#3rd Day – Thaipusam and Golden Palm Tree

Our 3rd day of My Selangor Story 2013 started earlier than usual. It was because we wanted to see the Thai Poosam celebration in Batu Cave, and we had already known that the traffic to go the will be crazy, really crazy. Did you know, Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai ( usually in January or February).

We left Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel by 5.30 am to Batu Cave. On the way there, we stopped by in Warung Mamak for having our breakfast. I had some Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik, nyam nyam..

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Nasi Lemak

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Chapati

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Kavadi, Batu Cave 2013

After having a nice breakfast, we left to Batu Cave. The traffic around there begun crazy, crowded by people and vehicles. Soon when we arrived there, I was astonished with the situation. I remembered first time visiting Batu Cave on 2010, was not like this. Today is crazy. A lot of people, stuffs, vehicles, etc. Out side of Batu Cave arena, the Indians were preparing their needs.

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Thaipusam Preparation 2013, Batu Cave

It was awesome. They looked very serious in preparing anything.  I continued walking inside the arena, and i was really surprised again. I saw billions of people were gathering in this place. Some were sitting, walking, and some other were worshiping.

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People in front of Batu Cave gate

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An old guy was seriously worshiping

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He was “talking” to God

This annually celebration is followed by almost most of Indian in Malaysia. Not only Indian, few Chinese were also involved in this celebration. At first, I was with Helga, a handsome and friendly blogger from Jakarta. But because of the situation was very crowded, we have separated before finally met again. I was still busy with taking photo among billions of people.

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Seriously worshiping

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Some people were collecting the money from the visitors

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He was “trying” to clean his sins in front of the God

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Murugan Statue stands strongly among billion of people

Tired but amazing. I learned many new things here. Solidarity is number one for them. The kept respecting to the people, even they were worshiping. Most tourist took the photo, including me, but the Indians didn’t say “no pictures”. I think that they were proud because other origins came to their celebration.

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Beautiful celebration, isn’t it?

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Didn’t care anything while worshiping..

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Me and 2 Indian guys

Well, i was tired and decided to go back to our base camp. On the way there I met Wulan, then we walked together to the base camp. I saw some friendly people were sharing the mineral waters and oranges. Some also shared the food.

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Tourism Selangor at Thaipusam celebration

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The guys from Tourism Selangor shared waters and oranges

After all of us were there, we left and got on the bus. The rest of us were still in Thaipusam arena. We have to wait them in the bus. After at least 20 minutes, the rest of us came and the bus moved to Golden Palm Tree Resort in Sepang. On the way there, we stopped by in food court for having lunch. I remembered we ate at Kopi Tiam that time. The food and the beverage was nice.

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Kopi Tiam

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Food at Kopi Tiam

After eating lunch, we continued our journey to Golden Palm Tree. This “heaven” has waited for us. We can’t wait to get there too.  Drove by trees, building, finally arrived at this resort. We were welcome by the manager and some other staffs, we also welcomed by the dance performance. I was really happy being here again. I remembered first time have been in Golden Palm Tree Resort in 2011.

After getting welcome party from Golden Palm Tree staffs, we were invited to enjoy and see some beautiful places in this iconic resort and spa. How has these places? Here they are.

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Sunset Garden @ Golden Palm Tree

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Stimbot Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Stimbot Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree

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Perahu Restaurant @ Golden Palm Tree. Good for candlelight dinner

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Sunset Garden @ Golden Palm Tree

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Extreme Park, Golden Palm Tree

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Space for kids, Golden Palm Tree

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The view of the rooms from the lobby

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Room at Golden Palm Tree Resort

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Chinese Food Restaurant

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View from second floor

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Room’s view from the second floor

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Spa equipment

So what do you think after looking at these photos? Are you interested? If you are, let me help you for further info of Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa.

Golden Palm Tree Resort & Spa Sdn Bhd

Address : No. 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang,
Kg Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel • +603 3182 3600
Fax • +603 3182 3700
E-mail: info@goldenpalmtree.com

For reservation, simply click here.

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#2nd Day – Visiting Klang Heritage and Sunway Lagoon

January, 26th 2013. It was about 7.30 am, we left from Premiere Hotel to visit Klang Heritage, some ancient places in Klang, Selangor. Sure, having a group photo before leaving one place is a must. We are exactly crazy and happy bloggers, haha.

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Group photo in front of Premiere Hotel

Soon after that, we left to some places of Klang heritage. The first place that we have visited is the railway station. This station was build long time ago, and now is still operated to take the passengers to some places in Selangor especially.

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Klang railway station

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Klang “clean” railway station

During in Klang railway station, we spent our time for taking photos and collecting some information, also asked related questing to some station staffs. After looking around, we decided to continue our journey. We have been to some ancient places. We walked through some old buildings.

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Some old buildings around Klang

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Gedung Raja Abdullah, Klang

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Gedong Raja Abdullah Heritage

Before, Gedong Raja Abdullah was used  as a place where the people saved their guns that time. Now this building is closed and was informed will make as a museum.

We continued walking and then we met one of Klang’s oldest fire station. This building was built in 1890s. Even the building renovated 3 years ago, but the concept of this building is still the same with the old style.

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Klang Fire Station

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The equipments at Klang fire station

Spending like 20 minutes in this fire station, then we move toSri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple. This is the richest and the oldest temple in Klang. Located at junction of Jalan Dato Hamzah and Jalan Bukit Jawa.

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Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

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The front view of Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

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The Indian Hindu is worshiping at Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

Hoaam… I feel little bit tired after visiting some of Klang heritage. We continued our journey to Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz which in located in Bangunan Sultan Sulaeman, 41000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Nice place, and I could find many unique things inside.

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Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz

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The equipment that wore by Raja

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The Royal Collection

During in this building, we visited and saw many things. The guide also explained us the story of each thing we saw. We also watched the documentary film. It was a good moment being there. I could get some knowledge about Selangor historical.

Spending like almost one hour there, the team then decided to move to another Klang heritage, this time we went to the Lady of Lourdes Church which is located in Jl.Tengku Kelana, Klang Selangor. Then we continued our journey and stopped in an unique bridge which is could be use for motorbike and cars. Down part is used for motorbike, and above part is used for cars only.

All right, not too long there, we continued to Persatuan Penyokong Rumah Berhala Kwan Imm, Klang. It’s a place where the Buddhism worship. When we were there, we saw most of Buddhism were seriously worshiping. I was not lucky that time because my camera battery was low, and no pictures captured, yeah there is, but only one 😦

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In front of the Kwan Imm temple

Collecting information, looking around and taking photos done. Now it’s time to move to Little India. When we arrived at Little India, firstly we had our lunch at Archana curry house which is located at Jl. Tengku Kelana No.62, Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, 41000 Malaysia. We have had a great lunch right there. Oh no pictures here, camera was charging 😦

No problem, let’s jump to another destination. After having a great lunch we walked through some building ans dropped by at Madura store. This store is selling the accessories. Each of us got free simple accessories from the owner of this store. Then we moved to Gayathiri store. A store which sales the Indian clothes. Again, each of us got free Kain Saree from the owner of this store.

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In one side of Gayathiri store

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The clothes at Gayathiri store

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Front view of Gayathiri store

All right, our journey to Klang heritage stopped here, and we moved to another beautiful place, it was Sunway Lagoon. Sunway Lagoon is an amusement park in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad on April 29, 1993. Our bus kept going through the buildings and good traffic that time, and finally touched down in Sunway Lagoon.

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Sunway Lagoon

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Sunway Lagoon water park

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Sunway Lagoon Extreme Park

We spent at least 2 hours and 30 minutes here. For the opening “water party”, we watched the Waterplexx 5D. It’s was amazing, more than real world. After watching, some of us did water activities, some went to extreme park, and some busy with taking photos.

Around 5.00 pm, we left to Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It took around one hour to get there from Sunway Lagoon because we have had a bad traffic jam. I felt asleep in the bus.. Huh really really tired. Finally we arrived at Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel.

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Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

We immediately went in to our room for washing and took rest. Around 7.30 pm, we came back again to the lobby and as usual, we got welcomed by the manager and some staffs of this hotel. The showed us and told us some important points of their hotel.

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Room at Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Right before having hotel presentation, we had another presentation from AstuteXperience. This is one of sponsored which gave us free card and some vouchers for enjoying holiday in Malaysia ( for member only ). To get the membership card, we have to pay around RM150, but we were lucky that time because we got this car for free. In this case, you guys should know that AstuteXperience  is the partner of Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel and Vivatel Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Without AstuteXperience, we would not able to enjoy and stay at these 2 hotels. Once again thanks a lot for AstuteXperience.

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Ms. Gomathi, the Managing Director of AstuteXperience

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Dining Room @ Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel

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What menu do you want?

It’s a very nice and comfortable hotel. You are recommended to stay in this hotel. You may enjoy the good view of Kuala Lumpur from your room. For further information, please visit Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel official website.

Additional for Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel :
Address: 49, Level 8, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2022 0962
Fax: 603 2022 0962
For reservation, go here.

My Selangor Story 2013 Begins

It was January, 25th 2013 around 2 pm of Malaysia local time. We are 7 selected bloggers from Aceh arrived in LCCT Kuala Lumpur. Ms. Chai, Ms. Alison from My Horizon Media and Bang Safri as tourist guide were waiting for us out there, exactly in front of Old Town White Coffee. After making short conversation and taking some photos, we went to LCCT food garden and had some foods.

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Nasi campur at Food Garden

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Food Garden, LCCT

We spent some hours there for eating, relaxing, taking photos and also waiting for the rest of bloggers from Indonesia, such as Pekanbaru, Surabaya, and Jakarta. They have arrived at 5 pm. After saying hallo to them, all of us got on the bus and left to Première Hotel in Klang. It was rain on the way to Klang, and the rain was like cat and dog. Without conscious, i felt asleep and zzz…

Around few hours later, we touched down to Klang, exactly at Première Hotel. We are welcomed by the Hotel manager and some other staffs. After having some drinks, we were invited to visit some special rooms to see the beautiful of it.

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Room at Premiere Hotel

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Executive Ball Room @ Premiere Hotel

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@ Executive Ball Room, Premiere Hotel

After looking around, we went to our room for preparation eating supper. 10 minutes later, we went down to the dinner room and had supper together. The food and beverage were good. I met a good chef, excellent service, and nice manager at Premiere Hotel.

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Mixed fried rice @ Premiere Hotel

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Good and friendly service

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Me, Helga, Intan and Mr. Ng Kien Ti, the manager of Premiere Hotel

It was a wonderful supper. Soon after finished eating, we left to Medan Muara Ikan Bakar which is located in Tanjung Harapan, Klang. We went there by bus which only took 30 minutes from the hotel. Nice place to eat ikan bakar with a romantic view in the back. As the proof, this place is crowded by many visitors that night.

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Medan Muara Ikan Bakar

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Visitors are enjoying their food

How to order? It’s so simple.
1. Pick a plastic tray,
2. Choose your seafood,
3. Queue at the counter and weigh your seafood,
4. Choose what kind of method of cooking, and
5. Go back to your seat and wait till your food is served.

All right, after spending at least 1 hour in Mutiara Medan Ikan Bakar, we went back to the Premiere Hotel for taking rest. And this is the end of the 1 st day of My Selangor Story 2013.

Additional information about Premiere Hotel.
Address  : Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1/KS6
Jalan Langat 41200 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Phone :+60 3 3325 6868
Fax : +60 3 3325 6869

For further information, you are recommended to visit Premiere Hotel official website. Thank you very much.

Blogging and Studying

I am a freelance blogger Bloggingwho is not always spending my time for blogging. I am also an university student. But however, studying is my first priority. Beside, I also need blogging to help my financial problem. I earned some bucks each month from blogging. That’s the way I survive.

Earning the money from blogging is not difficult actually. What you need to do keep in yourself is ” pray, work hard, and focus”. There were many people asked me about blogging. “What do you to till you can earn some $ from blogging?”. I simply answered ” pray, word hard and focus”. Why these 3 things? Yup, for me there are the ways for me to achieve my successful. I think you guys also need that 3 things.

If you ask me about how much money do i get each month, I will say it variety. It means that my earning is not always similar. Honesty, now i have many blogs, and only some of them are making money. I started blogging on December 2010, has been 2 years so far.

But, like what I mentioned earlier, for me, studying is still the first priority. By studying i could learn new thing that I have never known before. My university scores are good so far, and I hope it will be good till I graduate later, lol.

Me and My Selangor Story

Ladies and gentleman, welcome back to my blog. Before I tell you about My Selangor Story experience, let me firstly tell you little bit about myself. I am Ridha Yusardi, you may call me Ridha, a 20 years old guy from Banda Aceh, Indonesia. I am a student in one of University in my home town. This blog post is about me and my Selangor story experience. I feel interest with My Selangor Story 2013 program because all the programs that they have here are all my hobby, such as traveling, blogging, adventuring, writing, sharing, learning a new thing, etc. Below are 2 photos while I was traveling.

Putra Jaya, Malaysia 2010

Singapore, 2011

My daily activity now is blogging. I have 2 kinds of blog, personal and business blog. The personal blog is used for all my personal experiences, while the business blogs are used for earning the money from the internet. I started learning blog on December 2010 with a one of Aceh Blogger Community member, whose name is Mymoen Doank. He is one of my best teacher in blogging. I love him very much. As the result, now I can earn some money from the internet. Most of my blogs are talking about the automotive news. I usually update my blog everyday. As an additional information, there are many ways to do to get the money from the internet ( online ). If you are interested to learn, feel free to contact me through the contact form. All right, then why do I want to join the My Selangor Story ( MSS ) 2013? The answer is because MSS is an event which taught me how to be a real person, how to live my life, how to make a new friendship, how to work in team, how to get involved in saving the nature / tourism place or even promote them, and many more.  I was one of the selected participant for MSS 2011. I love this event very much. I learned many things, I saw a new world, and I also met many unique and kindly friend. Here they are!

When we were at Awana Genting Highland

Let’s go back to 2011. Let me tell you about what did I feel after joining the MSS 2011. I was very satisfied and happy after joining this event because I got many new knowledge from here. The most important thing that i got from this event is about the friendship and good solidarity among others. Not only traveling and having fun together, we are also required to be active and make a good team work in every single activities that we had done.

This is what we called team work

The activities that we have  done are also interesting and challenging. In addition,  all the services that I got from the MSS 2011 committees and the sponsors were good and very satisfactory. I remembered when we were biking and kayaking together in Golden Palm Tree Hotel and Resort,  doing out bond, walking in the darkness of night in the jungle with the eyes closed, having barbeque party together at Pasar Malam, and sleeping in the long house at Awana Genting Highland. It’s one of the most unforgettable memories for me. It’s wonderful and truly amazing. Take a look at the photo of some activities we had.

Kayaking when we were at Golden Palm Tree Hotel and Resort

The Bicycles are ready to go

Warming up before out bond activity

Working hard in completing the missions

Feel happy when all missions are completed

Enjoying the roasted beef and teh tarik at Pasar Malam

In front of Awana Genting Long House

Front view of Awana Genting long house

That’s only a few photo of our activities, but I hope you will like it. The rest of the photo are still safely saved in my laptop. Can’t wait to collect more photos at My Selangor Story 2013 season. I wish i could. Before ending this post, let me tell you another thing about me. I am a person who love to be challenged with a new thing. This is another reason that’s why I want to join with this annually event. I am also a hard worker. As the proofs, I worked hard some months to learn about blogging. Also in 2011, I did many things and spent many times to join the MSS competition in order to get selected as one of the participants. This time I will work harder to get selected in MSS 2013, because I really want to see the beautiful and wonderful view of Selangor ( Malaysia generally) and feel the different on this event. If later I will be selected, I will do all my best to success this program. I promise to myself that I will work hard to get this golden chance. I love Selangor and I wish i will see you there. Hey, here is my website that you may visit, Car Review and Bed Bath and Beyond Coupon.

Babah Dua White Sand Beach

Babah Dua beach is located in Lhoknga, Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia. It will take 30 minutes by car from the center of Banda Aceh city. Babah Dua beach is also well-known as Lampuuk beach. Actually, Babah Dua is the part of Lampuuk Beach. Most of foreigners visited this beach for enjoying their vacation. There are some bungalows close to the beach.

Last Sunday, me and some my friends visited that place. It was amazing. The weather was very hot that time. It burned my skin. But no problem, because its beautiful view made me forget everything, lol. I love such a place like this. See my photo below.


Beautiful, isn’t it? The wind was blowing strong that Sunday, and made my t-shirt a bit messy, lol. I met a lot of foreigner when I was there. I think, this beach is almost looks like Phuket beach in Thailand. You guys have to visit this place. It’s easy to get here. If you are interested with it, just let me know. I will help you to get here. That’s all for today. See you again buddy!

Visiting the 0 KM of Indonesia

It was a beautiful day, I went to one of very popular place in Aceh, it’s “Zero Kilometer of Indonesia”. This place is located in Sabang, Nanggroe  Aceh Darussalam ( NAD ). Sabang is also known as Weh Island. Sabang is an amazing island which has a very good wild view. Sabang also famous with it’s underwater life. Most of tourist in the world came to visit Sabang almost every day for diving, snorkeling, or swimming. This island could be reached in 3 hours by slow ferry ( 45 minutess by fast ferry) from Banda Aceh, the capital of NAD.

For me myself, Sabang is the paradise island for Aceh people,  or even Indonesian. Beside becoming one of the most famous tourism place in Aceh, Indonesia government generally also recognized this island as of the most famous tourism icon in Indonesia. Unfortunately, i only have one photo to be posted here, because i was enjoying the view too much, lol. Take a look at my photo.

Right back there, you guys can see a tower that built many years ago and has been recognized by the government of Indonesia that time as the sign of 0 KM of Indonesia. I love this place very much. I heard from the people who live in this island that most visitors who came to this place made the certificate as a sign that the have visited this place. It sounds funny, but it’s true. The certificate could be bought / asked from the related agency.

All right, that’s all my review about this place. Hope you will like it and I hope you guys also will come to see this place directly. Enjoy diving, snorkeling, or even fishing in this vacation island. See you.