Tourism & Travel – Mas Global Destination League http://masgdl.com The Best Travel Quotes and advertise towards your desire for relaxation and easy traveling. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Travelling to Indonesia Flores http://masgdl.com/travelling-to-indonesia-flores-2/ http://masgdl.com/travelling-to-indonesia-flores-2/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:25:07 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=61 When travelling for a long period of time, such as a year, it’s almost impossible to plan in detail all of the places that you intend to visit. When my girlfriend and I travelled we had a pretty solid idea of all the countries we intended to travel in but we didn’t know exactly where […]]]>

When travelling for a long period of time, such as a year, it’s almost impossible to plan in detail all of the places that you intend to visit. When my girlfriend and I travelled we had a pretty solid idea of all the countries we intended to travel in but we didn’t know exactly where we would go when we got there. Sometimes the decision to visit a specific place comes together slowly and incrementally.

Flores in Indonesia is a good example of this. We had originally intended to travel in Indonesia for 2 weeks. I’d never heard of Flores before setting off on our travels, much less had I any intention of going there. Then at some point, somehow, I started to learn of this place called Flores. Then I hear about some particular sight or activity that draws people in. Then an idea starts to take shape: what if I was to go to Flores? What is there to do there? How would I get there? How long would I need there?

And as the answers to these questions come together you’re left with an easy decision to make: we’re going to Flores!

The Plan

We made a plan to fly from Bali to the town of Maumere on the far eastern side of the island of Flores. From Maumere we would go to the village of Moni and visit Kelimutu volcano (this was the original hook that interested us – a volcano with 3 crater lakes of varying colours at its summit.) From Moni we would continue heading west until we got to the port town of Labuan Bajo in the far west of the island. From here we’d make our way back towards Bali by sea and somehow visit the islands of the Komodo Dragon.

Gaps in the Plan

What we didn’t know was how we would travel from place to place whilst on the island; where we would sleep and what the accommodation costs and quality are like; what the food was like in Flores; and do people speak English. Apart from Kelimutu we really had no idea what else there was to see and do.

Just go with the Flow

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see what happens. And so this is what we did in Flores. We knew from online research that there was a bus from Maumere to Moni but that our plane was due to arrive after the time at which the bus would depart. So when we arrived at the airport we negotiated with a taxi driver to see what kind of a price we could get to Moni. We managed to get the price down to half of his original offer and I felt that this was too good to turn down. We also figured it would save us having to pay for a night in Maumere just so that we could take the bus the next day. The taxi driver later told he was lives in Moni anyway so it was either drive back with an empty car or at least make something from us. He offered us accommodation in Moni but we told him we wanted something cheaper (even though what he offered us wasn’t exactly expensive) and so he dropped us off at his friends’ house, literally across the road – the only road in Moni – from his own place.

Moni and Kelimutu Volcano

The next morning we awoke at 4.30am and set off to Kelimutu, whilst it was still dark, on the back of two motorbikes driven by locals. We followed the road as far as it went and then had to park up and walk the rest of the way, minus the locals. Dusk started to break as we made our way up the Volcano towards the summit. At the top we checked out the three lakes and rested up whilst waiting for the first glimpse of the sun rising up over the horizon.

After we’d had enough up there and were happy that we’d taken enough cool photos we started to head back down. We decided to walk back to Moni to experience and savour the atmosphere and local environment. It was a long walk but we really enjoyed it. From talking to the taxi driver the night before, we knew there was a bus due at some point that morning to take us on to the next village. However, no one in Moni could say for certain when the bus would pass through and so instead we jumped into a shared taxi and paid a price similar to what the bus would have cost. We got out at the next town and again asked around for the time of the next bus to Barjawa. Again, after standing around for while being told lots of different times for the bus we decided to take another shared taxi. We roughly knew how much the bus ticket would cost and so we were able to negotiate the same price for the taxi.

Barjawa

It’s a few hours to Barjawa. We asked the taxi driver to drop us off at a guest house. However, the one he dropped us off at didn’t have hot water so we went in search of an alternative. We found one we liked but this one also didn’t have hot water. We kind of established that hot water isn’t the norm in Flores. At breakfast the next morning we literally had no idea what we were going to do whilst in Barjawa or what there was to see. We asked the guy working the hotel reception if he had any ideas and asked us to take a seat while he called his friend. Several minutes later a guy turned up asking if we wanted to go on a tour of Barjawa and the surrounding area. He explained the itinerary and quoted a price that we thought reasonable and so, as soon as he called a mate to come along with another motorbike, we jumped on the back of the bikes and went off for a day of exploring.

During the day we went to visit a family who made palm wine where we got to climb a palm tree and collect the palm juice before being given an explanation about the production method.

We next visited a small traditional village where the local people still live by their own traditional laws and rituals and have been given special dispensations by the government to continue life in this way. We tried chewing betel nut. We’d seen people chewing this in many parts of Asia, this stuff which turned the chewers’ whole mouth a deep shade of red, but we’d never known what it was. We didn’t like it.

We then went to another traditional village, an even older one. This place was really cool and had the look and feel of a tribal settlement the likes of which I had always dreamed about visiting. What I really loved about these places was that they hadn’t (yet) sold out their culture by pandering to tourists and tourist dollars. There were no tacky stalls and no expectations of tips or hand-outs. The people just quietly went about their business as visitors politely had a little nosey around.

After visiting the village we drove several kilometres to the site of some natural hot springs. We’d been to ‘natural’ hot springs before which felt more like they belonged in a resort or a leisure centre and so didn’t feel very natural at all. The natural hot springs that our guide took us to however couldn’t have been more natural. Tucked away in the forest you could immediately see that they hadn’t been altered or manipulated by the hand of man in the slightest. We had lunch and then had a great afternoon playing about in the (very) hot springs.

Labuan Bajo (Western Flores)

After the fun of Barjawa, we took a shared taxi (we gave up on the idea of catching a bus) to the main port town of Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo is in relatively close proximity to the islands of the Komodo Dragons (in fact a few dragons still live on a small part of Flores itself) and so many captains offer their boats to take people on tours of the islands. Tourism is starting to develop as more and more people find out about this. With this comes the development of a tourist infrastructure, which although is non-existent in the rest of Flores, it is becoming clear in Labuan Bajo. There are nice places to stay, restaurants offering western dishes and good coffee and there are many tourist agencies looking to get some dollars from foreign visitors.

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Why You Should Stop in Padangbai on the Way to the Gili Islands http://masgdl.com/why-you-should-stop-in-padangbai-on-the-way-to-the-gili-islands/ http://masgdl.com/why-you-should-stop-in-padangbai-on-the-way-to-the-gili-islands/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:43:49 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=39 If you have been looking for the best spot for your holiday, then you should certainly visit the Gili islands in Indonesia. While there is a number of reasons many tourists visit the Gili’s, there are also reasons for you to make your journey even more interesting and fun by discovering places that would come […]]]>

If you have been looking for the best spot for your holiday, then you should certainly visit the Gili islands in Indonesia. While there is a number of reasons many tourists visit the Gili’s, there are also reasons for you to make your journey even more interesting and fun by discovering places that would come along your path here in Bali, such as the village of Padangbai.

While both have a very amazing environments the Gili’s are for the holiday maker looking for the party life on a tropical island, Padangbai on the other hand is more of a peaceful and rather quiet place. It is for this reason that Padangbai is rightfully categorised as a better spot for scuba diving over the Gili islands, so if you’re coming to scuba dive Padangbai really should be at the top of your list. It takes all the activities the Gilis have to offer and refines them into something different one may say is more authentic.

Moreover, if you are intrigued by temples and local culture then Padangbai is extremely accessible to all of Bali’s attractions. Temples, scuba diving, rice fields, volcanos, trekking or Ubud are nearly at its doorstep and they are easily reached from the seaside village base. Basically Padangbai is more for the real traveller looking for the real Bali experience.

Some of the things that you can do in the Padangbai before enjoying the parties being offered on the Gili Islands off Lombok are:

Snorkeling

Padangbai is just the place for you if you are an admirer of underwater beauty. The village is known for its snorkelling and its limitless and easily accessible underwater aquarium. Although snorkelling is what a large number of people would visit Gili islands for one can easily get a much better experience in Padangbai.

Scuba Diving

When it comes to scuba diving Padangbai is in the middle of everything. While diving here macro lovers, beginners and advanced divers will be thrilled with the underwater treasures that are on offer here. With everything from rare finds like the mimic octopus to daily encounters with reef sharks and turtles. If you would like to see manta rays, sharks, turtles, great coral or even mola mola when the season is right then it is usually no problem. Padangbai really has it all and even the furthest dive site is no more than 50 minutes away by boat and it is only an hour drive to the amazing Tulamben wreck dive.

Trips around Bali

If you would like to see Bali then Padangbai is probably one of the best spots when it comes to travel times to the all main attractions. Rent a motorbike, car or take a driver and you will see all the beauty this island has to offer without having to spend the whole day travelling to one spot.

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Mister Aladin for A Nice Travel with Low Budget http://masgdl.com/mister-aladin-for-a-nice-travel-with-low-budget/ http://masgdl.com/mister-aladin-for-a-nice-travel-with-low-budget/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:36:15 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=30 Indonesia has more than a thousand islands. All of the islands in Indonesia have their beautiful characteristic. That’s why Indonesia always be the number 1 destination in the world. One of the beautiful islands in Indonesia is Bali Island. This Island is very famous because of the wonderful panorama. Not only has beautiful panorama, Bali […]]]>

Indonesia has more than a thousand islands. All of the islands in Indonesia have their beautiful characteristic. That’s why Indonesia always be the number 1 destination in the world. One of the beautiful islands in Indonesia is Bali Island. This Island is very famous because of the wonderful panorama. Not only has beautiful panorama, Bali also has many of unique traditional foods and dances. Mostly people in the world will be amazed when they watch the Balinese traditional dances.

One of the popular traditional dances from Bali is Pendet Dance. This dance is performed by some women with any cultural body language and traditional songs from gamelan. It is very amazing and unique. If you want to visit Bali, you have to book a hotel room in this area. There are variations of price range. But, in this article you will see some of cheap hotel in Bali and how to find it.

There are many good hotels in Bali, for sure with high price. To get the lower price, you have to use misteraladin.com. This app is very useful for the travelers, because of the benefits. Mostly peoples who used misteraladin.com never regret to use it. They are always satisfied with the service of misteradain.com. Why? Because of this online booking site is the most popular one. You can book your favorite hotel rooms by your Smartphone or another gadget. This is very easy and free.

All peoples are able to access this site. To make it easier, you better download the app of misteraladin.com for your Smartphone Android or IOS. Imagine it, you can choose the hotel room which is match with your budget. You can operate the misteraladin app wherever and whenever you want. And then, you will see most of variation hotel room. There is information of the price of the hotels.

They are also put the review of the facilities and the accommodations of the hotels. If you find the best hotel room, just click it. Misteraladin will guide you to the payment. There are some types of payment. Choose the easiest one like; via internet banking. This app will process your reservation as speed as you want. You don’t need waste your time anymore. After that, you will get a fast notification when you finished the registration and the payment. One more thing, you can get your villa ticket in your email address quickly.

Well, that’s all about hotel booking in Bali by misteraladin.com and the benefits of them. You will not regret to visit Bali. This is a paradise on the earth, no one place in the world same as Bali. And one more thing, you don’t need feel confuse about how to book any hotel room when travel in Bali. Because of you can book it by misteraladin.com, the trusted hotel booking. You can book the hotel room on website or on app. To get more facilities, you better download the app. Then, choose the hotel room that has good facilities and price. Hopefully this article is able to guide you and see you next time.

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