‘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.


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.



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 :))


The Beautiful East Java#1



I have been away for quite sometimes. This is the first travel since I recover little by little. Even though I still get tired easily, I love the fact that I am travelling again. My old dusty camera still can capture the beauty of nature and people expressions. East Java is famous for its Mount Bromo which is a travel destination for local and international tourist. A lot of people told me that it is a beautiful place, so I went there. It was nearly the end of August, the weather was terrific. No rain and it was really cold in Bromo, I am a tropical country girl 18 degrees Celsius is already that cold for me and in Bromo it was 10 degrees at night. Fortunately the agony of being really cold during the dry season was equal to the breath taking view. It was incredible. I can see the vast sand and green savannah, well…. it is not really green during the dry season. A part of Indonesia that is beautiful.

I arrived at around noon in Bromo. Opening the car’s window, I feel the cold breeze on my face. It is the highland. Bromo is near Semeru which is the roof of Java, the highest mountain in Java. After the long winding road I arrived at the hotel. It was not a hotel… I think it is more like an inn. However, the view is spectacular. We can see Mount Bromo in front of the hotel, the vast sand and Mount Batok. A tour guide offered us a tour around the best parts of Bromo. The Penanjakan Bromo where we can see the sunrise, the Bromo itself, the savanna and the vast sand by 4×4 jeep. And… it started at 3 .30  in the morning. So we woke up very early and it was so cold, but I am excited.

Sun Catcher The roof of Java Say hi to my familyIMG_3273

First, we went to penanjakan Bromo where we can see the sunrise. It was packed with people, some were local tourists but most were international tourists. The star of the show is ‘The Sun’… we all were eagerly waiting for the star of the show. The weather was clear so we can see how the sun rise and the colour of the sky began to change from a pitch dark colour to orange yellowish sky. It was fun. I had trouble breathing though, the thin oxygen is not good for my asthma, but I get by.

IMG_3299Ibu Warung

Second, Bromo….. we see the crater of Bromo. To reach the crater we have to ride a horse and climb  numbers of stairs. I passed going up the stairs because I am out of breath, but my husband went up. He said that we can see the crater of Bromo at the top of the stairs. Even though I cannot go up,  I enjoy riding the horse.

After that we see the savanna. Unfortunately during the dry season it is not that green. Last it was the whispering sand people call the place. I was listening very hard to hear them whispering. The wind was not that strong, so they did not whisper.

IMG_3312 Man of the MountainHandri1

A day… A morning of fun…..