Places to Visit in Banjarmasin: Kalimantan

There are numerous cities and towns you can visit in the province of Kalimantan and one of my favourites is Banjarmasin. The largest city in Kalimantan, the place is a fascinating labyrinth of canals and waterways offering the visitor some amazing experiences. Many of the waterways are used for travel, […]

Beautiful Architecture

The ethnic mix of the populous in Indonesia evokes many forms of architecture but my passion is for the older structures built during the period of Dutch occupation throughout the islands.

Jambi and Surrounds: Sumatra

Jambi is one of those places in Sumatra where you can see a floating population precariously perched over the Batanghari River.

Five Great Places to Buy Batik in Java

Surrounding this cloth are legends steeped in history and mysterious. Batik is art in the purest sense of the word.

Bambu Nusantara 2 World Music Festival: Bandung, West Java

I was reading an interesting article today and if you are a connoisseur of Indonesian culture and especially music then the upcoming Bambu Nusantara 2 World Music Festival is one attraction that you really can’t miss. It is n international bamboo music festival and as you know there are various […]

Idul Fitri

Today marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan and the beginning of the two-day celebration of Idul Fitri. I would like to take this opportunity to express to all my Muslim friends across the archipelago… SELEMAT HARI RAYA IDUL FITRI MOHON, MAAF, LAHIR DAN BATIN

Five Great Reasons to Visit Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast archipelago with over 17,000 islands and rich not only in cultural treasures but also a country steeped in history. It is a country extending 5,120 kilometres from east to west and 1,760 kilometres from north to south and, it is the largest archipelago in the world […]

Five Good Reasons to Visit Solo (Surakarta): Central Java

Solo, or Surakarta as it is formerly known, is located about 60 kilometres to the east of Yogyakarta in Central Java and is one of the principal batik centres in Java. Bordered by the longest river in Java, Begawan Solo, Solo has much to offer the traveller although oddly enough, […]

Try Breakfast at the Local Market

I have a penchant for traditional markets and you will find these in every village, town and many in the cities in Indonesia. The majority of traditional markets start at dawn and are usually over by midday, except of course those markets where the majority of vendors sell clothes and […]

Eight of the Best Smaller Islands in Indonesia

With over 17,000 islands in the archipelago, both large and small, the tourism possibilities seem endless. Each island virtually has its own culture and traditions, some dating back centuries. The larger islands like Sumatra and Java attract their fair share of foreign visitors as does the smaller island of Bali […]