May 25 2012

Review: Joli

Published by under Canggu,Food

UPDATE, October 2013: Sadly, Joli has closed and its former space is for rent. Joli is a recent addition to the growing dining scene along Jalan Bumbak in Umalas, a still mainly rural area of Bali just north of Seminyak where luxury villas are now springing up like rice sprouts a week after planting. But … read the full post

May 20 2012

Java’s Ujung Genteng, end of the… roof tile?

Published by under Java

I’m often asked about my favourite places in Java and I often reply with expected responses such as “Bromo — it is spectacular” and “Dieng — a mystical paradise in the mountains”. But I also mention places such as Karimunjawa and Ujung Genteng, both of which receive very few foreign tourists, but are stunning places … read the full post

May 19 2012

Review: Butter in Canggu

Published by under Canggu,Food

Bali’s Canggu Club, with its plantation style fans and vast sports fields, isn’t exactly a backpacker mecca. But a cluster of interesting little cafes on the street that runs just to the north of the club might be more in tune with what independent travellers are looking for in Bali once they’ve exhausted their nasi … read the full post

May 17 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 2

Published by under Food,Seminyak

When I started this series on cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak, the place at the top of my must-try list, because I still shamefully hadn’t after four years in Bali, was Made’s Warung. Everyone knows Made’s Warung; it’s been around since 1969 and these days has two outlets; I tried the one in Seminyak, which … read the full post

May 14 2012

Java’s Dieng Plateau

Published by under Java

One of the great things about Indonesia is the diversity of the landscape. One of the great things about the Dieng Plateau is that it looks and feels completely different to almost anywhere else in Indonesia. Sitting up in the mountains about 150 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta, the Dieng Plateau is absolutely stunning: rolling hills … read the full post

May 13 2012

Where’s a good place for cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak? Part 1

Published by under Food,Seminyak

If you’re shopping in Seminyak and need to stop off for a quick lunch or dinner and you’re in the mood for some cheap Indonesian food, you have a few options to choose from. Here we cover just two of our favourites: Warung Ocha and Taman Bambu, with two more places up our sleeve for … read the full post

May 11 2012

Review: Zen Garden, Kerobokan

Published by under Food,Seminyak

UPDATE May, 2014: Zen Garden has closed. Gusto¬†has opened in this space now.¬† Zen Garden on Seminyak’s Jalan Mertanadi — the road that runs up to the jail from Sunset Road — has only been open a week but shows great promise as a genuine healthy spot to have breakfast or a lingering lunch if … read the full post

May 10 2012

Getting a Thai tourist visa in Bali

Published by under Visas

Want to avoid the notoriously painful process of obtaining a Thai tourist visa in places like Vientiane, Penang, or Phnom Penh? If Bali is on your itinerary, obtaining the visa here is akin to gearing up for a long, dull day of school only to be let out of class after just 10 minutes of … read the full post

May 09 2012

Review: Villa Kresna Boutique Suites, Seminyak, Bali

Blindingly white with a small but glittering freeform pool, lovingly decorated Villa Kresna is hidden away on the beach-bound spur of Jalan Sarinade, a five-minute walk from the beach end of Jalan Abimanyu. A few years ago Villa Kresna lost around half of their land and a couple of years later it underwent a complete … read the full post

May 08 2012

Review: Taco Beach

Published by under Food,Seminyak

I’ve been on the hunt for Bali’s best babi guling for some time now, so when I heard about the babi guling tacos and burritos at Taco Beach (thanks for the tip, Hati Solutions), I figured trying them would really be an essential part of the overall mission, right? Right! So it was off to … read the full post

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