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- The Exotic Archipelago by Leila
Having more than 17,000 islands
up its sleeve, Indonesia is the place where you can never run out of things
to do while visiting this nature's gift. From shopping to snorkeling, there
is so much to do in Indonesia where a week-long vacation too might not
do justice to this place.
|So while browsing through
the hotels in Indonesia, keep in mind that there is a fat chance of extending
your stay in the country. Picking one of the Indonesia cheap hotels will
allow you to spend less on accommodation and more on adventurous activities
that one ought to do while holidaying in Indonesia.
If you are into extreme sports,
Indonesia is legendary when it comes to activities such as diving and snorkeling.
Wreck diving at USS Liberty Wreck off Tulamben which is an artificial reef
can pump up your adrenaline to levels you can't even imagine. The Coral
Sea Gardens of Bunaken Islands is a must visit for any nature lover who
is definitely going to be awe struck by the marine life and the drop-off
reef formation. All hotels in Indonesia will have information about tours
to both these locations and will be happy to arrange the same.
Enjoy a Tantalizing Trip
If your thirst for action
remains unquenched, the front desk of most hotels in Indonesia can assist
you with trekking packages over some of the famous active volcanoes in
|Mount Bromo, located in
East Java, is the most popular active volcano around which several trekking
tours are organized. Another great option would be the Kawah Ijen which
provides one of the best picturesque views of grassy fields and the surrounding
peaks which is nothing short of a fairy tale experience.
Indonesia is one of the wealthiest
countries in South East Asia owing to the large number of resources available
in this archipelago. This translates into a shopper's paradise with umpteen
numbers of malls and street shops of a wide price range. All hotels in
Indonesia will be situated close to some shopping mall or market so you
can fulfill your shopping desires from everywhere.
There are two things one
must remember while holidaying in Indonesia to cut down on the budget.
Firstly, living in one of the Indonesia cheap hotels can prove to be highly
economical and smart. Indonesia cheap hotels provide the same luxury and
comfort as offered by the others but at a much affordable price. The second
important thing to remember is, if anything doesn't have a price tag on
it, the price is negotiable.
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Traditional Foods by Sisca
Your travel to Indonesia
would not complete without having its traditional foods. Below are some
of those foods you should not miss them when you come to that country.
|Indonesia consists of many
islands and many provinces. There are five big islands and more than thirty
provinces altogether, and each provinces has its own unique traditional
Jakarta, the capital city
of the country, or as its original people called as Betawi, has Kerak Telor
as its traditional food. This food can not be easy to find nowadays as
Jakarta people like to flock to fast food restaurants and other modern
foods which are scattered throughout the city. Kerak Telor would be easy
to find on June and July when Jakarta celebrates its annyversary. The celebrations
usually takes place at Kemayoran, and there will be many people selling
Kerak Telor there. So, if you would like to try this Betawi traditional
food, I would advise you to come to Kemayoran on June or July.
Another food from Betawi
is Roti Buaya, made of bread in a crocodile shape. This Roti Buaya usually
served at a Betawi's traditional wedding ceremony. Beside Kerak Telor and
Roti Buaya, there are also Ketoprak, and Soto Betawi.
Bogor is a small town near
Jakarta. Its unique traditional food is Asinan Bogor. In the contrary with
Kerak Telor, you can almost find this food anytime you want. Just come
to this town, ask people wherever they are, they will guide you to any
place selling Asinan Bogor.
|Empek-empek is another Indonesian
traditional food from Palembang.
This province is located
in Sumatra Island. This food is so popular that you do not have to go across
that island to try this one. There are many Palembang people in Jakarta
or in other town selling this food.
Bandung, the capital city
of West Java, has many unique traditional foods. Lalapan is one of them.
Lalapan is fresh vegetables accompanied by sambal or you may also say spicy
sauce. Many believe that Bandung people, usually called as Sundanese, would
struggle living in a vegetarial garden because of this lalapan.
Other famous Bandung traditional
foods are nasi timbel, comro, batagor, peuyeum, etc. Nasi timbel is rice
wrapped in banana leaves, usually served with fried chicken, lalapan, and
sambal or spicy sauce. Peuyeum, which is soft and tastes sweet, made of
fermented sago. Batagor, also called as baso tahu goreng, is fried meatball
and tofu with peanut sausage.
|Gudeg is another traditional
food which comes from Yogyakarta. Gudeg is made of young jackfruit which
is cooked in Javanese traditional way. Like other Javanese foods, gudeg
is rather sweety than salty. Other ingredients accompanying the young jackfruit
are egg, tofu, and tempe. People usually eat gudeg together with warm rice
and spicy krecek. If you have a chance to come to Yogyakarta, do not miss
to try this food as Yogyakarta is also known as Kota Gudeg, means The City
Nasi Rawon is traditional
food from East Java. Nasi Rawon is rice served with dark beef soup. The
dark color of the soup comes from seeds of kluwek nuts. Rendang or spicy
beef comes from Padang, West Sumatra. Padang is famous for its spicy foods,
and many of its foods use coconut milk as ingredient.
Another Indonesian traditional
food is otak-otak. This food is made from steamed fish wrapped in banana
leaves. You can find the great taste of otak-otak in Kota Serang. Beside
otak-otak, Kota Serang is also famous for its Ikan Bandeng. Be sure to
try them when visiting Kota Serang.
|About the Author: Sisca
Azma would like to dedicate this Indonesian traditional foods article to
Anne Ahira. Visit my website at http://www.anneahira.serang.info
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