Sep 23 2013

Learning to dive on the Togean islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Nemo?

While certainly not the cheapest place to learn to dive in Southeast Asia, the Togean Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia are nevertheless a fabulous place to pick up a new skill — diving. Say hello to a variety of marine life and beautiful coral in this fairly isolated archipelago, where dive sites are blissfully uncrowded. After … read the full post

Sep 14 2013

Factory outlet shopping in Bandung

Published by under Java

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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 10 2013

Piers of the Togean Islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Under the pier can be nice too.

When people think tropical islands they tend to dwell on the natural stuff: the palms swaying in a breeze warm enough to keep you in a light sweat but not bring on a cardiac arrest; the powdery soft white sand that squeaks between the toes; the turquoise waters with hints of coral, fish, sharks and … read the full post

Sep 06 2013

Where to stay on Indonesia’s Togean Islands

Published by under Sulawesi

Sifa Cottage: Does that hammock have your name on it or what?

Sulawesi’s Togean Islands offer just 10 main non-package orientated places to stay, ranging from firmly backpacker-orientated bungalow operations through to midrange options. The bulk of the accommodation is to the east of Wakai, the main port in the archipelago, and it’s also in this area that you’ll find the most options for daytrips, such as … read the full post

Sep 02 2013

Exploring Danau Tempe, Sangkeng, Sulawesi

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In dry season you can walk up here.

If you’re travelling overland from Bira to Rantepao in Sulawesi, the beautiful Tempe Lake at Sangkeng makes for the perfect spot to break up the journey. The town is right on the rim of the lake and it’s easy to arrange a boat to explore. We’d heard about the lake via the guesthouse we stayed … read the full post

Aug 30 2013

Cheap eats in Indonesia: Ikan bakar

Published by under Food

Ikan grilling party, Sulawesi somewhere.

Ikan bakar, or grilled fish, is an extremely popular and delicious dish in Indonesia (and Malaysia), served streetside, beachside and in restaurants. Ikan bakar is one of the very simplest dishes you’ll find both streetside and in fancier restaurants in Indonesia. When you’re not sure what to order from a menu, it’s a pretty safe … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

Review: Alila Soori, Bali

Published by under Accommodation

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While the Alila Soori isn’t going to be on any Bali budget place to stay shortlist, it certainly makes our Bali fantasy wishlist. Nestled into Bali’s southwest coast, well away from the hectic tourist bustle of the south, its minimalist style and beachside locale make it a great retreat for those looking for barefoot luxury. … read the full post

Aug 24 2013

Rantepao buffalo market

Published by under Sulawesi

It all ends here.

One of the key attractions for first-time visitors to Rantepao, the main tourist hub of Tana Toraja in Central Sulawesi, is attending a traditional funeral ceremony, which involves the sacrificing of large numbers of animals. Where exactly do the pigs and buffalo who meet their difficult deaths at these funerals come from? We went to … read the full post

Aug 19 2013

Review: Petitenget, Bali

Published by under Food

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Petitenget, named for the nearby temple and street, is an elegant, 1930s-feel restaurant serving creatively scrumptious meals and proving that you don’t need to be on the beach in Bali to be prominent on the island’s culinary map. We eat so often at Petitenget that we really have no excuse for not writing about it … read the full post

Aug 18 2013

Sulawesi’s Togean Islands with kids

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Take a leap.

Sulawesi’s Togean islands are a great place to unplug and get back to nature with your kids — though you’ll have to work a bit both to get here and while you’re here to get the most out of them. These few tips kept in mind ahead of a visit might help you keep your … read the full post

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