Bangkok: intro to Khoa San Road

31 07 2009

 

Crazy Khoa San road

Crazy Khoa San road

We left Indonesia and flew up to the great Thai city of Bangkok.  Because we are here to arrange our visas for China and Vietnam, we are staying near the infamous “backpacker” road of Khao San.  This area is not a good place to see any real Thai culture and it is a bright, packed, western traveler-filled area with surprisingly few Thai people (other than those selling stuff to travelers).  The day after arriving in Thailand, we went into the streets to have a good meal of… Read the rest of this entry »

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Bali Road Trip

29 07 2009
The road to Perancak

The road to Perancak

We rented a scooter in Ubud and headed west along the coast of Bali to see some of the temples along the coastline and to spent some time cruising around Bali.  The main road from Denpasar to the port at Gilimanuk is a major transit line for large trucks carrying cargo from Java to Bali (with many buses as well) so we learned that it is not exactly the most relaxing route. But we did enjoy cruising some quiet back roads around the port area of Perancak, which has large and colorful fishing boats.

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Back to Bali

23 07 2009
Balinese offering

Balinese offering

We came back to the town of Ubud to do some extra things and because Ubud can be a fairly laid back town to relax in. We came back to take a Balinese cooking class, eat Babi Guling and do a bicycle tour of the countryside, all of which we heard from other people are very good. However, since the recent bombings in Jakarta, many tourists have left the island of Java and headed over to Bali, so the town is much more crowded with tourists than it was when we were here two weeks ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Lombok: Kuta

23 07 2009
Kuta Lombok

Kuta Lombok

We left the peaceful island life of Gili Air to head down to the southern side of Lombok and the town of Kuta (Lombok). Kuta Lombok is a smaller coastal town, which is currently full of Europeans aspiring to learn how to surf. Read the rest of this entry »





Lombok: Gili Air

20 07 2009
The first place we stayed on Gili Air

The first place we stayed on Gili Air

From Amed we headed down to the city of Padang Bai, past the resort area of Candidasa, to catch the ferry over to the island of Lombok.  We stayed the night in Padang Bai and the next day we arraigned our travel over to Lombok and the island of Gili Air.  Lombok is a mostly Muslim island, compared to the predominately Hindu island of Bali. The Gilis (Trawagan, Meno and Air) are different than the rest of Lombok in that as small islands, there are no motorized vehicles on land (just horse carts).  The rest of Indonesia is packed by motor scooters puttering around on the small roads, but these islands are tranquil thanks to the lack of motor vehicles.  The sounds on the islands are limited to the ocean, crowing roosters, the call to prayer from the mosque, and the occasional late-night full-moon party. Read the rest of this entry »





Bali: Amed

19 07 2009
Amed sunset

Amed sunset

We made it  to the tiny coastal town of Amed on the northeast coast of Bali to relax at the beach and do some snorkeling. Amed has fewer tourists than other sites in Bali, even though it is currently the high season when many Australians and Europeans are visiting. We stayed in a decent bungalow ($10) that is right on the ocean, and we walk out from the front door to the beach in a little cove with great snorkeling. Read the rest of this entry »





Bali: Ubud

6 07 2009
Ubud temple statue

Ubud temple statue

We made it to Indonesia from Austria via a long day(days?) flying with some changes in Bangkok and Kula Limpur. We made a quick stop in the coastal tourist town of Kuta and then headed inland to Ubud. Ubud is more of a cultural center than a beach town, so we have been to the monkey temple, watched a traditional Balinese dance, visited a lakeside temple, been massaged and rafted a river through the countryside. The scenery here is really amazing. Read the rest of this entry »