King Boko Ruins

Written by: Sri Lestari If someone were to ask me about the best historical places to visit in Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan are certainly the first things that would come to mind. However, on my recent visit, I was enchanted by dozens of other places as well. One of the places I never thought of was King Boko ruins. My actual plan was to see nearby attractions the first day I arrived. So, I thought Prambanan had to be a good choice as it only took 25 minutes to travel there from where I was staying. When trying to buy a ticket for my Prambanan adventure, the…

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Cambodian Cuisine

Taking a culinary tour of Cambodia is just a perfect idea. Although the purpose of my travels from the get-go wasn’t to indulge in the local food, the temptation of trying something new was just irresistible to me. As you might know, many people consider Asia the best place for exotic food. You can translate this ‘exotic food’ in your mind as you want. Some might have the view that it’s the locally common ingredients such as prawns, coconut milk, turmeric, cloves, and other spices that make it special, while others might describe its rarer local delicacies, for example fried spicy spiders and so forth. As for…

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You can see, but you can’t swim: beaches in Yogyakarta

Writing has always been painstaking work for me. Not only because I need to put a lot of effort into expressing something in a language that is not my mother tongue, but also because I must do thorough research so what I write will be readable and contains fact, without consisting of lots of boring and meaningless paragraphs. Moreover, as a real procrastinator, I need more time than normal people need to write even a single sentence. Another thing that jeopardizes all these situations is the undeniable fact that I like to put off some activities (almost all, actually) if I consider them to be ‘not so…

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Yogyakarta, and what to see there

Like I always say, Indonesia is not just about Bali. There are approximately 13,000 islands waiting to be explored. Even though, of course, some of them are uninhabited, very remote, and located in the far-flung corners of the country with undeveloped infrastructure, which will turn your journey into a real wild adventure. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you go to them. As for myself, despite the fact that Indonesia is my homeland, I have only been to some of the islands, not exactly all like I mentioned before. But, yes – if you are getting bored of visiting Bali, Jakarta, then Bali again, then you should…

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Where Did We Go in Angkor Wat? (Big Circuit)

Srah Srang Our journey begun in Srah Srang, a reservoir located exactly in front of Banteay Kdei. If you take a one-day tour for a double trail (big circle and small circle of the Angkor Wat complex), the journey usually starts here. According to its modern name, Srah Srang means ‘royal bath’. Although the name means that, please don’t be fooled like I was. This wasn’t a real pool or swimming pool. In the past, the water was stored for the benefit of all creatures, except the elephants. Why not the elephants? I have no idea. So, they used to use this water not only for swimming and…

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