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Cafe Batavia in Jakarta

Thirsty Thursdays: Cafe Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Jakarta in Indonesia is just colossal! My visit there last year was a good one. We got around the city a fair bit and were amazed that it has both posh shopping malls and dingy slum markets with huge contrasts …

Thirsty Thursdays: The World’s Rarest Coffee in Munduk, Bali, Indonesia

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When I started Thirsty Thursdays last week, I was thinking of alcohol related stories, but a friend got me thinking…being thirsty as a traveller can involve water, fruit juice, coffee, tea or any drink really! And I must admit I …

Arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia and An Apology To Rodrigo

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Arrival in Jakarta was expected to be a straight forward meeting with my Brazilian friend Rodrigo. He was touring South East Asia at the time and because I live in Hong Kong and had a week off work, we agreed …

Backpacking in Bali, Indonesia: Gitgit Waterfall and Rice Fields

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As I mentioned before, waterfalls rarely disappoint. In fact I have never met anyone who said “I went to a shit waterfall today”. This was a trip to Gitgit waterfall, not the most sensible title by any means but a …

Backpacking in Bali, Indonesia: Ulun Danu: Temple On The Lake

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So to the dreamy Ulun Danu, a pretty pagoda temple situated on this lake in northern Bali, Indonesia. I had seen postcards of it before I went there and was intrigued. There was an entrance fee of 10,000 Rupees to …

Backpacking in Java: Touring Prambanan (Prammy B) Hindu Temple

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Our tour of backpacking in Java also led us to the wonderful Prambanan, a series of Hindu Temples in the countryside 17 kilometres east of the city of Yogyakarta. This was the last stop on our day trip and to be …

Borobudur: The Biggest Buddha Temple In The World, Java, Indonesia

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Borobudur sits on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is quite simply the largest Buddha Temple in the world. So it just had to be seen…and it was of course included in my top 7 sights in and around …

Backpacking in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia: Tamansari – The Water Castle

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Our ongoing day tour of central Java in Indonesia continued to delight. We were mainly focused around the city of Yogyakarta (which is also sometimes spelt Jogjakarta). Just after visiting the Sultan’s Palace, housed inside the Kraton (City Walls of …

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