Jakarta – a flying visit to Indonesia’s Capital

http://www.travel-badger.com/indonesia-jakarta/: Indonesia’s capital has about 10 million inhabitants, counting in the surrounding municipality, this number triples up to an astonishing 30 million. Located on the northwest coast of Java island, Jakarta – formerly called Batavia by the Dutch colonists – has evolved as a trading center around a…

Yogyakarta – Cultural Capital

http://www.travel-badger.com/cultural-capital-yogyakarta/: The region of Yogyakarta is one of the two last Sultanates in Indonesia. His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X is not only the sultan, but also the democratically elected Governor of the Special Region Yogyakarta. The people of Yogyakarta are very proud of this special status of the region as…

A bite of royal Myanmar – Mandalay

http://www.travel-badger.com/myanmar-mandalay/: Mandalay has been the last Royal Myanmar capital before the British conquered the realm and moved the capital south to Yangon. Until today the lively city is one of Myanmar’s cultural centers.It has a large intellectual scene and very popular pagodas. All in all, Mandalay is big, lively, dirty a…

Yangon – Vibrant Markets and Major Pagodas

http://www.travel-badger.com/myanmar-yangon/: Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, is the biggest city of Myanmar and was until recently the capital of the country. In 2005, the military junta unexpectedly moved the capital to the city of Nay Pyi Taw. However, Yangon still remains the undisputed commercial and diplomatic center of Myanmar. The…

Bagan – An incredible plain full of Pagodas

http://www.travel-badger.com/myanmar-bagan/: The sight is breathtaking: Thousands of temples rise from the ground in the plains of Bagan. They date back to the 11th to 13th centuries when Bagan was the center of the first Burmese kingdom. Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visit this sacred landmark each year underlining its enduring religious…

Sumba – Indonesia’s hidden island paradise

http://www.travel-badger.com/indonesia-sumba/: Sumba – NOT Sumbawa!
Sumba’s beauty is a well-kept secret, even amongst many Indonesians, leaving this island paradise pristine and charmingly underdeveloped. Twice the size of Bali, only few people even recognize the name, suggesting that we may refer to Sumbawa instead. We only learned about Su…

Tana Toraja – Overview and Practical Information

http://www.travel-badger.com/indonesia-toraja-overview/: Tana Toraja, the Land of the Toraja people, is a small tribal area that stretches over a beautiful green valley in the center of the Indonesian island Sulawesi. Besides soothing long walks over evergreen hills the Toraja Land is reputed for complex, ancient tribal houses and traditional…