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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Rinjani March 5th 2014

One thing I really wanted to do on this trip to Lombok was to climb Mt Rinjani. I first saw Mt Rinjani in 2012 from the summit of Mt Agung in Bali, it was peeking out of the clouds and from then on it was on my list. Rinjani is the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia at 3726m and has a 6 km x 8.5 km caldera. Segara Anak, the crater lake partially fills the caldera with a small volcano (Gunung Barujari) contained inside that again. Other interesting scientific facts can be read on the link below. So....having booked the flights without really doing any homework I found out that the Rinjani National Park is closed in March due to the wet season. Damn.... However, after reading through as many trip reports/reviews that I ... read more
Entrance to Rinjani Park
My trek buddy

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 5th 2014

3-4 mars (Kuta, ile de Bali, Indonesie) On est en basse saison a Bali. Il y a trop de commerces pour le peu de touristes dans les quartiers. Les gens sont insistants: "Come my shop! Come my shop! Welcome my friend! Want Foot massage? Rafting? Look my shop!" Ca me rappelle la Thailande tout ca. Alors que je me fais dorloter sur une table de massage (5$ pour 1 heure. Qui dit mieux?) , une balinaise s'offre pour me couper les ongles pour quelques dollars... et une autre veut m'epiler la poitrine (!)... et l'autre qui veut me pedicurer aussi... tout en meme temps!! "Haircut? More handsome man with haircut." A la nuit tombee, l'artere principale s'envenime et la fete s'allume comme un feu. Chaos. La frenesie s'empare des bars et des clubs plus bruyants des ... read more
Tite grenouille
Mais qui exactement veut s'acheter une grosse quequette en bois pour ouvrir sa biere?

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur March 4th 2014

Worst Boat Disembarkation Ever – more later…… Sanur, Day 1 We booked a oneway speedboat from Gili T to Sanur with Super Scoot – seemed to be the only company doing this route, which goes via Lembongan and takes 2 ½ hours. We asked around and paid 375,000IDR - prices ranges from this up to a million at our hotel (haha no, we said). Left luggage at the boat office and it was put on board for us – this was good, as it was a little bit of a climb up a ladder to get on, but only ankle-deep in the sea. You can sit outside at the back – a bit fumy from the engines and bumpy at times, but neither of us felt sick. Until we stopped at Lembongan. We hadn’t noticed that ... read more
Leaving Gili T
Our room at Laghawa Beach Inn Hotel

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok March 2nd 2014

We took a weeks break in Lombok March 2 - 9. Primary purpose for trip was to relax in a very good hotel. Flights - Perth/Lombok/Perth with Jetstar. Direct flights 3hrs 40 mins Cost - $322 pp Accommodation - Sudamala Sengiggi Sudamala was truly fantastic. We booked all 7 nights here and after day 1 we were wishing it were for longer. Communication- We booked Sudamala directly by email and the communications pre-departure were excellent- clear and timely. We opted for a package- pool villa, breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 massages and return airport transfers and negotiated a good price (price we got was a lot better than the published offer on their website). We paid 50% deposit via credit card pre departure. Arrival- Our driver, Zul, collected us. He is a great ambassador for th ... read more
Coffee/Tea making

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 2nd 2014

Yesterday was very lazy. We walked towards the northern end of the island (took about 10 minutes) to the beach opposite the Horizontal Hotel, where our hotel said the best snorkelling was to be had. There were some very comfortable-looking sunbeds in front of a beach restaurant called Gili Café (wifi worked fabulously on the beach too) and we could use them for free if we bought drinks, lunch etc. No problem with this plan, except that the reef was quite dead there and so we had to walk a little bit further north, then drift down with the current. They are trying to encourage new coral growth with sunken metal cages through which an electric current is passed, which speeds the process up X4. Hothot day reading and swimming, fantastic views to Gili Meno, and ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 1st 2014

Well here we are in Bali. Hope everyone is surviving the wicked cold if you're back home. Think spring!! We had a smooth trip down to Bali from Thailand flying from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur and onto Bali in a few hours. The first thing we noticed was the humidity compared to the dry heat we experienced in Thailand. Bali is on the end of the rainy season and rains often through the night but is clear and sunny during the day. We're very happy with our Balinese style cottage hotel. The buildings and grounds are decorated in marble, carved wood and fancy concrete mouldings. The pool just outside our room is surrounded by lots of greenery and shrubs. For me it is paradise as I am a pool conisure! Our cottage is spacious, clean and ... read more
Kuta Beach
Buying shorts and getting a foot scrub!

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 28th 2014

ATM info Part 2! If you do as I did and forget to take your card out it will be eaten by the machine, but do not panic! If you are sure this has happened, you can go into the bank (if it is attached to one) and they will open the machine for you and give it back. It won’t be cancelled. Of course, not a good idea if you think someone has taken it, although a UK debit card isn’t really any use to anyone. Sam still can’t remember her number ( and has been giving herself a hard time about it), and as the bank has reset it twice now she is all out of attempts and it is dead! She still knows the numbers, but not the order……. Ditto her credit card. ... read more
Funeral procession
Speedboat to Gilis
Sarong seller and customers

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Legian February 27th 2014

We left Sanur and headed off to our next destination of Ubud, a town regarded as the cultural capital of Bali. An hour long taxi journey took us inland, climbing steadily all the way as it set at a high altitude (Ubud was the location of the book “Eat Pray Love”, later turned into a film starring Julia Roberts). As we made the gradual ascent, it was wonderful to look out over the endless green paddy fields rolling on and on between the steep jungle ravines. With a little trepidation, we opened the imposing gates into the grounds of our next accommodation, the Bali Breeze bungalows ( They are located just off the noisy main road, opposite a busy petrol station and it didn’t seem like the same location we had carefully researched and selected beforehand. ... read more
Duck Satay Anyone?
Mount Batur and Beyond
Bali By Bike

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 26th 2014

I showed some views of Ubud sixteen posts ago. I returned there in June 2012 and paid what must be my 4th or 5thvisit to Ubud, mindful of the town’s fame as the centre of Balinese art. I bought some traditional paintings there twenty-five years ago, and this year visited with the intention of studying the art properly. I head the name Bali for the first time back in London in the Swinging Sixties. A girlfriend recounted how, travelling the ‘Hippy Trail’ she and a friend arrived in a new place and were dropped off at the market. She said that the king looked out of his palace and sent a servant to fetch the visitors to stay in the palace: which they did … for at least a week. She described a paradise and my ... read more
... and my second.
My second teacher
Mid Twentieth Century Painting

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 26th 2014

Stair rods - trapped! Unable to go anywhere right now unless we wear our attractive ponchos! Important info for travellers: the ATMs are quite unlike those in the UK. Last night, discovered my debit card was missing, last used in the ATM on the main road. Must have forgotten to take it out, but how? Discovered today when resorting to taking out cash with my credit card that the money comes out first, then a delay, then it says transaction over and asks you to exit. No sign of card until you press it - stressful, as it looks like the machine has eaten it, and very easy when chatting with your travel buddy to get over-excited by the appearance of cash and forget that you haven't got your card. No warning beeping. Sad face!!!! No ... read more
Banana overload at breakfast!
In a restaurant
Scary artwork!

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