Jan 16 2011

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

Published by under Accommodation

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 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

Dec 23 2010

Balian Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under West Bali

Balian Beach was the place we first really fell in love with Bali. The black sand beach is set at the mouth of the same-named river. It’s a big river and the combination of large surf, strong currents and the volume of water pouring out of the river — especially in wet season — doesn’t … read the full post

Dec 18 2010

Is rabies a problem on Bali?

Published by under Health & safety

The simple answer is yes. Bali’s rabies outbreak began in 2008 and by the end of 2010 more than 100 Indonesians had died of the disease. Many of those who died were bitten by dogs but had not sought treatment and once physical symptoms appear the disease is 100% fatal. Attempts to get the outbreak … read the full post

Dec 17 2010

The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

Published by under Serangan Island

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

Dec 09 2010

Kids in Kuta: Waterbom

Published by under Kids

It’s a bit tedious, the kicking off portion of organising yourself at Waterbom Park: the lining up, the entrance fee payment (phone lines were down for Amex when we were there), the paying for the splash tag (a barcode-marked bracelet that lets you pay for stuff without your wallet), the getting changed, the hiring a … read the full post

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