Jul 29 2013

Bali high season 2013

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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

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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

Jun 30 2013

Bira, Sulawesi: First impressions

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Bira is a holiday resort village at the tip of Sulawesi’s southwestern tentacle, boasting several squeaky white-sand beaches, beachside boatbuilding and offshore diving and snorkelling. While Westerners have been coming in dribs and drabs for years, it’s more recently become a very popular spot for weekend visitors from the surrounds and as far afield as … read the full post

Jun 19 2013

24 hours in Seminyak, Bali

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Sun sinking on Seminyak.

Seminyak. As much as many a traveller may sneer at it for being the tourist enclave it is, many a weary tourist ends up here for a night or two at the start or end of a Bali trip; some may even spend their whole time here, exploring the beach, cafes, bars and nightlife. But … read the full post

May 23 2013

Review: Kali Manik, Bali

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Kali Manik is a lovely three-bungalow eco-resort set on the black sands of Bali’s northern coast, about seven kilometres west of Seririt. If you’re looking for a relaxing midrange retreat where you can swing in a hammock, listen to birdsong and not do too much else, you’ve found it. But you could also base yourself … read the full post

May 21 2013

Review: The Menjangan, Bali

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Located smack-bang in West Bali National Park, The Menjangan is spread across 382 hectares — yes, it’s massive — though the actual development covers a very modest area. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded and plush beachside in Bali that’s a bit different, you enjoy nature-based activities and your budget stretches to luxe, it may … read the full post

May 20 2013

How to prepare for climbing Gunung Agung

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A prayer for the mountain.

Climbing Bali’s Gunung Agung is easily the most physically taxing activity I have ever done. And while this was my second attempt (the first was unsuccessful as someone in our group couldn’t go on), I still wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. Other climbers I saw on the day were not prepared at … read the full post

May 19 2013

Photos from the summit of Gunung Agung on Bali

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An offering from one of the guides.

Gunung Agung is the tallest and most revered peak on the Indonesian island of Bali. On a clear day (billboards not withstanding) it can be seen from just about anywhere on the island. Last year as a part of the World Nomads travel writer scholarship programme, I made an attempt on the peak but we … read the full post

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