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Tangkuban Perahu is actually a volcano mountain, which still active but no eruption seen for so many years. The last eruption in 1983 developed hardening rocks and cliffs, makes this place interesting with its crater and panoramic scenery. From Bandung, you can see Mount Tangkuban Perahu looks like the upside down boat, and the name of Tangkuban Perahu came from the local legendary about this mountain.
Tangkuban Perahu is exactly located at the mountain hill. From the top, you can enjoy the cooling weather and see a huge cliff with smoke coming out from it. But the most irritating thing was the sulfur smells. The smells became more and more solid when you get nearer to the crater. There are also many people selling souvenirs, local hand-made products, snacks and instant photo services.
Besides enjoying the scenery, you can also hike down to the crater through the forest. The forests have been open and steps was built by the locals to enable visitors enjoy the pleasant journey and save downhill. But to be honest, even though the journey down hill will be much more easier with a proper steps, the deep slopes down trail to the crater caused many people have difficulties to climb up back. For visitors who like challenging sports, you will like it.
During my visit with my family last year, we managed to get down to the crater. It was a very interesting place and you can see hot smokes came out from the gaps between the stones. Besides, there are small natural pond with boiling water in it and people selling eggs for you to boil inside the pond. It is quite dangerous to boil the eggs yourself. So, pay a little more and you can get the eggs seller to boil for you.
This is one of the tourist attractions in Bandung and it will makes your trip worth with its nice scenery. Only one thing that you need to take into consideration is the local tour guide. Many people get cheated as tour guide ask for more after you reach the crater or they will not guide you back. Actually, tour guide there is not necessary as it is only one way down and 2 ways up. As there are definitely many people down there, you can just follow other people’s way up and down, and that what we did during our trip there.
Botanical Gardens Bogor or called as Kebun Raya Bogor by the locals is located at the central of the Bogor City. This garden was officially opened in 1917 as the National Botanical Garden and used for research and develop plants from other parts of Indonesia. Until now, it is still a major research center and part of the Indonesian Institute of Science. Bogor Botanical Gardens contributes a lot in environmental education, science and protection of the natural.
Botanical Gardens consist of tropical flora for more than 20,000 species of trees and plants, including rare orchids and giant rafflesia. It is Indonesia’s first botanical garden with very huge location. This garden attracts many schools, local residences, visitors from Jakarta, as well as tourist who pass by.
The garden is such beautiful place to relax. You will definitely amaze with its huge and tall trees. Here you can stroll around and for those who interested in trees, you can find the information of all the trees just right in front of it. Besides, many families having picnic here during the holiday as it is the best place to escape from your busy life and feel the wind of nature.
The grounds of this Botanical Garden are contiguous to a luxurious palace of the Indonesian president. In its garden places a hundred of free deers and from the outside of the gate, publics can see the deers walking around in the garden.
Safari Park visits on 5 October 2009 with my hubby and my little brother (Rio). It is located at Cisarua, on the way to Puncak. Along the way to Taman Safari, there are many people selling carrots and banana for animal feeding, which I believe it is not allowed. But we did buy some carrots too. Once you reached the main entrance, tickets payment made without leaving your car. Entrance ticket is Rp 60,000.00 per head and additional Rp 15,000.00 per car.
The very first entrance is the wild open park which you have to go in by car. It was interesting to have the chance staying with the friendly animals roaming around your car and staring at their funny habits. You can stay as long as you like and stop wherever you like. We feed most of the animals with carrot and surprising most of them ate carrot. We were not planned to feed Zebras because they have quite big numbers, but they seem asking for food by blocking our way. So, we just feed some and one of the zebra’s head get into the driver window and bite the signal knob. May be it just looked like a carrot for them.
For tigers and lions, the electronic gate separates sections from others. Once you reached the gate, it will automatically open. During your visit at this section, it is not allow feed the animals and making sure your window is wind-up.
Out from the open park, there are zoo, water park, café & restaurant, and souvenir shop. There you can do tracking, water activities and watch animals performance. We managed to watch three animal shows: Lion Sea, Eagle and elephant performances.
Do spare some time to visit Taman Safari if you are somewhere around and experience yourself like we did. A great interesting place for every age, only here at Taman Safari Indonesia.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), translated, as Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park. It is a recreational park with Indonesian culture theme and located in east of Jakarta.
TMII was built to be the showcase of the overall of Indonesia. It summarizes the Indonesia’s entire 26 province into individual’s pavilions with the collection of traditional house, clothing and daily life feature of the locals.
Besides, there is a lake with miniature of the archipelago in the middle of it, museum, cable cars, theater, swimming pool, swan boat, amusement park, Indonesia Children castle, and other recreational facilities.
Indonesia Children Castle or Istana Anak-anak Indonesia is a castle full with fairy tales painting from locals and all over the world.
Theater imax Keong Mas is a sophisticated IMAX technology theater. The theater built in the shape of snails and golden colour. The word “Keong Mas” are popular among the local children. When we were young, we used to call it “Keong Mas” which means Golden Snail. As what I remembered, the snail were in golden colour, but the last time I went there which was few months ago in June, the snail is in yellow colour.
“Theater of My Homeland” or Teater Tanah Airku in Indonesian language, is the first theater in Indonesia which equipped with high technology to an international standard. The aspect of this theater is a combination of the locals and international.
Sky Lift Indonesia (Kereta Gantung) is a cable car for a quick tour of the park. Along the cable car ride, we can see the scale model of the islands of Indonesian archipelago set in the middle of the lake.