Apr 17 2011

Just another Amed sunrise

Published by under Amed

We’re up in Amed for a long weekend with some friends who are visiting from Bangkok. We’ve rented a beachfront shack between the four of us (before you get jealous, that’s four adults plus four kids under five!) for a few days. If there is one definite upside to being in the possession of young … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

Driving around Bali: Amed to Lovina

You must have been thinking we were never going to get out of Amed, huh?! Compared to the windy coastal route from Candi Dasa to Amed the road onwards to Lovina is a breeze. It’s a long drive, but plain sailing with barely a hill along the way. That’s not to say it isn’t scenic, … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

One of Bali’s best coffees: Caswell’s

Published by under Food,Seminyak

It won’t win any awards for its decor, atmosphere, or location, but if you’re heading past Simpang Siur from the airport and onto Sunset Road and need a caffeine boost, Caswell’s is the place to make a quick stop. There’s another outlet inside Gourmet Garage in Jimbaran, but I haven’t made it there yet, and … read the full post

Apr 07 2011

Where is Bali’s best babi guling? Part 1

Published by under Food

Babi guling, or suckling pig, is one of Bali’s most famed dishes. The pig is stuffed and infused with a spicy concoction typically involving turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, black pepper and garlic, and traditionally spit-roasted. It’s also available at a range of warungs where locals flock for a quick lunch or dinner. Ibu Oka’s in … read the full post

Apr 04 2011

Jenggala paint a pot

Published by under Jimbaran

I often complain about the lack of things to do in Bali with toddlers. Jenggala paint a pot in Jimbaran won’t really help you with a two-year-old (that’s what Jari Menari is for…) but I’ve taken a three-year-old there with great success. Added bonus: the excellent coffee and cake at the cafe, and the ceramics … read the full post

Apr 02 2011

What is a good place to stay in Amed?

Published by under Accommodation,Amed

The area commonly referred to as Amed is actually a series of villages and bays running along the northeast coast of Bali. Known for black sand beaches, calm waters, fine snorkelling and impressive scenery, Amed forms a low-key counterpoint to the bustling yellow sand surf beaches of southern Bali. With over a half dozen beaches … read the full post

Mar 29 2011

Driving around Bali: Candi Dasa to Amed

For those doing a quick loop of Bali, from Candi Dasa the next logical stop is Amed, a beachside series of bays about an hour and a half north of Candi Dasa. It’s known for its black sand beaches, off-the-beach snorkelling and volcano vistas — it forms one of those all round “pleasurable place to … read the full post

Mar 26 2011

Driving around Bali: Sanur to Candi Dasa

We’re starting our trip around Bali from Sanur just because that is where we happen to live, and we’re aiming for Candi Dasa, a somewhat aging resort town to the northeast of Sanur. It’s an easy 90-minute drive if you take the direct route, but we’re not going to do that. The most direct route … read the full post

Mar 24 2011

Getting alcohol in Bali: Guest post by Anonymous Alcoholic

Published by under Bars & nightlife

“So it’s legal then?” I ask, as the grinning Indonesian fellow smiled across the table from me. He was going to injure himself if his smile stretched further. “Oh yes, Pak!” he assured me. I glanced down at the bottles of Swedish vodka, Scottish whiskey and American bourbon in front of me. The bottles were … read the full post

Mar 23 2011

Driving around Bali: Predeparture briefing

Bali is big, beautiful, round(ish) and dotted with interesting places to visit — perfect for a road trip. You can circumnavigate Bali in as little as a couple of days or as long as a couple of months, by car or by motorbike. We thought we’d zoom around the island and put together a suggested … read the full post

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