Posted: 26 May 2012 03:10 AM PDT
After ten years have never stepped on Sumatra, I was blessed to finally go back to Sumatra, and for the first time to Padang and Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. This short trip was very delightful. After one night spent in Padang, I made my way to Bukittinggi, a place where all beauty begins. Since on the road from Padang to Bukittinggi, I was treated by cold weather and the views of two beautiful mountains on the right and left side of road, Merapi and Singgalang mountains. A crown of puffy white clouds covered their naked top and the terraced rice fields wraped their cold feet.
The next day, in the morning I made my way by walking from hotel towards Jam Gadang, the famous icon of Bukittinggi, which so far I only see in postcards. Some tourists seemed to invaded this place while some locals were did exercise or just did morning walk. From this place, I could see the whole city of Bukittinggi.
Then we continued the journey by car to Fort de Kock, Zoo, Lobang Jepang, Ngarai Sianok and to the very very very beautiful lake, Singkarak. This lake and its lush landscape was my favorite spot. Imagine a big blue calm lake combined with the shadow of the hills in the distance beneath blue skies and warm light of morning. Shadow of the branches are bouncing along the road to accompany our journey around the lake. Heaven. Then we stoped for enjoy our lunch before we went back to Padang. I think no need to give any comments about the cuisine of Padang, deadly delicacy.
This was a short trip, but I enjoyed it, and I've felt so close with these cities. Hope to come again, someday.
Posted: 22 May 2012 08:26 AM PDT
By, Swarti Indah Diningrum
Pahang, 18th May – A fresh air over the hills, along with the blue sky and green expands before our eyes. A short yet suitable description to describe this beautiful place, Bukit Tinggi.
Bukit Tinggi is a hill destination in Pahang with variety of unique attraction and it's just over one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
The most fascinating destination that will attract people a lot at Bukit Tinggi will be Colmar Tropicale. It's a French themed village and a reproduction of the original Colmar Village, dating back to the 16th century in the Alsace region of France. It stands about 2,600 feet above sea level, on 80 acres of natural forestland.
This French themed village was first opened in July 2000. It is owned by a local Malaysian company, Berjaya Group. Not only as a destination for tourists, this village is also functioned as a resort.
The themed resort is made up of eight blocks of architectural wonder; each with its unique style, from its colorful roof tiles to cobblestone ground. First time to enter this resort area, you will be welcomed by the sturdy wooden drawbridge as the entrance of Colmar Tropicale. The first impression will be very amazing; it is just like traveling back into the castle in the olden days.
Right after entering the French village, you can also see a clock tower that is designed after the Riqueweihr Tower in Alsace. This tower has a cuckoo clock at the top, which the wooden cuckoo will come out as the clock chimes every 15 minutes and on the hour. And yeah, the children will really love it!
Further more of the village street is Colmar Square. This square features a fountain, a wishing well and a viewing tower. It surely will be a nice place to relax after walking through the village. Here, you can always walk up to the top of the tower and get a scenic view of the surrounding hills.
Relaxing on the park benches in the square will also be a wise choice before you continue exploring this village. You can enjoy the meal in French way, either in the coffeehouse or at the sidewalk deli. Authentic French foods are served from sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The tables are placed strategically around the square, so that the visitor can enjoy the meal whilst taking the ambience.
Browsing around in the 17 themed shops is also a must. These themed shops offer a variety of products such as gift items, handicraft, pewter, wines and batik. Visitor also can watch a candle and soap-making demonstration at La Livande of Colmar Tropicale. The interesting part here; you will be able to make your own candles or soap at the workshop. It absolutely will be a good experience of your life!
Apart from those exciting activities above, there are more others that can be done here. Karaoke, board games, swimming, treasure hunt and tele-match are available to complete your journey of the French village. Colmar Tropicale is open daily, so no worries; you can visit this place often in any day! And with just RM16 for adults and RM8 for children below twelve, visitors can enjoy all those entertainments available at Colmar Tropicale.
Colmar Tropicale is obviously a nice place to spend your holiday. It's a fresh place to refresh your mind after working hard in hot and stuffy city. Bunch of pictures can't be forgotten while visiting this place. So bring along your camera, snap and get your unforgettable holiday experience!
For further information:
Colmar Tropicale Kuala Lumpur Sales Office
Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tingg
Photo source: jrhogan.blogspot.com
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