Feb 27 2012

Java: Kawah Ijen from Banyuwangi

Published by under Java

Kawah Ijen is one of the stunning highlights of a trip through Java and is a regular stop on many tours departing from Yogyakarta and ending up in Bali. The usual way of getting to Kawah Ijen on a tour involves heading to the inland town of Bondowoso and making your way up to the … read the full post

Feb 25 2012

Sardine in Bali

Published by under Food,Seminyak

It’s not often you return to a restaurant in Bali to find it’s truly doing better than it was before; too often you have a lovely night out, return six months later and find that the fickle clientele has moved on, seduced by something shinier and trendier that has opened down the road. So it … read the full post

Feb 20 2012

Gunung Bromo, the alternative way

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Being one of Java‘s premier attractions, Gunung Bromo and the Tengger Caldera area get their fair share of visitors with many travelling straight from Yogyakarta via some sort of pre-arranged tour. It’s not a bad option to take a tour from Yogyakarta, but one thing is almost gauranteed: you will be travelling via the town … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

Potato Head Bali

Has a building ever made you smile? The striking facade of Potato Head Bali is the first architectural feature that’s brought a grin to my face. It’s a semi-circular construction by architect Andra Martin comprising old louvred shutters from Java, a mixture of whimsy and cleverness; try seeing it and not marvelling at how creative … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

East Java’s Trowulan

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Approximately 60 kilometres southwest of the bustling port city of Surabaya lies the dusty town of Trowulan. What on the surfaces appears to be just another bland and nondescript rural village among a long line of others in East Java is in fact a town that hides a beautiful secret. The secret is that this … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Gunung Bromo

Published by under Java

We’ve recently been writing about travelling in Java, the island immediately to the west of the tourist mecca of Bali. One of the great things to do in Java is to climb volcanoes and there are many as you traverse the island, such as Kawah Ijen, that are very accessible. Without exception, the most popular … read the full post

Feb 03 2012

Bali’s bamboo chocolate factory

Published by under Sights & activities

UPDATE: We’ve just revisited the factory and they now run daily tours at 14:00, 35,000 rupiah if you call in advance, (50,000 rupiah if you just drop in, 100,000 rupiah for a tour outside regular hours). The cafe is yet to open but should be ready in July. The chocolate is still delicious, and a … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

A side trip to Sidemen

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I accept that I won’t win any headline writing awards for the title of this piece, but really, for all those who want to complain about how busy Bali is these days, how bad the traffic is, how you can’t swing a cat without hitting a drunk Australian in Kuta, how Ubud is under attack … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Photo: Galungan penjor

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The Balinese are busy preparing for Galungan, the most important holiday on the island, which begins on Wednesday and lasts for 10 days. Part of the preparations involve erecting magnificent penjors, which are great, tapering arcs of bamboo decorated with coconut leaves, outside the family home. Here’s ours in Sanur:  

Jan 30 2012

How to get to Java’s Pangandaran

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We previously wrote about Java’s answer to Kuta beach, the wonderful Pangandaran located on the south coast of West Java. It’s a fairly remote outpost off the main highway, disconnected from the rail network and seemingly a hassle to get to. But it’s really not as difficult as it first seems and here we explain … read the full post

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