Pangandaran Beach...

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Komodo Hotel

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Alrighty roo...I arrived in Pangandaran, a small beach town, after a 9 hr bus ride fretting that i wouldn't be able to get a room cuz of the Indo holidays and the plethora of holidayers. But you just gotta trust that everything will work out cuz it always does..and after my cyclo driver to me to 5 hotels, i found one with one room left..yeehaw! I was happy.

There was a surfing competition taking place so my first day i awoke and walked the 50m to the beach and the coast of Indian Ocean and watched as i have never seen surfing live i don't think. It was cool...would have liked to try my hand at it (or feet i guess), its supposed to be quite tricky but didn't, hopefully later. I changed hotel rooms after my first night as a lot of people checked out after the weekend. I was paying 100 000 Rupiah/night ($10) which is quite expensive so switched to a 75 000 Rup room, the only differnence being is the loo - went from western loo (with toilet and sink, and shower of course) to an Asian loo (a squatter and a shower head), still clean suits me just lovely...i am in Asia afterall.

I went to a National Park which was just a 30min walk down the beach, with lots of hiking trails (didn't hike tho), white beach and some wildlife. I had a great afternoon of just sitting, taking lots of pictures of the local tourists and being a celebrity in my own right. So many people wanted to get a picture with me, never experienced anything like it...it was fun at first but did get annoying.

I went to the Green Canyon another day on a mini tour via motorbike, and stopped a locals to see how they make brown sugar out of coconut...also saw how handmade wooden puppets were made. It was a great day...lovely scenery all along the way, typical as anywhere in Asia but gorgeous still.. with coconut trees, palm, trees, rubber trees, banana trees...so much greenery and of course rice fields and small winding roads.

The other days i didn't do too much..didn't want to over-exert myself after all. Took a long walk along the isolated beach...very windy and watched the waves. I met some people at the hotel, had some beers. The locals that worked there were sooo lovely. Apparently there was a Tsunami there (not the 2004 one either which i thought), one in july 2006. It killed 600 people and everything along the road by the beach had to be completely rebuilt..never heard about it.

I didn't plan to stayin as long as i did but had a wee bout of travelers' sickness (let's just say, it wasn't exactly safe to be on a bus) so i wanted to be sure, to be sure..no worries though. I did opt for easy way out though and a bought a joint bus/train ticket from a tourist agency which i try to avoid...it's not nearly as challenging or rewarding and it's not as real, amongst the locals, and more money of course. And my opinion was reinforced after nothing i was told aboot the journey was true..didn't have a seat on the train, there wasn't a/c, was longer, etc.. which i don't mind at all if i pay the local price but just gotta let it go and learn eh! I did make it to my destination and that is all that matters...
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