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Five things to do in Bandung, Indonesia

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Bandung, a city in West Java, is often referred to as “the Paris of Java” or “the Paris of the East” due to its colonial history and enduring appeal as a place to which Jakarta residents escape for a weekend…
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The missed volcano: when Mother Nature says no

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I remember one Saturday afternoon, shortly after I had graduated from university and got myself a “proper” job, flicking idly through the television channels and coming across an old black and white movie, Krakatoa East of Java. Krakatoa, a volcano…
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Holidaying in the supervolcano: Lake Toba, Sumatra

Lake Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia solo female travel

After a busy week of running around North Sumatra looking for orangutans in the jungle and chasing a volcano or two, I thought it was time for a short break before making my way to Malaysia to begin my ten…
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Sibayak and Sinabung: volcano-chasing in North Sumatra

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Sometimes a particular volcano will take a hold in my mind for some reason; perhaps because it was or is a significant one, like Mount Vesuvius and its surrounding legacies of Pompeii and Herculaneum, or Krakatoa, which I disappointingly haven’t…
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Close encounters: in search of orangutans in Bukit Lawang

Orangutan Bukit Lawang Sumatra Indonesia solo travel

I’ve always wanted to see the orangutans in Borneo (and still plan to, later on this year!), so when I discovered that I could potentially see them in Sumatra, Indonesia, too, it became one of my must-dos for my time…
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Blue fire and sulphur mines: the world of Mount Ijen

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I never imagined I’d be happy to see Jakarta, but when the plane from Singapore touched down at Soekarno-Hatto airport, I felt glad to be back in Indonesia, and excited for the adventures to come. The immigration officer, glancing briefly…
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Bromo: coming face-to-face with an erupting volcano

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Two months into my Asia trip, and by now I’d seen a fair few volcanoes. I was yet to find that Holy Grail however; a big bad beastie in full eruption swing (thank you again, Sakurajima, for waiting for me…
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Why Gili Trawangan was a massive disappointment

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One of the many great things about travelling in the way that I do now is meeting other travellers, all at different stages in different types of journeys. In hostel kitchens and cheap bars you’ll share stories of where you’ve…
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Volcanoes at sunrise: hiking Mount Batur, Bali

Batur sunrise trek solo Ubud Bali

There are roughly 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia. I have four weeks, plus another couple of weeks later on in my trip. There’s no way I’m going to get round even a fraction of them, but on Day 2 in…
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Finding some balance…and some life-changing moments: solo in Ubud, Bali

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I’m still getting used to this country-hopping – going onto another foreign land rather than going home when my time somewhere is done. I’ve wanted to go to Indonesia ever since I was a child, reading books about volcanoes. As…
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