Archive for the 'Java' Category

Oct 07 2013

Our favourite beaches and islands in Indonesia

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Our Bali favourite: Balangan Beach

We spend a lot of time “researching” beaches and islands. Not just in Indonesia of course — we recently bagged our 30th Thai island (and another dozen beaches), for instance — but when it comes to beaches, Indonesia is often difficult to beat. We still have a lot of ground to cover (Hello Sumatra, Sumbawa … read the full post

Sep 14 2013

Factory outlet shopping in Bandung

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Aside from its delicious cool weather and other sights, Bandung is known for being home to lots of clothing factory outlets. Popular with weekending Jakartans, Singaporeans and Malaysians, it’s also a great spot for Westerners to dig out bargains as the outlets tend to stock larger sizers than you’ll find in ordinary Indonesian malls. We … read the full post

Sep 16 2012

Indonesia’s Krakatoa

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I stop halfway up steep, dusty Anak Krakatau for a rest. As I stand, I hear a slow rumbling. My legs begin to shake; this isn’t from fatigue, though. The earth is moving – literally – and as the volcano sways, I can’t steady myself. An earthquake is more than the Indonesian adventure I’d bargained … read the full post

Sep 02 2012

Budget accommodation options in Pangandaran

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Just another magical sunset on the south coast of Java

It’s no secret that we here at Travelfish.org are big fans of the Javanese beach resort town of Pangandaran, roughly half way between Bandung and Yogyakarta. It’s one of those places that immediately entices you to relax because of its peaceful surrounding forest, rows of beach bars and some terrific budget accommodation. These are some … read the full post

Aug 26 2012

Jakarta: A photo essay

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Modern architecture is starting to make an impact in Jakarta

Jakarta. The steaming capital of the fourth most populous nation on earth and home to anywhere between 10 and 19 million people. It has a reputation among travellers as being one of the worst places to visit in Indonesia and a place with absolutely nothing for visitors — meaning they want to escape elsewhere quickly. … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Accommodation in Surabaya

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Surabaya has some stunning colonial architecture

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second biggest city behind Jakarta and we’ve previously written about the many activities that can be undertaken both in the city itself and the nearby town of Trowulan, where temples from the 14th century Majapahit empire still stand tall. But visiting such a large city can often pose a problem of where … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Great cafes in Bandung

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Chicken and duck rice is amazing at Mangkok Ayam

Most travellers arrive in Bandung by train and immediately head for the nearby hotels that surround the smoggy, noisy and dirty station area. These shocking first impressions of Bandung can lead one to believe that Bandung is nothing more than just another big Indonesian metropolis with absolutely no redeeming features let alone a well-developed eating … read the full post

Jul 17 2012

Highlights of Indonesia’s Java

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Gunung Bromo is worth the effort and definitely lives up to the hype

Many people arrive in Indonesia with limited time to travel through this sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands; typically they pick just a couple of islands to focus on, with Java being high on the list of choices. Many times during our travels through Java we’ve been asked about which places should not be … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

I’m in Jakarta, where do I go next?

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Bandung's volcano, Tangkuban Parahu

Many people arrive in Jakarta without a clear plan of where they will go in Java. In many ways, this is a mistake because this first impression of Java can be a very poor one and can encourage travellers to move as quickly as possible across the island. But with a bit of research, you … read the full post

Jul 03 2012

Bandung’s Kawah Putih

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It really is a thing of beauty, no?

Bandung is one of those cities that people visiting Java tend to skip through rather quickly, mainly because the surrounding activities all seem like too much of a hassle to get to. Kawah Putih to the south of Bandung is a case in point, but those with persistence will find a crater lake of staggering … read the full post

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