Tag Archives: Nature

Nami Island, Korea

Nami Island is roughly 65km from Seoul in the middle of a human made lake, Cheongpyeong Lake in the Han River. It is small island with many theme gardens, stages, statues and even several exhibition halls and lodgings. It has … Continue reading

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Indonesian fisherman vs coral reefs

Kepulauan Seribu or the Thousand Islands are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta’s coast. They consist of a string of 110 islands stretching 45 km north into the Java Sea. Described as possibly the best coral reefs on … Continue reading

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Bogor Botanical Gardens, a peaceful respite

Kebun Raya Bogor or the Bogor Botanical Gardens are an excellent and reasonably well maintained botanic gardens in Bogor, an hour south of Jakarta housing more than 15,000 species of plants and trees, including the disgustingly smelly and large Amorphophallus titanum, Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia padma. They cover … Continue reading

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Scenic waterfall in Kuningan, Central Java

Nearby Kuningan is a beautiful and rather scenic waterfall. The road is somewhat tricky to get to, perhaps 20-30 minutes via a local Angkot and then you will need to walk another 15 minutes through the park to get there, … Continue reading

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Don’t visit Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo

It’s horribly archaic. Lonely Planet guide book describes Ragunan zoo as “a nice place to spend a few hours”. They forgot to mention not to go on a national holiday, particularly the end of Ramadan because every Indonesian is supposed … Continue reading

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Biking around Lake Maninjai, West Sumatra

A short distance away from Bukkittinggi in West Sumatra there’s a lovely volcano lake called Lake Maninjai in which you could bicycles and ride around this lake (70kms). Here is the number of a place with accommodation – no doubt … Continue reading

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Charter a Sailing boat out of Jakarta to cruise the 1000 islands

I just did a combined sailing/fishing cruise in the 1000 islands, the stuff dreams are made of. We used Java See Charters. They’re not cheap, but chartering a large sailing boat never is. Roughly $2000 per day. The pictures on … Continue reading

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Rafflesia patma blooms again in Bogor

Rafflesia patma, of the Family Rafflesiaceae is famous for its sister species, Rafflesia arnoldii, discovered in 1818 by an assistant to Joseph Arnold  and named after Sir Stamford Raffles who was the expedition leader, is recognized as being the world’s … Continue reading

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Ujung Kulon National Park

Attractions in Ujung Kulon National Park The three entrance points for visitors to Ujung Kulon National are Taman Jaya, Peucang Island and Handeuluem Island. Two less visited regions, Panaitan Island and Gunung Honje Range, can be reached from these entrance … Continue reading

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X-Country Skiing at Lake Mountain

Lake Mountain is about 2 1/2 hours from Melbourne and is a national park set aside for cross country skiers in the winter and biking or walking in the summer. You will not find ski lifts or resorts here, in … Continue reading

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