A Postcard From Indonesia

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Indonesia’s Famous Caci Dance

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What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? Pristine beaches and crystal clear water?  Well Indonesia is not all about awesome beaches, its rich tradition and culture make it even more alluring to travelers.

So let me introduce you Indonesia’s traditional caci dance, a ritual whip fight, which exists among the Manggarai people.

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The dance performance is carried out by two male fighters, one of them come from another village to participate in the fight. Armed with whip, shield, masks, and sticks, these fighters show their skill amidst  shouting from spectators, who encourage them to show more lively performance.

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The fighters’ performance depict philosophical values of the Manggarai community.

It is generally performed to celebrate top events such as welcoming an honor-guest and wedding party.

The trip was sponsored by OM Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.  Thank you !

 

 

 

Indonesia’s Glorious Pink Beach

One of the most important tourist spots of Komodo Island is its glorious pink beach.

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I will recommend you to first make a trip to Komodo National Park before visiting this amazing and unique beach situated west of Flores island in East Nusatenggara.

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The beach is named as Pink beach due to its appearance. It looks pink due to amalgamation of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

The beach is also known as Red Beach.

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Upon your arrival, enjoy swimming here as it will literally make you feel like a fish. It is a perfect place for snorkeling due to crystal-clear water and colorful coral reefs. During my trip, I found many local people enjoying barbecue and listening to popular Hindi film songs. 🙂

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Amazing views of clear seas, green rolling hills and blue skies can make your trip absolutely memorable.

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I was in no mood to leave this glorious beach, but unfortunately I had to.

How to reach here: One can reach here through a speedboat, which you can hire at the Labuano Bajo port. And don’t forget to carry water bottle and sunscreen lotion before visiting this place !

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Tree Top: Admiring Beauty Of Seafood

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Warning: The following article may tempt you to fall in love with seafood. 🙂

I was in Labuanj Bajo at the invitation of the Tourism Ministry of Indonesia. While one can find plenty of restaurants and street food-stalls in Labuan Bajo, Tree Top stands apart.

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I had some very delicious food in this four-storey wooden building. When I reached this place, construction was underway and the owner of the restaurant told me that he was planning to extend this place.

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Delicious food and a pleasant view of Labuan Bajo harbour, it is one of the best places in the area to relax and have good time. Fish, crab, lobster, squid, octopus – the restaurant provides plenty of options for seafood lovers. I tried several dishes, including baby octopus and liked them instantly.

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One can also notice that the restaurant is full of interesting colourful artworks.

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I recommend ordering your favourite food with chilled Bintnag. 🙂

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The slogan “…smile please because you are at TREETOP!” proves that the owner Matheus wants his each and every customer to be happy.

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Review – Luwansa Beach Resort Komodo

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I stayed at Luwansa Beach Resort Komodo – Labuan Bajo for few days. Surrounded by thick forest, this 4-star resort is a perfect place to spend some quality time. It is just 20 minutes drive from the Labauan Bajo airport. The hotel provides the pick-up and drop facility for the guests.

What impressed me most is their Komodo Bar, which provides some delectable local and international cuisines alike. Their staff is very polite and always in a mood to make you comfortable and happy. Situated right across the Pede beach, Komodo Bar is opened from 7am to 10pm.

Talking about the Pede beach, it was just ok. The beach was not among the cleanest ones and so uninviting.

Regarding accommodation, the resort has Deluxe Twin & Deluxe King rooms and Villas.

Their villas are more comfy and spacious compared to deluxe rooms.

Their service and facilities include Wi-Fi and free Local Shuttle Service.

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All the images were taken by a Xiaomi Mi 4.