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Reason for the Seasons: A Portrait of Indonesian Spirituality

Travelling throughout Indonesia, religious affiliation is a question I’m frequently asked. My forename gives away my Christian background. Lately, I view Christianity...

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Why There’s More to Travel Memories than Just Tech

Tony Wheeler set up the world’s largest travel publisher in 1973 with his wife Maureen before selling it to BBC Worldwide in 2012. At this year’s Ubud Writers’...

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Pelabuhan Ratu: Adventure, Relaxation and No Need for Bali

Pelabuhan Ratu town sits in the armpit of the eponymous bay, on the ruggedly beautiful and sparsely populated south coast of West Java. The town is the new...

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Villa Alamanda, the Ubud Sanctuary for Solo Travellers (Advertorial)

Solo travellers looking to have the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ style holiday experience should consider staying in this secluded luxury villa, located in Bali’s cultural...

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Pullman Legian Nirwana: Not Your Average Bali Hotel (Advertorial)

Hotels in Bali are known to be exceptionally enchanting. After all, who would not want to wake up in the morning to the sound of the ocean waves and spend the entire day...

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Out of Eden: Mountain Spirits from the Heart of Timor

“Timor’s very own Garden of Eden,” Grace Susetyo recalls a description someone once told her of Mount Mutis’s bonsai forest. Flaunting tiny leaves on curling...

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Climbing Java’s Capricious Gunung Slamet

Never again. That’s the last time I ever scale one of these bloody volcanoes. Those were my pitiful sentiments after the long and gruelling climb of Gunung Lawu,...

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Baraka Nusantara: Coffee Heroes for Education

The fertile Sembalun highlands at the foot of Mount Rinjani produce some of Indonesia’s finest Arabica, but until recently it’s also been one of Lombok’s best kept...

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Karangasem: Memories of East Bali’s Great Kingdom

Before Indonesia became the republic it is now, the Nusantara archipelago was ruled by many kingdoms with distinct territories, cultures, and political powers. Grace...

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Sons of Sembalun: Guardians of Mount Rinjani

Standing stately at 3,726 metres above sea level, Rinjani crowns the skies of Lombok with vast plains of sun-kissed savannahs, pine forests, and volcanic alpine...

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Prestigious Festival in Japan Puts Indonesian Theatre on the Map

This year marks Indonesia’s debut at SCOT Summer Season in Japan, as director Iswadi Pratama leads his theatre community Teater Satu to the international festival in...

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Surabaya’s Mountain Retreat

Surabaya may be hot and sweaty, but it’s easy to get out and explore some of the cooler countryside no more than an hour or two away. Drive down to the south end of...

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Traveloka is Likely an Undercover Tech Unicorn of Indonesia

Although CEO Ferry Unardi stays out of the media limelight, tech experts aren’t shy about calling his company one of Indonesia’s most valuable firms to date.    ...

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Take on Tuban

Exploring the distinctly Mediterranean town of Tuban on the north coast of East Java, home to an impressive crab temple, an Arab quarter and a striking mosque. The town...