Category Archives: Indonesia

Slum Tours: Real Tourism or Real Exploitation?

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2009 The Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has made the world’s poor urban districts a popular tourist destination. Is it supportive or exploitive? National Geographic Traveler takes a look. There was a time when most … Continue reading

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Orang Utans make their own medicine. Discover how via Volunteer Work!

By Dian Hasan | October 12, 2009 The animal world never ceases to captivate us. With the explosion of media, especially TV programs dedicated to animals and wildlife, and with a big help from the internet, information about animals have … Continue reading

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Favela Tourism now introduced in Jakarta

Rio pioneered the idea a decade ago, other megacities like Mumbai, Lagos followed, and now it has come to Jakarta. Welcome to Favela Tourism, a.k.a. Poverty Tourism, Reality Tourism, or as the following article from The Jakarta Post suggests, “Poor-ism”. … Continue reading

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Land Use and Density Affect Fires in Indonesia

The name “Indonesia” doesn’t mean “land of fire” — it just seems that way. Biomass burning related to land-clearing for agriculture goes on practically all year, particularly in summer and fall. Fires tend to burn continuously for months because of … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Forest Fire Hazard

Indonesia has been plagued by horrific fires for over 15 years. At some intervals, fires caused such a reduction in air quality that residents living near burn areas were taking in the equivalent of 80 packs of cigarettes a day … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Green School a ‘seed in nature’

The past few months have seen the global economic crisis push the issue of climate change into the background. But for one school in Indonesia, protecting the environment is the very reason it is open. It’s called Green School, and … Continue reading

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An ode to the earth’s most sustainable building material, Bamboo. Green School, Bali

By Dian Hasan | August 25, 2009 For centuries people across the the world’s sunbelt, and other tropical areas, have been living, breathing, eating bamboo. Bamboo was the source of choice for building materials, food, arts & crafts, and a … Continue reading

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Rafflesia Arnoldii ~ the world’s largest flower, up close

By Dian Hasan | August 17, 2009 The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia, is home to a plethora of flora and fauna species that can be found nowhere else on the planet. The diversity of wildlife and plant species is simply … Continue reading

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Glamping in West Java ~ exploring nature with all the creature comforts

When holidays arrive, many urbanites dream of escaping the concrete jungle and getting back to nature. For those sick of city life, the perfect escape involves lots of fresh air and some adrenalin-pumping outdoor fun. Well, now you can enjoy … Continue reading

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Bali’s “Subak” agricultural system proposed as world heritage

The Indonesian government has proposed Bali’s subak traditional agricultural system be considered for the World Heritage List, for exemplifying effective water usage and management, an official said Wednesday. Hari Untoro, Director General for Historical Cultural Preservation at the Culture and … Continue reading

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