Category: Travel

Indonesia’s Hidden Paradise

Tucked away on the east coast of Sumatra in the Java Sea lies a hidden gem, untouched by commercialism and the hoards of tourists usually found in such an idyllic...

Jump into Bali’s Past: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Walking around the touristic area of Bali, surrounded by the noise of horns and a thousand motorbikes, anesthetized by car fumes and chased by various kinds of sellers,...

The Batu Bolong

The Batu Bolong: Living Aboard the Good Life

The Komodo National Park, an area of 1,817 square kilometres made up of three main islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as several smaller ones, was earlier this...

Daka - Bangladesh

Dhaka’s Old Town

Old Dhaka is a mish mash of narrow lanes, crumbling houses home to a myriad of artisans and a history that dates back more than 400 years. There are no accurate maps to...

Taman Menteng

Hidden Gems

A public awareness campaign uncovers Jakarta’s few suitable but forgotten parks, whetting local appetites for green spaces they can use. When Samsuri moved into...

Observatorium Bosscha Bandung

Geek’s Guide to Bandung – Part 1

Celestial Wonders of the Southern Sky “Bandung” often evokes images of the star-studded café and shopping scene. Granted, Bandung does have a glamorous charm that...

USS Liberty, Tulamben

Strong eruptions normally are a hazard for people living close to the volcano. In 1963 the eruption of the Mount Agung, the Bali’s sacred mountain, killed more than...

Thomas Stamford Raffles

Thomas Stamford Raffles and The History of Java

If I were to ask you, who Stamford Raffles was, you would most likely answer: the founder of Singapore. In fact, I have asked this question on several occasions and...

Mount Bromo

The Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park : Getting the Best of Bromo for Free!

We have all seen it, the iconic image of a sunrise filtering through a vast cloud filled caldera with Mount Bromo, Mount Batok, and Mount Semeru stoically puffing away....

At the top of Mount Kinabalu

So Sabah

There’s a long weekend coming up in October and you’re trying frantically to book a villa in Bali but it seems everywhere is fully booked. Belitung have no...

The-view-of-the-terraced-rice-fields

Trail-Biking in the Foothills of West Java

If you’ve ever dreamt of riding through the hills and rice terraces of West Java on a trail bike, dream no more. Now it’s possible. Not only that but, as I...

Prasasti Ciaruteun

An Old Suburb and an Invasion

Tugu means memorial and memorial is an apt name for this old suburb up in North East Jakarta by the port for this may well be the longest inhabited community in Jakarta....

Beer Toast

The Truth Behind ‘Oktoberfest’

The first Oktoberfest took place in October 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to Princess Therese von Sachsen Hildburghausen. The celebrations only...

Wedding Ceremony in Buleleng-1939

Marriage Curstoms-Balinese Elopement

I was browsing my Encyclopaedie van Nederlandsch Indië, not looking for anything specific as I was curious who or what would appear as the first entry. Aa, Abraham...

Education Guide 2017

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