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Travel to Halong Bay – Vietnam and enjoy the world

At the beginning, I was completely blind about the travel world in Vietnam, then decided to collected all the information and I read many books give a good recommendation of Halong Bay as one of the cultural heritage in Vietnam.

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I traveled at February couple years ago, grey and freezing. I forgot in preparing my clothes for the winter time. I didn`t even brought comfort shoes. The weather between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi City was totally different. Still…lucky me because I always had my jackets and some shocks in my backpack ^_^

How to get there

Went to Halong Bay, I decided to joining in the local travel agent not far from my GH. I went there by my self and found the price was quite cheaper than the other agents.

The cost for 1 day trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi City was US $ 25 net per person. This price inclusion with the transport returnes from hotel to Halong Bay, lunch and entrance fee to Halong Bay. But will got additional charge for playing Kayak or Canoe at the Halong Bay.

What to do in Halong Bay

Traveled in Halong Bay will always exciting, many unique rock hills around the lake as the icon of Halong Bay. The fantastic scenery, cold and dark water complete with the fog made it much more mysterious, I love it.

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After 1 hour sail the boat was stopping by together with another boats, then many of the passengers became more and more narcissistic (including me hehehe…), some others paddling the canoe to the rock hills…

Swimming in Halong Bay – Vietnam..???

Yup..I planned it.. stupid me not to read the weather forecast… hiksss.. I even brought my fin & snorkel hahahaha…

My dream gone when I saw the water`s colour and the freezing air…so funny… I don`t think I can swim there.. never.. not even at the sunny day hahahaha…

The right food at the right place and the right time

Culinary still the best thing here, they served the best of Vietnamese food for all the starved traveler at the winter season. Everything looks good and yummy. I love it so much, especially the fresh vegetables and the sauce with Vietnamese taste. Truly yummy.

Overall I was truly enjoyed my travel time in Vietnam. Started from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi City then to Halong Bay. Long way to go with many experienced and different story in every cities. Cool…!!!



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Overnight at Haneda Aiport – Tokyo – Japan for a budget traveler

Have you ever imagined sleeping at the airport…?!!  yup that’s what happened to me. Even though it has been planned beforehand.

Generally, international flight to Japan would be arrived to Haneda Airport almost at the midnight time which means there no more train or bus to Tokyo and of course no budget for TAXI, specially for a budget traveler like me…hehehe…

So, how does it feel sleepover at Haneda Aiport ..?!! Well.. for me it doesn`t matter at all, it`s not a big deal since I ever slept in many worst places than this superb clean and silent place, it`s a huge place to sleep after all..hahahaha

By the way here some stuffs that might be help you to feel more comfort at Haneda Airport in Japan.

1. Empty  and soft chair to laying down exhausted body after a very long flight to travel from Indonesia to Japan

Surely there are so many empty chairs you can use to lay down for a couple hours before the first train come. Here is the proof, this friend of mine directly sleeping just a couple minutes after we arriving in this place. Nice…!!!

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It`s a relief after sitted for about 8 hours from Bali to Kuala Lumpur  to Haneda Airport, what I really need is  just to laying down my body on a bed since this bed seems so far away from me so the only choice is to laying it down on the sofa..sigh..but it`s ok than nothing… the risk as a budget traveler guys…

After take a deep breath, I realize that the lounge is warm enough for me, very spacious, clean and too quite for this huge lounge. Maybe it`s because of the culture as well, I heard that it`s a big No No to speak loudly or laughing hard here in this country and of course it`s already midnight after all xixixi..everyone must be very tired and need a break for a while.

2. Excellent public facilities especially for traveler from a very far country from Japan

Thsese facilities such as toilet, internet connection, food arcade, transportation.


We can find so many public facilities and they maintain it very well, such as the toilet are very clean, dry, good smell and too modern if I compare with Indonesia..upss…

To be honest since the beginning I was very curious with so many kinds of equipments in the Japan`s toilet. I read a lot about this. So many interest things here such as the warm seater at the toilet and also so many kind of button with a different function of course.

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I really appreciate the efforts of the Japan`s government, they give a good attention to fulfill the needs of their people, including the special need for some people with a special needs such as a special room for a wheelchair users, as well as a special equipment for mothers with a baby. Cool…!!!

  • WIFI

Well..we couldn`t pass it up..

Once I got a convenient place, the next thing I really want to do when travel in Japan is trying the speed for the internet. This is Japan with the high technologies things, am I right?!!

And what I got is, we can use the WIFI for free, smooth connection but not as quickly as I imagined before. Sigh again, especially for my notebook, the connection is really not  good. I got a word from my friend who stay in Tokyo – Japan that the internet connection definitely fast just like a jet..wus..wus..wus… hahaha.. I think there`s nothing incorrect here, since I`m using the public facility for free. So that words might be right “you got what you pay dude…!!!”.


Some café open for 24 hours which serves many varieties of Japanese food such as sushi, rice, ramen, coffee, etc . But if you want to buy some drink for a cheap price you can get it from the vanding machine. The price around 100 Yen, 150 yen and also some items up to 300 yen. This is cheap, isn`t it?


This would be the most important thing I need early in the morning. Since the train will start from 5am so I had so many times to take a rest. The access to the subway or monorail stations are in the lounge area.

All the instructions displayed very clearly, so no need to feel worry about it. Or if you had something in mind the officer will helping you to find what you want in a very nice smile, since they can`t speak English very well and a bit difficult to understand the pronunciation.  At least they are very friendly and not stingy with the  informations.

I found this situation in all around Japan, so I just need to be focus on the itinerary I`ve made before, sure it really helping me to enjoy my travel advanture in Japan. It`s a wonderful trip after all.

Yokoso Japan minnasan…!!!

-Erbina Barus-

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Ayung River Rafting – Ubud – Bali with friends

Wah sudah lama sekali saya tidak menulis di blog ini….

Baru saja melihat – lihat photo rafting yang saya lakukan 2 minggu lalu dan timbul keinginan untuk berbagi dengan teman – teman melalui tulisan di blog saya ini… So judulnya “have fun Ayung River Rafting with friends..”

Rafting kali ini kami ber-6 dan sengaja saya memilih untuk rafting di Ayung River – Ubud karena jeram yang tidak terlalu besar, mengingat sebagian besar teman – teman saya belum punya pengalaman rafting. Jadi Ayung River adalah spot yang terbaik, aman dan pemandangan alam yang indah akan melengkapi advanture trip kali ini.

Untuk trip ini kami membayar Rp 240.000 per pax dan Rp 325.000 per pax untuk seorang teman dari Jepang … Hal yang biasa terjadi dimanapun kita travel akan selalu ada perbedaan harga yang cukup mencolok antara orang lokal dan pendatang.. Dalam satu bus penjemputan, saat itu kami gabung dengan 4 orang traveler dari German dan fantastisnya mereka membayar Rp 750.000,- per pax.. Tentunya dengan fasilitas yang sama dengan yang kami terima. Transport Kuta – Ubud return, buffet lunch, rafting`s equipment.. that`s all…

Sebelumnya saya pernah rafting dengan Travel Agent yang berbeda dan ternyata jalur yang kami lalui kali ini lebih panjang beberapa kilometer dengan TA yang dulu saya gunakan.. namun serunya trip ini tetap sama karena semua team terlihat happy & really enjoy the trip….

Berikut photo kenangan ketika rafting di Ayung River – Ubud – Bali

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Erbina Barus

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Uniknya Candi Prambanan di Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Travel di Yogyakarta – Jawa Tengah, teman traveler akan banyak menyaksikan peninggalan sejarah yang bernilai tinggi. Sebut saja Candi Borobudur yang terkenal sebagai salah satu keajaiban dunia, lalu Candi Prambanan yang terkenal dengan cerita cinta bertepuk sebelah tangan Bandung Bondowoso dan dan juga beberapa candi lainnya.

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Tulisan saya kali ini adalah mengenai Candi Prambanan. Candi Prambanan yang juga disebut sebagai Candi Rara Jonggrang adalah salah satu candi Hindu terbesar di Indonesia yang dibangun pada abad 9 Masehi. Lokasi Candi Prambanan berada sekitar 30 menit perjalanan dari pusat kota Yogyakarta.

Keunikan Candi Prambanan

Candi Prambanan adalah salah satu candi yang unik bagi saya, diantaranya adalah karena keindahannya. Sejauh ini Candi Prambanan telah diklaim sebagai salah satu candi hindu tercantik didunia. Selain itu cerita menarik terkait Candi Prambanan memberi nilai tersendiri. Menurut penduduk setempat Candi Prambanan dibangun sebagai wujud rasa cinta Bandung Bondowoso terhadap Rara Jonggrang.

Singkatnya Rara Jonggrang akan menerima cinta Bandung Bondowoso jika mampu mendirikan 1000 candi dalam 1 malam dan karena kesaktiannya Bandung Bondowoso hampir berhasil mewujudkannya. Karena takut hal itu terwujud maka Rara Jonggrang meminta seluruh pelayannya untuk membuat keributan sehingga ayam berkokok dan menandakan matahari telah terbit. Setelah mendengar seluruh keributan itu maka pasukan Bandung Bondowoso menghentikan pekerjaannya dan candi yang seharusnya berjumlah 1000 ternyata masih kurang 1.

Mengenai fakta mitos ini benar atau tidaknya saya juga tidak tahu, namun sampai saat ini saya sering mendengar larangan bagi pasangan kekasih untuk datang mengunjungi Candi Prambanan bersama karena diyakini dapat merenggagkan hubungan mereka.


Erbina Barus

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Travel ke Jepang dan menyaksikan kecanggihan Odaiba – Tokyo

Saat sedang menyusun travel plan ke Jepang beberapa waktu yang lalu saya banyak mendapat masukan dari teman – teman traveler yang telah lebih dulu travel ke Jepang, menurut mereka tidak akan lengkap jika tidak melihat langsung kecanggihan Odaiba. Penduduk Jepang sangat membanggakan Odaiba karena bagi mereka Odaiba adalah salah satu kota yang merepresentasikan kemajuan teknologi Jepang.

Odaiba dari masa ke masa

Odaiba adalah salah satu pusat perbelanjaan dan hiburan yang sangat popular yang berada diwilayah Tokyo Bay. Awalnya Odaiba ini dibangun pada masa Edo sekitar tahun 1603 – 1868 dan bertujuan sebagai benteng untuk melindungi Tokyo terhadap serangan yang berasal dari arah lautan.

Lalu secara perlahan tapi pasti beragam perubahan mulai terjadi, mulai dari kota yang dibangun sebagai benteng Odaiba mulai berubah menjadi pemukinan yang bersifat futuristic. Selama prosesnya Odaiba juga mengalami pasang surut, terutama saat terjadi buble economy pada awal tahun 1990-an Odaiba bahkan sempat ditinggalkan sehingga hampir benar – benar kosong.

Namun pada pertengahan tahun 1990-an beberapa hotel mulai dibuka, termasuk pusat perbelanjaan dan kereta api Yurikamome. Semua fasilitas yang dibangun  ini ternyata cukup mampu untuk mendongkrak popularitas Odaiba sehingga menjadi salah satu atraksi wisata yang paling banyak dikunjungi oleh wisatawan.

Odaiba symbol teknologi Jepang

Beberapa bangunan yang mewah dan tampak luar biasa yang saya lihat di Odaiba antara lain gedung Fuji TV, Telecom Center dan juga Tokyo Big Sight. Salah satu tontotan paling menarik dan tidak boleh dilewatkan oleh teman traveler adalah robot raksasa Gundam. Robot Gundam disebut sebagai symbol kemajuan teknologi Jepang.

Hal lainnya yang menarik mengenai Odaiba adalah Kereta Api Yurikamome. Ini adalah kereta api listrik yang akan beroperasi tanpa seorang masinis. Saya bahkan berdiri tepat dibagian depan sehingga dapat menyaksikan beton dan baja raksasa yang menjadi rel untuk kereta Yurikamome ini. Sungguh pekerjaan rumit yang luar biasa. Saya benar – benar kagum dengan Negara ini. Hebat.


Erbina Barus

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