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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah: Big Things Come In Small Packages

January 27th, 2009 by

It was one slow Sunday afternoon and I was seated comfortably in my room at the Aston Rasuna Residence Jakarta switching movie channels on cable TV.  I was taking advantage of my free coffee sachets and nibbling on my favorite crunchy Kuzuka cassava chips.  I just came from my short walk on the hotel grounds and decided to go back to my room to rest for a bit.  But as always, I couldn’t stay long in one place and the day was just too beautiful to spend indoors.  I grabbed my Indonesia map and tried to look for an interesting place to explore for the rest of the afternoon.  I chanced upon a short yet informative feature on Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and my curiosity immediately got the best of me.  I grabbed my purse and immediately left my hotel to catch a cab.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park is an extraordinary park that is located in Southeast part of the city.  From the city center of Jakarta, TMII is located about twenty five (25) kilometers away and travel time can last anywhere from thirty minutes to almost an hour depending on traffic conditions.  But if you’ll be coming from the Perdana Kusuma airport, it is a mere five (5) kilometers away.  You can reach the park by taking various means of transportation like a private rented car, the public bus, metro mini or the ever dependable Blue Bird taxi cabs.

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Different Modes Of Transportation To Take In Indonesia

November 28th, 2008 by

Traveling can really be fun, exhilarating, and exciting! You get to visit new places, try out new cuisines, experience different cultures and, of course, meet people then eventually make new friends. Plus, you can stay in really nice hotels like the Ascott Jakarta Hotel.

You will live through these and more during your trip to Indonesia. But before you head to the nearest restaurant, visit the museum, go on that tour or explore every corner of this energetic city, it is highly advisable to familiarize yourself with the various modes of transportation that you can take in Indonesia so that you can save time, money and most especially to ensure your safety.

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Shop In The Grand Malls Of Jakarta

November 12th, 2008 by

Jakarta is another city in Asia that offers great shopping to all travelers. Prices here are said to be lower compared to some Asian countries like Hong Kong and Singapore. There are so many shopping destinations to include in your travel itinerary and these stops should include the city’s grand malls.

Gatot Subroto St. Kav. 21 Slipi West Jakarta 11047
+62 21 564 3777

Taman Anggrek MallLocals would proudly tell you that this mall is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is a place where you can find everything that you need. With over 400 shops and two department stores namely Galeria Matahari and Metro, what more can you ask for?

From the moment you walk through the huge revolving doors and step into the main lobby, you will immediately be mesmerized by this mall. After a few steps, you will find yourself in the middle of the spacious atrium where most mall events like product launches, concerts, fashion shows, etc are held.

Stores here cater to all kinds of shoppers. There are brand names that are affordable even for the young crowd. Of course, there are high end boutiques for those who are brand conscious and prefer designer brands. It is easy to lose track of time in all these shops where you can spend hours scouring through the finest merchandise.

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Nine Haunted Places In Asia

October 23rd, 2008 by

GhostThrill-seeking travelers would find no shortage of haunted places to visit around Asia. After all, a whole sub-genre of movies called Asian Horror wouldn’t be so popular if cultures across the continent didn’t have their own ghostly legends.

Here are nine places in Asia that are said to be haunted.

Old Changi Hospital – once a military hospital in Singapore before being closed down some years ago, this hospital is the most haunted spot in Asia’s most ghost-ridden city. The morgue is a particular hot spot for ghost sightings of the headless and feetless kind. Recently, plans have been drawn out to convert the area into a spa resort. Will it still maintain its most haunted status by then?

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Fall In Love With The Waterfalls Of Asia

October 18th, 2008 by

Beautiful WaterfallNo portfolio of a nature photographer is complete with capturing the majestic beauty of waterfalls. The rush of water pouring into an emerald pool surrounded by greenery is the stuff that inspires zen gardens and nature walks. What’s best about these waterfalls in Asia is the occurrence of the monsoon season, when torrential rains turn the surge of water into a glorious spectacle of  nature’s fury.

Here are nine Asian Waterfalls to admire during your travels.

Shiraito Falls – the most famous waterfall in Japan, located in the lower slopes of Mount Fuji. Shiraito has been proclaimed as one of the most scenic waterfalls in the country. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the leaves in the enclosing forest are starting to change color.

Pagsanjan Falls – one of the big thrills of this falls in the Philippines is the journey by traditional bancas. A boatman will paddle, push, and shove his boatload of passengers past rocks, curves, and the current to reach the destination, then repeat the performance on the way back. The base of the falls is a large pool where people can swim, bathe, and enjoy themselves. There is also a cave behind the falls for exploring.

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6 Top-Notch Dive Spots In Asia

October 13th, 2008 by

Diving Amongst Corals If you fancy yourself a diving enthusiast, buy an underwater camera. Sure, taking photographs of awesome marine life will distract you from enjoying the moment, but you can  always enjoy those moments while flipping the album at the comfort and safety of your own home, without having to fiddle with your dive mask or scan warily for aggressive aquatic creatures. Or maybe, the next time you revisit any of these terrific dive spots, you can finally focus on enjoying yourself amidst the wonders of the deep ocean.

Koh Tao (Turtle Island) – a resort island off the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand, encircled with beautiful coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. The shallow depths make it ideal for beginners. The highlight of Koh Tao is the whale shark, which visits these waters at different times of the year. Visitors can take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui, then board a high-speed catamaran to Koh Tao, or take a bus to Chumphon, then ride a ferry to the island.

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Dreamland of Jakarta

June 20th, 2008 by

I am still a kid… at heart, that is. I am fascinated by simple things like cotton candies, rainbows, chocolates, crayons and fireworks. I still watch cartoons and I still go to amusement parks. Yup, amusement parks! Whenever I visit a new country, I usually make it a point to include a visit to the amusement park in my travel itinerary.

So when I found myself in Indonesia, I didn’t stay in my Jakarta hotel long. I immediately headed off to one of their famous tourist spots – TAMAN IMPIAN JAYA ANCOL. It is highly recommended to bring a car or rent a private car that will bring you there. For foreign visitors, there is a taxi line available or you can simply call a taxi company like in order to arrange your trip to and from Ancol.


This amusement park, known as the largest in Jakarta, is located North of Jakarta and is said to be built on reclaimed land. There is an entrance free of Rp 10, 000 (US$ 1) per person and Rp 10, 000 (US$ 1) for each car. This recreation park offers both outdoor and indoor activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fishing for Love?

Romance in GuamRelease that romance by sharing a scuba dive or a zesty meal with your loved one in Guam! Surrounded by the North Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea, Guam enjoys world renowned diving conditions in serene blue waters. Be consumed by the dance, festivals, cuisine and fantastic shopping that this island offers. Bellhop Picks:
  • Polls

    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

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