The overcrowded island of Java, the center of the country’s economic and political power, offers some of the best examples of Hindu and Buddhist architecture all over Indonesia. From among the hundreds of temples that show the power and architectural quality reached by the kingdoms that ruled Java from the 7th to the 16th century, I have drawn up a list with the main points of interest.
The map presents all the temples and by clicking on the markers you can have a brief description. Each temple has a bunch of resources that give you the chance to analyze it better and to arrive there well prepared.
You can use the comments to suggest any links that you may have come across that might be useful to add the the existing list.
Today it is time to talk about one of the most beautiful temples all over the island of Java in Indonesia. Located only 17 km northeast of the city of Yogyakarta. Easily accessible through one of the many (too many) travel agencies that dot the backpackers neighborhood in Yogyakarta. A better option is renting a motorbike and visiting Prambanan and other temples in the area by yourself.
If you are still in love with the day after day more threatened paper book, you might be interested in visiting one of the following bookstore through Southeast Asia.
The bookstore chain Kinokuniya is unbeatable in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a huge amount of titles covering every topic. Don’t be too excited though, the prices of the books are the same you can find in the West. Most of the stores have a small cafeteria far from cheap of course. Monument Bookstore reign in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Fahasa has different branches in Ho Chi Minh City and in the main cities all over Vietnam. Continue reading →
Bengkulu on the west coast of Sumatra island is an ideal place to break up the long journey between interesting places like Tanjung Setia in the south and Padang in the north.
Grand Jitra hotel is the best place to rest after the innumerable bends on the road. With the options suggested by Lonely Planet I did not have too much luck. The “boutique hotel” Splash was full and prices were crazy (588.000 RP for the standard) staff not exactly friendly. Another attempt in Hotel Samudera Dwinka with a much friendlier staff and more reasonable prices but with the same result “sorry sir we are full”. Continue reading →