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Monday, July 31, 2006

Lumbung Damuh, Bali, Indonesia


Stay in a Lumbung, a traditional wooden structure on stilts for storing rice, and enjoy traditional Balinese living.that situated in the East of Bali, between Padangbai and Candi Dasa in a place called Buitan (also known as Balina). They have right on the coast of Amuk bay. At little home-stay right on the beach that have 3 Lumbungs; 2 standard, good for 2 persons each, and one new extra exclusive, big enough for a small family. The Lumbungs are decked out with all the comforts: spring beds, hot and cold showers (the superior room has a bathtub), soap and towels, mini bars, fans, and we also provide a laundry service. All the Lumbungs are set in a lush tropical garden and have views to the Indian Ocean and the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, or the garden ponds.After a good nights sleep you can have your breakfast at your Lumbung or in our home at the table. And here you can have what your heart and stomach desires provided its available...fresh fruit and yogurt, pancakes, our special Indonesian Nasi Goreng (fried rice), French toast, sausages and eggs, etc.
Once you are done with all that goodness you have a big choice of things you can do, and then again, it is always nice to do nothing. Well depending on the waves you can go snorkeling and fishing, boating with the local fisher boats, or you might want to try boogie boarding or surfing. There are also numerous dive shops here and you can do a beginners PADI course right next door. If you like action you can go trekking and mountain biking otherwise you can stroll the short street of Buitan with the good and cheap warungs (restaurants,) little local tokos (shops) and souvenir shops. When you have tired yourself out and want to treat yourself to some goodness, then you can have a massage in the comfort of your Lumbung.If you want to spend your whole day out on the road then we can give you hints on what to see and what not to waste precious time on. We can help you organise a car and a driver for a whole or half day. Tell us what your interests are and we can then see how we can best accommodate you. Please come and flavour a special kind of Bali - a beautiful memory of paradise.
Located, Jalan Pantai Buitan Kelod, Kec. Manggis, Karangasem, Indonesia.

Travel in sumatra indonesia


Sumatra remains largely unvisited by travelers to Southeast Asia. Those who come find delicious and inexpensive food, incomparable outdoor adventure, and people who not only are very kind and hospitable but extremely curious and eager to meet strangers
From the Asian mainland the best route to Sumatra is by way of speedboat from Penang in Malaysia. The boat ride takes around five hours, and a 2-way ticket to Medan costs around $18. The gateway to Sumatra and its natural treasures has its own appeal: outgoing people eager to speak English and some of Indonesia’s most revered mosques. Travel guidebooks fail to mention that non-Muslims may visit many of the mosques if they are willing to wear a sarong, usually offered at the front gates. The caretakers are more than willing to show the building and explain religious practices and traditions.
Tobali, a popular minibus transportation service used by visitors to reach destinations outside of bustling Medan, is a cheap and reliable way to see the rest of the island.
The town of Bhukit Lawang in Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the largest jungle parks in the world, is the site of the Bhukit Lawang’s orangutan rehabilitation program. Visitors have the rare opportunity to view these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The naturalists are underfunded and immensely overworked (donations are greatly appreciated and can help win the battle to save the orangutan). Jungle treks can also be arranged through guesthouses.
To learn something about the rich and intricate designs of Batak art I took a class under the tutelage of a local woodworker in Bhukit Lawang. In a week I had learned to carve a Batak statue of my own.
It is regrettable that small groups of extremists have distorted Western opinion of Muslim countries such as Indonesia. A chance to find common ground and brotherhood in Sumatra is of immeasurable value.
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Sumatra is one of the cheapest places in the world to travel. Expect to spend around a $1 a day for accommodations with all the necessary amenities; you can eat heartily and healthfully spending $3 a day for three meals. Transportation between towns and cities is also inexpensive (around $5) and activities such as treks and classes cost in the neighborhood of $10-$12. Those who seek them can find most of the Western amenities. For more information regarding travel and attractions in Indonesia go to
The Lonely Planet South East Asia on a Shoestring is accurate about transportation, accommodations, prices, etc.