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Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day: Indonesia Beyond Bali, Where to Go and What to See Around the Country

As an Indonesian blogger who mainly writes about travel, I often encountered fellow travel bloggers who would list Bali among the name of countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia or Singapore. That, my friends, has become my own pet peeve ever since.

Like, seriously… There were times when I feel like I want to question them whether they even notice the name of the country as a whole, and not just Bali.

So, it’s the 17th of August and for those of you who don’t know… It’s the independence day of Indonesia. The 74th as we declared our independence in 1945.

And for today’s post, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers who knew better than THAT, we’re gonna talk about the places that are worth visiting in Indonesia. The places that are NOT just Bali. The places that would show you the diversity in the country, more than just a tiny island called Bali. 😉

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Museum of the Asian-African Conference: A Must Visit Place for History Junkies in Bandung, Indonesia

Hi everyone! 😀

I know it’s Thursday already and I was supposed to publish something for the $10 series yesterday, but I don’t do it this week on purpose.

First of all, I had to do all the maintenance work for my blog in the past few days. And I had some trouble with the collaborator whose post was supposed to publish this week.

But don’t worry about it, because sometimes you actually gain something when you lose the other thing. And this time, I’ll continue to write something that was intended to write a long time ago.

Now that I mentioned about my staycation at Savoy Homann Hotel, I’m still yet to write about the rest of my staycation. And I’m going to write the details now as I want to share my experience to visit Museum of the Asian-African Conference that is located just across the hotel.

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Review: Savoy Homann Hotel, Staycation at One of the Most Legendary Hotels in Bandung

A few weeks ago during Ramadhan, I decided to book a room at one of the most legendary hotels in Bandung: Savoy Homann. I actually had a plan to have a staycation at the hotel since quite some time, but it never really happened until recently.

I thought it was a perfect time to have a staycation during Ramadhan for a few reasons. First of all, I could stroll around my own hometown as if I were a tourist. Also, since the location is close to the Grand Mosque of Bandung, I could also take my mom for the staycation so that she could go pray Taraweeh at night.

For that reason, I thought it was a good idea to just book a room for a night. And I did.

I’ve always wanted to get some experience staying at Savoy Homann Hotel because of the history behind it. If you’re a history junkie, then you’re probably familiar with the connection between the hotel and the Bandung Conference in 1955. It was the first large-scale Asian-African Conference at the time.

You might have never heard of it at your history class. However, if you come from one of the countries in either Asia or Africa… You’ve probably recalled it somewhere at the subject. This hotel is where some notable figures like Soekarno or Jawaharlal Nehru stayed during the conference.

But what if I tell you that the hotel is more than you thought it was?!
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Stone Garden GeoPark: The Merge of Machu Picchu and Capadoccia in Bandung, Indonesia

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a sucky traveler when it comes to my hometown.

Like, I could tell you where to get the best midiye dolma in Izmir, but I gotta think hard if you asked me about the best place to go shopping or the best coffee shop in Bandung. And I wouldn’t guarantee that I could eventually find the answer. 😛

The thing is, despite the fact that I’ve spent 20++ years in Bandung, I rarely have time to explore the city for the sake of being local. I mean, you probably know by now that I’m not exactly a cafe-hopper, and more often than not… I always get too lazy to go out as I only imagine the possibilities to face the traffic jam. Especially during the weekend!

I mean, seriously… As a passenger, I just don’t want to spend extra money for cabs. As a driver, I just can’t hold on to my dear life to drive in the bad traffic. And I’ve been living like a spoiled brat long enough in my life to not consider the other options of public transportations.

So on this post, I would like to share a hidden gem in Bandung that I have visited for the first time a few weeks ago. Located in the west part of Bandung, Stone Garden Geo Park could be reached more than 2 hours from Bandung city center by car with traffic jam.

The good thing is that you could also reach this off-beaten spot in Bandung by train. And that’s what I did when I visited the place. 😉

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Chez Bon Hostel, The Best Place to Stay in the Vintage Part of Bandung when You’re on Budget

I remember once when I got randomly connected to someone through a meme in Slavorum, where this meme compared a place in Croatia with Bali. At that time, our conversation continued to go on through Messenger app and he said he’s been to Bandung, my hometown. And he mentioned about how much he liked Jalan Braga.

Last weekend, I got invited to stay at a hostel located exactly in Jalan Braga.

I don’t usually choose hostel as an accommodation whenever I travel, but the offer to stay at the hostel in the infamous stress that was once the promenade of Bandung in the 1920s? It’s not everyday I could get out of my comfort zone, is it?! 😉

Chez Bon Hostel is the name of the hostel, located in the street who used to be called Bragaweg in the Dutch Colonial era. I think it is the only hostel with such an excellent location in the heart of Bandung.

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