Sep 24 2012

Finn’s Beach Club, Bali

Published by under Bukit peninsula

Just awful.

We’re all for enjoying simple days beachside in Bali and love it when we can just be left alone to soak up the rays and dip in the thundering surf. Usually we’re partial to doing it on the cheap — think swim, sand and nasi goreng at Balangan for instance — but sometimes it’s worth … read the full post

Sep 16 2012

Indonesia’s Krakatoa

Published by under Java

Krak 1.

I stop halfway up steep, dusty Anak Krakatau for a rest. As I stand, I hear a slow rumbling. My legs begin to shake; this isn’t from fatigue, though. The earth is moving – literally – and as the volcano sways, I can’t steady myself. An earthquake is more than the Indonesian adventure I’d bargained … read the full post

Sep 02 2012

Budget accommodation options in Pangandaran

Published by under Java

Just another magical sunset on the south coast of Java

It’s no secret that we here at Travelfish.org are big fans of the Javanese beach resort town of Pangandaran, roughly half way between Bandung and Yogyakarta. It’s one of those places that immediately entices you to relax because of its peaceful surrounding forest, rows of beach bars and some terrific budget accommodation. These are some … read the full post

Aug 31 2012

Review: The Bistrot, Seminyak

Published by under Food

bistrotupstairs

The Bistrot has only just opened its gleaming glass doors and is a seductive, stylish addition to the busy scene on Bali’s Jalan Laksmana, or Eat Street, in Seminyak. We stopped by this week for a peek and after-dinner dessert and loved the decor, from the exposed brick walls, antique decorative telephones and semi-open kitchen … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Where is Bali’s best babi guling: Part 4

Published by under Food

Crackling, skin, heaven -- call it what you like.

Isn’t it always the way that you overlook what’s staring you in the face? It took me a while to try the babi guling at Sari Kembar in Seminyak, most likely because it’s the nearest joint to my own house. But I’ve now been back several times, and each time the serving has been really … read the full post

Aug 26 2012

Jakarta: A photo essay

Published by under Java

Modern architecture is starting to make an impact in Jakarta

Jakarta. The steaming capital of the fourth most populous nation on earth and home to anywhere between 10 and 19 million people. It has a reputation among travellers as being one of the worst places to visit in Indonesia and a place with absolutely nothing for visitors — meaning they want to escape elsewhere quickly. … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Review: Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus

Published by under Food

Yum, and yum again.

UPDATE: Black Pepper has been closed. We’ll fill you in on what opens in the now vacant space, if anything. A name like Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus is likely to conjure up images of waiters on unicycles, or perhaps juggling barmen – our curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Accommodation in Surabaya

Published by under Java

Surabaya has some stunning colonial architecture

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second biggest city behind Jakarta and we’ve previously written about the many activities that can be undertaken both in the city itself and the nearby town of Trowulan, where temples from the 14th century Majapahit empire still stand tall. But visiting such a large city can often pose a problem of where … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

Anomali coffee, Seminyak

Published by under Food

Mmm, coffee.

If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads north). Anomali has branched out from … read the full post

Jul 30 2012

Pasar Badung, Denpasar

Published by under Shopping

Limes and soursop.

The thing about Pasar Badung, Denpasar‘s main market, is that you’ve got to get up early to make the most of it. Early. I arrived shortly after 07:00 on my last visit, all bleary-eyed and self-congratulatory, but still felt like I was late to the party, even though the market’s open, in theory at least, … read the full post

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