Rice fields near Ubud

Ubud Rice Field Walks: Escape the city

Bali’s rice fields are famous around the world — and rightly so. The rice harvest is at the heart of traditional Balinese life. Plus, the fields are indescribably beautiful. The best places to see these emerald-green landscapes for yourself are the hills around Ubud. So in this post, I’ll lay out three options for Ubud […]

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Things to do on Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is quickly growing in popularity among backpackers. This laid-back, beautiful island (and its neighbors Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Pendida) is just half an hour off the coast of Bali. It’s well-suited to travelers who like to stay busy on their beach holidays — there are plenty of things to do on Nusa Lembongan. […]

Three days in Yogyakarta

Three Days in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta (widely referred to as “Jogja”) is Indonesia’s most pleasant and accessible city. There’s plenty to do within the city center. It’s perfectly situated to visit two amazing temple complexes. It’s a student town, with a generally laid-back vibe and friendly locals. And you don’t have to look far to find amazing food. Most visitors […]

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Ubud Monkey Forest if monkeys scare you

When you think of baby monkeys, what comes to mind? Cute doe-eyed critters munching on bananas? Maybe tiny little mongrels hanging onto their tree-swinging moms for dear life? That’s what the Ubud Monkey Forest promises.   Now, I am terrified of monkeys. I don’t have my rabies vaccine (if any Americans know how to get […]