The sprawling metropolis of Jakarta can seem daunting these days. It's hard to imagine it was so small just a century ago... Read More
For visitors to Jakarta, the best place to start seeing the city's sites is around the National Monument area. Here's what there is to see.... Read More
On first impressions, Jakarta is just a busy and difficult city. But scratch below the surface and Indonesia's capital reveals its best side.... Read More
Visiting the orangutan camps in the Indonesian part of Borneo is an unforgettable experience. Here are some tips on how to get there by boat.... Read More
The Ramayana Ballet, with the Prambanan Temple as the backdrop, is the most popular arts performance in Yogyakarta - for good reason!... Read More
The Kecak Fire Dance is a sight to behold. As the sun sets over Uluwatu Temple, the men chant as if in a trance, while the performance takes place.... Read More
Photos and description of what it is like to visit Mount Bromo in Indonesia. The view as the sun rises and then crossing the sand sea to climb to the top.... Read More
Visiting Bali, Indonesia
There’s a dichotomy to Bali. It’s all, ultimately, about belief and perception. It’s about how you see the world, how you see your place in it, and how you judge the reason for it all.
On this Indonesian island, there is a pervasive spirituality. The Hindu doctrines which have influenced it for centuries (while the rest of the country has moved towards Islam) remain today. In fact, in some ways, never more in history have they been more important to the identity of this special place.
I’ve written about the spirituality of Bali before. The basic idea around the beliefs of the locals here is the acceptance that the same force that does good also does evil. The two, according to the philosophies, are inseparable because to understand one, you must have experienced the other.
On this trip, probably my fourth of fifth to Bali (I seem to have lost count),... Read More
At Yogyakarta's Water Palace (Taman Sari), the Sultans of the region used to find their wives. Today you can stand in their tower and imagine those days.... Read More
The Royal Palace in Yogyakarta, known as the Keraton, is built on tradition. Inside, the colours and cultural heritage showcase the region's history.... Read More