blog.indahnesia.com - Discover Indonesia Online

    
You are currently in > Just a blog about Indonesia > A handful of tickets, 3


A handful of tickets, 3 EINDHOVEN (THE NETHERLANDS) - Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

I recognize that is my biggest problem, remembering when I was somewhere. I have loads of memories from Indonesia and most of them I can place in a small period, or at most a year can be assigned to the memory, but if you ask me whether it was the end of April or early May... I will have to think long and hard or just look for my tickets again.

This time some flashbacks from different times, one is from last year, another one from 2004, and one is as old as 1999, when I visited Indonesia for the first time. Back then I even kept the ticket I got when I went to the toilet in Blok M Plaza. Nowadays I obviously only keep some important entrance tickets, even most of my plane tickets I don't keep too long as well.

Entrance ticket to the GWK cultural park near Jimbaran in south Bali.
Entrance ticket to the GWK cultural park near Jimbaran in south Bali.

Ticket to the GWK Cultural Park in Bali.

On the tourist island of Bali, there are many temples, malls and mountains to visit, but sometimes you can get enough of the same temples, malls and mountains and you want to do something completely different. Then it's time to visit the Bali Cultural Park, GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana), which is located just outside Nusa Dua, on the southern peninsula of the island. To get there take the main road to Uluwatu (Jl. Uluwatu) and follow the signs along the road.

The area itself comprises a huge statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, paths with many stairs, some open fields with green grass, limestone 'pilars' and other places where you can relax in the shadow of the huge limestone walls. When walking around on a weekend day it will be a crowded place. The hot sun will burn you in minutes, especially when the light limestone reflects most of the sunlight again.

The park has shops where you can buy a drink, they have soft-drinks and local drinks like es dawet. Don't expect prices to be standard, they are not. It is highly recommended to buy or bring a lot of water. Because of all the walking you have to do when you want to see the statue up close and personal, or if you want to enjoy the view over the peninsula, the airport and the tourist areas.

Because the park is located on - rather inside - a limestone hill, the high pillars that were not mined, give shelter to the hot sun and maybe the wind if there is any. Walking around the park offers you some great views over different parts of the southern peninsula. Not only can you see the crowded tourist locations, but also the more quiet extreme southern part of the island and parts of Selat Lombok (Lombok Strait) as well.

As with most tourist spots, whether they are visited mostly by Indonesian (tourists) or by foreigners, expect Saturday and especially Sunday to be the most crowded days of the week. Of course you can get in, but don't expect to have a clear view everywhere. Additionally, school classes visit tourist objects often in the weekend. If you are bothered by that, visit this - and other attractions - on the five other days of the week.

Entrance ticket for the Paotere harbor in Makassar.
Entrance ticket for the Paotere harbor in Makassar.

Ticket for the Paotere harbor in Makassar.

In the heart of Makassar - formerly known as Ujung Pandang, in Southwest Sulawesi - you can find the old harbor, which is still in use today. Of course the modern ships can't moor there, so there is a new seaport built next to it, to make some place for these big boats. The old harbor however, is open to public and can be visited easily.

Right next to the Makassar Chinatown, at a strip of just several dozens of meters between the coastline and Chinatown itself is the small harbor. The original entrance, from Chinatown, is closed by a big gate and the road to it is by far not big enough to be used for trucks and other big means of transport. The nowadays entrance is a little more south. For just a few cents per person (Rp 500, about 0,05 euro) and a little more for a car (Rp 2.000, about 0,18 euro) you can enter the harbor and take a look around.

When you are inside you will notice the big pinisi (schooner) boats. The mostly white boats are lined up to be unloaded or loaded with goods with many destinations in the archipelago. The atmosphere here is one of the old ages, unloading goes mainly manually, bag by bag, piece by piece. Even the bags of cement that were brought in when I was there were simply unloaded by hand. A handful of people walked up and down the wobbling wooden beam to bring the bags ashore.

At another boat, people were having a break. Maybe they look tough, but if you ask them friendly, they are glad to let you on board for a few minutes to have a look around. Outside the fact that it's a pinisi you are on, this is just a normal cargoship, so don't expect much to see in the cargo area or elsewhere on the ship. Maybe the best view you get is from a small distance, with several pinisi lined up.

Don't expect this harbor to be a tourist destination. It's not. You can't buy drinks and snacks here and the people who are in the harbor are just working there. Feel free to ask around if you can get onto one of these boats. Most people don't mind you walking around when they are having a break, but business is business so don't disturb them when they are (un)loading their ships. You can view that from a small distance as well they won't be disturbed by that at all.

External link
Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park



Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






There are no reactions on this blog entry yet. Be the first one to give a reaction here!


Log in to write a reaction

You are not logged in to the website. You have to be logged in to write a reaction on this blog entry.

· If you already have an account, please login.
· If you have lost your password, please retrieve it.
· If you don't have an account yet, you can create one.

    
 ABOUT THIS ENTRY
Add this blog entry to your email, your own blog, MySpace, Facebook, or whatsoever via AddThis:
Bookmark and Share

e-mail updates for this blog article

Login if you want to receive emails for reactions on this blog entry. You will receive an update as soon as a reaction on this blog entry is posted.

Your website for tickets in Indonesia!
Looking for e-tickets for flights in Indonesia? Here's your solution! Order your e-tickets at ticketindonesia.info.
 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
 BLOG ARCHIVE
· 2015, 28 entries
· 2014, 591 entries
· 2013, 750 entries
· 2012, 1061 entries
· 2011, 792 entries
· 2010, 644 entries
· 2009, 916 entries
· 2008, 504 entries
· 2007, 725 entries
· 2006, 1014 entries
· 2005, 723 entries
· 2004, 558 entries
· 2003, 525 entries
· 2002, 375 entries
· 2001, 162 entries
 POPULAR TAGS
· gigolo
· jakarta
· blogger
Automatically generated every hour
 BLOG CATEGORIES
· General (1205 entries)
· Economy (643 entries)
· Politics (574 entries)
· Accidents (561 entries)
· Terrorism (541 entries)
· Earthquake (539 entries)
· Volcanoes (387 entries)
· Crime (357 entries)
· Corruption (349 entries)
· Flooding (278 entries)
· Elections (276 entries)
· Travel (268 entries)
· Bird Flu (254 entries)
· Religion (242 entries)
· Tourism (239 entries)
· Oddly enough ... (219 entries)
· Violence (198 entries)
· Drugs (196 entries)
· Health (192 entries)
· Aceh conflict (191 entries)
· Environment (185 entries)
· Weather (171 entries)
· Military (168 entries)
· Protests (157 entries)
· Culture (106 entries)
· Garuda Indonesia (91 entries)
· C. Sulawesi conflict (86 entries)
· Human rights (82 entries)
· Forest fires (78 entries)
· Sidoarjo mudflow (71 entries)
· Power supply (64 entries)
· Ramadan (63 entries)
· PT Freeport (55 entries)
· Picture guess (48 entries)
· Maluku conflict (47 entries)
· Dengue Fever (37 entries)
· History (37 entries)
· Infrastructure (36 entries)
· Polio (35 entries)
· Mexican flu (35 entries)
· Website (25 entries)
· Media (22 entries)
· Nuclear power (21 entries)
· Sports (20 entries)
· Sexy (16 entries)
· SARS (15 entries)
· Nightlife (10 entries)
· Others (5 entries)
· Lippo Cikarang (5 entries)
· Close smallest categories
 EXCHANGE RATES
EUR-IDR: 16,590 · 16,620  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 18:12 CET
JPY-IDR: 126.83 · 126.95  The Rupiah rate improved since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 21:58 CET
MYR-IDR: 3,545 · 3,549  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 15 May 2018 08:42 CET
SGD-IDR: 10,479 · 10,501  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 07 May 2018 07:48 CET
THB-IDR: 439.14 · 439.41  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 16 May 2018 09:18 CET
USD-IDR: 14,097 · 14,157  The Rupiah rate declined since yesterday
@ 17 May 2018 00:46 CET
Go to 'exchange rates' 
 MOST RECENT REACTIONS
·  At 14 July 2020 08:32 newnight reacted on Three more bodies of AirAsia victims to Surabaya hospital
·  At 20 September 2018 06:54 erik12 reacted on Fuel prices lowered, again
·  At 19 October 2015 17:17 imambudianto5 reacted on Bank Indonesia maintains benchmark interest rate at 7.75%
·  At 04 March 2015 19:18 merdekaSah reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 04 March 2015 13:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Alleged terrorists shot dead three villagers in Poso
·  At 26 February 2015 13:02 Irena reacted on Sexy, a young woman with candy
·  At 08 May 2014 09:51 jstar reacted on No alcohol should be sold in warung
·  At 01 May 2014 10:07 jstar reacted on Indonesia to be among the top 10 peacekeeping contributors
·  At 27 March 2014 05:50 harlys reacted on PPP leader voices concern over Islamic parties' future
·  At 10 March 2014 06:11 Yogya-Bali reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 09 March 2014 00:11 Yerun reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 08 March 2014 20:33 nicknick reacted on Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport
·  At 18 February 2014 04:17 Yerun reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 16 February 2014 05:41 Amed East Bali reacted on Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java
·  At 14 February 2014 22:27 Anne Mieke reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 14 February 2014 22:22 beritaislam reacted on Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia
·  At 16 January 2014 15:37 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 15:21 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 15:05 Anne Mieke reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
·  At 16 January 2014 14:48 Yerun reacted on Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road
Go to 'forum topics' 

Created by indahnesia.com · feedback & contact · © 2000-2020
Other websites by indahnesia.com: ticketindonesia.info · kamus-online.com · indonesiepagina.nl · suvono.nl

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional 137,352,165 pageviews Discover Indonesia Online at indahnesia.com