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Mar 22, 2014 - Denpasar, Bali

For our visit to Bali we had hired a local driver to meet us and do the touring around. A nice English couple we met on board joined us. We had decided to do the east side of Bali and visit several temples in that direction. One thing to note is distances are not long but driving time is. Temperature was around 29C and steamy! Our driver was very nice and his English was pretty good. He did not go into the sites with us but that was OK. We visited some very beautiful, peaceful places – not full of tourists. Our first stop was the bat cave...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Semarang, Jakarta

Borobudur After an overnight cruise we are in Semarang, Java. The main site here is the pyramid of Borobudur. This is one of the “greatest Buddhist relics of South East Asia”. It was built between 750-850AD. With the decline of Buddhism the monastery was abandoned soon after completion and for centuries lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. In 1815 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles governed Java and had the site cleared and the shear magnitude and beauty of the place was revealed. Early in the 20C the Dutch began to tackle the...

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Dec 8, 2012 - Borobudur Temple

Today we went to Java, Indonesia. The hills and mountains were pretty. We stopped at a coffee plantation. They are famous for their coffee. Bella bought a fan and I bought a key chain. We bought daddy some coffee. I miss my daddy. Then we went to the temple of Borobudur. It is a temple where the Buddhist worship. You can stick your hand through a "stupas" and try to touch the Buddha for good luck. The temple is huge like a pyramid. It was hidden in the jungle for years before someone found it. I climbed all the way to the top. Next we went...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Borobudur our 3rd Wonder of the World

We had a great day today at what is the third Wonder of the World we have seen on our travels. It was truly beautiful in glorious greenery with mountains and volcanoes for an awesome panoramic background. Check the pics, look carefully and you'll see the volcano poking through the top of a cloud. Much love C & P xx

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Dec 18, 2011 - Indonesia - Borobudur

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues

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Jun 12, 2010 - Pangandaran

now, that's better...adam's homestay, a lovely place owned by a european couple...ans you notice the difference: everything is that bit more cleaner, a bit more effort in decoration and food that tastes like home...homemade bread, homemade jam and homemade muesli...sometimes all you need to be happy! did a surfing-lesson after relaxing by the pool for a while...i think that would be more my thing, even though i wasn't very good and the board hit my head :-D countryside tour was planned for the next day (12 euro!!!)...went to see a waterfall...

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Apr 21, 2010 - Solo

And onto Solo, Yogjakarta's quieter neighbour only an hour or so away. Its off season so that means that there's plenty of rooms available and I end up at Mama's Homestay, the only guest there. The family's pleasant enough apart from the man who only talks to me when he wants to sell me something - obviously doesn't know how tight I am. It was hard work finding a motorbike to rent which flies in the face of what the LP has to say on the matter, but I got my hands on an old underpowered one in the end, its has wheels and engine so it will...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 17, 2010 - Prambanan and Borobodur

I hired a motorbike for the day here with the intention of driving out to the old Hindu ruins of Prambanan some 17k's away. The collection of temples are relics left over from the time when Hinduism was the main religion on Java and most of the temples are located together on one site. Now one of the benefits of your own transport is that it allows me to take a look around the circumference of the site and see if I can spot a hole in the fence, which I did. Yes I know its maybe immoral but one thing the Indonesians always do is try and rip...

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Feb 19, 2009 - Borobudur et Prambanan

Alex Beauvais et les Temples Maudits!! Je tenais mordicus à visiter le temple de Borobudur, le plus important vestige bouddhiste de l'Indonésie et je crois le plus gros temple bouddhiste du monde en fait. Le temple possède plusieurs étages concentriques dans lesquels se trouvent des bas reliefs relatant l'histoire de Bouddha. Il y a un sens précis dans lequel on doit le montrer. Au sommet, il y a de nombreuses stupas, des cloches à l'intérieur desquelles se trouve une statue de Bouddha. La vue était magnifique, car nous sommes arrivés et le...

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Petit tour d'Asie!!!

Oct 12, 2008 - Borobudur

by Lora We awoke at 4am to take a sunrise tour of Borobudur - a large Buddist monument about an hour outside of Yogyakarta. It was constructed around 800 AD, and was re-discovered in 1800s. We had the fortune of having Fatah as our tour guide - he grew up right in front of Borodudur and it used to be his playground as a child! The stupa has 9 tourable platforms, which are viewed in a clockwise fashion. Each level has various reliefs which depict the life of Buddha. Fatah told us that when Buddist pilgrims come to Borobodur and climb each...

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Mar 9, 2008 - Pangandaran, Java

Monday 10 March 2008 Finally arrived at Pangandaran following a very long journey by train and bus from Jakarta. But the journey was well worth it. We set off from Jakarta bus station in a tremendous storm (having flown in from Singapore the afternoon previously). Along the bus journey at the various stops, we were visited by hawkers trying to sell us their various wares - fruit, pastries, savouries - even musicians joined us, or just plain poor old beggars. The bus was quite full and for most of the journey I had a local lady fall asleep...

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Jan 13, 2008 - Borobudur

Usually we avoid package tours like the plague, but in this case we went with it and it turned out well. For 75,000 rupiah ($8), we bought a trip to the Buddhist temple of Borobudur and the Hindu temple of Prambanan, instead of the cheaper but much more hassle do-it-yourself public transport version. Plus, the tour got us discounts on the temple entry fees, which are usually over 100,000 rupiah each. We were up before the sun, walking through the alleys around our hotel in a light rain, hoping it would clear up. We met our driver in the...

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