Imagine a peaceful place, surrounded by verdant atmosphere. Sound of
nature the rustle of the wind amidst the bamboo leaves, the chirping of
the birds, the faint rush of the river. Baduy village, located in the
hills of Kendeng mountain, about 75 kilometers southward from
Rangkasbitung, West Java, is the perfect place to people who want to
taste a bit of serenity seldom found in big cities. Those with a taste
of adventure might find trekking to Baduy village both interesting and
Getting There Rent a
car. The car will stop at Ciboleger Village. 1. From
Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, take a train to Merak via Rangkasbitung.
It will take about 1.5 hours. From Rangkasbitung, use a public
transportation (called ELF by locals) to Ciboleger. The trip will take
approximately 2.5 hours. The sight of The Farmer?s Family statues in
Ciboleger will greet you, bidding you welcome. Follow the footpaths?on
foot, enjoy the natural landscape around you. You’ll then pass through
Gajeboh Village. Here you can see Baduy women weaving clothes. Proceed
by crossing Ciujung River, the widest river in Baduy area. The sight of
the bridge made of bamboos tied to one another (no nails are involved!)
might deter you from moving onward, but no need to fear! The bridge is
strong despite of its crudeness. You’ll then enter Cicakal Village. Here
you can rest and spend the night. The journey on foot from Ciboleger to
Cicakal will take about 2 hours. 2. Alternatively, to enter Inner
Baduy Village, you can use Koranji line then pass through Kroya Market.
Every week, Baduy people visit this market to exchange their farming
goods with whatever they need. From this place they’ll move on to
Getting Around You’ll
be able to explore the lush forest and natural sceneries (for Baduy
people never disrupt the nature). You?re welcome to take pictures as
long as you haven’t entered Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy) area. People in
Outer Baduy are more tolerant with signs of technology.
Do Traditional Baduy homes, Baduy women weaving cloth,
Baduy people’s activities (it’s surprising to know that there are so
many things to do without electricity!). Take pictures if you must in
Outer Baduy Village, but never in Inner Baduy.
Stay You can stay at traditional homes in Baduy, in
Cicakal Village. The houses are built of woven bamboos with ijuk leaves.
These houses might last for up to 25 years (in one condition: the roof
should be changed once per 5 years). Baduy people don’t believe in
technology, so don’t expect electrical goods here.
Eat There are no restaurants in Baduy, so please bring
your own food. Sometimes you can ask the locals to share their meals
To Buy Traditional
cloths (mostly blue) woven by Baduy women.