Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yogyakarta, Batik City of the World

Craft icon of Yogyakarta compete with the six countries in Asia Pacific

Batik Sekar Jagad

UNESCO has recognized batik as one of the world heritage of Indonesia and is the work of Indonesian handicrafts, especially the Javanese tribe. Batik craft in Indonesia has always been synonymous with Yogyakarta.

Solo Batik Carnival

Although we can not ignore some of the other cities which have traditionally had the power of batik handicrafts masterpiece as well, such as Solo, Cirebon, Tegal, Madura and Pekalongan.

Batik Tulis Pekalongan

Batik of Yogyakarta is unique in terms of history, art, culture to their community batik artisans who have a long history, such as a center of batik that can be found on Giriloyo, Imogiri, where its products are already very widely known.

The Batik Dancer

World Crafts Council based in Beijing will complete the assessment in the competition to publish batik city to various parts of the world, one day you can get to know Yogyakarta and surrounding adjacent regions with its batik trademark masterpiece, such as batik tulis.

(Source Antara, Travel Kompas, BeritaSatu /Images K Effendi Collection, Sugianto Setiawan, Solo Batik Carnival)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Decreases, Chinese tourists visiting Singapore

Total number of foreign visitors to Singapore reached 7.5 million people

Marina Bay Sands

It's interesting events of loss of aircraft Malaysia Airlines MH370 be one cause of the decline in tourist arrivals from China, besides other things, like catching their tourists by the government of Sabah, Malaysia and chaotic political instability in Thailand.

Indeed, according to the latest data released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), tourist arrivals to Singapore shrinkage of 2.8 percent per year the first half of 2014, although it was recorded - the growth of tourist arrivals, except for Chinese travelers.

Hawker Centre

Chinese travelers decreased by 30 percent compared with the same period in 2013 and, up to half in 2014.

Singapore River

Even so the overall total, Singapore is still an option for most tourists in the world, with growth reaching 3.2 percent (7.5 million people) in the same period a year ago.

(Source AP, Kompas, STB /Images M Kretyawan)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SubliMotion, World's Most Expensive Restaurants

Culinary experience is like being in a laboratory that challenges every human senses


Different sensation when the windows in the room becomes dark opaque, and then slowly turned into a transparent, fluorescent light in all directions. You will see a space in it, looks a complete kitchen with the chefs, then the room turned dark. Where next?

A voice takes you on a luminous screen accompanied by iron elevator and simulators, music echoed, supposing you imagine being taken the plunge into the underground, all-white room contains a table and white chairs.

The game of light and laser effects are different for each menu comes out.

The Menu

There are other sensations, when the room temperature changes, even the fragrant aroma fills the room changed to adjust to each dish, along with the music playing softly. Bloody Mary with a test tube, frozen olive oil with nitrogen, and then added to the bread and tomatoes, showing a modern twist on traditional Spanish dishes, Pan con Tomate. Special, isn’t it?

Paco Roncero

Just go to the island of Ibiza, a unique restaurant that only accepts 12 guests, only. SubliMotion inside the Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza. We recommend that you prepare yourself for a spend of USD 2000 a person for 2.5 hours along with the concept of a unique dish famous chef, Paco Roncero. Special experience for tourists who choose this place as a journey.

(Source SubliMotion, Michael - Travel Kompas, Dailymail /Images SubliMotion)

Monday, August 25, 2014

3 Taiwan Cities including in the Popular Tourist Cities in the World

First time in the 20 main tourist destinations in the world

Downtown Taipei

What a surprise 3 cities in Taiwan - Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung, included in the list of 20 most popular cities in the world according to

Night Market

Surveys conducted by the latest hotel price index/HPI during the period January to June 2014 in the cities of the world tourist destination, and becomes the reference for hoteliers, financial analysts/tourism investors and the hospitality sector.

The Culinary

Taipei can retain the top ranking as the world's premier tourist destination for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014, ahead of Hong Kong, Bangkok, London, Macau, and other famous cities.

The culinary shop

Attractive offers that developed in the world with the unique nature of tourism, landscape diversity, entertainment, culinary, cultural and historical tours proved able to invite the attention of tourists.

(Source Kompas, /Images K Li Na, R Mailisa, G Alexei)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cities in Asia become World's Premier Destination

Top 5 ranked in the World Top Tourism Town

Tuntex Sky Tower, Taipei

A regular survey of the latest hotel price index (HPI) during the period January to June 2014 were included in the gives a list of 20 most popular cities in the world.

Coffee shop in downtown Taipei

Taipei to the attention of tourists from Hong Kong in the past two years, they assess the diversity of the landscape, entertainment, food, culture and history of Taiwan. The city in Korea, Seoul is considered as an ideal shopping destination and Osaka is considered as a great place to recreation, eat and shopping, while Okinawa recorded as a new holiday destination in Japan.

Night Market

Here are 20 most popular cities in the world, as follows: Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, London, Macau, Paris, Shanghai, Okinawa, Kyoto, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, New York, Kuala Lumpur, and Sydney.

Sakura in Alishan

Index assessment based on bookings made on the and prices shown are actually paid by the tourists that choose the destination (consumers) in counts per room per night.

(Source Kompas, /Images K Li Na, G Alexei, R Mailisa)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pandavas Beach one of the Best in Bali

White sand stretching from end to end, the water is clear and clean, and the pounding waves playing off in the distance

Many stunning beaches in Bali that you may have visited before, but a place hidden behind a hill that is capable of making a scene because of its charm. Pandavas Beach located in southern Kuta, Badung regency.

The beach is only about 3 km from Nusa Dua, in fact has long been recognized by many tourists, but because of the access to the beach is quite difficult to make this beach empty of tourists visit although now the situation is different.

When you visit this beach, ready to acclaim with two huge cliffs that divides the road leading to the beach. There are also many carvings and sculptures are intentionally placed in the walls of the cliff.

Do not be surprised when enjoying culinary offered by the sellers who lined up on the beach, the price is quite cheap unlike other beaches. Another interesting moment came during the afternoon, local fishermen collect seaweed which the waves brought to the shore and then they made ​​a source of food and other necessities.

(Source R Sinaga - Travel Kompas, Ni Kdk R Riyanti /Images Y Ismiati, Corry Siahaan, F Irma Yohanna)

6 State Destination for Chinese Tourists

Chinese tourists Love Shopping Activity

Uluwatu, one of the favorite tourists in Bali

For many countries world tourism has become a strategic issue, especially after seeing the potential of tourist arrivals from certain countries, for example, tourist arrivals from China to Southeast Asia, the Indonesian government has set a target of 3 million tourists visit China in 2016.

Various facilities are provided so that visitors can reach the various tourist sites, some airlines - such as Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Sriwijaya Air have been providing direct flights to small towns from all over China to fly directly to Denpasar, Bali and Jakarta.

Bali rice terraces

Travelers from China has become its own potential for many countries, every year Chinese tourists reached 100 million people who choose various destinations around the world.

According to the Secretary General of ASEAN - China Center, Ma Mingqiang, Chinese tourists more prefered to travel to the places with natural beauty with forests nuanced atmosphere of dense trees, playing on the beach, get plenty of sunshine, take cruises, and loves to shop at their destination country visit.

Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha - Bangkok

Here are 6 popular tourist destination for Chinese travelers.

1/ Singapore, 2/ Malaysia, 3/ Thailand, 4/ Vietnam, 5/ Cambodia and 6/ Indonesia

In addition to Singapore and Malaysia, Thailand became the country's most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia to reach 4 million Chinese tourists visits and Bali became the popular tourist destination for them when traveling to Indonesia.

(Source Kompas, Antara /Images M Kretyawan, V Saver, E Widi)