Photo: Late light on the beach.


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Pangandaran on the south coast of West Java has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde personality—sleepy fishing village midweek and Java’s principle beach resort on weekends and public holidays when it can get so packed with humanity you’d swear the entire population of Java’s 145 million inhabitants had descended here at once.

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Near the border of Central Java, it is approximately eight hours by road from Bandung and Yogyakarta respectively, and ten hours from Jakarta (although times can double when the traffic is busy). Regardless of the distance, locals predominantly from these three cities arrive en masse to paddle in the surf, eat cheap fresh fish and play games on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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