Best Adventures in Southeast Asia: A List of Outdoor Activities; Sarah Rothrie; Nomad Is Beautiful

A great overview of the very best adventures in Southeast Asia that will keep even the most intrepid thrill-seekers happy on their travels.

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Bali, Days 1-2: We Care About Your Money; Ste J; Book Must

LuAnn said in one of her posts the locals you meet during your travels leave the greatest impression, as with everything on Bali, this was decidedly a mixed bag.  I have spent a long time thinking …

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Indonesia’s Booming Tourism Industry; James Guild; The Diplomat

What growth in Indonesia’s tourism sector tells us about Jokowi’s economic policies.

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13 places to travel in July for every type of traveler; Mark Abadi; Business Insider

Indonesia – Borobudur Temple Compounds
  • The best places to visit in July are already on savvy travelers’ lists.
  • Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to find the best places to visit in July 2018.
  • The destinations include tropical getaways, natural wonders, and America’s oldest Independence Day celebration.

July is peak travel season for Americans, and if you’re a savvy traveler, you’re already thinking about where you’ll escape.

Choosing the right destination isn’t always easy – the summer months bring unrelenting heat in some places, and the threat of monsoon season in others. On top of that, travelers must contend with the throngs of other people who picked the same place for their summer getaways.

We looked at airfare trends, climate data, and cultural calendars to select 13 vacation spots that are some of the best places to visit this July. They include spiritual temple sites in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the stunning Iguazu Falls in South America, and the charming town of Bristol, Rhode Island – the site of America’s longest-running Fourth of July celebration.

Read on to find the 13 best places to visit in July.

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Borabadur and Prambanang; Sara Thomas; Travel Blog

Indonesia – Prambanan Temple Compounds

We decide to skip the 3am departure to watch the sun rise over Borobudur, and instead allow ourselves a lie in till 6am, which allows time for breakfast and a very brief glimpse of the volcano before it vanishes back into the mist.

Borobudur is an hour’s drive away, and August takes us on the back routes which are far more scenic and rural and much quieter than the highway. All the guide books say it’s vital to get there before 7.30am when the tour parties arrive, as it gets appallingly crowded. We are nervous that our need for sleep may result in a dreadful visit fighting off the crowds, so are pleasantly surprised, not to say relieved, when we arrive to find a peaceful car park and nobody ahead of us in the ticket queue. The foreigners pay way more than the locals to visit but the ticket office is all very civilised and air conditioned and they even give you a welcome drink. Different to visiting any temple in India! Apparently as it’s Ramadan people stay at home rather more, which is good news for us.

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Yacht Charters in Indonesia; Charter World

Indonesia – Komodo National Park

Firstly, a selection of some of the yachts currently available in Indonesia.

Situated along the equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the 13,000 diverse and exotic islands of Indonesia have long embodied paradise on Earth. Of course the ideal way to experience the best that this amazing nautical region can offer is by water, on a private luxury Indonesian yacht charter.

From the cityscapes of Java to the designated World Heritage Site of Komodo, home to the world’s largest lizard, Indonesia has everything to offer as an exotic and beautiful charter yacht vacation. Relax on isolated white sand beaches and at luxury spa retreats, or go on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure jetting past ancient mangroves and teeming reefs.

Java

The world’s most populous island, Java offers travellers modern luxuries sitting side by side with ancient temples and natural beauty. A perfect destination for history hunters, amongst the museums and galleries Java also contains three cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Borobudur Temple Compounds
  • Prambanan Temple Compounds
  • Sangiran Early Man Site

At the extreme tip of south western Java lies Ujung Kulon, the island’s natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bookings now open for AYANA Komodo; eGlobal Travel Media

Indonesia – Komodo National Park

To celebrate the much-anticipated opening of AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach on 15 September, AYANA Hotels and Resorts has launched a pre-opening offer inviting guests to book with 20% off and a complimentary two-way airport transfer.

Just a one-hour flight from the beautiful island of Bali, in West Flores, AYANA Komodo is the first and only five-star resort on the exquisite Labuan Bajo, Waecicu Beach. Boasting 12 suites and 189 premium guest rooms, AYANA Komodo is inspired by light, comfort and open living and each contemporary room features a flawless ocean view. Guests can check-in from the 11th floor lobby and access their rooms by descending towards the sandy shores.

In addition to the new resort, and making full use of the extensive private pier, AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will also launch a luxurious 54-metre-long, nine-bedroom phinisi ship, named AYANA Lako’dia, meaning “safe journey” in the local language.

Alongside crystal blue waters and pristine white sand beaches, this tropical paradise is overflowing with mesmerizing flora that extends from waterfalls to jagged dramatic mountain tops and vibrant sunsets overlooking Komodo National Park.

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Why is deforestation happening and why are rainforests important?; Olivia Waring; Metro

Rainforest World Heritage Site In Indonesia
Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Rainforests are something the world cannot afford to take for granted any longer.

These precious environments, found in numerous continents, are homes to swathes of endangered species as well as indigenous tribes.

But deforestation, caused by industry, has wiped out an insanely large proportion of them in recent years.

What causes deforestation? What effect is it having on our planet and the beings that occupy it?

Between 2000 and 2012, 2.3 million square kilometres (890,000 sq mi) of forests around the world were cut down. That has led to the devastation of several species of animal, flora, fauna and homes of indigenous tribes.

This rate of deforestation is not slowing down despite international attempts to stop the causes of deforestation in its tracks.

But the number of causes of deforestation make it difficult to tackle.

Currently the palm oil industry is one of the worst offenders, as the tree which produces the oil thrives best in Africa, Indonesia, Asia, North America and South America where rainforests tends to be.

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Sumatran habitat for tigers, orangutans gets a partial reprieve from development; Hans Nicholas Jong; Asian Correspondent

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

OFFICIALS in the Indonesian province of Aceh have vowed to safeguard the last known habitat shared by tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants, but concerns abound that the proposed protections are limited in scope.

The provincial government, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from the central government in Jakarta, has declared there will be no infrastructure projects developed inside the Gunung Leuser National Park. The park is part of the Leuser Ecosystem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the only known habitat on Earth home to critically endangered Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants.

Specifically, officials are revoking a plan to drill for geothermal energy in the park, as they seek to remove it from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The park has been on the list since 2011 due to ongoing destruction of its rainforest ecosystem.

“In accordance with Aceh’s spatial plans, there [will be] no infrastructure development inside the Gunung Leuser National Park,” Aceh Deputy Governor Nova Iriansyah said as quoted on the provincial government’s website.

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Water wonderland: sailing around Komodo National Park; Bronwyn Griffiths; Hostel World

Indonesia – Komodo National Park

Set amidst the arid mountains of East Nusa Tenggara and plunging into pristine waters is a location so untouched and remote, it’s easy to see why the world’s largest lizard calls Komodo National Park home. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, is the perfect place to explore by boat no matter what kind of trip you are looking for. Relax and unwind or explore and discover – the choice is yours. A sailing trip around Komodo National Park from Labuan Bajo is bound to impress even the most well-travelled individual.

Where is Komodo National Park?

Komodo National Park is an equatorial group of islands located 744 kilometres (462 miles) east of Denpasar, Bali – just off the coast of East Nusa Tenggara. The park boasts similar characteristics to the Mediterranean regions, making it easy to see why the Komodo dragon has thrived here. The mountains and valleys are harsh terrain, often very dry, with intense humidity – a complete contrast to lush, tropical Bali.

The mountains are staggering, dramatic and seem to sink effortlessly into the azure waters that encircle them.

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