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PICTURES : Candi/ Temple of Gebang, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Located about 11 KM from Yogyakarta City, this temple is not really well known. There is no stairs to enter the temple and probably in the past the stairs ti enter was made of organic material. The temple has niches with Nandiswara statue. While another niche is now empty. The temple is Hindu Temple by the fact that it has Yoni, Ganesha statue and Nandiswara statue.

There is a yoni locate inside the temple and kala makara decoration on the upper entrance.  

In my opinion the roof of the temple has similar to that of Bima Temple in Dieng, with kudu statue. On the top of the temple there is a lingga which is placed above a lotus pads. 

PICTURES: Mount Sibayak, Sumatera, Indonesia

This is the view of Mount Sinabung seen from the peak of Mount Sibayak , 2.212 meters above sea level. Mount Sibayak has open crater with sulfur. Not far from the peak there is a hotspring where you can soak and rejuvenate after hiking Mount Sibayak.

To watch the sunrise from Mount Sibayak, you can hike about 04.00. It takes only 1 hours walking to the peak, suitable for beginner. Recommended to be accompanied by local guide if you climb this mountain.

That is the peak of Mount Sibayak where you can see nearby cities and Mount Sinabung from here.


Below are hotels recommended for your stay in Bawean. Let us know if you want to go to Bawean, our travel planner will arrange your trip accordingly.


This hotel is located about 20 minutes walk from the port of Sangkapura. It will be faster if you go on motorbike taxi or car. Actually the this hotel is a homestay, as the host also stay in the same establishment. The room rate includes breakfast, every afternoon you can enjoy sunset from the hotel overlooking the port. The rooms are clean, and equipped with Aircondition and it has also free internet access.


This hotel is the biggest in the island, located also not far from the harbor. All rooms have private bathroom and mostly has hot water. This hotel has 24 hours reception, and free internet access. Breakfast is included in the package.


This hotel is located nearby FATHIN HOTEL, located nearby the harbor. All rooms has private bathroom and air condition. It has also free internet access.

PICTURES: Tanjung Puting National Park, Orangutan Jungle Trekking, Borneo, Kalimantan, Indonesia

Orangutan is endemic primate in Borneo. Visitors can visit the feeding area in the morning and afternoon in the jungle of Borneo. It is very impressive to see this reddish arboreal primate swinging from one tree to another, and the baby orangutan always attached to their mothers.


Bekantan is also an endemic primate with long nose, they can be seen in the afternoon. They can be seen easily along the river.

To reach the feeding from river jetty is about 30 to 45 minutes walk.  Camp Leaky and Tanjung Harapan provides useful information about Orangutan to understand more about the research and the orangutan characteristic.

Sekonyer river is an acid river, and the color is black especially when it gets deeper in the jungle that still preserved. The acid and black color derives from the falling leaves of the trees in the jungle.

River cruising is a thrilling experience, and though you go on a maybe 3 days 2 nights trip along the river and staying overnight on boat, the forest, the river, the wildlife, the stillness will make us feel excited about the journey.

Sunset behind nipah trees which overgrown along the river. In the past everynight fireflies can be seen like a natural lamps twinkling on the nipah trees. 

PICTURES : Tangkahan Elephant Tour, Sumatera, Indonesia

Every morning and afternoon visitors can join bathing elephant at Tangkahan at Batang Serangan river. The elephant herd are used to patrol for illegal logging in the jungle.

Visitors bathing elephant at Batang Serangan river.

The elephants herd enjoy being bathed and brushed. And afterwards visitors can also feed the elephant with banana and sugarcane

Feeding elephant with sugarcane.

There are some other activities can be enjoyed in Tangkahan. Such as tubing along Batang Serangan river, jungle trekking and there are some waterfalls located nearby.
Tangkahan can also be visited customized tour with another destination nearby: such as Bukit Lawang for Orangutan Jungle Trekking, Lake Toba and Samosir Island Tour, Berastagi Tour, Mount Sibayak Trekking and Medan Tour. For customized tour please contact us.

PICTURES : Mount Bromo , East Java Indonesia, Collections

Mount Bromo is best seen in the morning, after the sun rises and mists still covers the sea of sand.

And when the sky is clear, the crater smolders white smoke is magical seen from Mount Penanjakan.

Climbing the crater the crater rim under the warm sun and different view of the surroundings.

This view is taken when Mount Bromo was active and visitors may not climb Mount Bromo. Taken from Seruni View Point.

PICTURES : Liyangan Site, Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia

Liyangan site is a large area, and it was found because of the sand mining in the location. The excavation is still ongoing and some new sites found nearby covering larger area.

The mountain rock on the site shows that the sites destroyed by Mount Sindoro eruption in the past.


Liyangan site was found in 2008. Before the big structure found, there were already some yoni existed in the area, including this big size yoni which has been there for many years, in the middle of farm land.



PICTURES : Jumprit Holy Spring, Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia

Jumprit Holy Spring is located on slope of Mt Sindoro. The spring is unsed to collect holy water for Vesak ritual at Borobudur Temple annually. 

-The water also drips down from the above, beside the spring which it source comes from underground.  Jumprit spring is also the spring of Progo River. 

The entrance to Jumprit Spring decorated with Kala, like Hindu Temple.

PICTURES : Selogriyo Temple and its Rice Terraces, Central Java, Indonesia

Candi Selogriyo, the hidden temple on the slope of Mount Sindoro, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Enroute to the temple you will be passing mesmerizing view of Mount Sindoro, locals activity and rice terraces.

On the way to Selogriyo Temple, you will be passing the beautiful scenery of rice terrace. Sometimes you will be meeting locals and also seeing them working in the rice field.

Rice terrace in Selogriyo offer various stage of the rice paddy, some are green, some are nearly harvest time and some in the first stage.

If you do not want to walk for 2 km , you can ride motorbike to Selogriyo, and it is a little bit adrenaline ride as the road is about 2 meters wide and on one side is rice terrace valley.