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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.

Pictures: 8 Temples or Candi in Dieng Plateau, Central Java, Indonesia

Hindu Temple Complex, the oldest Hindu Temples in Indonesia, consists of Candi Semar, Candi Arjuna, Candi Srikandi, Candi Puntadewa, Candi Sembadra.

Gatotkaca Temple is located nearby the Arjuna Temple complex, you can just walk from Arjuna Complex to Gatotkaca complex and visit Kailasa Museum located within walking distance from the temple.

Candi Bima, the biggest temple in Dieng area is very special as it is decorated with kudu statue on its roof. Inside the temple there is a yoni with 3 holes.

Dwarawati is the temple located set apart from another temples, a little bit hidden. The access to the temple is a narrow street passing settlements.

Pictures : Silver Sunrise and Dieng Temple Complex, Central Java, Indonesia

The silver sunrise can be seen from the Hindu Temple Complex, consists of 5 temples: Arjuna, Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa and Sembadara.

Puntadewa Temple

Arjuna Temple complex in the morning. Dieng Plateau, Central Java, Indonesia

This temple can be visited customized with other tours to Yogyakarta or Central Java, such as Borobudur Temple Tour, Yogyakarta Tour, Mount Prau Trekking Tour, Dieng Double Sunrise Tour, Java Overland Tour.  

Pictures: Tieng View Point for Golden Sunrie

Tieng View Point is not as high as Sikunir View Point, however the golden sunrise is marvelous. Here we can expect the sunrise while drinking hot coffee or purwaceng from behind the glass window of the coffee house. We can also climb to the tower for a better view. Far away is the majestic Mount Sindoro (3136 m).

Just outside the coffee house, there is a terrace we can enjoy sunrise directly.

Plecing Kangkung: Healthy Menu special from Lombok Island

Plecing Kangkung is easily found  in any restaurant in Lombok. It is water spinach in spicy fresh sauce. The taste is addictive. This menu will be suitable with rice and also other local food of Lombok such as Sate rembiga and Ayam Taliwang. 

The sauce is made of chili,  tomato, garlic, shallot and a little bit of shrimp pasta. Another vegetable can be mixed in Plecing Kangkung is been sprout. And sometimes you will get it sprinkled with peanuts. To make the sauce more flavors, usually added with lime. 

For me when i was in Lombok i could have this menu for lunch, and breakfast……… and dinner.  or even snack time.

Senggigi Beach, Lombok Island, Indonesia

Senggigi Beach is a very famous area in Lombok, because of its long white sandy beach, accommodations are established here from small hotel to some luxury resort. It is located about 1 hour drive from Lombok airport the the beach. 

Sunset from Senggigi beach is very enticing, especially when weather is clear that we can see the beautiful Mount Agung of Bali in a far. Enjoying the sunset while walking with spouse or even sipping coconut water can be an option every afternoon.  Some hotels and resorts have sea front cafe/restaurant, suitable for sunset dinner.

If you want to buy some clothes, there is an art market selling various colorful affordable clothing. It opens from 8 am to 7 am. And not far from the Senggu Beach hotels area, there are some souvenirs store as well. 

From Senggigi Beach , if you want to go to another island, there is a pier for fast boat to Gili Island and Bali. 

In my opinion Senggigi is a nice place to stay, as it is nearby the beach, and not so far from The Gili Islands, if you like night entertainment there are some options of pubs.  Climbing Mount Rinjani also usually includes pick up from Senggigi area. 

To commute at night, usually there are cidomo, horse cart,  on operation util late at night. Senggigi is relatively safe, you can walk from maybe your hotel to restaurant or pub safely.