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Memorable City

It is enough to describe the reasons of why you should visit the city. Even you are originally from Jogja, same feeling to visit always come to yourself. So, are you ready to have a good day in the city of Mataram Kingdom as the capital of Special District of Jogjakarta? Come and do a visit soon!

Why become a solo traveller? Just do it.

Why do you choose to become a solo traveller? Solo-travelling abroad is not a mistake. Some people can talk it is insane thing to do Perhaps, you never did before, until you are curious of what you friends have done by going abroad by their selves on trip. Actually, it is not something you need to be afraid of, although you can find something, someone and somewhere new which makes your life more colorful than what you are having at this time. If you are still worried about, these following reasons probably can change your mind and then you pack your stuff to go overseas based on my own experience. Let’s have a look!

  1. Self-improvement

What does it mean by self-improvement? Of course, when you are alone in somewhere new, even strange, then you have to do anything because you depend on yourself. No guarantee for you to get any assistant. So what’s next? Be independent person without relying much on other, otherwise you may get lost or find several distractions during your trip. It is not impossible to do anything as long as you learn. Think and decide things quickly can lead you to improve yourself. It is okay if you won’t to at first time. But other people have proved that it works. So this is your turn. Get and prove it!

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Self-improvement is not impossible to reach

  1. Build new connection

It is a special offer you will get if you can get out of your comfortable zone, such as doing solo-travelling. It means you will find someone you never meet before and it is good chance to build your connection with him or her. Who knows, the person you meet in a country will be your host when you visit his country someday. Nothing is impossible right. But remember to keep contact with him or her! You are not sure with that people? Trust me, be kind and you will find fellow kind people.
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Talk with fellow strangers

  1. Be a story-teller

When you come back from your solo-travelling, you will become a story teller to anyone in your home country. Perhaps, they will ask about your feeling on being along in strange place without someone you know, or maybe the tips to survive by yourself. It is your plus point after coming back home. You can get some story from people in the country or place you visit, and then you should retell that story with your own version. Of course, in positive perspective and purpose. As you know, the slogant of learning by experience is totally true and it is time to prove by yourself.

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Get a new story and be story teller

  1. Be your own country ambassador

You may not visit all tourism objects in your own country, but when you are abroad and have a discussion with fellow strangers, you can tell a lot about the beauty of your country even though you have not visited yet. It does not mean to be a liar but you can pretend knowing some popular objects in your area. Then promote and probably provoke them to come to your country. This is just another way to keep your friendship with stranger longer. Interested to do?

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Promote your own country

  1. Be mingle with locals

Never ever try to avoid locals when you are travelling. It is the key of your journey. You don’t have to stay at their home, but you can talk with local sellers in coffee stall, or taxi driver. It is not as dangerous as you worry even though you have ever heard bad news about it, but only in tiny percentage compared to good news. Give them something from your country such as coin will make them happy to be your new friend. Imagine if they say : “Thank you brother, it totally goes to my heart”. It seems the most amazing feeling ever.

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Talking with local driver leads you to something you never expect

So, do you still worry of anything to be solo-traveller? If I were you, I will deny all of the worries, pack my stuffs, find cheap ticket and get lost. Are you ready? I am waiting for your stories here guys.

The beauty of Sindoro

Indonesia is popular for beauty of its nature. Mountains, shores, temples and much more. Sindoro mountain is one of the fantastic nature, which is located in Temanggung is well known as one of the highest mountain in Central Java.  It faces directly to the Sumbing Mountain. There is no long space between those mountains. As person who loves nature and climbs up mountain, we decided to climb up Sindoro in last 2014 with friends. Thereby we can got experienced and feel united with the nature.
We left for Sindoro on Friday night and came back home on Sunday night. It is not long journey but we were really glad to have experience there.
We walked calmly and enjoyed all the view around us. First impression was vegetables farming in the right and left side along the paving stone way before we reached post 1. It felt fresh even at night by viewing the ready-to-harvest vegetables. Only then we passed post 1, we walked on the ground, of course natural way in the mountain. Here we viewed the trees or a little natural forest. The natural ambience we got was exciting even though we started to be fatigue. It was seldom to feel in city because of its crowd. In post two , there were our last flat track and we needed to walk with more spirit in the ascending track. We didn’t see much trees anymore because it was a bit barren.
After couple of hours we reached the peak, a little bit late because sunrise we got only one hour from Sindoro’s peak. Sunrise view in the mountain was greatly amazing.
Sindoro is extremely beautiful especially in the morning when I was able to see Sumbing, Merapi, Merbabu and Lawu Mountain.  To be frank, that was time to be thankful to the God who creates one of beautiful nature. We are so grateful and glad to see. 8 hours-on foot from basecamp was worth it. We spent time for built tent for camping time and got exhausted together. But everything got paid. We believe that we would find something fantastic above there. This supported us to keep walking even though the weather was not too good.
Finally we saw the morning view such as village below the mountain and also Sumbing mountain which is exactly in front of us. While we felt the warmth of morning sun, we prepared breakfast since we were so hungry  While we enjoyed the beautiful view, we realized that we should be thankful for being Indonesian. Indonesian had been blessed with wonderful landscape from Sabang in the west point to Merauke in the east point and from Sangihe in the north point to Rote Island in the south point.
And the word we could say, How amazing our Indonesia is! What incredible this natural capital in Central Java is!
One of the wonderful mountain was placed in Central Java. Of course that is Sindoro Mountain.  It is totally recommended for natural tourism object in Central java.Someday we have to come back to view Sindoro from the next mountain. Exactly, that is Sumbing Mountain.

How incredible our nature is. Thanks God!!

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