Where to next…Pangandaran

We took a few buses to get back to Wonosobo from Dieng. In Wonosobo, I had a decision to make as to where to go next. I really didn’t know.

As I got off the bus in Wonosobo my swiss friends – Linda and Lisa – hopped straight onto another bus that would take them north to the beach.

With no plan, I decided to just sit down and have lunch. If I still didn’t have a plan then I would flip a coin and start narrowing down locations.

As it turns out a tasty meal was all I needed to decide. Whilst eating I sat down and spoke to some locals. I asked them about my shortlist of places to go; after they sung praises of Pangandaran, I figured I’d head there.

So after lunch I boarded a bus that would take me a third of the way. There I changed bus which took me another third of the way.

I arrived in Banjar at around 8 pm. Nobody really spoke English, but they understood the name Pangandaran. Unfortunately, my request was met with the word ‘habis’ which translates to ‘finished’. I needed a hotel. It took me 20 minutes to get the guys to understand I want a hotel. Eventually somebody understood and directed me to a hotel. It was the only one in town. I’m pretty sure I was the only foreigner in town.

The next day I took one of the first busses over to Pangandaran. It’s a really nice and quaint little coastal town that used to be a bustling holiday destination for Indonesians. After a tsunami destroyed most the buildings tourism slowed. But a lot has been rebuilt so it’s growing in popularity.

The two main attractions to Pangandaran are the national park home to the Javanese Silver Gibbon. Six months ago the cost of the entry ticket was less than a pound, now it costs at least £15  because it has become a UNESCO heritage site. The other attraction is Green Valley and Green Canyon. Why? Queue pictures and videos…

 

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