15 July 2012

VLOG Summary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 18

Backpacking for 50days | Episode 18
VLOG Summary
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is one of my favorite places in Indonesia. It is calm and rich of cultures. Here are my VLOGs for journey in Yogyakarta. Enjoy!

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Episode 18: VLOG Summary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Episode 17: Hunny Hostel, Bandung, Indonesia
Episode 14: Indo Food Invasion

12 July 2012

Hunny Hostel, Bandung, Indonesia | | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 17

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Backpacking for 50days | Episode 17
Hunny Hostel
Bandung, Indonesia

Business Card Hunny Hostel, front view

Bandung Branch
In my last Jakarta trip, I was stayed in one of the Hunny Hostel branch. You can read my review here. Also in Bandung, I chose to stay at Hunny Hostel. You can check out their website here.

Hunny Hostel Business Card, back view
Highly Rated
It is very limited choices of cheap accommodation in Bandung. I booked this hostel through hostelbookers.com. Based on the costumer reviews, there was quiet promising.

Free Coffee/Tea all day long
Convenient Location
I love where it is situated. Near the train station is a bonus for this place. It also situated in a Pascal Hyper Square where it is a new town next to the Hilton. There was a huge food court where you can get your food easily. A lot of restaurant shop lots.  24 hours convenience store is easy to get.

Friendly Staffs
Do not get surprise when I say the staffs only its owner. The family lives at the hostel. Their son slept in a dorm same room with you. Mr. Micheal and wife are really helpful. Just asked anything, I’m sure he will help you. 

Watching TV area, or you can play your laptop here. Wifi area.

The Dorm Room
The dorm room is really big. They got 6 double decker bed. So in 1 dorm room, consists of 12 persons. There were 6 of us in the room when I stayed there. 2 from Vietnam, 1 from UK, 1 from Russia, and 1 from Germany.

I'm with Stephen from UK. My roommate
The Price
If we talking about limited hostel in Bandung, for me it’s still cheap. Around RM30 per night. But, If you think its again, it is in Indonesia, you will think it expensive. Well it’s depend on you right. My budget for accommodation is under RM50 per day, so this hostel is acceptable

My review for Hunny Hostel Bandung at hostelbookers.com
You will not get Wifi in your room. Wifi quite fast at the TV area. The toilets are clean. The room air-conditioner is working fine and made the room cold enough. Free flow of coffee/tea. For breakfast, just a simple breakfast you will get such as toast bread with fruit jam.

The new town. Hunny Hostel is situated here, Paskal Hyper Square

mytravellicious Rating

Character: 75% Good, simple & clean. The lounge is small but still comfortable. Not to crowded. 

Fun: 80% I enjoy my stay. The owner & family were very friendly. Because the place is small, you can always mingle around.

Security: 70% No key for any guesthouse. Just hope nobody will enter the hotel with bad intention. No lock for the dorm room door. But you have your own locker.

Staffs: 100% Very very friendly and helpful.

Cleanliness: 95% Very clean

Facilities: 85% WiFi can't reach your dorm. TV lounge is satisfactory. Toilets are clean. Breakfast is ok.

Location: 100% WoW! Very good location... only 10 minutes from Train Station & the hub of Angkots (Minivans)

Price: 75% Not that cheap. Standard price for hostel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

The price for 2 nights

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10 July 2012

Tangkuban Perabu, Bandung, Indonesia | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 16

Backpacking for 50days | Episode 16
Tangkuban Perahu Craters

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 Travel Companion
At first, I was planned that I will visit this crater alone. So, I there will no time to be wasted because I always moved fast. As I took breakfast that morning at the hostel, I told the owner about my plan to visit Tangkuban Perahu. The hostel owner, Mr. Micheal always been very helpful and giving many information. Stephen from UK, overheard my conversation, and asking me whether can he follow me because I know the local language, so it would be easy. I had no problem at all, having a companion of 1 is good enough. Not so boring and we can always share our stories. Actually I knew Stephen since I was in Jakarta. He also stayed at Hunny Hostel Jakarta. I met him when checking-out the hostel, and told me that he will go to Bogor then to Bandung. So when I met him again, I recognized him automatically. Anyway, he emailed me last 2 months about he is visiting my place, Kuching. Too bad I was working and not around. But, glad he had a good time in Kuching!

With my pink raincoat!

I'm with Stephen from UK at my hostel
Hunny Hostel to Tangkuban Perahu by Minivan
From Paskal Hyper Square main gate, turn left walking about 5 minutes, till the “Point Minimarket”, then take cream color with brown line minivan which route “St Hall – Lembang” price Rp 6k. Stop at “Lembang Wet Market”, take yellow color minivan, ask price to go to Tangkuban Perahu Kawah, bargain for Rp 20k – Rp 30k. Need to pay entrance fee at the entrance gate, it cost Rp55k. It takes around 2 hours from hostel to get there. The last public transport on the way back finish around 4pm. For us, the driver asked for 150k rupiah, for Tangkuban Perahu, Tea Plantation & Ciater Hotspring. He will waited for us. So, I think even though it was not cheap, but it was a good deal.

Smile but in my heart who knows....
The Story
30km north of Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu (translation: Overtuned Boat) is a huge active volcanic crater. Of course every place have their own story right? Legend tells of a god challenged to build a huge boat during a single night. His opponent, on seeing that he would probably complete this impossible task, brought the sun up early and the boat builder turned his nearly completed boat over in a fit of anger.

The Crater
Queen Crater
The huge Kawah Ratu (Queen Crater) at the top is impressive, but as cars can also drive right here, it is a weekend tourist trap with the usual parade of touts offering eggs to cook in the crater’s scalding surface. A park entrance fee is 20k rupiah. That morning, the mist was so think until we can’t barely see any of the crater. Plus it was raining and also very slippery. When you want to go to this crater, there were many so-called guide want to guide you to the crater. Just ignored them!

Our trekking begins here...
For safety, check the volvano’s activity status first with the tourist information centre in Bandung. But I always feel unsafe when I was here. This is because the volcano is active and you do not know what will happen right? Your heartbeat will pumping out fast. You feel like you want to get out there as soon as possible. As I said, it was a live or die experience. For the touts, do not make any contact with them, you do not know what the blackmagic they used. If you asking for the price, there will be so many of them will approach you and make you buy their item. So, prevent better than a cure. Do not approach them, just walk straight and pretend you not hear anything and see anything.

The slippery route
Escape the crowds
You can escape the crowds by walking (anticlockwise) around the main crater and along the ridge between the two craters, but parts of it are steep and slippery. Yes, we did it. Even though it was raining and slippery, Stephen decide we follow the trail, and hike until me made the round of the crater. Meaning, from starting point, will walk and hike along the two crater until you reached your starting point again. It was so scary, I never expected this. I just plan to take a photo where I should be. I just used a a pair of sandal, not a shoe. Walk along the ridge, you will see the sign of dangerous sulphur gas everywhere, and the smell of chemically uncomfortable. After we arrived at the between to of the crater, we took a rest, there was a half round to go. But the trail become steep and slippery and scary, so I suggested Stephen to go back because I do not think it was very good idea. Gladly, we were coming back at the assembling point safely.

View from the opposite of the assembling point

Another crater.... not that active...
Domas Crater
Safer and more interesting is the walk to Kawah Domas, an active volcanic area of steaming vents and bubbling pools about 1km down from the car park. Just ignored all the so called guide which were very annoying. They will told you, it was very dangerous to go by your own.

The horses dancing in the rain

05 July 2012

VLOG Summary, Jakarta, Indonesia | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 15

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Backpacking for 50days | Episode 13
VLOG Summary
Jakarta, Indonesia

Here are all the VLOG I made for my previous JAKARTA backpacking trip. Do visit my youtube channel: mytravellicious for more videos.

National Monument
 Safari Park Trip, Bogor
Baby Orang Utan & Baby Tiger

Cars Free Day

Students Demonstration

Batavia, Old Jakarta

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Episode 14: Indo Food Invasion

02 July 2012

Foods Invasion, Indonesia | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 14

Backpacking for 50days | Episode 14 
Foods Invasion, INDONESIA

Trying new kind of menu during your traveling is a must. Here, I want to compile all the foods which I had ate during my last journey in Indonesia. Some of them I forgot to take a photo. Because its been a while, I already forgotten their name.

Martabak Bandung in Jakarta, Expensive! "Apam Balik" in Malaysia
EsTeler in Jakarta
At Solaria Skydining Plaza Semanggi. Jakarta.
ABC in Jakarta.
Indonesia Traditional Mix Rice. Safari Park. Bogor
Omelette. Safari Park. Bogor.
Siew Mai. Same like "Pasembor in Malaysia. Jakarta.
Soto Ayam. Jakarta.
Mix of traditional food. At Purawisata Yogyakarta Buffet Dinner.
Satay. At Purawisata Yogyakarta Buffet Dinner.
Gudeg. Yogyakarta Traditional dish. At Purawisata Yogyakarta Buffet Dinner.
Fried Bakmi. At Purawisata Yogyakarta Buffet Dinner.
Fried Sambal. At Purawisata Yogyakarta Buffet Dinner.
Martabak Telur. Yogyakarta
Siew Mai. Bandung.
Chicken Rice Special. Bandung
Vegetable Soup. Bandung.
Fried Rice. Bandung.
Noodles. Bandung.
Fish And Chips. Bandung.
Fruits for breakfast. Bali.
Coconut. Sanur. Bali

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