Category: Travel

Counterpoint: Dutch Colonialism Versus the Divisive Legacy of the British in South Asia

As an Indian-American currently living in Indonesia, I was surprised to read Mr. Rooseboom’s recent article comparing the Colonial experiences of Indonesia and...

Padangbai: Hot Bus to the East Coast

Buses will take you just about everywhere on Bali. “When are you leaving for Amlapura?” I asked the bus driver one recent Friday at Denpasar’s Batubulan...

The Boga Shipwreck: The USS Liberty of the Future

Following the enormous success of the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben, the North of Bali now has a new shipwreck. The “Boga” was sunk in September 2012 in front of...

A Walk through Memories of Indonesia’s Underwater Missions

With a marine area of 93,000 square kilometres interlacing throughout some 17,000 islands, a good navy force should be one of Indonesia’s top priorities. The...

Albert Kok

Meet Albert Kok. General Manager of Panorama Destination Management and an advocate for change and growth.   What is the Panorama Group? The Panorama Group, or more...

A Little Snip of Heaven

Indonesia can be a difficult place to search for an address. It is no longer a surprise to me that 101 is next to 26 and there are three 52’s on a single road. I am...

The Road Less Travelled: Sumatra’s Padang

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and is a place of rich and diverse culture and natural beauty, much of which is off the main tourist trail and...

Raffles & Brit. Invasion of Java

Raffles Unravelled

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Tim Hannigan Monsoon Books 2012 368pp ISBN 978-981-4358-85-9 As a lad growing up in post-World War II London, I was force-fed a...

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Being the multicultural country that it is, there are many ways of celebrating Christmas in Indonesia. Even the weather is a departure from the Northern Hemisphere’s...

Sri Lanka

I have long held a fascination with the tear shaped island clinging meniscus-like to the Indian sub continent. Their cricketers – always the bravest underdogs...

Colonies – Dutch East Indies vs. British India

Examining a map of the world, preferably a globe, one cannot but wonder how a few nations, occupying but a tiny fraction of the world, were able to colonise the rest of...

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...