By Motorcycle 2019


Java By Motorcycle 2019

This trip was planned to take place in June 2019 during the school holidays. We were looking for a maximum of 4 person to be on this trip.

The trip would basically cover the island of Java, which is one of the big island among the Indonesian Archipelago. The decision to choose Java came about as Java is most easily accessible island from Singapore via direct flight (yes we plan to do a fly and Ride trip). Also the geographical attributes of Java as well as its socio demography makes it more appealing to choose Java among all the other islands. basically Java's geography is blessed with mountains, volcanos, waterfall, beaches and they are mostly easiy accessible via road on a motorbike. The socio demography is also important as we find the people of Java to be more friendly, accommodating as well as more versed with tourism. But the main deciding factor was the availability and cost of renting a bike and transporting it back at the end of the rental as we planned to do a one way ride.

Pre Trip Planning

The following had to be arranged about 6 months before the trip took place.

  • Finding interested participants (up to 4 max) - January 2019

  • Planning of the route that we will ride and the places of interest to visit - January - March 2019

  • Sourcing out for trusted bike rental in Java who could follow our plan (One way arrangement) - February - April 2019

  • Confirmation of participants - March 2019

  • Confirmation of bike rental arrangement with rental company April 2019 (company agreed not to collect any upfront payment)

  • Purchasing of airline tickets (to show commitment and confirmation to bike rental company) - End April 2019

  • Final preparation of equipment - June 2019

The Java Plan

The plan was to fly in to Surabaya where we will pick up our rental. From Surabaya we will ride Mt Bromo in Probolinggo. From the we will cross the sandy desert of Bromo (some call it the Bromo Highway) to Lumanjang where we can witness the "Niagara Fall of Indonesia". From there we will hit the recreational town of Malang. From Malang will be one of the longest journey crossing the Eastern Java into Central Java heading towards Yogjakarta (the old capital city of ancient Indonesia) to discover its rich history and stories about the ancient ruins (borobudur & Prambanan). Next we will go via the coastal route heading towards Cilacap, a coastal town known for its beaches. Along the way we will be greeted by many beautiful sandy beaches that lined the Indian Ocean. From the beachfront, we will then head up to cooler weather in the mountains of Tasik Malaya. Again we will cross from Central Java to Eastern Java where we will finally end our trip in the town of shopping capital, Bandung.

Our Adventurers for this Ride

Team Java By Motorcycle 2019



Reza (Red Baron)

Our choice of ride for this adventure

Honda CRF 150cc

Honda CRF150L is considered as a off road motorbike which can be called homestead motorcycle. This motorcycle is very renowned in Asia, Europe and South Africa. This attractive looking motorcycle is the dream motorcycle of the adventure lovers.

The Honda CRF150L has an air-cooled 150-cc engine. The total power production from this motor is 12.24 PS at 8,000 rpm along with peak highest torque of 11.94 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The power is sent down to the wheels via a 5-speed, constant mesh gearbox which is specially tuned to handle the uneven roads quite well with the right amount of torque distribution at all the gears. Honda claims that the bike offers a mileage of 40 kmpl (approx) and tp speed is 110 kmph. The fuel and oil tank capacity of this bike is 7.2 and 1 liter respectively.

Why choose this model:

- Perfectly designed for on road and off road.

- It has a PGM-FI engine (bulletproof engine)..simple engine that can be rectified anywhere.

- high ground clearance and able to carry a tailpack.

- No problem for riders of different height.

Our liason for Bike Rental in Java

From RIght To Left: Mbah Dzekiel, Feroze, Mas Nano, Reza (Red Baron) & Hafidz

Pratama Dirtbike

Address: Jl. Sumpil 1 No.58, Purwodadi, Kec. Blimbing, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65126, Indonesia

Phone: +62 812-5241-8456

Province: Surabaya, East Java

Mas (Mr) Nano

  • Owner of Pratama Dirtbike

  • Runs offroad tours in Surabaya (covering Bromo)

  • Speaks fluent Indonesian, Malay and some English

  • Very accommodating and understanding, always willing to give opinions and help when it comes to riding in Indonesia.

Instagram: @pratamadirtbike

Watsapp: +6281252418456

Our Java By Motorcycle Videos

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Java By Motorcycle Episode 1

Episode 1 follows us as we depart from Singapore by plane to Surabaya, Java, Indonesia.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 2

Episode 2 brings us on our journey to explore Eastern Java, covering Mt Bromo, the "Niagara Falls of Indonesia" and also a look into history of the legendary warrior of Java.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 3

In Episode 3 we discover the natural wonders of Java that are away from the tourist eyes. We hunt down off the beaten path interesting places to visit and get amazed by them.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 4

From the East Java, we make our way to the Central Java. Along the way we stopped by some interesting sites and places to visit and learn more about the country.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 5

Discovering the history and stories of ancient Java as we visited centuries old relics and temples as well as the old seat of the government of Indonesia.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 6

Visiting beautiful mangrove swamps and eco industries converted by the locals to woo the tourism dollars.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 7

Going through the coast of Java, we are greeted by beautiful beaches that lined the Indian Ocean.

Java By Motorcycle Episode 8

The final video shows how we spent our final days in Java in the highlands of West Java in the town of Tasek Malaya and Bandung.

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Ride Java 2019

Day 1


Flew into Surabaya in the morning, taking the first flight out of Singapore. Arrived at our hotel and our bikes are awaiting us.

Today we went on a city tour following the Heritage Trails of he city....visited some of the famous sites (wished we could cover more).... and also to familiarise ourselves with the bikes as well as the road conditions and habits in this region. Peak hour traffic is a real killer. Kudos to the Indonesian for being so accommodating and patient going through such traffic on a daily basis.

Places we stopped by to explore along the way:

  1. House of Sampoerna

The House of Sampoerna is a tobacco museum and headquarters of Sampoerna located in Surabaya. The main building's architectural style influenced by Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site.

  1. Heroes Monument

In dedication to Sukarno Hatta (Father of Independence)

The Heroes Monument is a monument in Surabaya, Indonesia. It is the main symbol of the city, dedicated to the people who died during the Battle of Surabaya on November 10, 1945. The 10 November Museum is located under the monument.

  1. Ampel Tomb & Mosque

Ampel Mosque is an ancient mosque located in the Ampel sub-district, district Semampir, Surabaya, East Java. The oldest mosque in East Java was built in 1421 CE by Sunan Ampel where his tomb complex is located within the area.

As one of the eldest mosque and most crowded in Surabaya, Ampel Mosque have special story with ‘Sunan Ampel’, one of ‘Wali Songo’ who have an effect in broad Islam in Java. Sunan Ampel Mausoleum located in building west of Ampel Mosque

  1. Cheng Ho Mosque

Cheng Ho Mosque, also known by the name of Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque, is mosque which the building designs resembles a temple (house of worship of Tri Dharma). The mosque is mostly colored with red, green, and yellow. The ornaments are rich of antique Chinese influence. The entrance resembles the shape of the pagoda, there are also reliefs of dragons and lions made of wax with ‘Allah ‘written in Arabic letters at the top of the pagoda. The name of the mosque is a form of respect for Zheng, a Chinese Admiral Muslim. During his travels to Southeast Asia, Zheng did not only trade and made friendship, also spread Islam.

Tomorrow... we head up to Mt Semeru-Bromo National Park.

Ride Java 2019

Day 2

Surabaya - Mt Bromo-Semeru National Park

Rode from Surabaya to Mt Bromo-Semeru National Park. Left Surabaya town early at sunrise to beat the traffic. Along the way we stopped by Madakapura waterfall supposey known to be the mediation place of the General Gajamada, a warrior of the Majapahit Empire. From there we rode up to Bromo (expecting a 5 degC weather tonight). Played around the foothills of Mt Bromo at the Sea of Sand in the evening and stayed during sunset to watch the sun come down behind the majestic Bromo crater. Started a fire and bracing the cold weather tonight.

Places we stopped by to explore along the way:

  1. Madakaripura Waterfall.

Madakaripura is also called as “the last residence of Gadjah Mada“. According to a legend, the 60-year-old prime minister dissolved in the air near a waterfall. He has not been found by the emperor or by anyone else. It's believed that swimming in the Madakaripura falls give health, strength and youth.

Legend or Truth ??

  1. Mount Bromo

The legend of Mount Bromo traces back to the fifteenth century, when the princess of the East Javanese empire of Majapahit, Roro Anteng, and her husband, Joko Seger, came to the Bromo region. They named the region Tengger—a combination of their last names (Anteng and Seger). Their region prospered, but the ruling couple found themselves unable to conceive. They prayed to the gods from Mount Bromo’s edge. The gods agreed to give them children on the condition that they throw into the crater the last child born as a sacrifice. Soon they gave birth to their first child, and were blessed with many more.

When the twenty-fifth child, Kesuma, was born, Roro learned that this would be their last and would have to be sacrificed. She refused. This angered the gods, and they threatened to spew volcanic fire over the land. In order to protect their kingdom, the couple followed through on their promise. It is said that the child’s voice was heard shortly after, ordering the Tengger people, and all their descendants, to perform an annual ceremony to commemorate the event and appease the still angry gods.

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Day 3

Mt Bromo - Lumajang - Malang

The sun is up.

Will be making our way into the sea of sand travelling about 30km in the sand skirting around Bromo to the other side of Bromo. From here we will heads towards Tumpak Sewu in Lumajang. We will be cutting across the sea of sand at the base of Bromo to cut the distance and time taken to reach our destination. This sea of sand is also an unoffical "road" that locals use to get tover to other sides of Bromo. It is also called the Bromo Highway. From Lumajang we shall visit the colourful village of Jodipan in the town of Malang. We shall be staying over in Malang for the night.

Places we stopped by to explore along the way:

  1. Coban Sewu

A favourite among domestic tourists, but unlike the case with Malang residents, most of them already know the beauty of tourism in Coban Sewu Semeru Malang. Sewi waterfall tourism panorama is almost like the most beautiful waterfall tour in the world, Niagara Falls is in Canada. The uniqueness of the high cliff that forms a half circle is irrigated by several waterfalls, making anyone feel stunted before

  1. Jodipan - Kampung Warna Warni

Jodipan Tourism Village is the first tourist village in Malang in the form of a series of houses on the banks of the Brantas River which display attractive and not monotonous colors in the walls. This village is located in Jodipan on the banks of the Brantas River.

Jodipan Tourism Village is a village which was initiated by eight students majoring in Communication at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), chaired by Nabila Firdausiyah. This group of students took part in the corporate social responsibility program of the paint company to realize the village.

Malang, a weekend destination

Malang City lies on southwestern part of Indonesia, Java island, on the Brantas River, at the eastern part of Mount Semeru (Gunung Semeru), near Surabaya. Malang is a trade center of agricultural area in which sugar, rice, coffee, tea, corn, peanuts, cassava, and cinchona bark are grown.

Malang city has its Interesting Places that can attract the visitor to visit this city. However i am in love with their hill station, the town of Batu.

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Day 4

Malang - Surakarta

Completed our longest ride for the trip today. We travelled about 320km from Malang to Solo (Jogya) with all the detours to visit places along the way and we made it to Surakarta (Solo) in good time too. All went according to plan with the places of interest visited. As of now, We have crossed from East Java to Central Java. From the Majapahit kingdom to the ancient Mataram Empire. The culture and personalty as well as language defer slightly in this region.

Places we stopped by to explore along the way:

  1. Trinil Museum of Natural History.

Sanggiran, Solo.

UNESCO Heritage Site - The Java Man aka The Solo Man

Trinil is a paleoanthropology site in Indonesia that is slightly smaller than the Sangiran site. Trinil is an area in the Bengawan Solo valley that became the home of ancient life, precisely the Middle Pleistocene, about a million years ago.

In 1891 Eugene Dubois, who was an anatomist, discovered the first ancient human remains outside Europe (at that time) namely Javanese human specimens. In 1893 Dubois discovered ancient human fossils Pithecanthropus erectus and various fossils of ancient animals and plants.

Until the findings of other older humans were found in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, the findings of Dubois and von Koenigswald were the oldest known humans. This finding was also used as a reference to support the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Many scientists at that time also proposed the theory that Java Man might be the missing link between ape humans and modern humans today. Today, anthropologists agree that today's human ancestors are Homo erectus living on Java.

Its sister museum in Sanggiran, Solo, Indonesia display a similar set of exhibits on th prehistoric humans, The Solo Man.

  1. Kraton Kesunanan

Surakarta Palace is one of the most historic places in the city of Solo. This palace is also often called the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace. This is because from the past until now the Surakarta Palace was a residence for sunan and court families who still preserved the customs and culture of the kingdom.

This Surakarta Palace is part of the history of the Yogyakarta agreement. The agreement was an agreement between Sunan Pakubuwana III and Pangeran Magkubumi in dispute in the Mataram Sultanate and formed an agreement with the Dutch Hindu Government or VOC that the Mataram Sultanate was divided into two namely Surakarta and Yogyakarta.

Typical colonial trick....divide and conquer.

  1. Fort Vastenberg

Vastenburg Fort is a Dutch heritage fort located in the region Gladak, Surakarta . The fort was built in 1745 by order of Governor-General Baron Van Imhoff . As part of the Dutch supervision of the Surakarta ruler, especially against the Surakarta royal palace, the fort was built, as well as the center of the garrison . Opposite is the residence of the Dutch governor (now the office of the City Hall of Surakarta) in the region of Gladak.

The shape of a fortress wall is a square with the edges of which there is a spatial projection called bastion (bastion). Around the castle walls there is a trench that serves as a refuge with bridges at the front and rear doors. The building consists of several separate barracks with their respective functions in the military. In the middle there is an open field for the preparation of troops or apple flag.

After independence, the fort was used as a TNI base to defend independence.

Observing the places, culture and how things run in new areas we had a few observation that we had made about Central java. We learnt many new things along the way about the region. Most notably will be:

  • Adipura Awards

City of Ngawi

Going through mny towns as we cross from East Java to Central Java. One sight became apparent. A showcase of huge sculpture of elephant tusk within each city... Adipura, they called it comes in different unique sculptures but prominently displayed within towns.

Adipura, is an award for cities in Indonesia that are successful in cleaning and managing urban environments. Adipura is organised by the State Ministry of Environment.

  • Fuel

They call it Bensin here instead of Petrol. There are there Big major companies (Pertamina, Total & Shell )

There are also 3 different grades of bensin.

- premium (lowest grade and subsidised)

- Pertalite

-Pertamax (highest quality avail)

So normally a full tank of 3.1 litres wil cost me 28 000 rupiah and I am able to achieve 191 kilometers on one full tank.

Help with the bike fuel consumption calculation... anyone??

In summary, today is our longest riding day covering from Malang in East Jav and crossing into Surakarta (Solo) in Central Java. The journey took us over 320km stretching about a 10 hours journey including visits to a few sites along the way.

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Day 5

Surakarta - Yogyakarta

Started the day early. We were excited to be visiting a few UNESCO heritage sites today. These are mostly the ancient temples and places used by the previous empires that are scattered around Surakarta.

Places we explored today:

  1. Prambanan Temple

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Built in the 8th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.

  1. Kraton Yogjakarta (Yogyakarta Palace)

A look at the Mataram Kingdom & the shift of political power.

Mataram, large kingdom in Java that lasted from the late 16th century to the 18th century, when the Dutch came to power in Indonesia. Senapati (later known as Adiwijoyo), became the first king of the Mataram Kingdom. Senapati attempted to unite eastern and central Java without much success.

Sultan Agung who came to power in 1613, as the Dutch entered the region, Mataram was able to expand its territory to include most of Java. After capturing several port cities of northern Java, especially Surabaya, he attempted to seize Batavia (now known as Jakarta from the Dutch. He launched two unsuccessful attacks, one in 1628 and the other in 1629. The Sultan also brought and spread the religion of Islam on Java as well.

This caused most Hindu and buddhist worshipper to flee Java into the island of Bali. The sultan also launched a “holy war” against Bali and against Balambangan in extreme eastern Java. He then concentrated on the internal development of Mataram. He moved the inhabitants of central Java to the less populated Krawang (in western Java) and encouraged interisland trade.

Similar palaces and state buildings were found in Yogjakarta and in Surakarta namely a Palace and a Dutch Fort. The Dutch seperated the political powers of Sultan Agung descendants awarding them in name a province each.

Below are picture of similar buildings in Yogjakarta.

  1. Vredeburg Fortress

Fort Vredeburg Museum, was a former colonial fortress located in the city of Yogyakarta. The military complex has been converted into an Independence Struggle Museum which was opened in 1992. It is located in front of Gedung Agung and Kraton Yogyakarta.

Again this is a similar concept to that of Surakarta.

A very convenient place for the Dutch to oversee the movement of the local King during that time. With a garrison holding down the fort the Dutch governor were able to manipulate the local political scene during that time.

**Fort Vredeburg was closed during our time of visit.

  1. Taman Sari

Proposed UNESCO Heritage Site

Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement.

Since 1995, the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari has been listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.

Myth or Truth ?

It has been said that there is a secret tunnel leading from Taman Sari to the sea. And each and every new ruler will use the tunnel to commune with the Spirit of the sea, Ratu Kidul. Nyai Loro Kidul (also spelled Nyi Roro Kidul) is an Indonesian goddess of the sea. She is the Queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean) in Javanese and Sundanese mythology. According to many popular belief she will remains as the consorts of all kings beggining with Senopati.

We arrived at our Destination for tonight. It was the shortest ride of the trip today of a 100km but it still took us 10 hours to complete the journey due to all our detours to visit places of interest.

Ride Java 2019

Day 6

Yogyakarta - Cilacap

Started out early morning while most were asleep. We headed out at 4am to enter the Borobudur temple in the hope to catch the beautiful sunrise over Mt Semeru and to experience Borobudur at the dawn of light. Tickets have to be bought in advance (we bought it yesterday) and it provide us with a stay in Borobudur temple from 4am ill 8am with a buffet breakfast included. We had entered the temple complex in the wearly hours and climb the steps in the darkness.

  1. Borobudur Temple

UNESCO Heritage Site

The Sailendra dynasty built this Largest Buddhist monument in the world between AD 780 and 840. The Sailendra are the ruling dynasty in Central Java at the time. It was built as a place for glorifying Buddha and a pilgrimage spot to guide mankind from worldly desires into enlightenment and wisdom according to Buddha. This monument was discovered by the British in 1814 under Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, it was until 1835 that the entire area of the temple has been cleared.

Borobudur built in the style of Mandala which symbolizes the universe in Buddhist teaching. This structure is square shaped with four entry point and a circular center point. Working from the exterior to the interior, three zones of consciousness are represented, with the central sphere representing unconsciousness or Nirvana.

Notice someone common in our history??

Today we will ride with the idea of Ecotourism in mind. We are visiting places that villagers have converted into eco friendly yet with a touristy appeal to draw in the toourist dollars. The residents aof these areas have modernised themselves and wish to get out of poverty as well as the agricultural industry. This is especially true of the younger millennials who have better education and access to resources. Many NGOs (non government organisation) set up help groups and fund to help these villagers.

  1. Kali Biru Forest Park

A paradise for instagrammers however it caters more to local tourists. Pretty much unknown... better to keep it that way i guess before it becomes too commercialised. The road in is quite bad with very steep incline up to 60 degrees. Road does not appear on gps map so need to rely on instinct and asking around.

Kali Biru used to be a farming oriented community that has now moved towards Eco tourism by the youngsters of the villagers. A great initiative to create income for the community.

  1. Hutan Mangrove Api Api

Ecotourism day

The villagers of this village used to be fisherman (most still are) however some of the villagers have come together as a community to start ecotourism in the village. Their idea and focus was to built unique and creative bamboo bridges along the mangrove swamps. The bridges are all interlinked by banboo walkways. What is interesting is that only ropes and bamboo are used in the building of such structures.

  1. The Statue of Dewa Ruci.

A Javanese Story.

The Story of Dewa Ruci describes a student's obedience to the teacher, independence act, and hard struggle to find identity. The introduction of identity will bring one to know the origin of oneself as a creation from God. The introduction of God gives rise to a desire to act in harmony with God's will, even unite with God or often referred to as Manunggaling Kawula Gusti (the union of servants of Gusti)

The stoey of Dewa Ruci was later adopted into a play or title of a puppet show, which contained the teachings or philosophy of the moral life of the Javanese people.

Late arrival today into Cilacap.

Last 60km had a 20km mountain stretch. It took us 1 hour to clear the hill climb with switchbacks and up to 70 degrees slope. On some stretch we had to be trodding on gear 1, dragging it all the way. Did not help that it was single lane only with narrown sides for overtaking.

On a side note the new straight stretch of road between Puworejo to Cilacap is great to ride...less traffic but take note there is no petrol kiosk for quite a stretch. The road remained un-tolled (no charges for using the road) for now.

We rode 2.5 hours into the dark today before reaching our destination.

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Day 7

Cilacap - Garut

Crossing from Central Java to West Java

From Eastern Java, home of the Majapahit Empire. Warriors in their own rights with beautiful islands greenery and peaks to Central Java known for its culture, culinary and rich history of the Mantaram Empire, former great civilisation of the buddhist and Hindu.

Now we enter West Java, home of the Sunda people. The enchanting land of Sunda stretches from the Sunda Strait in the West to the borders of Central Java in the east. The region is primarily mountainous, with rich green valleys hugging lofty volcanic peaks, many of which surround the capital of the province, Bandung.

Places we discovered along the way:

  1. Tasik Malaya & Pesantrens (Islamic School)

Tasikmalaya is a city in West Java, Indonesia. The city is sometimes dubbed "the City of a Thousand Pesantrens" for its abundance of Islamic boarding schools. Located around 120 kilometres southeast from the provincial capital of Bandung, Tasikmalaya is passed by Indonesian National Route 3.

Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. According to one popular tradition, the pesantren education system originated from traditional Javanese pondokan; dormitories; ashram for Hindu or viharas for Buddhists to learn religious philosophies, martial arts and meditation.

  1. Ciung Wanara Karangmulyan

The Sunda Kingdom was a Sundanese Hindu kingdom located in the western portion of the island of Java from 669 to around 1579, covering the area of present-day Banten, Jakarta, West Java, and the western part of Central Java. The capital of Sunda Kingdom has moved for several times during its history; shifted between Galuh (Kawali) area in the east and Pakuan Pajajaran in the west.

The Karangkamulyan site is a historic archaeological site and archaeological site located in Karangkamulyan Village, Cijeungjing, Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia. This site is a relic of the era of the Galuh Kingdom which is Hindu-Buddhist.

The Galuh Kingdom is a Sundanese kingdom on the island of Java, whose territory is located between the Citarum River in the west and the Ci Serayu River and Cipamali (Brebes River) in the east. This kingdom is the successor of the kingdom of Kendan, a subordinate of Tarumanagara.

  1. Manonjaya Mosque

The grand mosque Manonjaya is suituated in the middle of the city. It is believed to have been built since 1832, during the era of the Kingdom of Sukapura Raden Tumenggung Danuningrat, which is the beginning of the establishment of Tasikmalaya.

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Day 8

Garut - Bandung

A tale of two cities

The Swiss of Java

Garut, a city between three mountains. Switzerland is known as a natural tourist destination in Europe. The meeting point of the Western and Eastern Alps...the Matterhorn mountain , one of the most famous mountains in the world. In Garut, they are proud to be surrounded by three mountains, Mt Guntung, Mt Cikuray and Mt Galunggung forming a beautiful backdrop to the city.

Garut's nickname as Swiss Van Java was given by the Dutch Government because of the climate and natural scenery in beautiful Garut. Garut Swiss van Java is a nickname given by the Dutch government because the climate and scenery are beautiful.

Other great deatinations are found in the province.

It will be a great place to explore.


The Paris of Java

The nickname of Paris van Java for Bandung was indeed popularised for the first time by the Dutch.

Bandung as Paris, Java Island emerged because of the rapid development of Paris fashion which coincided with the enthusiasm of the wealthy in Bandung in art. To be more specific, architectural art, which applies art deco as a reference for building construction in almost all of Bandung.

Managed to have time to walk around. And even go through some of the villages within the city

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Day 9


Final Day Ride Java 2019

This is our final day of Ride Java 2019. After breakfast we headed down to Bandung's factory outlets at Rumah Mode @ Sukajadi. They say you have not been to Bandung if yoi do not go to their factory outlet. From there we passed by Cihampelas area.

By noon we bade our goodbye to Feroz who will be leaving today. Today was actually our buffer day (set aside in case of any disruption in plans). The itinerary for the trip went smoothly as planned. It did take me 3 to 4 months to research and plan this trip. Really hope the guys enjoyed the ride and the places visited as much as me.

Spent the evening walking around the main square of this ala Van France town of Bandung. Will be returning our bikes tonight. Total mileage covered for this trip os 1300++ kilometers on various terrains.

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Day 10

The Way Home (Bandung - Singapore via KLIA)

Today marks the day that our ride comes to an end.

We came with a single piece of luggage and leaving with a single piece of luggage. The different is the experience earned, new friendship made, new sights we had the opportunity to visit and thankful for the opportunity to carry out the ride. Thanks to our family and, colleagues and friends who helped to make this possible.

Traveling has humbled me and has broadened my perspective in so many ways. Traveling to places like Southeast Asia and other less developed areas has given me a sense of gratefulness for the modern day comforts that I am able to enjoy.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

...... as usual one final momento for all participants.