Jun 30 2013

Bira, Sulawesi: First impressions

Published by under Sulawesi

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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

Published by under Food

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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

May 23 2013

Review: Kali Manik, Bali

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Bananas?

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

Published by under Gunung Agung

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

Published by under Gunung Agung

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

May 12 2013

Travelling to Komodo National Park with kids

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Exploring Seraya Island's viewpoints.

Flores is in general a very basic travelling experience and can be quite tough when it comes to travelling with children.  One of its key attractions is Komodo National Park, usually visited on a day trip from Labuan Bajo, Kanawa or Seraya islands, or as a stop on the Lombok-Sumbawa-Flores liveaboards. Here’s a rundown of … read the full post

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