The Banaue Rice Terraces in Philippines

The Banaue Rice Terraces in Philippines one of the major tourist attractions of the archipelago, are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the Batad native people. The terraces were carved as an attempt to provide level steps where the indigenous people could grow rice. Fully built with hand without the help of machines, the terraces are often regarded as one of the greatest engineering achievements of mankind. Banaue Rice Terraces in Philippines has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. It was recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1995.

Here are the stunning view of the Banaue Rice Terraces...



I think this terraces rice field very amazing. In Indonesia where the place in mountainous place, the farmer also farm their plants in terraces, they called it as "sawah terasering". Sawah terasering also become tourist attraction in Indonesia. The famous sawah terasing in Indonesia is in Bali. Here some pictures of sawah terasering.


  

The beauty of Tanjung Karang Donggala beach


I was planned to write a post about Tanjung Karang almost about 1 year ago, but I was forgot then I checked some draft posts in my blog. Wow... I have quite many post that I planned to write, one of topic that I was forgot to write is topic about Tanjung Karang. What Tanjung Karang is? Tanjung Karang if we translate into English the meaning of Tanjung is cape and Karang is coral, so Tanjung Karang is Coral Cape. But for exactly, Tanjung Karang is a name of a beach.  Why it is name with Tanjung Karang? Want to know more about Tanjung Karang then read all of this post. ^^

Tanjung Karang beach is located 3 KM north of the city Donggala and within 34 km south of Palu, Central Sulawesi. A lot beauty can be enjoyed on the coast of Tanjung Karang. One is white sands and coral reefs are very intriguing. Our eyes immediately fell on the white sand beaches that adorn the shore. From the street on the hill Donggala, spread out clearly visible, also a collection of commercial ships and fishing boats in the Port of Donggala. Beautiful and amazing! That's an apt phrase to describe it. About 20 years ago, Tanjung Karang beach is only known as a place for rest (temporary stay) of weary fishermen. At that time, there is no road into Tanjung Karang beach, whereas the beach with the white was wonderful. Coconut plantation owned by the community also thrives around this beach. But now, Tanjung Karang beach has turned into a favorite tourist attraction for the citizens of Palu and surrounding areas. In the holiday season, the beach is crowded with local tourists, even foreign tourists.

This beach is famous as a paradise of divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Trip to Tanjung Karang not make bored because a lot of beautiful scenery along the way. In Tanjung Karang beach we can find a beach with a natural atmosphere. Without a row of shops and shopping centers. Tanjung Karang may be an option for those who want to enjoy a holiday and run away from big city. Arrived in Tanjung Karang beach, feet straight up to the whiteness of white sand while eyes staring to the clear blue sea water as affected by the reflection of the sky.

Tanjung Karang beach has a unique landscape. On the one hand, there is a gently sloping beach with white sand in shallow water. On the other hand, there are high cliffs with the sea is quite deep. This section is a magnet for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. They do not need to bother to dive to the bottom and swim up into the sea. Just walked three meters from the beach, snorkeling lovers can see the various collections of pristine coral reefs. Although such a large potential tourism, but the government's attention and concern has not seen. Visitor facilities, structuring, and management are still very low. Anwar Andi environmental activist in Donggala expect the government to give more attention on the development of Tanjung Karang.
(Government attention to develop tourism in Indonesia is still so pity, because they didn't think about it. They didn't think that Indonesia can life even only with tourism while Indonesia has many things. Who is stupid? Always government as the answer, hahaha.  Indonesia has fertil land, rich of mine, rich of culture, and has beautiful land and underwater sea. Then what Indonesia didn't have? What Indonesia didn't have is governments who have embarrassed sense. Right?! Hahaha.)


Photo collection of Tanjung Karang beach:





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Colorful buildings in Manarola village, Cinque Terre Italy.


Manarola, Italy is one of five tiny towns in a section of the Italian Riviera known as Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997, which includes a protected marine area, and became a national park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre) in 1999. Clinque Terre translates as "five lands" but actually refers to five villages that are connected by walking path: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each village has own the unique but Manarola is a village that make me fascinates because of the colorful buildings built on the side of the clift. Buildings in Manarola look like (almost) stacked on top each other they called as "Tower House". What other unique thing in Manarola is there are plenty of boats on road but there is no car. 
Clinque Terre map (the darker one)

Then how to get Manarola? 
To travel to Manarola, and between the five villages of the Cinque Terre you can catch the train that runs between La Spezia and Genoa. Besides hiking, it is the easiest and quickest way to travel from village to village, but not very scenic - most of the time you are in tunnels through the mountains, with only an occasional glimpse of the ocean. The train is pretty slow, and not that frequent. There is usually 1-3 trains per hour in summer, and less as the weather gets colder. Some trains don't stop at all the villages, so make sure you check the timetable in advance. A one ride ticket costs around 1.50 euro and there is a day pass that you can buy too. Tickets are available at each of the towns stations, and make sure you pick up a timetable as well.

Manarola video

Photo collections in Manarola (credit to http://www.blamethemonkey.com/):

No car in  Manarola's  streets
Colorful buildings
Sunrise in Manarola

Moonrise in Manarola
Nice view



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