Category: Travel

Hotel Majapahit, Surabaya

Hotel Majapahit is a majestic hotel located in the heart of Surabaya which has witnessed first-hand the changing history of Indonesia, from Dutch colonisation, through...

The Fight for Benoa Bay

Over the past four years the people of Bali have been fighting a bitter struggle against the reclamation of Benoa Bay. The group Bali Tolak Reklamasi (Bali Rejects...

Exploring Sungai Kapuas

Indonesia’s longest river, the Kapuas in Kalimantan, begins in the foothills of the Muller Mountain Range, snakes for 1,143km, and then flows west into the South China...

Interesting Landmarks in Madura

You’ve ventured to the historical city of Surabaya. Are you confused about where to go? Well, we have an excellent suggestion for you. Madura is a great destination to...

A Traditional Japanese Bathhouse in East Java

Batu, a small mountain side town located close to Malang city, is known to locals for its excellent attractions. From zoos to numerous fun educational parks, this town...

The History of Mapping Australia

The mapping of Australia holds a special place in the history of cartography, as both the search for the mythical Terra Australis or South Land, and the subsequent...

Sun, Sea and Sand in Sawarna

Sawarna is a hidden gem situated on the south-west coast of Java in Banten Province. Much less popular than its better-known neighbours Pelabuhan Ratu and Anyer, it...

Lalalaway, The Last and Only Place to Look for the Best Hotel Prices

While there are many online travel agents (OTA) offering deals for luxury hotels in Indonesia, customers are often disappointed or, in many cases, misled. The fine print...

Baguettes and Rice

Throughout my twenty years of teaching EFL in Indonesia, we – that is my noble fellow teachers and myself – tended to regard Cambodia as below us in terms of...

Surabaya: A Journey Through Time

Have you ever wondered why Surabaya is nicknamed the City of Heroes? Well, here are two historical places in the city which were built to commemorate the struggles of...

Success in the Sky: The KLM Story (Part One)

The letters most commonly associated with the history of Dutch aviation are “K.L.M.,” which stand for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (“Royal Dutch Airlines”...

A Vespa Trip Across Indonesia

Ever had a crazy notion to ride a Vespa across Indonesia? Well, for years I’ve had this idea stewing in the back of my mind.  Pouring over the maps and talking with...

Ten Stunning New Holiday Alternatives to Bali

In 2017 Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered further development of ten alternative tourism destinations dubbed “The New Balis”. Currently Indonesia ranks 47th...

England’s Got Talent Too

While my friend Sean and I were touring northern France and Belgium in my Datsun 260Z, we found ourselves, for no particular reason, in the Belgian city of Ghent. I...