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

Published by under Sulawesi

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

Aug 12 2013

A quick loop around Sulawesi

Published by under Sulawesi

Ho hum, another day exploring.

Ahh Sulawesi: that fabulous octopus-shaped island to the east of Indonesia’s Kalimantan. We set aside almost two months to explore the place, yet time flies quickly here, especially once you strand yourself on the Togean Islands … for three weeks. Here are a few of the highlights. Makassar This is where we started, and ended, … read the full post

Jul 29 2013

Bali high season 2013

Published by under Events

Drop into Finn's.

August is just around the corner, which means it’s party-time in (south) Bali. Now’s the time to either escape to the north — our pick would be Kali Manik or Amed for a quiet few days – or embrace the whole scene and snap up tickets for the best parties Bali has to offer for 2013. … read the full post

Jul 13 2013

Travelling with children in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

Published by under Sulawesi

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Tana Toraja in the mountains of central South Sulawesi makes for an intriguing stop in Indonesia if you’re travelling with children, though not all the key attractions are suited to them. Blood spurting from a staggering, about-to-die buffalo at a traditional funeral? Not for our six- and five-year-old, no. But walks through paddy to see … read the full post

Jul 10 2013

Coffee in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

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One of the most prominent wares for sale in the markets of Rantepao is Tana Toraja’s famed coffee. Tana Toraja is the main coffee growing area in Sulawesi and many shops and stalls will grind up freshly roasted beans for you into a powder — a rather more useful souvenir than some of the others … read the full post

Jul 08 2013

Liukang Loe Island, Sulawesi

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If you’re looking to slip the weekend crowds of Sulawesi’s Bira, Liukang Loe Island beckons just offshore, a 15-40 minute boat ride away (depending on weather). With two homestays, no traffic, two mosques and a lovely long beach with sand perfect for castle-making, it’s a great little spot to just chill. There’s a homestay at either … read the full post

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