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.
Like its fruit namesake, Jakarta is a shock at first sight & smell – a spiky & stinking megacity of overpopulation & urban sprawl!
The magnificent Prambanan temple complex is just 17km northeast of Yogyakarta, easily accessible on the city’s excellent & cheap local bus network.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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…