It is one thing that you don’t want to miss in Lombok, visiting traditional cultural village. We visited three (3) when we was there last October for honeymoon.
The first village is Sukarara, Kampung Tenun Asli, where you can see women making local traditional fabric called Tenun, get yourself wear traditional dresses and take picture in front of the houses. Don’t forget to buy the fabric. This place serves as a union, gathering all the local women to sell handmade Tenun. The price is varied depends on the quality, but overall very reasonable.
Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)
The second village is Banyumulek, clay pottery village. Ask the shopkeeper to show you the magic of Kendi Maling, perhaps you need it for your home 🙂 and allow yourself to take time to create your own pottery.
The third village is Sasak Ende Village, origins of Lombok people. When you come in a big group, usually they will show you stick-fighting dance. For us couple, we just hope that we’re lucky enough to bump into a larger group when we reached there. And yes, it did happen. The stick fighting was interesting, traditional music running while the fighter make a rhythm while banging their stick each other. The children also joined this as part of cultural inheritance. They also sold Tenun created by the women around these village.
Make sure you bring your cash because you may need to tip the local guide. Your tip will help them to keep them going and preserve the culture.
Our honeymoon tour in Lombok handled by Lombok Damai Tour.
Right after sightseeing Bangli Village, we rolled to Pura Tirta Empul, a Hindu Balinese water temple in Gianyar. This place is interesting to observe religious ceremony, people bathing themselves using holy water to purify their soul, traditional music, beautiful statues, lots of fishes, etc. Close to the area, you can see the first president’s houses.
The entrance ticket was 15K IDR per person (October 2017). To enter the temple, we had to cover our lower body with Sarong. It was believed that the evil spirits may remain there. The local person was really helpful and friendly. They offered us an escort in exploring the temple. They said they will tell you the original history of this temple and everything. However since my husband and I wanted to enjoy our time, we gracefully rejected it.
So, it came a chance for us to visit a trending tourism spot in Gianyar, Bali. It’s actually a residence where royal families live. The village is so humbly beautiful with some small houses, temple and bamboo forest.
We left our honeymoon villa, Villa Omah Lembu, in Ubud at 10 am. The travel time around 1.5-2 hours. So when we reached this village, we had to walk in a broad daylight. Anyway, it’s all worth the journey. The view sensed us well. It’s very traditional and clean. It stimulated our contentment like we were walking in a heritage trail.
Beginning of this month June, I traveled to Tangerang, a city outside of Jakarta, and visited the China Town with my Instagram boyfriend. There I learned the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia.
Started from Tanah Abang Train Station at 7 am, we took a stop at Duri Station where we switched to another train routing to Tangerang Station. There we walked to a famous porky noodle shop just ten minutes from the station. After having breakfast, we moved to the traditional market and dropped in a Chinese temple, Klenteng Boen Tek Bio. This temple claimed as the oldest temple in the city, for standing more than three centuries (map).
Nearby in the area, a private-owned museum, named Museum Benteng Heritage, was open to promote about the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia, how they arrived in Indonesia, their contribution to develop social welfare around Tangerang, the old pictures of the city, the famous soy sauce sold from era to era, etc. The entrance fee was 30.000 IDR and it included a tour to see around. Cannot tell much about the information I got from the guide, but the 30-40 minutes tour was worth every penny. They also provide a meeting room, private family party, and merchandise shop. Taking pictures inside was prohibited, but we are still allowed to take photos in some public areas. (map)
The trip was ended at 12. We walked back to Tangerang station to go home.
Back again to Yogyakarta in the beginning of May 2017 for office outing. Always excited and never bored with this city, Yogyakarta would always be memorable and enjoyable. Two things I want to share now are Ullen Sentalu Museum and De Mata Museum.
Ullen Sentalu Museum was located to Kaliurang area (map), about 1-2 hours from city center. The entrance fee was around 35K. Quite expensive, but if you a culture-history-freak you would love this museum. The tour guide will explain you about Javanese royal families, Batik from some areas in Java, the paintings, etc. It was not allowed to take picture here, but there were some areas where you can pose as an Instagram model.
Group picture – standing in front of the sloping wall describing the sloped-mind of our young generation.
De Mata Trick Eye Museum (map)
It’s actually a 3D museum where you can take pictures with some cute, funny, unusual background. The entrance fee was 120K for De Mata Museum 1, Museum 2, and De Arca Museum. At first, I kinda under-estimate this place. I thought it would be boring, but it was not. So many background and the place was not really crowded. Make sure you prepare good costume and energy for creating some magnificent pose if you want to have fun here.. 🙂
On our third day (25 March 2017), we drove to Kalibiru (map), another trending place in Yogyakarta where you can snap a picture on a tree with beautiful scenery of lake as the background. Before we arrived, we dreamt of taking those pictures and posted them on our social media. However, after 2-hours journey from city center (we stayed at Malioboro area), we found that the place was very crowded. We had to queue for 3-5 hours if we insisted to take those pictures. So, we just gave up and hang around for around 1 hour and then moved to Mangunan Pine Tree Forest (map). Ahead to the forest, we stopped to Sate Klathak Pak Pong (map) for lunch.
We ate this much.. And the bill was under IDR 100K. Good taste, of course.
me at Pine Tree Forest
Mom, still at Pine Tree Forest
Following going back to Yogyakarta, we stopped at Tempo Gelato in Prawirotaman street (map), another heavenly street for backpackers in this city, other than Malioboro.We spent the night at Malioboro, close to our homestay, the packer lodge. Check rate and availability, make your booking via Agoda.