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LAKE TOBA

Lake Toba is a lake set in the crater of a super-volcano in the province of North Sumata. The lake is 100 kilometers long, 30 kilometers wide, and 505 meters deep, with a surface elevation of about 900 metres. The lake is around 1,000 km² larger than Singapore! Imagine that! Or to put it in another way, the lake is as long as a drive from Uluwatu on end of South Bali all the way to Lovina on the north tip of the island is. And to put that in time, that is about 3 hours driving! So, there you go. That is how massive this lake is.
 

Given the explanation above, it would not really come off as a surprise that this lake also holds the titles of the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Studies have shown that this lake was formed from a gigantic volcanic eruption occurred 69’000-77’000 years ago with some massive repercussions on the climate. This explosion is believed to be the largest explosive eruption on earth in the last 25 million years. 
 
 
In the middle of the lake, lays an island called Pulau Samosir, which also happens to be the center of culture of the indigenous Batak tribe who live around the area as well as spread around North Sumatra. The rich culture combined with the very chill atmosphere makes this place simply perfect for those who love to be out in the nature and in proximity of the local culture and people. The place is also perfect for jungle trekking. 
Gili Islands

Meaning 'Small Island', this cluster of three islands has escaped the trappings of modern life, with their undeveloped, immaculate sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air were 'discovered' by party-loving backpackers in the eighties. Horse-drawn carts replace automobiles and ...

Borobudur

Located in Central Java, the Borobudur temple is an 8th century monument and a World Site Heritage. It is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world. Borobudur was abandoned during the decline of Buddhism and Hinduism in Java during the 14th century. Forsaken in the deep jungle, Borobudur was rediscovered by the British in 1814. ...

'The Maninjau caldera (cauldron-like volcanic feature) was formed by a volcanic eruption estimated to have occurred around 52,000 years ago. This lake is known as one of the calmest places in Indonesia. Located in the mountain highlands, around 460 meters above sea level, this lake has an incredible view and offers the perfect atmosphere to ...

Prambanan

Built in the 9th century, Prambanan is a hinduist temple in Central Java, located 16 km east from the city of Yogyakarta. This temple was built during the reigns of two kings named Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. The temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its history and impressive ...

Tanjung Puting National Park

Tanjung Puting National Park is a 335.000 ha national park located in the province of Central Kalimantan which is in the Indonesian part of Borneo. The park is a jungle, home of Orangutans, and is one of the most essential places for the preservation of wild life in Southeast Asia. The park actually shelters three quarters of the ...

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Bali has sure seen the birth and progress of numerous bands this year, and here we are, happy to do our part related to the births and happenings related to the island's music scene! We are sure passionate to cheer for the newcomers to make their way and earn their place, of course starting in the local scene.   This week we...

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