Category: Travel

30 Places to Dive in Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago, with thousands of kilometres of coral reefs, pristine remote islands and an enormous biodiversity, is one of the world’s best destinations...

Women Power and Politics

Women Power and Politics

As things stand, only one major country in Western Europe – you know, that bloc with good football,liberal values and rising unemployment – boasts a single...

Martha Christina Tiahahu-Welcome To Ambon

Martha Christina Tiahahu – a Moluccan Heroine

This is Ambon in the early 80s of last century. The land we were going to build houses on was located at Karangpanjang, just below the Provincial Parliament Building....

Taman Bacaan Pelangi

Painting the Colours of Literacy in Eastern Indonesia

Eastern Indonesia is a realm of a million wonders. A region rich in panoramic landscapes, biodiversity, and ancestral traditions, much of Eastern Indonesia remains...

School’s Out – Time for Some Holiday Fun!

Pack your swimming gear we’re off to the beach to swim, slide, surf, parasail, jet ski or scuba dive. Take your pick! For kids who live in Bali, many can swim well by...

Sailing New Worlds in an Old World Heritage

“On land, beauty is the sight of a graceful woman. At sea, beauty is the sight of sails flying on the masts of a phinisi. The phinisi is, in fact, the maiden of the...

Trans-Asia Rail Rides

Trans-Asia Rail Rides

The idea you can travel seamlessly from Singapore to Hong Kong by train remains a distant dream, at least until Cambodia can get its lines up and running after decades...

Bantimurung Falls in Maros

A Wild Ride To Remember: South Sulawesi

On the second Sunday in May, I received a message from my childhood best friend in Manado, Gracia “GP”. “GC, what are you doing June 1-8? Let’s go island-hopping...

Out for morning exercise on Kuta's new breakwater

A Day in the Life of Kuta Beach

Ask any tourist on their way to Bali where they intend to visit and more than one in five will tell you they are going to Kuta beach at some point during their stay....

Neka Art Museum

Ubud’s Museum Mile for Art Lovers

Neka Art Museum Setting out on a Sunday in the slow season, an unexpectedly ideal day to visit museums, the famous Neka Art Museum was easy to find opposite the equally...

Kadidiri

Togian Islands, Central Sulawesi: True Remoteness

If you’re looking for party and nightlife, the Togian islands are not the right destination. On the contrary, if you are looking for complete isolation, silence and...

A hadji from the Dutch East Indies

Islam in the Netherlands East Indies

Islam came to Indonesia by way of Malabar and Coromandel, the respectively south-western and south-eastern coasts of India, along the age-old trade routes. Both regions...

Candi Tikus

Terracotta Memories of the Majapahit Civilisation

As a writer, traveller, and art enthusiast, I’ve come to find Majapahit as probably one of the most romantic and inspiring pre-Indonesia eras. And one of the things...

Rio Sidik Jazz Quartet

Sexy Rio Sidik Jazz Quartet

Rio Sidik is Indonesia’s most famous jazz and fusion musician and singer, well known too on the International music scene. He has played in some big venues and has...