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Arrival and departure

Most people living in the Netherlands probably fly with KLM / Air France via Paris to Antananarivo Schiphol (short: Tana) and back. Here some advice,

If you have your travel plans you can not go the very next day after arriving on tour. You then run the risk that you should do. Long time without case The flight from Paris to Antananarivo, arriving around 22:30 is notorious for leaving luggage in Paris. And since this flight every 2 days go, it is essential to be sure to pick up your suitcase. Itself again after 2 days Our tour began, the day after arrival, with a short trip from Tana to Andasibe and return, with one night, and so we were just in time to pick up. My suitcase from the airport There is really nothing to get at that airport even a toothbrush, even our hotel had nothing, so plug for safety some extra stuff in your hand luggage or change the time what with the trunk of a travel partner.


Antananarivo is not a city where you want to stay long. There is little to do and, reputedly dangerous.
Tana plane to Paris at around midnight, so you’ll want to spend in each case.’s last day in Tana I would like to recommend the following program:

1. visit Ambohimanga, the only cultural place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Take as a guide to visit, walk around and enjoy the views. Buildings and palaces

2. Lunch at the Café de la Gare. This restaurant is housed in the former railway station Tana. Amazing!

3. Ride to the highest hill where the palace (Rova) Queen Ranovalona II. The palace is ws still closed for renovations, but the area adjacent viewpoint is fantastic.

4. Visit the Marche Artisanal de la Digue, where you can find. Around 100 shops in any souvenir

Traffic in Tana is hopeless. Count at least 2 hours to get. From one side of town to the other



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Most dangerous mountains in the world

Climbing. For one, a dream, the other a terrifying adventure. Climbing a mountain is often an ordeal and costs every year thousands of climbers life. Below you can read about the most dangerous mountains in the world.

1. Eiger
In 1858, for the first time an attempt to climb.’s 3970 meter high mountain Eiger in the Swiss Alps But it did no one to explain. The toughest climb the north side This happened only eighty years later, in 1938. From 1935, several daredevils tried an attempt to reach the summit. Unfortunately had 64 climbers pay for this with death. The northern side of the Eiger has nothing for nothing nicknamed Murder Wall and is so dangerous because it is technically a difficult climb with a high risk of falling rocks.


2. Annapurna
The ten second highest mountain in the world is no less than 8091 meters high. During the ascent of Annapurna in Nepal are deceased around 60 people. Only 157 climbers have reached the top. The ascent via the south wall is considered the toughest. The first successful climb through that side was in 1970, while the mountain was climbed twenty years earlier. In 1987 made a couple Poland the first climb during the winter and in 2007, the Slovenian climber Tomaž Humar the first solo ascent via the south wall.


3. K2
When you go climbing, which is located in the Pakistani Karakoram Range, the infamous K2 then there is a good chance you will not survive. For every four climbers reaching the summit, there dies namely during the climb. Around the summit, extreme storms, which often take several days. Hence, the K2 also the rugged mountain is called. The first successful climb was in 1954 and it took until 1977 before it was matched.


4. Montblanc
Maybe not as challenging as the giants of the Himalayas, but the Mont Blanc, which lies on the border between France and Italy, many more climbers perished. Just because the mountain is so popular, more people try to climb it. This has cost 8,000 lives.


5. Nanga Parbat
This mountain in the Gilgit-Baltistanregio Pakistan is 8126 meters above sea level, making it the ninth highest mountain in the world. As with the K2 climbers have mainly technical problems, the lives of dozens of daredevils took. The first successful expedition in 1953.

Nanga Parbat

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4 family guesthouses in Bandung

The guesthouse business is blooming in Bandung as more travelers prefer to experience the city’s local customs and hospitality through convenient and relatively cheap, but good quality, accommodation.

Here are four featured family guesthouses to look at if you are planning to visit the city during this coming holiday season.

1. Neina Family Guesthouse

neina guesthouse

“Neina means great granddaughter. It’s my mother’s nickname,” Herwibowo Toha, the owner and founder of Neina Family Guest House located on Jl. Cigadung Raya Tengah 63, said. He said by naming his guest house Neina, he hoped that it would have a lasting future until his great granddaughter’s time, The guest house was born out of a passion for design. Herwibowo, a designer himself, renovated his old family house with simplicity and a maximum use of natural daylight and space in mind. A stay at Neina Family Guest House’s with four rooms each accommodating a maximum of eight persons is Rp 700,000 per week night. The price includes a choice of traditional Indonesian or American breakfasts.

2. Rumah Teuku Umar

Rumah teuku umar bandung

Gemala Rifa, the guesthouse owner, said that the guesthouse had been open since 2010, while previously the house belonged to his family. “We only rent the whole house [to a single customer] and then it will be up to them how many rooms they are going to rent,” she said adding that the guesthouse had four rooms which could accommodate up to four persons, nearby there are many cafes, restaurants and factory outlets. Yet the place still felt relaxing despite its central location. Rumah Teuku Umar is an ideal place to stay, especially, if you travel in large groups such as with family or friends as well as for private or corporate events, The rent starts from Rp 2,500,000 (US$251.46) per week night for three rooms and this includes free breakfast, housekeeper, and ready-to-use modern kitchen set.

3. Selaras Guesthouse


This guesthouse was also a family house which was then turned into a guesthouse, Tri Adi Pasha, a spokeperson for the guesthouse management, said that this family business was started in 2008 when his brother Wibisono Sjarif came up with the initiative, A while later the 1,500 square-meter family house was turned into a business starting as a restaurant then a guesthouse, This guesthouse provides complete facilities including a children’s play room called the Hom Pim Pa room which in its construction process involved local wood craftsmen.

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Betawi culture to enter city malls and hotels in Jakarta

Budaya betawi

As part of the effort to brand Jakarta as a city of culture, the city administration has issued a new gubernatorial decree that obliges malls, department stores, hotels and recreational sites to accommodate the development of culture-based enterprises.

The Gubernatorial Decree No. 49/2013 says that the business sites must introduce and sell traditional Betawi culture-based products as well as those of other cultures as a support to the preservation of the cultures.

Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency head Arie Budiman said earlier this month that Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued the decree to boost the local culture as the identity of the capital city.

“Therefore, the active role of the mall, department store, hotel and recreational site owners to provide outlets for introducing and selling culture-base products is very important,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Arie said the administration hoped that if malls, department stores, hotels and recreational sites put a piece of Betawi culture in various forms, including food, souvenirs and art performance in their business operations, the image of Betawi culture would stick with Jakarta in tourists’ minds.

“It will be good to brand the city’s image as a cultural city,” he said.

Arie said the scheme of the decree implementation would be discussed further with the stakeholders.

“We will meet with them after the Lebaran vacation to get their input on how the decree should be implemented,” he said.

He said that besides discussing with the stakeholders, his agency, together with the Trade Agency and the Micro-, Small-and Medium-size Enterprises (UMKM) Agency would help the Betawi culture-based industries meet with the required standards, so they could be sold and exhibited at malls, shopping centers, hotels and recreational sites.

UMKM agency head Ratnaningsih said her agency was now registering the small and medium businesses producing products related to Betawi culture and traditional art groups in Jakarta.

“We are recording the data first to see how many of them actually have fulfilled the standard applied in the market,” she said, adding that many of them did not have any required certification.

Ratnaningsih said her agency would later create training and workshops for those who were still struggling to meet with the standards.

The vice chairwoman of culture-based traditional industry of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Putri K. Wardani, said she appreciated the step taken by the governor to support the development of the culture-based products.

Budaya betawi

Putri, who initiated the decree, said only a small number of malls, hotels and recreational sites had involved themselves with such industry.

Putri, who is also the CEO of cosmetic company Mustika Ratu, said that the decree would force the business owners to more actively involve and give opportunities for culture-based producers, mostly small and medium enterprises, to have a chance to develop.

“I hope the city administration would also keep monitoring and controlling the implementation of the gubernatorial decree,” she said.

Indonesian Association of Shopping Centers chairman Handaka Santosa supported the gubernatorial decree, saying that introducing traditional culture was one of the shopping malls’ concerns.

Handaka said, however, that the administration should give them time to adjust and implement the decree.

“Making a regulation is easy but implementing it is another story,” he said, adding that it took time to adjust with every new regulation. “Give us suggestions and solutions how to put the regulation into a real action,” he said.

Jokowi seems to be determined to change the image of Jakarta into a city of culture. He recently obliged Jakarta administration civil servants to wear Betawi attires every Friday.

He also gave a hint to require buildings that will be built in the capital city to characterize Betawi culture.

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Harmony on the island of yapen

Pulau Yapen

Have you ever heard the name of Yapen Island? Yapen Island is an island in the southern of Biak Island, Cendrawasih Bay – Papua, Yapen Island is a special island that many beautiful birds live here like Cendrawasih (the birds of paradise), turtles also chose coastal beaches to lay their eggs. The unique one, along the coast of inggrisaw and mambasiwi on this island, there are four species of sea turtles come to lay their eggs. One is the Belimbing Turtle, the largest turtle in the world where the adult reaches a length of about two meters and the shell striped lengthwise like starfruit.


In the Yapen Island, Cendrawasih Birds and turtles are protected, the conservation was started in 2011 by saireri foundation, which has a land area of 20.000 hectares in Yapen Island. Not only the challenges of nature, bird of paradise and turtle preservation of human challenges. Bird of Paradise is often hunted for their fur, which is used as the decoration of local custom clothing, hats to women in Europe in the last century. While sea turtles are harvested for food, and even the eggs were too.

Penyu Belimbing

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Singapore Airlines increases flights route to Jakarta and Bali

Singapore Airlines

Starting from July 26, the Singapore Airlines has added one flight each to Jakarta and Bali so there will be nine flights to Jakarta and the four flights to Bali per day.

Previously, Singapore Airlines has only eight flights to Jakarta and three flights to Bali per day.

“Indonesia’s economy is still developing and it increases the demands for flights both on business and tourism sectors,” Senior Vice President Marketing Planning Singapore Airlines Lee Wen Feng said as quoted by

Singapore Airlines

Lee said that Indonesia is one of the most important markets for Singapore Airlines as it is reflected by the increase of flight frequencies to Jakarta and Bali.

With the newly added flights, now the airlines serves 63 flights per week to Jakarta, while to Bali it serves 28 flights per week.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary, the SilkAir, has also launched their newest destinations to Semarang and Makassar.

“These new flights services will give various options for our customer. It will also give more convenient [for the customer] to go to Singapore and other destinations in our network,” he added.

By Edna Tarigan, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jul 30, 2013