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As a country with over 350 cultural ethnic groups, the cultural diversity of Indonesia deserves to be explored. Discover unique cultures and witness traditional life in Indonesia with a visit to one of the many  traditional local villages where residents maintain indigenous cultures, living just as their ancestors did centuries ago. Spread throughout Indonesia, traditional villages offer the chance to experience something uniquely Indonesian, places where traditional beliefs and rituals, practices still dominate daily life.  The traditional communities and cultural groups who live in these villages still practice their ethnic rituals, customs, produce exotic arts and crafts and wear traditional clothes. The main attraction of these villages is the chance to see and experience distinctive cultures which remain free from influences of modernisation. A visit to a traditional village is an unforgettable experience and offers the rare opportunity to embrace a purely village atmosphere.

 

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  • Ruteng

    Ruteng

    Ruteng, capital of the district of Manggarai, in the western part of the island of Flores, is a pleasant, busy town backed by a range of mountains. Located some 1,200 meters above sea level the air is cool. Surrounding the town are green rice fields that provide the staple for the population on this predominantly dry island. Coffee grown around here is also most invigorating. Ruteng is some 4 hours drive from Labuan Bajo, the town where tourists...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara

     

    The Village of Boti and the wisdom of the ancient Timorese

    Obscured from the complexities of the modern world and sheltered by nature’s generosity, time stands still at the village of Boti in the high mountains of Timor Island, as its people still retain the same way of life as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Situated in the rugged mountains about 40Km from the town of Soe, capital of South Central Timor Regency, - and quite a distance away from Kupang, capital of the East Nusatenggara...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Timor Tengah Selatan

     
    Sumba: Powerful Surf, living megalithic culture and fine ikat cloths

    Sumba: Powerful Surf, living megalithic culture and fine ikat cloths

    Facing the wide Indian Ocean, the island of Sumba in the province of East Nusatenggara is a surfer’s paradise. The large rolling Sumba barrels usually appear between May through October when waves can be either very high and strong or very flat as breaks are directly exposed to wide open ocean swells. This kind of powerful surf, however, though very challenging, should only be ventured by professionals. However, throughout the year, swells...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Sumba Barat, Kab. Sumba Timur

     
    The Traditional Village of Wae Rebo on the island of Flores

    The Traditional Village of Wae Rebo on the island of Flores

    The traditional village of Wae Rebo in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara, has recently received the Top Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards, announced in Bangkok on 27 August 2012. This small and isolated village was recognized for its rebuilding of the traditional Mbaru Niang traditional house based on the spirit of community cooperation towards a sustainable...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Manggarai

     
  • Dompu , charming town on the road to Mt. Tambora or Lakey Beach Surf

    Not many have heard of the town of Dompu on Sumbawa.  But for avid mountain climbers Dompu is a small attractive town on the trek leading up north to Mt. Tambora, the supervolcano on Sumbawa, whose mega explosion on 11 April 1815 caused the “Year without Summer” in far away Europe the following year.  For surfers, the town of Dompu lies on the road to some unbelievable left hander surf at Lakey Beach and Hu’u by the...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » West Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Dompu

     
    Tarung and Waitabar Villages

    Tarung and Waitabar Villages

    In the heart of the expanding city of Waikabubak on the island of Sumba, clumps of straw can be seen peeking out of fences on the top of a hill. There, people in the village still hold steadfast to their old religion and traditions that have been taught them through the centuries by their ancestors.     The town of Waikabubak, capital city of the district of West Sumba, nestles in a valley counting a population of around 26,423...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Sumba Barat

     
    Prailiu village

    Prailiu village

    Prailiu is one of the many traditional and exotic villages in Sumba. It is located in a suburb area of Waingapu, the capital city of East Sumba District about two kilometers away from the city center.  Despite rapid development, traditional tall houses with sharp leaf roofs are still apparent here.  However, you can now see many zinc roof houses with different designs.  The local government, assisted by the World Bank, is currently...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » East Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Sumba Timur

     
    Kampung Naga

    Kampung Naga

    If you are tired of life in a metropolitan city with its sky scrapers, you should take a few days off to stay in the Dragon village within Neglasari village, Salawu sub-district, Tasikmalaya, West Java.This 1.5 hectares village is still 'green' and not influenced by modernization. Some 311 people live in this village. You will have to take several hundred steps to cover the villages over 500 meters. You will see hundreds of high ebony...

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    Location: Java » West Java

     
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