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

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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

Jun 07 2013

Review: Nook, Umalas, Bali

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Nook is a cute little warung that opened up a few months ago in Umalas, just north of Seminyak, serving excellent Indonesian food as well as a few Western options, in basic but stylishly simple surrounds. Overlooking a patch of paddy that can’t last for much longer as the developers move in, it’s a pretty … read the full post

Jun 05 2013

Review: Habitual, Umalas, Bali

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Habitual is a small little day-time cafe tucked away in Bali’s Umalas, an area that’s starting to thrive when it comes to cute little food joints. Open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a pleasant pitstop — and if you love burgers, it’s worthy of a diversion if you’re staying in nearby Seminyak. Decor is a … read the full post

May 29 2013

Review: Warung Hotei, Umalas

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Warung Hotei is a breezy, shabby chic-style restaurant nestled into a picturesque patch of paddy just north of Seminyak. Serving up a range of well executed Asian and Western dishes and some scrumptious desserts at reasonable prices, if you’re looking to escape the mad traffic of the Petitenget area, it’s a fine choice. It seems … read the full post

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