Stephanie Brookes

Stephanie is a professional travel writer and co-author of 'Indonesia Hidden Heritage'. To catch Stephanie's journey please visit www.travelwriter.ws.

Stunning Sumbawa

Few visitors travel beyond the popular neighbouring islands of Lombok and Bali, but voyage a little eastwards and Sumbawa Island offers a peaceful escape from developed...

Orangutan Adventure

I spotted my first orangutan high up in the trees in the early morning. I heard it before I saw it. I awoke to branches cracking and some pretty furious tree-shaking...

Aceh Gayo – Exploring the Central Highlands

Aceh is a beautiful place to explore and a trip to the Gayo highlands of Central Aceh will delight you with pine-studded mountainsides, remote village life and a...

Weh Island: The Outer Edge

A small tropical treasure trove of peace and adventure can be found tucked away in Aceh’s far north, at the north-westernmost edge of the Indonesian archipelago. Weh...

North Lombok – Heading for the Mountains

North Lombok combines a stunning coastline, beautiful terraced rice fields under the shadow of Mt. Rinjani and a traditional culture that holds strong to its values....

Remote River School, Kalimantan

I sat on the wooden floor of Fery Irawan’s humble home. I held my hands out in the receiving position to accept the water blessing from one of the village elders. I...

Blitar – Hidden Relics of the Past

Falling into history and stumbling upon ancient relics is what is in store for you when you take a journey to the far east of Java. The 80km stretch from Malang to...

Dewi: A Success Story

Dewi is a bright, young 19-year-old and has a real spark about her. She was so excited to tell me her story because when she started her first job, straight out of...

Made Sudarsana the Topeng Dancer

Made Sudarsana has been dancing since he was seven years old. “We learn dancing as a child,” Made explained. “The first dance I learnt was the Baris dance. A...

Mur the Offering Lady

Mur is 16 years old and has been dutifully carrying out her task as a tukang banten since she was ten years old. She sets about her daily ritual of giving offerings to...

Grandma Ni Made Sibuh of Petemon Village

I sat talking with Grandma Ni Made Sibuh in her village in Petemon where she has lived all her life. She was born around 1935 however, "This is a rough guess only,"...

Kadek the Penjor Maker

I met Kadek on the street putting the finishing touches to his penjor. He started making penjors when he was nine years old. All Balinese Hindu houses must have a penjor...

Wayan the Ubud Painter

Wayan lives in Ubud, but as an artist who paints for a living, he does not turn to Ubud to sell his work, but supplies to a wholesale market in Sukawati, Gianyar, which...

Ketut: the Hair and Beauty Stylist

Ketut is 27 years old and owns a local wedding and hair stylist salon in the back streets of Ubud, Bali. Her little purple shop has been her only source of income for...

Education Guide 2017

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