Travelfish correspondent Stuart McDonald
Stuart previously lived in Thailand and Cambodia for around eight years between them, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff.
Before all those non-travel jobs he authored two travel guides, one to Vietnam and one to Thailand. He still spends a lot of time travelling and can sleep anywhere, anytime - even on the road to Bokor.
His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
He spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
Posts by Stuart McDonald:
Bali is famous for its glitzy bars with menus awash in martinis and umbrella-festooned drinks, but one of our favourite local spots is Pantai Indah Seafood (we just call it “the shack”). It’s little more than a few planks of wood and long roughly-hewn tables right on the sands of Sanur Beach. The menu is … read the full post
Turtles in Bali are a sensitive issue. Traditionally some Balinese like to eat them and turtle meat has often been used in religious ceremonies. Unfortunately, turtle numbers have plummeted around Bali, in part due to hunting but also because their hatcheries are disappearing due to over-development, as Bali continues to cram more and more (willing) … read the full post
You’ve seen Eat Pray Love right? No? Lucky you. In the middle of the Bali portion of the film, Julia Roberts takes a stroll through the central market in Ubud and careful watchers will notice that the market doesn’t appear to be “traditional” (muddy and full of flopping fish, shivering ducks and long dead cows) … read the full post
Ever-popular Ku De Ta is probably one of the most recommended places on the island — “Dahhhhling, you must go for sunset cocktails!” — and it’s true, you probably should at least once. It’s a stunningly situated restaurant and bar overlooking a decidedly enticing stretch of beach and at sunset, in the right light, it’s … read the full post
When you’re travelling with children in Southeast Asia you’ll most likely find yourself starting your days earlier than those before-kids trips, but the news isn’t all bad. On a recent trip to Candi Dasa in eastern Bali, I grew so accustomed to getting up early that I found myself rising before the kids. Candi Dasa … read the full post