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Apr 9, 2017 - Jungle trip

And we are back,nothing ate or hurt us -other than little falls-. I'm gonna write this story as it happened,so day 1-2-3 and today Day 1: Probably most horrible trip we've ever had. As you all know,we wanted to visit Kerinci mountain/volcano in Kersik Tuo. The bus picked us up in time which is very rare in these countries. It was a mini bus for 12 people. We got in and we thought we stop picking up some other people and go. We did stop..and they asked us to change bus. Off we went but we wanted our luggage. Turned out that the guy...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 10 - Merapi Valley Motorcycle trip

Today we departed our friends; Lee, Ekky, Neil and Ikbal. We all exchanged contact information. Ekky and Lee kindly offered for us to stay with them in Medan, once we arrive there, if we have time before our flight out to Bangkok. Ikbal has been a great host here at Abdis, we thanked him for everything. Our stay here has certainly been a memorable one. Ekky and Lee did not go on a jungle trek today, not because of the late night last night but because Ekky was bit by a large millipede during the night on one of his toes. It had crawled up...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 9 - Harau Valley Motorcycle tour

This morning we were graced with sunshine and blue skies. For breakfast we were served each a chocolate pancake, accompanied by a delicious Sumatran coffee, enjoyed by the surrounding views of the towering valley karsts limestone mountains. We took a group tour of Harau valley with our guide, ‘Ricky’ a friend of the family. Jason and I on our motorcycle, Neil doubled up with Ricky and Lee and Ekky borrowed Ricky’s bike for the days journey. First stop was a picturesque roadside view of the valley, from there we stopped and did a short hike...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 8 - Harau Valley Cow Races

We grabbed a motorcycle rental and put tire to pavement just a little after 10am. Getting out of Bukittinggi was difficult, hords of traffic polluting your every breath, horns going off in all directions, mosque speakers blaring, motorcycles zig zagging in and out of every available piece of open road just to get ahead of the line - it’s mass chaos. Finally after over an hour of fighting our way out of the city we had success. The views to Harau valley were not disappointing. Rice paddies dotted with workers adorned with cylinderical sun...

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Jun 24, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 7 - Sianok Canyon Walk & Japanese Tunnels

Today we did a 7km trek into the Sianok Canyon just outside of Bukittinggi. A wonderful sunny morning aided our journey into the high walls of the karsts limestone mountains. The walk down into the valley was filled with noise from passing and honking motorists, many of them motorcycles that had modified exhaust pipes, needless to say the vibrations and echo's from these beasts were a bit much to take at times. The fumes were another whole ball of wax to deal with as well but once you rounded a corner that opened up into the Sianok Canyon,...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Sumatra - Days 5 - 6 - Bukittinggi

The market town of Bukittinggi sits high above the valley mists as three sentinels, fire-breathing volcanoes - Merapi, benign Singgalang and distant Sago, all look on impassively. Modern life seems far removed until 9am. Then the traffic starts up and soon there's a mile-long jam around the bus terminal and the air turns the color of diesel. The mosques counter the traffic by cranking their amps to 11. Such is the incongruity of modern Bukittinggi, blessed by nature, choked by mortals. Lush, fertile, busy and at 930 meters above sea level,...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Sumatra - Days 2 - 4 - Lake Maninjau

Maninjau is one of Sumatra's most spectacularly peaceful crater lakes, our experience however entailed a lot of noise pollution from road traffic, late night cafe's booming out music, barking/fighting dogs and loud speakers from nearby mosques. The unforgettable final descent included 44 hair-pin turns that offer "stunning views over the shimmering sky-blue" lake (17kms long, 8kms wide) and the crater walls. Sadly, due to so much field burning the entire crater was filled with a smoke haze that shadowed the picturesque views. We can only...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 1 - Welcome to Sumatra

We touched down in Padang around 8:40am. We walked off the plane, onto the runway and made our way into the immigration center. The entire process of purchasing our entry visa into Indonesia and going through immigration took an entire 2 hours. Glad to finally be free, Jason arranged for a mini bus ride going directly to Bukittinggi, from there we boarded another mini bus bound for Lake Maninjau. Both buses we were seated at the back, sitting too high to even be able to see out the windows. The views of the passing towns and country side...

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Mar 18, 2012 - Padang

Well, I arrived in Padang yesterday 17/3/2012. I had a connecting flight in Jakarta, where Nova joined me for the Jakarta to Padang leg of the trip. Upon arrival in Padang we were met by Pak Al who was the driver that Nova had arranged for the next 3 days. We had lunch and then off to the hotel that she had booked me into for the next 3 nights. Nova went off to her mothers until 7pm when she collected me for dinner. We ate soto - a soup in a small warung (small street restaurant). The flights were pretty uneventful. Lucky for me I had a...

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Nov 20, 2009 - Minangkabau

“When a new house is built, the plan is based on the number of daughters: there will be a (bed)room for each daughter. Girls are married off very young, around fourteen, arranged marriages are still the norm in the Minangkabau. The oldest daughter and her husband will come and live in the first bedroom and the parents who have been living up there, will move one room down to the second bedroom“. We are in what I think is a ‘middle-class’ Minangkabau home and my guide, Arman again, is pointing out how the matrilineal principle is reflected...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Bukittinggi, Lake Maninjau

Bukittinggi is on the 2000 kilometres long Trans Sumatran Highway, well highway…, from Bandar Lampung to Medan and then on to Banda Aceh. At an altitude of 950 metres in the Bukit Barisan range and some 20-25°C, it is nice and cool, compared with the heat and humidity of West-Sumatra’s capital Padang, 90 kilometres west on the coast. Padang was hit by a 7.6 strong earthquake just 7 weeks ago, on September 30th, is still reeling from the extensive devastation and not being too much into disaster tourism anyway, I decide to give it a miss and...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Sumatra Jungle Trek

A once thriving hive of tourism, famous for jungle trekking, the West Sumatra village of Bukitinggi has fallen all but dormant in recent years. Some argue the recent string of natural disasters have caused the drop while others attribute it to the worldwide economic crisis, but whatever the reason, the effect is the same. Previously crowded multi-day treks have resorted to personalized charters and the abundance of cultural tours have dwindled to only a few. Quantity no longer matters. Operators will not turn away business, even if it is...

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