Southeast Asia

The World’s Tallest Jesus Statue in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi

Posted on July 19, 2017

Our last day in Tana Toraja started with watching the sea of clouds in Lolai village, followed by breakfast at Toraja Heritage Hotel before checking out for our journey back to Makassar. Along the way back, we stopped by Makale, the capital of Tana Toraja regency and the commercial center of Torajaland (versus the cultural center of Rantepao, capital of North Toraja). Makale is also an important gateway to this region, since Pongtiku airport is located here. Lording over MakaleRead More

Tana Toraja’s Best Sunrise over the Sea of Clouds at Lolai Village

Posted on July 19, 2017

I wasn’t particularly excited about waking up at 3AM, especially when it took us nearly nine hours to get to our accommodation, Toraja Heritage Hotel, all the way from Makassar. This was followed by a packed one-day itinerary ticking off the must-see sights of Tana Toraja, the cultural heartland of the Torajan people known for their dramatic architecture and extravagant funeral customs. But the idea of catching Toraja’s best sunrise over a sea of clouds at Lolai, a mountain village 20Read More

7 Must-See Places in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi

Posted on July 17, 2017

One of the most fascinating cultural destinations in Indonesia is Tana Toraja, literally “Land of the Toraja”, in South Sulawesi. The word Toraja was derived from the Buginese phrase to riaja, which means “people of the highlands”. Nearly half of the 1.1 million Torajans live in the mountain towns of Tana Toraja, 300 km north of Makassar, the biggest city and gateway to Sulawesi island. Despite the distance, travelers are still drawn here, owing to the uniqueness of Torajan cultureRead More

Get 10% Off All Malaysia Adventure Tours On Adventoro!

Posted on July 5, 2017

Looking for your next outdoor adventure in Malaysia? Adventoro offers more than a hundred adventure tours spanning across seven cities within Malaysia, and intends to expand beyond the country, offering adventure tours across Southeast Asia and eventually, all around the globe. These adventure tours range from MYR 40 for a half-day tour to MYR 3,000+ for multiple overnight tours. The online tour company is keen on travel adventures, making it their unspoken mission to curate adventures to suit all kindsRead More

5 Mesmerizing Javanese Performing Arts in Selangor, Malaysia

Posted on April 7, 2017

The state of Selangor, surrounding Kuala Lumpur, is a melting pot of cultures, including that of the Javanese. The Javanese people – or Orang Jawa – migrated from Central Java, Indonesia, to Malaysia from 1880 to 1930, seeking greener pastures away from the Dutch colonizers who ruled Indonesia at that time. Today, descendants of the Javanese settlers live throughout Peninsular Malaysia in parts of Perak, Selangor, and Kedah. There are also isolated communities in coastal areas of Sabah. Some Jawa have even gainedRead More

The Settlement Hotel: A Refreshing Retreat in Historic Melaka

Posted on April 6, 2017

I love hotels that evoke a genuine sense of place. After a few days in Singapore, I crossed the border to Malaysia to visit one of my favorite heritage cities, Melaka, to check in at The Settlement Hotel, a new boutique stay housed in a repurposed white-painted commercial building – a blank canvas for the owner’s private collection of Malaysian artworks and antiques. Like Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, this  marries the classic and contemporary, exuding the eclectic charm of the UNESCO WorldRead More