‘Selfie’ and Tourism

Today we can see that everyone has a mobile phone that equip with a camera. The better the phone is, the better the camera. 10 years ago, if we wanted to take pictures every time we travel or gather with friends, we would bring a pocket camera . Now days you just have to bring your phone and take pictures, save it in the computer as a soft copy or have it processed to create a hardcopy. Simple right. Tourism is a big industry. Some countries are blessed with a beautiful landscape that can attract many people to come. Lately, during my visit to places of interest I become aware of ‘selfie’ and tourism. People come to a place to get their pictures taken in many different setting.

 

I went to Yogyakarta for a short holiday. I had not visited Yogyakarta for a long time and there are spots that are famous for this type of tourism. Let’s begin the journey to some places that I can reach in two-day visit.

KALI BIRU

This place is maybe the first place that introduced the concept of creating sets for selfies. It located quite far from the city of Yogyakarta, in Kulon Progo. The way to get there is quite steep. If you drive a car to this place make sure that your vehicle is in top notch condition because you have to drive up the hill.  It is already quite well known, a lot of people know about this place and make it their holiday destination. The entry ticket to this place is Rp. 10.000, that is not including the parking and other stuff.

How is the setting of the place. There are several photo spots in the area, around 5-6 if I am not mistaken. To take pictures there you have to pay 10.000 – 35.000 to get in. My suggestion is not to come here during holiday season, you can end up queueing for more than an hour just to get your turn on the spot. But if it is the only time you can come (like when I was here) be prepared to wait. While waiting you can enjoy the scenery. Don’t worry about food and drinks, they are sold there with a quite reasonable price. As it is far away from other places.

 

HUTAN PINUS (PINE TREE FOREST) MANGUNAN

The pine tree Mangunan is also famous for its selfie spot. This is a pine tree forest in Bantul near the city of Yogyakarta. It is not that big, but it has the different feel if you live in a tropical country. The  Pinus merkusii trees are  neatly grown around the hills. The pine tree forest is actually in Bantul but some people mistakenly said it is in Imogiri because the way here is the same as the one lead to Imogiri. Imogiri is famous because it is a burial ground for the kings/ sultan in Yogyakarta. Now the Mangunan area, especially the part planted with pine trees not only serves as a protected forest but also managed as one tourist destination.

There are several selfie spots in the Mangunan area and its surroundings. When I passed by the road that lead to Gunung Kidul, I counted more that 2 pine trees areas. Those areas are opened to visitors that want to take pictures with unique backgrounds of pine trees. I, personally, like the scenery around that place, even though the weather is quite hot at noon time.

JURANG TEMBELAN (Tembelen Ravine?)

It is also located in Mangunan, Bantul about 22 km from the Yogyakarta city. It takes around 1,5 hours from the city to this place, if the traffic is in normal condition. During holidays the surrounding area has many places of interest so traffic is a problem. The Tembelan ravine is located in a ravine. We can see the how far it is down from one of the photo spot. For a person who fear height like I am, it is quite challenging taking pictures in this place. When I visit this place the entry price was up to you, you can give any amount that you want. I do not know how it is now, hopefully it is still this way.

For the top of the ravine you can see the beautiful scenery. As far as you can see it is green. I visit this place at noon time, so it is very hot. One of the most favourite photo spot is the noah ark, which is placed above the ravine. Don’t look down :))

Kuala Lumpur short getaway

I had a few days of holiday that I can spend. I was trying to find the suitable expenses according to my budget. I wanted to do a road trip however the traffic during school holiday in Indonesia is unpredictable. If the traffic is heavy I would end up spending more for gasoline. So, I browse the internet for promo price airline ticket… domestic and international. I also looked for accommodation which are affordable. Traveling on a budget is the topic of the trip.

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I found  Malaysian Airlines with affordable price in via.com. Traveling with a full service airline means I do not have to worry about baggage and food, the price is all in. I traveled from Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KLIA 1) for around 2 hours. I arrived in mid-day and the immigration at the arrival terminal was very crowded. I must have arrived at the peak time 🙂 My passport granted me a free Visa on Arrival (VOA) for 30 days as a tourist. Immigration done, I then tried to find the express train to KL Sentral where I booked a room at Summerview Hotel. I stayed at KL sentral because I always try to stay near to public transport that  has a good access if you want to go to places, and KL Sentral was my choice this time. Next time I will stay in other places.

KLIA EXPRESS 

KLIA Express is an express train from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)  to KL Sentral. The journey will take  28 minutes (KLIA – KL Sentral), and 33 minutes (KLIA2 – KL Sentral). Between trains there will be around 15-20 minutes interval. The ticket can be bought for RM 55 one way at the entrance of KLIA Express in the basement of Arrival terminal, you can use cash, debit card or credit card.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There are several public transport that you can use in Kuala Lumpur; KTM Komuter line, LRT, MRT, monorail, buses and taxis. Train or metro is my best choice in all the countries I visited. To pay the fare I used touch and go card that I bought at a mini market in the station, you can also buy it for RM 10 at NU Sentral Touch and Go Hub, in this place as a foreigner (tourist) you can also refund your remaining credit in this place. After you buy it you can top up your card according to your need. A one way ticket will cost you around RM 1,5-2,5, depend on how far is your journey and what transportation do you take (KTM, LRT, MRT or Monorail). There are vending machines in some stations if you need to top up your touch and go card credit, however I did it at the station because they had a stand near the entrance of the KTM to Baru Caves. During my stay there was a campaign that in the future the my the myrapid card will also be a touch and go card, I forgot where I kept the flyer that I got from the station Information so I will copy one from the internet. At the time I stayed there it was still separated; Myrapid and touch and go. Using this card you do not have to buy tickets every time you enter a get on a train. Touch and Go 🙂 The card can also be used as parking payment, toll roads and others that I do not know yet. You can  refer to the map of KL Sentral to plan your visit to places of interest. And if you need to go by taxi you have to remember there different types of taxi in KL.

 

 

The Budget taxis are the red ones, and the others are executive taxis. They have different price, you can even bargain for the price 🙂 Grab and Uber are also choices of transportation you can use in KL. The price are shown in the app so you can plan your trip budget easier. Budget traveling is always about the budget, but with limited budget does not mean I cannot go traveling 🙂

 

Gyeongju

I wanted to try the KTX to Busan, in a way I was inspired by the movie ‘Train to Busan’ but not the zombies, I hate zombies, I prefer something that is dead to always be dead and not walk around eating the living. I talked about the KTX in my other post. I had limited time in South Korea so I only scheduled visiting Gyeongju for a one-day trip. I studied a little bit about Gyeongju before I decided what places I could visit in a limited time. I am always interested in archaeological findings, my undergraduate is Archaeology so it is a habit of knowing more about culture and ancient findings. I visited a lot of temples in Java during some of my road trips and found them fascinating.

BULGUKSA TEMPLE

Let’s go back to Gyeongju. The cold weather limited my visit to a couple of places, Bulguksa is one of what I want to see. It is considered to be one of the oldest temples of the world, in 1995 it is a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO.

From the page of Official Korea Tourism Organization I found that:

“Bulguksa Temple was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung’s reign (514-540). The temple was originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ or ‘Beopryusa Temple’ and was rebuilt by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774), who started rebuilding the temple in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok (r. 742-765) and completed it in 774 during the reign of King Hye-Gong (r. 765-780). Upon completion, the temple’s name was changed to Bulguksa.”

In a very cold weather, I took the time to go around Bulguksa. I like cold but this was too cold for my second day in South Korea. In spite of this, the dry climate is an advantage for me, I am allergic to humidity. Can you imagine? I live in a tropical country with a high humidity. Thank God there are things called air conditioner and humidifier. If I travel to the countryside of Indonesia I get fresher air and I survive better. My impression of Bulguksa was…. It is a huge temple made out of wood with magnificent carving and decoration. As most East Asian temples that I know it is colorful, bright colors are a must. The roof is full of ornaments and of course dragons are present as one of the ornaments, the symbol of a dragon as an important mythical being is always present in East Asia important buildings. Dragon is the symbol of power, strength, and good luck. I always like looking at dragon figure in East Asia setting not because it is a powerful being that controls everything and it brings good luck, I simply like the shape.

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Looking at the map of Bulguksa it is divided into some parts. I have the privilege to see some, the cold weather slowed down my pace in getting to places. According to the map, there are 3 main places to see plus a beautiful garden. The pond was frozen at the time I visited, but I can imagine how beautiful it is during the summer. The library was closed for renovation so I could not see it. The main temple is the one in the middle. It is divided into some building with the Buddha statue in the biggest building. The main material is wood, differ than Indonesian old Buddhist temple that is made from stone. Maybe there were some made of wood but they did not survive the humidity, the dry climate made the wood preserved better. The back of the temple is the monastery.

There are two pagodas in Bulguksa. I was looking for the pagoda, I imagine a big pagoda, and I found it the middle of the temple far from ‘the big’ that I imagined. I watched too many movies. The feeling I got when I visited temples is the calm energy from the surroundings, maybe this is the reason they built a temple in a certain location. It was chosen because of the calm and serenity feel of the surroundings.

BUNHWANGSA TEMPLE

We decided to go to other places in we continued the journey and decided to go to Bunhwangsa temple. I took the number 700 bus from Bulguksa Temple. The temple gate is across the road, just walk across and you will find it.

Bunhwangsa stone pagoda. An old temple reminded me of temples in Java. I visited a lot of temples in Java everytime I went on a road trip, as my subject in university is archaeology.

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ANAPJI POND

I arrived at this place a little bit late, because I walked from Bunhwangsa and got lost. It was already dark. However, the darkness made the place more appealing to the eyes. This place is a summer palace where the royal family spent leisure time.

Transportation in South Korea

 

I love traveling by road and enjoying the beautiful scenery around me while experiencing the different kinds of public transport. When in Indonesia I have the privilege of driving my own car in other countries I depend on public transport and rental cars. Don’t afraid to get lost, you can always ask people around or you can use applications or websites to help you. My trip this time to South Korea I choose different kinds of public transport.

  1. SMRT (Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit) or for short Metro
  2. KTX (Korea Train Express) – Korail
  3. SRT (Super Rapid Train)
  4. Express Bus
  5. Public Bus

1. SMRT / Metro

Let’s begin with the metro. To get around Seoul I used the metro, it is the most efficient way. I pay for the tickets using the T-money, it is more convenient and you will get a KRW 100 discount. You just tap the card as usual in the entry and exit. Buying tickets are more difficult for me who do not read hangul. You can buy a T-money card in 7-11 or other mini-marts. The price of the card is KRW 2500, that is the plain one without any fancy picture, you can also top up in 7-11 or vending machine in all subway stations. When you leave South Korea you can refund the remaining credits in a 7-11 with a KRW 500 charge. Simple isn’t it.

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T-Money (transit smart card)

 

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Exit 8- Myeongdong Station

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Entry-Exit

There are 9 lines in Seoul metro and all are specified by numbers and colors. I don’t read Hangul (Korean character) so I memorize the color and number of the station. For instance, I want to travel from Myeongdong to Gyeongbokgung. I take the line 4 (blue) from Myeongdong (424) to Chungmoro (423), remember to take the side where the number get smaller to go to Chungmoro. There are always two sides in every line platform. After you reach Chungmoro (424) change to line 3 (orange) to Gyeongbokgung (327), it is about 5 stations after Chungmoro. From line 4 to Line 3 you have to walk a little, there always sign where to go so don’t worry. Don’t forget to take the correct metro line by looking at the number of the next stop above the subway door in the station.

You can see the subway map and train schedule plus the fare Subway guide It is very useful to plan your trip using the subway. Remember to know the name and number of the station you are going to stop.

2. KTX

KTX is a fast train. I have limited time in South Korea, and I want to visit as many places that I could. Gyeongju is located more than 400km from Seoul so to get there fast I chose to take the KTX. It took around 2-2,5 hours. Pretty fast for the distance. Next visit to Japan I should try the Shinkansen, I haven’t tried it last time I went there. I took the train from Seoul Station, I went there by metro and went up to where the KTX trains are. Travelling to Gyeongju I took the train to Busan, (without Zombies, fortunately) and stopped at Shigyeongju station. The station is quite new and situated outside of Gyeongju.  The ticket price is quite expensive, KRW 46,800 one way. When I checked, earlier trains are cheaper. You can buy the tickets online or buy it directly in the train station. At the ticket counter tell what station you are going to stop at. My destination was Shingyeongju so I took the train to Busan. The price also differ in what station you are stopping.

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Below is a KTX train ticket, it shows your destinantion (mine is Shingyeongju). The train number which is KTX 125 departure at 11.00, Car number 8 and the seats number.The other important thing is I know the platform where the train will leave. I asked the train staff before I enter the platforms and I make sure of it in the sign board. Unfortunately, again, I only can read the train number in the board. I should learn a little Hangeul or get myself a better translator using apps. I do have google translate apps  but sometimes I just don’t have the time to open it so I rely on my feeling.

KTX ticket

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When I arrived at Shiingyeongju I just got out of the train and followed the signs to exit the station. It is not a big station so everything was simple.

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3. SRT

The SRT is also a fast train, similar to KTX , however it stops at Suseo in Gangnam and not Seoul station. It is a newer type of train, it was launched in December 2016. I got on this train from Shigyeongju, I planned to take the bus but it was late so I went back to Seoul by the fast train, it was an expensive day trip but it was worthed. I recommend you to stay a day or two in Gyeongju because there are a lot of places to see. You can read my experience in  Gyeongju here.

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SRT and KTX line

4. Express Bus

I planned to visit Sokcho. I searched on the net that from Seoul I can use the express bus around 2,5 to 3 hours. There are two express-bus terminals in Seoul, Dong Seoul and Seoul express bus terminal. I have chosen the one in Gangnam Area because it was easier to get to. I arrived at around 10 in Seoul Metro station – Express Bus terminal Line 1. I was a little bit confused in getting to the terminal. After I asked around I found out the express bus to Sokcho is in another building. So, I went there. Just tell the locket  staff where you want to go then they will give you a ticket to your destination.

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Bus ticket

Seoul to Sokcho 18,100 KRW one way. Time of departure: 11:30 and the most important is I have to go to platform 18 for the 11.30 bus. There are a lot of platforms so don’t get lost. The bus will arrive at the platform, remember  the time of your departure that is the bus you have to get on. It is about 3 hours bus ride to Sokcho, so enjoy the ride. I travelled during winter, snow is everywhere. The bus only stop at one place to rest and go to the toilet, it is about 15 minutes. I arrived at Sokcho at around 2 pm. Lunch time, there was a lot of restaurants near the station (Dongbu Express). You can stop by and eat, a lot of seafood in the menu, especially fish. Try it.

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5. ITX

ITX train or you can say it is a fast train but not as fast as KTX or SRT. Visiting Nami Island, one of the well known tourist attraction near Seoul. You can actually take the metro but I want to try the ITX. There are two ITX services available; ITX-Cheongchun (ITX-청춘) on Gyeongchun Line, and ITX-Saemaul (ITX-새마을) on Gyeongbu, Jungang, and Honam Line. Traveling to Nami Island I take the Gyeongchun Line that travels from Yongsan Station (seoul) to Chuncheon Station (Gangwondo).

I start the journey from Cheongnyangni Station (청량리역). From Myeongdong Station I went by the metro (blue line then change ti dark blue line in Dondaemun), stop at Cheongyangni Station and switched to ITX train. If you want to book the train before hand it will better so you can secure the seat number.You can read about booking online here.

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You can fill up the categories, My route was from Cheongyangni to Gapyeong.
  • Travel Category: Normal Type
  • Travel Type: Direct
  • Departure Date: —–
  • Departure/Arrival: Cheongyangni – Gapyeong
  • Train: ITX-Cheongchun
  • Passengers: How many adult and/or child in your group

After you push the inquiry button you will get the schedule and you can pick the time and seat number. The fare is about 4,300 Won for a seat, but 3,600 Won if standing. If the train is not full you still can get a seat in the standing area but of course it is less comfortable.You can print the booking confirmation or email it to your smartphone, don’t forget your passport because that is your identification to collect the actual tickets at the counter.

 

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However, I bought my tickets at the moment of arriving and it is quite confusing. First, because I used the metro card I have to tap so it could read that I was off the metro and getting in somewhere else. You can do this in a machine near the entrance of the ITX train, it is called the Transit Card Reader. After that, I had to buy the tickets for the ITX in another machine. The problem began here, I do not read Hangeul and it was difficult to  change the screen into English. I asked people around, and they were all very helpful. I bought two tickets and on my way to Gapyeong station, that is the station if you want to go to Nami Island.

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Train platform

One day trip – Cirebon

 

From the past, Cirebon is known for its fish and shrimp. Even its name Cirebon confirms this, Ci means water and rebon means shrimps. Because of the port, Cirebon became a place that came to contact with people from different parts of the world. We could see how various culture merge into one in some old buildings in Cirebon. We could visit some of the famous buildings, one of them is the palace or Keraton in Indonesian. There are more than one palaces that we could see in Cirebon, some of them are still being used by the family of the king’s descendants. I only visited two palaces, Keraton Kasepuhan dan Keraton Kanoman. The first one Kasepuhan means sepuh = old, it is the older building. Keraton Kanoman means anom= young was built after the Keraton Kasepuhan.

Keraton Kasepuhan is the biggest from all keratons in Cirebon. It is well kept and easy to visit. The palace is in a complex together with an alun-alun= a field to gather people and a mosque. It is the pattern of old Indonesian cities in Java (Keraton, Alun-alun, Mosque, and there usually a market nearby). You can see this pattern in Jogjakarta, Solo or other big cities in Java that was built during the Dutch colony. It was built in 1447 and its architecture and interior are a blend of Sundanese, Javanese, Islamic, Chinese and Dutch styles.

Keratonan Kanoman is smaller, and located near the market. It was quite difficult to find it, you need to go by becak, motorcycle or just walk around 10 minutes from Keraton Kasepuhan if it is not too hot. I went by becak to go there, but I walked back to Keraton Kasepuhan where I parked my car. At the side of the heat, it was alright. Beside looking at the old building and its beautiful architecture, you can also visit the museum a see the king’s carriage which is a remarkable work of art.

Another place that I went to is Sunyaragi cave, you can also visit this place easily. It is near a busy street. In the past it was surrounded by water, nowdays you cannot see the water anymore. The building is peculiar, strange looking man-made cave made out of corals. You have to see it to know what I mean. I read that this place was built for the king to meditate and rest. It must be a quiet place in the past, but with the busy street near by it is not a good place to meditate today.

Cirebon is also famous for its Batik, with one of the most famous motive the ‘Megamendung’. The famous batik seller in Cirebon is Trusmi, they become famous since how many years ago. You can visit their store, beside selling batik you can also learn and see how batik Cirebon is made. The batik is colorful in Cirebon and some are very affordable. I am not a big shopper so I never really have a huge budget for shopping.

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Cirebon Batik patterns

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Trusmi Batik

 

Last but not least, don’t forget to find traditional meal around Cirebon. You can’t miss the Empal Gentong from Cirebon, people say it is very tasty. I prefer Empal Asem as it is more to my taste, I don’t like Santan= coconut milk. There are several Empal Gentong sellers in Cirebon. One of the well-known one is Empal Gentong Haji Apud. You have to come a little earlier before lunch time or way after lunch time in holiday season. It is always packed with people. It causes a traffic jam during lunch hour.

 

 

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empal gentong sign

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Cooking the empal gentong

Around the Mount Rinjani – Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep

Some of us like the mountain better than the sea. The cool weather and the air that smells of wet leaves are more appealing. Lombok has one famous mountain, Mount Rinjani. It is 3.726 m from the sea level, and known as the second highest volcano in Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatera. Indonesia is famous for the ring of fire, many active volcanoes are in Indonesia.

The highland of Rinaji was my next destination. I have the chance to see the foot of the mountain, there are a lot of waterfalls surrounding the mountain. The location is accesible by car or other mode of transportation. The journey from my hotel in Sengigi was quite smooth. I took the route Sengigi – Sonaru through the West Coast of Lombok to reach the waterfall site. The roads were in a good condition, so it does not take long to reach the destination. When you arrive at the destination there will be a sign saying “Welcome to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls”. The two waterfalls are the most visited by tourist, so the accesibility is not that difficult.

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The entry sign

The waterfall located in two different place, however they have the same entry. To reach the first waterfall, Sendang Gile, you have to walk down a flight of stairs to the first waterfall. It is a long way down and the stairs are very steep. The stairs are made from concrete, they are quite slippery when rain comes, the journey down was easier than the journey upward. There are some rest stops so people can take a little break, a helpful thing for a person like me.

The second waterfall or Tiu Kelep can be reached after you walk further. It can be reached in around 10-15 minutes, it takes longer for me though. The scenery on the way to the second waterfal was beautiful, you can have the feel of walking inside a forest. The smell of wet leaves and the sound of wild animal will accompany you along the way there. It was a fun experience visiting these two waterfalls.

Road Trip from Jakarta to Lombok

A road trip again, this time 1100 km, and crossing two seas. That’s one way, times 2 if you count the way back home. Exciting plan, and we prepared well for the journey. My car is a city car, not one that is suitable for a long-distance travel. Well, at that moment we planned we thought it would a good try and a great adventure. I lived in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta and to go to Lombok we had to travel to the east.

A road trip from Jakarta to Lombok is not exactly an autobahn experience like what my father used to take me around Germany. It depends on your luck. It can be a smooth ride, or maybe a bumpy one. Me and my husband started to drive early in the morning, we went through the toll road Jakarta-Pejagan. It was a 249-km toll road, and most of the road was straight. It would make you sleepy because the long and straight road looked so boring. That’s why at the first time the toll road was open a lot of accident occurred along the way. The more dangerous thing beside drunk driving is sleepy driving. I recommended for drivers to have enough rest if they wanted to make the journey. As a co-driver, I fell asleep numerous of time. Thank God, the driver which is my husband could stay fully awake. We arrived at the end of the toll road before noon. The toll road ends near Brebes, and we planned to have lunch somewhere in Pekalongan which is around 57 km, 1,5-hour drive if the traffic is good. Our choice was Garang Asem at one restaurant at the side of the road. Garang Asem is a traditional food from Pekalongan, it is made from tetelan beef and smothered with sauce that tastes sour but delicious and fresh. Tetelan beef is the part of beef that sticks on the bone. Try it when you visit Pekalongan, it is quite spicy though for people who do not like spicy food.

We continued our journey and stopped at Pati. We planned to visit a friend but we arrived very late because of an accident somewhere before Demak. It delayed our journey for 2 hours. We arrived at the hotel, The Safin Hotel Pati, at 9 p.m. Tired from the journey we decided to eat at the restaurant and took a rest because the next day we had to start early so we could arrived in Bali before midnight. We had been to Bali by road some years before, so we knew that we had to reach Bali that day in order to get an early start to Lombok the next day.

The 2nd day started in Pati, it took at half day to reach Surabaya. It was lunch time already but we could not stop in Surabaya. We decided to stop at Pasuruan, we knew this town at the time we went to Bromo. One of the traditional food in Pasuruan is Rawon. It is served with chili peppers, sliced onions, and bean sprouts. It is tasty and people who enjoy spicy food you can try this. After that we continued our journey through the northern coast of Java (Pantura). One place that I would always remember every time I made a journey to Bali by road was Paiton. It is located 35km from the city Probolinggo, it is a large thermal power station that can generate 4,000 megawats. It is one of the main electricity source for Java. We arrived in Ketapang (harbour in Banyuwangi) at Maghrib time, we stopped for a rest before we continued our journey to Gilimanuk (harbour in Bali). It was a one-hour journey from Ketapang to Gilimanuk. After we arrived in Gilimanuk we headed to Denpasar. It is another 2-3 hours’ journey Denpasar, and it is getting late. Along the road from Gilimanuk to Denpasar there are a lot of trees. I like them, it feels like driving inside a tunnel of trees. So peaceful and dark of course because it is already late. The hotel was in Tohpati, we chose it because of the location. We arrived at midnight at The Favehotel Tohpati, was at the side of the road heading to Padang Bai Harbour. We took a rest for the night. I was so excited because the next day we were going to cross the sea to Lombok Island.

3rd Day, Lombok here we come. We set out for the journey after having breakfast. The journey from the hotel to Padang Bai Harbor only took around 1 hour. The harbor was not as big as Ketapang or Gilimanuk, not mention Merak Harbor. It is a small harbor at the ferries are not that big. The sea was clear green color, overall it is a beautiful harbor. We waited for a ferry to come and dock because we missed the first one. Most of the vehicles that crosses the sea are trucks and busses. My car is a city car, it looks so small compared to the others.

After a 3 hours ferry ride we arrive at Lembar Harbor, Lombok. This is a very simple harbor, small and not really city car friendly. As you know city car does not have a high ground clearence, and to get out of the ferry there was no support except the ferry door and ropes. It was quite high from the ground and my huband had to be realy precisely put the tyres on the road so the bottom of the car would not touch the ferry’s door.

Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It is seperated from Bali by the Lombok Strait, the capital city is Mataram. Eventhough it is 4,514km2 there are less than 4 million people live there. There are a lot of smaller island around Lombok that are called Gili. Gili in Sasak language means small island. Eventhough it is a neigboring island of Bali, the island’s indegenous people are predominantly Muslim.  It was the first time I stepped my foot in Lombok. Hello Lombok, the island of a thousand mosques. Lets begin the journey in Lombok after 2,5 days road trip.