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Indonesia Beyond Bali (Part 2): Where to Go and What to See in Indonesia (That Are NOT Bali)

Hi everyone! 😀

FYI, I had to postpone my Java-Bali-Gili trip due to some family matter to September. And for those who don’t know, ironically I’m an Indonesian who’s never been to Bali. So yes, the trip is going to be my first time touching down on the island of gods. Or Pulau Dewata, as we Indonesians dub the island.

Anyway, you’ve probably read my previous post that was published last week in Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day. Well, this post is gonna be the second part where I’ve compiled the list of recommended places to visit in Indonesia… Those that are NOT Bali.

I mean, as an Indonesian myself, I’m so sick of ignorant travelers who think of Bali as the whole country and not just a small province in a country called Indonesia. So, what kind of places do we have this time? Let’s check out!

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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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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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