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Written by Leo Daphne
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap and Cisca Lim
Tired of the city life in Jakarta? Yearning to find adventure on weekends, when you can finally get away from your daily work routine and the trappings of a concrete jungle?
If your wanderlust is that strong, we’re guessing that even our best unique themed restaurants and exciting modern entertainment in the city would be insufficient to satisfy you.
What you need is a short weekend getaway where you can fill your eyes, heart and soul with majestic sights and immerse yourself in cultural activities.
So what are you waiting for? Join us now to 7 destinations within driving distance from Jakarta, where you would be at risk of extending your holiday!
1. Of Cultural Treasures and Natural Wonders: Banten
Unlike other destinations in West Java, Banten is not dominated by mountainous landscape.
Here, you can find exotic beaches, the famous Ujung Kulon National Park, and unique cultures that have been preserved for centuries.
So if you love the natural and the ancient, come check out our recommendations!
1-a. Discover hidden beaches: Tanjung Lesung and Sawarna
If you ask your friends about beaches in Banten, the popular Pantai Carita Anyer would dominate the answers.
But if you’re looking for pristine sand and sea that are quieter and off-the-beaten tracks, you can travel to Tanjung Lesung and Sawarna.
Tanjung Lesung is nestled along the West Coast of Java, and their white sandy beaches are known as good surfing destinations and calm swimming spots with healthy reefs to explore. You can also see Krakatau from the beaches, and even travel there from Tanjung Lesung!
Though there are less accommodations than in Anyer (which makes this place much more tranquil), there are still some local homestays and resorts to choose from.
Another place that’s gaining more hype is Sawarna in the south. Like Tanjung Lesung, there are many beaches to visit around there, only that there are more iconic rocks on Sawarna’s beaches.
Photo via Daniel Ab
You can also swim, surf, and explore the underwater here.
And if you want to move away from the beach a little, why not explore the village and enjoy the green paddy fields?
1-b. Explore Banten’s National Park: Ujung Kulon National Park
This is where you can spot some of the rarest animals on earth – the one-horned Javan rhinoceros!
As one of eight UNESCO’s world heritage site in Indonesia, Ujung Kulon National Park boasts of housing several species of endangered plants and animals.
But as there are less than 70 of the endangered rhinos within the 76,000-hectare land, you will have to be very lucky to chance upon them!
You can also spot a wide variety of birds, wild cattle (banteng), otters, deer, monkeys and monitor lizards in the park, and even predators such as panthers, pythons, and crocodiles around the river.
If you’re up for some exercise and want to explore the natural surroundings, not only can you hike up to the peak of the national park, but you can also do some jungle trekking and snorkeling in Peucang Island or the other islands around.
What are you waiting for? Let your adventure begin!
1-c. Visit an Isolated Tribe Trapped in Time: Baduy Luar
Have you heard of the Baduy tribe that resides in Lebak Regency in Banten?
Yes, the tribe that does not use electricity and any form of modern devices such as phones and even vehicles.
The origin of the names came from the term ‘bedouin’ given by Dutch researchers to liken the tribe with Arabian people who live nomadic lives or outside the city. Ethnically descended from the Sundanese, the Baduys call themselves the ‘Kanekes’ people, and practise animism as their religion.
This tribe guards their culture and traditions so protectively that they have rejected any form of modern influences of the outside world, so yes, no electricity, phones or other electronic devices, no schools, soap, toothpaste… Basically there are no traces that these people are living in the 21st Century.
Although they tend to keep a distance from the external world, travellers can visit the Baduy Luar (which means the ‘Outside Baduy’), observe their way of life, and even stay there. The Baduy Luar are more moderate and commercially-aware than the people of Baduy Dalam (‘Inside Baduy’) who are cultural fundamentalists.
Foreigners are not allowed to enter the villages of Baduy Dalam, and only local Indonesian travellers are allowed in. Strictly no photos are allowed in Baduy Dalam villages.
And just don’t forget the most important thing during your visit – respect their culture!
1-d. Learn about the local Chinese culture: Benteng Heritage Museum
Banten was a famous port for many international traders and immigrants in the past. That includes the ethnic Chinese who arrived since the 1400s. They were later known as ‘Cina Benteng’ (Benteng Chinese), referring to the area as ‘Benteng’ (meaning ‘fortress’, that was once present).
The Benteng Chinese has been acculturating and assimilating with the local Sunda-Betawi culture since, though they still keep some of their Chinese roots, such as celebrating major Chinese cultural events like the Chinese New Year.
The Benteng Heritage Museum puts serious effort to preserve those historical memories and cultural artifacts, including traditional utensils and trinkets, etc. The layout of the museum also resembles a typical Chinese home in the past.
You can also visit the nearby Boen Tek Bio Temple, one of the oldest temples in Tangerang, which is only a two-minute walk from the museum!2. The Hidden (and Underrated) Gem of West Java: Sukabumi
A chilly city in the south of West Java, Sukabumi has long been dubbed as ‘the next Puncak’. Sadly, it is not there yet, because of many factors such as the readiness of the infrastructure.
Fortunately, several years ago, the Bogor-Sukabumi railway was reactivated. So you don’t need to fight the traffic, and can simply enjoy the two-hour ride, passing by rice fields, mountains, and local villages along the way!
Sukabumi has more destinations than what you know, such as caving, a Thai-style Buddhist temple facing the legendary Southern Sea, a turtle sanctuary, cool surfing spots, and many more.
2-a. Waterfall-Hopping in Geopark Ciletuh and Surade
If island-hopping feels too ordinary for you, waterfall-hopping may rejuvenate your mind.
Due to its hilly geographical position, Sukabumi is home to a dozen waterfalls. And first of all, you should know that the word ‘curug’ means ‘waterfall’ in Sundanese.
Don’t want to go far? The 54-meter-tall Curug Cibeureum at the foot of Mount Gede is not far from the city. You just need to walk for about an hour from Pondok Halimun (a tea plantation).
Another waterfall that not too far from the city is Curug Sawer, which close to Situ Gunung.
If you love the thrill of a greater challenge, you can travel to Surade in Southwest Sukabumi, where you will find the triplet falls Curug Cikaso, which stands at 80 meters tall. You’ll reach it within a 10-minute walk, or you can also hire a boat to get there.
And don’t miss the impressive Curug Cigangsa nearby!
Three to four hours from Sukabumi lies an area that’s gaining popularity recently – Ciletuh Geopark, which accommodates at least nine waterfalls, including Curug Awang that resembles a mini Niagara Falls.
Don’t miss Tebing Panenjoan, a gorgeous lookout spot before you enter Ciletuh Geopark!
2-b. Explore the ‘Lost Pyramid’ in Gunung Padang Megalithic Site, Cianjur (2 hours from Sukabumi)
Want to know how it feels to be Indiana Jones or Lara Croft? You need to make a visit to this ancient megalithic temple founded on a 100-meter-tall hill.
Gunung Padang is one of the oldest and largest megalithic sites in Southeast Asia. Some pseudoscience lovers even believe that it could be a pyramid which lies on this hill, buried under the soil, and dates back to 9,000 – 20,000 years ago!
Reaching the top requires a 20-minute hike up a stone path. Visitors will be greeted by a large tree in the middle of the first and largest terrace.
As you move up, the platforms become smaller until you reach the top, a symbolism of the layers of ascending authority in society in the past.
When you stand on the ancient place of worship surrounded by volcanoes and trees, the mesmerizing serenity you take in will bring about a picture of how life once was in prehistoric times. Muse about the significance of residing in the highest terrace, while gazing at the life and wilderness below.
2-c. Glamp and water raft at Bravo Adventure
Are you looking for some outback experience, but can’t bear to leave your comfy bed? Want to enjoy being in the midst of lush greenery, but don’t want to trek into the depths of the forest?
Conclusion – camping is not for you. Glamping (which stands for ‘glamorous camping’ ) is.
And Bravo Adventure can be a perfect place for you! Here, the elements of nature are blended into luxurious camping facilities.