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Asia » Indonesia » Bali April 17th 2015

If you are staying in Indonesia for more than 30 days I can see no reason why you would not get a visa extension from the Immigration Office by yourself. Yes it takes three visits. They are all bureaucratic and not difficult. Even if you pay an agency $40 or more to do two visits for you you still have to go for the second visit to get your photo and fingerprints taken. And probably more importantly when you use an agent you lose control of the process. Hopefully a quick description of our experience will help some future applicants. Of course, thing might change soon because the Indonesian government is increasingly understanding the potential value of the tourist dollar. We were under the impression you could do everything in three days and had this idea ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Penida April 16th 2015

Nusa Penida is an island 18km South East of Bali and it might as well be a lifetime. Whilst every other person on Bali is a tourist on Nusa Penida there was only a handful. We had been told to wait four days for our visa extension by the Denpasar Immigration Office and decided to heed the advice of guesthouse owner: 'why don't you go to the islands'. We could have gone to Nusa Lembongan, Penida's smaller neighbour, and opted for Penida when we found out it was less developed. Just getting there was trial. Getting tickets was easy and we loaded up our stuff on to the high speed ferry over the stern outboards straight from the beach at 8am that morning. There was plenty of space at the front seats and we soon discovered ... read more
Gunung Agung in Bali from the beach on Nusa Penida
Delivering fish from the market in Bali
These two fish straight off the boat cost us 10,000INR

Asia » Indonesia » Bali April 11th 2015

On the ferry to Lombok, April 11, 2015 We arrived in Bali on the ferry from Java (possibly the slowest ferry trip in the world) with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension. Anticipation because we knew there was great coral reefs and sea life: Apprehension because we had to extend our Indonesian Visas and the rowdy image of Southern Bali, which we desperately wanted to avoid, preceded it. In the end it turned out to be exciting ten day adventure. On the ferry we met a French couple and we shared a taxi to Permuteran which cut the cost. We had unnecessarily booked ahead at the top tripadvisor choice, the Taruna Homestay. It was very nice with a warm pool, hot shower and large room. It did not match the Kapang Indah hotel in Banyuwangi and ... read more
Eel on the loose
Scorpion fish
Fish everywhere

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Legian March 31st 2015

Hi everyone Sending you our very best wishes for a lovely Easter time - hope you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones over the period. Springtime is such a wonderful season - enjoy. Here is a quick update on our travels since leaving Cambodia. We returned to THAILAND on 5 March, arriving into Bangkok, after a mammoth 10 hour coach trip where we literally squeezed in a short visit to Jim Thompson's house (the legendary American adventurer, entrepreneur, art collector and businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry and "disappeared" in 1967 whilst visiting a friend in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia) before heading back down to Koh Lanta. We couldn't resist spending a few more days on this lovely island and enjoying a couple more dives at the excellent Ko ... read more
Bangkok - Khao San Road
Koh Lanta - Emerald Resort, Khong Klong Beach
Koh Lanta - Saladan

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur March 30th 2015

I spent this morning catching up on some personal admin - writing up this blog and booking flights etc for tomorrow. Flying first of all to Kuala Lumpur seemed the less painful ( cheapest and shortest route to point me in the desired direction) and then onto Krabi - south Thailand. Finding also a well recommended hostel in Krabi I was pleased with my lot. Glancing briefly at facebook I saw that the Australian man I had met previously on Gili Air was staying up the road - also in Sanur. I messaged him and headed off to meet him for a catch up - finding him in a sports bar watching the semi final of the cricket - Australia v India! Thankfully it was soon to be half time, so we headed to his hotel ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 20th 2015

Yesterday evening Danielle and I booked to be taken an hours drive north to a small town called Ubod. One way was 60,000 rupiah - £3 with just having to make your own way back. On the journey up I sat next to and chatted with a nice man from Holland. We all got dropped off at a central car park from which the monkey forest was signposted so we decided that would be our first stop. Only about a ten minute walk away, paying a small entry fee and picking up a map we headed in. The forest was quite small with obvious paths and easily signposted quite a novelty really after the walking I did in Malaysia! There were stalls selling big bunches of bananas to feed to the macaques, which of course the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak March 19th 2015

Not feeling hugely motivated to rush out of bed I didn't and had a lay in. After enjoying the ( included in the price ) breakfast I spent the next couple of hours researching flights out from Bali, as my visa is expiring in 10 days time. After chatting to the staff and working out that there is no public transport on the huge island, and so obvious difficulties for getting around I headed out first to get my haircut! Having had a few issues with my feet this last week - first small sores that became infected - dirty, dusty roads and pavements with hot sweaty feet in cheap sandals. After being treated and purchasing some more sandals these also decided they were going to rub against my feet but a different area! Plasters not ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 7th 2015

Ubud / Bali Von Java aus gings mit der Fähre nach Bali, und ich verbrachte 4 Tage in Ubud bzw. hab ich wieder mal auf einem Moped die Gegend erkundet. Zu sehen gab's den Sacret Monkey Forest, viele Reisterrassen und den Vulkan Batur. Die Reisterrassen waren die Entschädigung für den braunen Sumpf in SaPa und den Regen in China 2013 :-) Mt. Batur Normalerweise braucht man für den Aufstieg auf den Mt. Batur einen Guide. Nicht weils so schwierig wäre, sondern weils eine Abzocke ist. Nachdem ich das gehört habe, hab ich mich schlau gemacht, und bin ein bisserl hinterwärts herumgefahren, um nicht am "Haupteingang" vorbeizukommen, wo die ganzen Schlawiner ihren Opfern auflauern :-P Durch diesen schlauen Schachzug hab ichs geschafft, dass ich den ganzen Berg für mich allein hatte :-) Ach ja, die ganzen Touren ... read more
Affen im Sacred Monkey Forest
Elefant im Sacred Monkey Forest
Komodo Dragon (Waran) im Sacred Monkey Forest

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 5th 2015

The island of Bali is undoubtedly one of the most visited areas in South East Asia. It is also one of the most controversial spots on Earth. While the construction boom threatens to destroy what’s left of spectacular nature, tourists fight their way through it to find their hidden corner. In the meantime, thousands of magnificent Hindu temples color the never ending urban sprawl, telling the story of the unique Balinese culture. Most of the stories I heard about Bali were quite positive. To be honest they were told by some people that visited it a decade ago or so. Things have changed dramatically. The southern half of the island is completely urbanized, with hundreds of villages connected to each other in an endless concrete jungle. The northern half still preserves an authentic natural spirit, but ... read more
Local workers
Goa Gajah
Gunung Kawi

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Padangbai March 2nd 2015

Consisting of over 17,000 islands—or more, depending on what statistics you look at—Indonesia is a beautiful and diverse country. I was lucky enough to spend a month this past winter break in Indonesia, spending my time in the islands of Bali, Lombok (Gili Air and Meno off of Lombok), and Java. Traveling the whole country was an amazing experience: people are friendly and welcoming; the food is delicious and diverse in flavor; the beaches are beautiful; the countryside is stunning; and cultural landmarks are everywhere you look. I arrived in Bali on a late afternoon, and the driver that picked up me up took me straight to Ubud. From the first hours in town, I knew I would greatly enjoy the island. My senses were inundated from all sides. The smells were amazing; incense was everywhere; ... read more
Lotus Pond
Water Temple
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