3 All Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Indonesia

For the last several months, I worked in between Jakarta and Bali. It was a wonderful time, transitioning between the hustle and bustle of a huge city to the quiet rice fields of Ubud, Bali. And it was nearly perfect…except for the cockroach situation that cropped up in both places. In Jakarta, roaches seem toContinue Reading

Top 10 Bali Travel Tips for the Bali First-Timer

Top 10 Bali Travel Tips for the Bali First-Timer

As the most visited island in all of Indonesia, Bali has a very developed tourist industry and is very first-timer friendly. This famed Island of the Gods, covered in lush green landscapes, fringed with spectacular beaches and populated by friendly, beautiful inhabitants offers something for every traveler and amongst the world-class surfing, diving, and theContinue Reading

An Area Guide to Bali, Indonesia

An Area Guide to Bali, Indonesia

Say Bali and most people think paradise. The island boasts stunning sunsets, sculpted rice terraces, temples on every corner, and an enthralling landscape full of lush jungles and blissful beaches. But the true beauty of this world-renowned island lies in the fact that Bali is an island paradise with many different faces. Bali has aContinue Reading

Indonesia Travel: Sumatra Information and Travel Tips

Indonesia Travel: Sumatra Information and Travel Tips

Sumatra gets its name from a combination of the Sanskrit words Swarnadwīpa, meaning “island of gold” and Swarnabhūmi, meaning “land of gold.” The name is due to gold deposits found on the island’s highland, but Sumatra has much more to offer than just gold. Sumatra is one of the most resource-rich islands in already resource-richContinue Reading

When is the Best Time to Visit Indonesia?

When is the Best Time to Visit Indonesia?

One of the most frequently asked questions about Indonesia is “When’s the best time to visit?” The short answer to this question is: pretty much any time. Indonesia straddles the equator, and as such, tends to have a fairly even climate year-round (averaging 25C-30C all year round). There are really only two distinct seasons inContinue Reading

20+ Fun Facts About Indonesia

20+ Fun Facts About Indonesia

Indonesia Fun Fact #1. Indonesia is huge. Composed of 17,508 islands covering approximately 1,919,440 square kilometers, it takes over 12 hours of flying time to get from one end of the country (say, Northern Sumatra) to the other end (West Papua Guinea). Thanks to its geographical span, the country covers three time zones. Indonesia FunContinue Reading

All About Indonesia: Indonesia Fast Facts

All About Indonesia: Indonesia Fast Facts

An Introduction to Indonesia Indonesia is a vast, sprawling country. It’s hard to even think of it as a single country – it’s more like a gargantuan tree with branches that extend out into various parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. And there are a lot of branches to the Indonesian tree. What weContinue Reading

Useful Indonesian Phrases to Help You Travel Around Indonesia Like a Local

Useful Indonesian Phrases to Help You Travel Around Indonesia Like a Local

There’s no doubt about it – knowing a bit of the local language will ease your travels like nothing else. A phrase or two spoken at the right moment lends an instant familiarity to your interactions with locals and you may even draw out an appreciative laugh or two. Most of the locals will speakContinue Reading

An Introduction to Indonesian Food

An Introduction to Indonesian Food

What is travel without a lot of…eating? In my honest opinion, one of the best ways to get to know Indonesia is through your palate. Indonesian food is as rich and diverse as its culture and you’ll find foods with Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, Polynesian, European influences as well as a plethora of dishes thatContinue Reading