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Payogan Homestay: Bali

Payogan Homestay: Bali

Debra Lynkowski and her partner Marc Archambault spent 6 weeks at a Bali homestay during their mid-life, 8-month trip around world. Bali surprised me more than any other place in our round-the-world trip. We chose the … Read entire article »

Yogyakarta: This may be Indonesia but it sure isn’t Bali

Yogyakarta: This may be Indonesia but it sure isn’t Bali

Yogyakarta, also called Jogjakarta, Yogya and Jogja, is located in the middle of the island of Java and is known for its classical art and culture. Yogya lies in an area susceptible to earthquakes and … Read entire article »

Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Java is the most populous island in Indonesia and the majority of people there now practice Islam. At one time, however, Buddhism and Hinduism were widespread and there are two temples on the island that … Read entire article »

Borobudur Temple, Java, one of the world’s great Buddhist monuments

Borobudur Temple, Java, one of the world’s great Buddhist monuments

One of the reasons foreign tourists go to Yogyakarta in central Java, Indonesia is to visit the Borobudur Temple, which is 42 km outside the city. Borobudur Temple, one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the … Read entire article »

Visiting the Tirtha Empul Temple during the full moon

Visiting the Tirtha Empul Temple during the full moon

What is Tirtha Empul? Tirtha Empul is one of the most important Hindu temples in Bali. It is in the village of Tampaksiring, about 18 km north of Ubud. In English it is called the Holy … Read entire article »

Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love was Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir about her one-year spiritual journey to three destinations including Ubud, Bali. After it was released in 2006, foreign visitors seeking a similar experience started flocking there … Read entire article »

Has Bali lost its way?

Has Bali lost its way?

It took more than 30 years for me to return to Bali, the Indonesian island lying between Java and Lombok, so I had to expect changes. I was there in the 1970s, before the tourism … Read entire article »

Should you “vote with your feet” and skip the Besakih Temple in Bali?

Should you “vote with your feet” and skip the Besakih Temple in Bali?

The Mother Temple of Bali may be the most important temple on the whole island but foreign visitors increasingly skip it because it’s not worth the hassle. “This place is run by gangsters, ” says … Read entire article »

“Will they bite me?” Visiting a Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali

“Will they bite me?” Visiting a Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali

Hanging out with monkeys is not my idea of fun for they can be quite aggravating and even a little scary. But they’re also cute, especially the babies. So when I found myself walking past … Read entire article »

You’re never too old to start snorkeling

You’re never too old to start snorkeling

There’s this resort town on the east coast of Bali called Candidasa, a place the Lonely Planet describes as “slouching into idle age”. The book goes on to say that the “relaxed ambiance and sweeping … Read entire article »

The women who carry rocks on their heads

The women who carry rocks on their heads

I was staying at a B&B in the middle of a rice field on the edge of Ubud in Bali. It’s not far from one of the touristy streets but you can’t get to it … Read entire article »

The Day of Silence when Bali shuts its door

The Day of Silence when Bali shuts its door

When I first heard about Nyepi I didn’t quite get it. Like there is a day in Bali when everything shuts down and no one is allowed in or out? Seaports and airports are closed … Read entire article »

The rice fields of Bali, Indonesia

The rice fields of Bali, Indonesia

When you drive the back roads of Bali you cannot help but be struck by the sheer physical beauty of the place—the land that runs from the volcanoes down to the sea, thousands of swaying … Read entire article »

Komodo dragons and other Indonesian adventures

Komodo dragons and other Indonesian adventures

Why ever would you go across the world to see the largest living lizards? Why not, says Matthew Reinhardus Indonesia was a great place to visit because it was just so cheap and I could live … Read entire article »