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 […]

Sunrise over Mount Bromo

Bromo and Ijen Without a Tour

Mount Bromo and the Ijen crater are two of Java’s biggest highlights. Both feature beautiful sunrise viewpoints and good hiking. But they’re out on a limb on the eastern part of the island — well away most travel itineraries. Travel agencies throughout Java will try to convince you that they’re only possible to visit on […]

Sunrise at Borobudur

Borobudur sunrise: What you need to know

Borobudur Temple in Indonesia is one of Southeast Asia’s can’t-miss sights. It’s right up there with Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar. The stunning hilltop stupa is best viewed early in the morning, when the crowds are thin and the light is perfect. But a Borobudur sunrise ticket costs $10 more than regular […]