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Banda Aceh Self-Guided Tsunami Tour

A decade after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Banda Aceh has been resurrected & rebuilt – but memories & monuments of the disaster still linger around every corner.

Pulau Weh: Diving on a Backpacker Budget

The beaches are crystal clear aqua blue but don’t expect luxury at Pulau Weh – this is well-trodden backpacker territory.

Where to Find Kopi Luwak in Bukittinggi: World’s Most Expensive Coffee

The world’s most expensive coffee comes from the poo of the civet cat – read about the full Kopi Luwak process here!

Searching for Rafflesia in Bukittinggi: World’s Largest Flower

Join us in the jungles of Bukittinggi, Indonesia in search of the largest flower in the world, the rare & elusive Rafflesia…

Bukittinggi, Sianok Canyon & Padang Food

It may not be easy to get to but once you’re there, Bukittinggi is a laid-back highland town of natural beauty, historical significance & Padang cuisine.

Jakarta Budget Travel Guide: What to See & Do

Like its fruit namesake, Jakarta is a shock at first sight & smell – a spiky & stinking megacity of overpopulation & urban sprawl!

Prambanan by Local Bus from Yogyakarta

The magnificent Prambanan temple complex is just 17km northeast of Yogyakarta, easily accessible on the city’s excellent & cheap local bus network.

Borobudur by Local Bus from Yogyakarta

Forget the tours & guides – read about the history & design of Borobudur & find out how to visit the world’s largest Buddhist temple by local bus for as little as 3,600 IDR!

Visit Yogyakarta: A Budget Travel Guide

Yogyakarta is the capital city of the Yogyakarta Special Region & the most popular tourist destination in Java – not because it’s anything special itself but for its proximity to the archaeological wonders of Borobodur & Prambanan.

How to Hike Mount Bromo for Free & Without a Tour

Mount Bromo National Park is best explored on your own two feet – here’s how to hike it for free & without a tour AND still see 2 volcano views, cross the Sea of Sand & look into the mouth of an… Continue Reading →

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