Tour de singkarak 2016 split into 8 stages

Indonesia’s prime Cycling event: Tour de Singkarak will again take some of the world’s most renowned cyclists on an exciting race across West Sumatra’s magnificent landscapes from 6th to 14th August 2016. Part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) race series, the international cycling competition will be held in the class 2.2 category.

Covering a total distance of 1,100 km across 17 cities and regencies in West Sumatra, Tour de Singkarak (TdS) will take 9 days to complete and is participated by 25 Indonesian and international teams. This year, TdS will see its start at the Solok Regency, and will finish in the province’s capital city of Padang.

Slightly different from previous editions, this year’s TdS will only feature 8 stages instead of the usual 9 stages. This is due to unsafe  road conditions in the Solok Selatan Regency for the competition caused by recent floods.  Therefore, the 9th stage, which was initially scheduled to pass the area has been canceled. “We will be restoring the roads immediately, so it is only this year that the 9th. stage has been taken off the race, next year it will be ready again for the competition” said Nasrul Abit, Vice Governor of West Sumatra as quoted from

The 8 stages of this year TdS are as follows:

Stage 1/Grand Start (96.6Km), Saturday 6th August From Solok Regency to Payakumbuh City.
Stage 2 (119.5Km), Sunday 7th August from Limapuluh Kota to Tanah Datar.
Stage 3 (122.8Km), Monday 8th August from Pasaman to West Pasaman.
Stage 4 (150Km), Tuesday 9th August from Padang Panjang to Agam.
Stage 5 (152.6Km), Wednesday 10th August from Pesisir Selatan to Pariaman City.
Stage 6 (149Km) Thursday 11th August from Padangpariaman to Sawahlunto.
Stage 7 (133.4Km) Friday 12th August from Sijunjung to Dharmasraya
Stage 8 (146.5Km) Sunday 14th August From Bukittinggi to Padang.

On Saturday, 13th August 2016 there will be no race schedule since all participating cyclists will be taken on a City Tour to some of the most fascinating attractions in the area by the Office of Tourism of West Sumatra Province. Through the race, riders will be taking in the beauty of the countryside at Lake Singkarak, the Harau Valley, Lake Maninjau, the old coal mining town of Sawahlunto and a whole lot of other fascinating spectacles, as well as of course greeted by the welcoming smiles of the people cheering racers on along the entire track.

Through the years, Tour de Singkarak has included more and more districts in West Sumatra, as its positive economic impact spread throughout the province. The holding of the Tour de Singkarak has spurred  improvements in the road infrastructure and opened up opportunities for investments and Tourism. Local creative industries have also been revived especially in those regions passed by the Tour de Singkarak.


Most beautiful sunset in the world in zadar

15 selected destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2016. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Zadar was elected Best European Destination 2016 and won this prestigious title.

Athens, Plovdiv, Nantes, The Azores Islands, Paris, Novi Sad, Brussels, Kotor, Milan, Prague, Rome, Vienna, Madrid and Nicosia are the next best destinations for a holiday or city-trip in 2016. We thank all the participants from Tourism Offices, community managers and the 288,992 voters who made their choice and influenced the result!

Zadar in Croatia
European Best Destination 2016

1. Zadar
Welcome to Zadar European best destination 2016 ! Zadar is a great city, a city full of tradition and modernity, a city open to the sea. Stroll along the waterfront and hear the amazing sound of the “sea organ” while watching “the most beautiful sunset in the world” according to Alfred Hitchcock.

This city of Zadar is marked by its history and turned  towards modernity. Zadar is a different city, incomparable, with a soft and cozy atmosphere, a holiday atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. Zadar is quiet and safe: you can go for walks during the night as well as during the day. You will discover splendid vestiges of the Roman era, but also fine shops, restaurants at affordable prices, fruit and vegetable markets, outdoor concerts.

In Zadar you will enjoy delicous food and nice walks along the docks and you will listen to the sound of the sea organ, a unique facility in Europe that allows the sea to compose a sweet and enchanting music.

  1. Athens, Greece
    From the iconic Acropolis, rising above the city, to charming up and coming neighborhoods and contemporary art galleries, the city of Classic Marathon and Olympic Games is a majestically quirky clash of past and present.

One of the world’s oldest cities with a recorded history of 3,500 years, the Greek capital is constantly undergoing urban renewals to keep up with the evolution of time. Athens lives up to all the hype!

  1. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Nestling in the south part of Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a leading cultural, religious, wine and shopping destination which never fails to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. With its 8-millennia history, Plovdiv has been proclaimed the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe and the 6-th oldest in the world. In 2019 the city will be the European capital of culture.

Various sites and activities turn Plovdiv into a real treasure on Earth, which must be discovered!

  1. Nantes, France
    Once a busy seaport in the estuary of the Loire, the fascinating city of Nantes was chosen in the old times by the dukes of Brittany as their historical capital. If the city still boasts a unique architectural heritage with its magnificent Château des ducs de Bretagne, a Renaissance-style castle nestled in a fortress, a medieval quarter and one of the highest cathedrals of France – it has been transformed in the last 20 years probably more than any other city in France.

It is not only a vibrant and young metropolis often rewarded for its top-quality of life – Nantes was also Green Capital of Europe in 2013 – but a city where art has literally been integrated in all possible aspects, making it a true example of how artists can turn a city upside down!

  1. Azores, Portugal
    In the blue Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and America: the Azores islands, an autonomous Region of Portugal, are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. Brought together in an archipelago, each Azorean island has its own identity. Even if they all share an extraordinary natural legacy, they also have their own unique strokes in their landscape, traditions, cuisine and architecture.

There are no words capable of describing and classifying the charm of these nine charismatic islands!

  1. Paris, France
    Paris is one of the world’s few really legendary capitals. Far from resting on its laurels, the French capital has taken a pro-active approach to enhancing its appeal by undertaking a quality-focused and sustainable development strategy based on constant innovation. This great city is a blend of past and future. Its pleasingly symmetrical layout, the result of the work of visionary rulers and architects, dates to the 19th century, while 21st-century Paris is a laboratory of the future. Paris is a dream destination for French and international visitors alike.
  2. Novi Sad, Serbia
    Novi Sad is the city that provides the visitors the agenda of unbelievably rich content with its urban core and rural surroundings. Each visitor, according to his or her internal feeling for nice and pleasant, attractive and joyful, useful and accessible can create his or her own experience while learning about all the layers of the past and present of Novi Sad. Novi Sad, the city on the Danube, the city with the European history and tradition and Balkan hospitality is the experience you must not miss.
  3. Brussels, Belgium
    Brussels, the capital of 500 million Europeans, is waiting to share its treasures and talents with you and to tell you its story. It has an ability to adapt to its visitors: no matter when you come, there’s always something happening here; no matter how long you stay, there are several different ways to experience Brussels, each with some brilliant surprises in store.

A multicoloured heritage of the most diverse styles, a contagious creativity tinged with surrealism and humour, a sociable and epicurean art de vivre.

  1. Kotor, Montenegro
    Beautiful Kotor, a cultural and natural world heritage site is located in a secluded part of the Boka bay.  If you are passionate for nature, art, history and want to know more about the rich cultural heritage and customs of this region, visit the town of Kotor, the baroque city of Perast, visit the islet Our lady of the rocks, and finally discover the archaeological site Roman mosaics in Risan with mostly superb representation of the god Hypnos and observe the traces of the first civilization.
  2. Milan, Italy
    Milan has been interesting and vibrant at least since it was the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. Have a look at the imposing marble Duomo, at our churches, palaces and museums. You will also be delighted by contemporary art and architecture.

While you visit, let the atmosphere of Italy’s most modern and advanced city seep in. You will be captured by the elegance and style; by the energy and the international flair. An incredible shopping experience for all tastes and pockets, in a place where design and fashion have made their home.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague has been considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since Middle Ages. Adjectives such as “golden“, “city of a hundred spires“, “the crown of the world“ were attributed to Prague, which is located right in the heart of Europe. And how to get the city into your heart? Try with us to wander not only in the Historic Centre of Prague that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992 and with its 866 hectares is the largest historic city centre on this list in the world, but also in the vibrant cultural metropolis.
  2. Rome, Italy
    The province of Rome is a matching frame for the many treasures of the capital, and the surrounding area has, more or less directly, experienced the influence of the history of the Eternal City.A region with a great deal to offer: sea, nature, good food and villages rich in history and art. The sea, the hills, lakes, rivers and vineyards: the surroundings of Rome offer a kaleidoscope of diversity and attractions for nature lovers.
  3. Vienna, Austria
    Vienna’s Ringstrasse is the most beautiful boulevard in the world. Nowhere else can you find such a dense concentration of so many representative buildings, palaces and parks.

All of these splendid buildings still have their full radiance today. An elegant promenade for the wealthy and beautiful has become a modern boulevard for everyone.  And the section of the Ring along the Danube Canal has become a hotspot: an urban bar scene and modern architecture attract a primarily young audience.


  1. Madrid, Spain
    Madrid is an open-minded city where culture and entertainment share a thriving space. The Spanish capital makes everyone feel right at home while providing them with some of the world’s most interesting tourist attractions.

Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest, most entertaining and vibrant cities during the day, but even more so at night. The Spanish capital does not only offer art, shopping, nightlife and excellent gastronomy but it also presents both visitors and locals with all imaginable options for leisure.

  1. Nicosia, Cyprus
    For the lovers of the Mediterranean the island of Cyprus is an absolute must. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite is famed for its spectacular beaches, its breathtaking sceneries and the warmth of its people. It offers the visitor a large selection of unique activities that can fulfill almost any wish.

Nicosia is the island’s 10 century old capital. It is situated in the middle of the island and is a busy commercial and business center. Its old quarter is surrounded by a Venetian sandstone wall, a vivid remembrance of Nicosia’s turbulent, medieval history. Wandering around the narrow streets with the overhanging balconies and the beautiful pedestrianized precincts is an experience that should not be missed!

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One of enchanting tourist destinations in East Java

Travel to the East Java town do not forget to stop by this one.

Malang may not be as big and crowd as Jakarta and Surabaya, but this city is popular as one of enchanting tourist destinations in East Java. Also known as the city of apple, Malang has cool atmosphere and makes a perfect destination for family holiday as there are many attractive places that offer exciting experience to create beautiful memories.

10 Best Tourist Destinations In Malang

Malang’s atmosphere is dominated by mountains and hills that make cool air and green scenery as far as the eyes can see. This is also among various reasons for many people both local and foreign tourists to put Malang in this list of favorite tourist destinations.

  • Secret Zoo

In this place, you can see a zoo with concept that has never existed before. The visitors can see various collections of animals that are placed in glass cage surround with cliffy rock. This interesting concept is capable to attract children and parents can teach them about the animal in a fun way.

  • Batu Night Spectacular

Located in Batu district, Batu Night Spectacular (BNS) is one of the most famous recreational sites in Malang, particularly at night. In this place, visitors can enjoy the beauty of night scenery in Malang with various decorative lights and enjoy challenging rides. There is also night market where you can buy unique handicraft of Malang.

  • Balekambang Beach

Looking at its contour and shape, Balekambang Beach’s contour has similar shape with Tanah Lot beach in Bali, particularly with the existence of temple above the rock in the middle of the sea. Located in southern part of Malang city, Balekambang beach is the favorite place of local people to relax.

  • Si pelot Beach

Not many people know this place, but Si pelot beach is a must-visit for beach lovers. Located in Pujiharjo village, the beach has brownish sand and blue, clear seawater. Unfortunately, it also has pretty strong waves so you have to be careful when swimming on the water. But don’t be worried; since you can swim on the sea, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of Si pelot waterfall.

  • Sumber Pitu Waterfall

Located in Duwet Krajan village, this place allows you to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of seven – yes, seven – waterfalls at once. According to legend, the waterfalls have magical power and sacred by the local people.

  • Jatim Park

Jawa Timur Park or more often known as Jatim Park is a well-known theme park in Malang that offers various rides, and entertainments. There are pools, science stadium, 3D theatre, Go kart area, and many more. Located in city center of Malang, Jatim Park makes a great place for children to play and learn.

  • Eco Green Park

Eco green park is built specially as education facility for children, loaded with educational value where they can learn about various things in this place. Family can visit this place during holiday, where they can enjoy mini zoo, have jungle adventure, geology science center, animal farm, duck kingdom, eco science center, and many more.

  • Angkut Museum

Angkut is the word of transportation in Javanese. Angkut museum is the right tourist destination where you can learn about the history of transportation and its development around the world. There is huge collection of transportation types, divided in 10 different country zones.

  • Coban Pelangi

Coban Pelangi or also known as Rainbow Waterfall is the next in the list of famous tourist destinations in Malang. This natural attraction has interesting scenery where visitors can see rainbow among the waterfall even there is no rain. The 30-meter high waterfall is perfect for relaxing; you can play in the water or simply enjoy the scenery from the huts.

  • Coban Rondo

Coban rondo is the next gorgeous waterfall located in Pandansari village that hides beautiful paradise. To reach the place, you must drive 12 km from Batu district, walk down the stairs, and enjoy the cool, green, and relaxing atmosphere of the waterfall.

Malang offers various great tourist destinations because the city has so many attractions to enjoy. Apart from entertainment theme park, there are also educational places, museum, and natural attractions that will delight your holiday.


The beauty of nature in Banyuwangi Indonesia

Having been to Banyuwangi?. Well, if not you should immediately visit there. Nice nice tourist spot

Banyuwangi is the eastern-most regency of East Java. To the north lies the regency of Situbondo. The regencies of Jember and Bondowoso neighbor Banyuwangi to the west. To the east lies the island of Bali and to the west lies the Indonesian Ocean. Banyuwangi is situated on the coordinate 70 45’ 15” S and 113’ 38.2” E. Because of its location, Banyuwangi has diverse natural scenery, rich art, culture, customs and traditions.

The beauty of nature is spread across Banyuwangi from the west to the east. Mountains, forests and beaches mark the landscape of the regency. For instance, Ijen Crater, in the western part of Banyuwangi is famous for its beautiful crater lake, the traditional sulfur miners who amazingly climb up and down the slope of Mount Merapi, and the plantations that cover the Crater’s slope. The National Park of Meru Betiri is famous for its Java Tiger and turtles. These locations form the center of the Tourism Developed area which is called the Diamond Triangle, which connects one Tourism Object to another.

Banyuwangi also has various art, culture, customs and traditions. One of the typical arts of Banyuwangi is Gandrung, a welcoming dance for distinguished guests. The dance is the defining dance of Banyuwangi. Besides Gandrung, Seblang, Kuntulan, Damarwulan, Angklung, Ketoprak, Barong, Kendang Kempul, Jaranan are arts that can be seen in Banyuwangi. Other customs that can be observed in Banyuwangi include the sea offering, metik (a celebration performed before rice and coffee harvesting), Rebo Wekasan, Kebo Visit Banyuwangi the Real Tropical Country keboan, Ruwatan, Tumplek punjen, Gredoan, Endog-endogan, etc. These events are performed every year and are included in the Calendar of Events of Banyuwangi. The typical handicrafts and traditional foods are available across Banyuwangi. The products and places that should be visited are Batik Tulis at Temenggungan and Tempo, Bamboo handicraft at Kecamatan Rogojampi and Kalipuro, etc. Banyuwangi also has typical food products; such as bagiak, selai pisang (banana jam) etc.

There native people of Banyuwangi are Banyuwanginese. They have their own dialect which combines the languages of Javanese and Balinese. Ethnic Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and people from Banjar also call Banyuwangi home. The diverse natural scenery, the rich art, culture, customs and traditions, constitute worthy treasures that must be introduced to all people. The people of Banyuwangi and the local government will be supported and benefited by tourism. The income from tourism will provide the capital to develop the regency of Banyuwangi. Tourists will also benefit from their rich experiences as they visit Banyuwangi.

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