Collected by Nellie DeBruyn
Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
The Borobudur temple, located 40km north-west of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It's made up of several levels and right at the top are these bell-shaped stupas, each containing a statue inside. The place is...
Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
When you visit Java it's very easy to forget that the region has been ruled by Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms, because of the strong presence of Islam on the island today. However, visiting Central Java allows you to explore the ruins of these...
South East Asia
When you visit the 700-square-mile Komodo National Park, you feel like you’re sailing through the Grand Canyon—but one that’s been flooded with crystalline water and fringed with reef. Underwater, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has more than...
Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Bali sometimes gets an unfair review as being an overhyped and overly-touristed exotic destination. On the contrary, my husband and I enjoyed our three weeks there immensely. We divided our time between unassuming, coastal Jimbaran and Ubud (of...
Komodo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Though the highlight of a stop on Komodo Island is the thrill of an encounter with the dragon namesake, it also happens to be one of the most stunning locations ever to wake up to and contemplate from a short distance while consuming cruise ship...
Tegalalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is the perfect place to learn a new way of traveling. Rather than racing from temple to batik factory, and the 4:15 shadow puppet show, my traveling companion opted for the 45 minute pacing of stopping for beers along the back roads. The rice...
Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Traveling inland from the Denpasar port in Bali, our tour guide deposited us at this roadside restaurant in Tampaksiring for bowls of rice and ice cold Heineken. The waitstaff disappeared (to be summoned with bamboo clickers) while we cooled off...
Mataram, Mataram City, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Deposited on a street corner in Mataram, Lombok without a map, we found ourselves wandering down the streets of what we thought was a small town, but in fact is a city of 400,00+. My companion was a dedicated forager and in no time was picking...
Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
On a mid-January day, we dodged raindrops between temple visits in central Java. At the Prabambanan temple busloads of Muslim school girls roamed the complex. Armed with cellphones, they begged us to have their portraits taken with us. Here's a...
Mambal, Abiansemal, Mambal, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
It took three years to realize this passion project: a spa retreat built mainly of bamboo. Book a riverfront suite, or the hotel can arrange a stay in a rural family’s home. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Kelating, Kec. Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82161, Indonesia
Terraced like the surrounding rice paddies, Soori Bali occupies an undeveloped stretch of fertile coastline roughly 25 minutes from Tabanan, a town northwest of Denpasar known for traditional farming and artisan crafts. The resort’s modern...
Jl. Raya Petitenget, Gang Cendrawasih No. 68, Kerobokan, Badung, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Although it’s located right near a popular stretch of Seminyak beach, this inexpensive, 16-room Puri Madawi hotel, set 300-meters back into the jungle, feels hidden and secluded. The resort is filled with authentic Balinese touches such as woven...
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