Cafe Batavia in Jakarta

Thirsty Thursdays: Cafe Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia

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 between rich and poor. It was undoubtedly our trip to the harbourside slums that stands Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Cafe Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia[…]

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

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 like them all in equal measures. Yes, sure I’m a travelling Northern Irishman who likes Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: The World’s Rarest Coffee in Munduk, Bali, Indonesia[…]

Arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia and An Apology To Rodrigo

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 to meet up and travel round a few parts of Indonesia. Panny Yu was in Read more about Arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia and An Apology To Rodrigo[…]

Backpacking in Bali, Indonesia: Gitgit Waterfall and Rice Fields

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 cloudy misty day in North Bali ensured the weather would suit the occasion. This is Read more about Backpacking in Bali, Indonesia: Gitgit Waterfall and Rice Fields[…]

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

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 enter. I was there with my Brazilian mate Rodrigo as part of a day long Read more about Backpacking in Bali, Indonesia: Ulun Danu: Temple On The Lake[…]

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

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 honest I hadn’t researched it at all and for that reason, when we stepped out Read more about Backpacking in Java: Touring Prambanan (Prammy B) Hindu Temple[…]

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

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 Yogyakarta. We were on a full day tour of the area around central Java and Read more about Borobudur: The Biggest Buddha Temple In The World, Java, Indonesia[…]

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

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 the Old City), we arrived after a very short drive at the Tamansari. Which is Read more about Backpacking in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia: Tamansari – The Water Castle[…]