For those of you who like diving, the beauty and diversity of flora and fauna around Sangalaki Island will attract you to come again and again. This island is located in the Derawan Archipelago, Berau, East Kalimantan. It is one of the best locations for diving and snorkeling in the world, along with Raja Ampat in Papua province.

Blowing winds, clean seawater, soft sands, warm sun, beautiful waves, coconut trees, and beautiful afternoons complete the excitement of your diving. Sangalaki‘s underwater scenery fascinates everyone who sees it. Manta Alfredi (Pari Hantu), which only exists in Derawan, Barracudas, Stingrays, giant squids, and starfish are only part of the underwater paradise of Sangalaki.

Since Manta Alfredi is a very rare animal, many tourists come to Sangalaki to see this very unique animal. This tropical animal looks like a stingray, but both its whiskers work as wings. Popular diving points in this area include Channel Entrance, Coral Gardens, Town, Sandy Ridge, Manta Run, Sherwood Forest, Manta Parade, Manta Avenue, Ridge, Lighthouse, and The Rockies among others. Sangalaki is also known as an island where turtles lay eggs. You could see this unique process during breeding season close-up.

Unlike other diving locations, the management of Sangalaki Island strictly maintains the natural conservation of this island. It is situated between East Kalimantan and Sulawesi. As an example, at night when you don't need any urgent electricity, the management will shut down the electricity on this island. Thus, this island is very quiet and is a favorite place for those of you who like to stay away from busy and noisy cities.

To reach Sangalaki Island, you may take an airplane from Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta to Sepinggan airport (BPN) in Balikpapan. Among airlines flying to Balikpapan are Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, and Lion Air. From Sepinggan, you may take a Deraya airplane to the capital city of Berau district, Tanjung Redeb. Deraya serves commuter and chartered flights. During this journey, you may see the life of the local community in the Kalimantan hinterlands which are not influenced by modernization.

Upon your arrival in Tanjung Redeb, you have another journey by speed boat along the Segah River to Sangalaki. Seeing the local community living by the river side and happy children playing will bring a smile to you after a long journey. In total, it takes about 8 to 9 hours from Jakarta to Sangalaki. In addition to visiting Sangalaki, you could also visit equally interesting neighboring islands such as Maratua, Derawan, and Kakaban islands.

För dig som gillar dykning kommer skönheten och mångfalden av flora och fauna runt Sangalaki Island att locka dig att komma om och om igen. Denna ö ligger i Derawan skärgården, Berau, östra Kalimantan. Det är en av de bästa platserna för dykning och snorkling i världen, tillsammans med Raja Ampat i Papua-provinsen.

Blåsvindar, rent havsvatten, mjuk sand, varm sol, vackra vågor, kokospalmer och vackra eftermiddagar kompletterar spänningen i din dykning. Sangalakis undervattenslandskap fascinerar alla som ser det. Manta Alfredi (Pari Hantu), som bara finns i Derawan, Barracudas, Stingrays, jättebläckfiskar och sjöstjärnor är bara en del av undervattensparadiset Sangalaki.

Eftersom Manta Alfredi är ett mycket sällsynt djur kommer många turister till Sangalaki för att se detta mycket unika djur. Detta tropiska djur ser ut som en stingray, men båda dess morrhår fungerar som vingar. Populära dykplatser i detta område inkluderar Channel Entrance, Coral Gardens, Town, Sandy Ridge, Manta Run, Sherwood Forest, Manta Parade, Manta Avenue, Ridge, Lighthouse och The Rockies bland andra. Sangalaki är också känd som en ö där sköldpaddor lägger ägg. Du kunde se denna unika process under uppfödningssäsongen näring.

Till skillnad från andra dykplatser upprätthåller förvaltningen av Sangalaki Island strikt det naturliga bevarandet av denna ö. Hotellet ligger mellan östra Kalimantan och Sulawesi. Som ett exempel, på natten när du inte behöver någon brådskande el, kommer ledningen att stänga av elen på denna ö. Således är denna ö mycket lugn och är en favoritplats för dig som gillar att hålla dig borta från livliga och bullriga städer.

För att nå Sangalaki Island kan du ta ett flygplan från Soekarno-Hatta flygplats i Jakarta till Sepinggan flygplats (BPN) i Balikpapan. Bland flygbolag som flyger till Balikpapan finns Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia och Lion Air. Från Sepinggan kan du ta ett Deraya-flygplan till huvudstaden Berau-distriktet, Tanjung Redeb. Deraya betjänar pendlare och chartrade flyg. Under denna resa kan du se livet för lokalsamhället i Kalimantans inland som inte påverkas av modernisering.

Vid ankomsten till Tanjung Redeb har du en annan resa med motorbåt längs floden Segah till Sangalaki. Att se lokalsamhället som bor vid flodsidan och glada barn som leker kommer att ge dig ett leende efter en lång resa. Totalt tar det cirka 8 till 9 timmar från Jakarta till Sangalaki. Förutom att besöka Sangalaki kan du också besöka lika intressanta närliggande öar som Maratua, Derawan och Kakabanöarna.

Indonesia is a fascinating country in every sense of the word. Rich in culture, natural beauty and biodiversity. Home to the weird, the wacky and the wonderful. And just when you think you've seen and done it all, think again, for there is still a lot coming.

For a really exceptional sensation, how about swimming with jellyfish? Yes, you heardit right, jellyfish, the one sea creature that is most likely to give you stings, itches, and all kinds of unpleasant swimming experiences. Well, at Kakaban Island in East Kalimantan, you can , not only swim unharmed with this fascinating creature, but you can actually touch them since the island is one of only two places on earth where you can find stingless jellyfish.

Kakaban Island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the Regency of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan Province, covering 774 hectares of uninhabited terrain. Its most distinctive feature is a huge land-locked lake, which makes up almost two thirds of the island. This brackish lake is alive with several species of endemic marine life, including millions of stingless jellyfish that only exist in one other place on the planet which is at Palau in Micronesia. The island is shrouded among a tangle of dense mangrove forests, right down to where the water meets the earth. There are very few sections of beach, as most of Kakaban's circumference end in a rocky wall of sheer limestone cliffs, some sections dropping hundreds of feet to the choppy waves below.

Kakaban Island is one of 31 islands belonging to the Derawan archipelago, which include Sangalaki, Maratua and Derawan. Kakaban was elevated through years of geological pressure, which eventually sealed off what was once a lagoon, creating the Kakaban Lake. "Kakaban" comes from a word in the local dialect meaning "hug," because of the way the 9-shaped island "hugs" the lake in the center. Kakaban Lake has been declared a government nature reserve, and has been nominated as a World Heritage Zone.

The ecosystem of the lake is very similar to that of the open sea, but with a twist! The trapped sea-water diluted with rain water and ground water creates a unique habitat that has caused the creatures trapped inside to evolve! The lake has warm, brackish water of 11 to 17 meters in depth, and is carpeted in marine green algae. Four species of jellyfish crisscross the waters of Kakaban Lake, but unlike their counterparts beyond the coral wall, the lake-jellies have no natural predators, resulting in the evolution of the species to no longer need their venom as self-defense.

Other evolutionary processes have also taken place in this lake: The box jellyfish, normally one of the deadliest creatures in the world, in addition to losing its sting, it has shrunk to barely a third its normal size. The Spotted Jellyfish is no longer spotted, and the Cassiopeia swims upside down, with its tentacles to the surface. This is so the sun may shine on its algae-covered tentacles, creating a photosynthetic reaction and thereby producing food! Meanwhile, the white anemone has evolved into a passive jellyfish predator. Eight species of fish also dwell in this biological paradise, as well as sea cucumbers, sponges, crabs, snakes, and orange purple and yellow clams.

Marine scientists and geologists have long puzzled over the phenomena of the survival of plant and animal life in so isolated an environment, but as eloquently stated in the Jurassic Park Movie: "Life finds a way", and Kakaban Island is the perfect proof of that. "Jellyfish Lake," on Palau Island in Micronesia, is the only similar environment on Earth, housing two species of stingless jellyfish. Thus making Kakaban Lake not only the largest, but also the most diverse brackish lake in the world.

To Get There:

The recently expanded Kalimarau Airport in the town of Tanjung Redeb, in the Berau Regency now receives more flights including international flights. The airport sits at an elevation of 59 feet (18 m) above sea level. It has one runway designated 01/19 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,850 by 30 meters. The airport has 10,462 square meter domestic terminal, a 505 square meters VIP terminal, a 5,700 square meters international terminal, and 592 square meters cargo terminal.
Currently there are 4 airlines that serve flights to Berau: Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Kalstar Aviation, connecting the regency with Balikpapan, Jakarta, Surabaya, Samarinda (East Kalimantan) and TarakanMalinau, and Nunukan in North Kalimantan. From Kota Kinabalu and Tawau in Malaysia, there are flights to Tarakan which connects with the flight to Berau.

Once in Berau you can hire a speedboat for the 2 hour ride to the Derawan islands. Speed boats generally have a seating capacity of 15 people, and can be rented to take you to several of the Derawan islands in one day. Boats can be chartered direct to Kakaban, but as there are no accommodations there, the usual routes go through its neighboring islands of Sangalaki, Maratua or Derawan. Kakaban is about 20 minutes from Sangalaki, 30 minutes from Maratua and 45 minutes from Derawan.
Now, Susi Air also serves Tanjung Redep-Maratua-Tarakan vice versa, however, the flight is only once a week and it is a relatively small aircraft for 9 passengers.

Indonesien är ett fascinerande land i ordets alla bemärkelser. Rik på kultur, naturlig skönhet och biologisk mångfald. Hem till det konstiga, det galna och det underbara. Och precis när du tror att du har sett och gjort allt, tänk igen, för det är fortfarande mycket som kommer.

För en riktigt exceptionell känsla, vad sägs om att simma med maneter? Ja, du hörde rätt, maneter, den enda havsvarelsen som mest sannolikt kommer att ge dig stick, klichéer och alla typer av obehagliga simupplevelser. Tja, på Kakaban Island i östra Kalimantan kan du , inte bara simma oskadd med denna fascinerande varelse, men du kan faktiskt röra dem eftersom ön är en av bara två platser på jorden där du kan hitta stingless maneter.

Kakaban Island är en stor korallatoll i Derawan skärgården i Berau, utanför östkusten i östra Kalimantan-provinsen, som täcker 774 hektar obebodd terräng. Dess mest utmärkande egenskap är en enorm landlåst sjö, som utgör nästan två tredjedelar av ön. Denna bräckt sjö lever med flera arter av endemiskt marint liv, inklusive miljontals stingless maneter som bara finns på en annan plats på planeten som ligger vid Palau i Mikronesien. Ön är höljd bland en härva av täta mangroveskogar, ända ner till där vattnet möter jorden. Det finns mycket få delar av stranden, eftersom de flesta av Kakabans omkrets slutar i en stenig vägg av ren kalkstensklippor, vissa sektioner släpper hundratals meter till de hackiga vågorna nedan.

Kakaban Island är en av 31 öar som tillhör Derawan skärgården, som inkluderar Sangalaki, Maratua och Derawan. Kakaban upphöjdes genom år av geologiskt tryck, som så småningom förseglade vad som en gång var en lagun, vilket skapade Kakaban Lake. "Kakaban" kommer från ett ord på den lokala dialekten som betyder "kram", på grund av hur den 9-formade ön "kramar" sjön i mitten. Kakabansjön har förklarats vara ett statligt naturreservat och har nominerats till ett världsarvsområde.

Sjöns ekosystem är mycket likt det öppna havet, men med en twist! Det fångade havsvattnet utspädt med regnvatten och grundvatten skapar en unik livsmiljö som har fått varelserna som är fångade inuti att utvecklas! Sjön har varmt, bräckt vatten på 11 till 17 meter djup och är mattad i marina gröna alger. Fyra arter av maneter korsar vattnet i Kakaban Lake, men till skillnad från sina motsvarigheter bortom korallväggen har sjögeléerna inga naturliga rovdjur, vilket resulterar i artens utveckling för att inte längre behöva sitt gift som självförsvar.

Andra evolutionära processer har också ägt rum i denna sjö: Boxmaneterna, normalt en av de dödligaste varelserna i världen, förutom att förlora sitt sting, har det krympt till knappt en tredjedel av sin normala storlek. Den fläckiga maneten ses inte längre, och Cassiopeia simmar upp och ner, med sina tentakler till ytan. Detta är så att solen kan skina på sina algtäckta tentakler, skapa en fotosyntetisk reaktion och därigenom producera mat! Under tiden har den vita anemonen utvecklats till en passiv manet rovdjur. Åtta fiskarter bor också i detta biologiska paradis, liksom sjögurkor, svampar, krabbor, ormar och orange lila och gula musslor.

Marina forskare och geologer har länge förbryllat över fenomenet överlevnad av växt- och djurliv i en så isolerad miljö, men som vältaligt anges i Jurassic Park-filmen: "Livet hittar ett sätt", och Kakaban Island är det perfekta beviset på det. "Manetsjön", på Palau Island i Mikronesien, är den enda liknande miljön på jorden, som innehåller två arter av stingless maneter. Således gör Kakaban Lake inte bara den största, men också den mest mångsidiga bräckt sjön i världen.

För att komma dit:

Den nyligen utbyggda Kalimarau flygplats i staden Tanjung Redeb, i Berau Regency får nu fler flygningar inklusive internationella flygningar. Flygplatsen ligger på en höjd av 18 m över havet. Den har en bana utsedd 01/19 med en asfaltyta som mäter 1 850 med 30 meter. Flygplatsen har 10 462 kvadratmeter inrikesterminal, en 505 kvadratmeter VIP-terminal, en 5 700 kvadratmeter internationell terminal och 592 kvadratmeter lastterminal.
För närvarande finns det 4 flygbolag som betjänar flyg till Berau: Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air, Sriwijaya Air och Kalstar Aviation, som förbinder regenten med Balikpapan, Jakarta, Surabaya, Samarinda (Östra Kalimantan) och Tarakan, Malinau och Nunukan i norra Kalimantan. Från Kota Kinabalu och Tawau i Malaysia finns det flyg till Tarakan som ansluter till flyget till Berau.

En gång i Berau kan du hyra en motorbåt för 2 timmars resa till Derawanöarna. Motorbåtar har i allmänhet en sittkapacitet på 15 personer och kan hyras för att ta dig till flera av Derawanöarna på en dag. Båtar kan chartras direkt till Kakaban, men eftersom det inte finns något boende där går de vanliga rutterna genom de närliggande öarna Sangalaki, Maratua eller Derawan. Kakaban ligger cirka 20 minuter från Sangalaki, 30 minuter från Maratua och 45 minuter från Derawan. Nu betjänar Susi Air också Tanjung Redep-Maratua-Tarakan vice versa, men flygningen är bara en gång i veckan och det är ett relativt litet flygplan för 9 passagerare.

Singkawang, a small city located in West Kalimantan, is home to thousands of Dayaknese and Chinese descents. Located about 145 km north of the capital city Pontianak, Singkawang or San Khew Jong in Hakka means a town in hills nearby where the sea and the river meets. The majority of its citizens are of Chinese descents, and the culture and tradition here is a mix of Chinese and Dayaknese culture. One of the Chinese rituals that has been assimilated with local culture is called Tatung. The ritual involves subjecting one's body to pain and torture, hence, it is not suitable for the squeamish and little children to watch.

History

The term Tatung derives from Hakka language, referring to a person who is believed to be possessed by gods or supernatural spirits called Lauya. As a result, people believed that all Tatungs have a special ability or power. Sometimes people come to them to ask about their future, fortune, love life, or career.

The Supernatural Tatung Parade in Singkawang

Being a Tatung is not a choice because it runs in their blood or hereditary. Although, in some cases, a person can be a Tatung if possessed by the Lauya.

Once a year, all Tatungs in Singkawang will join a parade on Cap Go Meh day, at the end of the Chinese New Year's festivity. The festive parade is usually held two weeks (15 days) after the Chinese New Year or locally known as Imlek.

Locals believed that the Tatung parade tradition has lasted for more than 250 years. It started when Chinese people came all the way to Borneo/Kalimantan island to mine gold. They started to open an area in a very dense jungle, so they can build a village and mine gold. They also intermarried with the local Dayaknese people. However, a fever came and spread, and they believed it was caused by evil spirits. Therefore, they started to invite good spirits to help them combat the evil spirits by doing rituals and prayers. The fever was gone and they continue to do the rituals until now.

The Tatung parade starts with a ceremony in a monastery led by a spiritual leader or a priest called "pendeta". He will call and invite the Lauya to possess the Tatungs after giving offerings to Tua Pe Kong, the god of prosperity.

The Tatungs then start to perform their pain-defying supernatural ability by stabbing themselves with sharp objects. A mediator will assist them during the performance in order to communicate with the spirits. Later on, they are paraded along the city streets while sitting on a chair of sharp knives and nails. The ritual is conducted to ged rid of evil spirits from Singkawang. This attraction is definitely not for the squeamish and little children will need parental guidance.

All Tatungs will not get hurt if they follow the rules. They are required to have a vegetarian diet every first and 15th day of the Chinese calendar. They are also not allowed to engage in any sexual activities, as well as fasting three days prior to the parade.

In order to know whether they can join the parade or not, a day before the event they will come to a monastery to throw two wooden sticks. If all sticks show the same side, it means they can join the parade. All Tatungs must obey the rule to avoid danger during the performance.

As a sign of tolerance, while on the parade, they must stop the performance before noon in order to respect Muslims who are going to have noon prayer.

Costume and accessories

While doing the performance, The Tatungs are wearing special attires. The costume is a combination of traditional Chinese and Dayaknese attires. The clothes are usually dominated with red, gold and green colors. They also carry sharp objects as their accessories which symbolizes the supernatural ability.

Best time to see them in action

As the parade will only be held once a year on Cap Go Meh day, you need to come to Singkawang about two weeks after Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year usually falls on February, so the best time to visit Singkawang is around January to March. This year, the parade will be held on March, 2nd.

Singkawang, en liten stad belägen i västra Kalimantan, är hem för tusentals dayaknesiska och kinesiska nedstigningar. Beläget cirka 145 km norr om huvudstaden Pontianak, Singkawang eller San Khew Jong i Hakka betyder en stad i kullar i närheten där havet och floden möts. Majoriteten av dess medborgare är av kinesisk härkomst, och kulturen och traditionen här är en blandning av kinesisk och dayaknesisk kultur. En av de kinesiska ritualerna som har assimilerats med lokal kultur kallas Tatung. Ritualen innebär att utsätta sin kropp för smärta och tortyr, därför är den inte lämplig för de squeamish och små barnen att titta på.

Historia

Termen Tatung härstammar från Hakka-språket och hänvisar till en person som tros vara besatt av gudar eller övernaturliga andar som kallas Lauya. Som ett resultat trodde folk att alla Tatungs har en speciell förmåga eller makt. Ibland kommer människor till dem för att fråga om sin framtid, förmögenhet, kärleksliv eller karriär.

The Supernatural Tatung Parade in Singkawang

Att vara tatung är inte ett val eftersom det rinner i deras blod eller ärftliga. Även om en person i vissa fall kan vara en Tatung om den är besatt av Lauya.

En gång om året kommer alla Tatungs i Singkawang att delta i en parad på Cap Go Meh-dagen, i slutet av det kinesiska nyårsfirandet. Den festliga paraden hålls vanligtvis två veckor (15 dagar) efter det kinesiska nyåret eller lokalt känd som Imlek.

Lokalbefolkningen trodde att Tatung-paradetraditionen har varat i mer än 250 år. Det började med att kineser kom hela vägen till ön Borneo/Kalimantan för att bryta guld. De började öppna ett område i en mycket tät djungel, så att de kan bygga en by och bryta guld. De gifte sig också med det lokala dayaknesiska folket. Men febern kom och spred sig, och de trodde att den orsakades av onda andar. Därför började de bjuda in goda andar för att hjälpa dem att bekämpa de onda andarna genom att göra ritualer och böner. Febern var borta och de fortsätter att göra ritualerna tills nu.

Tatungparaden börjar med en ceremoni i ett kloster lett av en andlig ledare eller en präst som kallas "pendeta". Han kommer att kalla och bjuda in Lauya att äga Tatungs efter att ha gett offergåvan till Tua Pe Kong, välståndsguden.

Tatungerna börjar sedan utföra sin smärtföraktande övernaturliga förmåga genom att hugga sig själva med vassa föremål. En medlare hjälper dem under föreställningen för att kommunicera med andarna. Senare paraderas de längs stadens gator medan de sitter på en stol med vassa knivar och spikar. Ritualen utförs för att ged av onda andar från Singkawang. Denna attraktion är definitivt inte för de squeamish och små barn kommer att behöva föräldravägledning.

Alla Tatungs kommer inte att skadas om de följer reglerna. De måste ha en vegetarisk kost var första och 15: e dag i den kinesiska kalendern. De får inte heller delta i några sexuella aktiviteter, samt fasta tre dagar före paraden.

För att veta om de kan gå med i paraden eller inte, en dag före evenemanget kommer de till ett kloster för att kasta två träpinnar. Om alla pinnar visar samma sida, betyder det att de kan gå med i paraden. Alla Tatungs måste följa regeln för att undvika fara under föreställningen.

Som ett tecken på tolerans, medan de är på paraden, måste de stoppa föreställningen före middagstid för att respektera muslimer som kommer att ha middagsbön.

Kostym och accessoarer

Medan de gör föreställningen bär The Tatungs speciella kläder. Dräkten är en kombination av traditionella kinesiska och dayaknesiska kläder. Kläderna domineras vanligtvis med röda, guld och gröna färger. De bär också vassa föremål som tillbehör som symboliserar den övernaturliga förmågan.

Bästa tiden att se dem i aktion

Eftersom paraden bara kommer att hållas en gång om året på Cap Go Meh-dagen, måste du komma till Singkawang ungefär två veckor efter det kinesiska nyåret. Det kinesiska nyåret infaller vanligtvis i februari, så den bästa tiden att besöka Singkawang är runt januari till mars. I år hålls paraden den 2 mars.

Yellow Rice: A Fortune in a Plate of Rice

Rice is a staple food for the majority of Indonesian. It holds an important place in the country’s culture. A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes. Steamed rice or plain rice is known as “Nasi Putih” or literally White rice.

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is a good way to taste a small part of that culture. Talking about Indonesian food seems to be no end in sight. Fried Rice is indeed famous but variety of rice dishes make Indonesian food is one of the world's greatest cuisines.

Yellow Rice: A Fortune in a Plate of Rice

Yellow rice or nasi kuning is a method of cooking rice in turmeric. The main ingredients come from shallot, garlic, lemon grass and coconut milk. Sometimes clove and bay leaf are added to give more tastes. The simple way to make Yellow Rice is processing a fresh turmeric in a blender and get the extract juice by strain through a sieve. Put rice, turmeric water and all ingredients in a heavy saucepan or rice cooker. Stir in a lower heat and cook until the rice is done.

Yellow rice commonly a symbol of Indonesian celebrations. It is often served during festivals or other occasions in Indonesia: wedding, birthday, anniversaries, new baby born, house warming. Yellow is a symbol of good fortune, wealth and dignity. The yellow rice is usually stuffed into a cone-shape mold, accompanied by various side dishes such as vegetables, fried chicken, tofu, tempeh, shredded omelette, and beef. These package popular as Nasi Tumpeng (rice cone)Nasi Tumpeng is not a recipe, but instead a symbolic account of a traditional ritual feasts, symbolizes joy and gratitude. The practice to use of Nasi Tumpeng became popular among Indonesians as what is known pre-requirement in any ritual. In Indonesia, each region has their own varieties. People in Manado, North Sulawesi, served yellow rice with spicy shredded tuna while in Kalimantan served with animal protein (egg/chicken/fish/beef) in red sauce made from dried chili called bumbu habang. And when you off to Bali, make sure to try yellow rice served topped with a fried egg or satay (skewered chicken or pork grilled in peanut sauce).

However, it doesn't mean that you have to attend some kind of festivity to get the Yellow rice. You can easily find yellow rice in some local “warung” or street food stall or cart, which typically eaten for breakfast. If you looking for something new to enjoy rice, Yellow Rice will make a big difference in a plate of rice.

Ubud Monkey Forest, the Natural and Sacred Site

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. It houses approximately 340 monkeys which are known as long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different territories in the park. The Sacred Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.

In the Monkey Forest, you can walk around and enjoy the serene atmosphere. The forest comprises approximately a tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 27 acres) and contains at least 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies

The Monkey Forest street also provides many choices of restaurants, from western cuisine to Balinese dishes. Remember to visit Bebek Bengil about 500 meters from there. It's a popular restaurant at Jalan Hanoman, known for its specialties: fried/roasted ducks. Do also try the ribs. They'll leave you wanting more. Shops at Monkey Ubud Forest alone offer a wide variety of beads, baskets, wooden carvings, ikat textiles, paintings and silver jewelries.

For your stay, various lodgings are available in Ubud, from a simple bed & breakfast to resorts or private villas. Good choices for comfort and services at Monkey Forest Street are Komaneka Resort and KajaNe Mua Villa. A bit far, but worth the distance are Maya Ubud Resort & Spa and Four Seasons Bali (at Sayan, Ubud). Travel now and explore the sacred monkey forest of Ubud!

 

Get Around

Walking around Ubud is an experience of its own. There's a famous story told by Janet DeNeefe, initiator of the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival, that once, a speaker had a block before his event and decided to went out for a walk around Ubud. He was so fascinated by the beautiful landscapes that he forgot to return for his talkshow.

You can also rent a bicycle or a motorbike. A lot of visitors prefer bikes for environmental reasons. However, since Ubud's located on a mountainous area, the roads tend to be steep. If you have something against sweating, motorbike's a more logical choice. Cars are usually only used when you want to to go outside Ubud.

 

Get There

Ubud is about an hour and a half drive from the airport. Taxis are available in the airport. Any travel agent in Denpasar will also be able to get you there. If you stay in a hotel, the management usually provides a shuttle service for a reasonable fee.The sacred forest is situated at the Monkey Forest Street (shown on the right), which is the main street of Ubud, so you won't miss it. Shops and restaurants line up the streets, so you might as well check them out while you're there.

Sebangau National Park, Pristine Tropical Forest

The Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan is one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Borneo. The vast national park covering approximately 568,700 hectare is home to over 6,000 orangutans, forming one of the world’s largest populations in the wild.

Amidst the peat swamp forests, the National Park also offers beautiful scenery of pristine hills. From the top of Bukit Batu or Rock Hill, one overlooks the Sebangau National Park and all its fascinating scenery.

A long and challenging trek is available at Bukit Bulan or the Moon Hill. As trekkers make their way up the hill, they will be presented with refreshing trails along the Sungai Bulan, or Moon River. A unique ecosystem of peat swamp and granite rocks is observable at Bukit Kaki or Foot Hill. The granite rocks cause a dry environment, and thus the trees are different from those in the surrounding environment.

In the Sebangau National park are also crystal clear, refreshing, fresh water lakes. These lakes are also habitat to various species of fish and other distinct flora and fauna, and are the best place to watch nature‘s process at its finest. These magnificent lakes are known as Bulat Lake (Round Lake), Punggualas Lake, Jalan Pangen Lake, and Panjang Lake (Long Lake).

Get There

The Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya serves flights from and to Jakarta and Surabaya. Once you reach Palangkaraya, you can use land transportation or rented cars which take about 20 minutes to Kareng Bangkirai (the Entrance to the Sebangau National Park), alternatively, you can take the Katingan river entrance, which is a 90 minutes drive from the airport. Keep in mind that public transportation may not be as many as those found in other parts of the country. So make sure you’ve made your travel arrangements prior to arrival.

Nyaru Menteng, Home for Borneo Orangutan Survival

A lesser known orangutan reintroduction center but no less important than Tanjung Puting is the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center near Palangkaraya, capital city of Central Kalimantan. The Center is located within the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, which was originally meant only for rare vegetations. Today the reserve also includes a forest conservation area where captured primates are released to find their way back into the wild.

Sited within the arboretum, the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center was founded in 1999 by Lone Dröscher Nielsen and Odom Kisar. Today it is home to more than 600 orphaned and displaced Borneo orangutans under the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. Since its humble beginnings, the center has now become the world's largest orangutan conservation facility with numerous cages, islands, clinics, vehicles, training forests and hundreds of staff.

The Head of the project is Lone Dröscher-Nielsen. Lone spent four years volunteering in Tanjung Puting, caring for small infant orangutans, before deciding to go out on her own and open the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Project. The clinic, quarantine facilities and socialization cages are inside a fenced area of 1.5 ha, while mid-way housing is at the farthest end of the arboretum.

The forest around the center is undisturbed by regular visitors and serves as the perfect place where the young orangutans are taught how to survive in the wild. As a site where certain special and rare vegetations are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes, the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum was established in 1988 on a 65.2 hectares area which was previously exploited for logging since 1974.

Located within the vicinity of Palangkaraya, there are a lot of accommodation options you can find within the close range to Nyaru Menteng. For more information on accommodation in Palangkaraya you can refer to our to stay and find a hotel in Palangkaraya.

Get There

Situated approximately 28 km from downtown Palangkaraya, the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum is administratively located at Tumbang Tahai Village, Bukit Batu Sub-district, in the city of Palangkaraya. The Arboretum lies pleasantly on the Palangkaraya-Sampit intercity route or to the east of the Tjilik Riwut Raya Road, easily accessible by rented cars or public transportation. There are more flights available to Palangkaraya than to Pangkalan Bun, the staging point for a visit to Tanjung Puting.

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