31 March 2018

Spring Festivals 2018 in South Korea

Korea Selatan selalu seru dikunjungi di musim apa saja. Apalagi di saat musim semi sekarang ini karena ada banyak sekali festival yang diadakan masyarakat setempat untuk merayakan naiknya suhu udara yang mulai menghangat (tapi tetap berasa dingin bagi kulit Indonesia, hehe). Yang paling banyak dicari oleh turis, baik lokal maupun mancanegara, adalah festival bunga-bunga yang mulai bermekaran seperti sakura, azalea, tulip dan lain-lain. Tapi ternyata festival selain bunga juga cukup menarik loh.

Spring in Seoul Forest, April 2012

Tahun 2012 lalu saya pernah membuat peta 2012 Korea Spring Festivals. Dari 20-an festival waktu itu saya hanya sempat mendatangi 4 festival, dan di tahun 2016 mampir ke 2 festival musim semi yang lain lagi. Saya pun jadi kepikiran untuk membuat peta 2018 South Korea Spring Festivals. Berikut ini peta yang sudah saya buat di Google Maps untuk merangkum titik-titik festival musim semi seantero Korea Selatan. Ada sekitar 22 festival selama bulan April dan May 2018, tidak termasuk di bulan Maret yang baru saja lewat dan festival kecil lainnya. Sumbernya tentu saja dari Korea Tourism Organization, one spot for everything about visiting Korea. Cara lihatnya gampang banget, tinggal klik titik-titik lokasi yang berwarna biru di peta ini, dan akan muncul keterangan dan gambarnya.

30 March 2018

A Long Weekend Getaway to Lampung

Lampung is a province in the southernmost tip of Sumatra Island in Indonesia. it is the first part of Sumatra to encounter when crossing Sunda Strait from Java Island. Like usual seaport area, Lampung weather is very hot, even in rainy season. In February, the temperature was around 28-30 degrees. The capital city Bandar Lampung is one of the cities where you can enjoy sea and mountain together. The city is passed by the Barisan Mountains, a row of mountains stretched along Sumatra Island end to end between south and north. If you find a city with mountains view fascinating, like I do, then you should come to Bandar Lampung.


Barisan Mountains view from our hotel in the middle of the city

How to Get to Bandar Lampung From Jakarta


There are 2 ways to go to Bandar Lampung: by the air or by the sea. The flight from Soekarno Hatta Airport to Radin Inten Airport in Lampung takes about 1 hour. It sounds like a short trip ya? However you have to take into account the time you have to check in before departure, usually 1 hour for a local flight, not including the delays of take-off, landing and luggage claims. So total would be like 2.5-3 hours. That is the same amount of time you would spend by taking a ferry between Merak Seaport to Bakauheni Seaport. The duration of ferry moving is actually only 1.5 hours, but the waiting time for boarding and getting out of the ship takes about 1-1.5 hours. Therefore, there is not much different time between taking airplane and ferry. The differences are in the distance between your place in Jakarta to Soekarno Hatta Airport and Jakarta to Merak Seaport, and the distance between Radin Inten Airport or Bakauheni Seaport to your destination in Lampung.