Jan 30 2012

How to get to Java’s Pangandaran

Published by under Java

We previously wrote about Java’s answer to Kuta beach, the wonderful Pangandaran located on the south coast of West Java. It’s a fairly remote outpost off the main highway, disconnected from the rail network and seemingly a hassle to get to. But it’s really not as difficult as it first seems and here we explain … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Train travel in Java

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Indonesia is a massive archipelago spanning over 5,000 kilometres from its western tip in Aceh to the eastern border in Papua, and travelling across this huge country requires the use of a wide variety of transport (including boats, which we cover here). On the densely populated island of Java, which is the home to more … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Waka Shorea

When we pulled into the main road entrance to the Waka Shorea in north Bali, we thought we’d pulled into the wrong driveway. But we pushed on. And still, we weren’t quite sure if we were supposed to be here. A staff member however did emerge, directed us to park our car in an overgrown … read the full post

Jan 03 2012

Photo: Sand at Medewi Beach, Bali

Published by under Photos

Best known to surfers, Medewi is an enchanting spot in West Bali that catches some especially great waves but also has a laidback, rural vibe. There aren’t many places to stay, and most of the best ones are very low-key homestay spots that double as surf schools. As there are both good beginner and advanced … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

Bali to Java by bus

Published by under Java,Transport

Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, attracting more and more visitors every year; for some, the number of fellow tourists is just too high and there is a strong desire to high-tail it right out of there. That’s where Bali’s western neighbour comes into the picture: Java, a long slender island … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Photo: John Hardy jewellery showroom

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This beautiful bamboo building, a showroom for John Hardy jewellery, is open for visits by appointment only — you’re supposed to go to see the jewellery, but the building is so impressive, architecture buffs should come for a peek at the structure alone. Bali and bamboo has been in the news lately, with AP doing … read the full post

Dec 03 2011

Robbed then “murdered” in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

It was over before it began: a motorbike’s engine goes down a gear, I lean back towards my open car door to let the bike pass, the driver grabs my shoulder bag and I scream — teaching my two children, still in the back seat of the car, a few choice swear words as my … read the full post

Dec 01 2011

Ubud in a day, the lazy way

Published by under Ubud

This isn’t a piece about seeing all the sights around Ubud at a cracking pace, but rather about suggesting some tips on doing what one can really do best in Ubud: chill out, eat, relax, eat, take it easy, eat, hang out… eat — you get the picture. Check into your hotel — see our … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Yoga in Ubud

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When you say Ubud, some people may think “Yoga!”  — or, even, “Hippies!” — yet the offerings may not be quite as extensive as the tourist-town’s reputation would have you expect. Yoga Barn really has the market cornered for yoga in the style that Westerners are after, while Taksu is another decent offering, though it … read the full post

Nov 17 2011

Yoga in Bali: Seminyak/Canggu

Published by under Seminyak

Having covered a few yoga studios in Sanur, it’s time to have a squizz at the Seminyak and Canggu areas of Bali. Top of the list for a drop-in class while you’re holidaying in this area of Bali has to be stunning, back-to-nature Desa Seni, with its open-air, alang-alang roofed Tri Murti studio. This is … read the full post

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