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THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL

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Once upon a time, there lived two beautiful princesses in Daha kingdom. One was Candra Kirana and the other was Dewi Galuh. The two princesses lived a wealthy and joyful life.

One day, a prince from Kahuripan came to visit. The handsome prince’s name was Raden Inu Kertapati. He came to propose Princess Candra Kirana and he was gladly welcome by the king of Daha. Finally, the prince and the princess got engaged.

Princess Dewi Galuh was very jealous as she thought she was more qualified than her sister. Later, she paid an old witch to transform her sister into an ugly creature. The witch cast a spell over Princess Candra Kirana and turned her into a golden snail. The witch then threw the golden snail in the river.

A few days later, an old woman was catching fish by the river and the golden snail was caught inside the fishing net. The woman brought the snail home and kept it in a jar.

The next day, the old woman went to the river again but she caught nothing and retuned sadly. When she arriv…

THE FOLKTALE OF PENYUMPIT AND PUTRI MALAM

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Long ago, there lived a young man called Penyumpit in a village in Bangka-Belitung. He lived in a little house left by his parents. His father often borrowed money from Pak Raje the village head when he was alive.

Pak Raje was a rich man but he was very cunning and stingy. The debts of Penyumpit’s father had never been paid off because Pak Raje always raised the interest rates. Though both the parents already passed away, Pak Raje never legally declared the debts void.

Penyumpit should pay his late father’s debts by taking care of Pak Raje’s rice field. As the harvest was coming, Penyumpit should safeguard the rice field day and night.

Pak Raje would fine him if the rice field got damaged. This was what Pak Raje told Penyumpit before going to the rice field. In fact, Pak Raje knew it was very likely that wild pigs would enter the paddy field and ate the crop.

When the harvest came, Penyumpit had to cut and gather the crop in the daytime and he should keep an eye out for the boars at nigh…

HIKING UP THE CRATER RIM OF MOUNT BROMO

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Mount Bromo is one of the famous tourist destinations in Java Island. Though it is still an active volcano, a great number of tourists come to spend their vacations every year.
The volcano belongs to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The National Park, which is 800 square kilometers in size, covers the area of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru.

The mountain is famous for its sunrise and tourists should go up the peak to have a wonderful view of the surroundings. If you stay in a hotel, the room boy will wake you up at two o’clock in the morning. It’s advisable to prepare everything you need before hiking.

Hikers will notice a streak appears in the east and gradually rises up to form a red fireball. When the sun rises, it gives light to all of us without any discrimination. All the creatures are filled with new energy to start a new life in the morning.

The crater of Mount Bromo has the diameter of around 800 meters. The smell of sulfur is so strong while reaching the crater. There’re 250 st…

THE LAKE SENTANI IN PAPUA

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Lake Sentani is one of the biggest lakes on Papua Island. The lake is situated in the Cycloop Nature Reserve and has the size of 9,360 hectares. It is 75 meters above sea level. There’re a great number of marine biotas and Papuan endemic animals.

30 species of fresh water fish are found in the lake. Some are the endemic of Lake Sentani, such as Sentani Rainbow Fish, snakehead fish and sawfish.

Lake Sentani is located 20 kilometers west of Jayapura. The public transport is convenient and travelers can also drive their cars to the destination. It is an ideal place for swimming, diving, waterskiing and fishing.

You can rent a boat if you want to travel around the small islands in this lake. Agapo is the most visited island. On the island, there’re a lot of artists who draw special motifs on bark clothes.

The Lake Sentani Festival usually attracts many tourists and it is celebrated on June 19 each year. It’s a kind of cultural preservation, which shows the harmony and unity of the inhabitants…

THE TRADITIONAL VILLAGE ON FLORES ISLAND

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Wae Rebo is a very small village located at the height of 1,200 meters above sea level. It has an immense historical value and won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards of Excellence for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2012. The scenery is amazingly wonderful and it looks like a hamlet in the clouds.
Tourists should spend at least four hours to drive on a seven kilometer mountain road. It’s fun to travel on a curvy and sloppy road. While the travelers are on their way, they’re so happy to enjoy seeing beautiful things in the awesome rural area. However, the best way to explore countryside is on foot.

You need to go to Labuan Bajo before going to Wae Rebo village. Usually, it takes a three-hour flight from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. You can fly with Garuda Indonesia Airways or Batik Air.

Tourists can stay in a hotel for a rest. There’re a lot of options to choose, from the cheapest to the Five Star hotels. After refreshing yourself with delicious food and coffee, it’s time to go to Ruteng.

You can…

WAKATOBI NATIONAL MARINE PARK

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Wakatobi National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful underwater paradises in the world. It is located in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province. It is also a tourist destination and undersea explorers do a lot of exploration there.

Wangi-Wangi is the principal town of Wakatobi Regency and it’s the gateway to the underwater nirvana. Wangi-Wangi, Kalidupa, Tomia and Binongko are the main islands of this regency.

Wakatobi is the abbreviation of the collective names of the four main islands. The archipelago was called the Islands of Blacksmith before December 18, 2003 and was still a part of Buton Regency. Nowadays, people can still meet the blacksmiths living in that region.

Astronomically, Wakatobi Regency is situated south of the equator. It has dry and wet seasons and the temperature is about 18 - 35 degrees Celsius. It is so warm and it’s like spring all the year round.

Wakatobi National Marine Park was officially launched in 1996 and it covers the area of 1.39 million hec…

THE RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS IN WEST PAPUA

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Raja Ampat is the regency of West Papua Province and it’s literally means the Four Kings. We have to set foot in Sorong town before we reach Raja Empat islands.

The tourists usually go there by plane. After arriving at Sorong, they take the express ship that operates twice a day to Waisai, the principal town of Raja Ampat Regency. It’s only a 2 to 3 hour journey from Sorong to Waisai harbor.

Raja Ampat is a group of coral islands and it has four biggest islands. The Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool are the main islands. Most of the islanders living in the islands of Raja Ampat are fishermen.

The waters of Raja Ampat is the main beauty and it is one of the best in the world. It is based on the observations of the riches of flora and fauna and its marine sustainability.

An international conservation organization has stated that the waters of Raja Ampat owns around 75% of marine species of the world. Moreover, the land and sea of Raja Ampat, which covers the area of 4.6 million hectares,…