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Day 18 - Train to Pangandaran

semi-overcast 32 °C

An early start - up at 5.30am, quick breakfast & checkout before catching a taxi to the main railway station for
the 8am train to Pangandaran,.
Pangandaran is a large fishing village situated around 250 miles south of Jakarta on a narrow stretch of headland
jutting out to the sea with it's National Park occupying the entire area.
We had already travelled on lots of Asian Railways, so we started to think back and count them up, it came to quite a lot ! -
India, Burma, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan, but this was our first in Indonesia.
The train was very spacious, our carriage was equivalent to a first class style layout on UK trains -
reclining seats, foot rests, individual tables and power points etc. We left on time for the 5 hour journey.
Travelling initially east across the country to Pukuwerto in the Central Java Province
During the journey we had an "inflight meal" service whereby you could order a "takeaway" meal -
Brought to your table as well as a hot drinks service.
We trundled along passing hundreds of rice fields with the workers busily working the fields.
We arrived on time and then got onto our own minibus to travel due south to the coastal village.
After a bumpy further 4 hours we eventually arrived at Pangandaran and our hotel - The Sunrise Beach Hotel and
we found out why - we actually had a sea view, on both sides as the hotel was situated on a very narrow stretch land,
(which was sadly wiped out by a tsunami back in 2006).
Our guide was from this village, so while we checked in to the hotel,he went home and then met us later for a visit to the evening fish market,
where you pick "your dinner", priced by the Kg and then they cook and serve it to you at tables the market,
(we all picked and had a great selection of Red Snapper, Octopus and jumbo sized Shrimps).
Asap then very kindly invited us all back to his house which doubled as a local cafe to to meet his family and
try a traditional Indonesian desert made of black sticky rice, coconut and salt, a strange sort of rice pudding but a lot more saltier.
Irene and I then went for a walk along the main street,
which was about 5m from the sea and then about 200m back was the sea on the other side -
and our hotel was in the middle on this very susceptible piece of land between the two !

Posted by Andy-Irene 15:08 Archived in Indonesia

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