Indonesia

JW Marriott Medan: The Best Luxury Hotel in North Sumatra’s Underrated Capital

Posted on May 18, 2016

Rising 28-storeys high above the largest city in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, JW Marriott Medan offers an excellent escape from the frenetic streets of North Sumatra’s capital. After all, it’s the first international five-star luxury hotel and the tallest building in the city. Hands down, it’s simply the best luxury hotel in Medan – one of Southeast Asia’s most underrated cities which doesn’t deserve its lackluster reputation. Deemed only as a gateway, most travelers often bypass Medan for other destinations in North SumatraRead More

Wonderful Indonesia Bucket List Contest: Send Me to Komodo!

Posted on November 26, 2015

I’m joining the Wonderful Indonesia Bucket List Contest! Please send me to the Komodo Islands in Indonesia on December 4 to 7 by watching, liking and sharing my video entry, where I reveal why I’m “Krazy for Komodo”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Komodo National Park has long been on my travel bucket list for its rugged beauty, spectacular diving, and the world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon.

Hiking Gunung Rinjani National Park in Lombok, Indonesia with Galang Ijo Expedition [SP]

Posted on April 16, 2013

Sendang Gila Falls, Gunung Rinjani National Park, Lombok, Indonesia After a few days in Bali, I ferried to the neighboring island of Lombok to climb one of Indonesia’s most wonderful volcanoes. Mount Rinjani is an active mountain of fire that rises to 3,726 m (12,224 ft), making it the third-largest volcano in the country. The first historical eruption occurred in September of 1847. The volcano and its sacred and spectacular Segara Anak crater lake are protected by a national parkRead More

Singosari Temple – Remnants of a Forgotten Kingdom

Posted on February 3, 2012

The Singosari Temple in Malang, East Java is an unfinished remnant of the Singhasari kingdom (1222-1292). The city of Malang in East Java was our unconventional southern jump-off point to the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, which is popularly accessed from the north via Surabaya and Probolinggo. Once the center of a lesser-known Hindu-Buddhist empire – the pre-cursor of the Majapahit – in East Java, Malang has a few archaeological sites worth dropping by. You may have heard of the Srivijava andRead More

Java’s Cultural Heart: Yogyakarta & Borobudur Temple

Posted on February 2, 2012

Borobudur Temple offers 360-degree views of Central Java’s countryside It’s been almost a year since my adventure traveling across Java, Indonesia and I have a handful of stories yet to share. Though accessible by train, Yogyakarta (often pronounced jog-ja-kar-ta) – the cultural heart of Java – was a short, dirt-cheap hop by plane for us from the urban madness of Jakarta. Of course, a visit to Indonesia would not be complete without visiting Borobudur, one of the most celebrated landmarksRead More

Jakarta Jaunt

Posted on August 19, 2011

Schooners moored at Sunda Kelapa, as they have since colonial times Like Manila, Jakarta suffers from an image problem. Tourists would rather skip this polluted, poverty-ridden and “dangerous” Southeast Asian megacity and scoot off to the cultural heart of Yogyakarta or the resort island of Bali, just as Philippine visitors would rather spend more time frolicking in Cordillera, Boracay, or Palawan. Nonetheless, Jakarta, like most Asian megacities, is an exciting primer to the country’s diverse culture, food and everyday life.Read More