Blogs from Gilli Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, Asia


Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan May 19th 2016

Our adventure continues as we leave Bali for the Gili Islands.... read more
Bartering at the boat dock
Our boat to Gili T
Welcome Sign at Gili T

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 10th 2016

I have a really bad story and a really good story. I'm going to start with the really bad one. I have had an easy go of things on this trip. I've gotten lucky with the weather and with people and, although I've had cranky days, nothing horrible has happened to me. It still hasn't, but Kuta was pretty close. So my flight was delayed an hour, which pushed it from an 8:40pm flight to a 9:40pm flight. I got on the plane and was seated in a middle seat (which I knew) in the row IN FRONT OF THE EXIT ROW (so the seats don't recline. UGH) and in between two guys with really bad breath. The flight was spent attempting to sleep even though the lights were on in the plane the whole time ... read more
Gili T Sunset
View to Gili Meno

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 8th 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016 After a quick breakfast we headed to the mini bus with Nicole and after 30 minutes we arrived at a small restaurant by the port and were told to wait for 1 hour as the boat didn't leave until 10am. At 9:55am we were told to get into a horse drawn cart which would take us 100 metres to the port. As we were about to climb in I asked whether we had to pay for this and the driver said 'yes'. My South East Asia conning radar was now switched back on having been turned off in Malaysia. I told Nicole who was climbing into her own cart and 2 other girls getting into their cart. I told them that we should walk, but the sneaky horse men had left our ... read more
Underwater shot
Chris and his turtle
Our turtle friend

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 9th 2016

18th October Had my last breakfast at the hotel, all the staff are so friendly, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is coming to Ubud. Checked out and got my pick up at 10.30am. One hour drive to Padang Bai. I'm like on my own, didn't have a clue where I was going, went into this restaurant and got a ticket for the boat and sat and ate food.. Chicken satay, rice and a mango shake (can't get enough of them..haha) a couple sat on the table with me, was talking about where we've been, general traveling talk, then a little rat ran across the beam of the restaurant and went into the little offering baskets that were up high and took the food.. Haha. Some people would freak out and scream, but it's ... read more
bintang on the beach
Padang Bai
Chicken satay

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 30th 2015

Après une bonne heure de bateau à chiquer avec un vieux marin, me voilà arrivé au beau milieu d'une carte postale. Les Gilis sont trois îles minuscules séparant Bali de Lombok, l'île adjacente. À peine arrivé à Gili Tranwangan, ou Gili T comme ils l'appellent ici, le rêve commence. L'eau est d'un turquoise presque fluo et les palmiers ombragent les bars et villas sur la plage. Ici pas de voiture, pas de soucis, et pas de police. Ce qui signifie que la drogue, condamnable de la peine de mort en Indonésie, y circule à flot. J'arrive dans mon hostel, où trois blancs et deux indonésiens discutent dans la rue en buvant des bières (il est 10:30 du mat). Deux suédois et un anglais, les deux autres sont les réceptionnistes. Le white crew m'invite à les accompagner ... read more
À peine un souffle de vent
Fishing boat

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan August 20th 2015

Senggigi We arrived in Lombok and stayed a few days in Senggigi before taking a bus and boat to the beautiful Gili Islands. Senggigi is a small seaside tourist village, its ok for a quick stop over, but it does not appeal for a longer stay. When you drive over the hills Senggigi offers stunning scenery, green hills, lush tropical trees, beautiful blue sparkling ocean and many beaches with glittering silver sand. The views were breathtaking, but get close and you will see water bottles floating on the ocean, rubbish on the sides of the road and beaches with litter mixed through the sand. It is so bad I would not even sit on the beach. We watch as a group of local families eat their takeaway meals on the beach, and get up and leave ... read more
spending the day at mowies
relaxing in gili air
track around island gili air lined with beach restaurants

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 20th 2015

I write in honesty. I am on a journey, as are we all. My explorations in Indonesia are merely steps on a greater venture, they are the path I chose to take after the road I'd been following took a twisted turn and I fell.  Supported to climb back up, I sought a new path to destinations unknown. What have I found?  A clearer view and many encounters. It was recently suggested to me, in friendship and genuine concern, that in taking this time for myself perhaps I should conceal the 'fun' and share only the 'recovery'. Wise words, for perception is everything. But to me, this misinterpreted the essence of recovery. When I shared my aspiration to seek meditation and wellbeing in Indonesia, a friend advised that it should be meditation, wellbeing and play. She ... read more
Relaxing on Gili Air
Gili T nightmarket stall
Dancing at Sama Sama (with my debate partner)

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 11th 2015

With all the blogs I’ve done this is the most current one that I’ve done, in fact I’m actually still on the island on my last night with a ferry booked for tomorrow at 8 am. I arrived 6 days ago on an impulse after the previous hostel was fully booked. I had no idea what to expect and nothing was booked so landing on the island, the usual hustlers offering hotels, taxis and everything else was on hand but I walked past them to find a hostel, any hostel. Walking up and down the main street gave me no luck until I asked a random bloke if he knew of any where to stay and he told me of the place he was in. Off I went and I was lucky that they had a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 2nd 2015

When the boat pulled up to Gili Trawangan we where all excited about some good beach time and a wee slice of paradise. For the price of a hostel, Sou, Camilla (who i’d met in Bali) and I managed to book a wee posh room at a resort that fortunately for us had no other guests so we could make full use of the pool and sound system. The downside was it was North on the island and what I thought was a 15 min walk turned out to be 30 mins - with backpacks and on a toasty 32 degree day. It did test my ethical strength as the only mode of transport is horse drawn carts which I did not want to use. So we had no choice but to have a beer stop ... read more
Gili T
Bale Sasak crew

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan May 29th 2015

Von Java bis zu den Gilis Sehr übermüdet von unserer Warterei und schlaflosen Nacht am Flughafen von Singapur nahmen wir uns vom Flughafen in Jakarta ein völlig überteuertes Taxi in das Stadtzentrum. Dazu muss man sogar, obwohl Jakarta mit über acht Millionen Einwohnern die Haupstadt Indonesiens ist, gibt es kein so wirkliches Stadtzentrum. Es gibt zwar das hochmoderne Bankenviertel jedoch auch Elendsviertel, üppig duftende Gassen in China Town bis hin zu dem alten Kolonialviertel "Kota", volle Straßen um den Platz der Freiheit aber keine wirklich pulsierende Gegend die man als Zentrum bezeichnen könnte. Wir ließen uns nahe dem Nationalmuseum für eine Nacht nieder, von dort aus hatte man gute Chancen, alles bestens mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zu erreichen. Bevor wir das Hostel ausgewählt haben, bestellen wir aber das typisch indonesische Gericht Nasi Goreng u... read more
Und schon gehts los!

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