16 December 2010

Culinary Tours: New Tourism Destinations in Manado

The presence of a class of McDonald's global brand reinforces Manado as a world tourist destination in eastern Indonesia. While the other side, its presence also means that support the region's economic growth through workforce engagement, as well as a choice location Menado family to spend time together.

The potential of the city of Manado in terms of tourism has been recognized by many, inside and outside the country. So, add one culinary delights that have been familiar to the tongue of foreign tourists will make them more comfortable and feel "feel at home". That is one speech given by Mr. Sukowati Sosrodjojo, President Director of PT Rekso National Food (RNF) in opening outlets that took place today in Manado.

Located in the Boulevard area, where tourists used to cross to get to the island of Manado Tua and Bunaken's most famous locations, McDonald's has become the first presented by RNF - Developmental Licensee McDonald's restaurant in Indonesia - in this province.

Mr Sukowati Sosrodjojo, President of McDonald's Indonesia - PT Rekso National Food said "We are very enthusiastic and optimistic about the development of investment climate in Manado. This province is preparing itself to be one ecoturism best tourist destinations in Indonesia, especially with a series of international activities that have been and will be implemented.

Of course this will attract more foreigners to visit, for business, meetings or leisure travel. That's why McDonald's decided to come here and give one more factor that could become the pride of residents. Making beats McDonald's part of the community of Manado, because we are also committed to contribute the maximum to the community around. "

Adapting culture Manado sea, with ship-shaped building facades are getting towards the sea, McDonald's Manado built on a land area of 2700 square meters. Desk facing the sea is a cool place to hang. Plus the concept of service facilities 24 hours, 7 days a week, Drive Through, Party Room, Play Land, Internet Corner, and has Wi-Fi access free of charge, then complete the effort to embrace all the needs of customers of various ages and interests.

In this happy occasion, McDonald's Indonesia to invite the entire community invitation and participated Manado enliven the event with dancing to Chaka-Chaka dance movement which is a "line dance" the pride of the people of Manado.

"National Food Rekso helped preserve and revive the local culture. Make it a special part in every activity of the company. But that privilege is that of any participants who participated in the program Bagoyang Dorang dancing Donate follow-Chaka Chaka dance, McDonald's will donate a certain amount. So we hope the audience will all want to come to dance, "as presented by Rini T. Wardani communications manager for the National Rekso Food.

Overall donations collected will be donated to the Foundation Ronald McDonald House Charities, a nonprofit corporation which is a legally separate institution from McDonald's. This institution has a goal to help children less fortunate have the opportunity and basic health facilities are better for free.

Torang spirit Samua Basudara, the potential areas in the future, as well as strengthen the warmth of its people more confidence and commitment of the National Food Rekso to serve and provide the best of McDonald's to the people of Manado, so I'm lovin it more real.

13 December 2010

Enrekang, South Sulawesi; Discover The Nature of Enrekang

Caves, mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. All there is on earth Enrekang. The district is located between kilometer 196 and 281 kilometers north of Makassar, the region became one alternative that should be visited in the South Sulawesi. One of the famous mountain in this area is Mount Buttu Kabobong. The mountain is famous for its unique shape, resembling human genitals. Mountains are often also called Mount Miss. This can be seen from the side of the highway, when the city Enrekang.

In this area there is also Mount Bambapuang which has a height of 1157 meters above sea level. If lucky, you can see the panoramic sunrise and sunset are spectacular from the slopes of this mountain. At that time, the ball is colored red sun seems so obvious. On the slopes of this mountain too, there are a number of bunkers of the Japanese army.

According to myth and legend who believed the local community, Mount Bambapuang is the place where governance and human civilization in South Sulawesi, began. The place is exactly located at the Lura Bambapuang, one area that flowed Saddang River - the longest river on the island of Sulawesi.

Bugis people respect the place and call it rigalla tana tana riabbusungi (the revered holy land). Even now, the Toraja people who are neighbors of this area, always hand over a piece of flesh for his ancestors in Bambapuang every time they held a party.

First, salak fruit-producing areas are called 'the country a thousand caves'. At least there are 20 caves in this area that does offer views of the exotic. One of the famous cave with stalactites and stalakmitnya is Bubau Cave, located in despair Baraka. In addition, there is also a cave located in Limbuang Pusallo Maiwa, and Cave Tappa in Maiwa. The caves are very interesting to be traced by the adventurers.

This area borders the district of Tana Toraja in the north, this regency in the eastern part, Sidrap in the south, and west Pinrang. Enrekang have the hills and mountains with a height of between 70 to 3,000 meters above sea level. One of the famous mountain is Mount Latimojong which has a height of 3239 meters above sea level, and is the highest mountain in South Sulawesi.

Enrekang also has several major rivers such as River Tabang, Sungai Mata Allo, Mamasa River, and River Saddang. Saddang River that passes through downtown Enrekang and flows toward the Makassar Strait is one of the rafting event that began in demand. The swift river currents and heavy field challenge like water sports lovers to conquer Saddang River.

Another thing that legitimate enjoyment of the earth Enrekang are waterfalls and natural pools. Lewaja waterfall which was about four miles to the south of the city is a place of relaxation Enrekang very natural. This waterfall is always crowded by citizens Enrekang well as those who come from outside Enrekang. Lewaja also known as a sacred place used for ritual bathing together Enrekang community before entering the month of Ramadan.

Enrekang also promised satisfaction for lovers of flora, especially orchids. Various types of orchids grown and maintained well here. Call it for example, orchids months, orchids scorpions, even the rare orchid species such as black orchid could still be found. While the protected animals such as pygmy monkeys and buffalo live freely in the legs of the hills.

Culture Enrekang varied and rich conversation and polite words. He lies between ethnic groups namely South Sulawesi Toraja, Luwu, Bugis, and Mandar. Communities in cool temperate regions is also familiar with the tradition of Maccera Manurung. This traditional ceremony is only done eight years for four consecutive days. No wonder, if this event will be held, many residents took Enrekang overseas to return home to witness this ceremony.

08 December 2010

West Bali National Park; Tour Full of Uniqueness

West Bali National Park/ Taman Nasional Bali Barat (TNBB) with an area of 19,000 hectares, spread out in two districts, namely Kabupaten Buleleng and Jembrana district, which can be reached from Denpasar town about 3.5 hours towards Gilimanuk. Cekik city, about 6 km before the city Gilimanuk, Office TNBB / PPA is located, where all the administrative problems to be solved, to get into the area TNBB. Very impressive, no matter a rambling bureaucracy, everything can be solved in a short time.

There are two ways to enter TNBB, which can be passed by a vehicle, or a more Adventures, through the path, up and down the mountain, from the Source Klampok Klatakan to Mt. One interesting place to visit is the Bali Starling Bird penangkatan (Leucopsar rothschildi) who supposedly lived only a dozen in number in their natural habitat.

We hear that the Bali Starling breeding birds are almost "Extinct" This has been successfully performed by the San Diego Zoo and the Japanese. Even recently, Japan has donated another 24 to ditangkarkan tail Bali Starling in-Indonesia and TNBB get 10 fish quota.


Bali Starling bird breeding center which is managed by the Office of TNBB, done Tegal Bunder Postal sector. Bali Starling breeding facility that was almost extinct, which also has become an international concern, it seems inadequate, even a veterinarian visit very erratic. Maybe it is better if the TNBB or Natural Development Center, sending its staff to "comparative study" to the San Diego Zoo as well as Japan, which is certainly more sophisticated all-in all things.

The next trip you can continue with Prapat Heading down the coast toward the Great which is located on the edge of the white sandy beach, by the inhabitants called the "old beach", very beautiful. If provided for the tourist beaches of Kuta, the beach seems a long time indeed provided to the (nudist) TNBB residents.

To meet the desire of the tourist that do not satisfied, then provided the island. Besides having beautiful beaches, the island where the snorkeling is also very beautiful. If you are lucky, the divers can joke with Dolphins and Turtles. The island is also inhabited by various founa such as deer, Warthog, and others. And, also the choice of the Birds Watcher, which at certain times, can see the waves of migrating birds, from the northern to the southern hemisphere and vice versa.

In addition to fauna, in TNBB there are also several types of unique flora, it is said there are only there only, like a thorn tree Crocodile Panggal like the back of a crocodile. This wood is favored by sculptors Ubud, because the groove wood is a rather unique and mystical nuance, but this tree is protected.

Trees "lianas" vines or by a resident called the "tree garden" which is no less unique, shaped like a spiral and braid, also highly sought many people to picture frames, this tree is also protected. Tree Sawo Kecik (Manilkara kauki), which is increasingly rare-dibudi also empower the TNBB. According ceritra, fruit Sawo Kecik highly favored by women, especially royal women, supposedly because of properties that can cause a smell that "Seductive" in the body.

Post Red Light is the last post you can visit and who were also heading off the coast, only 2.8 kilometers away to the mainland island of Java. Name strangely enough it was taken from the existence of Lighthouse that emit color light reddish.

This place is the first landing of Hindus from Java island, the Majapahit era around the 15th century. And, in this place also founded Pura Segara Rupeg that every full moon, much visited by pilgrims. From the land of Bali, looks Mount Merapi (in Java) dominate the panorama, at sunset, the view is fantastic.

24 November 2010

Derawan Island, East Kalimantan; Seeing Jump Turtle laying

Boat engine (kelotok) is the most inexpensive means that can be boarded by people who have “mediocre bag”. It is very rare boat that came to this Derawan Islands. Meanwhile, foreign tourists, who usually dropped from aircraft in Kalimarau Airport, Cape Redep Derawan directly to the island using a speed boat which had been moored at the port specific. By using a speed boat, to Derawan Island only takes two to three hours. While the boat motor, could be reached after seven hours.

By using a motor boat, visitors can while enjoying the fresh air. With the boat motor running slowly, also can enjoy the scenery and the flora and fauna that exist in the river region. When traveling for example, you can while watching the king prawns flying on the outskirts of the river that was about a mile to two miles it.

According to Mr Sofyan, a prominent environmental activist in Berau District, along the river when there was also fortunate to have long noses found in monkeys (bekantan). In Berau, according to the latest report, The Nature Conservancy, found new populations of orangutans, which was alleged to have been extinct.

Up on the Island Derawan already late in the afternoon. You should immediately find a fairly inexpensive lodging. There are many houses that prepared the population as a "home stay" which can be paid between 30-40 thousand dollars per night. Want even more expensive there, even cottages are available at the rate of U.S. dollar.

Just the next day you'll get a chance to see the beach. Derawan Island Water is very clear. Obviously if you sit on the edge of the bridge that leads to the sea, turtles seen milling, swimming around the bridge. There's even a romp. The sea is clear like a swimming pool that is transparent, providing fun in the eye that sees.

In this beach many diving enthusiasts, especially Japanese and Australian nationals visited this place. The islands are located in the Strait of Sulawesi, the incoming parts that are still close to the border with Malaysia that keep the beauty beneath the sea.

If you could dive or float on the surface beach clean by using a "snorkel" floating on top of coral reefs Derawan Island, you can certainly find a fairly tame turtles roam around you. In addition, if you dive in the sea a deeper, you will encounter barracuda fish, ornamental fish, and thousands of reef fish alongside the maze in deep water.

Dr. Carden Wallace of the museum's tropical Queensland, Australia has examined marine wealth Derawan Island and found more than 50 types of Arcropora (marine animal) in one coral reef. Not weird this place was known in foreign countries and quite popular among the professional and the amateur divers.

Turtles can be seen almost every night you go up onto land and lay eggs next to the cottage, or how far from the port where you land when visiting Derawan.

Derawan Island is better known abroad than his own country. Why not? Travel from Japan "Slapshot" from Tokyo or Nagoya, and then to Singapore and Sabah, direct to Balikpapan and then joined a small plane to Cape Redep, which exist in Berau.
Some foreign tourists are a special advantage for the hobby of diving, because this place is the best area for diving. "The island is a shelter turtle in the world," said Mr. Sergei, a retired French teacher who has several times come on holiday to the island Derawan. "I just dive and go accompany a turtle go to sea," said Sergei Ms.Dianne wife.

Dianne is a diving instructor, she teaches in a professional dive to the person or institution who wants to teach the basics of diving. These two men specifically Derawan Island vacation because not much is known and is not a bustling tourist targets. "We like it here, not many people," he said.

As a remote island and not much visited by tourists, the island state is still very comfortable. Some lodging is also preparing tools for amateur and professional divers. For the professional usually can rent the equipment supplied by Derawan Dive Resort with the rates can be negotiated.

If you are not satisfied with some of the island, you can also review the other islands such as: Island Charitable, Maratua, and Kakaban which has its own uniqueness. Charitable Island for example, has a population of blue manta rays (Manta Rays) that is unique, which can reach 3.5 meters in width. If you're lucky, may also find Pari Black with 6 meters wide. While Kakaban have uniqueness in the form of Prehistoric Lake, which is in the middle of the sea, the only one in Asia

09 November 2010

Banyumas; Enchantment Sensational Experience

Banyumas, of course familiar, Banyumas regency, Central Java (Central Java) has one Baturaden tourist attraction. The particular nature are felt from the forest, crystal clear river, until the campsite (camping ground). However, Banyumas not only has Baturaden.

In Sub Cilongok or about 15 km west of Purwokerto, also has a tourist attraction similar to Baturaden. Sensational charm, because the typical natural mountains can really be enjoyed by visitors. That waterfall and lake Cipendok Pucung.

If you want to visit the waterfall Cipendok, be prepared to bring an umbrella or raincoat, and clothes. Because if you enter the waterfall area Cipendok, you must have "rain". This is because Cipendok waterfall is a waterfall that has a height of almost 100 meters, so that water droplets wetting the surrounding area, although no rain.

Curug Cipendok become the main attraction, because of its natural environment are truly natural. The silence is still deeply felt, because not many travelers who come to enjoy the natural beauty Karangtengah Village, District Cilongok.

Between Curug Cipendok with the car park about 500 meters remaining. But do not worry, travel 500 meters from the entrance road to the waterfall is not going to make bored. On the contrary, the trip brought a visitor into nature that are still beautiful. With the road up and down, tourists who come will be greeted with the sounds of insects typical tropical forest.

After walking about 15-20 minutes, prior to Curug Cipendok roar will sound like heavy rain. That sounds a waterfall coming down from a height of nearly 100 meter. The cool air coupled with water droplets create a peaceful atmosphere and fresh. If it was already daylight, the sun shines make the results reflected a thin rainbow water droplets that fall.

Towards Curug Cipendok is not too difficult. However, there has been no official public transportation to get there, so that when tourists visit the place it should be by private vehicle or rental. Natural attractions, located about 10 km west ofPurwokerto, or about 5 km from Ajibarang, Banyumas.

From the highway Cilongok to the location is 8 km with the condition rose and winding road, but the asphalt was smooth. Cipendok waterfall nearby, there are also tour the lake is absolutely stunning Lake Pucung. Local lake surrounded by pine woods and resin, so it is suitable for camping ground.

This lake will be one of the mainstay Banyumas to siphon tourist. Pucung Lake Complex occupies an area of three hectares (ha), with an area of about one hectare lake. Tourist attraction in Banyumas may not have much to know, because it will be opened officially become a tourist destination on August 8, 2005.

This tourist attraction is the lake with enough water in the surrounding clear and surrounded by natural forest. In addition, visitors can also hear the sounds of rare birds such as the Javanese eagle circling above the lake. Moreover, for the lucky visitors can see a kind of endemic species of monkey that is grayed out, rek-rek.
Attractions included in the road was widened Unity Forest Pemangkuan (KPH) East Banyuma the start addressed by a variety of facilities, due to officially become a tourist destination.

KPH East Banyumas has equipped with parking, rest areas, and bathrooms. In fact, Perhutani have given the names of rare trees that live there. Another goal is not designed for students, in addition to enjoying the outdoors, they also can recognize the rare plants that live in that place.

Around the lake there is also Pucung airy place that can be used for camping ground. The place is intentionally created, reserved for young children who like to adventure with in the wild. It has established Lake Pucung Banyumas the typical tourist nature of the mountains. With increasing tourist attraction, the tourists who come to the mendambah Banyumas alternative list of tourist destinations.

So, if you've been to just go to Baturaden Banyumas, will lose. The reason is, there are still other alternative places are no less asrinya. To be sure, tourists who come to this place will feel peace, because it is far from the urban bustle.

05 November 2010

Sumenep, East Java; Visit The Kraton Potre Koneng

Sumenep Palace (Keraton Sumenep) in East Java known as "Potre Koneng" (Princess Yellow). This name arises because in the former palace Sumenep ever lived a palace consort, Queen Ayu Tirto Negoro, who has a clean yellow skin that comes from China. To honor the queen, palace roof Sumenep given a bright yellow color.

Buildings Palace Sumenep established in the second half of the 18th century at the instigation of King Sumenep, namely Penembahan Sumolo or Tumenggung Arya Nata Kusuma. This royal palace architected by a Chinese, named Liaw Piau Ngo. Through hands Ngo Liaw Piau is born a unique palace building, which blends architectural styles of Europe, China, and Java.

By visiting this palace, tourists can see first hand the results Javanese culture, Europe, and China which form the building Sumenep Palace. At the palace buildings Sumenep, visitors can see the nuances of Javanese palace with pillars and ornaments are European-style curves and a series of roof that resembles a Chinese temple.

In general, the composition of the palace building is no with other palace in Java, for example, shared a large pavilion, enough to receive guests, resting room king, and the location of the bathhouse for the empress and the king's daughters.

Before entering the palace, visitors will be greeted by the gate with the name "Labang mesem". In the Indonesian language "labang" means the door, and "mesem" is a smile. This gate symbolizes the hospitality of the palace of the guests who visit.

On the right side of the palace, there is a "Koneng Office", ie the king Sumenep workspace, which now functioned as a museum. This room contains a collection of housewares palace. Outside the palace, tourists can also visit the Mosque Jamik Sumenep whose age is not much different from the ages Keraton Sumenep. Sumenep Palace is located in downtown (near the square) Sumenep, Madura, East Java.

To reach the city Sumenep tourists have crossed the northern coast of Java through the Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya toward Port Kamal, Bangkalan, Madura by utilizing the ferry service. Travel time is approximately half an hour and costs around Rp. 2,000.

This port is located at the western end of Madura island, while the location of the Palace Sumenep located at the east end of the island which is about 90 km from Port Kamal. Or you can also ride from Surabaya longest bridge directly to Madura. The trip from the Port to the city Sumenep Kamal can be reached by bus or minibus with a long trip about 3 hours.

Tourists visiting the palace Sumenep can obtain additional information about the history and development of the palace of the palace managers who act as guides. If you need to stay, around the museum there is a hotel lodging.

02 November 2010

Cave Sunyaragi, Cirebon; Observing the Past History

Tamansari Sunyaragi Cave Castle is one example of the ancestral culture of Indonesia. Likewise, the sophistication of its architecture is not lost with the creation of the people of today. Unfortunately, it had faded portrait of admiration because there is no serious treatment. Is this the mirrors of our nation personality?

Construction and composition of building this site is a water park. Of the existing remnants, visible results of cultural sophistication and uniqueness of human beings in its day. And it should be, it can still be seen up to now if there is no interference and periodic maintenance.

Sunyaragi Park comes from the word "Sunya" which means quiet and "leaven" which means the body or bodies. This park is in power Kasepuhan Palace. Although their functions vary according to the will of the ruler of his day, largely Sunyaragi Park is the park where the princes palace and palace soldiers imprisoned for improving science kanuragan.

Sunyaragi Park consists of 12 sections: (1) jinem ward, where the sultan to give advice and see the soldiers practice, (2) bodyguard cave, a gathering place for the guards of the sultan; (3) complex Mande Kemasan (partly destroyed), (4) cave Pandekemasang , where a sharp weapon, (5) Simanyang cave, where the checkpoint, (6) Langse cave, a place to relax; (7) peteng cave, where Nyepi for immune; (8) Arga stagnant cave, where the important palace; ( 9) Padang Ati cave, where meditated; (10) cave permanence, lasting place of meditation for the position; (11) Lava caves, bat a special place; (12) cave Pawon, kitchen food storage.

Observing Sunyaragi, we could see history in accordance with its time series. From the research data, showing the uniqueness of its construction, each period there is always a change in shape according to personal taste and needs of the ruling sultan. It is also concerned with the function of this place. Eventually, Castle Cave Sunyaragi doubles. Not only used as Pesanggrahan only, but also for the political activities of resistance.

Symbol of resistance can be seen in the reign of Sultan Matangaji Tajul Arifin, this place used as a place to manufacture weapons and military training center if the kingdom. That is why, in the reign of Sultan Adiwijaya in 1852, Castle Cave Sunyaragi undergoing renovations, having previously destroyed by the Dutch.

To repair it, the Emperor of China commissioned the architect. That said, the architect was held captive and killed for the secret cave Sunyaragi not leak into the hands of the Dutch. Khong and Sam Pho Chay Jin Tia is also often linked with the legend Sunyaragi. Moreover, this complex also keep proof of any sites that were given peg "Tombs of China". Nearby there is an old banyan tree has hundreds of years. Because of his parents, a few stalks need to be propped up with concrete poles and iron.

Cave Castle Restoration Sunyaragi ever undertaken by the Dutch colonial government in 1937-1938. Implementation was left to an officer of the Cultural Department of Semarang. His name, Krisjman. He only strengthen the construction of the original by adding poles or brick pillar reinforcement, especially on the roof of the arch. But sometimes it also eliminates its original form, if the whole building is considered dangerous. As shown in Cave Guards and right-left wing of the building and Mande Jinem shard.

Final restoration done Protection and Development Directorate of History and Antiquities, Directorate General of Culture, who restored the Castle as a whole from 1976 to 1984. Since it no longer exists a serious maintenance activities at this complex.

When traced, the water park complex was born through a very long process. This place several times revamp and repair. According to the book Purwaka Carabuna Nagari work Aryan Prince Carbon, Sunyaragi Cave Castle was built in 1703 AD by Prince Kararangen. Prince Kararangen is another name of Aryan Prince Carbon.

But according to Caruban Kandha and some notes from Kasepuhan Palace, Water Castle was built because Pesanggrahan "Nur Sapta Giri Rengga" changed into the burial place of kings Cirebon, now known as the Astana Gunung Jati. Mainly associated with the expansion of Kraton Pakungwati (Cirebon), which occurred in 1529 AD, with the construction of walls around the palace, Siti inggil and others. For data comparison, Siti inggil built with marked candra sengkala "Fortress Tinataan Bata" which refers to the number in 1529 AD

At Castle Cave there is a garden candrasengkala Sunyaragi called "Park Bujengin Obahing Earth" which refers to the number in 1529. In both places there are also similarities, that there are gate "Temple Bentar" the same great shape and one priority. Explained, Prince Kararangen only build complex Arga Jumut Cave and Mande Packaging only.

20 October 2010

Pasirmukti, Bogor; Refreshing Agro Tourism

For the metropolis, on vacation in a green and beautiful place would be a very pleasant alternative. Moreover, if the place can be achieved easily, without having to spend energy and time for hours. Do not waste time. Drive your car to the destination Immediately!!!!

In the south of Jakarta, precisely in the area Citeureup, there is a location that should be considered to fill your holiday with family. Garden Tours Pasirmukti is an agro-tourism which is an environmentally friendly and offers a panoramic view of nature in the form of rice fields, plantations and fish ponds and green hills. Something that is very rarely found in midtown.

For those of you who come from Minahasa, this location can also be healers if you miss your hometown. Because the buildings and cottages that stood on this land , has unique style and so does the names. Nuance Minahasa not stop there. In Restaurants Bakudapa, you can enjoy delicious grilled chicken dish or woku rica fish and other special Manado food.

While dining, absorb the beauty of a paddy field between the orchard. On certain days, traditional musical entertainment, kolintang held to entertain the visitors. Minahasa Cottage, lodging with amenities like hotels and Walee Toaas & Tower Water Quality with beautiful scenery, is the excellent facilities that can be enjoyed at weekends with your family or office colleagues.

Garden Tours Pasirmukti also be the right place for flowers or ornamental plants lovers. In the Orchid Garden, you can find an interesting variety of species such as dendrobium orchid, phalaenopsis, Oncidium, cattleya and various other ornamental plants, the collection will spoil the eye.

Want to learn to care for orchids? Visitors can follow the session orchid care tips and demos which provided by expert staff. Following a short course on tambulapot or fruit plants in pots that are more intense behind the popular, the course also interesting to gain more knowledge.

Frutiwok or down the orchards, rice fields and river Cileungsi in the morning is a pleasant journey that can be done together. You are invited to watch various types of plants and picking the Lemong Cui, Manado distinctive orange, or red guava, directly from the tree while inhaling the fresh air far away from pollution.

Fishing, also could be other family activities that are not less interesting. Sitting together in saung, the pool while holding the hook or pull the hook with fish eating the bait, will be a special experience in this holiday.

Back to nature and become a farmer is an unforgettable experience for children and adolescents. And, arena Mud Field is the place. Join plowing fields with a traditional instrument, playing catch eels, fisticuffs in the pond mud will feel unique and exhilarating. Want a more exciting game? You can go to a green building to play war games or paint ball that offers a wide selection of war scenarios.

With a unique range of facilities and programs it has, Garden Tours Pasirmukti can be a perfect destination for your vacation and family on weekends.

28 September 2010

Maninjau Lake, Eternal Morning Haze

Wind blows breezily at Agam regency. Cold air touch your skin softly and you can feel the beautiful scenery when the great mountain outspread in this regency so charming.

As a territory which placed at strategic position in west Sumatra, this province has many potential culture and natural scenery. The culture is so unique and very interesting, the people of Agam also very friendly.

Agam’s handicraft and some traditional hand work also can be found here, weaving embroidery, embroidered goods, blacksmith, gold and silver craft are very pretty and those were heredity occupation.

You can get public transportation easily to go to those tourists area. During the journey, you can see the natural condition of west Sumatra, mountain, hills, valley, plateau, lake and beach. They were so beautiful.

At this moment, the most favorite tourist area that most domestic tourists and foreign tourist visit is the Top of Lawang. It was ± 1,210 m above the sea level. At the Netherland colonial era, Top of Lawang has been used as asylum for Netherland noble. From here, you can see the Maninjau Lake and Indonesian ocean.

And because of its location so high and its scenery so beautiful, now Top of Lawang developed as location for Take Off Sky sport (Paragliding). Flying outsoar until approach the land at Bayur, the edge of Maninjau lake, we can see the beauty of Maninjau lake.

And for you who love challenge and cross country, you can walk go down along the slope of mountain to the Maninjau lake or cross the protected forest to the Wisata Embun or go back to hotel. And your journey will be uncomplete if you’re not trying the Terbang Tandem using the parachute with trained local flyer.

Not far from Top of Lawang, you can also enjoy the beauty scenery of Embun Pagi(morning haze). Here, agree with its name, the atmosphere always feels like in the morning, cool and relaxing. Embun Pagi tourist area placed not far from Maninjau lake and it was at ± 1,000 M above the sea level.

From Embun pagi, if you go down to the Maninjau Lake using private vehicle or pulic transportation, then you’ll passed Kelok Ampek Puluah Ampek area. You’ll find many souvenir such as hat made from pandanus braid, kampia bag, necklace, bone bracelet and many dills.

This region was named Kelok Ampek Puluah Ampek, in English means “44 blind turning”, because along the journey to the Maninjau Lake, we’ll pass blind turning as many as 44 times.

The moment you arrive at down of the mountain, you’ll find three branch. If you turn left, you can go to Buya Hamka’s birth place at the Batang river, Muaro Pauh village. At that simple house, in 1908 Hamka was born. Now this place become a museum. If you turn right, you can go to Lubuk Basung, the Agam’s capital regency.

The last tourist object is pond, well it’s not an ordinary pond, this pond has three taste, sweet, sour and bitter. This place was well known as Air Tigo Raso (three taste water). This water which placed at Malintang city, believed by local people has magic power. People believe this water can cure many diseases especially skin disease. And this water believed can make you ageless . Well, let’s try it.