PJJP :: Khayangan Peak Sigendol & Curug Gunung Putri Purworejo # Central Java – Indonesia

July 26, 2020

Today’s PJJP is going to Purworwjo Regency, Bruno Area. From Magelang, we go to Purworejo direction and when arrive at Maron, turn left to Wonosobo direction. The road is on renovation, you have to becareful.

Then about 19km, turn left to Kutoarjo Direction. After passed Bruno Market, you will passed a bridge and face the trisection, turn right. The road is good but very narrow. It will be hard if there is a car from the opposite.

After about 2.5 hours, we arrive at Curug Gunung Putri Car Parking. Then we eat breakfast first. After fill our stomach, we start to hiking.

Our first destination is Khayangan Peak Sigendol, located about 2km uphill from the car parking. Because it’s a peak, so we have to walk uphill and it’s quiet high.

The view upthere is breathtaking.. Very beautiful..

After take some selfie and enjoy the view, we go back to car parking. On the way downhill is very steep, becareful and beware of your knee because we have to hold our body, and for some senior ir’s quiet difficult.

Our 2nd destination:

Curug Gunung Putri, Curug is another name of waterfall in Indonesia. The waterfall is falling in 2 direction, and the water is very fresh.

After play in the water for a while, we go back to car park and prepare to go home.

This time, we didn’t use the road we depart, instead after arrive at Purworejo-Wonosobo Street, we turn left, and when arrive at Sapuran, turn right and follow the road and you will arrive at Salaman, then go back to Magelang. Why we use another route? Because we didn’t want to passed the renovation road again, it’s very narrow and you have to make turn with the opposite to passed.

Finally, I’m able to make Vlog for this morning walk with at least 50% reporting. I always wants to make vlog about where I go but never made it, because sometimes I forgot, and I didn’t have confidence to speak. Maybe next time, I will write a script so I know what to say haha..

Have a nice Watch and Enjoy..

Sermo Reservoir (3) Kulon Progo # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

July 12, 2020

Sermo Reservoir is located at Kulon Progo Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Started to build at 1994, and inaugarated at November 20, 1996 by President Soeharto to supply irrigation system in Kalibawang which cover 7.152Ha.

credit: Wikipedia

This is my 3rd time visit this place, my father love this place because it’s very quiet with beautiful lake and scenery. Very refreshing, especially when you come at sunset.

We decided to go around the lake using car. It took about 16,95km if you want to go around.

The road is good, altough some part is very narrow only able to occupied for 1 car, but the view each side is amazing. Especially when sunset is coming.

Camera House near Borobudur Temple, Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Near Borobudur Temple, there’s an unique house. Why is it unique? Because, it’s form like Camera. People called it Camera House. The owner of this house is a painter. He said, that he build this house for gallery.

The Camera House located near Borobudur Temple. It’s not inside the area. many people thought that it located inside the temple area, but it’s not. After you pass Borobudur Temple entrance, you will pass Manohara Hotel, then just go to Amanjiwo Hotel direction and after you pass a big soccer field, you will see this house.

me and my friend shadow

Pangandaran Beach D3 # West Java – Indonesia

Day 3 in Pangandaran, We have a sour body because of yesterday’s body rafting. That’s why we woke up late and missed the sunrise moment.

Today, we plan to explore the Recreation Park and Nature Reserve until the white sand beach then went back by boat. The entrance just right in the left of the hotel. But when we walk to there, there’s a local people who rent boat, give us advance to enter the reserve from white sand beach because the difference cost. If we go to the Reserve first then ride the boat, the Reserve entrance ticket will cost IDR 7.000/person. But if we ride the boat first then entering the Reserve, the entrance ticket will cost only IDR 2.000/person.

So, we decided to ride the boat first. At the morning, the sea tide is high, and it reach out the beach. But the waves was so calm.

If you ride the boat at Pangandaran, the boat renter will always give you offer to do some activity, for example watch what inside the middle of sea, go to white sand beach, and also go surround the Reserve to see Japan Cave. My father said, he has gone surround the Reserve to see Japan cave before with his friends, and the wave was too high. Almost 1.5 metres.

We only ride the boat until the white sand beach, which cost IDR 50.000/boat. Then from there, we entering Nature Reserve.

white sand beach in the morning

There’s so many monkey inside the Nature Reserve. Becareful with your belonging. Don’t hold your fist, because it sign if you have any food. And the monkey will come to you to ask for food. Just open your hand, and show the monkey that you didn’t have anything.

After walk around 5 minutes, there’s a guard that sell the entrance ticket.

You can see the Japan cave inside the Reserve. I found two of them. I don’t know how many of them inside there, but I’m sure it’s a lot.

There’s a bridge inside the Nature Reserve, which connect white sand beach area and Pangandaran beach. We can see the the River Mouth below the bridge

It’s kinday creepy, walking inside the Nature reserve, like walking in wild forest.. XD

After approximately 1 hour, we arrive at the west
entrance near our hotel. There’s 2 entrance/exit, west entrance and east enrance. East entrance located near East Beach Pangandaran.

Then we walk back to hotel and prepare to eat lunch. After eat lunch, while on the way back to hotel, we see the fisherman started to pull the fish net. It’s so fun to watch them. At first the will ride the boat to the middle of the ocean, to spread the fish net.

I don’t know how long will they let the fish net inside the ocean. But after the time determine, they will pull it. At first, the will pull it from the two side.

Then until some point, they will put the fish net together, and pull it together.Then until some point, they will put the fish net together, and pull it together.


this is what Fisherman got

After watch how fisherman pull their fish net, then we go back to Hotel. Me and my brother decided to ride Odong-Odong. You can rent it, there’s so many of it in here.

We rent the one in front of our hotel.

It’s fun, but tiring. 1 hour rent, cost IDR 50.000. We only rent it for 1 hour, because riding it was too tiring XD

After take a rest, then we go to the beach again. We eat coconut and enjoy the scene in the evening.

Then we rent surfboard, and play in the water.

It’s fun, and tiring. At first, it’s hard to using surfboard, but if you know how to used it, then you can surf smoothly. We really enjoy it.

The Odong-Odong, at night was full of light.

Sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu, Borobudur Temple, Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Woke up at 3 o’clock, and go to Borobudur Temple at 4 o’clock. Me, my brother, and my brother’s girlfriend also my brother’s friends went to Setumbu to watch sunrise. Punthuk Setumbu located near Borobudur Temple. You can see the sunrise with background Borobudur Temple, Mount Merapi, and Mount Merbabu.

Don’t forget to bring tripod to take photos.

The ticket entrance is IDR 15.000 for local. And we have to walk uphill for a while. Use comfortable shoes and bring flashlight because it’s still dark. Wear jacket too because it’s cold.

Once arrived at Punthuk Setumbu, there’s so many people in there. Most of them are tourists.

Unfortunately, it’s cloudy. So the sunrise didn’t shown enough.

And the morning fog started to cover whole area, so we have to go back.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา) City D2 # Ayutthaya – Thailand

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา) is a city, located approximately 2-2.5 hours from Bangkok by car, due the traffic. Usually, it’s jam when holiday. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya City, also known as Ayutthaya Kingdom or Siam is the capital city of Ayutthaya Province in Thailand. Located at the valley of the Chao Phraya River. Ayutthaya become the second Siamese Capital after Sukhothai.

The Ayutthaya Historical park is the ruins of the former capital of the kingdom of Siam, which is the site of sacked and destruction of the Ayutthaya City. Its art and building recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About Ayutthaya:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phra_Nakhon_Si_Ayutthaya_(city)
– http://wikitravel.org/en/Ayutthaya
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_Kingdom

Our Thai friends help us to rent a car to go to Ayutthaya. From the morning 07:00 to 18:00 o’clock, it cost THB 3000 (include gazoline and driver). We just need to give tip for the driver service. The driver was very nice, and he help us a lot to visit some site in Ayutthaya.

If you want to visit all site in Ayutthaya, then I suggest you stay in Ayutthaya for 1 / 2 nights and you can roaming by rent a bike. The site located near each other which make easy to visit.

There are many attraction place to visit at Ayutthaya:
– Bang Pa-In Royal Palace
– Wat Phra MahaThat
– Wat Chaiwattanarm
– Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon
– Elephant Camp
– Wat Ratchaburana / Temple of the Royal Restoration
– Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden Mount)
– Wat Panan Choeng
– Wat Phra Si Sanphet
– Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit
– Wat Na Phramen
– Wat Phuttai Sawan
– Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
– Ayutthaya Floating Market
and many many more.

You can see this website for further information: http://www.ayutthaya.net/

We didn’t visit most of those attraction place, because we have to go back to Bangkok in the afternoon. This is where I visited:

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace พระราชวังบางปะอิน

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (พระราชวังบางปะอิน) also known as Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai Kings. The palace located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In District, Ayutthaya Province.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bang_Pa-In_Royal_Palacehttp://wikitravel.org/en/Bang_Pa-In

The palace remains largely open to visitors, as King and his family use it only rarely for banquet and special occasions.
Museum Hours are from 08:00 to 16:00. You have to dress up politely to enter this palace (no shorts and sleeveless clothes).

This is the first place that I visited when I arrived at Ayutthaya. It took 2 hours to walk entire area and took some photos. The ticket price is 100 Baht for tourists and free for Thai residents. They will give you a brochure of history and map.

For those who like architecture and building, should be like to come here.

Wat Panan Choeng วัดพนัญเชิงวรวิหาร

Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิงวรวิหาร) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya and a part of Ayutthaya Historical Park.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phanan_Choeng

At first, this place is not included in our itinery. My Thai Friends didn’t mention about this place. But Mr Driver told us, that we have to visit here. Just go inside and you will see why Mr Driver wants us to be here.

There’s a big gold Buddha sit statue. And when we come there, a lot of people come here to pray. We come to Thailand, at Queen’s Birthday holiday, so there’s a long weekend in there. And most people spend their holiday by come to temple to pray.

Unfortunately, I can’t take picture of the statue, because when I came there, there’s a pray ceremony. I only watch them.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet วัดพระศรีศรรเพชญ์

Wat Phra Si Sanphet (วัดพระศรีศรรเพชญ์) is situated on the city island in Ayutthaya’s World Heritage park in Pratu Chai sub-district. It has been registered as a national historic site by the Fine Arts Department since 5 March 1935. This monastery was the most important temple of Ayutthaya and situated within the Royal Palace grounds. It served as a model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

See:
– http://www.ayutthaya-history.com/Temples_Ruins_PhraSisanphet.html
– http://wikimapia.org/2078226/Wat-Phra-Sri-Sanphet-%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%9E%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%A8%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A8%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%A3%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%9E%E0%B8%8A%E0%B8%8D%E0%B9%8C
– http://www.ayutthaya.travel/monuments/in-the-external-area/wat-phra-si-sanphet.html
– http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Wat-Phra-Si-Sanphet–2

This is the 2nd place where we visit in Ayutthaya. The ruins is beautiful. The ticket price is 50 THB for tourists, open from 8:30 to 17:00.

Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bophit

This large wiharn is built in typical Thai temple style and contains Phra Mongkhon Bophit, one of the most important Buddha images in Thailand and a highlight for Buddhists visiting Ayutthaya. The massive bronze seated Buddha is 12.45 metres high, not including the base, and sits 9.55 metres across at the lap. It marks what was the official cremation ground for the Thai royal family from 1612 to 1767.

Today, the wiharn is a great place to see Thai Buddhism in practice — a steady stream of visitors offer incense, candles and flowers to the image while asking the Buddha for guidance and for wishes to be granted. Afterwards, the local custom is to shake out a numbered stick from a jar and read the accompanying fortune to see if those wishes will come true.

Source: http://www.travelfish.org/sight_profile/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/ayutthaya/ayutthaya/88

Wiharn Mongkol Bophit is the 3rd place where I visited in Ayutthaya. This place located right next Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
Open daily from 08:00 to 17:00, and it’s free.

You have to took of your shoes if you want to enter.

Wat Phra Mahathat วัดมหาธาตุ

Wat Phra Mahathat (วัดมหาธาตุ) or the “Monastery of the Great Relic” is located on the city island in the central part of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district. The temple is situated on the corner of the present Chikun Road and Naresuan Road.

Wat Phra Mahathat is a Buddhist Temple.

See:
– http://www.ayutthaya-history.com/Temples_Ruins_MahaThat.html
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Si_Rattana_Mahathat

The ruins is beautiful, and Buddha Head is the highlight of this area. So many people took photo of it. I came here after lunch, and the weather is so hot. But it’s fun. Many tourists come to this place, and I think this place is the most popular among other. This place quiet large, so prepare yourself 1 to 2 hours to walk around.

Ticket price : 50 Baht, open from 08:00 to 17:00.

Buddha Head, the touristical “high light” of Wat Phra Mahathat – caption from http://www.ayutthaya-history.com/Temples_Ruins_MahaThat.html

Ayutthaya Floating Market

Address: 65/12 Moo 7,, Phai Ling, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya 13000 Thailand
Phone Number:
– +66 (0) 3588 1688
– +66 (0) 3588 1733
Open: Everyday, 10:00 to 21:00

Wat Phra Mahathat is the last temple which we visit at Ayutthaya. After that, we go to Ayutthaya Floating Market. Actually, it’s not really floating market, because we can reach the store on foot. The store located in the side of large pond and there’s over 200 shops in there.

You can buy some souvenir in here, with cheap price. Just use your skill to bargain. The people is nice and kind.
Spend 2-3 hours to walk around, but if you like to shopping, spend more time in here. Don’t forget to bargain. If you haven’t try Ayutthaya snack, you can find it in here.

This is cute.. 🙂
I heard that Ayutthaya Coffee is special. And I try this even I’m not into coffee much, and also it sells on Tuk Tuk, which make it unique.

Ayutthaya Floating Market is the last object that we visited at Ayutthaya. Time run fast. It’s already 16:00 o’clock. We decided to go back to Bangkok. The journey back took faster than when we go. At 17:45 we have already arrived at Hotel. We pay the driver, and don’t forget to give the tip for him.

Borobudur Temple Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

I bring my aunty to here, because she said that she want to go here again. Borobudur located near my city, it’s approx 20-30 minutes to go there by car. It’s a pity that there’s no public transport to go there. It’s better if you rent a car from Yogyakarta or Magelang.

The ticket entrance for local is IDR 30.000. And for International is USD 20 or IDR 195.000. The international entrance looks more VIP than the local. They give you drink and snack. Every people who enter Borobudur Temple Area, must wear Sarong.

For Borobudur History, see this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur

WatuGong, Ungaran # Central Java – Indonesia

Watugong is a place at outside Semarang, in Ungaran City (small city, Semarang Regency). It is like a stone with form Gong (an East and SouthEast Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat, circular metal disc which is hit with a mallet.).

Credit:
– http://www.indonesia.travel/id/destination/674/vihara-buddhagaya-watugong
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gong

The place is still under improvement. And it plan to build a big Buddha statue with height 36m from bronze.

There’s a Vihara Buddhagaya inside the place. The Vihara has 7 floor, with height 45m.

The ticket price is free, but you can give donation.

Lawang Sewu Semarang # Central Java – Indonesia

Lawang Sewu, is a landmark in Semarang, Central Java. It called “Lawang Sewu” from Javanese which means “Thousand Doors”. The name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arc.

There’s 4 building in Lawang Sewu, the two main ones name A & B, and the other two smaller ones name C & D.

Lawang Sewu located at Pemuda Street, in front of Tugu Muda. It initially used by the Nederlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij, the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. After the Japanese invaded Indonesia, the basement building B was turned to prison. And when Semarang retaken by the Dutch, the Dutch forces used the tunnel leading into A building to sneak into the city. A battle ensued, with numerous Indonesian fighters dying. It was later returned to National Railway Company after the Indonesian Army took over the complex.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawang_Sewu

The entrance ticket is IDR 10.000 and we need to be accompanied by a guide which cost IDR 30.000 for 1 group. You can choose Indonesian native guide or English one.

When we come to this building, the building A is closed due renovation. And we only entered building B. The guide tells us, Lawang Sewu has 350 door and many windows, but each door has 2 leaf door. So it has more than 1000 leaf door and windows.

There’s underground tunnel, but we didn’t dare to enter. Besides it is wet, and we have to rent a boot, everything is dark in there. Additional ticket required to entering the underground tunnel.

Sam Poo Kong Temple Semarang # Central Java – Indonesia

Sam Poo Kong (三宝洞), is the oldest temple in Semarang. Also well known as Gedung Batu Temple. Originally established by Chinese Muslim Explorer and now shared by Indonesians of multiple religious denominations including Muslims and Buddhist, and ethnicities including Chinese and Javanese.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Poo_Kong

We have to buy 2 kind of tickets to entering the temple. 1st is Temple’s park, which cost IDR 3.000 for local, and IDR 10.000 for foreigner. 2nd, is the Temple area which cost approx IDR 20.000 for local, and IDR 30.000 for foreigner. I’m not sure for the temple area ticket price, because when I went there, I just bought incense for IDR 10.000 per packs to pray inside the temple. We bought 3 packs for 5 people.

We can take picture, but only from the park, we can’t take picture inside the temple. And we have to take off our slippers / shoes before entering the temple.