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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!

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 →

How to Climb Mount Ijen Without a Tour

The night hike up & into the crater of Mount Ijen is an intense, challenging & emotional experience – & it feels all the more satisfying when you accomplish it all on your own.

Ubud to Banyuwangi via Gilimanuk & Menjangan

Find out how to get to Mt Ijen in Java from Ubud & Gilimanuk in Bali and where to stay on the way, along with an optional snorkeling stopover at Menjangan Island.

Dili on a Dime: A Budget Travel Guide

Dili is arguably the most expensive capital of the poorest country in South-East Asia – but visiting this charming seaside city doesn’t have to break the bank.

Crossing the Border to East Timor Overland

Whether you’re travelling from Kupang, Kefemenanu or Atambua, be prepared for a long & bumpy road to the East Timor border – this is my personal journey…

The Long Road to Tamkessi Village

Tamkessi is a remote tribal village, similar to those found on Flores Island, with equally limited transport connections – so the question is, is it worth the trip? Read on…

How to Get a Visa to East Timor in Kupang

One of the main reasons travelers come to Kupang is to obtain a visa for East Timor. This can be done at the East Timor/Timor-Leste Consulate, south of the center of Kupang.

How to Get From Ende to Kupang by Sea & Air

The Savu Sea separates East Nusa Tenggara & West Timor, so overland travel is out – find out how to travel between Ende & Kupang by sea & air, including official ferry schedules!

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