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Indonesia By Motorcycle: How, Why, Where, Advice & Tips

The HoliDaze Guide On How To Motorcycle Indonesia

Indonesia is an amazingly vast and impressive country. When I first arrived here I thought one month would be enough. HA! How wrong I was. Six months later and I am still exploring this diverse country. Doing almost all of it by motorcycle, as well. Many Westerns are scared or worried about navigating the wild … Read More

Indonesia Travel Advice: What To Know Before You Go

Cloudy morning sunrise over Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, a world famous UNESCO site

Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago that continues to impress and surprise longtime expats and even locals. To think that because you’ve seen Jakarta and done Bali then you “know” Indonesia is to be sorely mistaken. There are 17,508 islands here! How can I even summarize that much information and Indonesia travel advice in … Read More

Photo Essay: House Of Sampoerna, Cigarette Factory And Museum

Old Style Cigarette Shop At House Of Sampoerna

Located in Surabaya, the House Of Sampoerna is museum and active factory, as well as a popular tourist attraction. In 1913 Liem Seeng Tee, a Chinese immigrant to Indonesia, started what would become one of the biggest cigarette businesses in the entire country. Despite the ridiculously high number of smokers in modern Indonesia, tobacco is … Read More

Panjat Pinang, The Slippery Traditional Game Of Indonesia

Panjat Pinang Closing Photo

From the moment I first saw this traditional game being played a few days before August 17th, Indonesian Independence Day, I knew I wanted to participate! It was so different from anything I’d ever seen before but the enjoyment and comradery amongst not just the participants but also the spectators was undeniable. Luckily after being … Read More

Banyusumurup Traditional Village: Home Of The Keris

Banyu Sumurup, Indonesia, home of the keris

In my quest to explore the non-touristy side of Indonesia I recently took a day-trip out to Banyusumurup, a small village located southeast of Yogyakarta and home to dozens of skilled craftsmen that still produce the renowned keris. Although the village itself is well off the beaten path, the keris themselves — despite their rich … Read More

Kebun Binatang Bandung: The Most Depressing Zoo Ever?

Hungry bears beg for food at Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo

Zoos, although an educational and inspiring experience for children, often caused mixed feelings among adults. It is rare that I visit them nowadays but a couple weeks ago while in Bandung I did happen to pass through Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo. Only after traveling and being forced to stop does one truly realize how the … Read More