Archive for January, 2011

Jan 29 2011

A good dentist and optometrist in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

On holiday in Bali and want to get a dental or eye check up? Even if you don’t, it’s good to have contact details on hand for a good dentist and optometrist while travelling just in case something goes wrong – and the prices are great! Dr Retno has a neat, nondescript office that’s easy … read the full post

Jan 28 2011

Stuck in Bali? Here are some options

Sometimes there is nothing worse than getting stranded on a tropical island — the boss is never going to believe your concoction about some volcano on Java blowing its top … he knows what really happened. Anyway, if you’ve found your Jetstar flight from Bali to Australia to be cancelled or delayed, here are a … read the full post

Jan 23 2011

Bali Ramblings on Gili Trawangan

Published by under Gili Trawangan,Video

We know this is a Bali-focussed blog, but just across the Wallace Line from here, set off the coast of Lombok are the Gili Islands. While there are a few of them, the best known is Gili Trawangan and it is easily reached by fast (or slow) boat from Bali or Lombok. It’s certainly not … read the full post

Jan 17 2011

Rio Helmi prints on sale!

Published by under Events

Rio Helmi is one of Indonesia’s best photographers – his work was mentioned in this month’s Bali travel piece in the New York Times – and he currently has a sale on his prints at his gallery on Jalan Suweta in Ubud. His sumptuous prints chronicle lives around Asia in places as diverse as Bali, … read the full post

Jan 16 2011

A great place to stay on Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, Bali

Published by under Accommodation,Ubud

We arrive in Ubud after dark with a sleeping Mr 2 and overtired Ms 4 in tow, and the long walk down a narrow footpath between mossy high walls doesn’t inspire confidence in the place we have booked to stay at for the weekend. As we enter Ubud Lestari, Mr Travelfish, who poked his head … read the full post

Jan 13 2011

Video: Exploring Bali by motorbike

Published by under Video

This video by American traveller Matthew Kyhnn really caught my eye when he first published it on his travel blog a couple of months ago, and with his permission, I’ve reposted it below. The over 11 minute video is worth watching in its entirety as it records the impressions as a first time visitor to … read the full post

Jan 09 2011

The Ubud Botanical Gardens

Published by under Kids,Ubud

The Ubud Botanical Gardens had its “soft opening” in mid 2006 and from the look of their website and the pics on the wall at the main reception area, it must have been quite a place through the next year or so… Fast forward to early 2011 and the gardens are, well, a bit the … read the full post

Jan 08 2011

Amed jukung boat trip

Published by under Amed

Visit pretty much any beach on east or north Bali and you’ll see dozens upon dozens of jukungs pulled up onto the sand. The jukung is the Indonesian fisherman’s staple vessel for getting around and you’ll see them all over the archipelago: some use nets, others trolling and others still long-line fishing. One afternoon while … read the full post

Jan 07 2011

How to avoid motorcycle fines in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

I drive or cycle through a major intersection in Sanur most days. It’s where the bypass meets Jalan Danau Buyan, but most people, tourists and locals alike, know it more as McDonalds corner as there is a very prominent McDonalds on the southeast corner. On the northwest corner is a police box. At least once … read the full post