Everything you need to know for the Annapurna Circuit!

Nepal was the first country we knew for sure. We want to go here. When planning our 6 months trip, Nepal was the first on the list. While reading the stories and seeing all the photos, we immediately fell in love with this country. Of course it was not on the route at all, but we would go here anyway. Why? Because of course we wanted to do the Annapurna Circuit.

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The Annapurna was the first national park in Nepal. The treks through this area (7,500 km2) are extremely popular and attract thousands of people every year. The area consists of various landscapes. This way you walk one day in a beautiful green forest and a few days later among the snowy mountain tops. Along the way you pass cute villages where you can go for Dahl Bath, a cup of tea or a place to sleep.

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The mountains in Nepal

As a people of the low countries, it is hard to imagine how high the mountains are in Nepal. Did you know that 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world are in Nepal, including the highest mountain in the world: Mount Everest. All these mountains in Nepal are the himalayas, which literally means whereabouts of snow. The Himalayas have a length of 2700 km and are located in 6 countries, namely Nepal, Tibet. India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The six highest mountains are:

– Mount Everest (8850m)
– Khanjajunga (8596m)
– Makalu (8470m)
– Cho Oyo (8189m)
– Dhaulagiri (8168m)
– Annapurna (8078m)

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Why climb Annapurna and not Mount Everest?

Many people who have never been to Nepal or do not know all the mountains by heart are not familiar with the Annapurna. Everyone knows Mount Everest. This is of course because it is the highest mountain in the world, also called the roof of the world. Mount Everest is climbed annually by a small group of people. This is not just a trip. Only very experienced climbers can climb the mount everest and even then it is still uncertain whether you will reach the top. 1 in 30 people dies during this trip. Although the top seems unreachable for most, anyone with a good condition can make the trip to basecamp. But why choose the Annapurna anyway. We finally opted for the Annapurna circuit i.v.m. the following reasons:

     

  • Mount Everest is extremely popular, which attracts a lot of tourists. The Annapurna circuit is also very popular, but seems to be slightly less crowded than the Mount Everest Basecamp trek.
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  • The Annapurna Circuit is a pass, which means that you don’t have to go the same way back. This makes every day unique.
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  • From Kathmandu it is not always easy to reach the foot of Mount Everest. Sometimes there is no other option than the helicopter which can be very expensive.
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  • Because Mount Everest is so popular, it is also a lot more expensive.
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  • The Annapurna circuit is known for its different landscapes. Every day you discover a new landscape.
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  • You will also sleep in cute tea houses during the Annapurna circuit.
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  • We were able to start from Pokhara, because it is a fantastic city where you can hang around for a few days.
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  • The Annapurna Circuit is the highest pass in the world and let’s be honest, that just sounds super badass.

In addition to the Annapurna Circuit and Mount Everest Basecamp, you can choose from dozens of different hiking routes. Some are less known and you sleep in tents, for example. You have routes for 2 days to weeks. Yet most people opt for Everest Basecamp, Annapurna Basecamp or the Annapurna Circuit. Most routes you can do yourself, but in Pokhara and Kathmandu you have countless options to book a tour, if you feel more comfortable with this.

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Route Annapurna Circuit

Buy a large map in Pokhara or Kathmandu and plan your own route. This is so much fun to do. We decided to make a global plan whereby we mainly took into account the height that we were allowed to rise per day, namely no more than 500 meters per day due to altitude sickness. Read more about our route here Annapurna Circuit

Route Annapurna Circuit 12 days

Day 1 Pokhara – Chamje
Day 2 Chamje – Bagachap
Day 3 Bagachap – Chame
Day 4 Chame – Upper Pisang
Day 5 Upper Pisang – Manang
Day 6 Rest day
Day 7 Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 8 Yak Kharka to Thorung Pedi Basecamp
Day 9 Thorung Pedi Basecamp to Muktinath
Day 10 Muktinath – Kagbeni
Day 11 Kagbeni – Johmsom
Day 12 Johmson – Pokhara

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Travel time to Annapurna

In principle, the Annapurna is open all year round, but due to the cold, the chance of mudslides and storms, the best travel time is March, April, October or November. In these months it is often dry and clear. 1 disadvantage it can be very busy. We left at the end of October and then the crowds were so bad. But people we encountered in the Pokhara before the draw told us that it was so busy in early October that sometimes even no places in the tea houses. We therefore do not really recommend in early October.

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Packing for the Annapurna

Since we were carrying our own backpack (which is great to do) we tried to pack as lightly as possible and only take the essentials with us. This was really more than enough. Read more about what to bring for the Annapurna here.

Packing list Annapurna

     

  • Backpack with rain cover
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  • Cash
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  • Good hiking shoes (waterproof)
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  • Slippers
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  • Warm sleeping bag
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  • Softshell jacket
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  • Thick fleece cardigan / sweater
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  • Warm hat
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  • Scarf or windstopper
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  • Warm gloves waterproof
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  • Thermo underwear (shirt and leggings)
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  • 3 t-shirts
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  • Hiking pants waterproof (preferably detachable)
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  • Sweatpants or something nice to sit in for the evening
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  • Underwear (2 sports bras)
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  • hiking socks
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  • Sunglasses
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  • Head lamp
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  • Medications: diarrhea inhibitors, paracetamol, altitude sickness pills, plasters and blister plasters
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  • Lip balm (really a must !!)
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  • Sunscreen (really a must)
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  • Wet Wipes
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  • Water bottle (preferably a thermo bottle)
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  • Small Towel (quick-drying)
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  • Disinfect
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  • Water purification tablets
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  • Snacks for in-between
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  • Camera
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  • Card

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Costs Annapurna Circuit

Are you going alone or with a travel organization? That is the first thing that you must determine in order to arrive at a good cost. Do you do the Annapurna with someone else and you arrange everything yourself then the costs are not so bad. If you go with a travel organization, the costs can rise considerably. We decided to do everything ourselves and this went really well. In total we lost 600 euros for 12 days with the two of us. This includes accommodation, food and drink and transport and could even have been a lot cheaper. In fact, we have put very little on budget. On the day of Thorung La Pass we even celebrated a small party which cost us around 90 euros. So less is possible too. We also lost 70 euros for the permits. We also decided in Pokhara to purchase most things, since we had not brought this from home. For the renting of the sleeping bags and the purchase of sweaters, hiking pants, walking sticks, hats, gloves etc. we lost around 75 euros. We had already purchased coats and hiking shoes ourselves.

Packing for the Annapurna Circuit

Packing for the Annapurna Circuit can be quite a challenge be a job. Of course you don’t want to take too much with you, but you don’t want to regret that you didn’t bring something. What you take with you also depends a bit on whether you choose a porter (someone who carries your things upstairs for you) or not. We chose to wear our own backpack and therefore to travel as lightly as possible. If you choose a porter you can share the weight a bit more together, but even then it is so neat to leave everything unnecessary nice in your hotel.

Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

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Where do you leave your stuff during the draw

We decided to first have 2 more nights at the Silver Oak hotel before the draw. A very nice hotel with large spacious rooms and a perfect location. The people are super friendly and can arrange everything for you. A room for 2 people costs 20 euros incl. Breakfast. Slightly more expensive than we would normally book, but as we were struggling with 2 weeks ahead, we thought we deserved this. Very nice detail is that you can reach the top of the hotel on the roof where you have a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri.

We decided to use our normal backpack during the trek. We took more than half out of our backpacks and left it in the hotel. You can also leave our laptops, tomtom, hard disk and other valuables behind here and are really unnecessary to take with you.

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Cash

Take enough money with you for the entire draw, since there are no ATMs.

Medications

Every 2 or 3 hours you come across a village again, so you are never completely isolated. A complete first aid kit is therefore not necessary. The most important medications to take with you are altitude sickness pills, diarrhea inhibitors, paracetamol, patches and blister patches. Many people are against altitude sickness pills, so we decided not to take them, but to take them. Super stupid, because after day 6 I became very sick. Altitude sickness pills can make it easier for your body to get used to altitude. The only drawback is that the side effects can sometimes be annoying and much like those of altitude sickness. It is therefore good to try the pills a day before you start. I had no side effects and after using the pills I had no more problems.

Hiking shoes and jacket

We often get the question if you can also do the circuit on sneakers. Yes, of course you can, but then it is a lot heavier and more dangerous. You have less grip, faster cold feet, your feet will certainly get wet, less support. In short, just get good shoes. I am very happy with my Hanwag walking shoes.

Toiletries

Do not bring too many toiletries. Hair gel, makeup and the like are not needed anyway. You wear a thick hat every day and believe me the least you worry about during the draw is what you look like. A small bottle of shampoo and toilet paper is what I brought. I used my sunscreen as a day cream. Wet wipes are nice to take with you. Hot showers are scarce, so showering at a given moment is no longer an option.

Purchase or rent clothing

The best thing is of course to bring your own clothes, but this is not always an option. Since we were traveling, we decided to take the most important ones ourselves and participate in Pokhara and Kathmandu . We had both purchased a softshell jacket beforehand, which we were able to use several times during the trip. Of course we also brought our hiking shoes from home. It is very important that you walk in your walking shoes well. Nothing is so annoying to be left with thick blisters after 3 days. We had also already purchased thermal underwear at the Decathlon. We purchased the other articles in Pokhara .

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Tip! Buy everything in one store. This way you can arrange a substantial discount.

Renting a sleeping bag: Renting a sleeping bag cost around 1 euro per day. We decided to rent the sleeping bag for 17 days, but finally came back after 13 days. We just got the money we didn’t use back.

Fleece vest and hiking pants: everywhere you have shops where you can purchase fleece vests and hiking pants from North Face. Naturally very fake, but the products are of excellent quality. We paid around 5-7 euros per item.

Hats, scarf and socks: Nothing is as much fun as a real Nepalese hat. You can buy these hats for less than a euro. We also opted for a windstopper instead of a thick scarf. Worked perfectly. I also bought my hiking socks in Pokhara and they were really nice.

Snacks : the food during the draw is really great, but a bounty, snicker or muesli bar is really nice for a change. If you still want to buy this on the road, you will lose 3 euros per bar. No joke. We took about 1 bar per person for the journey. This was ultimately too much. I think 10 bars per person is more than enough to take with you.

I think that with renting the sleeping bag, buying clothes, bottles, medicines etc. we lost something of 60 euros.

Packing list Annapurna

     

  • Backpack with rain cover
  •  

  • Cash
  •  

  • Good hiking shoes (waterproof)
  •  

  • Slippers
  •  

  • Warm sleeping bag
  •  

  • Softshell jacket
  •  

  • Thick fleece cardigan / sweater
  •  

  • Warm hat
  •  

  • Scarf or windstopper
  •  

  • Warm gloves waterproof
  •  

  • Thermo underwear (shirt and leggings)
  •  

  • 3 t-shirts
  •  

  • Hiking pants waterproof (preferably detachable)
  •  

  • Sweatpants or something nice to sit in for the evening
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  • Underwear (2 sports bras)
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  • hiking socks
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  • Sunglasses
  •  

  • Head lamp
  •  

  • Medications: diarrhea inhibitors, paracetamol, altitude sickness pills, plasters and blister plasters
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  • Lip balm (really a must !!)
  •  

  • Sunscreen
  •  

  • Wet Wipes
  •  

  • Water bottle (preferably a thermo bottle)
  •  

  • Small Towel (quick-drying)
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  • Disinfect
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  • Water purification tablets
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  • Snacks for in-between
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  • Camera
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  • Card

Route Annapurna Circuit (13 days)

Are you planning to get the Annapurna Circuit off your bucket list? Cool! For us, the Annapurna Circuit was an experience to remember. It took us 13 days to finish the hike. In this article you can read more about our route.

Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

PLanning the route for The Annapurna Circuit

Buy a map in Pokhara or Kathmandu and plan your own route. This is so much fun to do. We decided to make a global plan in which we took into account the height that we were allowed to rise per day, because to prevent altitude sickness it is wise to sleep no higher than 500 meters than where you left that day. Although you can determine the route yourself, you will soon notice that almost everyone walks the same route. This is due to the number of hours you want to cover a day and the height that you should take into account.

Although we had made a plan, we had agreed that we would decide on the way whether we could continue or that we could would rather sleep somewhere else. For example, we have changed our route several times along the way. I was also bothered by the height when we arrived in Manang. Many people go from Manang to Tilichio lake first. This seems to be a tough but very beautiful hike. We decided to go straight to Basecamp. We also decided to do the first part with the jeep. This is not recommended. The jeep ride is really terrible and the area is way too beautiful to skip.

The hike was a lot harder than expected. After 12 days we reached Johmsom and we decided to take the bus back to Pokhara. We also found the way down a lot less beautiful than up, but this appears to be better later on the route. So you can also walk down for a few days and even stick Annapurna Basecamp to your hike.

Annapurna Circuit route overview

After this overview you will find a detailed description of our route per day incl. Accommodation, distance and altitude.

  • Pokhara – Chamje (1300m)
  • Chamje -Tachi Bagarchhap (1900m)
  • Bagachap – Chame (2600m)
  • Chame – Uper Pisang (3300m)
  • Upper Pisang – Manang (3590m)
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  • Manang – Yak Kharka (4018m)
  • Yak Kharka – Thorung Pedi Basecamp (4450m)
  • Thorung Pedi Basecamp – Muktinath ( 3800m (hoogste punt Thorong La 5416m)
  • Mukltinath – Kagbeni (2804m)
  • Kagbeni – Jomson (2743m)
  • Jomson – Pokhara

Annapurna Circuit route per day

Day 1 Pokhara to Chamje

We first departed from Pokhara by bus to Besisahar. The bus ride lasted approximately 4 hours. Most people start their hike here. You can also choose to skip a part and go directly to Chamje with the jeep. The advantage is that you can complete the circuit in fewer days. We opted for the latter. The jeep ride was really hell and lasted almost 6 hours where we were in the back of a jeep! If I had to do it again, this piece would have preferred to have walked and added 2 days to the hike.

     

  • Time: About 10 hours by bus and jeep
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  • Accommodation: Tibet Lasha
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  • Height: 1300m

Day 2 Chamje to Tachi Bagarchhap

A beautiful walk. The road to Bagarchhap is very green with lots of bridges and waterfalls. Right in the beginning you have a beautiful viewpoint where you can drink a cup of tea. It was our first hike and it was pretty tough. Some parts were very steep, but at the same time one of the most beautiful routes.

     

  • Time: +/- 8 hours
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  • Accommodation: First guesthouse on the right. Incredibly nice man, but accommodation was very basic.
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  • Height: 1900m
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Day 3 Bagachap to Chame

The walk was a lot less difficult. The road to Chame was again very green with lots of water. Occasionally some difficult pieces. It became a lot colder along the way and it even started to hail at the end of the day. Chame is quite big and you even have small shops with hats, gloves, walking sticks etc.

     

  • Time: +/- 7 hours
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  • Accommodation: Royal Garden (incredibly good with its own bathroom and hot shower)
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  • Height: 2600m
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Day 4 Chame to Uper Pisang 3300 meters

Not an easy journey, but certainly doable. You will come across the first yaks here. At the end of the day it started snowing, creating a beautiful image. You can also choose to go to Lower Pisang. Which is recommended, because it is less high. The chance of altitude sickness is already increasing here and it is therefore wise to stay a bit lower here. The next day I became incredibly ill, probably because we went directly to Upper Pisang.

     

  • Time: +/- 7 hours
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  • Accommodation: Hotel hilltop view (very pleasantly busy, beds are a bit hard but have bathroom attached to the room)
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  • Height: 3300m
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Day 5 Upper Pisang to Manang

This was the toughest day for me. If you take the walking route you go in one go from 3300 meters to 3900 meters. It is a huge climb right at the start of your walk, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful view. The most beautiful view we have seen during the entire trek. Moreover, you have a wooden hut at the top where you can really order the tastiest hot chocolate and apple pie. Only after this terrible climb you have a few hours left. Unfortunately I became very sick on this day. While this is really one of the nicest parts during your draw. You really come across the most beautiful landscapes and you see the landscape really changing. It is beautiful, but also very heavy. Normally people take 8 hours, but unfortunately it took almost 11 hours.

     

  • Time: +/- 11 hours
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  • Accommodation: Hotel Yak (fine, but there are nicer accommodations in Manang)
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  • Height: 35190m
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Day 6 Manang rest day

Yes! Rest day. How nice this was. We have taken it easy. To acclimatize, we decided to take a short walk to a viewpoint and the lake. We spent the rest of the day in the sunshine at the nearby Tilicho bakery. Which is really recommended. The applecrumble and the coffee are really horrible.

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Day 7 Manang to Yak Kharka

From Manang you can also do a hike to the Tilichio lake. This seems to be very beautiful, but also enormously heavy. You already climb to 4900m. Good for your acclimatization, but also very heavy. The chance that you will fall ill is also greater.

  • Time: +/- 5 hours
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  • Accommodation: Gangapurna hotel
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  • Height: 4018m
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Day 8 Yak Kharka to Thorung Pedi Basecamp

This is not a long but a tough day. You will increasingly be bothered by the height and every step becomes swords. At Thorung Pedi Basecamp you have 1 large accommodation where almost everyone sleeps. Although it is a nice place, you can feel the tension. Many people leave from Thorung Pedi Basecamp directly to the Thorung la pass. You can also choose to stay an extra night at High Camp. The biggest disadvantage of this is that there is a chance that you will get altitude sickness and that you have to go all the way back. Since I had been sick for a day, we decided to do the trip in one go.

     

  • Time: +/- 5 hours
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  • Accommodation: There is only 1 accommodation here, so that choice is at least nice and easy.
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  • Height: 4450m
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Day 9 Thorung Pedi Basecamp to Muktinath

We left at 3 a.m. for High Camp. This piece was already very steep and heavy. We took about 3 hours and decided first to have a quick tea at high camp. After we warmed up a bit we left for Thorung la pass, the highest point of the circuit. The journey is very intense Every step is difficult and takes so much effort. The sky, the cold, the climb everything is fierce. There are also many curves, which means that it will take forever before the end is in sight. But as soon as you see the flags you do not know what you are experiencing. For me (and many people with me) a very emotional moment. After days of hiking, no showering, hard work you finally reach the top. A wonderful moment. Only now down. Perhaps the toughest of all.

     

  • Time: +/- 12 hours
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  • Accommodation: Hotel Bob Marley. A great place. We have built a small party here. The pizzas are really great here. Especially after 12 days dal bhat.
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  • Height: 3800m (highest point Thorong La 5416m)
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Day 10 Mukltinath to Kagbeni

After quite a few beers in Muktinath, we decide to continue our walk the next day. We have read that Kagbeni is a very cozy and cute village to stop and decide that this will be our next stop. The muscle pain of yesterday’s trip is quite present. Especially the hefty trip down after reaching the top was not very pleasant for the hamstring strings. We take it easy. We notice immediately that the infrastructure here is much better than on the other side of the mountain. Continuous jeeps drive by and the walking is therefore less pleasant. Although the area is still incredibly beautiful, it is not comparable with the first few days. Because they are building a road here, idyllic is a bit off. Kagbeni is indeed a cute village to stop.

     

  • Time: +/- 6 hours
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  • Height: 2804m
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Day 11 Kagbeni to Jomson

The next day we walk further to Jomson, one of the larger villages in the area. Although this area is also beautiful, we are often disturbed during this walk by the many jeeps that pass by. When we arrive in Jomson we decide that this will be our final destination and the next we will take the bus back to Pokhara. At first we wanted to walk back, but we are on and the route is a lot less beautiful than the first half of the trek. We did quite well for non-experienced hikers. Once we arrived in Pokhara we heard from different people that the route past Jomson is again very beautiful and definitely worth hiking. If you still have some strength and days left, we recommend that you walk the route. The bus back to Pokhara was nice and bumpy but easy to do. Do not look outside too often, because driving along the edge of a gigantic mountain is not so special in Nepal.

We thought Jomson really terrible. The accommodations are very expensive and it is quite busy.

     

  • Time: +/- 6 hours
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  • Height: 2743m
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Holy crap, Nepal is so beautiful. This was one of the most difficult and at the same time impressive travel experiences to date. It was sometimes quite a challenge, but really worth every second. We didn’t want to miss this for the world and will definitely do a similar draw in Nepal again. Not only the environment is great, but also the experience is so beautiful. Along the way you will meet the most special people. If you are in Nepal, I say do it! Even if you are not really a hiker. We are anything but experienced hikers and never thought we would enjoy 13 days of hiking through the mountains. If you have any questions about the draw or about Nepal or a nice tip for Foedsie, let us know in a comment or send a message via Instagram < / a>.

Where to eat in Pokhara – Hotspots Pokhara

Pokhara is for many people the start or end point of their trek, but it is also a wonderful city to enjoy a few days. Enjoy sitting by the lake with a view of the mountain tops of the Himalayas, shopping at the countless nice Nepalese shops, parasailing or trekking through the Pokhara valley. And Pokhara is packed with nice restaurants. From traditional Nepalese food to burgers from the grill. During the draw there is little variation in meals and you sometimes want something different than Dal Bath (and I really love Dal Bath). Then it is very nice that Pokhara offers so much choice in restaurants. We have collected the nicest Pokhara hotspots for you.

Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

1. Movie Garden

My absolute no. 1 in Pokhara. Maybe not really a restaurant, but this is the nicest outdoor cinema where I have ever seen a movie. Every day you can come here for nice, good films. But also for delicious pizzas and fantastic cocktails. You have to find it first. The way up is indicated with candles. Once arrived you immediately feel the warm atmosphere. The seating areas consist of chairs, floor cushions, rugs and so on. If you get cold, just grab a blanket. A good pizza, some popcorn for dessert, if you’re lucky here and there a firefly and believe me you really have a great evening!

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2. Bamboo bar

We came here for a quick coffee every day (and to cuddle with the cat) but we often lingered for so long that we eventually switched to an ice cold beer. The Bamboo bar is right on the lake, which gives you a fantastic view. We could really stare for hours at this and otherwise do nothing. A wonderful place to completely dream away.

 bamboo bar pokhara

3. Fresh Elements

one of the first restaurants we tried in Pokhara and immediately a topper! The restaurant is super hip and you can sit in the inner garden. I chose a delicious couscous salad and although it may not look super easy, it was really delicious!

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4. Road House

Something you don’t find very often in Nepal on the menus is meat. Most Nepalese eat almost no meat. I found this very nice, but I must admit that variety can sometimes be nice (especially Leroy, p). If you are looking for a good burger or a piece of meat from the grill, then you should go to Road House. We opted for a cordon blue and it was really divine. If you fancy western food, go here!

5. OR2K

Super hip and very good! OR2K is completely the opposite of the Road House restaurant. Here everything revolves around vegetarian food. The choice is really huge and the food incredibly good. It is a little bit floating. This way you eat on the floor, no shoes are allowed in and you hear meditation music everywhere.

6. Rosemary Chicken

At Rosemary Chicken you can get both Nepalese and Western dishes. The food is excellent, but we were especially surprised by the staff. Everyone here was so friendly. We have been advised and surprised by the restaurant. And this was really great! You should especially try the Momos here.

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7. Chick’N “Falafe

Do you want good food for little money, then you go to Chick’N “Falafel. I can eat falafel every day, so you make me super happy here. You can order doner or Falafel here for a few euros and then you are really bomb full.

8. French Creperie and Bar

I’m really a die-hard dessert fan. I prefer to eat desserts all day long, but then I would be round like a barrel. So I often restrain myself, but when I came across French Creperie and Bar, my heart jumped a little. Of course I had to try this. And then of course with Nutella, banana and nuts. To lick your fingers.

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9. The Harbor

A very cozy and beautiful restaurant where you can eat good Western food. The restaurant is really huge and has a beautiful view above. We ate a pasta here and it was really great!

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10. Jiva Cafe & Spa

We came here for a massage (which was really fantastic) but you can also come here for a healthy lunch. The garden is super green and you can sit comfortably here.

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Super Handy! Download the Google Maps below and easily find all the hotspots when you are in Pokhara.

The ultimate Nepal route 4 weeks

In 2017 we decided to travel through Asia for 6 months. Nepal was the first country on our bucket list. And I am so happy with this choice, because Nepal has made an incredible impression on us. Our great trekking through the Himalayas is at the top of the most beautiful moments during our trip. The beautiful mountains, nature, intense cities and even jungle. Nepal has packed us completely.

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Route Nepal 4 weeks

The Annapurna Circuit lasts about 2 weeks, so we decided to stay in Nepal for a total of 4 weeks. This way we had enough time to discover other places in addition to the draw. But you could also add a few more weeks to your trip or just do a draw. Although the latter is a bit of a shame, because the rest of Nepal is definitely worth it.

Traffic in Nepal

Distances in Nepal are not huge in themselves. If everything goes well you are often on the road for 5-7 hours. Unfortunately, it is not always possible. Something can happen during a ride that changes everything. For example, if an accident occurs in the Netherlands, there is often not much going on. The traffic is diverted and we can continue. In Nepal this works slightly differently. Roads are often poor, narrow and there are no alternative routes. They also often do not know patiently waiting for each other or structure in an incident. This allows you to be in a traffic jam for hours. For example, we were stuck for 24 hours on a ride that would actually only last 4 hours. Why? They had decided to clear part of the road with dynamite, but unfortunately had used too much. Yes … things like this are apparently normal in Nepal, p. A tip: always make sure that you have food, drinks and a vest on the bus. Even with short journeys.

Our route through Nepal 4 weeks

View our 4-week route through beautiful Nepal below.

     

  • Kathmandu – day 1 + 2
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  • From Kathmandu – Pokhara – day 3
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  • Pokhara – day 4
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  • From Pokhara – Chamje (Annapurna Circuit) – day 5
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  • Chamje – BagaChap (Annapurna Circuit) – day 6
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  • Bagachap – Chame (Annapurna Circuit) – day 7
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  • Chame – Upper Pisang / Lower Pisang (Annapurna Circuit) – day 8
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  • Upper Pisag – Manang (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 9
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  • Manang (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 10
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  • Manag – Yak Kharka (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 11
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  • Yak Khark – Thorung Pedi (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 12
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  • Thorung Pedi – Muktinath (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 13
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  • Muktinath – Kagbeni (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 14
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  • Kagbeni – Johmson (Annapurna Circuit) – Day 15
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  • Johmson – Pokhara – Day 16
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  • Pokhara – Day 17, 18
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  • travel from Pokhara – Chitwan – Day 19
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  • Chitwan – Day 20 & 21
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  • From Chitwan – Pokhara – Day 22
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  • Pokhara (you can also choose to go to another part here) – Day 23, 24 & 25
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  • Pokhara – Kathmandu – Day 26
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  • Kathmandu – Day 27

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is quite intense, but definitely not missing during your trip. It is busy, chaotic but also impressive, beautiful and cozy. Here you have the Thamel district where you can find everything for your trek, the nicest souvenirs and very nice eateries. Outside the center you will find various temples and beautiful rituals. 2 nights is enough to explore the city.

From Kathmandu you can take a bus of less than ten ten that takes about 7 hours to get to Pokhara. The ride is certainly not a punishment. You look your eyes on the way. We really liked Pokhara. There is such a wonderful atmosphere and it lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Himalayas. You will also find countless nice hotspots, it is clean and quiet and the perfect place to return after your Annapurna trek. We went back to Pokhara several times, but of course you can also add some other places to your trip. We just loved this place. Big tip!

Annapurna Circuit

Do, do, do! Absolutely the most beautiful thing we have ever done. Terribly heavy and I have to swear. But it was all worth it. You don’t know what you see along the way and getting the Pass feels like such a huge win. After the draw I immediately said once, but never again. Because my whole body was up. But soon we talked about going back maybe to do the Mount Everest Basecamp once. So addictive.

Chitwan

Did you know that Nepal has a jungle? Well not us at least. Very stupid of course, but at Nepal we initially only thought of mountains. What appears in Nepal is that you have several places where you can go into the jungle and also spot a lot of wildlife, including tigers. Unfortunately we missed tigers or maybe luckily. We did come face to face with 2 rhinos. So do it.

A jungle trek through Chitwan; the jungle of Nepal

Nepal is also known as the roof of the world. Its imposing mountains, including the highest mountain in the world; the Mount Everest, attract thousands of walkers every year. The Nepalese mountains were also the main reason for us to book our airline tickets to Nepal. During the 30 days in Nepal we spent almost half on the Annapurna Circuit. But Nepal has much more to offer. For example, Nepal has a jungle! A very beautiful one. So visited Chitwan National Park, a place that you should definitely not miss

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Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

A jungle trek through Chitwan

There are two different parks in Nepal, namely the Chitwan National Park and the Bardiya National Park. Chitwan is the most visited and also the oldest park in Nepal. The park has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984 and is the perfect place to spot wildlife.

The jungle may not be as huge as in Indonesia or Brazil, but the chance that you will spot unique animal species here is huge. And these are not just animals! Wild elephants, the Asian rhino, bears live in Chitwan and it is one of the last places in the world where you can spot the Bengal tiger.

Jeep Safari or a walking safari

You can trek through the jungle on foot or with a jeep. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. With the jeep you can go deeper into the jungle and you have a greater chance of spotting a tiger. The disadvantage is that you can scare animals by the noise. Hiking through the jungle is of course extra special and you make a lot less noise. However, the chance of spotting tigers is smaller because you stay at the edge of the jungle. Moreover, I do not know whether you will be happy if suddenly a tiger is standing in front of you with only a walking stick as a weapon at your disposal.

Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

We opted for a walking safari. You can choose to be taken to the jungle with a traditional boat. You then sail for 20 minutes in a tiny boat / tree trunk over the river between the crocodiles. Yes …. quite exciting. But I’m still glad we did this. It was a very nice start to the draw.

Tip! It is recommended to travel to Nepal at the end of October. Then most tourists have already left.

Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

Okay all the animals in Chitwan want you dead

Please do not run when you spot a Tiger they are faster than you, when a rhino comes at you try to hide behind a tree or zigzag as fast as you can and if an angry elephant is approaching. well then you are fucked. Hilariously, this was literally our intro before our draw started. It basically boiled down to the fact that you secretly hope that you will not spot any animals at all, even though this was precisely the reason for a visit to the jungle.

The jungle of Chitwan is one with many open plains with high grass. Hiding behind a tree actually falls off immediately, p, but it makes the draw comfortable and easy to sustain. We soon come across traces of a tiger. While walking, our guide, who is only armed with the Gandalf staff only without super powers, tells us that the chance of spotting tigers is so difficult, because the tigers often see us much earlier. Okay fine thought …. while I am walking through the tall grass, there can be a tiger somewhere who sees me, but I do not see the tiger. Thanks man …

Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

The fear of the tigers disappears for a while because I enjoy the beautiful surroundings too much. After 2 hours of walking we settle down at a hut on stilts where you can spot animals. And yes… in the distance we spot two rhinos, a mother with a baby. How cool! The rhinos walk quietly back into the jungle and we also resume our walk.

Come face to face with a rhino in Chitwan

The group quickly disintegrates after lunch and we walk on at a good pace with our guide at the front. After a while I really think I see a rhino standing in the water. But since nobody shares that opinion and I actually don’t see a shit without glasses, I must be wrong. Our guide just walks on cozy and then suddenly I stand eye to eye at less than 10 meters away from mama rhino. Fear, joy, nerves … … I can feel it all. After some wave gestures and a nervous DUDE, HELLO our guide (still only armed with a stick) finally turns around. I point to the rhino that looks less friendly up close. When I look at the guide I see fear of death …. haha not his idea of ​​the ideal walk.

Leroy is about 3 meters away from me and I feel pretty lonely by the rhino. I carefully decide to walk back to Leroy, but mothers didn’t agree. The rhino is running towards us with a lot of noise and a mega speed. Our guide shouts RUNNNNNNN …. and I just see that our guide jumps between us like an idiot with just a stick and a lot of shouting. What a fool.

I have never run so fast in my life and in the meantime I pass the two Americans who walked a bit behind us and who have not had anything from the spectacle. I decide to stand behind a bush (because yes, it can hold back a rhino) and behind the two Americans. Hahaha yes my true nature came to the surface and I am apparently not so concerned with the well-being of other people. Apparently I also passed Leroy during my sprint and I see him running past zigzagging like a mega idiot. Fear immediately took place for a laugh kick. Thanks Leroy.

Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

Our guide is still waving a cane and the rhino still seems to be panicking. Really just really sorry. If they were just as relaxed taking a bath with the two of them, some of those munchers are passing by. Eventually the rhinos walk quietly back into the jungle.

Fortunately, I can now laugh about it very hard.

Tigers in Chitwan

The entire rhino incident has cost a lot of energy and I have gained less confidence in the draw. After about 2 hours we come across a trail of a tiger that is still wet. Since it is plus 30 degrees, everything indicates that the tiger is still around. Perhaps for some a moment of joy, for me the reason to return.

Although we no longer spot a tiger, we still see a wild boar and enjoy a beautiful setting. In total we walked for about 7 hours. Despite all the crazy circumstances, a journey I will never forget and which I absolutely did not want to miss.

Chitwan jungle
Chitwan jungle

Useful tips for a Chitwan draw

     

  • It is wise to be dressed entirely in black.
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  • Take enough water and a cap or scarf over your head.
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  • Take sunscreen and apply well.
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  • Mosquito spray can also be useful.
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  • Put on good walking shoes.
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  • If you want to spot tigers, it is better to book a jeep safari or a multi-day safari.

LAKE TOBA

Lake Toba is one of the largest crater lakes in the world. 75,000 years ago it was created by a huge volcano eruption (supervolcano). The lake is approximately 100 km long and 31 km wide and has an area of approximately 1146 km2 and 450 meters deep.

If you visit Lake Toba it’s hard to imagine that this was once a volcano. It is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the most beautiful places in Sumatra.

How to get there

Most people start their trip in Bukit Lawang. From Bukit Lawang you can take buses to Medan, Berastagi, and Lake Toba every day.

The buses From Bukit Lawang to Lake Toba will have a quick stop in Berastagi. Some people will stay here for a night or two and continue there trip to Lake Tobe the next day. It is possible to travel to Lake Toba in one day. In proximity 8 hours you will arrive at the harbor

Accommodation

In Lake Toba we stayed at the incredible Tabo Cottages . The Batak Houses are very cute and have a beautiful view over the lake. There is a nice swimming pool and the food is amazing.

At Tabo Cottages you can book all kinds of accommodations, including cottages inspired by traditional Batak houses.

Lake Toba
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Hotspots Lake Toba

At the Lake Toba we stayed at a little town called TukTuk. It’s very small but you will find a lot of local restaurants where you can eat very well. These were our favourites:

Yuwita restaurant

You might not say it from the outside, but you have a great view at this restaurant and the food is fantastic. A wonderful place where you can eat for little.

Tabo Cottages

If you do not stay at Tabo Cottages, you should go and eat there. The food here is very good. They have Indonesian salads, local dishes but also the Western food looked amazing. And you can also order a full breakfast with fresh bread, yogurt and all kinds of delicacies. That quiet rare in Indonesia. The accommodation gets fresh bread every day from the local bakery.

Jenny’s Cafe

A cute restaurant at the end of the hill. Here too you can eat and a have drink for a very reasonable price.

Lake Toba
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To Do

You will visit Tabo Lake to relax, enjoy the view, the weather and the atmosphere.

     

  • Grab a scooter and explore the island
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  • Go cycling (quite heavy)
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  • Kayaking over the lake
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  • Take a boat tour
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  • Do a forest draw with a guide
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  • Walk through the area
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  • Take a dip in the lake
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  • Also nice to visit the market in Parapat

Yogyakarta Travel Guide

From Bandung we left by train to Yogyakarta. A journey of about 7 – 8 hours, so again we chose nice luxury for the most comfortable class. We had both heard and read many good stories about this city, so we were really looking forward to it. But at the same time we had no idea what to expect from it. Once we arrive at the station we are a bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. Quick a Grab and on to the hostel. We arrive in Oasis of Peace. What a nice place to start in Yogyakarta. What soon turns out to be a top city.

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From Bandung to Yogyakarta

Traveling in Java is a lot easier than in Sumatra. You almost always have three options, namely a public bus, minivan or train. Because it’s called a decent trip, we chose the train again. We had lost around 25 euros per person for this, so quite expensive for Indonesian standards.

Sleeping in Yogyakarta

Finding a nice place to sleep in Yogyakarta is a breeze. You have so many nice and affordable places here. Because we unfortunately could not book another day at our first hostel, we had to move to another hostel the second day. Both were great!

Sae Sae Hostel

Super hip hostel hidden in an alley. Upon arrival you immediately feel at home. There is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. As if everyone has been here for weeks. You can relax in one of the many nice seating areas in the Boho-decorated garden. The room is simple but clean. You share the bathroom and toilets, but because there are enough, there is always one available.

The employees of the Sae Sae hostel are super friendly and are happy to give you tips about the best places and nicest trips. Breakfast is not included, but they do have a small cafe outside where you can order different meals and breakfasts. Including fantastic tasty smoothie bowls.

Do not look up in the morning from Asian tourists who only come to take some pictures. The hostel is in fact Instafamous. Sometimes complete photoshoots take place.

A private room at Sae Sae for two people costs around 12 euros.

Abracadabra hostel

Because we could no longer stay with Sae Sae, we left the second day for the Abracadabra hostel. Perhaps even nicer. Also super hip, but slightly less hipster.

The rooms

We booked a private room here, all with their own theme. Super awesome! The first night we stayed in the jungle room with private bathroom for only 10 euros! The rooms are simple, but very cool. The bathroom was complete in jungle style, complete with plants and an outdoor shower.

The second night we stayed in the Urban Room. Lots of metal, tough concrete walls and a bucket with holes for a shower. Again a very nice room.

The hostel also had a “swimming pool” which is rather a large bath and lots of nice seating areas. Another advantage is that every morning a different fresh breakfast is served. We received a plate of fried rice with fruit and the second time pancakes with strawberries and bananas. Perhaps the nicest thing about this hostel are Bonnie and Clyde. The most adorable and lazy cats from Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta Travel guide
Yogyakarta

The best hotspots in Yogyakarta

You can enjoy delicious food anywhere in Yogyakarta. After a few weeks, we mainly felt like something else, so we mainly visited some modern restaurants. Enough choice in any case. Fancy a traditional food, go to Malioboro and enjoy street food or eat at one of the many traditional Warungs.

Via Via

The Via Via restaurant is very popular and always full. In the evenings live music is often played here and you can enjoy Western and traditional dishes for a very reasonable price. We had lunch here and in the evening came back again for dinner. Both times we lost around 15 euros incl. Drinks.

Not only can you have a good lunch or dinner here, you will also find a bakery, souvenirs and they arrange various tours. Highly recommended.

Mediterranea

Unfortunately we did not intervene, but you can hear from everyone that this is the best place to eat. The food here is so fantastic that reservation is required, otherwise you can wait a long time. Unfortunately we were unable to intervene here, but if you get the chance then you should definitely eat something here.

Move On

You can eat a tasty burger or good pizza at the hip Move On. It is located in a busy street where you will find many restaurants. In addition to the delicious burgers and pizzas, you also have great ice cream here. A burger menu costs around 80,000 and a pizza a little less. Although that is slightly more expensive than eating in Warung is still very cheap. Leroy ate a pasta pesto here and I a big burger with fries. We lost around 17 euros with drinks.

Pizza Nanamia

Take a seat in the cozy garden of Pizza Nanamia. And yes the pizza is deliciously delicious. For dessert we strongly recommend the tiramisu.

Breakfast at Sae Sae

I’m a fan of Nasi goreng, but in the morning I prefer to eat something else. How nice it was to have a breakfast at Sae Sae. Delicious smoothie bowl filled with the tastiest things.

To Do in Yogyakarta

Good food and walking

Yogyakarta is a wonderful city to stroll through. Visit Malioboro and enjoy great bargains and delicious street food. Or stroll through the streets and discover cool street art everywhere.

h3> Eternal happiness on the square of Yogyakarta

Visit the square of Yogyakarta in the evening. The square is pleasantly busy and you will find countless street food stalls and two large trees in the middle. You can rent a blindfold for 5000 rupees. If you manage to walk blindfolded between the two trees, you will have eternal happiness. Sounds super easy, but due to the chaos around it still a big job. No sense in eternal happiness or with a blindfold walking around like crazy, watching only all attempts is certainly worth it. After a lot of cheating and making adjustments I succeeded.

Borobodur & Parmabadan

At the corner of every street and every hostel or hotel you can arrange a tour to Borobodur and Parmabadan. You often have the choice of a sunset tour where you leave for the temple at 3 o’clock. You can then watch the sunrise from a viewpoint (somewhere on a hill) or from the Borobodur temple complex. The latter costs you 10 euros extra. Unfortunately, the chance that you will actually experience a beautiful sunrise is not always the case. With us it is very cloudy. This means no beautiful sunrise, but a beautiful foggy environment.

We decided to only visit Borobodur, but that was primarily a budget choice. The prices for visiting the temples are on the high side. The two of you quickly lose more than 100 euros and you are often back before noon. But a visit is definitely worth it. The Borobodur temple was beautiful and I have heard even better stories about Parmabadan. If I could have done it differently, we would not have booked a tour and would have preferred to have gone in the afternoon when it was a bit quiet.

yogyakarta
yogyakarta

Waterfall

We decided to rent a private car with driver for a whole day with 4 others (about 40 euros in total). A very nice man who also managed to choose the best eateries. Our second stop was at the beautiful Sri Gethuk waterfall. Although we were perhaps the biggest attraction as tourists, it was a beautiful place and impressive waterfall.

yogyakarta
yogyakarta

Tubing through a cave (Pindul Cave)

Float around on a giant rubber band. Yes! I’m sold. It was perhaps a bit on the busy side, but a lot of fun. Together you float through a grove where you can admire beautiful rock formations and a huge amount of bat. After the cave you float quietly and you get the chance to jump into the water from a rock. Leroy obviously could not resist this.

Viewpoint

Okay, I have to admit that I have crawled here on all fours. A bit exciting on a bamboo hand floating above a gigantic abyss. But the view is beautiful. It is also fantastic to see how the locals take complete photoshoots and everyone (including us) has to be photographed.

yogyakarta
yogyakarta

And these are just a few of the many to do’s in Yogyakarta. You can also follow a fun food tour or cooking course at the ViaVia restuarant, visit a nice beach, visit the Sultan’s palace, the water palace or go and make your own jewelry at one of the silver factories.

Surabaya

The capital of East Java, the second largest city in Indonesia and the city of the heroes. Yet few people know this city. Let alone that they visit the city when they are in Indonesia. A shame … because we thought this was a very nice city. It may not have romantic streets or very special sights, but the city has something. You will find countless hip eateries and shops here.

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After a week of Karimunjawa , it was secretly nice to walk around in civilization again. Nice decadent dining out, no more sand everywhere and some people around you again. The nice variety and diversity of Java. We decided to enjoy the luxury here again and especially to eat and drink and of course to relax.

Surabaya is the main port city of the island and is located at the mouth of the Mas river. The Java Sea is located on the north and east side of the city.

The city has no less than 3 million inhabitants and has a large diversity of ethnic groups.

Surabaya where to stay: Amaris Hotel Margorejo Surabaya

In the capital of East Java, Surabaya, it can be quite chaotic and busy. Don’t get me wrong because I think it’s a wonderful city. But after a day of strolling through the busy city, the honking and the chaos, it is nice to be able to go to a comfortable, quiet place. We stayed at the Amaris Hotel Margorejo Surabaya .

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To do

There is plenty to see and do in Surabaja. However, we decided to spend our days here strolling around the city, massages and good food. Not a bad planning, I thought.

The Battery Spa

Opposite the Java Paragon Hotel you will find the entrance to the Battery Spa. Immediately upon entering you experience a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. A beautiful swimming pool on the right and lots of greenery. It is a modern and hip wellness center with a wide selection of treatments. From beauty treatments to re-energize packages. To completely relax, we opt for the signature spa Package. 150 minutes of dreaming away and ultimate enjoyment. The package contains a body scrub, body massage, body mask, herbal bath and as if that would not be enough, also a facial treatment. We are really pampered. A very nice treatment that we can benefit from in the coming period.

Eating at Arumanis Restuarant

You don’t believe it but eating at this buffet is really a big tip. During our stay in Karimunjawa we received this as a tip from a Dutch couple, whom we are still very grateful. At the Bimi Hotel in Surabaya you have the Arumanis hotel where a delicious buffet is served 3 times a day, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. And we are not talking about a small simple buffet. You really have everything here and everything is good! Sushi, Satay, Countless desserts, Western and traditional food. It is highly recommended. You pay around 10 euros per person to eat here.

You can also visit various sights such as:

     

  • Traditional port of Kalimas, the port of Surabaya
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  • Surabaya Zoo, the largest zoo in Southeast Asia
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  • Surabaya Al-Akbar Mosque, one of the great mosques of Indonesia
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  • Tunjungan Plaza, the largest shopping mall in East Java
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  • Chinese temples [edit]
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  • Kelenteng Sanggar Agung
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  • Gredja Boen Bio
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  • Hong Tiek Hiantempel

Hotspots Surabaya

Surabaya is full of good hotspots where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink.

Buffet at Arumanis restaurant

A huge buffet with the tastiest meals. You can walk around for hours here. If you come a little later, you often also get a discount. We lost around 30 – 40 euros with the two of us incl. Drinks.

La Rucalla

Fancy Italian, then go to La Rucalla. We haven’t really come across a good Italian in Indonesia yet, so this is also a very nice tip.

Historica (the Society Club)

Here you will find mostly young hip, hard-working young people who enjoy a smoothie, coffee and a good lunch. A super hip place.

The Buro

In addition to Historica and just as hip is The Buro. The place for a drink in the evening. Especially on the student evenings.

Sushi Tei

We were so excited about Suhsi and had read some good stories about Sushi Tei. It is in a shopping mall so it takes some searching, but once found you are happy. The sushi is really tasty and super affordable.

La cafe Gourmand Special (breakfast)

Scoring a breakfast as we are used to, unfortunately, is not always easy. We finally found La Cafe Gourmand. WOW. This was a fantastic breakfast. They had delicious coffees and a choice of different French breakfasts.

Citilites Skyclub & Bistro

If you want to go to a sky bar in Surabaya then Citilities is the place. Super hip and with a beautiful view of the city. An extra special place for me because after 11 years, on the very same day that I met my friend, I was asked to marry here.

Amed Travel Guide

In the Northeast of Bali you will find the quiet coastal town of Amed. It is very quiet here with a few eateries and especially a lot of diving schools. With beautiful nature and a coastline you can enjoy a few days here. You will not find mass tourism or countless honking scooters here. Most people come here for diving or snorkeling. But the nearby volcanoes are also worth a visit.

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Amed
Amed travelguide

Staying in Amed

We stayed at the Patcha Hostel in Amed. The private rooms were very nice and spacious. Furthermore, it was fine, but not fantastic. It is one of the few places where there is often something to do in the evening. Also a nice place for when you travel alone.

Diving in Amed

Most people go to Amed for diving and especially for diving at the Liberty Wreck. Unfortunately, this was no longer an option for us, because the dive was already full. What is really nice about diving in Amed is that there is hardly any current and you can just walk into the water. We have dived at Adventure Divers which is really recommended. The couple who run this diving school come from Belgium. They are fantastic lovely people who really think along with you. The dive spots (with the exception of the wreck) are not very special, but fun to do. But I think that the wreck in particular is worth going to Amed. It seems that if you go diving early in the morning at the wreck you can spot giant parrotfish.

Volcano Climbing in Amed

If you want to make a nice trek in Bali, then Amed is the place for you. From here you can arrange trips to various volcanoes, including the Seraya, Agung or Batur volcano. The Batur volcano climbing in particular must be very special, with the reward of a beautiful view of Bali.

Amed
Amed travelguide

Eating in Amed at Warung Enak

It is a bit outrageous and we normally never do this, but we ate at the same place every time in Amed. It was so incredibly tasty. And that was with Warung Enak, which literally means good. And it certainly was. Also order the bread. Just felt a bit like home again. The pumpkin salad is really delicious, but the highly recommended is the Nasi Campur. We have eaten this dish in different places, but this was clearly the winner.

With a Bintang on the beach

Unfortunately we have lost the name of the tent, but there is a place on the beach with a lot of bean bags and some lights in the evening. This is really a great place to enjoy the sunset with the volcano in the background with a pair of tongs.

Ubud City Guide

Green rice fields, bamboo huts and an oasis of peace. Well, that was a bit like we had suggested Ubud. Rice fields and bamboo huts enough in the area, but the center is very busy, there are scooters everywhere and it is full of hip eateries and nice shops. Not really what we expected, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t like Ubud. On the contrary. We thought it was great. The food is FANTASTIC and the setting is beautiful.

Just outside the center you will find numerous rice fields and cute houses to beautiful villas. Book a wonderful villa just outside the center and you can enjoy both the peace and the chaos.

Read how to get there, where to sleep, the best hotspots and what you can do in our mini Ubud City Guide.

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ubud travel guide
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How to get there

Unfortunately Uber, Grabb and everything else that can offer something of fair prices are not welcome in Ubud. It is therefore very difficult to reach the city in this way. The easiest way is to book a shared taxi. This can often be arranged at your homestay, hostel or hotel or you book it online at Perama.

Sleeping in Ubud

Enough accommodations in Ubud. Within walking distance of the center you have villas and houses in the middle of the rice fields. Do you want to sit close to the best eateries then you have plenty of choice in the center.

With dot on No. 1 Trinity Garden

If you really want to enjoy yourself, book a villa from Trinity Garden. 20 minutes walk from the center through the rice fields in a particularly beautiful place you will find the beautiful villas of Trinity Garden. You can’t believe your eyes when you come in. The same amount of attention has been paid to every little detail. The villas look beautiful with countless nice seating areas. You can cool off in the swimming pool and in the evening you drink your Bintang with a view of the rice fields. Beautiful right. This was definitely our favorite of all of Indonesia. The villas are perfect for families. You can have food delivered to the villa or to one of the tents in the rice fields.

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Rumah Taman

You will be amazed when you see what you get for 20 euros at Rumah Taman. The rooms are spacious and modern. You even have seating areas with a view of the rice fields and a large outdoor kitchen. And within 15 minutes you are right in the center of Ubud.
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Rama House

Perfect for when you want a bit of luxury for not that much money. Rama House has very nice rooms and is right in the center, namely on the market. You enter your room through a nice courtyard. Highly recommended for only 15 euros.Ga naar Booking voor meer informatie >>

Where to eat in Ubud

It seems like you can eat super tasty everywhere in Ubud. Man, what have we eaten around here. From sushi, warungs, ice creams to vegan. In Ubud you really have everything and everything is good. We have listed all Ubud hotspots for you.

Arang Satay bar
Slightly more expensive than a warung, but so very tasty. You can order complete meals here or share different snacks. Of course you also have to try the satay.

Biah Biah

Biah Biah is a cute little warung in the middle of Ubud. The food here is fantastic and ridiculous.

The seeds of life

Watch out for Vegans, because this is Ubud’s vegan hotspot. Even Leroy loved it.

Buddha Bowl

Also recommended! I chose the Vietnamese Bowl and it was really heavenly.

Toro Sushi

The great thing about Ubud is that you have everything, including sushi. We had to try that. Toro Sushi is therefore the perfect place to eat sushi. If you come between 4 and 7 they have happy hour and it is nice and cheap.

Fair Warung

This was recommended by a friend of mine and I was very happy with it. The food is delicious, not expensive and you support a good cause at the same time.

The Meltingwok

For a good simple curry you have to go to The Meltingwok.

Semima cafe

You will get the best coffee at Semima cafe.

Bamboo bar

If you want to dance or have a nice beer, go to the Bamboo bar.

Gelato Secrets

Done with vegan, go to Gelato Secrets. Really too tasty. And they also have ice creams for vegans.

TO DO UBUD

In addition to very good and lots of food, you of course also have plenty of sights in Ubud. We have listed a few for you.

Driving around with a private driver

Do you not dare so well with the scooter in Ubud (which is not really recommended) then a private driver is definitely recommended. For around 600,000 rupees, you travel the entire day with a private driver. You can then decide for yourself what you want to see and how long you want to stay. Ask the driver for tips, so you can discover the nicest places.

The rice terraces of Ubud, Tegalalang

Maybe a bit touristy, but that certainly doesn’t make it less beautiful. The rice terraces were very beautiful and special to see. It is only 10 km from Ubud. So if you are in Ubud then you just have to go here.

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Kintamani Viewpoint

Half an hour’s drive from Ubud you have a beautiful viewpoint with a breathtaking view of the Kintamani volcano and Mount Batur.

Hiking Campuhan Ridge walk

Directly at the center of Ubud you have a path that goes to the rice fields. It is a walk of about an hour there and back with a nice view. Not the nicest rice fields, but a fun activity if, for example, you have some time left or you have to pay attention to your budget.

Tirta Empul

Also called the water temple. Unfortunately we have not visited the temple anymore, but according to many this is definitely worth it. The temple is also visited by many locals who are cleansed here in the holy water.

Monkey Forest

We honestly skipped Monkey Forest. The reason, we really hate macaques. From a distance they might be nice, but as soon as they use you as a climbing frame and behave like little crooks, it’s not necessary for me. If you really want to see a monkey once, this is definitely recommended. But you can see macaques everywhere. You will find these little bastards at every temple and actually in every place where there are a few tourists.

The Ubud market

You can do your negotiation skills with carpentry at the Ubud market. For a few euros you will find colorful sarongs, wooden statuettes and beautiful dresses. You can also find a cheap cup of luwak coffee or fruit on the market. Do negotiate well, because you can take most of it for less than half the asking price.

Where to eat Ubud – Ubud Hotspots

It seems that you can eat super tasty everywhere in Ubud. Man, what have we eaten around here. From sushi, warungs, ice creams to vegan. In Ubud you really have everything and everything is good. We have listed all Ubud hotspots for you.

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Arang Satay bar

Occasionally you have to ignore your daily budget and spend a little more on a good dinner. We decided that when we entered Arang Satay bar. And good thing too, because this is perhaps the best place we have eaten during our trip. The hotspot of Ubud. Perhaps slightly more expensive than a Warung, but still Dutch for cheap. We opted for some different small snacks, such as the duck, satay and a salad. It was really horribly good. If you are in Ubud then you should definitely eat here.

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Biah Biah

Biah Biah was our favorite. The food here is very cheap (beer too) and also very tasty. Very nice is that you can order different small dishes and share them together.

The seeds of life

Ubud is a bit of Vegan heaven. You will find top vegan restaurants everywhere. I managed to persuade Leroy (who normally likes meat) to eat something here. In most restaurants in Indonesia you will find few dishes with a lot of vegetables and since I prefer not to eat so much meat, it was very nice to be in Ubud. It is slightly more expensive, but very tasty. So nice that we went back again. Leroy chose the pasta the first time and the lasagna the second time. Both very tasty. The first time I went for a smoothie bowl and the second time for my own composite salad. Recommended!

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Budhha Bowl

Not really in the center, but in the part where many backpackers are. Are you in the vicinity of this restaurant then you should definitely walk in here. We had lunch here and both opted for a salad bowl. I for the Vietnamese and that was really heavenly.

Toro Sushi

Toro Sushi is also in the same street as The Seeds of Life and Biah Biah. Go here between 4 and 7 and take advantage of the happy hour. Then you will get an extra role for free. We ate here twice with just the two of us for around 15 euros and then you are really full. Oh and not entirely unimportant the sushi is GOODDD !!!!

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Fair Warung

Good food and also supporting a good cause is possible at Fair Warung. It is often very busy here so booking in advance is not a luxury. Order the chicken curry and believe me you won’t regret it.

The Meltingwok

Just enjoy a quick curry that is possible at The Meltingwok. Tasty and extremely cheap.

Semima cafe

In many places in Indonesia it is very difficult to get good coffee. However, this is not a problem in Ubud. You can order very tasty coffee at Semima cafe. Tip: You can also order a coffee tasting here. The lunch is also very good, but a bit on the expensive side for Indonesian standards.

Unfortunately, work was also needed in Ubud. We did that at this cafe because the wifi was great. So definitely a tip for when you are looking for a workplace.

In the evening, have a drink and dance in the Bamboo bar

If you fancy a dance, the Bamboo bar is a must. You can find the bar around the corner from the market. There is often live music here. Sometimes reagge, oldies and even 90s.

Gelato Secrets

Tempe or durian ice cream, you can’t imagine it that way or at Gelato Secrets. It is no longer a big secret in Ubud, because every night stands until the line to the outside. Not surprising because the ice cream is delicious. And don’t panic, because they also sell normal flavors such as chocolate, oreo or snicker at Gelato Secrets.

We also drank a drink at Luna cafe and a good coffee at Juice Jaw.

Hospots Ubud 2020 recommended by Foedsie followers:

     

  • Sari Organik; paradise surrounded by rice fields
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  • Lazy Cats Cafe: hipperdehip!
  • Watercress: for the tastiest breakfasts
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  • Warung Ika Oka: indofood heaven
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  • KAFE: vegan food and more

Where to eat Uluwatu – Uluwatu hotspots

Uluwatu is located in the south of Bali and is hip and happpening! You will find so many good place to eat in Uluwatu. From healthy smoothie bowls to greasy burgers or a cocktail with a view you will never forget. Grab a cold Bintang, sit down and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Life in Uluwatu is not that bad. We have listed the best Uluwatu Hotspots for you.

Nalu Bowl

You can’t miss Nalu Bowl when you are in Uluwatu. You can order the most delicious smoothie bowls at this place. I was so happy with Nalu Bowls. The smoothiebowls are very big and full of flavours. It’s great for lunch or breakfast and it is very cheap. They also have very nice promotions. When we were there we even got the bowl for free. Happe me!

Single Fin

Single Fin is wellknowned for its legendary parties on Monday evenings. But also the rest of the week Single Fin is a great place to visit. It is the perfect spot to visit after a day at the beach for a drink or a snack. You also have perfect sunset view from this place. It is a bit of a “hipster” restaurant but definitely one you can’t mis . The prices are also a bit high. But despite that, it’s a must visit.

El Merkat

We ate super tasty tuna tartar at this place. SO recommended. A bit outside the center of Uluwatu.

Suka Espresso

Visit Suka Espresso for the best sandwiches or a good cup of coffee.

Bukit Café

Tasty bowls and good salads, but also the place to be for greasy burgers.

The Gili TravelGuide

No cars or honking mopeds. No, on the gili islands you do everything on foot or by bike. White beaches, turtles, coral, trendy tents and a beautiful sea. Escape the bustle of Bali and completely unwind. The Gili’s are incredible.

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The Gili Islands

The Gili’s consist of 3 islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Although most combine this with a visit to Bali, the Gili’s belong to the island of Lombok.

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Also called the party island. We thought this was better than expected. It is sometimes warned that this island is best known for the drunken tourists. That is a bit exaggerated. The island itself is not the most beautiful island, but the beaches are wonderful here. There is also plenty to do here. Every night there is a nice party and you have more than enough restaurants. We decided to combine Gili Trawangan with Air, so we had a bit of both worlds. At Gili Trawangan it is choking with turtles. If you lie down at turtle beach, chances are that you can spot a turtle from the beach. During the day, lie on the beach, do a little snorkeling, eat out and then have a party. Sounds good anyway.

Gili Air

Gili Air is a lot smaller, quieter and greener than Gili Trawangan. The island is perfect for cycling around. There are fewer sandy beaches compared to Trawangan and also turtles are a bit harder to find. However, the atmosphere on Gili Air is very relaxed and chill. There are more than enough eateries and you also have parties. Only a lot less than on Trawangan. The outdoor cinemas are also nice. We loved it here, but after 3 nights we were ready for a little more life, so we left for Trawangan.

Gili Meno

Gili Meno is the smallest island of the three and is also called Honeymoon Island. Here you will find mainly resorts and wide beaches. If you want a few romantic days, this is the place.

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Gili travel guide

How to get to the Gili Islands

From different ports you can directly take the fastboat to the Gili’s. Most depart from Bali from PadangBai. The boat takes about 2 hours and costs around 25 euros. You can also leave from Amed (1 hour) or Nusa Lembongan (2.5 hours). If you prefer not to take a fastboat, you can also take the slowboat to Lombok to catch a fastboat there, but it will only take 15 minutes. The slowboat takes 4 hours, leaves every hour and costs around 50,000RP (less than 4 euros). You only have to drive to another port in Lombok where you take about an hour to catch the slowboat there. Since this does not always run smoothly, you are sometimes 8 hours on the road if you are unlucky.

> Get Around on the Gili

No cars or scooters are allowed on the islands. You can do everything here on foot or by bike. Naturally delicious for us Dutch people. Watch out for all tourists who are not used to always riding a bike. You do have taxis here, but as a horse and cart. Don’t expect a quiet ride, because they drive like idiots on the small sandy paths. We also thought it was a bit sad for the horses. The cars are sometimes completely stuffed with people and things and the poor animals are there from early in the morning until late in the evening. Moreover, they charge ridiculous prices.

Gili Islands accommodation

Everyone has ever heard of the Gili Islands. They are perhaps the most popular islands of Indonesia. This means that many are fully booked early. If you already know when you are at the Gili’s, it is wise to book a room in advance. Unfortunately we did not have this and had to move almost every day to a new homestay or hotel. The prices are also a lot higher than in other parts of Indonesia.

Le Pirate, Gili Trawagan

Sleeping in a small cabin on Gili Trawagan at the trendy Le Pirate. Le PIrate is a very nice place to stay in Gili Trawagan.

Mandalika Cottage, Gili Trawagan

A friendly price, but still some luxury then choose Mandalika Cottage. And you also don’t have to worry about renting a bike, it is simply included.

Rent a villa

It is full of super nice villas on the gili islands. Nothing as nice as your own paradise on a bounty island. We too were lucky to spend a night in a fantastic villa on Trawangan and what a pleasure it was. Truly a paradise.

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Gili travel guide

Gili Hotspots

Looking for the best Gili food places and restaurants? From luxurious dining with your feet in the sand to coffee tents in the middle of the island, Foedsie would not be Foedsie if we did not go looking for the best Gili hotspots. The Gili Islands is full of nice tents. We have listed the best hotspots for you. More information about all Gili hotspots can be found here.

     

  • Vintage, Gili Trawagan: Hip, fun and affordable. Incredibly tasty food in a beautiful location
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  • Kayu Cafe, Gili Trawangan: Not to be missed, perfect for a good lunch, cup of coffee or breakfast
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  • Night Market, Gili Trawangan: Incredibly tasty food for little money
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  • Le Pirate, Gili Trawangan: Hipper the hip, good food and sometimes a movie theater
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  • Pituq Cafe, Gili Trawangan: Take care, this is the place to be
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  • Chill out bar, Gili Air: Top location, right on the beach and the pizzas are top
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  • Coffee & Thyme Gili Air: nice atmosphere, good coffee and good food. What more do you want.

What to Do in the Gili Islands <

Do not expect an active time when you go to the Gili’s. Here it is all about relaxing and enjoying the sea and beach. Everything is just a little quieter and slower here. We love it!

Diving

Whether you want to get your Padi or are an experienced diver, the Gili Islands are wonderful for diving. Although there is a lot of dead coral, you will still find beautiful coral gardens and lots of turtles here. You also have nice drift dives.

Snorkeling

You don’t have to dive to enjoy the beautiful underworld. Walk into the sea from your beach bed with a snorkel set and you will find countless fish, turtles and beautiful coral. You can also book a snorkeling trip. It is then wise to do this with a private tour or to find out in advance what a good organization is. Otherwise there is a good chance that you will be on a small boat with fifty people and more people in the water.

Cycling

Especially on Gili Air you can enjoy cycling. The island is very green and has beautiful nature. If you cycle towards the mosque you will even find a small village.

Get hold of a cinema

Both on Gili Air and on GIli trawangan you can grab an outdoor cinema at different places in the evening. Walk along the beach and you will find one.

Rent a kayak or stand up paddle boarding
If you still want to do something active, rent a kayak or a paddle board. It seems that you can even surf the Gili’s.

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Gili travel guide

Tetebatu Travelguide

Tetebatu is a tiny village in the middle of Lombok and is definitely one of our most favorite destinations in Indonesia. Tetebatu is located at the foot of the Rinjani volcano. If you are going to climb the volcano, then Tetebatu is a very nice place to start or just relax. But you should not skip a walk through Tetebatu. Tetebatu is a bit higher because of this the climate is a little cooler and it is greener than green. We stayed here for 2 nights and really enjoyed it.

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Lombok tetebatu

Where to stay in Tetebatu

Book a room at Les Rizieres. Not only we, but many others are enthusiastic about this homestay. The homestay gets a whopping 9.4 op Booking.com and we understand why. For the first night we booked a luxurious room with private bathroom for only 30 euros. The room looked great and the bathroom was super spacious. We were welcomed by the French couple and their 3 dogs (all equally cute). You immediately feel at home here. In the kitchen there is a lot of cooking and for a few euros you can have a nice dinner. You also have a nice terrace with a spectacular view over the green fields and of course the Rinjani. The second evening the room was unfortunately already booked, so we moved to a double room with bunk beds for only 17 euros. It might not have been very cozy, but the room was super neat, clean and perfect for a night. At Les Rizieres we booked a walk through Tetebatu. The walk was really great.

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A hike through the ricefields of Tetebatu

Together with a French couple and our guide from Les Rizieres we go straight into the green fields. The three dogs are also in the mood for a walk and decide to walk with them all day long. Tetebatu has a perfect climate for growing vegetables, fruit and herbs. Everywhere you see beautiful green fields. Here you will find rice, peppers, tobacco plants, cucumbers, but especially red peppers (how could it be otherwise). The real Lombok pepper! Of course I have to try. Stupid! I try a small piece and I really break down. Now I can handle spicy food very well, but this is going a bit too far for me. The whole walk I hang on the lips of our guide, because he really knows everything about the environment and the plants that grow here. It is very much about food, well and then I am one ear.

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Lombok tetebatu

Monkey Forest

After a few hours of walking through the heat, our guide takes us to a waterfall that is somewhat hidden. A little! We walk through rivers, over rocks and into the caves and then suddenly a beautiful waterfall appears out of the blue. A paradise. What a wonderful place. We quickly take a dive, change clothes again and leave for Monkey Forest to spot monkeys. Always fun.

In Monkey Forest you can spot black monkeys. After a while we come across a group of monkeys. We have the dogs with us, so the monkeys stay very high in the trees. Fortunately the monkeys are nice and quiet here and mainly busy with their own monkey business ..

Lombok coffee

We leave the monkeys nice and quiet and continue to a small traditional village for a good lunch. I can’t say it often enough, but the food in Indonesia is fantastic! The best thing you can do is simply ask what they recommend, then you’re always in the right place. After a good, delicious lunch (I think I had some sort of Soto) we leave. We are going to make coffee ourselves. And I don’t mean making a simple pot of coffee. I wasn’t sure what to imagine, but it was really surprisingly fun. We just sat with someone in the back of the garden with the whole family. Nobody could speak English there, but we laughed a lot. And especially she because of us, because of course we couldn’t do anything about it. It was a very nice, special experience.

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tetebatu

After eight hours of walking the legs were finished and we left for Les Rivières. If you go to Lombok, also visit this place. It is so beautiful and pure here. The people are super friendly and the area is really breathtaking. Big fat tip!

Where to eat Gili Islands – Gili Islands hotspots

The Gili’s have not been a secret for a long time. It is the favorite destination of many who visit beautiful Indonesia. And rightly so, because the Gili’s are really delicious. The Gili’s consist of 3 islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno and are packed with fun Gili hotspots. The busiest island is Gili Trawangan, which is also called the party island (we thought this was not too bad). Gili Air is a lot quieter, there is a casual atmosphere, but there is still more than enough to experience. Gili Meno is also called Honeymoon island and consists mainly of resorts. Every island is different, but they all have one thing in common: it is beautifully beautiful. In addition to a little snorkeling, partying and relaxing, we also went looking for the best hotspots in the Gili Islands.

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We have listed the nicest Gili restaurants for you:

Casa Vintage, Gili Trawagan

Super hip, fun and also affordable. What else do you want. Sit in the sand with your feet and enjoy a delicious meal. Vintage was recommended to me by a good friend and I was so happy with this. The atmosphere is really great and the food amazing. I would prefer to take the complete contents of Casa Vintage home. It looks so nice. You all have different seats, hammocks, benches and you name it. Oh and you’re also right on the beach.

Kayu Cafe, Gili Trawangan

A hotspot on Gili Trawangan that you should definitely not miss. It is the perfect place for a nice breakfast, good lunch or just a cup of coffee. Oh and the cakes and cupcakes are also super tasty. This restaurant is located on the busiest street of Gili Trawangan, making it easy to find.

Night Market, Gili Trawangan

If you want incredibly tasty food without costing you a lot of money, you should go to the Night Market on Gili Trawangan. You can order tasty fresh food here at various stalls. You really have everything. The food is really good and only costs a few euros. You are also very cozy and there is a great atmosphere.

Le Pirate, Gili Trawagan

Hipper than hip, that is Le Pirate . It is a very nice place to stay on Gili Trawangan, but you are also in the right place for a nice lunch, movie theater or dinner. You’ll spend the night at Le Pirate in cute white, turquoise houses in a wonderful location with a sea view. A paradise on earth.

Pituq Cafe, Gili Trawangan

Watch out for Vegans (but also for everyone who loves good food), because this place really has the tastiest vegan dishes. It is a small place and a bit hidden on the island, but it is well worth the search. one of the nicest Gili hotspots of Foedsie. The menu is super diverse and also a great place to eat for non-vegans. From super good smoothies to delicious pastas.

Coffee & Thyme, Gili Air

This tent is also not to be missed. This cute tent is located directly at the port of Gili Air and is an absolute Gili Hotspot. The coffee is really super good and you can also have a delicious lunch or breakfast. You can order tasty smoothie bowls or a good sandwich here. Really worth a visit.

Chill Out Bar, Gili Air

Drinking cocktails with your feet in the sand, it doesn’t get any better. At De Chill Out Bar you can eat well for not too much money, but especially the location is perfect. You can dine here on the beach. How nice is that.

Mowies on the beach

Mowies should certainly not be missing from the Gili Hotspots. Drop down on one of the many bean bags from Mowies and enjoy life on Gili Air.

LABUAN BAJO TRAVELGUIDE

Labuan Bajo is a small port town on the West Coast of Flores. It will not be small for a long time, because Flores is growing at breakneck speed. More and more tourists know how to find this beautiful island of Indonesia and they all start their journey in Labuan Bajo. It is not only the place to start if you want to explore the island further, but also the place for diving enthusiasts and visiting the Komodo National Park. The town itself is not very special, but the area is really one of the most beautiful that you will ever see. Flores really stole our hearts and this all started with Labuan Bajo.

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Transport Labuan Bajo

If you want to visit Flores, you may have to cover a considerable distance. How you get there is mainly dependent on where you leave.

By plane to Labuan Bajo

The easiest and fastest way to get to Labuan Bajo is by plane. There are flights to Labuan Bajo from different places, but the cheapest and easiest way is to do this via Bali or Lombok. A return ticket costs around 100 euros per person.

Boat trip from Lombok to Flores

Many people choose a multi-day boat trip from Lombok . This can be done with different parties, but the best known are Perama tours or Wanua Tours . The tour lasts 2 or 3 nights, stopping at different places. The boat is small but nice. You sleep and eat on board. During the day you stop at different places to snorkel, visit waterfalls or explore the beautiful surroundings of the Komodo National Park. You can sleep on the deck or rent a cabin if you want more privacy. The boat is pretty basic, but you have everything you need.

Many people find this one of the most beautiful tours in Indonesia. Our personal experience was unfortunately a little less pleasant. We chose to book the boat trip from Flores to Lombok with Perama Tours for 2 nights (100 euros per person) for the return trip. I can write a whole book about it, but here is the short (miserable) list:

     

  • The first day was great. The surroundings of the Komodo National Park are really beautiful, but you can also visit from Labuan Bajo with a day tour.
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  • You are on the boat a lot and you see relatively little
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  • The sea is incredibly rough, which means that I have really only been in bed and have been very ill (and many with me)
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  • The last day was so intense that we got wet all night and we all had to sit on one side during the day because otherwise the boat couldn’t handle it. < / li>

In my opinion you see more of the area with a day tour and then it’s best to take a flight to Lombok. That way you also save time. Along the way we spotted a group of dolphins. Which was really fantastic.

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With the ferry to Flores

Since we had a daily budget, we opted for the cheapest option, namely by public transport. A combination of vans and ferries, a total trip of no less than 24 hours (but it can also take as little as 30 hours). In total it costs us less than 20 euros. We were picked up at our accommodation in Lombok with the final destination being the port of Labuan Bajo. From Kuta, Lombok it is a 3-hour drive to the port. There you take a ferry to Sumbawa, the island between Lombok and Flores. A super nice, special experience. You are one of the few tourists on the boat and the locals really make it a party. You then arrive at Sumbawa where you will find a 12-hour bus ride to the other jug ​​of the island. You arrive here early in the morning. From the port you take the second ferry that takes about 9 hours to get to Labuan Bajo. This tour is also very special. A tip, get a mattress quickly, find the shade and go to sleep on the deck. We found the trip to be excellent and secretly quite a nice experience. You must have the patience, time and desire to make this long journey.

Where to stay in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is quite pricey compared to other places in Indonesia. We found a very nice hostel where we stayed for a few days. Prefer no hostel? Do not panic! You have more than enough choice in Labuan Bajo.

Ciao Hostel

Our favorite of the entire trip was Ciao Hostel. We felt immediately at home here. There is a wonderful atmosphere, everything is top-notch and it is super clean. I even saw the cleaners dust the slatted frame. On Hostel this hostel even gets a 9.1! Be quick, because they are fully booked very quickly. All activities in Labuan Bajo often start early in the morning. As a result, there is not much to do in the town in the evenings. At Ciao Hostel, something has been thought of here. You can watch a movie here every night. Every day there are 3 films on the board that you can choose from, the film with the most votes is shown that evening. You can also eat super well, there was a mini kitten, puppy and the staff is very helpful and friendly.

Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel

The Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel is also a nice accommodation. Here you also have private rooms. This hostel looks hip and hip, but there is a price tag in return. We thought it was a beautiful hostel, but way too expensive. If Ciao Hostel is full then this is definitely a good alternative.

Le Pirate

Le Pirate has already conquered several locations in Indonesia. This accommodation can also be found on Nusa and Gili Trawangan and therefore also in Labuan Bajo. The accommodation has super cute houses and a great roof terrace with a breathtaking view of the harbor.

Where to eat in Labuan Bajo – Labuan Bajo Hotspots

Although the port town does not deserve a beauty prize, you do have a lot of nice hotspots. We have listed the best restaurants of Labuan Bajo for you:

  • Ciao Hostel: Not only a nice place to sleep, but also to eat cheaply and tasty. Especially the giant hamburger is a big tip!
  • Le Pirate: this place is packed every night. Not very strange, because you sit here beautifully and the food is very good.
  • Happy Banana: a bit floating, but you can eat really delicious here. If you fancy Sushi then this is the place.
  • Molas Cafe: if you have a little more budget than you can eat delicious food at Molas Cafe.
  • Cafe.in.hit: for when you feel like a good cup of coffee
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  • Mediterraneo: a beautiful view and a great menu. The food is really delicious, but a bit more expensive than most restaurant in Labuan Bajo.

To do in Labuan Bajo

During the day, few people stay in the town, because there is so much to see and do in the area. Labuan Bajo is the base for countless diving trips and day tours. If you walk through the small harbor town you will come across one dive school or tour operators.

Diving Komodo

The Komodo National Park is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world. Due to the strong current of the Komodo National park, dynamite fishing is impossible here so that the coral has remained intact. The current in this area also ensures a diverse and rich underwater life. Large manta rays, sharks, napoleon bass, hammerhead sharks, large groups of barracudas you can spot it all during diving (oh and even sea cows if you’re lucky). Although the strong currents are only suitable for experienced divers, there are more than enough options for beginners. Choose a good, reliable diving school and you don’t have to worry. We too were beginners when we went diving here and it was one of the best experiences ever.

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Komodo Island

If you go to Flores, you must of course visit the Komodo National Park. Here you will find the giant Komodo Dragons. The Komodo dragon is only found in this area. It is the longest lizard in the world and can reach no less than 3 meters. Although they are quiet during the day, it remains a predator. Because the bite of Komodo Dragon is very toxic, it is almost always fatal.

Padar Island

It doesn’t get any nicer than this. Most day tours combine Rinca or Komodo Island with Padar island. This was the most beautiful place of Komodo National Park for me. It is quite a climb, but once you are at the top, you have a great view of the island. Choose a spot, grab your moment and enjoy this beautiful view.

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Pink Beach

Pink beach was perhaps not as pink as we had expected, but it was one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Indonesia. Swim among the colorful coral while the most beautiful fish swim with you. Here we saw clowfish, puffer fish and the largest moray eels that we have ever seen.

Flores has a lot more to offer

We really lost our heart to Flores. Many people only visit Labuan Bajo. This place has a lot to offer, but it is especially the rest of the island that we fell in love with instantly. The people, culture, nature it is really one of the most special places in Indonesia.

Where to eat in Bali – Hotspots

Bali is hotspot heaven. Poké bowls, smoothie bowls, civilian tents, vegan luchrooms, you will find it all in Bali. Whether you want to do super healthy or feel like a big burger, there is a nice hotspot in Bali for everyone. We found the variety in Indonesia really great. We went from the green Sumatra to the ultra hip Bali. What a world of difference. We have been able to travel around Bali for quite a while and hereby discover great hotspots. Discover our top 10 favorite Bali hotspots.

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1. Arang Satay bar, Ubud

We decided to just ignore our daily budget and walked into Arang Satay bar. And what a good decision this was. It is perhaps slightly more expensive than the average Warung, but still very affordable. We opted for different snacks, such as Beijing, of course Satay and a few fantastic salads.

2. Nude cafe, Cangu

Maybe my favorite. What a divine Poké Bowl you have here, but the burgers and breakfasts are also delicious. We went back to this several times.

3. Single Fin, Uluwatu

If you are in Uluwatu, then a visit to Single FIn cannot be missed. Especially the legendary parties on Monday evening are a must visit. It is packed every day with the coolest surfers. The prices are a bit high, but you have to taste the view and atmosphere.

4. Betelnut, Canggu

Affordable and soooo delicious. You will find traditional and European dishes here. Great, if you can’t figure it out. The bowls and burgers are very good.

4. Biah Biah, Ubud

In Ubud, Biah Biah was our favorite. Not only is the food dirt cheap (and beer) but also terribly tasty. The perfect place in Ubud if you want to try different Indonesian dishes.

5. Old Mans, Canggu

You can go to Old Mans from morning until late in the evening. In the evening you dance to old hip-hop and the next morning you can enjoy a good breakfast.

6. Finns Beach Club, Canggu

The new super hip Finns beach club is really fantastic. Drop down on one of the many bean bags with a cocktail and you are guaranteed a great evening.

8. Buddha Bowl, Ubud

The Buddha Bowl restaurant is located in the backpackers section of Ubud. Here you can sit comfortably and the food is really delicious.

9. Toro Sushi, Ubud

Fancy Sushi, then visit Toro sushi in Ubud. For very little money, you get a huge pile of sushi. Oh and not entirely unimportant the sushi is GOODDD !!!!

10. La Laguna, Canggu

Hipper the hip! La Laguna looks really great. Unfortunately they had a ridiculous door policy with us. For example, we had to spend at least 15 euros per person to come in. A little bit crazy. However, this place should not be missing from the top 10 Bali Hotspots. It is one of the most beautiful places in Canggu. It is located right on the beach and has a great Boho-Chic interior. Everywhere you will find nice seats and colorful pipowagents. It is certainly very nice to visit.

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Manado cityguide

Manado is the largest city in North Sulawesi. In total, more than 500,000 people live in this lively city. It is a busy, modern city. Most residents are Christian, so you see many churches there. There are few places of interest in Manado itself. Shopping and eating are excellent here, but for the rest it is above all a very nice base to discover the rest of North Sulawesi.

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What to do in Manado

Besides large shopping malls and a lot of caroakebars, Manado itself does not have many sights or activities. But in the area of ​​Manado there is a lot to do again. We have collected the best to-do’s for you. Also read 10x the best things to do in Manado .

     

  • Diving: you can easily reach Bunaken National Park by boat. In Manado you will therefore find a lot of diving schools for diving in Bunaken, but also in the vicinity of Manado itself. We even saw an Indian manatee swimming past in Manado. We dived with Celebes Divers . 1 of the best diving schools in the area and definitely recommended.
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  • Snorkeling: not only diving, but also snorkeling is breathtaking in this area.
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  • Island hopping: white beaches and crystal clear water, who doesn’t want that
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  • Spotting dolphins: you can also book a dolphin trip from Manado. We have heard stories from thousands of dolphins at the same time
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  • Tomohon: rather go hiking, then Tomhohon is wonderful to visit.
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  • Tangkoko National Park: visit the jungle of North Sulawesi and spot the cute ghost creature
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  • Go into the center: go shopping, eat good food, watch a movie in the cinema or go wild in the karaoke bar. Manado has a vibrant city life and is definitely worth a visit.

Where to eat in Manado

Do you want to eat something else or go out for dinner, then we definitely have some tips for you!

Dining at Cabal

If you want some Western food, then Cabal is a very nice place to sit. In addition to Western food, you will also find traditional dishes here. However, we opted, very badly, for a pizza and it was really surprisingly good. The prices are a bit on the high side, but highly recommended. The cocktails were also horrible.

Prizes
35-50k for food
100k Cocktail
30k fresh icetea
40k small beer
65k Pizza

Chocolate cake with Christine

Many say you eat the best cake topper with Christine. I had to try this of course. Klapper cake comes from Manado, so it’s an absolute must-try. The recipe originated in the 19th century and was inspired by Dutch cake recipes. The Klappertaart is a kind of coconut cake and really delicious. You will find different variations at Christine.

Food truck

In Manado you will also find many trendy Food Trucks along the harbor. Especially coffee tents are completely hot here. A visit to the harbor is highly recommended anyway.

How to get around in Manado

In Manado you have Grab and that is great. Grab is a kind of Uber. Very cheap and very handy to use. Tip! Buy an Indonesian SIM card for 5 euros in advance and you will have internet everywhere for a month. You can arrange trips from your resort or simply visit them on your own. Renting a scooter is less easy than in other places in Indonesia, but Grab is a very nice solution.

Where to stay in Manado

A few minutes from the center of Manado you will find an oasis of peace at the Mapia Resort. A beautifully landscaped garden, lovely swimming pool, dinner together every evening and right by the sea. This is the perfect place to escape the hectic pace of the busy city and the ideal base for excursions in the region. For divers, snorkelers and adventurers or just to relax for a few days. Read more about the Mapia Resort.

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How to get to Manado

Direct flights to Manado depart from Jakarta, Makassar, Gorontalo and Denpasar every day. The prices range from 30 – 60 euros.

Buses or private cars also go from Gorontalo to Manado (which takes about 12 hours).

We found Manado much nicer than expected. We didn’t find many positive stories about this city online. It is indeed a bit chaotic and it is definitely not a beautiful city, but there is more than enough to experience. You have many nice eateries there and it is a very nice base for trips in the area. It is also a very good place for muck dives. If you don’t have much time in Sulawesi, Manado is a nice place to stay and discover other parts of the North.

10X WHAT TO DO IN MANADO

Although you will find few sights in Manado, there is more than enough to do in the area besides shopping in one of the gigantic shopping malls.

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1. Diving

Diving, diving and further diving. If you are a bit of a diving enthusiast, you probably have Bunaken National Park on your wish list. This is because diverse paradise. From giant coral walls to unique muck dives. The diving here is really fantastic and fun for beginners to advanced. Most people bring their own dive gear, so make sure you choose a dive center where you can rent diving equipment. This usually costs around 20 euros per day. We dove with Celebes Divers, very professional and they dive from Manado and Siladen (Near Bunaken). During our dives we saw dozens of turtles, sharks, pipe fish, frogfish, stonefish and much more. We even saw a Doejong (Indian manatee) swimming past. So do it!

2. Snorkeling and island hopping

If you are 100% sure that you do not want to dive, you can also snorkel beautifully in the area. You usually go with a dive boat, so you have a wonderfully quiet place to snorkel. Because most places have a small current, you hardly even have to do anything. Float and watch a little.

3. Island hopping to Bunaken Island or Siladen island

Would you rather not be in the water? Then go island hopping. For example, visit Siladen Island and spend a day on the beach.

4. Dolphin trip

We were so enthusiastic about diving that we unfortunately didn’t have time for the dolphin trip. Yet I could not omit this. One after the other at our resort came with stories about hundreds of dolphins at the same time. The images were really magical. A little regret that we did not do this ourselves. So if you have time for this, do it for sure.

5. Tangkoko National Park

From Manado you can book a day trip to Tangkoko National Park. You are about a little more than 2 hours on the road from Manado, but then you suddenly find yourself in the jungle. And not just any jungle. In Tangkoko National Park you will find a lot of rare animals, such as the too cute tarsir (ghost animal) and black macaques. But you can also spot the kiss kiss and hornbills here. If you choose to linger in the evenings, the bird spiders will appear. We didn’t find the jungle very spectacular, but the animals you can spot there are certainly. Tangkoko National Park is really a MUST when you are in North Sulawesi.

6. Tomohon

Within an hour you drive from the chaotic Manado to Tomohon, into a completely different world. Around Tomohon you will find a volcanic area, called the Minhasa region. It is the place for hikes and volcano climbs. The walking tours are relatively easy and accessible to everyone.

You will also find a volcanic lake in the area; danau linow. The lake has beautiful colors that change every so often.

If you are looking for some cooling, you have several waterfalls where you can do a dive. But what Tomohon is perhaps best known for, is its macabre market. They sell everything here. People with a weak stomach or real animal lovers can better skip the meat department. Not only will you find rats, snakes, chickens, goats, buffalo, pigs, but also live dogs, for example. The people in this area eat everything and you can find everything on this market. Certainly a special sight and according to many a must see. However, we have skipped the market.

7. Cinema

Watch out for film lovers, because in Manado you have a great cinema. It may sound a bit like a crazy to do item, but as a true film lover this is really a must. The cinemas here are extremely cheap and really luxurious.

8. Shop till you drop Baby

Pay attention to fashionistas and souvenir hunters, because Manado is great for shopping. You really have all the big brands here and more. Dive into 1 of the many shopping malls and go free. We are not really shoppers, but have secretly played a game in a game hall.

9. Go loose in the karaoke bar

Karaoke is really hip here. Find a karaoke bar with a group and sing along with Britney Bitch! You don’t have to look far, karaoke is everywhere in Manado. Don’t be surprised if you’re eating in a hip resaurant and someone starts to sing a splendid K-pop song. We speak from experience.

10. A visit to the boulevard

Manado has a small boulevard with all kinds of eateries and food trucks. Chances are that you are the only tourist here. You will find here mostly hip young people who are drinking a coffee.

Canggu Where to eat – Canggu hotspots

Canggu is the hotspot heaven of Bali. It is full of trendy restaurants, cool eateries and beautiful beach bars. Whether you want to go out for a cheap drink, or want to go out for luxury. Canggu is a very nice place for everyone. We like to come there and are already going back a few times. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the food is great. So it’s time to list the best Canggu hotspots for you.

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Betelnut

On the recommendation of friends we went directly to the restaurant Betelnut. And it was DELICIOUS. Affordable and very tasty food. You will find delicious Indonesian dishes, bowls and good burgers here. Basically anything and everything, but always super good. And the portions are huge. You are full after a main course. Which is even a bit of a shame because the cakes also look horribly tasty. Betelnut is one of the first restaurants that settled on the street and after all these years still a great success.

Nude cafe

At Berawa beach you will find the Nude cafe and should definitely not be missing from the Canggu hotspots list. Highly recommended if you are looking for a delicious healthy meal, breakfast or a burger. I chose the Poke Bowl and it was divine. Slightly more expensive than normal, but very tasty. The burgers and breakfasts were also a big success. We went back here several times because it was so delicious. Our favorite in Indonesia.

Mason Bali

Not open very long and already super popular. This restaurant not only looks great, the food is also fantastic. Although they also have some vegetarian dishes here, the meat is especially recommended. Everything is prepared outside on large barbecues and ovens. No crazy antics or difficult dishes, but a good piece of meat. Horribly good. Definitely one of the nicest Canggu hotspots.

The Slow

Take it easy? That is very well possible at The Slow. This super trendy restaurant is a nice place to step back. There is a very calm atmosphere and the food is great. The Slow is open all day. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a cocktail. According to many, the best cocktails from Canggu.

Holiday Canggu

The breakfast shop Holiday Canggu was also opened not too long ago. And it is certainly a small holiday. The Vietnamese Egg Coffee was the deciding factor for me to visit this place. And how nice it was. Leroy ordered waffles with egg and they looked horribly good. I chose a smoothie bowl because I am addicted to those things. But I secretly regretted it a bit, not that it wasn’t tasty, but mainly because Leroy’s breakfast looked so incredibly good.

Warung Dandelion

Very cheap and super tasty. For tasty Indonesian food, go to Dandelion. The restaurant looks super nice. And completely different from most places like Canggu. No concrete and steel here, but lots of driftwood, cozy lights, soft colors and lots of green. Upon arrival you are a bit shocked. The tables are super nicely laid out with beautiful wine glasses and everything seems that this is an expensive restaurant. Until you receive the menu. The prices here are nice and normal again, which is sometimes a bit tricky in Canggu. This is definitely recommended in Canggu.

Old mans

You can go to Old Mans from morning until late in the evening. Especially the parties are legendary. The dance floor is full every evening. From old hip hop to house. But you can also come here for lunch and dinner for a good meal.

Finns Beach club

On Berawa beach you will find the new and super luxurious Finns beach club. Every evening there is a DJ playing and you can sit down on one of the many beanbags. But you can also have a romantic dinner here. If you get hot from all the dancing, you can cool off in the swimming pool. Finns Beachclub is a bit expensive, but with happy hours you don’t notice much of this. Between 6 and 10 o’clock in the evening you will get three free cocktails if you order one. Not bad, I say so.

* This year (2018), however, we went back to it and then Finns Beachclub was a bit disappointing. A bit over the top and lots of screaming, incredibly drunk people.

Creamery

After all that surfing you can treat yourself to something delicious. At Creamery you will find the tastiest Sundays and Cookie ice creams. Cookie ice creams? Yes, that is a kind of waffle ice cream, but with huge tasty cookies.

Deus ex machina

A little too hip for us with all the VIP parts, but this restaurant looks beautiful. The building is huge and yet almost impossible to get hold of. This is one of the hottest spots in Canggu and we understand why. Maybe not our favorite, but definitely worth a visit.

La Laguna

Another mega hipster spot in Canggu is La Laguna. This place would be great if they didn’t have the ridiculous conditions that you have to spend a minimum of 15 euros per person to come in. Although this is not at all difficult with the prices of La Laguna. Although it is enormously expensive and has a stupid door policy, La Laguna is one of the most beautiful places in Canggu. It is on the beach and has a Boho-Chic interior. Everywhere you will find nice seats and colorful pipowagents. It is certainly very nice to visit. Would you like to take a look, make sure that you have not eaten yet, so that 15 euros is not bad.

Crate

For a nice breakfast and a good cup of coffee you go to Crate. Here you will find delicious sandwiches that are scarce in Indonesia, but also smoothie bowls and much more. The smoothie bowls are really great here, the atmosphere a little less so. It is quite busy with a lot of difficult people. Also the staff was not really friendly.

Canggu Restaurants
Canggu Restaurant Hotspots

Route Lombok

Lombok is green, quiet and has countless bounty beaches. This part of Indonesia is not very big, which makes it perfect to take the motorcycle / scooter to explore the island. In a few days you can drive around the island and discover the most unique places. View our route Lombok and the best tips in this article.

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Two weeks ago I received a message that Lombok’s travel advice has been changed from only necessary travel “to” note, there are safety risks “. This is because there is still a lot of damage to buildings, infrastructure etc. but this is mainly in the north. If you still have doubts about visiting Lombok, I would especially advise you to do so. We thought it was a wonderful place and it is a shame to see so many people staying away. Declining tourism has major consequences for the population of this island. So it’s time for an article about this beautiful island. Whether I would go back to it? Absolutely! And that will certainly happen sometime.

Route Lombok 2 weeks

     

  • Gili Air – 3 nights
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  • Gili Trawangan – 3 nights
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  • Kuta Lombok – 4 nights
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  • Senggigi – 2 nights
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  • Tetebatu – 2 nights

2 weeks of backpacking through Lombok Indonesia

Lombok really has everything! From beautiful beaches, endless green rice fields to gigantic volcanoes. We drove by motorbike through this beautiful island and on the way we came across the most beautiful views, sweetest people and most special places. It is an island that we will definitely go back to and fall in love with a little (but that actually applies to the whole of Indonesia). Curious about our journey through Lombok? We have mapped our route for you.

Do nothing at all on the Gili Islands

Our journey through Lombok started in the Gili Islands. This piece of Lombok is known to most people who come to Indonesia. Many people combine their trip through Bali with a visit to this piece of paradise. Not surprising, because here you will find gems of beaches and you will regularly come across a turtle with snorkeling and diving. It is also one of the busiest parts of Lombok. So it is no longer very quiet here. The islands are packed in high season. Although it is quite busy, we still thought it was a very nice place.

Occasionally having a party on its time and unabashedly lying on the beach all day is actually not so bad. But if you still want to do something more, you can also dive, surf, snorkel or even explore the island by bike.

Do you find it difficult to choose between the different islands? Gili Meno is also called honeymoon island. You will mainly find resorts here and are very focused on couples. Gili Air is a bit of a hippie island. You have countless nice eateries and accommodations here. Although it is already quite busy, there is still a very nice relaxed atmosphere. Then you have GIli Trawangan. Do you fancy a fee? Then you are in the right place here. This is the busiest island of the three. Many people find it a bit disappointing due to the crowds and many parties. We actually thought it was a nice place. The Gili Air & Trawangan combi in particular was perfect for us.

Kuta Lombok, a Foedsie favorite

I’m a bit in love with this place. I found it so delicious here. The village does not win a beauty prize, but is full of nice eateries and bars. The accommodations here are also cheap and very nice. From Bali you can catch a ferry to Lombok, fly or catch a fastboat from GIli Island.

Kuta Lombok is the perfect place to rent a scooter for a few days to discover new places every day. Occasionally you stop at a nice beach to catch some waves, because you can also surf very well here. If you are broken after a day of cruising and surfing, sit down at one of the many trendy eateries. After dinner you drink a drink on the beach or at a nice bar until the late hours. We were able to sustain this for days and we did it with great pleasure.

Senggigi

Although we found Senggigi itself not very special, this place should not be missing from the route. The route from Kuta Lombok to Senggigi with the scooter was one to never forget. A breathtaking trip along the coast of Lombok where you pass the nicest villages. Only for that reason is Senggigi highly recommended.

You will find many villas in Senggigi. If you want to relax, you can rent a huge villa with a private swimming pool here for a good price. No wrong way to spend 1 or 2 days and then continue cruising again.

Tetebatu

Tetebatu was one of our favorite places in Indonesia. The small, cute Tetebatu is located at the foot of the giant Rinjani volcano. Many people only visit this place to climb the volcano, while the beautiful Tetebatu has so much more to offer. The area is breathtakingly beautiful full of bright green rice fields and hidden waterfalls.

10x where to eat in Lombok

1. el Bazar, Kuta Lombok

The tastiest Eastern dishes and most amazing breakfasts can be found at El Bazar in Kuta Lombok. You imagine yourself for a moment on a film set of 101 nights. Especially try the tagine which is really divine!
A great place to have a drink. You can get drinks from the vintage bus that serves as a bar here. You can find beers, cocktails and you can even order pizzas here. A party every evening.

3. KRNK, Kuta Lombok

Burger from the grill or rather a fresh poké bowl. At KRNK they have a menu full of hip dishes. The restaurant not only looks great, but the food is also horribly good. You will find KRNK directly opposite El Bazar. Is one full, then you can walk in to the other,

4. MILK, Kuta Lombok

For a breakfast or cup of coffee you have to be at MILK. Not open long, but already a success. You can go here all day. From fresh breakfasts to dinner and they even have a spa.

5. Asmara Restaurant amp; Lounge, Sengigi

You can order a delicious traditional rice table at restaurant Asmara in Sengigi. Here you will find the tastiest Indonesian dishes. Don’t feel like eating out? Then you can also have the food delivered or picked up.

6. Casa vintage, Gili Trawangan

We thought this was the nicest place of Gili Trawagan. You sit here with your feet in the sand and enjoy a delicious meal. Super hip, but still affordable. A wonderful atmosphere and great food!

7. Coffee & thyme, Gilie Air

You can order the tastiest coffees from this cute tent on Gili Air. You can have a delicious breakfast, lunch or a pastry here. As soon as you arrive on the island you will actually hit it. Not to be missed!

8. Kayu Cafe, Gili Trawangan

Tarts abound at KAYU. But you can choose a healthy breakfast or lunch at KAYU. And everything is very tasty !.
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9. Le Pirate, Gili Trawangan

Le Pirate is rapidly taking over Indonesia. And we understand why. They are always nice places. Even if you do not spend the night here, you can go there for lunch, dinner and even watch a movie at the outdoor cinema.

10. Pituq Cafe, Gili Trawangan

A vegan restaurant with great food for everyone. A bit hidden on the Gili Trawangan, but definitely worth the search. The menu is very extensive and really fantastic.

A funeral Ceremony in Tana Toraja

It sounds a bit crazy and it actually is a bit, but attending a funeral ceremony is actually a must when you are in Tana Toraja. Numerous ceremonies take place throughout the year, but most are held in July and August. This can also make it a lot busier in the area.

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HOW CAN YOU ATTEND A BURIAL CEREMONY IN TANA TORAJA

Sulawesi is not really a backpack destination yet. Especially in Tana Toraja you see many organized trips. And although everyone is welcome during a funeral, it is not really the intention that you drive your funeral scooter without a guide. We therefore chose to spend the night with a mother and son in Rantepao. The son took us 1 day on the road with the scooter through the area where we also attended a ceremony. The most special of these was that we were really part of the whole. There were no other tourists or separate sections where we were placed. Which can sometimes be the case. As a true animal friend, I found the ceremony quite exciting. I wasn’t really waiting for a group slaughter. It is therefore also nice to have a guide with you that can help you with this. Fortunately (unfortunately not for the buffalo) there was already 1 buffalo slaughtered that day just before we arrived. Furthermore, there were a huge number of live pigs. They were divided among the families and only later (this can also be months later) sacrificed. Not all animals are directly slaughtered. It is also good to know that all animals are eaten. In addition, buffalo are treated like true princesses with daily scrub treatments and mud baths before they are sacrificed.

Why do you want to experience a ceremony?

Attending a funeral, slaughtering animals; it may not sound like the most enjoyable day care. But these ceremonies are one of the most important and impressive moments for the Torajan people.

Death plays a very important part in their faith. They believe that when people die they go to the next world (sky), which they call Puya. The offerings indicate the status and value of the deceased. They hope that this person can take his wealth or status to the next world.

A ceremony often lasts days and is very expensive. Preparations for the ceremony can therefore take months. The deceased is therefore embalmed and sometimes kept for months in the family home. This also gives them extra time to say goodbye.

During the ceremony, the life of the person is mainly celebrated. And they do that with a lot of food, drink and rituals.

The beautiful people of Tana Toraja. . . We were so grateful to had the opportunity to visit a funeral ceremony. Yes I know it sounds really weird, but it’s one of the most important aspects of the Tana Toraja culture. They respect and honor their family members and friends in their own way. They balm them first and keep them close to their homes for months. After a couple of months its time for the ceremony visited by hundreds or even thousands of peoples. Pigs and cows will be offered and the ceremony will take several days. Eventually, the people will be placed in a cave, already a step to heaven. #sulawesi #tanatoraja #toraja #celebes #rantepao #indonesia #indonesiatravel #discoverindonesia #exploreindonesia #asia #travelblog #travels #instatravel #instago #instaindo

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The ceremony – Leroy is Foedsie

Today the alarm clock rings at 4 a.m. The owner of the guesthouse where we are staying takes us to a funeral ceremony today, but before we visit the ceremony he would like us to see more of the beautiful surroundings of Tana Toraja. We naturally agree with that.

After a good cup of coffee we jump on our scooters and follow Wilanda into the mountains. He wanted to leave early because he would like us to see the sunrise, but for that we first have to drive about 1.5 hours into the mountains to arrive at the viewpoint. The early rise is certainly worth it. What a view! With our scooters we have now passed the cloud line when the sun comes up. One of the most beautiful views we have ever seen.

We drive on through the beautiful mountains of Tana Toraja. Now we are on our way to the ceremony. It may sound a little crazy, but we are really looking forward to this. A ceremony that is not held anywhere else in the world in this way. So it’s super unique.
After a 2 hour drive we arrive in the village where the ceremony is being held.

We are the only tourists (which is nice anyway) and are immediately welcomed by all guests. Before we can attend the actual funeral, we first have to change clothes. After some fiddling with putting on the sarong (Fortunately the friendly women helped us with this) it is time to enter the “arena”. We are waiting for a while before it is our turn to go inside and one pig after the other is brought in. I have to admit that the screaming and screaming pigs make quite an impression. The sound really goes through marrow and leg and I still feel somewhat weak in the stomach. Anyway, just keep on biting, this is simply part of the ceremony.

The time has come, we can go inside with our “guide”. As soon as we are inside we immediately see an enormous amount of meat that has just been slaughtered, huge puddles of blood and an overwhelming odor. Poe, this is just acclimatizing.

Video: most beautiful beaches of Indonesia

Every time I see a beautiful beach, my heart makes a little jump. Swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing or just doing nothing with the waves as my background music. Yes, the beach is my happy place. We have made a video about our the 5 most beautiful beaches in Indonesia (Sumatra – Flores). And there are still have many beaches in Indonesia that we have to discover in the future.

Video: Doha

Video: Bali

Bali is the most populair island of Indonesia. The island is quite small compared to the other islands but it has everything. Beautiful beaches, green rice fields, beautiful nature and lots of amazing food. Bali is very different from the rest of Indonesia. This is mainly because most of the people of Bali is Buddhist. Thereb you will find other food, culture and countless temples. 2.5 weeks is perfect to discover the most beautiful places in Bali.

Video: Flores


Flores is one of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia. It’s the place to dive, see komodo dragons, turtles and big manta rays. You can visit Padar Island for the most amazing view, Rinca island or komodo islands. You can climb volcano’s or visit waterfalls. Visit the most beautiful traditional villages, like the village Bena. Or snorkel or swim at Koka beach or Pink beach. Visit Flores!

Video: diving in Flores


Diving in Flores is such an amazing experience. During our dives we spotted big Manta Rays, Napoleon ras, big bumphead parrotfishs, turtles, morene…….
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We loved Flores it’s one of the most beautiful places to dive!

VIDEO: BUHAY ISLA

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Video: backpacking through Lombok

During our three month trip through Indonesia, we stayed almost a month in Lombok. It was such an amazing, beautiful place. Surfing in Kuta Lombok, cruising with our bike from one place to another, snorkeling with turtles on Gili Air and the most beautiful hike in Tetebatu, nearby Rinjani Vulcano. Lombok you stole my heart.

Video: this is us

Travelled for 6 months to see more of the world. Such a beautiful and amazing trip and definitely not the last one!

MAINZ CITYGUIDe

Mainz you are awesome. If you want a nice city trip, but you really don’t feel like a gigantic city, the student city Mainz is really a top destination. During our trip through Sulawesi we came across a nice German couple with whom we soon had a super click. In the winter we had a nice beer (a lot) in Nijmegen, but this time we decided to head towards Mainz and make this our first stop of our Europe road trip. This was a good idea, because Mainz is really a very nice and pleasant city. Perfect for a few days.

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Mainz
mainz

Staying overnight in Mainz

The environmental zones in Germany are quite strict and large, but our nice bus (despite the fact that it runs on gas) was unfortunately not welcome in the city either. Also finding a camping spot in the nearby area of ​​Mainz was not really possible. We therefore decided to book an accommodation for the first few days.

Tip! If your car or camper is welcome in the city, you can also spend the night on the island in the middle of the city. How cool is that. You just can’t make it very late, because the ferry goes to approx. 21.00 o’clock. But then you are in one of the best places in the city.

Ferienhaus Zur Mainpforte

We decided to book an accommodation. With the Kramer family we booked 2 nights just outside the city, so we had our bus and stuff nearby. We had just forgotten that our Tomos, who barely reaches the 20 km per hour helmet requirement applies in Germany, so it remained cozy in the camper.

The accommodation was really enjoying. The family incl. Overjoyed dog were super sweet and the cottage really had everything, kitchen with dishwasher and espresso machine, bathroom, laundry room, large bedroom and spacious balcony. Great place to start our journey with.

The cottage is located just outside the city. It is approximately a 40-minute walk. Just a little too far for Buddha. Then you can always take the bus or order an uber. For a few euros you are in the middle of the city. I say go for it!

Mainz
mainz

Altstadt & Neustadt

Mainz is divided into Altstadt & Neustadt. In the old part, Altstadt, you will find beautiful historic building, such as the Cathedral of Mainz. It is a wonderful part to walk through. You also have plenty of terraces and nice shops. Neustadt is more the hip part of the city. Here you will find nice concept stores, hip breakfast shops and cozy bars. Therefore, do not forget to visit this part of the city.

Mainz
mainz

What to do in Mainz

Mainz has a little more than 200,000 inhabitants and is a real student city. Bars and nice hotspots abound. The old center of Mainz is also definitely a picture. You can already enjoy your days with a nice stroll through the city, but of course we have also collected some nice tips for you.

The Cathedral of Mainz

The Cathedral of Mainz is not to be missed. The cathedral is huge and a sight to see. This towering building is located in the middle of the city and is perhaps one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture on the Upper Rhine. The cathedral was built in 975 and even survived the Second World War without any damage.

Mainz
mainz

Gutenberg Museum

Opposite the cathedral you will find one of the oldest pressure museums in the world, namely the Gutenberg museum. Johannes Gutenberg is the inventor of the printing of movable metals in Western Europe. The museum was established on the occasion of its 500th birthday.

Cool off at the city beach

At the bridge in the city you will find city beaches on both sides. We opted for it
Kasteler Strand because you can really sit here with your feet in the sand. Although it is better not to go swimming in the Rhine, it is definitely recommended to order a cocktail and go for a dip.

Mainz
mainz

Where to eat Mainz

How lucky that we got some insider tips here. We ate here an accident. We ate delicious food at the following places:

     

  • Bei grandma Else: super tasty and also cheap food. Wednesday is civilian day and you can order a substantial burger for a few euros.
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  • Hintz amp; Kuntz: YUMMMM! Perfect location with a view of the cathedral and also great food. The bratwurst and spundekäse are both recommended.
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  • Eatdoori: Indian Food at its best. Also try the home-made lemonades.
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  • Zeitungsente: one of the nicest places in town for a beer or wine. If you are hungry, you can order food from restaurants in the street and just eat at the cafe.
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  • The big Easy: in a beautiful location on the Rhine you will find the hip “The Big Easy”. Ideal to end your day.
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  • Crocodile: the place for breakfast or lunch. Everything is prepared fresh.
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  • That waffel: Here you can enjoy the tastiest Afghan dishes.
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  • Neustadt Apotheke: from breakfast until late in the evening. Neustadt Apotheke is the place to be!
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  • Nirgendwo: nice beer!
Mainz
mainz

Heidelberg City Guide

Due to bad luck with the camper we got stuck for a few days in Mainz. Although this is a super nice city, we decided to explore a little more of the area. A friend recommend us the city of Heidelberg. This town is about 1 hour away from Mainz. About 6 hours from the Netherlands. When Heidelberg sees appearing in the distance, you immediately understand where this town is so popular. It seems to come from a fairy tale. A castle high in the mountains, beautiful old bridges, cozy streets and colorful houses. It is perhaps a bit touristy, but with plenty of quiet undiscovered places. A nice city to visit for an afternoon or to spend the night.

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What to do in Heidelberg

You don’t have to do a lot in Heidelberg. Stroll through the cozy streets and occasionally dive into a hidden beer garden and you already have a great time. But that is of course a shame, because Heidelberg has a lot to offer.

Visit Schloss Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle is actually the first thing you notice and also not to be missed. The castle of Heidenberg is not only the symbol of Heidelberg, but also one of the most important ruins of Germany. It attracts around 1 million visitors annually. The castle was built around 1200 and soon became one of the most important castles of the Renaissance. Stroll through the beautiful castle gardens, admire the largest wine barrel in Germany or visit the centuries-old pharmacy. You can visit Schloss Heidelberg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is around 7 euros.

Old Bridge

During a visit to Heidelberg you also have to take a walk on the beautiful old bridge of the city. The bridge was built in the 18th century and was one of the first stone bridges on this site.

heidelberg
heidelberg

Stay in Heidelberg: Hotel Star in Hotel

If you want to enjoy this charming town for an extra long time, then you have more than enough accommodation options. Because the camper was at the garage, we decided to book a hotel.
We arrived at the Hotel Star Inn in the new part of Heidelberg. The hotel was really perfect. We had a luxurious, spacious and modern room. In total we paid around 59 euros.
From the hotel you can take the tram or bus to the center.

Heidelberg Hotspot

Schnitzelhaus

Although I have not eaten meat for a while, I think a good schnitzel is very tasty in its time. And Leroy is a fan of the schnitzel. I think he has about 10 schnitzels in the last 16 days. We decided to try a Schnitzel at the Schnitzelhaus. Super good choice, because here they also have vega schnitzels.
The restaurant is located on the water near the old bridge. You can choose from different schnitzels. We found this a very nice, friendly place. Especially recommended in warm weather. And the schnitzels were delicious.

Schnitzel sofa

The Schnitzelbank is one of the most popular places to eat a schnitzel in Heidelberg. We also had to try this of course. The restaurant is small but nice. Unfortunately no vega schnitzel, but plenty of other vega options. Leroy naturally went for a schnitzel again. The atmosphere here is super good. Nice and noisy, busy and chaotic
We visited the Schnitzelbank during a hot day and then you just can’t stay there for long due to the heat. The dishes were great.

Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg

It takes some searching, but Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg is really recommended. Here you can sit very cozy, cozy and order the tastiest beers.

heidelberg
heidelberg

Other Food recommendations

  • Hans im glück: unfortunately we didn’t have time for this, but at Hans im glück you can apparently order the tastiest burgers.
  • Sahara: the place for Lebanese food
  • Café Destille: for drinks

Berchtesgaden travel tips!

Via Pinterest I came across an article about undiscovered Bavaria with a reference to the Berchtesgaden nature park. Is this Germany? It sounds a bit strange, but I don’t immediately think of beautiful nature in Germany, but I came back to this completely during this trip. What beautiful nature you can find here. First I was surprised by the enormous mountains and forests of the Black Forest, then we drove through the beautiful vineyards and our last stop was the beautiful National Park Berchtesgaden with its bright green lakes and huge mountain tops. What was supposed to be 1 night quickly became 4 nights. Due to the rain and our not so fast Tomos we were unfortunately unable to do everything we wanted but what we enjoyed here, Germany is just VERY beautiful with Berchtesgaden as our favorite. Why? I am happy to tell you that.

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Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Where to stay Berchtesgaden

Our daily budget for this trip is not huge. We would rather not spend too much for overnight stays, but we are not really a fan of those simple camping spots. Once we are somewhere along the road, we both don’t mind, but it is secretly really nicer to unscrew the canopy and throw the barbecue on.

In Berchtesgaden we found the perfect solution, a camper place at a mega luxury campsite. For less than 20 euros (in high season) we could spend the night here and make use of all facilities including swimming pool and sauna. The plumbing was really super luxurious and you also had a cozy restaurant where you could eat and the surroundings were beautiful. A normal camping site quickly costs 50 euros at this campsite. Really recommended.

h2> What to do in Berchtesgaden

The eagle’s nest documentation center

It may sound a bit strange, but in Berchtesgaden you will find the holiday home that once belonged to Hitler. The house is high on a mountain and can therefore be visited. The holiday home remained almost untouched during the second war and is now a restaurant. And now you may think why would you want to visit this? I once thought that at the beginning. Yet it is a piece of history. But why you should especially visit the eagle’s nest is the view. The ride to the top is a whopping 20 minutes with a specially designed bus that runs through the hairpin bends at a good pace. You can only reach the real top with the lift. By the way, do not expect that you can quietly enjoy the view. Every year the eagle’s nest attracts 1 million tourists.

At the bottom of the mountain you will find the documentation center. Here you will find a lot of information about the house and the war.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Koningsee

One of the first images I saw about Berchtesgaden was the beautiful Koningsee. We were determined to drive here with the moped and go hiking. Unfortunately it started to storm enormously upon arrival and we were only allowed to see a small and at the same time the most touristic part of the lake. Sin! Because this is really one of the most beautiful places in Berchtesgaden. From Kelkeshuis we have admired the lake from above, but a hike around the lake seems to be really breathtaking.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Salt mines

You will also find various salt mines in Berchtesgaden. From the campsite it was about 10 minutes by moped, so also about 15 minutes by bike as we are not going so fast, p We did not visit the salt mines ourselves, because dogs were not welcome, but we sat comfortably on a terrace and enjoyed ourselves from the view. We have heard nice stories about it. This is definitely recommended on a rainy day.

Cycling and walking

Go into nature! Berchtesgaden is walking and cycling heaven! Nature is wönderbar here! You have countless walking and cycling routes along the crystal clear water and right through the woods.
Really recommended.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Where to eat in Berchtesgaden

Because the weather was a bit worse, we ate at the campsite a number of times. The restaurant offers a nice diversity of dishes, also for people who do not eat meat. Vegans are having a bit of a hard time here. If it contains no meat or fish, the alternative is quickly cheese. On Wednesday there is haksendag, a big tip for meat lovers.

What is especially nice about Germany is that you can find cute Biergartens everywhere. While cycling or walking you will always find a nice place to stop. It is certainly not expensive. For a court dish you pay around 10 euros and half a liter of beer maybe 3.50 euros.
We too are very affordable and a lot cheaper (and often tastier) than in the Netherlands.

Lake Bled: must-visit or disappointment?

The beautiful church in the middle of Lake Bled, this is the image that everyone has of Slovenia. Not so strange because if you travel by car to Slovenia, this is probably the first place you encounter. The lake attracts an enormous number of people every year, which means that it is not only beautiful but unfortunately also very busy. Is it so special? Very honest, not really. It is even a bit disappointing. Do you have to skip it then? Not that either, but a day trip is actually more than enough. For us it was a must-visit, but also a bit of a disappointment.

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How to get to Bled

If you come by car there is a good chance that you will enter Slovenia via Austria and the Karawankentunnel. Bled is then only about an hour away. Keep in mind a lot of traffic jams around the lake. Are you just like us with the camper keep in mind that you are only allowed to park in special places.

From the Netherlands you can also fly to Ljubljana. If you want to explore more than just the city, you can rent a car here and discover the rest of the country. It is approximately a 45-minute drive from Ljubljana.

lake bled
Bled Slovenie

Where to stay

 
For our bright blue bus, we went looking for a beautiful camping spot near Lake Bled. This was a big mistake. Even the campsites here were priceless. We had the great idea to start our trip in high season and not record anything. In Bled, we discovered that these two tactics are going particularly badly with each other during the peak season. Everything was full. Eventually we ended up at the very expensive camping Šobec. For 50 euros a night we were able to park our camper on the open field. Which means that everyone is criss-crossed and that is, together. The plumbing was terrible and sometimes I was in tenth position in front of the toilet. Not really the idea I had when camping in the undiscovered Slovenia.

Our tip for Lake Bled. Visit it but book an overnight stay elsewhere.

Picnicking on Lake Bled

We decided to avoid the lake a bit during the day and relax at the campsite by the river. Which by the way was really a wonderful place. Yup, I can still report something positive about the campsite. During sunset we decided to jump on the Tomos (moped) packed with a small backpack filled with treats, a bottle of wine and a picnic blanket. This was the best decision ever. We enjoyed the beautiful lake in peace.

lake bled
Bled Slovenie

You can’t miss this in Bled

     

  • The lake (DUH!)
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  • Be sure to try the Bled Taartje “Bled cake”
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  • Take a dip in the lake
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  • Make it a low budget getaway and have a picnic
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  • Visit the castle of Bled and enjoy a beautiful view
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  • Hike the Ojstrica Trail and enjoy a breathtaking view

Bohinj

Bohinj became our second destination in Slovenia. What a luck! Where the well-known Lake Bled was a bit disappointing, we were greatly surprised by the beauty of Bohinj . We couldn’t believe our eyes on the road from Bled to Bohinj. Vast landscapes, crystal clear azure rivers and gigantic mountains in the background. This is the Slovenia that I had heard so much about. This is Slovenia exactly as I had in mind. And how beautiful you are.

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Bohinj
Bohinj

How do I get to Bohinj

From Bled it is only a short drive to Bohinj. It takes about an hour. You can also easily reach the lake via Ljubljana in less than two hours. Buses from both places also run during the summer.

Camping in Bohinj

We found the selection of campsites in Slovenia a bit disappointing. There was not much choice around Lake Bohinj either. We finally chose camping Danica. A fairly large site about 10 km from the lake. Due to the high season it was really busy at the campsite. We were in quite a hurry and it was quite chaotic. But beyond that it is really a wonderful campsite. The location is top notch and the plumbing is really more than fine. You also have a nice village within walking distance and a good restaurant on the campsite. Outside the high season I would definitely recommend this campsite.

You also have a campsite on the lake in the woods. This campsite was a bit too expensive for us, but it looked very nice. An additional advantage so you can roll in more from your tent.

Bohinj
Bohinj

What to do in Bohinj

Bohinj is more than just the lake. In the area you can enjoy cycling, hiking, boating, spotting waterfalls and even mountain climbing. Read our tips quickly.

Another round

Something I can’t get enough of is grabbing the Tomos and cruising around. This is also very good around Lake Bohinj. So grab the bike or the scooter. Unfortunately, it is not entirely possible to fully cycle or ride the round, but it is definitely recommended to explore a large part of the lake by bike or scooter.

If you have found a nice spot, then a fresh dive should not be missed. And it is certainly fresh. The water may be as clear as in many tropical paradise, the temperature is just nice and Slovenian.

Lake Bohinj
Bohinj

Hike the fairytail route

There are numerous hiking trails around the lake. We opted for the fairytail route. Nice and easy, not that long but oh so beautiful. It was quite warm during our visit to Bohinj and with a dog in the backpack this can be quite intense. A good choice because during this route you walk along a beautiful fairy-tale stream. At the end of the route you will find a lovely little beach where you can cool off immediately.

Bohinj
Bohinj

Mount Vogel

Via Instagram I got the tip to visit Mount Vogel. After looking at some photos we were done. The area looked great. Mount Vogel is normally a ski resort, but in the summer you can take the gondola up and enjoy a nice walk. At first we wanted to hike up very cool. This seems to be possible. But after 20 minutes of battling in 35 degrees and a dog that broke completely, we decided to go for the gondola. Good choice! The ride to the top we never had never made on foot.

You pay 30 euros per person for a return. Dogs are allowed, but there is a muzzle duty. Unfortunately we don’t have a muzzle for our pug, but she is in a backpack. So far no one has bothered about this. I expect that this rule is slightly different for smaller dogs that you hold.

Once you reach the top, you only have one thing left to do: walk and enjoy yourself. And you certainly enjoy it, because Mount Vogel is really a picture. Enjoy a great view of the lake and the Triglav Mountains. Or walk one of the many walking routes. After your walk you can relax at the mountain hut with a snack and a drink.

Bohinj mount vogel
Bohinj

Waterfalls spotting

Due to the heat, we unfortunately did not undertake much more during our time in Bohinj. 1 thing we would have loved to do is make a hike to 1 of the waterfalls that you can find here. You must have seen the Savica waterfall in particular. The waterfall is the source of the lake and is no less than 78 meters high.

DO: visit Mount Vogel! A beautiful setting, perfect for hiking and enjoying a great view.

Also nice to do:

  • Visit the Vodnik viewpoint
  • Take a walk through the Mostnica Gorge
  • Go boat sailing on the lake. You can rent canoes at the start of the lake. Near the village of Ribcev Laz.

Character bar

At the lake you will find a super hip cafe. You can come here for a snack and a drink all day long. In the evenings there is a lot organized in the café. Often with live music.

Restaurant Gostilna Strudel

Just outside the campsite you will find the restaurant Gostilna Strudel. Thanks to the rave reviews, we decided to have a bite to eat to discover Slovenian cuisine. Leroy chose a mix of Slovenian specialties, which meant a lot of meat. Since I don’t eat meat, I still suspect Leroy that he only orders things like this so he doesn’t have to share it anyway. I chose the savory strudel with cheese. Yess …. you had me at strudel. I really can’t help it, but I really love apple strudel. When I came across a savory version on the menu, I couldn’t resist this. It appears to be a traditional Slovenian dish. It was a bit strange, but very tasty.

Bohinj mount vogel
Bohinj

Restaurant Danica Inn

We also have a snack at the restaurant of the campsite and this was really surprisingly good. The restaurant is pretty neat, something you do not expect so quickly at the campsite. The prices were on the high something.

Cafe Pod Brezo

Upon arrival at the lake we decided to immediately dive into the first best tent. This might not have been the most pleasant place to sit, but the people here were incredibly friendly and the prices were not that bad. So this place should not be missing from the hotspot list. I think Leroy chose meat again, and I immediately fell in love with the Slovenian pastry selection on the menu. Although we were on Lake Bohinj, the boy who helped us recommend the Bled Cake. Homemade! A kind of giant Slovenian Tompouce. Really divine! A big fat (literally but holiday calories don’t count) tip!

Also nice to eat:

  • Fokzner for tasty hamburgs
  • On Saturday there is a local market from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Gostisce Picerija

Ljubljana

Just enjoy a poké bowl in one of the hip hotspots, relax in the park or score nice items at one of the many vintage shops. The capital of Slovenia is super hip, young and cozy. It may not deserve the beauty prize but it is certainly nice. It is a wonderful city to stroll through. The city is not very big so you can do everything nicely with the leg wagon.

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WHAT TO DO IN LJUBLJANA

After a few days in nature, we thought it was wonderful not to do too much in this city. That is why we chose to stroll through the city and stop at a hip eatery every now and then. And you have enough of them. You can also go shopping here. Especially the vintage lovers can indulge themselves here. But you also have plenty of unique concept stores and cute boutiques.

     

  • visit the central square where the pink church Franciskanska Cerkev is shining;
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  • and don’t miss the city’s famous bridges such as The Dragon Bridge, Butcher’s Bridge and Triple Bridge. (very honestly we thought the bridges were a bit disappointing, but you must have seen them secretly);
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  • visit the Ljubljana castle and enjoy a great view;
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  • Eat like a local on the central market;
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  • Spotting graffiti in Metelkova Mesto and making colorful cliques;
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  • relax in Tivoli park.
Ljubjana
Ljubjana

Ljubljana hotspots

The city is full of wonderfully trendy eateries. Something that we secretly needed. Especially if not a meat eater, eating in Slovenia can sometimes become a bit monotonous.

     

  • Tink Superfood cafe: a super nice place for a delicious breakfast or a healthy lunch.
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  • Pop’s Place: special beers and burgers, do I need to say more!
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  • Organic Garden: Vegan junk food
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  • Vigo: Ice Ice Baby
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  • Namaste India: India food is always a good idea.

Also read the article “Ljubjana hotspots” for more cool places.

 hotspots Ljubjana
Ljubjana

Spend the night in Ljubljana

We couldn’t really find a nice campsite near Ljubljana. Moreover, a small apartment was almost as expensive as a campsite. Although I love our bus, a bathroom next to your room can also be nice :). We found one super cheap room just outside the city with a shared bathroom. We weren’t expecting much, but were really pleasantly surprised. We could almost lose the bus in front of the door, the room was super spacious and tidy and there was even a small roof terrace where you could sit. Recommended if you want to travel on a budget.

Hotspots Ljubljana – Where to eat Ljubljana

Ljubljana is bursting with delicious hip eateries. Something that we secretly needed. Especially if no meat eater, eating in Slovenia can sometimes become a bit monotonous. That is why we have collected the nicest breakfast tents, coffee tents, bars and restaurants for you. Quickly view all our Ljubljana hotspots.

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Tink Superfood cafe

Yessss finally again veggies and immediately good. Tink Superfood cafe is really the place for a nice breakfast or a healthy lunch. I went here for a richly filled poké bowl with tempe. The home-made icetea and the coffees here were also divine. Big tip!

Pop’s Place

For the tastiest burgers and special beers you have to go to Pop’s Place. Not only good food, but you can also sit very comfortably in the middle of the city. We paid 35 euros for 2 good burgers, fries and some specialty beers. The vegaburger was also very tasty.

 hotspots Ljubjana
Ljubjana

Organic Garden

Want a quick healthy bite? At Organic Garden you can order vegan junk food. The toko closes around 8 p.m. so be on time.
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Vigo

Ice Ice baby! You have to be here for the tastiest ice creams.

Namaste India

Fancy something else? I love Indian food. We really wanted to eat here,
but unfortunately you can’t sit outside here. We think this is not so nice with a dog.

Le Petit Cafe

This café was also recommended by various people. Unfortunately we didn’t eat here anymore. The cafe seems to be small, but nice. You can go there all day for a snack and a drink.

Do you want to work comfortably with your laptop? This seems to be very good at CinCIn Tobacco. For us this was just a bit too far from the accommodation. It is actually a bar, but you can go there all day. The wifi seems to be incredibly good and you can also eat and drink well.

Vipava Valley

The Vipava valley is the wine region of Slovenia and still fairly undiscovered. In addition to a beautiful setting, you can enjoy the best wines of Slovenia here. The Vipava Valley is a small valley in the valley near Nova Gorica. Especially for foodies, a short stop in this area is definitely worth it.

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Wine tasting at Lepa Vida Winery

Near our campsite we found the Lepa Vida winery. With 5 stars (whatttt ??! Yes really 5 stars on Google with +60 reviews) we had to do a wine tasting here. Not that we are such incredible wine connoisseurs, but if you are in the region this is really a must. Plus you always make me happy with wine anyway, so for me this sounded like a dream activity.

Lepa Vida Winery is located in the middle of the vineyards. You look your eyes out upon arrival. The space has a large glass wall with a beautiful view of the vineyards. During the tasting we are not only treated to the best wines, but also to a breathtaking sunset.

 Vipava
Vipava

The wine tasting consists of 6 different wines and home-made snacks. The snacks were really divine. After the tasting we were quite full and I only ate something light at the campsite. With every wine the owner knows how to tell everything about the grape variety, the process and the history. What I really liked is that they also clearly state what exactly the difference is that you taste per wine. What kind of an impact a certain type of wood barrel has, for example, or the mixing of two different grape varieties. Very nice info for a wine noob like me. We were also allowed to taste the unique orange wine. I think this wine is only found in Slovenia. It is a white wine made according to the red grape process. Because the grapes stay longer with the skins, the wine gets an orange color.

The tasting session lasted approximately 2.5 hours. We took two wines to the bus, but this was still modest as people left with complete boxes.

 Vipava
Vipava

You must make a reservation in advance. The wine tasting costs 20 euros per person. For what you really get no money.

In addition to a lot of wine and good food, you can also enjoy cycling and walking. However, we only put it on wine and food 🙂

Camping in the Vipava Valley

If you only want to do a wine tasting and one night, we recommend that you stop at Lepa Vida WInery. They have a camper place for around 10 euros. There is a toilet and shower. Unfortunately, we found out a little too late.
The first night we camped at Saksida Wine & Camping resort. We found the spots a little less. However, you can book an extensive dinner here that seems to be very good. The next day we left for Park Lijak. A very nice spaciously laid out campsite. 1 disadvantage it can blow terribly. We have not slept a wink due to a major storm. Besides the wine tasting, we were not very enthusiastic about the Vipava Valley. It is certainly beautiful, but it is not comparable to a Tuscany, for example. Are you passing through, do you happen to stop by or are you a huge wine connoisseur then we definitely recommend stopping here.

Slovenia Roadtrip

Slovenia was at the top of our must-visit list for our road trip. When we asked people for tips, 9 out of 10 times Slovenia came by. And now that we’ve been there, we can’t blame them. The country is perfect for a road trip. The distances are nice and short, the roads great and the surroundings absolutely breathtaking.

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Yet there is a small but… We thought that Slovenia was still a relatively undiscovered part of Europe, but this was a little disappointing. We were there in the middle of the high season. Yup. Not very handy indeed if you want to look up the peace. It was beautiful, but also very busy. Sometimes it was literally fighting for a place on the campsite. Where we were often huddled somewhere else at ridiculous prices. This was not really the idyllic image we had of Slovenia. Yet we find a road trip through Slovenia an absolute must and we certainly did not want to miss it. But if you have the chance, make sure you go outside the high season.

Will you also be going on a road trip through Slovenia soon? Then read our tips quickly.

 roadtrip slovenie
roadtrip slovenie

How do I get to Slovenia?

From the Netherlands you drive to Slovenia in approximately 13 hours by car. Or with an old bus like ours about 5 pm. No joke. The distance may then be a bit too long to bridge in one go. Also nice to do an overnight stay in Germany. What do you think of Berchtesgaden, for example? Maybe not directly on the route, but oh so beautiful. It is certainly worth the extra kilometers.

Do you want road tripping through Slovenia but prefer not to drive all the way to it. Then you can also fly to Ljubljana and rent a car there.

Pay attention! Buy a toll sticker in advance. This is mandatory on most roads in Slovenia. M.u.v. you don’t have to pay more toll anywhere else in the Karawankentunnel.
Route tour of Slovenia

Route Roadtrip Slovenia

     

  • Lake Bled area (2 nights)
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  • Bohinji (3 nights)
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  • Tolmin / Soca (3 nights)
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  • Ljubljana (2 nights)
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  • Vipava (2 nights)

LAKE BLED

If you go to Slovenia, you go to Bled. You cannot, of course, skip this lake. The cute little church in the middle of Lake Bled is the image of Slovenia. The lake is otherwise not very special, but very nice to have seen. Tip! Make a short stop at the lake, but spend the night somewhere else. The accommodations around the lake are terribly expensive and you can spend a much nicer night just outside the town. Read everything about Lake Bled.

 roadtrip slovenie
roadtrip slovenie

THE LAKE OF BOHINJ

The road from Bled to Bohinj is one that you will not soon forget. Along the way you will be rewarded with beautiful landscapes and azure rivers. And where Lake Bled is perhaps a little disappointing, the beauty of Lake Bohinj makes up for this disappointment. Not only the lake is definitely a picture, the environment is breathtaking. Take a refreshing dip in the lake, view the surroundings from a great height or visit the highest waterfall in Slovenia. Curious where to stay, eat or what to do? Read everything about Bohinj in this article.

 roadtrip slovenie
roadtrip slovenie

Tolmin

We had Tolmin and Soca very high on our list. If you want to go hiking, this is the place to be! Unfortunately it was extremely hot during our trip. Temperatures rose to around 35 degrees. Unfortunately, too warm for our old pug to go hiking. With pain in our hearts, we therefore decided to skip this area. What is also great about this area is that you can take the camper and all the train to Tolmin. The road around the Triglav Mountains can be pretty tough. For a few euros you can get on a train together with your camper or car that will take you to Tolmin.

Ljubljana

You should definitely not miss the capital of Slovenia. This hip student city is full of nice hotspots and cozy streets. Lubljana is a wonderful city to stroll through. Read all our tips here including super tasty hotspots in Ljubljana.

 roadtrip slovenie
roadtrip slovenie

VIPAVA

And you are looking for a fairly undiscovered part of Slovenia and culinary delights, then you should not miss the Vipava valley. Foodies and wine connoisseurs in particular can indulge themselves here. Vipava is the wine region of Slovenia. Here you will find the tastiest wines often in combination with home-made Slovenian snacks. Curious about Vipava? View our tips in this article.

 roadtrip slovenie
roadtrip slovenie

1.5 to 2 weeks is enough to discover the highlights of Slovenia. If you have a little longer, then you can also add a multi-day trek or combine Slovenia with another country. Slovenia can be perfectly combined with Croatia, Italy or Austria.

Montepulciano, discover the real Tuscany

Montepulciano is everything you expect from Tuscany. Beautiful rolling hills, countless vineyards, picturesque villages and narrow roads with pine trees. Tuscany has been on our travel bucket list for years. Now that we were allowed to cross it off the list, one thing is certain; this was certainly not the last time. As a food addict, Tuscany is a mecca. In this area you will find the best wines of Italy and the most delicious meals. Are you going to Montepulciano soon? Lucky you! Read our best tips quickly.

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What to do in Montepulciano

You had me at WINE

Tuscany is all about wine. Yup, my dream destination. During a road trip through the area you will be treated to beautiful vineyards and the accompanying wineries where you can go for a great wine tasting. We visited Tuscany in September. This is unfortunately not the nicest period because it can be quite dry and arid, but it is the time that the grapes are picked. A wine tasting in MOntepulciano is therefore an absolute must when you are here. We did a wine tasting at the Agriturismo where we spend the night at Tenuta S. Agnese . They are the first true wine seller of the Noble Wine in Montepulciano. You will find the wineries in the center of Montepulciano.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano

Road tripping through the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany

The road from Montepulciano to Siena is one that you will not soon forget. Time seems to have stood still here. No busy cities or modern buildings. Along the way you will find narrow roads, beautiful old Tuscan houses, olive trees, gigantic wine and sunflower fields and the most extensive landscapes. Very impressive in September, but probably even better in spring when everything is in bloom.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano

Visit the most famous road of Tuscany La Foce

You probably have seen this narrow Tuscan road with countless pine trees on instagram. We have to warn you in advance because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Our confidence in Google Maps has decreased somewhat after this trip. Unfortunately we took a wrong turn en route and had to drive all the way through a dirt road. Not the best thing to do with an old camper. But the environment makes everything right. The drive to it was perhaps fierce, but also incredibly beautiful. Once we arrived at the road we unfortunately could not get rid of the camper so we were able to admire it from a distance. This is of course much easier with a small car or a scooter. We especially recommend you to visit this place. It really is a picture.

Gladiator fans pay attention!

The Gladiator movie is one that you must have seen. Although the film is largely set in Rome and Italy, almost all scenes were shot in England and Morocco.
Yet one of the most iconic images of the film in the neighborhood of Montepulciano was shot, namely the house of Maximus. This is the scene in the beginning that he and his couple arrive at his house and find out that his family has been killed. You can find your way by simply searching for Gladiator road. Yes it can be that easy. The road is near the cute village of Pienza (nice to combine) and is easy to reach. Unfortunately you cannot go there by car, but you can take a walk home.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano

Strolling through the streets of Montepulciano

What a nice town this is. As soon as you walk through the beautiful old city gates you will find yourself in a different world. The city is full of nice eateries, delicatessen shops and nice boutiques.

Visit the cozy Pienza

If you love cozy picturesque towns then Tuscany is a big tip! You should certainly not miss Pienza. This town is located high on a hill and is small but nice.
The drive from Montepulciano to Pienza is already an attraction in itself. Once arrived in the town you can take a seat at one of the many nice eateries.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano

Add Florence, Siena or even Rome to your visit list

If you are in Montepulciano for a longer time, this is also the perfect base to visit other cities, such as Florence or even Rome. You are on the train for about 1 to 2 hours. With the car almost as long and then you are left with parking. We therefore recommend that you go by train.

Spend the night in Montepulciano

What a luck! Montepulciano is a great place, but for us an even more beautiful destination because of our great accommodation. A cute bright yellow Tuscan house in the middle of the vineyards, less than 5 minutes from the city. The cottage is from Tenuta Winery , which is next to their wine and olive production two houses with different apartments have to spend the night. Everywhere in Italy you will find this type of accommodation called agriturismos. Especially look for this to experience the real Tuscan feeling. The cottage / apartment was much more spacious than expected. There is a seating area, a huge kitchen, a huge bedroom with a double and an extra single bed and a spacious bathroom. The interior is still in true Tuscan style. From a beautiful checkered tablecloth, Tuscan kitchen tiles to the floral comforter. What makes this accommodation special is the environment that you can admire from your garden or swimming pool. We decided to eat somewhere in the city during the day and to enjoy a great sunset with an antipasti and a good glass of wine.

 Montepulciano accommodatie
TEnuta S. Agnese

Montepulciano where to eat

Holy Moly what can you eat here. It is a good thing that we have only been here a few days, otherwise I would be as round as a barrel.
Of course we have collected the tastiest hotspots from Montepulciano for you:

  • Restaurante La Casina Montepulciano: a great hotspot tip from my dear niece and Montepulciano connoisseur. Especially the pasta with asparagus and strawberry is divine. Sounds a bit freaky, but the dish was really fantastic.
  • Sette de Vino: if you also want to visit Pienza (highly recommended anyway) you have to eat at Sette de Vino. The bean soup for lunch is a must.
  • Buon Gusto Gelateria: the best ice cream in Pienzae.
  • Dispensa dei Golosi: a delicacy just outside the center where you can score the tastiest wines.

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Hotspots Montepulciano – Where to eat Montepulciano

Holy Moly wthe food in Montepulciano is AMAZING. It is a good thing that we have only been here a few days, otherwise I would be as round as a barrel.

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Of course we have collected the tastiest hotspots from Montepulciano for you:

Restaurante La Casina Montepulciano

My dear niece and Montepulciano connoisseur came with this eating tip and I am very grateful to her. The restaurant is located just outside the city where you can enjoy a beautiful view outside. As a tip I got the pasta with asparagus and strawberry sauce. Say WHAT! ??? Yes sounds a bit freaky, but WOW what a good combination this is. We only ate pasta here, but you can have a very good dinner here. If you are in Montepulciano then you should definitely stop here.

 Montepulciano hotspots
Montepulciano hotspots

Sette de Vino

In cute Pienza you will find this great restaurant on a cozy square. You can not order pizza or pasta here, but really Tuscan food as the owner told us. During lunch I decided to go for bean soup and Leroy naturally opted for something with meat. As an appetizer we had some bruschetta. The food was great and also super affordable. Go eat here when you are in Pienza! You will not regret it.

Buon Gusto Gelateria

Of course a gelato cannot be missed in Tuscany. You can get a great ice cream at Buon Gusto gelateria in Pienza. Awesome!

Dispensa dei Golosi

The Riposo (siesta) in Italy takes a while before you actually have it in your system. We regularly went to a small town around 3 o’clock to eat something. Big bad luck, because really everything is closed and the restaurant that are open serve almost never eat around this time. Because we couldn’t really find a restaurant in the city, we accidentally ended up at Dispensa dei Golosi. Lucky in an accident. Although this is actually a wine bar, the owner could make a delicious sandwich for us. The wine bar also has a delicacy shop where you can buy different wines, cheeses and sausages. I opted for a simple sandwich with old cheese and tomato, and Leroy especially (how could it be otherwise) a special sausage. The sandwiches were simple, but really super tasty. And that for around 5 euros per sandwich. I also chose to be surprised with a Tuscan wine from the neighborhood, which I liked so much that we immediately took a bottle home. We also bought some cheeses here to take home.

 Montepulciano hotspots
Montepulciano hotspots

Don’t! 2.0 beer and wine

Something I don’t do quickly is discouraging restaurants, but this cafe has made such a bad impression on me. We decided to have a drink at 2.0 beer and wine. It looked super cozy and hip, but we weren’t really impressed with the menu so we decided to just have a drink. There was no drinks menu, but she advised Leroy a local beer and I chose a house wine. The owners, however, behaved a little oddly and vaguely and were, I think, quite annoyed that we didn’t come to eat anything. At the checkout we suddenly had to pay 12 euros for two (not so fantastic) drinks. For a good glass of wine or I quietly pay 6 euros, but this was just a simple house wine without explanation which was just as quickly poured.

Other hotspots that I would like to visit are:

– La Vineria di Montepulciano
– La Bottega del Nobile
– L’Altro cantuccio
– Caffé POliziano
– Gattavecchi Winery
– Ristorante La Grotta
– Podere IL Casale

 Montepulciano hotspots
Montepulciano hotspots

Video: 3 months of backpacking in Indonesia

In 2017 we travelled to Asia for 6 months. Our first destination was Indonesia where we stayed for 3 months. We fell in love with this country. We traveled all the way from Sumatra to Flores. It was a journey that we will never forget. From beautiful bounty islands to gigantic volcanoes.

Video: backpacking through Asia for 6 months

In June 2017 we packed our backpacks to travel through Asia for 6 months. 3 months in Indonesia, 1 month in Thailand, a week in Malaysia, 1 month in Nepal and 3 weeks in the Philippines. And it was fantastic !!! We have met so many beautiful places and people. We went from island hopping in the Philippines to climbing the highest pass in the world in Nepal. We stayed overnight in the middle of the jungle, spotted Orangutans and went diving with giant Mantas.

Taman Negara

There we go on our way to the oldest rainforest in the world, even older than the Amazon. Exactly on time the bus was ready to leave. We have arranged all our transportation in Malaysia with HAN travel. This was great: comfortable, well arranged and always on time! So a must.

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Although the bus ride was a bit exciting, it went very fast. During the ride you can already see a beautiful part of the jungle. Gigantic! Taman Negara is the largest national park in Malaysia, no less than 4343 square kilometers in size. Hardly any logging has taken place and much of the rainforest is still in its original state. It turns out that the jungle of Taman Negara has never had to deal with the consequences of the ice age. Unfortunately, the size of the park means that you are less likely to encounter large animals. The living space of the animals is so large that they prefer to hide from tourists. And maybe just as well. Animals that you can spot regularly are wild boar, macaques, whiteleaf monkeys, tapirs, beautiful birds and large lizards. Although elephants, sun bears, tigers and rhinos live there, you rarely come across them here.

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

It’s a bit pricey, but the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is definitely the number 1 place to stay when you go to Taman Negara. You sit with your wooden hut directly on the jungle. Making a walk is therefore a lot easier and the chance of spotting animals is much greater. We stayed in house number 50. Perfect location, close to the entrance to the jungle, but also the restaurant and the boat taxi. We stayed here for 3 nights and at the end still had the idea that we had seen too little. You pay around 100 euros per night, but the hotel also has cheap hostel places. Opposite the resort you also have enough choice of cheaper accommodation. You can choose to go directly to the resort by bus or by boat. This boat trip takes about 3 hours and is not really comfortable, but we thought it was worth it. Along the banks you immediately imagine yourself in a different world. Giant trees and wonderful sounds. After 3 hours on the bus and another 3 hours boat, arrived at the resort around 5 hours. The rooms are wonderfully spacious and have a nice veranda. The sound is beautiful, just like a jungle should sound. Just before I want to take a shower, I hear loud noises on the roof and around the house. It turns out the monkeys from the jungle come to say hello. A little anxious, we decide to admire the spectacle of playing baby monkeys, strict parents and curious monkeys on our veranda. Wow, it’s a fact: we are in the jungle! This is just real, somewhat unreal.

Night jungle – Taman Negara

After a delicious meal in the restaurant of the resort (a meal here costs around € 7, and is on the expensive side for Taman Negara, but very tasty), we immediately start our adventure with the night jungle. Since you can’t see anything, I quickly decided to put on long pants and while we walk back to our house, we encounter a giant tapir on the way. What a beautiful beast! Peck dark with only a flashlight and good faith in your guide into the jungle, full of insects and scary animals. I have to admit that I wasn’t such a hero in the beginning, but after a while you get used to the sounds and you even like spotting large insects. Yes really! During the walk we spotted a wild boar, porcupine, deer, a large spider, scorpion, lizard and many insects. What a cool experience.

Canopy walk and Bukit Teresek

We start our second day with the canopy walk. However, the walk towards it is harder than the walk over the treetops. The walkway is no less than 45 meters high and 500 meters long, giving you a beautiful view of the park. You do not need a guide for the Canopy walk (although they do offer this everywhere, you should do this yourself). It is a great walk and the trails are well maintained. You have walked the Canopy quite quickly, so we decided to walk to the Bukit Theresek point afterwards. This was a tough decision. The combination of heat, high humidity and the steep parts turned out to be slightly heavier than expected. But once upstairs, the view is really beautiful.

Blue hide and Lata Bekoh

On the third day we were taken to the other side by boat. We stood there, confessing nobody and finding no paths. Only an arrow with Blue hide aimed at the jungle. Blue hide was our goal, so we went there. This was something different than the previous day. No landscaped paths or stairs. No, we cleared our path with a cane, we climbed the rope with rope and regularly had to search for the path. Exciting, but above all very cool. After walking for half an hour we hear above our sound and we see branches moving. When we look up, we see a group a there

Hotspots Rotterdam – Where to eat in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the place for street food, special beers, cool breakfast tents, social places and especially lots of hip things. Plenty of choice in the always bustling Rotterdam. Foedsie also went on a voyage of discovery to the best hotspots in Rotterdam.

Little V

Little V already stole my heart in The Hague a few years ago and I still love it. So also in Rotterdam I had to and would go to Little V. This is the place to eat delicious Vietnamese food. And I love Vietnamese food. From street snacks to complete menus, the Little V menu is packed with tasty dishes. We opted for the 2-course menu, where you get everything from it and it was really divine. Whether you are inside or on the terrace, the atmosphere is really great. Highly recommended.

op ‘tdak

On the advice of a colleague, we opted for the highest level of breakfast. Literally! Because on the roof of an old building you might find the tastiest breakfasts in Rotterdam with the matching name “On the roof”. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. you can order a breakfast deal here with fresh yogurt and delicious sandwiches. But you can also order breakfast or lunch from the menu. I opted for the avocado cheese Brekkie (tasty !!!) and Leroy for the Bavette. Belly full? Then you can only come here to drink a good cup of coffee, because only a visit to the roof is worth it.

Kua

If you like good Mexican food, you have to go to Kua. At KUA you can eat delicious traditional Mexican food. They serve dishes such as ceviche, mole and arrachera. But also the best tacos.

Student hotel

Are you looking for a nice place to spend the night, but you would rather not lose a rib, then the Student Hotel is highly recommended. It is one of the cheapest options to spend the night and also super fun. The rooms may be small and simple, but everything is neat, clean and super hip. In addition, the hotel has a nice restaurant where you can go for a snack or a drink, a playroom (table football, dartboard, PS4 etc.), fitness room and work spaces. Oh and on the weekend you can park for free nearby. Big tip!

bokaal

In a cozy square in the heart of Rotterdam you will find Bokaal, a lively city café and beer room. Coziness is central here and you can taste it right away. The beer list is huge. The people at Bokaal are happy to help you, they really start a conversation with you and look for a beer that suits you. With a few special beers and a delicious Burgundian board, this was a very nice place to start our evening.

Bokaal Rotterdam hotspot

PROEFLOKAAL REIJNGOUD

You guessed it, even more beer! Well, a weekend trip to Rotterdam with friends is not possible without a few special beers. To conclude, we opted for Proeflokaal Reijngoud. And with 26 beers on tap and more than 200 bottles, you’ve come to the right place for a good glass of beer. A no-nonsense, real Rotterdam beer café.

MADAME COCOS, MARKTHALLEN

As a bit of a food addict, I couldn’t resist walking into the market halls of Rotterdam. And then I ran into Madame Cocos. You can get really delicious fresh (often still warm) coconut balls here. If you want to try something different, choose the ginger or pepper flavor. Is this something crazy? No worries! You also have regular coconut balls or with chocolate.

Het Kroketloket

In the mood for a quick bite, the croquettes of the Kroketloket are also always a good idea.

Unfortunately we were only in Rotterdam for a day, so we still have not been able to discover much of all the great hotspots in Rotterdam. Other tips for hotspots, but which unfortunately we didn’t have time for, are Supermercado, Boca’s, Picnic, Parqiet, De viskantine, Coffeelicious and much more. W

Riga Cityguide

The capital of Latvia. Riga! with a population of 700,000 it is therefore one of the larger cities in Baltics.

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Accommodation
In Riga you have enough choice in accommodation. There are cute hostels for a low budget, affordable hotels, nice apartments and of course pure luxury. We found location the most important thing. A must if you visit Riga is a stay in the middle of the old center. Accommodation and food and drink are very affordable, so you can opt for comfort even with a smaller budget. The Old City Boutique Hotel is highly recommended. Comfort, luxury, beautiful view and the perfect location! View the hotel here.

Via ryanair you have various offers to fly to Riga cheaply. We ended up paying only 50 euros for a return trip and flying from Wezen.

Friday
We arrived in the city at the end of the afternoon. After discarding our stuff we decided to visit the Rozengrals restaurant on the recommendation of Soetkees . What an experience. You go down an old spiral staircase completely surrounded by candles where you are surprised by live folklore music and candlelight. No windows or lighting in this restaurant. No, here you go back in time. And the food; delicious! Are you a fishing enthusiast then this is the place for you.

 riga-restaurant

After a delicious meal and some glasses (maybe bottles) of wine, we decided to discover the nightlife. You have nice cozy bars here, but also great clubs. Cocktails are very cheap so good for your wallet but less good for the day after. It was a late and pleasant evening with a busy schedule ahead of us.

Saturday

The next day, after some paracetamoles, we decided to go into town. The architecture of the buildings is beautiful. In the city gray Soviet buildings are interspersed with beautiful medieval buildings. The contrasts are very large and that makes it so beautiful. The old city center is enchanting. We walked wonderfully and were not bored at all. What a beautiful city.

 riga-city

After wandering around for a few hours, we decided on one of the many hip coffee shops . You can eat and drink here for little. We decided to stock up on some groceries and accidentally come across a sushi restaurant. Our next stop. We enjoyed delicious sushi for a couple of hours here. with a nice can of tea. Of course there was a big step back, but this time with slightly fewer cocktails.

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Sunday

After another successful evening, fresh into the city. After a good breakfast we decided to take a walk to the well-known market halls from Riga. The complex consists of five large halls, four of which are connected to each other and connected by a central aisle. The five pavilions each have a specialization: for fish, vegetables, bread products and meat. Around the market halls there is also an open-air market where fruit, vegetables, clothing and curios are sold. This is really recommended. A true experience for all your senses!

A half-hour walk from the market halls would be a flea market. We, as mess lovers, decided to visit this market. During our walk the beautiful old buildings disappeared and we felt ourselves more and more in Russia. At a rusty entrance we finally find the flea market. There was no tourist in sight, only a heaven of things with a rich history. The positions so close to each other that you can hardly walk and the stuff piled so far that you can not even see the sellers.

After another successful evening, fresh into the city. After a good breakfast we decided to take a walk to the well-known market halls from Riga. The complex consists of five large halls, four of which are connected to each other and connected by a central aisle. The five pavilions each have a specialization: for fish, vegetables, bread products and meat. Around the market halls there is also an open-air market where fruit, vegetables, clothing and curios are sold. This is really recommended. A true experience for all your senses!

A half-hour walk from the market halls would be a flea market. We, as mess lovers, decided to visit this market. During our walk the beautiful old buildings disappeared and we felt ourselves more and more in Russia. At a rusty entrance we finally find the flea market. There was no tourist in sight, only a heaven of things with a rich history. The positions so close to each other that you can hardly walk and the stuff piled so far that you can not even see the sellers. Some people would scream crazy here, but for us this was a small paradise. Unfortunately we had to leave everything, but oh how I would like to go back with a van.

On the way back to the old city, we quickly visited an Orthodox church. Very different from the old churches in the old center. The building is huge, gold and very kitsch. Coincidentally there was just a wedding and we were allowed to take a look. A very nice experience. In the city we ran into the Black Magic bar , where we enjoyed delicious chocolate.

After quite a few kilometers and an impressive day, we decided to eat a typical Latvian meal. However, we have decided that this is not our kitchen 🙂

Monday
We wake up early, because we fly back in the morning. A hearty breakfast and there we went again. What a wonderful weekend and also very affordable. Really recommended! Something for everyone.

Backpacking through Malaysia

This year we made a 17-day Malaysia tour . We tried to see as much as possible in a fairly short time. It was a versatile and special trip that we will not soon forget. We visited the following places in just over 2 weeks:

    • Kuala Lumpur – 2 nights
      Taman Negara – 3 nights
      Cameron Highlands – 2 nights
      Perhentian – 6 nights
      Kuala Lumpur – 1 night
  • Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur the bustling capital of Malaysia, a versatile city where there is plenty to do and see. The city has two faces. You will find modern skyscrapers on one side and beautiful old buildings on the other. We stayed in the Parkroyal Suites hotel. This was fantastic spacious modern rooms and the perfect location. We stayed 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur and this is more than adequate. We have eaten in Jalan Alor and Bukit Bintang, visited the Batu Caves and shopped in China town. We have a good time here. On the return trip we spent 2 more days in Kuala Lumpur. Afterwards we would have preferred to have gone from Perhentian to Amsterdam in one go. Yet we have no regrets, because our stay at the luxury Traders hotel was wonderful. Moreover, we visited the Thean Houtempel on the last day. What a beautiful experience. Click here for an extensive travelogue about our stay in Kuala Lumpur.
    Tips for Kuala Lumpur

       

    • Finish your day in the Heli Pad lounge with fantastic views.
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    • You can eat delicious food on the street. You should definitely not skip Jalan Alor.
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    • At Bukit Bintang we had a delicious meal at the Rabit Hole (all the way on the corner. Especially the desserts should not be skipped.
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    • Also try the beef jerky at the stall in the Jalan Alor street.
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    • Visit China Town at the end of the afternoon then it is still nice and quiet and still plenty to do.
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    • A visit to the Batu Caves should certainly not be missed when you are in Kuala Lumpur.
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    • You can easily get to the city from the airport by train.

    Minutas of Kuala Lumpur

       

    • Although we did not visit the Petrona towers ourselves, we have heard from various people that this is very disappointing. You better visit the radio tower. This is higher and cheaper than the Petrona towers.
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    • We both don’t like shopping, but due to a rain shower we decided to grab a quick lunch in one of the many shopping centers. We both became very sick of this. We also found the atmosphere very disappointing. Since you can eat well outside, we would advise against this.

    Accommodation Kuala Lumpur
    Traders hotel. It costs a little more, but wow what a hotel. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and if you are lucky, you have a beautiful view of the Petrona Towers. The sky bar is also very nice to visit, but the most memorable thing is the breakfast. What was this extensive and delicious.
    PARKROYAL suites. This is definitely recommended. The rooms are huge, you have your own kitchen and spacious bathroom. On the roof of the hotel you have a beautiful swimming pool where you can cool off. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but this is absolutely not necessary, because the location is perfect. You can eat in the food street Jalan Alor or at the many restaurants in the Bukit Bintang district.

    Taman Negara
    If you are going to Malaysia, then a visit to the oldest rainforest in the world should not be missed. After 3 hours on the bus and another 3 hours boat, we arrived at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort around 5 pm. It’s a bit pricey, but the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is definitely the number 1 place to stay if you go to Taman Negara goes. You sit with your wooden hut directly on the jungle. Upon arrival, a group of monkeys immediately say hello to us. On our porch admire the spectacle of playing baby monkeys, strict parents and curious monkeys. It is a fact: we are in the jungle!

    Tips for Taman Negara

       

    • Rent a cottage at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort.
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    • Have dinner at one of the floating restaurants.
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    • The canopy walk and the walk to Bukit Theresik can easily be combined and done without a guide.
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    • Search for animals during the night jungle.
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    • Cool off at the waterfalls of Latah Bekoh.
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    • Take a boat taxi to the route of the blue hide.

    Cameron Highlands
    The Cameron Highlands, the highlands of Malaysia, it is a beautiful area mainly dominated by state of the many tea and vegetable plantations. Due to the high location it is a lot cooler. And although it is only a 5-hour drive from Taman Negara, it saves more than 10 degrees and this is ultimate enjoyment after the heat of the jungle.

    Tips

       

    • Although it is very touristy, a tour to the tea fields is highly recommended. The view is breathtakingly beautiful.
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    • Book a High tea at the Lakehouse resort.
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    • You should definitely not skip a meal at Sri Brinchang.

    Cons Cameron Highlands

       

    • You have discovered the Highlands within a day.
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    • A jungle trek is not that special here, so we do not recommend.
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    • Mossy forest is very touristy and we found it very disappointing.

    Accommodation Cameron Highlands – Lakehouse Resort
    At the top of a hill is the cute Lakehouse Resort. As soon as you enter you have the feeling that you are going back in time. This resort is fully furnished in old English style including a beautiful antique and large fireplace. We were pampered and the room was enjoying. A wonderful bed, nice view and large bathroom (and hot water!).

    Perhentian
    If we love something, it is our feet buried in the white sand and snorkeling in clear blue water. We decided to do our last days in Malaysia on the beautiful island: Perhentian. This is the ultimate bounty feeling. No streets or high buildings. Here you can enjoy the sun, sea and beach!

    Tips Perhentian

       

    • Doing something for sure is enjoying the barbecue at Bubu Resort on the beach.
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    • Diving, snorkeling and swimming !!!! You can dive at the Turtle bay dive chair.
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    • You can easily walk from one side of the island to the other via a jungle path.
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    • Conquer a place in the sand in the evening and enjoy a fire show every evening.
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    • Enjoy a massage by the beach at the Bubu resort.

    Cons Perhentian
    Along the Bubu resort they are currently building, therefore we advise to book a cottage at Bubu villa. Same luxury, but less noise.

    Accommodation Perhentian
    We stayed at the Bubu Resort on the beach, Long beach. Bubu is very luxurious for Perhentian, since the rest is mainly aimed at backpackers. The rooms are small but otherwise fine. The bed was good and the view beautiful.

    Kuala Lumpur hotspots The Kitchen Project

    Hanoi

    Yes, there we are. After three flights and almost 30 hours of travel we finally arrived at the starting point of our journey: the capital of Vietnam! Hanoi has approximately 6.5 million inhabitants and is the second largest city in the country, after Ho Chi Minh City.

    Hanoi Hotel – Au Coeur d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel

    After such a long journey we want to go to the Au Coeur d’Hanoi Boutique Hotel, drop things and explore the city. The hotel was very disappointing. I will start with the positive, the location was excellent. Close to Hoan Kiem lake and in the middle of Old Quater. This is definitely the place to be when you go to Hanoi. The narrow streets, old buildings, stools everywhere and lots of chaos. So enjoy! The location of the hotel was therefore good, the rest was unfortunately disappointing. The room was very dirty, it smelled of mold and was incredibly damp. We had 1 window with a view of 4 walls, if you looked up you could still see a bit of air. The breakfast was awful. You don’t pay a lot per night, but you are probably more luxurious in one of the many hostels in Hanoi. We would absolutely not recommend this hotel. Hanoi, however, because what a great city this is.

    To do in Hanoi

    Although Hanoi is a huge city, we have done almost everything on foot and this is going well. The first thing to do when you are in Hanoi is to master the crossing. In my life I have never seen so many scooters together. We were in shock a bit on arrival. During our drive to the hotel, everyone zigzagged through each other, no one complied with the rules and it all just went well. Crossing the first time was therefore quite exciting. We had already heard that you had to remain very calm. I didn’t do this the first time and it just went well. The vietnamese manage the so-called penguin walk, waddling they cross over with a sharp look ahead and 1 hand extended to the traffic, which then simply drives past him or her. Fortunately, we quickly got the hang of it. Tip: don’t be afraid.

    Hoan Kiem Lake

    In Hanoi you can walk along the Hoan Kiem Lake. It is within walking distance of the old center. There are numerous shops and bars around the lake. You also have the Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake. Not very special, but nice to have seen. Beautiful Vietnamese women are constantly walking around with large baskets full of tasty snacks. Even in the evenings it is nice to pass by. Also visit the water puppet theater and learn something about the history of Vietnam.

    Hao Li Prison

    If you want to know more about the history of Hanoi, then a visit to the Hoa Li prison is certainly worthwhile. The prison in Hanoi was built by the French during the occupation. All vietnamese who were against the revolution were imprisoned here and often tortured. After the departure of the French, the prison was used to detain American soldiers during the Vietnam War. During the tour you have to look through propaganda. We felt that the circumstances of the Americans were described as rosy. The museum is definitely a must see. The country has a horrible history, because of these museums you have a slightly better idea of ​​what this country has had to endure. A ticket cost around 1 euro.

    St. Josef cathedral

    In the old center you will find the beautiful St. Josef cathedral. This church was built in 1886. Although there are almost no Catholics living in Hanoi, the church is still used often. The locals like to meet here and on a Friday night it is very busy. If you are not into seeing churches, then a walk to the catheteral is still worthwhile. You have a lot of nice places here where you can eat. Take a seat on one of the many super small stools on the street and enjoy a delicious bowl of noodles or fresh spring rolls.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    We have semi-visited the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We drove there, we stood in front of the building and we went back. It was ridiculously busy and actually we don’t have much to do here either. I understand very well that this is a special place for the Vietnamese. We did not feel completely at home.

    Hanoi Street Food Tour

    For food alone you must have visited Vietnam once. What can you eat here delicious and diverse. A fun way to start your journey is with a food tour. You immediately get to know the food of a country and the best places in a city. We booked a tour at Hanoi Street Food Tour. We visited about 6 places throughout the city. How nice this was. You will go to places you would normally never visit and eat at tents where you would never stop. And the food … WOW, how delicious it was. Soon an extensive report about the Hanoi Street Food Tour.

    Hotspots Hanoi – Where to eat in Hanoi

    We will continue to eat, because we have done very well in Hanoi. Below the best restaurants and bars according to us in Hanoi:

    Drink coffee at Cong Caphe

    Most Asian countries are not known for their refined coffee. The coffee in Vietnam, on the other hand, is delicious. Slow brewed coffee is a true trend here, they have been doing nothing else there for years. Always choose Vietnamese coffee, black or with condensed milk. And if you really want to taste the best coffee ever, then you have to choose an egg coffee. It sounds dirty, but man-o-man the coffee was nice. Cong Caphe is a very nice and hip place. But actually you can enjoy good coffee almost everywhere.

    Madame Hien Restaurant

    In the middle of the old center (just search) you will find the restaurant Madame Hien. Here you have a wide selection of traditional Vietnamese dishes, but a bit pimped. The food was delicious, but a bit on the price. The location was fantastic. We always want to eat outside, but inside it is beautiful here. An old, French colonial building still completely in its original state.

    Beer corner

    You can drink a drink in the city everywhere, but you can do it nicely in the chaotic beer corner. The street is full of bars and eateries and everyone takes place on the street on one of the many mini stools. You hear music everywhere and there is a continuous flow of people. A tip: go to a facade bar and view the spectacle from above. A beer costs almost nothing here and if you’re lucky you can enjoy a cocktail for 2 euros during happy hour.

    Home Vietnamese Restaurant

    Save the best for last! Just before we left for Sapa, we had dinner at the Home Vietnamese restaurant. This restaurant is not central, but the food and the atmosphere more than makes up for the taxi ride there. For the food we were advised by the service of the restaurant. Here they serve the best traditional meals with a modern twist. It is a unique restaurant located in a fantastic beautiful bright yellow building. Do you really want to taste the taste of Vietnam, then you are at Home Vietnamese restaurant. This is definitely a must go to if you are in Hanoi.

    After a delicious meal we said goodbye to Hanoi and left with the night train to Sapa.

    Munich CITY GUIDE: what to do & where to eat

    Munich was on the schedule almost from the start. What a good decision. Munich is of course well known Oktoberfest, but you can drink very good beer here all year round and of course also see and do a lot. Munich is modern and authentic at the same time. This way you can walk from the historic center into hip district after the other, where you will find countless concept stores and hip hotspots. Munich is also very green. The Englisch Garten is even larger than central park. Yes wohl! We stayed here for three nights and this was really perfect for exploring the city. Curious about our Munich tips? Read on quick…

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    What to do in Munich

    Cycling through the park

    Recommended by @dutchgoesabroad who lives in Munich, we decided to explore the park by bike. This was really a great idea and perhaps one of the nicest things we did in Munhen. It is very strange how you get away from the busy Munich, suddenly standing in the middle of a park where you see people picnicking, swimming and even surfing. We are talking about the Englisch Garten. The largest park in Munich, and even the largest city park in Europe. Bring your own picnic basket or eat a pretzel or curry sausage with a good glass of beer at one of the biergartens. You have more than enough of them. We decided to have a drink at Biergarten am Kleinhesseloher See.

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    BOLD munchen

    Eisbach

    There is plenty to do in the park, but one of the coolest things you’ll find at Eisbach. People come here to surf. Yes you read good surfing in the middle of the city. How cool is that. People have been surfing here for more than 40 years. It is not suitable for beginners, but even if you cannot surf it is a nice place to visit. Take a seat on the side and watch how one surfer surpasses the Eisbach wave.

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    Biergartens

    You had me ate beer! If you are in Munich you have to do a beer (of course, you can also order a soft drink) at a beer garden. You really have countless options. From gigantic beer gardens to cozy beer gardens, beer gardens in the park or in the middle of the city. We have a drink at the following biergartens:

       

    • Augustines Keller
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    • Seehaus
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    • Hofbrauhaus
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    • Victual Market biergartem

    A number of beer gardens that are also recommended, but which we unfortunately were unable to visit are:

       

    • Biergarten in the Chinese garden
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    • Biergarte Muffatwerk
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    • Michaeligarten in Oostpark
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    • Jazz beer garden
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    Hofbrauhaus

    A beer garden that deserves some extra explanation is Hofbrauhaus. It is the most famous beer hall in the world. It is really really crowded, but a visit to the hall is definitely worth it. The beer hall has been around since 1589 and was completely rebuilt after the Second World War.

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    Marienplatz

    Marienplatz

    The old center of Munich can also be a bit busy, but you shouldn’t miss it. It is the heart of the city. You will find various historic buildings on Marienplatz.

    Viktualienmarket

    Looking for a nice souvenir or the best currywurst? Then this is the place to be! On this place you will find countless market stalls, eateries and a small beer garden.

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    BOLD munchen

    Rent a bicycle or scooter

    Everywhere in Munich we came across Emmy scooters. We had to try this of course. All you have to do is download the app and send some information. Within 15 minutes your account is approved and you can rent a scooter. Via the app you can find a scooter in the nearby area. You then walk to the scooter and indicate via the app that you want to rent the scooter. On the back of the scooter is a small case that opens automatically where you will find the key and two helmets. How cool is that! You get on the scooter and go with that banana. You pay per hour up to a maximum of 29 euros for a whole day.

    You can also rent a bike, which is a bit easier, since we know German traffic rules half the time. We have done this via the Donkey Republic app.
    Via the app you can find a bike in the neighborhood. If you have found one, you can open the bike with your phone. Without joke! And voila you are ready to go.

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    BOLD munchen

    Stat at Bold

    Always be BOLD! And Always choose BOLD Because what a nice hotel this is. Traveling with a dog can sometimes be a bit tricky, but this hotel does everything to give the dog a warm welcome. This way your dog will get a super relaxed dog bed, food bowl and there is even a door hanger to indicate that your dog (royal) is in the room. But even without a dog this hotel is really a big tip! BOLD is super hip and very nice. You will find nice details everywhere. A 5-star hotel but with a hostel vibe. Most rooms are also mini apartments with their own kitchen. There is a supermarket about 100 meters from the hotel. If you want to chill out for a day in your room, then BOLD is perfect.

    Hotspots – where to eat in Munich

       

    • Hi Luigi: This was really my favorite. You can eat delicious Italian food here and the atmosphere is just as good.
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    • Annam Grill: I always feel like eating Vietnamese food and you could do that very well in Munich at Annam Grill. The Bahn Xeo is a big tip! The restaurant Ja Mai is also recommended, here you can order delicious Pho.
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    • Kleine er Flow: We would have liked to eat here, but it was always full. If you are going to Munich, book a table at KLeine der Flow. You can order delicious mini burgers here.
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    • Hunrich Henri: for the tastiest breakfasts.
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    BOLD munchen

    The ultimate route for 6months backpacking trhough Asia

    In 2017 we left for Asia for 6 months. Without a fixed schedule, but with a few destinations high on our list. Indonesia was an absolute must to visit. Because the country is huge, we decided to stay here for at least 2 months. We also had Nepal and the Philippines high on our list. It was not the most logical route, but it was a very beautiful one. We had previously visited Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and a part of Thailand. Although I might have preferred to skip a few destinations afterward, I am very happy with our route. At the start of our journey it was a bit of searching for a nice rhythm. The days were quite full. After 2 weeks we got more rest in traveling and we really took our time everywhere. It was a nice change from nature, beach, cities, and culture. What we enjoyed.

    Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

    ROUTE 6 MAANDEN AZIË
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    ROUTE 6 MONTHS ASIA: INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, NEPAL AND PHILIPPINES

      • Kuala Lumpur: 3 nights
        Sumatra: 8 nights
        Java: 19 nights
        Bali & Gili Islands: 26 nights
        Singapore: 3 nights
        Lombok & Flores: 29 nights
        Thailand: 29 nights
        Langkawi & Kuala Lumpur: 5 nights
        Nepal: 25 nights
        Philippines: 13 nights
        Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights
    • Kuala Lumpur – 3 nights

      We arrived in Kuala Lumpur on June 22, 2017. Not only because we really love this city, but also because we went to meet here for 2 more days with my dear friend and her boyfriend. Super nice to have a nice chat, to cuddle and to say goodbye. We really love the city itself. It feels a bit like coming home every time. Moreover, flying to Kuala Lumpur is often very cheap and it is the perfect place to travel further to other places in Asia.

       

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      INDONESIA – 3 MONTHS

      It was already known in advance that we would stay in Indonesia a little longer. We decided to apply for a 2-month visa in advance. If we wanted to stay longer, we could always fly in and out. We did not expect that we would fall in love with the country so much. Even 3 months was too short for us. Indonesia has so much to offer.

      SUMATRA

      Medan // 1 night
      Our journey through Indonesia starts with chaos and a night’s sleep at the airport.

      Bukit Lawang // 4 nights
      Welcome to the jungle. The 2-day trek in Bukit Lawang in particular was an unforgettable experience. A great place.

      Lake Toba // 3 nights
      Beautiful setting and very relaxed atmosphere.

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      Java

      Jakarta // 1 night
      We decided to skip Jakarta. We slept 1 night in a hostel and left the next day by train to Bandung.

      Bandung // 2 nights
      Bandung is a very special place for me because my grandfather and granny grew up here and met each other.

      Yogyakarta // 4 nights
      We found Yogyakarta a great place. There is so much to see and experience here. Super nice hostels and a nice area.

      Karimunjawa // 6 nights
      Paradise on earth. Karimunjawa consists of 27 bounty islands with beautiful white beaches and crystal clear water. We got stuck on the island by a storm. so we stayed here for 6 nights instead of 4 nights.

      Surabaya // 3 nights
      Surabaya is a modern, hip city. Nice to have visited.

      Ijen Volcano // 3 nights
      Ijen volcano is very popular and therefore unfortunately also very busy. Although it was super nice to visit, I would rather have gone at a different time when it is a lot quieter. Do you also want to climb the Ijen volcano? Then book a room at Bangsri Breeze. One of the nicest places we have stayed in Indonesia.

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      Bali

      Lovina // 1 night
      I found Lovina a bit disappointing. The beaches I found not so beautiful and the town itself very touristy. However, we were only there for 1 night, so we cannot judge this area very well.

      Ubud // 4 nights
      Very different than expected, but very nice. Ubud is very busy and super touristy, but we thought it was a nice place to visit. The food here is really great and there is a lot to do and see. The area around Ubud is also very beautiful.

      Amed // 2 nights
      Amed is a super cute village in Bali. Much quieter than other parts. We found the diving a bit disappointing. The circumstances were not optimal and we were unfortunately unable to dive at the Liberty Wreck. Which is highly recommended for Amed.

      Canggu // 2 nights
      We are really in love with Canggu. It is super touristy, but there is a wonderful atmosphere. You can surf, explore the area by scooter, dance until late in the evening and eat great food!

      Uluwatu // 2 nights
      We had heard a lot of good stories about Uluwatu, so we had a high expectation of the place. Uluwatu unfortunately was a bit disappointing. We found the atmosphere a bit too hipster and most of the tents were far apart. The beaches were beautiful again.

      Nusa Dua // 2 nights
      Nusa Dua is really not our thing at all. Here you will find many large resorts. The beaches are not that beautiful and the atmosphere is not really great either.

      Ubud // 3 nights
      Family time! My sister, her boyfriend and my nephew had booked their vacation to Bali and we were going to travel together in the coming weeks. Although we had already visited Ubud, we gladly went back one more time.

      Gili Air // 3 nights
      Time for sun, sea and beach. Super relaxed and nice island. Slightly smaller and a lot quieter than Gili Trawangan.

      Gili Trawangan // 4 nights
      Do nothing for a few days. Chilling on the beach, snorkeling, swimming among the turtles, occasionally taking part in a party and most of all enjoying a lot.

      Nusa Lembongan // 2 nights
      2 nights was way too short on Nusa Lembongan, but we enjoyed it immensely. The rugged rocks and sea are really a spectacle on Lembongan.

      Sanur // 1 night
      Our 2 month visa and family time was unfortunately over. We stayed one more night in Sanur to travel to Singapore the next day.

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      Singapore // 3 nights

      We decide to travel toSingapore for 4 days. Singapore on a budget is actually not that nice at all. This country is very expensive and therefore you are limited with a small budget. Also the weather was not at all good with us. This made Singapore a bit disappointing. It was nice to have seen Singapore, but would never go back.

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      Lombok

      Kuta Lombok // 3 nights
      After 4 days in Singapore it was very nice to continue our journey through Indonesia. We start in Kuta Lombok. A place we really fall in love with completely. It is not very big, but more than enough to do. The beaches are really beautiful, you can surf well and the surroundings are breathtaking. We thought it was really a wonderful place.

      Senggigi // 2 nights
      We take the scooter from Kuta Lombok to Senggigi to chill out in a Villa for a few days. The route to Senggigi is really great. Senggigi is less focused on backpackers and therefore we found this place less pleasant. It was really nice to just do a few things.

      Kuta Lombok // 2 nights
      We are going back to Kuta Lombok to collect the rest of our gear, surf another day and prepare for our trip to Flores.

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      Flores

      Sumbawa // 1 night
      With the ferry from Lombok to FLores. To save some money we decide to take the ferry to Flores. First we go by bus to the port of Lombok. Then we can catch a boat here to Sumbawa in a few hours. In Sumbawa a bus is waiting for us that takes about 10 hours to get to the other side of the island. A hellish ride. Early in the morning we finally arrive in the port of Sumbawa. Here we can take the boat to Flores. It takes another 8 hours. In the end, it took us 30 hours to get from Lombok to Flores. It was an unforgettable adventure. Although it was a mega long sit, we also experienced fantastic things along the way.

      Labuan Bajo // 2 nights
      We start our journey in Labuan Bajo. We don’t do much here yet, because we will return here later.
      Ruteng // 1 night
      Ruteng is a nice place to have visited. Grab the scooter and explore the area.

      Bajawa // 2 nights
      An absolute must-visit when you visit the island of Flores is Bajawa. In this area you will find traditional villages and beautiful landscapes. If you are lucky, you can also visit a wedding.

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      Moni & Kelimutu volcano // 3 nights
      Moni is a very cute little village. There is not much to do, but due to our nice accommodation we stayed here for 3 nights. Volcano Kelimutu is of course a must to visit.

      Koka Beach // 1 night
      We decided to sleep 1 night on Koka Beach. Afterwards I would rather just have gone here for a day. The beach is really beautiful, but otherwise there is really nothing in the area.

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      Labuan Bajo // 5 nights
      From Ende we flew back to Labuan Bajo. Although the city is not really special, Komodo National Park is definitely that. Especially diving in this area is highly recommended. Boat trip from.

      Labuan Bajo to Lombok // 2 nights
      Although we had heard great stories about the boat trip from Flores to Lombok, I thought the trip was really terrible. In 2.5 days you have a few short stops. For the rest you are all on a boat where you also have nothing. The sea was very fierce with us, so I was only sick and lay in bed (a mattress on the floor). I was so happy that I was off the boat. I also found the day trips from Labuan Bajo much nicer, more fun and a lot quieter than during the boat trip.

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      Lombok & Bali

      Tetebatu // 2 nights
      Initially the plan was to climb the Rinjani. In retrospect I am glad that we have not done this anymore. It will probably be a beautiful climb, but I certainly didn’t want to miss 2 nights in Tetebatu. Tetebatu is a small village at the foot of the Rinjani volcano. The area is very beautiful.

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      Kuta Lombok // 2 nights
      How nice to be back in Kuta Lombok.

      Canggu // 2 nights
      Because we flew from Denpasar to Thailand, we decided to end our trip in Indonesia in Canggu.

      Thailand

      Thailand was not initially on our schedule. We actually wanted to go to Myanmar, but due to the many conflicts we decided to change our trip at the last minute. Although I really liked the north and Thailand has a lot of beautiful places, I don’t like Thailand very much.

      Chiang Mai // 7 nights
      Because we had heard a lot of good stories about the north of Thailand, we decided to go to Chiang Mai for a few days. A very nice place. After 3 months we were a bit tired and we decided to take it a bit easier.

      Pai // 3 nights
      Pai is really a top place. There is a chill atmosphere and the area is incredibly green and beautiful.

      Chiang Mai // 1 night
      We are going back one more night to Chiang Mai to continue flying here Khao Sok.

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      Khao Sok // 2 nights
      We thought this was perhaps one of the most beautiful place in Thailand. You will find one of the oldest rainforests in the world here. Really recommended.

      Koh Tao // 3 nights
      Koh Tao is the place you go in Thailand if you want to go diving. If you’re lucky you can also spot whale sharks here. Koh

      Pha-ngan // 3 nights
      Coincidentally we were near Koh Pha-ngan during a full moon. We could not resist taking a full moon party.Kho

      Phi Phi // 2 nights
      What a terrible place this is. Really the biggest mistake ever to go here.

      Krabi // 1 night
      I also found Krabi not so special. For 1 night it was fine. The local market is very nice to visit.

      Koh Lipe // 5 nights
      What a nice and beautiful place. Beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. Koh Lipe is the perfect place to completely unwind. We were here in the off season and it was very quiet on the island.

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      MALAYSIA

      Langkawi // 3 nights
      From Koh Lipe you can take a boat to the island of Langkawi, which is located in Malaysia. We did not find the island of Langkawi so special. Yet we had a good time here. For example, we stayed a few nights at the Temple Tree resort (super nice) and we helped 2 days at an animal shelter.
      Kuala Lumpur // 2 nights
      We can’t get enough: Kuala Lumpur! What a top city. We flew from Kuala Lumpur to Nepal. We decided to stay here for a few more days.

      NEPAL

      Nepal was actually the first country on our route and I am still happy about this. The country has made an enormous impression on us. Our trek through the Himalayas in particular was one of the most beautiful things we have ever done in our lives.

      Kathmandu // 2 nights
      Wow it was hard to start in Kathmandu. A mega intense city, but one that has a lot to offer and you should definitely not skip.

      Pokhara // 2 nights
      I really love Pokhara. It is so peaceful and relaxed. Moreover, this is often the best place to start your trek.

      Annapurna Circuit // 12 nights
      Do, Do, Do !! It is terribly heavy, but the Annapurna Circuit is the most beautiful thing I have ever done.

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      Pokhara // 2 nights
      After the draw it was time to recover in Pokhara. Massage, good food and catch a movie.

      Chitwan // 2 nights
      Nepal even has a jungle. If you visit Chitwan, chances are that you will come face to face with a rhino.

      Pokhara // 3 nights
      We couldn’t get enough of Pokhara so decided to go back a few more days.

      Kathmandu // 1 night
      1 more night in Kathmandu before we flew further to the Philippines.

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      Filipijnen

      We arrived in the Philippines in mid-November. Because we only had 2.5 weeks we decided to only visit Palawan.

      Manila // 1 night
      Manila is not our favorite, but not as bad as most people describe.

      Port Barton // 3 nights
      Port Barton is super small cozy fishing village. A very nice and cozy place to stay for a few days.

      El Nido // 4 nights
      4 nights was actually a bit too long for El Nido, but we enjoyed it immensely. The city itself is not top, but the environment on the other hand is very beautiful. There are several beaches that are definitely worth a visit. Also diving in El NIdo is very beautiful.

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    Eilandhoppen met Buhay Isla / 2 nights
    The Buhay Isla tour was definitely the best way to end our trip. Beautiful bay, azure blue water, colorful coral, sleeping in bamboo huts on the beach and in the evening all around the campfire. One of the nicest experiences during our trip.

    Coron // 2 nights
    2 nights was unfortunately too short in Coron. We wanted to go diving, but because we still had to fly to Manila, this unfortunately could not continue. Coron is perfect for wreck diving.

    Manila // 1 night
    From Coron we flew back to Manila to continue flying to Kuala Lumpur.

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    Kuala Lumpur // 2 nights

    After 6 months we are back at the place where our journey started. What an amazing trip!

    Diving at the Togian Island

    Relaxing under waving palm trees on a pearly white beach and every now and then a dive in azure blue water. On the Togian Islands you will find the ultimate island life. In addition to chilling on bounty beaches, you will also find the most special diving locations on the Togian Islands. An absolute must!

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    Dive centers Togian Islands

    You will find different diving schools on the Togian Islands. After some research, we ended up at Bomba Divers. Since we had booked two nights at Araya Divecenter, which is next to Bomba Divers, we were able to combine this perfectly. The diving school is small, but otherwise well organized. You can do different dives every day. A large part of the dive sites are located in the vicinity. Only for diving around the island of Una Una do you pay an extra amount due to the distance.

    Other options for dive centers:

    • Sanctum Una Una
    • Karidiri
    • Black Marlin
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    Diving at Una Una

    The most beautiful dive sites of the Togian Islands can be found on the volcanic island of Una Una. Unfortunately, this is also the most remote island of the area. We took about 2-3 hours from the island of Batudaka to get there by boat. In addition, keep in mind that you have to pay extra costs for the boat trip. You share the extra costs with the people on the boat. So the more people go with it, the cheaper the dive. But it was completely worth the long, because the coral is really beautiful here.

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    On the island of Una Una you will find a vibrant underwater life with more than 1000 different species of predator fish, including barracudas, turtles and rays. The coral in this area is sometimes thousands of years old. During a dive in this area you have the chance to spot frogfishes, seahorses, reef sharks, scorpion fish and giant Napoleon fish. Unfortunately we missed sharks and seahorses, but we were able to cross the rest off our list.

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    The huge coral walls of Bunaken may be more spectacular, but Una Una is certainly just as special. Because the Bunaken has one of the most famous diving locations in the world, it can sometimes be a bit busier. At Una Una and the rest of the Togian Islands you are often alone in the water. An unforgettable and magical experience.

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    Video: Tana Toraja

    Tana Toraja is one of the best known regions of Sulawesi, whether or not of Indonesia. The funeral Ceremonies in this region are quiet famous, but also the scenery here is incredible. Maybe one of the most beautiful and green places we visited in Indonesia. From gigantic valleys to countless rice fields, you will really be amazed. We were very surprised by the beauty of Tana Toraja. Watch the video Tana Toraja.

    Video: Togian Islands

    The Togian Islands are incredible. You can find this Islands group in the Gulf of Tomini in Sulawesi. On the islands of the Togian Islands you will find small accommodations, jungle, azure blue water and beautiful white sandy beaches. It is the perfect place to completely unwind. Enjoy the island life. No wifi, no telephone, no electricity …. just a lot of paradise. Are you tired of the beaches, which of course we cannot imagine, then you can also visit a traditional village or snorkel in the special jellyfish lake. You also have luminous coral in some places, you can go diving, hornbills, jungle treks or spot dolphins. Still not convinced? Then check out our video about this beautiful place: the Togian Islands.

    Jellyfish Lake: a must-visit of the Togian Islands

    If I really hate swimming in the North Sea, it is JELLY. I am terrified of these slippery monsters from the sea. Yet in Sulawesi I jumped into a lake full of thousands of jellyfish. There is a unique lake in the Togean Islands, Jellyfish Lake, full of jellyfish that can no longer bite. They still remain slippery and intrusive, but it is definitely one of the most magical things I have ever done. Forget yoga …. Staring under water for an hour for jellyfish that swim very slowly and gracefully is definitely next level meditation.

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    Badass of seao

    We secretly find jellyfish all nasty beasts. Jellyfish aka the wasps of the sea. Annoying, painful and always in places where you don’t want them. But actually jellyfish are mega badass. For example, did you know that there are jellyfish that are immortal. To be precise, the Turritopsis dohrnii can go back to the first stage of its development after it has been fully developed. Yes indeed … try to imitate that. In addition, jellyfish consist of 95% water. They have no heart, nervous system, respiratory system and even no brain, yet jellyfish are more than 500 million years old. Holy crap! That makes the jellyfish one of the most successful marine animals in the world. And no matter how annoying they can sometimes be, jellyfish is just incredibly beautiful.

    #HOW?

    During our visit to Jellyfish Lake on the Togian Islands, I was told that this lake was once part of the sea. A part of the sea was closed off by a volcanic eruption or landslide and a saltwater lake was created. The jellyfish no longer had a natural enemy and the poisonous tentacles were no longer needed. Although they still have the tentacles, the tentacles have been so weakened over the past thousands of years that touch no longer hurts. A dive in the lake is especially special and therefore completely painless.

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    How to book the Jellyfish Lake trip

    Een bezoek aan Jellyfish Lake is vaak onderdeel van een dagtrip waarbij je meerdere plekken bezoekt. Wij boekten deze trip bij

    Tip! Are you going island hopping? Save money and time by getting dropped off at your new accommodation during your day trip.

    On the Togian Islands we spent the night on different islands. However, the islands can be quite apart. If you want after the next destination, you will therefore have to book a boat taxi. But you can also book a day trip and ask if they want to drop you at your new location. We had to go from Poki Poki to Karidiri which is normally a boat trip of about 2 hours. However, the resort was not far from the lake, so we were immediately dropped off at Karidiri on the way back. In this way we have been able to save a considerable amount of money and time.

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    North Sumatra Travel Guide

    Sumatra is not only the largest island of Indonesia after Kalimantan, but even one of the largest islands in the world. You only need more than a month to discover Sumatra. The distances on this island are quite large, so that most people choose to stay in the North alone. A good choice, because the north is really indescribably beautiful. Sumatra is the perfect island when you are looking for adventure and nature. But also the very friendly people and the food on this island makes this a fantastic destination.

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    BUKIT LAWANG

    Most people will start their journey in Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang is a village that borders on the jungle area. It is easily accessible from Medan and is full of accommodations and restaurants.

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    DE JUNGLE VAN SUMATRA

    The north of Sumatra is particularly known for its jungle where you can spot the Orang Utans. For us a real dream come true. Who would not want this, face to face with an Orangutan which literally means forest man. The facial expressions, movements it is so beautiful to see how much they resemble humans. Orangutans are gentle animals and sometimes very curious, which leads to the most special encounters.

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    The trek through the jungle of Bukit Lawang is one that I will never forget. In total we spot about 7 orangutans and every time it makes me quiet. In addition to these beautiful encounters, the entire jungle is one big adventure. If you plan to go to Bukit Lawang, a multi-day trek is highly recommended. Sleeping in the middle of the jungle is so special.Het slapen midden in de jungle is zo bijzonder.

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    The first day you walk for about 6 to 7 hours through the beautiful jungle. We not only saw orangutans, but also gibbons and thomas leaf monkeys. The trek is quite spicy and after 7 hours it is wonderful to arrive at your tent. Take a refreshing dip at a waterfall and enjoy a delicious dinner in the middle of the jungle.

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    Lake Toba

    After a few back-to-basics in the jungle, we left for the largest lake in Indonesia and the deepest lake in the world: Lake Toba. A beautiful and peaceful place to visit. There is a very relaxed and relaxed atmosphere on Lake Toba. You spend the night on Lake Toba on the island of Samosir. Rent a scooter here and discover the beautiful green surroundings of the island or take a refreshing dip in the lake.

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    We have to go back some day to Sumatra

    There are many more places in Sumatra that are worth a visit, such as the bounty island of Pulau Weh, according to many the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia or Ketembe where you can almost have the jungle to yourself.

    Video Nepal

    The last few days I have been busy cleaning up my hard drive and organizing all photos and videos. Holy crap it’s a lot. During this clean up rage, I also came across some videos from Nepal. Still one of my most beautiful travel experiences ever. This country is so beautiful. It was time to share these incredible moments of Nepal with you!

    Video: Sulawesi in one minute

    Sulawesi is definitely one of our favorite destinations in Indonesia. So pure and raw. This place has everything. From beautiful bounty islands to the most impressive nature. Along the way you discover the most unique culture and kindest people. Checkout our Sulawesi trip in one minute.

    10x favourite travel quotes

    I am a sucker for Travel quotes. From soggy travel captions to funny ones. Check out my favourite ones.

     

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    CANGGU: our favourite place on Bali

    Surfers, hip tents and good food is Canggu. We found this one of the nicest places in Bali. It has a very nice vibe and there is plenty to do. With the scooter you can explore the area, take a surfing lesson on the beach and every night there is a party. Okay it may not be authentic Bali anymore, but if we are honest, almost no 1 place in Bali is more authentic. Not bad at all, because Bali is still a very nice place with Canggu as one of the toppers.

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    The beaches of Canggu

    Canggu may not have pearly white beaches or an azure blue sea. This is all about SURFEN. And you can surf here on Batu Bolong or Echo beach.

    Batu Bolong

    Batu Bolong is perfect for beginners. Do not expect that you can immediately rent a surfboard and dance like a star or the waves. A lesson is definitely a must. You have many tents at the parking lot at Old Mans where you can book a lesson. A lesson of 2 hours costs around 20 euros. If you can already surf, you can rent a board for a few euros.

    Echo Beach

    On echo beach you will find most eateries and shops. It is a very wide beach where you can chill.

    Berawa beach

    Are you looking for peace, go to Berawa beach. Here you will find a lot of luxury, including the hip beach club Finns. This is also a beautiful wide beach.

    It feels so good to be back ? We had the most amazing first day! Canggu basics: Surf and good food. Next stop: Makassar Sulawesi . #surf #bali #balilife #canggu #berawabeach #batubalong #beachlife #lifeisabeach #beachdays #surfing #travelgirlnl #travelblog #traveller #travelgram #travel #travels #huaweip9

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    Where to eat in Canggu

    Canggu is bursting with great restaurants. We have collected the best hotspots for you. View all Canggu Hotspots here.

       

    • Nude Cafe: delicious breakfasts and Poké bowl is a must
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    • Betelnut: classic, stays good
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    • Mason: delicious meat from the grill
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    • The Slow: relax
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    • Holiday Canggu: nice breakfasts
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    • Warung Dandelion: a super good warung
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    • Old Mans: FEESSIIEEE
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    • Creamery: ice cream time!
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    • La Laguna: super hip
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    • Crate: great smoothie bowl, a little less atmosphere

    24h food mood ? So happy that we spent the last 2 days of our trip in Canggu. Surfing, relaxing and a lot of FOOD. Man, I love this place. Goodbye, beautiful Indonesia. Until we meet again ? #holidaycanggu #food #foodmood #foodie #foedsie #canggu #bali #balilife #balimood #bali? #bali #travelblog #travelgirlnl #backpack #instatravel #instago #instagood

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    Where to stay in Canggu

    The Rinaya hotel has about 20 rooms and rooms will be added soon. Some of the rooms have a balcony that overlooks the swimming pool. At the pool you will find different seating areas where you can also have breakfast in the morning. The staff is happy to think along with you and come up with various tips about the area and how to get there. And best of all you book a room from 20 euros. Read more.

    What to do in Canggu

    Take a surfing lesson

    This is actually a must in Canggu. Go surfing. It is very heavy and you break, but once you stand on a board and catch a wave, you feel fantastic. And even though it feels impossible in the beginning, you will be amazed how quickly you can pick it up.

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    Tanah Lot

    One of the most famous temples of Bali is Tanah Lot in Canggu. This Balinese temple is so special on a rock in the sea. At low tide the temple can be reached with dry feet. Very special. However, Tanah Lot is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bali, so you guessed it is very busy. But certainly not less beautiful. You can only visit the first 5 meters of the temple. Unfortunately you are not allowed in the temple. The temple is a picture especially with sunset. Tip! Take the scooter to the temple and avoid the big roads. The road to it can be very beautiful, as long as you take the inland roads.

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    Dance with Old Mans

    Definitely recommended. Visit Old Mans in the evenings and grab a dance. The atmosphere is great and on Monday the party moves to the beach and you can dance until the early morning.

    Grab the scooter

    Canggu is busy, but as soon as you leave the city you will discover the greenest rice fields and beautiful villages. There are also plenty of quiet beaches. So grab the scooter and explore the area.

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    Ijen Volcano: Foedsie to the Top!

    If you are going to climb the Ijen Volcano or via Java with the ferry to Bali, then you will pass Banyuwangi anyway. What a great place name. We came here especially for the Ijen trek, but were very surprised by our stay at Bangsri Breeze and the beautiful surroundings around it. The center of Banyuwangi itself is one that you prefer to skip. The city is very dirty and unfortunately has little to offer. If you want to see something more of Banyuwangi, go to Bangsri Breeze. A beautiful resort in a beautiful green area.

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    How to get to Banyuwangsi

    In Java it is always best to take the train. This may cost you a little more, but you will spend nearly half as much on traveling. From Surabaya you can easily catch a train to Banyuwangi which takes about 5 hours. A train also goes from Yogyakarta, only it takes a little longer. If you travel on a tight budget, you can always take a bus.

    We are a big fan of Uber and Grab and have used this a lot in Java. Unfortunately this stopped at Banyuwangi. Once you have arrived at Banyuwangi you will have to arrange a taxi somewhere and they will know how to charge you nice prices.

    Bangsri Breeze, the place to sleep in Banyuwangi

    Do you want to start the Ijen trek rested or just relax after the trek then this is definitely the best place to go. How wonderful this was. It sincerely felt a bit like home, only a lot more luxurious. The people are so sweet and friendly, the surroundings are beautiful and the villa is wonderful. I cannot think of a negative point about this stay.

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    The Bangsri Breeze villas have everything (even HBO). A lovely sitting area, a super nice bed, a spacious terrace with a fantastic view and a bathroom that looks more like a ballroom. What is this enjoyment say. Recharge your batteries in this beautiful villa.

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    After unpacking our things, we drink our drink on our terrace and enjoy the view. We decide not to do much anymore for the rest of the day. Lying nicely at the pool, enjoying good food in the restaurant and as icing on the cake we also book a massage. Read more about Bangsri Breeze.

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    Ijen Trekking

    One of our highlights of our trip the Ijen Trekking. However, it started badly. The tour that we had booked was terrible. The homestay, which had been arranged by the organization, was incredibly filthy and the guide could not speak a word of English and tried to push ahead. However, once you reach the top you forget everything.

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    We both underestimated the hike

    We had both underestimated the trip to the top. We do a lot of sports and every now and then I even put on my running shoes and I run relatively easily for 10 km. The Ijen draw can even be done by children I was told, so this would be a breeze. Not so. This is completely different. We people from the low countries, are not used to high altitudes and steep parts walk up in pitch darkness. In the beginning it went relatively well, but after an hour of walking steeply up the sweat pearls started to appear on my forehead.

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    I had dressed like an Eskimo because everyone knew that it would be sooooo cold. Well if your guide wants to get to the top as quickly as possible and everyone runs past, you will soon feel very warm. After stopping a few times and walking for about 2 hours we reach the top and then another trip is waiting down.

    The trip to the crater was my least favorite piece. What a terrible crowd. With hundreds at the same time, everyone tries to come down a narrow road. Dangerous and quite frustrating. Because of course there are always people who try to push in or can’t wait.

    Bluefire

    Once downstairs we could admire the magical bluefire. And it certainly was magical. Very special and well worth the trip down. Not only the bluefire, but also the miners who still work there every day in the terrible sulfur stench were special to see. And while we walk around with gas masks, they work here without any protection. Then they walk with large baskets up through the crowd (which is already difficult for us without baskets). Very handsome.

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    A magical view

    The sun appears slowly behind the mountains and we decide to go up again. Again along the crowd, a lot of waiting and after quite a climb we reach the top. Because we left at 1 AM, we have not seen anything of the area. But here we are at 5 o’clock in the morning with a beautiful sunrise and the most magical environment. This is without a doubt the most beautiful view I have ever seen.

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    Daar staan we dan op 2800 meter hoogte. Wanneer je van de top in de krater kijkt, is de bluefire bijna niet meer zichtbaar, maar verschijnt het blauwe meer in de krater. Samen met de mist en de opkomende zon een bijzonder gezicht. Maar het uitzicht om de vulkaan heen is misschien wel het meest indrukwekkend. Wat is dit mooi zeg. Overal zie je prachtige bergen verschijnen uit de wolken. Een geweldige ervaring.

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    Ijen draw books

    Many people book an Ijen draw together with the Bromo. However, these are pretty tough days. You leave at the Bromo in the middle of the night and the next day you continue straight after the Ijen where you have to get up again at 1 AM. We therefore chose to do only the Ijen and go to Banyuwangi ourselves (this is very easy to do). But we have heard very nice stories about the Bromo volcano. You can easily book a tour in Banyuwangi yourself. We booked a trek with Pepe tour but found this very disappointing. It is best to arrange a tour in the city and specifically ask for an English speaking guide.
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    The ultimate Java travel route

    Perhaps the surprise of our trip: Java. How we read varying stories about this. Some thought it was too busy and dirty, others thought it was the highlight of their trip. For me it was not only a part of Indonesia, but also a part of my own personal history. My grandfather and grandmother grew up here, enough reason for me to go here. But what surprised me about this island. From busy modern cities, beautiful temples, bounty islands and volcanoes. Best of all, traveling is super easy in Java. You simply take the train.

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    What else do you want. In total we stayed on Java for just over 2 weeks. This was partly because we were stuck for a few days on the bounty island of Karimunjawa. Yes, life is hard. Two weeks is enough to see a lot of the island, but you can also spend a few months here. The island has at least enough to offer. View our 2 week Java route:

    Route Java 2 weeks:

    • Jakara: 1 days
    • Bandung: 2 days
    • Yogyakarta: 4 days
    • Karimunjawa: 4 days
    • Surabaya: 2 days
    • Banyuwangi (Ijen): 3 days

    Jakarta (1 day)

    Normally we don’t listen to the stories of others, but we heard little positive about Jakarta. That is why we decided to spend the night here alone and to travel straight on the next day. It does not seem to be a terrible city, but it is not a top destination either. So unfortunately I can’t tell much about this, except that arranging the train tickets is really well organized. You just go to a train station, you go to a counter and there is someone on every corner who helps you on your way to the right train. Traveling has never been this easy.

    Bandung (2 days)

    We traveled by train from Jakarta to Bandung and that was really FANTASTIC. The seats are super comfortable, you have a lot of space and the view is really breathtaking. After about 6 hours we arrived in the flower city, Bandung. It is a chaotic, fun and diverse city. With many shopping malls, but also beautiful nature. In addition to being a nice city to visit, this city also has a special meaning for me. This is the city where my grandfather and grandmother spent a large part of their childhood. And on my grandmother’s farm (just outside the city) they fell madly in love with each other. How special to be at this place. Read the article about Bandung to do and great tips.

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    Yogyakarta (4 days)

    Yogyakarta is a must to add to your Java route. After about 8 hours by train from Bandung we arrive in Yogyakarta, also called the cultural center of Indonesia. What a fantastic city. You have everything here, beautiful nature, temples, delicious food and the best hotspots. It is really a city where you can spend days. Tip: rent a car with a few people for a day and let the driver decide where you are going. That way you can get away from the crowds and discover the nicest places. You can find the best tips for hotspots, accommodations and places of interest in the article about Yogyakarta.

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    Karimunjawa (7 days)

    7 days may be a bit exaggerated, but it is certainly not annoying. Karimunjawa is truly a paradise on earth. I could stay here forever. It is mainly the atmosphere, the people and of course the beautiful beaches of this island that makes you steal your heart. You can easily stay here for a few days.

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    Surabaya (2 days)

    The capital of East Java, the second largest city in Indonesia and the city of the heroes. Yet few people know this city. Let alone that they visit the city when they are in Indonesia. A shame … because we thought this was a very nice city. It may not have romantic streets or very special sights, but the city has something. You will find countless hip eateries and shops here. Read everything about Surabaya.

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    Banyuwangi (3 days)

    We decided to skip the Bromo and only climb the Ijen volcano. We only had 1 reason for this, namely that we did not want to have a broken night twice. Because everything in Java starts in the middle of the night. And actually we had not regretted this for a moment. Although we have seen beautiful images of the Bromo and it must be fantastic, we really loved the Ijen Volcano. And if you are going to climb the Ijen you first go to Banyuwangi. What a wonderful name. We came here for the Ijen trek, but were really surprised by our stay at Bangsri Breeze and the beautiful surroundings around it. Read all about our time in Banyuwangi and climbing the Ijen volcano.

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    Lovina

    Lovina is located in the quiet north of Bali. It is a very nice place to enjoy the peace for a few days. It is not a huge city, but Lovina has a very nice center where you can walk through. You have a wide selection of wonderful restaurants here.

    Lovina is best known for the many dolphins that you can spot here. You can book tours anywhere. Note, however, that not every tour is equally dolphin-friendly. They hunt dolphins and go to them with dozens of boats at the same time. Therefore, read carefully before you book a tour. You can also always opt for a private boat.

    Unfortunately you won’t find beautiful white beaches in Lovina, but gray / black sand because it is a volcanic area. Some may find this a little less beautiful, but at the same time quite special.

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    How to get there

    In Banyuwangi you can arrange transportation at different places. You have the choice of a private car or shuttle bus. The tickets for the ferry are already included. We spent around 400,000 +/- 27 euros for a private taxi. But a shuttle bus is of course a bit cheaper.

    The ferry is often already included in the Ijen and Bromo tour. When you arrive by ferry, the taxis are already waiting for you. Negotiate the price just as well.

    Accommodation in Lovina

    After a short drive we arrive at the resort. This is not a hysterical, busy resort, but a small-scale accommodation where peace is central. The first thing you notice when you walk into the resort is the beautiful infinity pool with views over the mountains and the Balizee in the distance. You hardly get a better view. At the pool you will immediately find the restaurant with a second floor where you can once again enjoy the view.
    The Hamsa cottages and bungalows look great. The cottage have plenty of space and greenery around them and have a nice terrace. You have a lot of privacy because the houses are far apart .. From every cottage you overlook the sea. The rooms have a seat outside and inside, a spacious bed and great bathroom. Because the resort is located high up, it has a pleasant mountain climate. Read more.
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    Restaurants in Lovina

    Unfortunately we only stayed 1 night in Lovina so we couldn’t eat in many places. When we arrived in the afternoon we first aired at The Hamsa. This was delicious and definitely recommended. I chose the tuna and it was great! In the evening we ate at The Global Village Kafe. Again very tasty and not expensive at all. Here we opted for a pizza and some hummus with bread as a starter.

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    TANGKOKO NATIONAL PARK: THE JUNGLE OF THE BLACK macaque AND THE tarsir

    Sulawesi really has everything! On this island you will find one of the most beautiful diving areas in the world, an overload of bounty islands, unique culture in Tana Toraja and if that is not enough then you can also spot rare animals. If you visit Tangkoko National Park you have a great chance of spotting black macaques, bear couscous and the most adorable animal in the world the tarsir. We stayed overnight near the park and spent the whole day in the jungle with cherry on the whipped cream in the evening.

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    Ruteng, a small village in Flores

    The small village of Ruteng is approximately a 4-hour drive from Labuan Bajo. The road to it is already an experience in itself. Flores is so incredibly green and mountainous that you discover the most beautiful landscapes along the way. Sometimes also a bit exciting with the gigantic abysses, but because of all the beauty around you you soon forget this.

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    Transport Ruteng

    Getting around Flores is really a breeze! There is only 1 way. You therefore just stand on the road and wait until a bus or bemo passes. If you want something more certain, you can always reserve a private car. We found the bemo really fine. The vans go pretty fast which can cause scary situations. With the bemo you may take a little longer and you will feel a little less comfortable, but without constrained legs and dangling armpits.

    Accommodation in Ruteng

    You really don’t have a lot of choice in accommodations. Most accommodations consist of small homestays, which we actually always like best. We slept at MJR Ticketing House. A very friendly family. The house is quite big and we got a spacious, clean bedroom. There were also different bathrooms. Recommended!
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    Spiderweb fields and beautiful viewpoints

    Grab the scooter and go with that banana. The Ruteng area is really perfect to explore by scooter. There is hardly any traffic and the area is simply breathtakingly beautiful. So pure and unaffected. No mess or high-rise, exactly as I envisaged Indonesia.

    We decided to take the scooter and drive to the spider webfields ourselves. The mountainous roads, beautiful views and cute villages made this an unforgettable journey. After half an hour we arrive at the Spiderweb fields. And yes … it does justice to its name. This gigantic rice field looks exactly like a spider web. Points were chosen for the distribution of this area, giving it this shape. Why? No idea! But it has ensured that the Spiderweb rice fields have become world famous. Definitely worth a look and especially if you also explore the rest of the area.

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    Half an hour’s walk from Ruteng (or up a mountain) lies the Golo Guru mountain with a fantastic view of Ruteng. We decided to close Ruteng with this beautiful walk. From the mountain you have a beautiful view over the green area. But the walk itself is also so special. We accidentally passed a school that had just ended. The children from the school have followed us all the way. A hilarious sight. Two of those tourists by Ruteng with a whole gang of children after them. The locals really enjoyed seeing it. I can’t say it often enough, but the people here are so incredibly friendly and kind.
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    Where to eat in Ruteng

    The island of Flores is absolutely incomparable with Bali. You will not find hip civilian tents or smoothie bowls in Ruteng. Not bad at all! This area still feels wonderfully authentic. And you can eat really delicious.

    What you should definitely do is make a cup of coffee at Kopi Mane . You can get great coffee here! And the owner is fantastic. He has worked and lived in the Netherlands for a while and therefore still speaks a little the language. We also had a simple lunch here. The prices are really ridiculously cheap and the people so friendly.

    We besloten om ‘s avonds te eten bij restaurant Chacha. We kozen voor een Indonesische Curry en deze was echt gruwelijk lekker. Dikke tip dus.

    Eindconclusie Ruteng

    Het is een hele fijne stop. 1 nachtje is meer dan prima. Zo kun je een volle dag een beetje rondcruisen in de omgeving en de volgende dag weer verder gaan. Je kan ook in één stuk door van Labuan Bajo naar bijv. Bajawa, maar dan zit je meer dan 8 uur in een busje. Zonde van je dag en Ruteng is zeker een stukje Flores dat je niet mag overslaan.

    Benieuwd hoe Leory de reis door Flores heeft ervaren? Lees: CHAPTER 14: EEN GROTE, DIKKE, VETTE HIGHLIGHT! FLORES!!!

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    Moni & the Kelimutu Volcano

    Holy Moni , you are so cool. Our fourth stop on Flores was the village of Moni. Visiting the unique Kelimutu volcano was on our bucket list. This volcano is best visited from Moni, a small cute village that has much more to offer than just the Kelimutu volcano.

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    Transportation to Moni

    Via our hotel we arranged a minibus to Moni. A breathtaking route, sometimes a bit exciting. We had to make a switch in Ende, which we really thought was a terrible city. After about 6 hours we arrived in Moni. You can also take a taxi or bemo. You stand along the road and you just have to wait for one to stop. Nice and easy. A third option is to rent a motorbike for a few euros a day and discover the island yourself.

    Accommodation: Gecko Homestay

    No matter how cool we found Bajawa, unfortunately we left less pleasant here. We had fallen ill. Whether we had caught a flu, drank too much raki or ate something wrong, we were both not fit. We decided to take it easy. For 10 euros we booked a small bamboo hut at Gecko Homestay . Which definitely became our # 1 spot in all of Indonesia. Why? Well because Lopez (the owner), his 3 dogs and family really make you feel at home. For example, we were allowed to cook and eat, the dogs slept in front of you and we had the most interesting and funny conversations with Lopez until the night. What would be 1 night, quickly became several. It was a wonderful place to relax. More information about Gecko Homestay

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    Where to eat in Moni

    Every evening we ate along with Lopez and his family. Of course we had to cook ourselves. You also have some small, simple tents in Moni. Via tripadvisor you will soon arrive at Mopi’s place. Really a great place. We had a delicious lunch here every day. The cakes are also divine.

    Waterfalls of Moni

    The first day we didn’t do much. We decided to stay at the cottage and take a break. Also the second day we were not that fit. Lopez advised us to visit the falls. This was not too far for walking and a very nice area.

    Along the way we came across a small “restaurant”. We decided to stop here and have a drink and ask for directions. It is not really well marked. And by not really, we just don’t mean. Here too we were the only tourists again and were welcomed with open arms. After about an hour of walking we arrived at the falls. It is possible that people ask for a small contribution to enter a certain area. They have built simple bridges here, so you can visit the waterfall. So just pay and go, because the area is really a fairy tale. As if you are walking into Riverdell like that and can spot an elf at any time, for the Lord of the Rings fans among us. The falls are not huge, but the place is beautiful.Moni waterval

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    Kelimutu volcano

    After a few days we felt a little better and decided to go to Kelimutu. You can do this in different ways. From Moni you can walk there. This takes around 2 – 3 hours. Good luck! We chose the easy option, namely on the back of the scooter for a euro or 2. Many people visit the volcano at sunrise. Which means that you have to get up in the middle of the night. It seems that almost everything in Indonesia starts in the middle of the night. Bromo, IJen, Borobudur, Komodo islands, diving and so on. Super nice, but also often very busy. So we left at the end of the morning with the result that we had the volcano all to ourselves. Maybe not a special sunrise, but a volcano entirely for yourself. Who can say that now.
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    Kelimutu is very unique and special. The volcano has three crater lakes that each have a different color due to minerals: dark green, blue green and light gray. But this is not all, because the colors change again over the years. For example, 1 was ever red and another was white. It is not known how this is exactly. Kelimutu is not only very beautiful to see, but it is a holy place for the locals. Buffalo and pigs were formerly sacrificed here. And they still believe that the souls of their deceased relatives rest here. This has given the mountain the name Mountain of Spirits.
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    The climb to the viewpoint is easy to do. Along the way you come across macaques, how could it be otherwise. The macaques here are fortunately not as cheeky as on Bali and usually leave you alone.

    After a few days of Moni we were able to remove volcano Kelimutu from our bucket list. What a top experience.

    Koka Beach

    Koka beach is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Moni. A hidden paradise on earth. Perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. Enjoy a great view with your feet in the white sand, with a coconut in your hand. Big chance that you have the beach all to yourself. You can also stay here, you have nothing else here and the accommodation is not much. Our advice: rent a scooter and just go there for a day.

    That’s why you should definitely not skip Moni. It is a beautiful part of Flores. Also view our Flores video:

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    5x My favorite destinations in Indonesia

    We have lost our heart to Indonesia. The country consists of more than 16,000 islands and we have already crossed a few off the list. We were there for no less than 3 months and it was still far too short. From Sumatra we traveled to Flores. Every island was different and beautiful in its own way. We still have around 15,000 islands to go, but from the places we have visited, we have listed our top 5 for you.

    1. Karimunjawa

    A paradise on earth. The island is hardly visited by tourists, so you can drive around without encountering anyone. The beaches are therefore wonderfully quiet. A bamboo bars and some bean bags and you can enjoy it here all day. Karimunjawa has beautiful white beaches and crystal clear water, a small village, mangroves and beautiful green surroundings.
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    2. Flores

    At Flores I can’t choose, so that’s why the entire island. Everything is fantastic about this part of Indonesia. Diving here is abnormally beautiful. Gigantic Manta rays, turtles, sharks and many other fish. As if you accidentally ended up in a nature documentary from National Geographic. But the interior is also breathtaking, the people are terribly sweet (that’s how we were invited to a wedding) and it is above all very pure.
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    3. Bukit Lawang

    The jungle of Indonesia should certainly not be missing from this list, because orangutans spotting in the wild really is one of the most special moments in my life. The two-day jungle tour in Bukit Lawang was one big highlight. We came face to face with various orangutans and slept in the middle of the jungle. A top experience.
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    4. Tetebatu

    In the first instance the climb of the Rinjani was high on our list, but due to all kinds of circumstances it did not happen in the end. We therefore decided to stay in Tetebatu for two days. A small village near the volcano. What a nice surprise, because Tetebatu turned out to be fantastic. The village is surrounded by the greenest rice fields, hidden waterfalls and a large forest with special black monkeys.

    5. Kuta, Lombok

    Roadtripping on your scooter, discovering a new beach every day and surfing a bit. This is how fine life goes in Kuta Lombok. It has a very nice atmosphere, plenty of nice tents and the most beautiful beaches.

    But also Yogyakarta, the Gili islands, Nusa Lembogan, Ijen volcano and many more places we found the end. And then we have not even visited islands such as Borneo, Sulawesi and Raja Ampat. We are a super fan of Indonesia.
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    5x travel tips for Palawan

    Tip 1: Buhay Isla Trip

    Absolutely the best way to discover Palawan is with the multi-day tour of Buhay Isla. We opted for the 3 day trip. You leave from El Nido to Coron or vice versa and stop en route at the most beautiful islands and snorkeling spots. We found this really the highlight of our trip through the Philippines.

    Tip 2: Port Barton

    If you go to Palawan you may not skip Port Barton. This place can be found between Puerto Princesa and El Nido and is a real gem. There are no paved roads here, electricity only works for a few hours a day and there is a wonderfully casual atmosphere. If you want to recover from your busy life, this is the place!

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    Tip 3: Diving at El Nido

    El Nido not only has beautiful beaches, but also the diving around El Nido is fantastic. The underwater life in the Philippines is beautiful. While diving, you have a good chance at large schools of Barracudas, turtles and beautiful coral gardens.’

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    Tip 4: rent a bike

    The best way to discover the area on Palawan is by scooter. Drive to deserted beaches, discover beautiful waterfalls and find beautiful viewpoints.

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    Tip 5: Take your time

    You can only spend a few weeks on the island of Palawan. Take your time when you are in the Philippines. So often we meet people who travel through a country like crazy. Everyone’s thing of course. But it is simply impossible to see everything at once. And that is not bad at all. How nice is it to go back sometime. I am already looking forward to our next trip to the Philippines. By taking your time you not only discover the most beautiful places, but you can really enjoy these places.

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    Rammang Rammang

    It is almost impossible to imagine, but about an hour’s drive from chaotic Makassar you are in the middle of the Rammang Rammang nature reserve. Beautiful mangroves, giant limestone rocks and lots of greenery. A fairy-tale environment that is absolutely worth a visit.

    Rammang Rammang is part of the Batimurung Natoinaal park. It is a small village that is best known for its breathtaking surroundings. The village can only be reached via a boat, because it is surrounded by gigantic karst mountains. In the village you will find traditional houses (often on stilts on the water), many fish ponds and caves. The area is huge, so large that it is one of the largest limestone areas in the world.

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    Rammang Rammang dorp

    For us, Rammang Rammang was the start of our journey through Sulawesi and we were immediately surprised by her beauty. Sulawesi is still a piece of undiscovered Indonesia. Many areas are still unaffected and pure. Even at Rammang Rammang one of the most visited sights in the area, we were almost the only tourists. We have already visited many beautiful places in the world, but sometimes national parks feel more like a museum than a livable area. That was absolutely not the case here. Everyday life just went on quietly and the locals don’t really care much about the few crazy tourists who walk around in the sizzling heat. Children playing, entire groups fishing and families looking for shade with the little ones. Life in Rammang Rammang.

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    How to get to Rammang Rammang

    In Makassar there are countless people who are happy to take you to the area and also tell you something about the area. Super handy and still very affordable. You don’t have to worry about anything. You meet for a while and they will pick you up for your hotel. You spend around 20 euros for this.

    If you prefer to save some money, you can also grab a Grab for a few euros. You will then be dropped off at the port, where you can arrange a boat. Once arrived at the park you can explore the area yourself. It’s all pretty easy. Transportation is very easy to arrange in the Makassar area. And if there are no taxis there is always someone nearby who knows someone to take you away.

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    With a boat to Rammang Rammang

    When you have arrived at “the harbor” of the national park you will be taken to the village with a small traditional boat. The boat trip on the Pute River is an experience in itself. The beautiful surroundings and the gigantic limestone georges make it a special experience. The boat trip takes approximately half an hour.

    Caves, beautiful rice fields and viewpoints

    A visit to Rammang Rammang is actually very simple. When you have arrived in the village, find your own way. There are some small improvised signs with a reference to one of the caves. You can follow the narrow paths and enjoy nature. We recommend that you go to a viewpoint where you can admire the entire area. Although I am not really the world’s biggest caves fan, the caves here are very unique. This is because handprints and drawings have been found here that are thousands of years old. Fancy a cup of coffee or a tasty snack, you can go to a number of traditional cottages for a snack and a drink.

    Our final verdict: a big fat 8.5! This area is really a nice surprise. The contrast with the city of Makassar in particular is bizarre. An absolute must and a wonderful start to your journey through Sulawesi.
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    Tentena

    Tentena you were a nice surprise during our trip through Sulawesi. We would really only stay here overnight to interrupt the long journey to the Togian Islands . But Tentena managed to completely pack us in with her beauty.

    The first thing you notice about this place is the Poso lake. Not to be missed, since Lake Poso, with its 320 km², is the third largest lake in Indonesia.(The largest lake is Lake Toba, also very beautiful). You think you are on a tropical island rather than on a lake. The water has a beautiful clear color and you will find hidden beaches everywhere.

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    Malaga Travel Guide

    Malaga, what a wonderful city for a city trip. Last month we decided to go away for the weekend last minute. After a short online search, we came across return tickets to Malaga for only 20 euros! WHAT!? #, Holy shit, not TRUE. Yes, really. For 20 euros you can easily fly from our cold little country to sunny Malaga. Tickets that we could not leave behind. Malaga city trip it is. So packed backpacks and off to a few days of drinking wine and eating tapas.

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    Culture, nature and a lot of livestock food

    Malaga is one of the largest cities in Spain, but you do not get that feeling when you walk through the beautiful historic narrow alleys. The city center is small but nice. Everything is within walking distance and on every corner of the street you will find a nice place to have a drink. Because they do a lot and well here. Malaga is a must for food and drink alone. But even if you want something different, Malaga and its surroundings offer a lot of beautiful things. From beaches, cycling along the boulevard, botanical gardens and a lot of history.

    Nr. 1 tip for when you go to Malaga: book a food tour with Spain Food Sherpa. It is definitely the best way to discover the city. Book it immediately upon arrival, because that way you know immediately where you need to be for the rest of the days and what you need to order. Read more about our food tour through Malaga.

    Alcazaba

    Alcazaba is the number 1 attraction in Malaga and you cannot skip it. The historic Moorish fortress Alcazaba, built around 1055, is located on Mount Gibrafaro. A beautiful building with the most unique Roman ruins. But the beautiful inner gardens are also an attraction in themselves.
    If you walk a little further (or yes, climb earlier) you will find the Gibralfaro castle. If you want to add some culture and history to your trip, this is definitely the place to be. From the center you can easily walk to the fort. Admission costs 3.50 euros and then you go up with the elevator. Tip! Go nice and late, then you almost have the fort alone.

     

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    One weekend was way to short to discover this city. Malaga was full of beautiful places. We will definitely be back. . . #malaga #malagaspain #spain #citytrip #weekendjeweg #spanish #city #photooftheday

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    Rent a bike

    Nothing is more fun than exploring a city and its surroundings by bike. At Urban Bikes (or at one of the many other places where you can rent bikes) we rented a bike for a whole day, but half a day would have been enough. With the bike you can cycle on the boulevard, passing various cute villages.

     

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    Market

    If you want to know what people eat in Malaga, then you must visit the market. Whether you walk through it alone, eat a fresh fish or drink a beer, Mercado Atarazanas is really a wonderful place to visit. The market consists of 3 halls, vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. The market hall in Malaga was built around 1876 in Moorish times. The beautiful entrance has been preserved. The building looks beautiful with lots of steel and beautiful details. A large stained glass window was installed not very long ago, which fits perfectly with the rest of the building.

     

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    Picasso Museum

    The Picasso museum in Malaga is one of the best known museums in the area. If you are an art lover then this is definitely a must-visit. The museum is not far from the house where Picasso was born and opened in 2003. You will find here about 200 works by Picasso, including sculptures and ceramics. Tip! You can visit the museum for free on Sundays.

    Where to eat in Malaga

    I can’t say it often enough, but the food in Malaga is soooo good. We also ate a lot during the two days in Malaga. And Foedsie would not be Foedsie if we also collected the best Malaga hotspots for you this time:

    WHAATTTT !! Is your favorite Malaga hotspot not listed. Then mail to desi@foedsie.nl.

    Because of the many tips online we also had breakfast at Brunch it ,, but the food was very disappointing. It looks really nice, but it is a bit like that. Leroy got half a lukewarm sandwich and I got a huge dirty plate with toast and avocado. No, unfortunately I don’t have much good to say about this place.

    Transport in Malaga

    Because Malaga is nice and small, you can do almost everything on foot and otherwise the bicycle is the best option. From the airport it is best to take the train to the center. This costs around 2 euros and then you are in the middle of Malaga. Not in the mood for the train? Then you can also book an Uber. You will then lose almost 10 times as much. So I say, just take the train.

    Stay in Malaga

    We have found a really nice accommodation for you when you go to Malaga, namely the brand new Urban Jungle hostel. Now you might think a hostel is not for me at all, but they also have really nice private rooms here. The hostel looks really great and is in a great location. Big tip so!

     

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    Welcome to the jungle of Malaga! In the heart of the city center of Malaga you will find the very relaxed, super green and modern @theurbanjunglehostel. We stayed here for 2 nights to explore the city of Malaga. And it was amazing. . PLanning a trip to Malaga? Lucky you! Get 10% discount with the following code: FoedsieXUrbanJungle when you book a room at hostelworld! . Checkout Foedsie.nl for more information about The Urban Jungle Hostel. . . #malaga #visitmalaga #malagaspain #malagacity #spain #spaintravel #spain_vacations #spainlife #europe #citytrip #cityscape #ttavelgram #travelblog #travelgirlnl #urbanjunglehostel #igersspain #photooftheday #hostel #hostellife

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    How do I get to Malaga

    Flying to Malaga can therefore be very cheap. This of course depends a bit on when you go and from which airport. We found these tickets, but had to fly via Dusseldorf Airport (in the middle of the night). But for 20 euros return you don’t hear us complaining (okay maybe a bit, because it was really mega early). But they really exist.

    My dear sister and brother-in-law (who regularly go to Malaga) came with the handy tip to park the car via Parkos. Really ideal. We were neatly taken to the airport by minibus and we had to pay a total of 20 euros for a weekend parking, but it could be even cheaper. Of course we did this again very last minute and therefore paid a little more.

    Once you have arrived in Malaga it is best to navigate to the train station via Google Maps. It is only 5 minutes from the airport, but can take some searching. You can buy a ticket at the station (simply with your debit card). A ticket to the city was around 2 euros and takes around 20 minutes.

    Bajawa Travel Guide

    In the middle of Flores you will find the traditional village of Bajawa, capital of the Ngada area. Culture and nature come together perfectly here! It is one of the most special places in Indonesia. The volcanic environment, crater lakes, hot springs, green jungle and the most photogenic villages with their own traditions make this place so special and unique.

    It is the place on Flores where you go into nature or go sniffing culture, but preferably you do both at the same time. And that is perfect here, because the traditional villages are located in the most beautiful places of Flores.

    Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

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    How to get to Bajawa

    Getting aroung in Flores is very easy. You stand along the road and wait until a taxi, bemo or van comes along. There is only 1 road so you go west or east. Often you can also arrange transportation through your hotel or guesthouse.

    Bajawa accommodation

    Accommodation on Bajawa is often very simple. There are many guesthouses and homestays where you can spend the night. Our preference is often based on this. This way you get to know the locals and traditions a bit. Nevertheless, after some hostels and guesthouses in Bajawa, we decided for a hotel:Bajawa-Roo. Simple, but a very nice and nice place. The owner is a friendly, enthusiastic man with whom you can chat all night long.

    After a nice chat and dinner in the hotel, we were spontaneously invited by the owner for a wedding. We fully answer Yes. So hop in the back of the jeep and go with that banana. We arrived at a huge tent with hundreds of people. The weddings here are slightly different than in Holland. It was a super beautiful evening with lots of raki, dancing (lots of dancing) and food.
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    And if you are asked to dance, then of course you say yes. Even if there is nobody else on the dance floor. By the way, I didn’t have a chance to sit. After this young man asked me to dance, the requests kept coming :). I felt greatly honored.

    Day trip from Bajawa

    The owner invited us to book a tour through the hotel the next day. He would show the area himself with a lunch with family in a traditional village where he grew up. Early in the morning we left with a group of six people.

    Places of interest Bajawa

    We visited the following places around Bajawa in one day:

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    Inerie (Inierie) vulkaan

    Onze eerste stop was naar een viewpoint met een prachtig uitzicht op de vulkaan Inerie. In Indonesië vind je talloze actieve vulkanen. Inerie is een stratovulkaan met de perfecte kegelachtige vorm. Vulkanen heb je in allerlei verschillende vormen en maten, maar Inerie heeft voor mij de perfecte vorm. De vulkaan is 2.245m hoog en is daarmee de hoogste vulkaan in Flores. Wat een plaatje. Je kan de vulkaan ook beklimmen. Wat een plaatje.

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    Waterfall and Mini Kelimutu

    The second stop we visited a beautiful waterfall where once an old sauna has been. There is nobody here at all and the waterfall is really beautiful. You can go to the Ogi waterfall. This waterfall is very famous in the region, but also a lot busier and quite a drive away. This allows you to see less in a day. That is why we decided for this option. And I was very happy with this.

    After a visit to the waterfall we left for Mini Kelimutu. Kelimutu (not mini Kelimutu) is a fantastic beautiful volcano that you find near the city of Ende. This volcano is known for its three-color volcanic crater lakes. Mini Kelimutu is not as impressive as the Kelimutu volcano, but very special to see. It has been named Mini Kelimutu, because the area consists of mini crater lakes (previously called puddles) all with different colors. However, a visit to this area is not without danger. The water is boiling hot and often we had to go over slippery rocks. But the setting is beautiful.

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    Mini Kelimutu, Bajawa

    Lunchen in een traditioneel dorp

    De eigenaar van het hotel nam ons mee naar zijn familie om daar te gaan lunchen. De traditionele dorpjes van Bajawa zijn erg mooi, maar vaak druk bezocht. Hierdoor was een bezoek aan het dorpje van de eigenaar extra bijzonder. Wij waren hier echt te gast en werden met open armen ontvangen. Met zijn allen op de grond eten we een simpele noodle soep. De eigenaar krijgt er ook nog wat vlees bij. Als nieuwsgierige food addict kan ik het niet laten om te vragen wat het is. Hij zegt Flores Goat en vraagt of een stukje wil. Ik neem een hap en vraag of het geen hond is, aangezien dit heel normaal is in dit gebied om te eten. Hij lacht vriendelijk en het blijkt inderdaad hond te zijn. Wil je liever geen hond eten (waar mijn voorkeur ook naar uitgaat) dan is het altijd verstandig om dit dubbel te checken). Benieuwd naar onze reactie? Lees dan het reisverhaal van Leroy.

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    Traditionel Villages in Bajawa Tololela & Bena

    After a good (but a bit strange) lunch, we left for the first traditional village, Tololela. Yes indeed, try to say that 10 times in quick succession. Not only the name is great, the village is beautiful too. You will find this traditional village surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Bajawa. The houses are all opposite each other and in the middle you will find an open space. Here you will find male and female totems, called Ngadu and Bhaga. The number of totems indicates how many families / clans live in the village. At a number of houses you will find horns at the doors, this indicates that an important person lives there. People also bury family members right in front of the house so that they can keep their family close. Such villages have countless traditions and rituals. Women are weaving, some dogs are walking around and children are playing. What a beautiful place.

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    The second village that we visit is one of the largest traditional villages on FLores, namely Bena. Bena is located at the foot of Mount Inerie and surrounded by lots of rocks and greenery. It is one of the most visited villages in the Ngada area. A lot busier, but definitely worth a visit. The area is breathtaking, the people incredibly friendly and the village with its traditions is very impressive.

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    Cool in natural hot springs

    What a top end to the day, a bit of chilling in natural hot springs. Just outside of Bajawa you will find Malanage hot springs, also called Wae Bana Malanage. A unique place. Because cold water from the river and boiling water come together at this place, so you all get different water temperatures. For example, some parts are ice cold and others are extremely hot. You can relax here and recover from the day. It was really the perfect ending for us.

    We had a lot to relax here, so unfortunately no photos.

    Many people who visit Flores only visit Labuan Bajo and Komodo islands. Really a great area that you should not miss. But if you still have a few days left to visit the rest of Flores.

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    Bandung

    Bandung is also known as “Paris of Java” of the “Flower City”. It is the third largest city of Indonesia what makes is quit chaotic and busy. It’s a walhalla for the shopaholic, because at every corner you will find a new shopping mall. As soon as you will exit the city center you will discover a totally different bandung. Mountains, hotsprings and the most beautiful nature.

    Besides the fact that Bandung is a great city to visit, this city also has In meaning to me. My Grandparents (the parents of my Indonesian mother) grew up in this city. My Grandfather grew up in the city with his mother and brothers. My grandmother lived with her foster parents just outside the city at a farm. They \fell madly in love with each other when they were very young. Their love was forbidden by there parents, but they were just ment to be. When my grandmother turned 18 years they ran away to Papua new guinea and started a family of their own.

    Traveling to Bandung

    The best way to travel to Bandung is by train. Most people will take this train from Jakarta. You can buy tickets at tiket.com or at the train station. You can also travel to Bandung by minivan, public bus and even by train. If your budget allows it you should definitely book an executive seat. It’s very spacious and comfortable.

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    Bandung reizen met de trein

    Travel by a local bus from Jakarta to Bandung

    Traveling by bus is definitely the cheapest option for traveling to Bandung. It will cost around 2 – 5 euros. You can buy the tickets on the bus. There are a couple of buses per day that will go to Bandung directly. You can choose from Ekonomi, Bisnis or Eksekutif.

    Travel with the minivan from Jakarta to Bandung

    A more reliable option than the local bus is the minivan. This option will cost you around 12 euros. The minivans are quite nice and comfortable. You can buy the tickets on the bus or pre-book the tickets online. Most of the time you can also arrange your ticket at your hostel or hotel.

    By train from Jakarta to Bandung

    The train is definitely the fasted and most comfortable option. The route is very beautiful. The train takes around 3 to 4 hours from Jakarta and runs several times a day. You can purchase tickets in advance at Tiket.com , but there are more tickets available at the train station. Getting a ticket at the station is super easy.

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    Bandung reizen met de trein

    Get Around in Bandung

    The cheapest and easiest option is always Grab. The public buses (Ankot) are cheaper and quite easy to use (only somewhat less comfortable).

    The best way to discover the surroundings of Bandung is in a private car. Share it with a couple of people from your hostel for a lower rate.

    Where to stay in Bandung

    On the first night in Bandung, we stayed at the Best Western Hotel (€ 45 per night). The location of the Best Western Premier hotel is very central. You will find a lot of shopping malls nearby. The rooms are very spacious and modern.

    Do you have a more limited budget? No problem. You find a lot of nice hostels in Bandung for a reasonable price. We stayed at Buton Backpacker Log. Super friendly people and very clean and spacious rooms.

    What to do in Bandung

    The city of Bandung is a very popular getaway for Indonesian people to visit. You got great food, modern hotels and a lot of shopping areas. But Bandung is also known for its nature. You can visit a volcano, the white crater lake, relax in natural hot springs, visit beautiful tea plantations or have a drink at one of the many restaurants in the mountains and enjoy a beautiful view.

    You can book a tour, but the best way to discover the area is in a private car. That way you can visit some places that aren’t on the normal route. You can also visit these places with local transportation or a taxi, but you will miss the information that a tour guide can provide you.

    Shopping

    The city center of Bandung is very modern and its mainly about shopping. Everywhere in the city, you will find large shopping malls where you can shop for all the big brands.

    Fields of honor of Bandung

    Bandung has been a Dutch colony for a long time. There are still certain places you should visit when you are dutch. The fields of honor, for example, are a must-visit for Dutch People. Dutch victims that died during World War II were buried here. The fields are still protected and cared for by the Dutch government. Many Dutch people know little about the war in Indonesia. Because a part of my family suffered during the war in Indonesia, it was nice to see that the people got a beautiful place here in Bandung. We visited the grave of my great grandfather and grandmother. It was a very emotional day.

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    Bandung reizen met de trein

    Viewpoints

    Not far from the city you can go to the mountains and enjoy a wonderful view of the city. You can visit these viewpoints by Grab or even better by Ankot. The last option is way more fun.

    Kawah Putih (white crater honor)

    At 2430 meters altitude just outside Bandung you will find the beautiful white crater lake. Due to its special light blue color, it’s one of the most visited sights in Bandung and even Java.

    #explorebandung photo today by @taufikmln taken at Kawah Putih – Ciwidey

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    Tangkuban Perahu Volcano

    About an hour’s drive from Bandung you will find volcano Tangkuban Perahu. You can enjoy a spectacular view from a beautiful height. The Kawah Domas hot springs are also visible here.

    Also check out the @explorebandung instagram account for all the beautiful places around Bandung.

    Rising with the fog and sun in Pangalengan. lensed by @andhikabayu #explorebandung

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    The most vibrant golden hour gleaming over the Kawah Upas — Tangkuban Perahu. photo by @muhammadyoke #explorebandung

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    Every day, a new adventure. photo by @hilmanimanuddin #explorebandung

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    Where to eat Bandung

    In Bandung you can eat almost everywhere. The city is full of trendy restaurants. The only downside is that the city is quite big so sometimes you will need a taxi to get to the best restaurants in town.

    We had a delicious drink at The Hangover café which was great and you have a beautiful view at The Valley, only it is a bit pricey.

    10x most beautiful beaches in Indonesia

    With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest island state in the world and it also has the second largest coastline in the world with no less than 55,000 m2 of coastline. Yes, you are indeed busy with that. Black volcanic beaches in Bali, pearly white beaches in Lombok and even pink beaches in Flores. The beaches of Indonesia are always a good idea.

    Although I really appreciate the jungle, mountains and cities, it is really a successful journey for us with a bit of beach. Surfing, diving, swimming, snorkeling or just lazing on the beach, I love it! Another reason why we find Indonesia so cool. This country has everything. We have already discovered some beautiful islands of Indonesia and have listed our most beautiful beaches for you.

    Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

       

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      2. Bangka Island, Sulawesi: A hidden paradise
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      4. Togian Island, Sulawesi: these islands are among the most beautiful islands in Indonesia.
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      6. Koka beach, FLores: undiscovered piece of FLores
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      8. Siladen, Sulawesi: paradise for sunbathers and diving enthusiasts
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      10. Karimunjawa, Java: the most beautiful sunsets every night
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      12. Mawum beach, Lombok: Just for the way there a big fat tip
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      14. Pink beach, FLores: Komodo National park not only has beautiful landscapes, beautiful dive sites, but also countless paradise beaches
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      16. Selong Belanak Beach, Lombok: A Foedsie favorite. Great surfing spot.
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      18. Gili Air, Lombok: a little less peaceful, but certainly a paradise on earth.
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      20. Nusa Lembogan, Bali: a beautiful rough sea.

    Bangka Island, Sulawesi

    Bangka Island is not only the most beautiful beach in Indonesia, but perhaps one of our most beautiful bounty islands that we were allowed to visit in Asia. On this island in the north of Sulawesi you will find the ultimate island life. You have beaches to yourself. For diving enthusiasts and paradise admirers, this place is heaven on earth.

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    Togian Island, Sulawesi

    The Togian Islands are among the most beautiful islands of Indonesia. All beaches are incredibly beautiful here. Karina beach, however, takes the throne. But also on other islands you can enjoy waving palm trees, cozy bamboo huts, pearly white beaches and beautiful water. You can also see a dolphin jumping by regularly. Absolutely a gem.

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    Koka Beach, Flores

    A hidden paradise that few people have discovered yet. It is hard to get there, but then you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Flores and perhaps Indonesia. 1 family lives near the beach with a small bamboo restaurant where you can score a fresh coconut. If you go here, chances are that you have the beach all to yourself.

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    Siladen, Sulawesi

    Paradise abounds on the island of Sulawesi with Bunaken National Park as one of the most famous places of Sulawesi. The area is known for its beautiful coral walls. But this area is not only underwater. Here you will also find beautiful beaches. Although the island of Bunaken is not very special, the island of Siladen is an absolute paradise. If you are going to Sulawesi soon, it is definitely recommended to book an accommodation on the island of Siladen instead of Bunaken.

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    Pantai Sunset, Karimunjawa

    All the beaches on Karimunjawa are gems, but Pantai Sunset in particular. Every evening you can enjoy the most breathtaking sunset with a pair of tongs in your hand. There is one iniemini bar, a few beanbags, pearly white beach and crystal clear water.

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    Mawun beach, Lombok

    The beaches in Lombok are really fantastic. Not only can you enjoy surfing in many places, but the beach is often pure white and the water azure blue. Mawum beach is just a search, but once found, you never want to leave. This beach is enclosed between two hills and is therefore a really beautiful picture. This beach is also wonderfully quiet.

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    Pink Beach, Flores

    Maybe not really super pink, but one of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. Not only the beautiful surroundings, but it is also the place to snorkel. Here you will find spectacular coral gardens and the most unusual fish. You often visit Pink Beach with a day trip from Labuan Bajo.

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    Selong Belanak Beach, Lombok

    What could I enjoy on this beach. This beach has everything, a beautiful beach, beautiful rocks, a wonderful atmosphere, a few bars and it is the place to surf. It is sometimes a little busier, but nothing compared to the beaches in Bali. This is also a great place for beginners to learn how to surf.

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    Gili Air, Lombok

    The beaches on the Gili islands. On Gili Air are a little less quiet, but certainly a picture. there is a wonderful atmosphere, full of hip tents and beautiful beaches. Just a quick dip in the water and chances are that you will encounter a mega turtle along the way. Not wrong I say so!

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    Nusa Lembogan

    Waves you’re telling you, sensational viewpoints, a special underwater world (including giga manta rays) and the most beautiful rock formations. Nusa Lembongan (and its neighboring islands) should certainly not be missing from this list. This island is really the gem of bali.

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    Hopefully we can complete the list soon, because there are still many beaches in Indonesia that we would like to discover. How about Raja Ampat, Pulau Weh and Ambon.

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    Top 5 Asian Streetfood

    While traveling through Asia you will find out quickly and easily that you eat the tastiest and cheapest on the street. We have already scoured quite a few street food stalls. From spicy Soto in Indonesia, Bahn Mii in Vietnam to fresh Pad Thai in Thailand. You can wake me up for it at night. I don’t like anything so much as street food.

    The plastic stools, crowds, vapors, bright lights, strong smells and often terrible music may not sound like the best ingredients for a cozy dinner, but my heart really does beat a lot faster. Unable to put together a top 5, but of course I did this just for you.

    Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

    1. Bahn Xeo

    I am really a Banh Xeo addict. I have eaten this so many times in Vietnam. If you are in Vietnam you should really try this one time. It is a kind of pancake but then very crispy, filled with shrimp, chicken and vegetables such as bean sprouts which is served with a delicious sauce of fish sauce. It may not sound very special, but this is really a hit. Making it myself is not yet successful, but you can also order Bahn Xeo at Little V in Rotterdam and The Hague. Saves another trip to Vietnam.

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    2. Gado Gado, Indonesie

    And then I had to choose between Gado Gado and Soto. I find both soooo delicious. Thanks to my Indonesian mother I have seen many Gado Gado and Soto pass through my entire life. And I still can’t get enough. In Indonesia I really ate around Gado Gado, so this dish received a deserved second place.

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    3. Khao Soi, Thailand

    A Dutch chef we met on the way advised us to try Khao Soi in Thailand. And still very happy with this advice. Khao Soi is a spicy Thai Curry soup with crispy noodles on top.

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    4. Satay, Maleisië

    When we are in Kuala Lumpur we go straight to Jalan ALor. This is namely the place to score good satay. And the satay in Malaysia is horribly good. Sorry little chickens, but I can’t get enough of the satay in Malaysia.

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    5. Chiang Mai sausage, Thailand

    During a food tour in Chai Mai we were the first to receive the Chang Mai Saucage. And it was love at first taste bud. What a divine good thing it was. It is a spicy pork sausage. What exactly is in it, no idea. A lot of garlic and lemongrass in any case.
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    Kuta Lombok

    With the sun high in the sky, we daily cruise the scooter through the beautiful surroundings of Kuta Lombok in search of the most beautiful beaches. What a beautiful place here! Nowhere did we say so often “I could live here like this.” Wondering why? Continue reading why Kuta became one of our favorite places during our trip.

    Note: this article is automatically translated from the original dutch version for English purposes and may contain some dodgy spelling and grammar. But no worries we will update these articles as soon as possible.
    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

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    Kuta Lombok

    Kuta is located in the south of Lombok and is certainly not to be confused with Kuta, Bali. Although this is not an unknown place for tourists, it is still nice and quiet here and there is a wonderful chiller’s surfers vibe. You can cruise around for hours on your scooter and discover a beautiful new beach every time. And it’s the place to surf. There is a wonderful atmosphere and the small town is full of nice restaurants. During the day you go to the beach and in the evening there is still a small party somewhere. Chances are that you will never want to leave here.
    There are no gigantic resorts yet, but Kuta Lombok is becoming increasingly popular and you see everywhere that they are already building considerably. So be quick to taste the pleasant atmosphere of Kuta Lombok just in time.

    The beaches of Kuta Lombok

    The beaches of Kuta Lombok, where do I start. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but they are also incredibly many. Most people stay in Kuta center, but to reach the most beautiful beaches, you really need a scooter. This is absolutely no punishment, because the road to the beaches is incredibly beautiful. You hardly encounter any people, but the chance that a buffalo is suddenly standing in the middle of the road or that a group of monkeys want to cross is quite high. To enter the beaches they often ask for a small contribution of about one euro per scooter. Then you can park the scooter almost on the beach and it is also “safe”. Little thing so.

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    When we were there in August 2017, they were busy renovating Kuta Beach. Another sign that it will probably become a lot busier here soon. The beach gets a nice boulevard, it is a lot busier and not nearly as beautiful as the nearby beaches. We therefore advise you to go here in the evening for a nice party, but to visit the other beaches during the day.

    Selong Belanak Beach

    If you want to surf, go to Selong Belanak Beach. What a fantastic place! It is sometimes busier, but still not comparable with, for example, the beaches of Bali. There are several small tents where you can book a surfing lesson for around 10-15 euros. This is really a must! The surfing conditions are perfect for beginners. There are no rocks, the waves are great and you don’t have to go far into the water to get started. This saves you a lot of muscle pain and energy with endless paddling. Oh yeah…. not only is the beach perfect for surfing, the water is crystal clear and the sand is pure white. Sounds not wrong anyway!

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    Tanjung Aan

    Tanjung On is definitely ON! It is about 10 minutes from Kuta center, so a great distance. The beach is very long and wide. This actually applies to all beaches in Lombok, but also at Tanjung Aan you will find very beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. The water here is a lot calmer than Selong Belanak, for example, which makes it perfect to float in the water.

    Mawun beach

    It takes some searching, but it is definitely worth the search. Mawun beach is a gem. This beach is enclosed between two hills, making it a real picture. In addition, it is very quiet here and you guessed it a pearly white beach and crystal clear water!

    There are many more (deserted) beaches to discover in the area of Kuta Lombok. So hop … jump on that scooter and discover this beautiful area.

    How to get around in Kuta Lombok

    How do I get to Kuta Lombok? That depends on where you come from. If you go directly to Lombok, then flying is the easiest. This is often not that expensive. The new airport in Lombok is only half an hour away from Kuta Lombok. Outside there are enough taxis waiting for you or you can arrange transportation in advance. We were less than 5 euros for the taxi ride.

    If you are coming from Bali you can also catch the ferry. This is easy to arrange on site. From Bali the ferry takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Unlike the fastboat, the ferry is nice and quiet and relaxed. We thought this was really great. And the best of all it only costs you 2 to 3 euros.

    Once you have arrived in Kuta Lombok, a scooter is a bit of a necessity. Renting a scooter costs around 3 euros per day. Read well in advance about renting a scooter abroad. You need an international driver’s license for this and often a motorcycle license for this.

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    To Do in Kuta Lombok

    Places to eat Kuta Lombok

    Kuta Lombok is not huge yet, but you will already find countless hip, fun tents. Foedsie has listed all the Kuta hotspots for you. Also read the article Kuta Lombok hotspots.

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    The ultimate Bali Route

    Most people in Indonesia almost immediately think of Bali. We also thought it was a wonderful island. The island is quite small compared to the other islands, but due to the crowds it can take a while before you get from A to B. The island really has everything. Beautiful beaches, bright green rice fields, beautiful nature and lots of trendy tents. Bali is very different from the rest of Indonesia. This is mainly because most of Bali is Buddhist. This allows you to find other food, you stumble upon the colorful sacrifices every day and you can visit countless temples. 2.5 weeks is perfect to discover the most beautiful places in Bali.

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    Route 2.5 week Bali

    Lovina

    We didn’t like LovinaLovina itself, but from Java this is a great starting point. It is only an hour’s drive from the ferry. Lovina is also located in the north of Bali, where it is still very quiet. The nature is also beautiful.

    Amed

    The surroundings of Amed are really beautiful, but most people come here to dive because the Liberty Wreck is located here. It is wonderfully quiet there, you have a few eateries but above all lots of diving schools.

    Ubud

    Green rice fields, bamboo huts and an oasis of peace. Well, that was a bit like we had suggested Ubud. Rice fields and bamboo huts enough in the area, but the center is very busy, there are scooters everywhere and it is full of hip eateries and nice shops. Not really what we expected, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t like Ubud. On the contrary. We thought it was great. The food is FANTASTIC and the surroundings are beautiful.

    Canggu

    Canggu is full of hip tents and good food. We found this one of the nicest places. There is plenty to do and there is a wonderful atmosphere. With the scooter you can explore the surroundings, in the morning you quickly grab a surf lesson and in the evening there is always a party.

    Uluwatu

    Completely in the South of Bali you will find the surfers paradise Uluwatu. Uluwatu is a bit like Canggu but a lot quieter. It is full of hotspots here. If Food Addict is really heavenly! Nusa lembogan.

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    Nusa Lembogan

    Diving with Manta rays, riding your scooter to the most beautiful viewpoints and admiring the impact of giant waves, it’s all possible on Nusa Lembogan. This is really the jewel of Bali. This island is incredibly wild and pure.

    Togian Islands: bounty island paradise

    Paradise can be found everywhere on Sulawesi, but the Togian Islands do take the crown. The islands are among the most beautiful islands of Indonesia, but most people have never heard of this. Not because it is not incredibly beautiful, but because it is harder to reach. But believe me, it’s definitely worth the trip. We have never seen water so clear and beaches so white.

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    togian islands

    Budget for the Togian Islands

    You will now think, such a paradise with hardly any tourists must be something very exclusive. Absolutely not. The Togian Islands consist of several small islands where you will find small homestay / “resorts” to spend the night. Because there is nothing else, an overnight stay is always full board. On average you pay for an overnight stay around 30-40 euros for 2 people. No money so. However, do not expect luxury resorts. Your house is simple, but has everything and the environment … Well, no 5-star resort can beat that.

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    togian islands

    Discover more than one island

    The Togian Islands consist of different islands. The largest and most visited island is Pulau Batudaka. Now you can enjoy yourself here for a few days, but it is much more fun to discover the rest of the islands. Una Una is the perfect place for diving enthusiasts and you will find beautiful deserted beaches on Malenge.
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    What to do on the Togian Islands

    Swim, relax, eat, sleep and repeat! Island life is nice and simple on the Togeans. You can choose to stay on the island all day, but there is of course much more to do in the area.

    Jellyfish Lake

    It is perhaps one of the most special snorkeling spots in the world. At Jellyfish Lake you can, you guessed it, snorkel with jellyfish. Super cool to do and completely painless, because the jellyfish can no longer sting. The jellyfish have changed over the years into friendly creatures. They no longer have natural enemies in the lake and therefore no longer need tentacles. The lake is really full of jellyfish. Thousands swim gracefully around you. A bit strange in the beginning, but perhaps one of the most unique things I have ever been allowed to do. Absolutely do it!
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    Visit a traditional village

    About 25,000 people live on the Togian Islands, of which a large part belongs to the Bajau population. They are also called the Sea Gypsies. The Bajau people live and live on the water. They learn to fish from an early age and they do this by swimming to the bottom and waiting quietly for a fish. They can easily reach a depth of 12 meters and stay under water for a few minutes without any tools. Very impressive. A visit to a traditional village is definitely worth it. The people, and especially the children, welcome you with open arms.

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    togian islands

    Hornbills spotting

    On one of the islands you can spot a group of Rhinoceros every evening coming back from the jungle. On a large hill you are waiting for the birds to fly over during sunset. They literally come from everywhere.

    Diving at Una Una

    Although Bunaken in Sulawesi in particular is known for its beautiful diving environment, you can also make great dives on the Togian Islands. The most unique dive spot is Una Una. Here you will find giant fish, such as Groupers and Napoleon fish, and you have the chance to spot sharks and turtles.

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    Snorkeling

    From small seahorses, giant rays to dolphins; the underworld of the Togeans is bursting with life. From your beach you can often dive into the water and spot the most unique fish. Even so, a snorkeling trip is a big tip. You stop at the most tropical beaches which you often have to yourself.
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    Chilling out on Karina Beach

    One of the most beautiful beaches of the Togians Islands is Karina Beach. A visit to this beach is certainly worthwhile. We visited Karina Beach during our trip to JellyFish Lake and were able to enjoy a delicious lunch here.

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    Budget Annapurna Circuit

    We did some research beforehand into the costs for the draw and we were shocked. We could not find much information and what we found was terribly expensive. Some even talked about thousands of euros. The biggest difference in costs for the Annapurna Circuit is huge. Luckily we spoke to some other tourists on the way who told us it was not too bad and we decided to arrange it all on the spot and see what we would have lost. And we can reassure everyone. The costs were not that bad.

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    annapurna circuit

    Organized trip to Nepal or do everything yourself

    You have different ways to book this trip. The easiest and at the same time the most expensive option is to book the trip through an organization in the Netherlands. You can also book a trip to Nepal yourself and book a tour on site. The last and most inexpensive option is to do everything yourself and arrange it. Annapurna arrange it yourself: € 1230
    Annapurna with guide and porter € 1730
    Annapurna with travel organization: € 2600

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    Annapurna by yourself

    The costs at a glance

    Total costs of the Annapurna Circruit draw: € 1,230

    Save tips for the Annapurna

    Cost overview per day 14 days Annapurna 2 people

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    Book a trip in Pokhara or Kathmandu

    A guide can help you with useful things, such as arranging accommodation, finding nice places to eat, tips for routes etc. Finding the way is absolutely not a must, because it is really impossible to get lost. A guide costs around 20 euros a day and a postage 10 euros a day. The costs for 23 days then look something like this:

    The costs at a glance

    Total costs 1,730 euros

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    Boeken with a travel company

    If you go with a travel organization, everything will be arranged for you. It is often a 3-week trip that includes accommodation, transportation, trips, tour guide, etc. Flight, food and drinks are for your own costs. You can often book a flight from Amsterdam to Kathmandu from as little as 550 euros. You can charge around € 25 per person per day for the costs.

    Costs Annapurna through a travel company:

    Cost per person for 23 days looks something like this:

    Total costs € 2600

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    Annapurna top

    Ferry to Sardinia

    With your van road tripping through Sardinia #yesplease! Take a plane to the island and then rent a car or motorhome is an option, but it is much more fun to do the roadtrip with your own van or camper and it’s quite easy. Just take the ferry to Sardinia.

    On Instagram I saw some beautiful pictures of van lifers who had been in Sardinia for a few weeks with the whole family. While planning our road trip and Sardinia on our bucket list for years now, I asked how exactly they got this beautiful island. It turns out you can take a ferry to the island. How cool! Perfect for us, since we wanted to visit Portugal after Italy and you can take a ferry to Barcelona from the island.

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    roadtrip sardinie

    The cost of the ferry to Sardinia

    Most people will take the ferry from Livorno. It will cost around 100 euros for 2 people, a dog and a small campervan. The exact costs depends on the number of people, your transport and which month you go. But this is a bit of an indication.

    The boat trip from Sardinia to Barcelona takes a bit longers and therefore costs a little more. We paid around 165 euros for this trip. So in total the ferry cost us 265 euros. Yup this sounds like muchos dineros, but here is a small calculation.

    Our bus runs 1 in 10, Yes I know, it is not the most eco-friendly bus in the world. The drive from Livorno to Barcelona is 1037 km and takes about 10.5 hours with a car, but for us 14 hours, so about 3 nights (this is already 60 euros extra for campsites). The gasoline price in Italy is € 1.60. For petrol alone it would have cost us 166 euros. Add at least 50 euros for tolls at that plus the few extra nights and it will cost you around 250-300 euros. Beside the south coast of France is not really known as a budget destination. Plus Sardinia is freakin beautiful and amazing and should be reason enough to visit this place.

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    veerboot naar Sardinië

    Which ferry should I choose for Sardinia

    First of all, don’t look for reviews from the companies. Stop! Do not do it! Holy crap I never read so many bad reviews. We were prepared for the worst. We chose Grimaldi cause it had the least bad reviews. Once we were on the boat we were very confused. The ferry was more like a cruise. We have already taken a lot of ferries and this is by far the best one. Grimaldi has several restaurants, a sports bar, nice comfy couches, outside deck, outside bar and even a swimming pool. Okay the toilet may be a bit nasty and smelly, but people there is also something like hanging over a toilet, good for training your hamstrings too. Plus the people at Grimaldi went out of their way to keep everything clean.

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    Grimaldi harbour

    We had planned a lot of time to catch the ferry. You have to be present 2 hours in advance (however, this makes no sense, because some people seriously arrive 10 minutes before departure). We had set the navigation to the harbour of Livorno with the thought that it would be fine. Big mistake! The harbor is huge!!!!! If you chose Grimaldi make sure you navigate to Grimaldi harbor. They have a separate section on the harbor. Otherwise you will be driving for half an hour like us looking for the place.

    >>> Book your hotel in Livorno

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    ilvorno naar Sardinië

    What kind of ticket should you book

    There are cabins that you can book with simple beds. Super nice but also 50 to 80 euros more expensive. We therefore decided to book a seat. Also because we still had the worst ferry of the world in mind and didn’t really assume that you could sit somewhere else. It turned out that this part was not accessible to dogs. Haha 20 euros well spend. Moreover, a chair was not necessary at all. You kind find places to sit anywhere on the boat. The couches in the restaurant, are extremely popular by people who are taking a nap. On the way back we decided to take a blanket and run like crazy to one of the couches. Best decision ever.

    For us it wasn’t necessary to book a seat or cabin, but it was low season. But I can imagine that it can be quite busy during high season.

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    Useful tips for the ferry to Sardinia

    Route: Sardinia Road Trip

    Sardinia is perfect for a road trip! The island is very divers, from cozy towns, beautiful landscapes and amazing beaches. If possible you should stay at least for 2 weeks to discover a good part of the island.

    Sardinia travel route for less than 2 weeks

    You don’t have 2 weeks? No worries. You can always choose to discover only specific region of Sardinia.

    Sardinia travel route +3 weeks

    No plan is the best plan! This way you can easily determine whether you want to stay somewhere a bit longer or drive a bit further the next day looking for something new. The travel route below was perfect for us! During our road trip we were very surprised by the hospitality and diversity of the island.

    We were on the road for almost 4 weeks. But during this trip we also worked for a few days. The speed of our old van also did not help, p Check our route quickly.

    Olbia (north / east)

    Our trip to Sardinia started on the mainland where we took the ferry from Livorno to Olbia. Just a bit further south from Olbia we found camping Tavolara. A nice clean campsite within walking distance of a very beautiful beach. The area around Olbia is one that should be on your bucket list right away. Bounty beaches, and beautiful landscapes. What more do you want. We stayed here for a few days. Every day we took out our small motorbike to discover new beaches. Our favorite beaches:

    >>> More Olbia Hotels

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    East Sardinia

    Unfortunately we only visited the East for a couple of day. Because a road was closed, we had to make a big detour (a very beautiful one with huge red rock formations) through the mountains. Our van wasn’t a big fan. We finally arrived at Camping Village Cigno Bianco Tortol and this really wasn’t our thing at all. A pity, because the east is the place well known for it’s beautiful nature.

    Villasimius (South)

    In the south we decided to stay a few nights at Villaggio Camping Spiaggia del Riso. A very nice campsite right on the beach. The beach itself was a bit disappointing, but is perfect for windsurfers. We borrowed a supboard from our incredibly nice German neighbors at the campsite. Super fun, but holy crap so difficult with the waves. If you walk a little bit further, you will reach the Spiaggia di Porto Giunco beach . This beach is an absolute gem. You can also have a drink or eat in the town just a couple of minutes from the campsite. We really enjoyed the atmosphere here and stayed here for a few days.

    >>> Check out these beautiful hotels in Villasimius

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    Chia (South)

    On various blogs we read that you can find one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia in Chia. We decided to spend the night at a simple camper stop Area Sosta Camper to visit the popular beach su guidi beach. The camper stop was terrible, 20 euros for a parking space and a dirty squat toilet. But it was 5 minutes from the beach, so who cares. Sometimes you don’t need much for a great time. A picnic blanket, a few beers, a beautiful beach and a fantastic sunset made the unforgettable nights of our trip.

    >>> Check out these beautiful hotels in Chia

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    Buggerru (West)

    Buggerru is the place to go for surfing. You have several simple camper stops where you can spend the night. The closest campsite is the “Ortus di Mari” campeggio.

    Read more about Buggerru

    >>> Also read the article “Buggerru: the surfing town of Sardinia
    >>> Also read the article “Buggerru Surf School”

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    roadtrip route sardinie

    Torre Del Pozo (West)

    In the west we found the campsite IS arena. An amazing campsite at sea. There are various things to do in the area, such as Mari Ermi, a deserted beach that is very popular among windsurfers. The town of Oristano is also worth a visit. Great Gelato too!

     

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    roadtrip route sardinie

    Alghero (North / West)

    Alghero is one of the nicest towns in Sardinia. The city is not very big, but there is always something to do. You will also find countless nice restaurants to eat here. Definitely have dinner at Trattoria Tipica Sarda | La Saletta! The tiramisu is divine. The best campsite is Village Laguna Blue. From here you can take the bus for about 2 euros to the city, which stops right in front of the campsite.

    Porto Torres / Sassari (North)

    We ended our trip in the north, because we had to take the boat back to Spain in Porto Torres. This time we didn’t stay at a campsite, but at the brand new Antica Villa Colonica. What a wonderful and peaceful place to end this journey with. You can visit some beautiful places from here. Le Selopa is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You should also visit Stagno di Pilo, as we were able to admire a large group of flamingos from a short distance.

    The road trip was amazing. The nature here is so beautiful and the people so friendly. And although 4 weeks was very long, there are still places that we would like to have added to our trip, such as:

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    Buggerru: the best surf spot of italy

    Did you know Sardinia is a great place to catch some Waves? No?! Time to change this. Because in the west of the island you will find the most beautiful beaches with excellent surfing conditions. The ultimate place to visit is the small and very cute surfer village Buggerru.

    How do I get to Buggerru

    The best way to discover Sardinia is by camper. At every region of the island you will find
    different kind of landscapes and beaches. The west coast, where you can find Buggerru, is know for its rough coast and amazing waves for surfing. The route from the south will bring through the mountains where you can enjoy the most spectacular views from your van. car of camper.

    From Alghero: +/- 3 hours
    From Olbia: +/- 3,5 hours
    From Chia: +/ 1 hour
    From Cagliari: +/ 1,5 hours

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    Buggerru

    Where to stay in Buggerru

    If you visit Buggerru with a van or camper you have several options. You have a small camper stop right on the beach. It’s nothing special, but it’s really cheap, it has a toilet and it has the perfect location. You can also find another camper stop a bit further up hill when you drive to Dido Beach. This camp spot belongs to one of the beach bars. From the camp space you can enjoy the most amazing view. Because we travel and work, we decided to go to a campsite. We don’t have solar panels yet, so power is quite important.

    We chose the small campsite Ortis di Mari. It was clean, cozy, but a bit pricey. I think we paid a total of 26 euros per night. Of course nothing compared to hotel prices, but this is quite expensive in the low season for a simple campsite. If you don’t like to camp you can also book a room at the Buggerru Surf School. Or if you like to surf, you should definitely check out the surf program with accommodation of Buggerru Surf School.

    >>> Checkout these beautiful hotels in Buggerru

    Buggerru Surf School

    99% of the people that will visit Buggerru are here to surf. If this was not your initial plan, add it to your to do list right away because the surfing conditions are excellent. You can surf around this area almost the entire year. We followed a lesson at Buggerru Surf School and we had the best time. After a short warm-up and some information about our surfing technique we got into the water. It was amazing, but very difficult. After every attempt we got new tips from our instructors. The instructions were very helpful and after every attempt we noticed improvement. Of course this was just 1 lesson and you definitely need a lot more to get the hang of it. Buggerru Surf SChool offers various surf programs where you can even stay in the surf house. Interested? Read the article “Surfing in Sardinia with Buggerru Surfschool” for more information.

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    Buggerru

    Hike at Capo Pecoar

    About 20 minutes from Buggerru you will find Capo Pecora, a beautiful place for a hike. You will find a beautiful rough coastline where you can admire the gigantic power of the waves collapsing on the rocks. There is a parking space where you can park your car. Although it is indicated that you are not allowed to go wild camping here, it seems that several people had spent the night here. If you don’t mind the risk, you will wake up with of one the most amazing views in the area.

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    Buggerru

    Dido Beach

    Feel like a small kid again playing in the rough waves of Dido beach. The beach is perhaps not an idyllic bounty beach, but is beautiful in its own way. The waves are quiet strong, so be carefull.

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    Buggerru

    Buggerru hotspots: Bistro 13

    We liked Bistro 13 so much that we even went twice. The restaurant has a cozy and homely feel/ You can order craft beer and they even have vegan option, what is kind of rare in Italy. I chose the vegan pasta pesto and for dessert the Seadas, a traditional dessert from Sardinia. The food was super good and also budget friendly. Must-visit when you are here.

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    Buggerru

    Surf in Sardinia with Buggerru Surf School

    During our Indonesia trip we decided to book a surf lesson for the first time. Although most of the time we were complete failures, after a couple of tries we finally managed to catch some wave ourselves. What was a wonderful feeling. While reading about Sardinia we found out by chance that in the charming village of Buggerru you have ideal surfing conditions all year round. Yesss …. we can finally improve our surfing skills again, which was absolutely necessary.

    Buggerru Surf School

    After a short warm-up (with Buddha continuously walking between everyone as an extra obstacle) we all ran into the water as quickly as possible. This day the sea was really calm. Super nice for beginners,. On the beach we first get a briefing about the basics. Because we learned to surf on larger boards in Bali, we needed a new technic. With larger boards you don’t have to worry as much about your balance and weight. At the Buggerru Surf School lessons, they pay more attention to the surfing technique, so that you can also start with a lighter surfboard later on.

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    After a few attempts, we immediately notice the difference with Indonesia. You stand at the back of your surfboard and try to get the weight forward with your body to make some speed. If you don’t do that your board will go into the water and you will reduce speed quickly. To stand on the board was really hard. After every attempt we received feedback with great tips. Try to turn your body forward, look at the direction you want to go, do not use your knee, popup with your arms and legs etc. There are quite a few tips and applying everything in one go was quite difficult. But in the end it went better and better. Especially with Leroy.

    The surf school is very professional. People definitely know what they are talking about and they work with good material. Also there is a awesome relaxed atmosphere.

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    A surfing program

    1 lesson does not make you a surf pro. Although we only participated in one lesson, most people follow a surfing program, in which they receive lessons for several days. Much better to improve your surf skills. You can also sleep in the surf house.

    The program consists of 7 nights and 6 days of surfing of approximately 2 hours a day. In total you will have about 12 hours in one week to improve your surf skills. During these lessons Buggerru Surf School focuses on safety, wave dynamics, they help you with your paddle technique, your position on your board and of course how you can improve your allround surfing technique. All materials, such as a surfboard and a wet suite are included in the price.

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    Do it, Do It, Do it!!!!

    Do it!!! Even if you are not a sea-addict, it is wonderful to do something active during your holiday and to experience and learn new things. Yes it is pretty difficult and takes a long time before you finally get the hang of it, but that really doesn’t matter. The feeling of catching one little wave is so nice that you already forget those 2 hours of falling and getting up again.

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    Unwind completely in the brand-new, charming and luxurious Antica VIlla Colonica. You will find this beautiful villa in the north of Sardinia, a nice and undiscovered part of the island that has not yet been reached by mass tourism. Flamingos, untouched nature and beautiful beaches. Don’t want to skip the popular destinations? No problem. Olbia and Alghero are easily accessible via the north. This makes Antica Villa Colonica not only ideal during a road trip, but also the perfect place to discover the rest of the island.

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    From an old farm to one luxury accommodation

    The owner bought this property 2 years ago with the vision of realizing a warm, luxurious accommodation here. The condition of the house was terrible and for the most people an unthinkable project to take on, let alone to realize one of the most beautiful accommodations on the island. But thanks to a clear vision, true commitment and a lot of attention to detail, he managed to turn the old farm into a beautiful quiet getaway. A place where you can enjoy peace and nature in an adventurous environment.

    Antica Villa Colonica
    Antica Villa Colonica

    Classic & modern perfectly balanced

    When you enter the hotel you will not notice that this is a newly opened hotel. Every detail is perfect and everything runs smoothly. The team is small, involved and enjoys working here. This makes all the different and makes your stay even more pleasant one thing you will notice right away is the attention to detail to preserve the characteristics of the colonial house. Classic and modern are perfectly balanced. In every room you will find nice elements, for example, the old bedroom door from Palo’s father has been given a new life as a breakfast table. It is often the small things that make all the difference.

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    Junior Suite

    The hotel has a 6 rooms. All of the rooms are perfectly decorated with also a lot of attention for details. The rooms are warm, classic but with a modern twist. When possible, old elements have been retained. Large parts of the old walls are still visible in various places. All rooms are spacious and equipped with all conveniences, such as a spacious bathroom, TV, air conditioning, comfortable bed, cabinet and desk. If you choose the Junior Suite or Senior Suite (which we can recommend) you can enjoy even more luxury. The Junior Suite, where we slept has a seating area with a very comfortable couch and a comfortable armchair. When you open the beautiful double doors in this room, you will enter the spacious bedroom with a large king-size bed. You can store all your items in a beautiful classic cabinet. The room also has a desk where you can do some work. On both sides you have a cozy patio, one at the pool and the other at the front of the house.

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    A day at the pool, relaxing in the hammock or a barbecue diner

    There is nothing as nice as a refreshing dip on a warm tropical day. You can almost jump from your bed into the swimming pool. If you want to sit even closer to the swimming pool, you can take a seat at on one of the many comfortable loungers. Even more relaxing are the hammocks that you will find among the trees in the garden. The garden and the swimming pool are very spacious with various cozy spots.

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    You can also have a barbecue diner. In the garden you will find a gigantic campfire where you can have a nice barbecue. For a small fee the hotel controls the fire and you can barbecue your own dishes here. Budget friendly and also very nice and depending on your purchasing skills also very tasty.

    You will also find the bar in the garden which has a very nice feature. To get some drink you can use the honesty tree. You will get some wooden coins when you check-in which you can use to get your drinks. They have all kind of drinks where you can choose from and take yourself. When you have provided yourself with a drink you can put the money in the jar of the honesty tree and pay everything at once when you check out

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    Antica Villa Colonica

    what to do when you stay at Antica Villa Colina

    The hotel is located in a small pinewood forest and 300 meters away from the sea. If you want to discover even more of the island, there is plenty to do.

    You could visit Le Pelosa This is one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy and is Just a short drive away. The coastal area in the north is also ideal for kite surfers and wind surfers. Another thing you can do is spot the beautiful pink flamingo. It’s Just a 20 minute drive from the hotel.

    Sardinia Travel guide

    Sardinia has been on the top of our bucket list over the last couple of years. Every time I open Instagram these beautiful pictures of pearly white beaches and crystal clear water will appear on my screen. Therefor Sardinia was always in the back of our mind. During our road trip through Europe, we thought it was time to get this island off our bucket list. Best decision ever made, because this destination has exceeded all our expectations.

    The island has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches. From a rough coastline, surfing areas, beautiful mountains, stunning nature, charming towns and even bright pink flamingos, you will find it all here on this island. Apart from a few places, we made a complete road trip along the coast of Sardinia in three weeks in search of the most beautiful places. Although we could have stayed there for weeks, we tried to collect the best tips for a road trip through Sardinia.

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    How do I get t to Sardinia

    Maybe camping isn’t the first thing that comes to mind if you think about Sardinia. But it is a great island for road tripping. While we were planning a global route for our Europe Trip, we had a number of places that we wanted to visit, such as Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Portugal. But to get from Italy to Portugal we would have to drive all the way through the south of France and Spain and this is certainly not the best area if you are traveling on a small budget. After a short search, we discovered that ferries also go to Sardinia. We were a bit shocked by the prices, but minus the toll and petrol costs that we would save with this, it wasn’t that bad. Also during our travel days we could still do some work on the board (that was more than okay).

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    roadtrip sardinia

    If you don’t like the ferry, but you would like to camp you can also fly to Sardinia and rent a van or camper. We like Goboony. Here you can find the most amazing vans and campers from people who will rent you the camper for a decent price. An airbnb for campers. You don’t like the ferry or campings? No problem. You can still do a great road trip. Fly to Alghero and rent a car. On the island you will find countless hotels, agriturismo and airbnb’s where you can stay.

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    Route Sardinia

    If you come by ferry your journey will probably start in Olbia, the northeast of the island. Lucky you, because this is a great place to start your journey.

    Olbia: here you will find one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The area is also known for its numerous flamingos. This area is also very popular among families, as the beaches are very shallow and calm.

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    Villasimius: a great place to add to your road trip. This area is well known for it’s amazing beaches and charming cities. Spiaggia di Porto Giunco is one of the most beautiful beaches of the area and a must-visit.

    Chia: the campsite at this place was kind of awful, but the beach of Chia is an absolute gem and a wonderful place for a night.

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    Buggerru: here your will find a rough coastline. This is the place to grab some waves. If you are still a beginner, a surfing lesson at Buggerru Surf School is definitely recommended. The drive from the south to the west is one that will blow your mind.

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    >>> Buggerru The best surf spot in Italy

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    Oristano: this is the place to be for windsurfers! You will find many deserted beaches, great waves and with a good breeze you can have fun on the water all day. The town itself is also nice to visit.

    Alghero: one of the nicest towns on the island is Alghero. A cozy and colorful town with plenty to do and see.

    Sassari: you can find one of the most beautiful beaches here. This area is not that well known and is therefore not visited by many tourists. Because of this you will find countless deserted beaches . Tip! Book a room at Antica Villa Colonica. Only opened for a few months (2019) ago and already one of the finest accommodations on the island.

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    >>> Sardinia Ultimate route

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    The most beautiful beaches of Sardinia

    If you think you can’t find bounty beaches in Europe, then you are completely wrong. We found absolute gems in Sardinia. From the rough coastline in the west to beautiful bounty beaches in the east. Don’t stop at the first beach you will find. Go beach hopping. Grab the car, scooter or bike and discover different beaches on the island. Here are some of our favourites:

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    To Do in Sardinia

    There is of course much more to discover on the island.

    Flamingos

    It’s actually very easy to spot flamingos on Sardinia. You can even find a lot of flamingos in Cagliari. Other more beautiful places where you can spot flamingos are Olbia and in the north of Sardinia.

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    Alghero

    A very charming and cozy city full a great hotspots. And the city is an excellent place for exploring more of the island.

    Surfing in Buggerru

    Do you want to do something active? Go surfing! In the west the surf conditions are extremely well all year round. We have followed a lesson at Buggerru Surf School which we definitely recommend you. You can also follow a program at the surf school for a few days.

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    >>> Surfing on Sardinia

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    Windsurfing or kite surfing

    Sardinia is also very popular among kite and wind surfers. The conditions are perfect all year round.

    Climbers

    Sardinia has a large group of climbers who regularly take up this challenge.

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    Where to stay in Sardinia

    Really unwind in the splendid new and charming Antica VIlla Colonica. You will find this beautiful villa in the north of the island, a nice and undiscovered part of Sardinia that has not yet been reached by mass tourism. Flamingos, stunning nature, beautiful beaches and charming cities. Don’t want to miss the popular destinations? No problem. Olbia, Alghero and La Maddalena are easily accessible via the north. Read more about this accommodation in the article “Antica Villa Colonica”.

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    STREETFOODTOUR HANOI

    The best way to discover the bustling city of Hanoi is with the Hanoi Street Food tour. You can choose to go with a scooter, but also on foot. For another 20 euros you can walk around the streets of Hanoi for about 3 hours and eat at the best street food tents in Hanoi. You discover the city and the tastiest food in a fun way. You would normally pass most tents quickly, which makes this tour extra special. You learn a lot about the city, the food and the culture. In total we visited 7 eateries where we tried different dishes. Here an impression of our tour. You can book the tour on site or online at Hanoi Streetfood tour.

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    The first stop – Bun Cha at Bun Cha Ta

    Delicious !!! Certainly do. If you do not do the tour, you must still visit this restaurant. Here we ate the best Bun Cha.

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    The second stop consisted of an ice cream at the lake

    Nice and fresh on a warm day.

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    3. Steamed Rice Rolls

    Of course we also had to work ourselves.
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    4. A little bit of everything

    Stop 4 was a very special place. We arrived here via small alleys. A special place, with fluorescent lighting and a hilarious photo on the wall of a half-naked man, but of course the food was delicious again. We got several fried dishes here.
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    5. Dried Bacon YUMMMM!!!

    I found this really delicious. Here we got Nom thit bo Kho, three beef salad.
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    6. Che dessert

    In Vietnam, most people do not eat desserts, but when they eat dessert they often opt for fresh fruit or the Che dessert. The dessert consists of coconut cream, fruit and black beans, yes indeed beans. Maybe a strange combination, but very tasty. As a dessert lover, this made me very happy.
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    7. Egg coffee & Bahn Mi

    If you go to Hanoi you will probably read about Egg Coffee. Stop doubting and just try. It really is the best coffee EVER. At the last tent we were served a delicious Bahn Mi (which we unfortunately already had before I could take a photo) and an Egg coffee.

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    Route Flores

    Indonesia consists of almost 15,000 islets, is the world’s largest island state and third largest country in the world with more than 260 million inhabitants. Yes, that is quite something. It is therefore not surprising that Indonesia has many faces. Every island has its own traditions, nature, culture and often even its own language. From busy Buddhist hip Bali, modern Java, gigantic Sumatra, the heavenly Lombok., The huge and adventurous Sulawesi. And of course Flores. Flores is the place where culture and nature are central. An island full of surprises. Where you can dive with giant Manta rays and a few hours later you can walk among the last Komodo lizards in the world. Unspoiled nature, the most beautiful dive sites in the world, volcanoes, traditional villages, you will find it all on Flores. This island has received a special place in our heart. Pure, that’s how you can best describe Flores. Quickly view our Flores route.

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    Route Flores

    Flores

    Flores (which means flower in Portuguese) is not very large, about ⅓ of the Netherlands, so you can explore the island perfectly in a few days. The island is part of the small Soenda islands and is located next to Soembawa. About 1.5 million people live there, the majority of whom are Catholic. The island is full of volcanoes and everywhere you will find traditional villages. But Flores is best known for the Komodo Dragon, which you can only find in Komodo National park. And the Kelimutu volcano. It is still very quiet and relatively little visited by tourists. This way you will find deserted beaches and breathtaking viewpoints entirely for yourself.

    Transport to and on Flores

    Contrary to what many sites claim, arranging transportation in Flores is incredibly easy. That turned out to be true during our trip through Flores. Most homestays and hotels can always arrange a taxi for you. If you prefer to travel a little cheaper or if it is not possible, you can just stand by the road and wait until a taxi van or bemo arrives. This may sound exciting, but believe me, one will pass every 15 minutes. There is only 1 road in Flores. So you can go to the East or the West. It’s that simple. Tell the driver where you need to go, keep an eye on your navigation and it can’t go wrong anymore.

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    Check out our 2 min. travel video about this trip!

    Labuan Bajo

    Our love for Flores all started in the small harbor town. From Bali and Lombok you fly cheaply to Labuan Bajo, but for the adventurers among us there is also a multi-day boat trip that leaves from Lombok and you can even take the ferry for a few euros. Labuan Bajo is the place to visit the Komodo National park to spot the Komodo Dragons. But there is much more. Komodo national park consists of beautiful unspoiled nature, such as viewpoint Padar, Pink beach, Rinca Islands and many more beautiful things. It is also one of the most beautiful places in the world to go diving. All tips for Labuan Bajo can be found here.

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    Ruteng

    The small village of Ruteng is approximately a 4-hour drive from Labuan Bajo. Ruteng is best known for its Spider web Rice Fields. It is a wonderful place to stay for a day. Rent a scooter and go with that banana. The Ruteng area is really perfect to explore by scooter. There is hardly any traffic and the area is simply breathtakingly beautiful. So pure and unaffected. No mess or high-rise, exactly as I envisaged Indonesia. Read more about Ruteng.

    Tips for Ruteng

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    Route Flores

    Bajawa

    Bajawa is culture and nature at its purest. The volcanic environment, crater lakes, hot springs, green jungle and the most photogenic villages with their own traditions make this place so special and unique. All the tips for Bajawa can be found here.

    Tips for Bajawa

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    Route Flores
    Route Flores

    Moni

    Our fourth stop on Flores was the village of Moni. Most people visit this village to visit the volcano Kelimutu, but this place has much more to offer. Nature in the area is incredibly beautiful, you can visit waterfalls or take a day trip to Koka Beach. Of course you cannot skip the volcano Kelimutu. This volcano is really a unique specimen. The volcano has three crater lakes that each have a different color due to minerals: dark green, blue green and light gray. But this is not all, because the colors change again over the years. For example, 1 was ever red and another was white. It is not known how this is exactly. All tips for Moni can be found here.

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    ROUTE SULAWESI 4 WEEKS

    For the ultimate Sulawesi trip we have mapped the perfect Sulawesi route for you. From beautiful green rice fields, special ceremonies to the most paradisiacal bounty islands. The island really has everything. Sulawesi is the second largest island in Indonesia after Kalimantan. The island therefore has an enormous diversity of landscapes. You will also find jungle, volcanoes and the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

    Many people made us crazy. Are you already after Indonesia again? After all, we had been here three months a year ago. You would indeed think that this would be enough. But Indonesia is so big and every island so different that you can’t get bored. For Sulawesi alone you need at least 4 weeks and then you will run out of time. In 4 weeks and several flights, bus rides and boat trips later we traveled from Makassar to Manado to end up there on the fine island of Siladen, Bunaken National Park. View our route Sulawesi in 4 weeks from North to South.

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    ROUTE SULAWESI 4 WEEKS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH

    Makassar / 3 nights Makassar


    may not deserve a beauty prize, but is definitely a good starting point for your Sulawesi route. In addition to a lively center and some sights, you will find the beautiful Rammang Rammang within an hour’s drive. Beautiful mangroves, giant limestone rocks and lots of greenery. An absolute must-visit! In Makassar it is nice to visit the night market and eat at 88 Noodle House. From Makassar you can catch a night bus to Tana Toraja. The buses are super luxurious. Choose Prima Donna. You will certainly not regret this. There is also a bus going early in the morning. You then have fewer options and spend the entire day traveling.

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    sulawesi route

    Tana Toraja / 3 nights

    Tana Toraja / 3 nights Tana Toraja is one of the best known places in Sulawesi and perhaps even in Indonesia. The area is known for its special funeral ceremonies, but it is also one of the greenest and most breathtaking places in Indonesia. Culture and nature lovers can indulge themselves here. We stayed there for 3 nights, but you can easily stay longer. From Tana Toraja you can take the bus to Tentena. We decided to go by taxi early. A lot more expensive, but because of this you get there faster and you have something to your day.

    TIP: attend a funeral ceremony and explore the area with a scooter.

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    sulawesi route

    Tentena / 2 nights


    Tentena has completely surprised us. We were under the assumption that this place would only be a kind of transfer for our trip to the Togians. But Tentena was really a wonderful place to visit. The town lies on the Poso lake. One of the largest lakes in Indonesia. The area is beautiful. From Tentena you can travel to Ampana. This is the place where you can catch a boat to the Togian Island.

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    sulawesi route

    Ampana / 1 night

    To go to the Togian islands, you have to spend the night in Ampana. This is not a great city, so try to stay in Tentena during the day. We do have a great tip for you to eat, namely Ayam Geprek Ampana. Unintentionally super hipster. You can put together a delicious rice table here. Definitely recommended. The next day you can take the boat to the islands.

    Tip: eat at Ayam Geprek Ampana.

    Togian Islands

    Welcome to paradise. No wifi, hardly any electricity, no roads, a few bamboo huts, white beaches and crystal clear water. Well … how beautiful do you want it to be. The Togian Islands consists of different islands. Super fun to island hopping.

    Do: swim among the jellyfish at the special jellyfish lake, dive at Una Una, visit a village, snorkel and chill on Karina beach.

    You can book a night boat to Gorontalo from Togian Islands. Not a top ride, but doable. After 11 hours of sailing you will arrive in Gorontalo.

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    sulawesi route

    Gorontalo / 2 nights

    Many people went straight to Manado. Gorontalo does not have much to offer. The city itself is fine, but not very special. You can swim here with whale sharks. We didn’t want to do this in advance, because we weren’t so sure about the circumstances of the animals. But several people were so enthusiastic about this, that we still stayed in Gorontalo. Unfortunately for us the whale sharks had been nowhere to be seen for a few days. From Gorontalo we flew to Manado. You can also take the bus, but the bus ride lasts 13 hours.

    Manado / 2 nights

    We love a lively city and that is certainly Manado. Shopping and eating are excellent here. From large shopping malls to small food trucks. But Manado is above all a very nice base to discover the rest of North Sulawesi, such as Bunaken National Park, Tomohon or Tangkoko National Park. From Manado we left for Tangkoko National Park to go into the jungle.

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    sulawesi route

    Tangkoko National Park / 1 night

    You can spot unique animal spots here. In addition to the black macaque and the KoesKoes bear, you will also find the most adorable animal in the world, the ghost animal. The jungle itself is not very special, but the animals certainly are.

    From Tangkoko National Parkwe left for the beautifulBangka Island.

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    sulawesi route

    Bangka Island / 2 nights

    Bangka is a well-kept secret of Sulawesi. Perhaps the most beautiful island we have ever stayed in. Along the way we came across people with the most amazing stories about this island. We also read stories about spotting the dugong, Indian manatee. Enough reason to go. Unfortunately we saw no manatee (not here anyway) but it is certainly a wonderful place with a super relaxed vibe. The beaches are really breathtaking!

    Tip: doing nothing, and if you want to do something, then go diving and who knows, you might spot a manatee!

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    sulawesi route

    Siladen / 4 nights

    Paradise abounds on Sulawesi. One of our last destinations was Siladen, a tiny bounty island located in Bunaken National Park. This area is known for its amazing coral walls and nothing has been lied to. WOW! You can really dive here. The island of Bunaken itself seems to be a bit disappointing. If you want to visit the national park, we definitely recommend that you book an accommodation on the neighboring island of Siladen. An absolute gem. We slept right here on the beach with a house reef that you say against.

    Tip: diving, diving and diving again.

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    sulawesi route

    Manado / 1 night

    And then it was time to head home again. We still had 1 night in Manado and then the next morning to fly to Bali very early. Flying to Denpasar is much cheaper than going directly to Sulawesi. You can also add Bali to your trip for a few more days.

    Destination Sulawesi that you can still add to your trip

    After 4 weeks of traveling through Sulawesi there were still beautiful destinations that we would like to have added to our Sulawesi route. We would have loved to have gone to Wakatobi. Even more paradise. Bima also seemed very beautiful to us. Unfortunately our time in Indonesia was over. But who knows, we will come back

    Ho Chi Minh City Guide

    Ho Chi Minh, for many especially known as the Saigon. Although it is the largest city of Vietnam, it is not the capital. This honor bears Hanoi. The two cities are very different. Hanoi in the North is a lot smaller and mainly consists of old, narrow streets. Ho Chi Minh is modern and consists of tall buildings, Sky bars, large shopping malls, wide streets and lots of great places.

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    Where should you stay in Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh is a pretty busy city. We like it, but we can imagine that some people would rather not stay here for days. Luckily in Ho Chi Minh you have enough places to enjoy the tranquility, such as the Villa Song Saigon boutique hotel.

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    Villa song Saigon

    Ho Chi Minh, for many especially known as the Saigon. Although it is the largest city of Vietnam , it is not the capital. This honor bears Hanoi. The two cities are very different. Hanoi in the North is a lot smaller and mainly consists of old, narrow streets. Ho Chi Minh is modern and consists of tall buildings, Sky bars, large shopping malls, wide streets and lots of great places.

    Where should you stay in Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh is a pretty busy city. We like it, but we can imagine that some people would rather not stay here for days. Luckily in Ho Chi Minh you have enough places to enjoy the tranquility, such as the Villa Song Saigon boutique hotel….

    Restaurant Villa Song Saigon

    The restaurant at Villa Sons Saigon is also highly recommended. Bistro Song Vie offers beautiful places on the Saigon River. The menu is very diverse and the dishes are delicious. Breakfast is a la cart and you can order it all day. Very nice for the sleeping heads among us.

    Backpackers district Saigon

    If you are traveling on a budget, discrit 1 is the best place in Ho Chi Minh City to be. In the street Pham Ngu Lao you will always find a place to store your backpack, but also nice bars, restaurants and basically everything you need during your trip. You will find the most tourists in this area.

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    Ho Chi Minh – What to do

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    If you are in Ho Chi Minh, a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels should not be missed. The tunnel complex of Củ Chi is an immense network of underground tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels are part of an even larger tunnel network that runs through almost the entire country. The tunnels were the location of various military campaigns during the Vietnam War.

    There are two places where you can see the tunnels, namely Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. Both places are very easy to reach by public transport. If you prefer an organized trip, go to Ben Dinh. This too seems to be very impressive, but we doubted the authenticity of these tunnels. There are many stories that the tunnels have been constructed specifically for tourists, so these are not the original tunnels. In addition, it seems to be very busy.

    A little further you will find Ben Duoc. Although they have often adapted the entrances here, these are still the original tunnels. It is much quieter here and there is almost no tourist in sight. With the bus you are there within 2 hours and it costs you less than a euro. (At the Ben Thanh bus station you take bus 13. After 45 minutes you will arrive at a large bus stop. From here you take bus 88 and after almost an hour you can get off at the gate of the park.)

    We found the tunnels very impressive. The narrow, small tunnels that you almost have to go through on your hands and feet lead you to different rooms. Don’t be afraid, because I was in the company of a man of almost 2 meters, who came out completely (muscle pain the next day). In the area you also have a shooting range and various temples. With the travels and the tunnels you have lost almost a full day.

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    Ben Duoc Ho Chi Minh

    Ben Thanh market

    Ben Thanh is a market where we have been quick, but we were out of it quite quickly. We don’t really like shopping that much, so we have no idea why we ended up here. If you like shopping and bargains, this is the perfect place for you. We prefer to go for an extra hour on a terrace with a cold beer.

    War Remnants Museum

    We really wanted to go here and we were so close. The first day we arrived in Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon. After a short lunch, this was the first place that we wanted to visit. Quickly, soon after the city and then we arrived just too late at the museum. The museum closes every day at five o’clock. Unfortunately we only had two days in the city and we decided to go after the tunnels the next day. We found this very unfortunate, because although we did get something from the war during our visit to Ben Douc, we would have liked to learn more about the Vietnam war.

    Ho Chi Minh Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral

    If you like buildings, you should visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the old post office of Ho Chi Minh.

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    Hotspots Ho Chi Minh /// Where to eat

    You can enjoy delicious food everywhere in Vietnam . Every destination is another culinary surprise.

    Karimunjawa

    Karimunjawa, a well-kept secret that we share with you with a great deal of love. In the middle of the Java Sea you will find the beautiful Karimunjawa Archipelago consisting of 27 bounty islands with Karimunjawa as the main island. This island isn’t discovered by mass toerism, because for many people it is not really easy to visit. We visited many places in Indonesie but Karimunjawa is still one of our favourite islands. If you want to experience paradise in Indonesia, Karimunjawa is the place to be. Beside white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Karimunjawa also has a small village, mangroves and beautiful green surroundings.

    The most beauitful beaches on Karimunjawa

    The three most wellknown beaches of Karimunjawa are all next to each other. At the beach you will find some small eateries and even two bars. Via the main road you have to turn right at the intersection where you have to drive up a few minutes via a dirt road. Eventually you will see a sign on your right with the name of the beach on it. A little further you can park your bike and you will find the beach.

    TANJUNG GELAM

    The first beach you will find is Tanjung Gelam. The smallest beach of the three. You will find beautiful palm trees up to the water here and some small eateries where you can buy fresh coconuts and order nasi goreng. Take your snorkel set with you when you go to this beach, because you will find beautiful coral everywhere.

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    Pantai Sunset

    The most popular beach is Pantai Sunset. Here you have two small bars and some bean bags where you can relax with some beers of a cocktail. It’s a bit bigger than the other beaches, but still quiet small. You only have a little less shade here, so if you get warm, quickly cool down in the water.

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    Batu Topeng

    Als very beautiful. It’s a bit more rocky and also very quiet.

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    How to get to Karimunjawa

    It’s take a bit of time, but it’s not difficult to get there. We left from Yogyakarta. From here you can arrange a bus on every corner of the street. The bus leaves around midnight and takes about 5 hours. You arrive around half past five at the port of Jepara, here a ferry leaves for the island (you can also catch the fastboat that takes 2 hours) and takes about 4 hours The boat can be very crowded. Try to find a seat on top of the deck, then you have some fresh air and you can take a nap if you are lucky. Ask your accommodation to pick you up as soon as you arrive. There are no taxi’s at the harbor. We forgot and had to hitchhike to our hotel.

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    Where to eat Karimunjawa

    Karimunjawa is no Canggu of anything like the Gili’s where you can find all kinds of great restaurants. We loved this about Karimunjawa and it doens’t mean you can’t find good food here.

    Fish Market

    The Fish Market of Karimunjawa was our favourite place to eat. It can be quiet a shock when you arrive. You will find fresh Fish on small tables with cats everywhere. It is not really according to European standards. But rest assured, because the fish does not get any fresher than this. Also the fish will be prepared before your own eyes. A big tuna will cost you less than 3 euros and this is more than enough for two people to eat. We ordered some rice with it and Voila, Diner is served!

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    Fishmarket Karimunjawa

    Eat and Meet

    Are you looking for a good pizza or a burger than Eat and meet is the best place to go to. I loved the pizza tuna.

    Amore cafe

    Great place to eat. I ordered the Soto Ayam, one of my favrourite Indonesian Dishes, and it was very good.

    Breve Azurine Lagoon Resort

    Breve Azure Lagoon Resort can be a bit expensive to stay, but you should definitely visit this place for diner. THe restaurant has a beautiful view over the ocean.

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    To do In Karimunjawa

    Rent a bike, drink a cocktail, wacht a stunning sunset and go snorkeling. This Karimunjawa Island Life isn’t that bad.

    Snorkeling

    If you are in Karimunjawa you must go snorkeling. Yes, this is a MUST! During a snorkeling trip you visit 3 snorkeling sites and two islands. You get a fantastic lunch and you will be amazed by the beautiful surroundings. For a snorkeling trip you pay around 10 euros per person including lunch and gear.

    You will find beautiful coral and countless fish everywhere. We also went to Turtle Point where we spotted 2 turtles.

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    Karimunjawa

    Island Roadtrip

    Renting a bike is a bit of necessity on this island, otherwise, you won’t get anywhere. We decided to explore the island as much as possible for 1 day. During this small roadtrip we met so many kind people and discovered the most beautiful surroundings of this island. Crossing cows, goats and chickens are very normal here. It’s also the perfect way to find some lonely beaches.

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    Karimunjawa op de scooter

    Mangrove

    In the middle of the island, you will also find a large mangrove. Very beautiful and perfect if you want to do something different. Although they ask for entrance, there is hardly anyone there. Be aware, because there are also be poisonous snakes at the mangrove.

    Diving

    At the time we were at Karimunjawa there were no Dive Centers. You could dive with the locals, but because we are not very experienced divers we decided to skip diving. But diving seems to be very beautiful here. You also have shipwrecks, sharks and very beautiful healthy coral. If you are experienced, then this is recommended.

    Cocktail and Sunsets at Pantai Sunset

    Go to Pantai Sunset during the sunset, order a cocktail and sit down in one of the bean bags. All you have to do is enjoy the sunset.

    Siladen – Bunaken National Park

    When you’r planning a trip to Sulawesi, Bunaken is probably one of the first destinations to come up. It is one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the world. Although almost everyone always talks about Bunaken, this area consists of 5 islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. Most accommodations can be found on Bunaken island, but you can also spend a wonderful night on the tiny much more beautiful island Siladen. If you want to dive at Bunaken National Park we absolutely recommend you to stay at this island.

    BUNAKEn

    Bunaken has expand enormously the last couple of years. The island is full of hotels, homestays and hostels. Most are simple accommodations in different price ranges. Unfortunately, you can’t find beautiful beaches on the island, but the coral nearby the island is breathtaking.

    Siladen

    If you have a bit more to spend, we recommend that you stay on the island Siladen. This island is located next to Bunaken and is truly a paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. You can walk from North to South in just under half an hour. The island is very quiet, so there is a good chance that you have the beach all to yourself. You will also find a beautiful coral house reef around the island. There are a couple of resort / hotels where you can spend the night.

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    To Do Siladen

    Diving at Bunaken National Park (or snorkeling)

    Every year this park is visited by countless divers and snorkelers. In this area you will find giant coral walls full of coral. Some are hundreds of meters deep. Due to the depth and current in the area, the coral is still in perfect condition. Underwater you will find the most special soft and hard corals. The area is huge, so a dive spot is never that busy. The visibility is almost perfect every time. Sometimes you have a visibility of more than 30 meters. In Bunaken National Park you will find more than 3,000 fish species and also 300 coral species.

    Spotting Dolphins

    If you don’t dive or you want to do something different for a day, then the dolphin trip is highly recommended. You will go to an area where many dolphins often occur. They are almost 100% sure that you will spot dolphins. This way you have the opportunity to spot hundreds of dolphins at the same time.

    The beautiful beaches on Siladen

    Just unwind and relax on the fantastic beautiful beaches of Siladen is absolutely a must. Although Bunaken is not really suitable for a beach holiday, Siladen definitely is. On the island you will find white sandy beaches and also a fantastic house reef.

    A day trip to Bunaken

    If you do not have enough time or would prefer to stay on the mainland, you can also book a day trip or diving trips from Manado to Bunaken.

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    BEst time to travel to Siladen

    The best time to visit Siladen is from July to October. Especially August and September are perfect for diving in this area.

    Get Around on Siladen

    Transport to the island can often be arranged through the resort. It’s al little bit more expensive than other options. You can also catch a boat from Manado or arrange a boat yourself in the harbor. The boat trip takes about an hour and costs around 25 euros. The cheapest option is the daily public ferry. It costs around 4 euros and leaves every day except Sunday between 2 and 3 pm.

    BUDGET for Siladen

    Siladen is a bit more expensive than other island, but the island is worth it. You can find a roomd for around 80 euros per night full board, such as the Onong Onong resort. On the island of Bunaken you have cheaper homestays, but the island is not nearly as beautiful as Siladen.

    To enter National Park you have to pay a 10 euro fee.

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    Best places to stay on Siladen

    Siladen does not have to be expensive. You can book a great room for around 85 euros at the Onong Onong. This is full board and this resort has a very professional diving center. The resort is right at the sea with a beautiful beach.

    If you have a little more budget, you can also book a beach villa at Kuda Laut. You are right on the beach, you have your own hammock and the rooms are very luxurious. If you want to pamper yourself for a few days, this is the place!

    Togian Islands Diving

    On the Togian Islands you will find the ultimate island life. Not only can you completely unwind under waving palm trees, but it’s also the perfect place to dive. An absolute must.

    Diving school Togian Islands

    You will find different diving schools on the Togian Islands. After some research, we ended up at Bomba Divers. Since we had booked two nights at Araya Divecenter, which is next to Bomba Divers, we were able to combine this perfectly. The diving school is small, but otherwise well organized. You can do different dives every day. A large part of the dive sites are located in the vicinity. Only for diving around the island of Una Una do you pay an extra amount due to the distance.
    Other options:

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    Diving at Una Una

    You can find the most beautiful dive sites of the Togian Islands at the volcanic island of Una Una. Unfortunately, this is also the most remote island of the area. It took us about 2-3 hours from the island of Batudaka to get there by boat. Keep in mind that you have to pay extra costs for the boat trip. You share the extra costs with the people on the boat. So more people, the cheaper the dive. But it was completely worth the long trip, because the coral is really beautiful and fish are incredible.

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    On the island of Una Una you will find a vibrant underwater life with more than 1000 different species of fish, including barracudas, turtles and rays. The coral in this area is thousands of years old. During a dive in this area you have the chance to spot frogfishes, seahorses, reef sharks, scorpion fish and giant Napoleon fish. Unfortunately we missed sharks and seahorses, but we were able to cross the rest off our list.

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    The huge coral walls of Bunaken may be more spectacular, but Una Una is certainly just as special. Because the Bunaken has one of the most famous diving locations in the world, it can sometimes be a bit busier. At Una Una and the rest of the Togian Islands you are often alone in the water. An unforgettable and magical experience.

    What’s it like to fly with Qatar Airways

    How awesome it is to be able to say  “We bought a one-way ticket to Asia”.  From Amsterdam we took a flight with Qatar Airways to Kuala Lumpur to travel through Asia for 6 months. We have mapped out the route globally, namely Indonesia, Nepal (not really on the route, but a must visit for us) and the Philippines. Hopefully we also have time left for a fourth country.

    QATAR AIRWAYS

    Qatar Airways has always been one of the best airlines. This five-star rated airline is the national airline of Qatar. It’s all about the perfect costumer experience. From checkin untill landing you will be pampered with refreshment wipes, very extended entertainment center with the latest series and videos and amazing food. In total, Qatar Airways goes to more than 100 international destinations with 150 aircraft.

    ECONOMY CLASS

    One of the main reasons we really wanted to fly with Qatar Airways is because they have the most spacious seats. Even at Economy Class you can will have more than enough space to eat, watch a movie, relax or sleep. Upon arrival you will receive a nice package with a number of items such as ear plugs, mask, socks, toothbrush etc. Small things to make your flight even more comfortable. Tickets to Asia are sometimes available from as little as 450 euros. Luxury does not necessarily have to be expensive.

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    Business Class

    If you have a bit more to spend we higly reccommend a business Class seat. The best way to reach your destination completely relaxed and satisfied. A Business Class ticket doens’t have to be that expensive. Qatar Airways regularly has offers where you can fly much cheaper with Business Class. The Business Class space is incredibly beautiful. You have a lot of space, more than enough space to work or sleep. You can also enjoy 3,000 entertainment options and A la Cart dining. Who doesn’t want this. This way you can get through your 16 hour flight with ease.

    Layover at Doha

    Sometimes it can be very busy at Schiphol so we decided to arrive as early as possible at the airport. We rather have a drink or two at Schiphol than running across the airport looking for the right gate. But it was exactly not that bad. We walk through the gates … Passport check … Paper Check … Beer? Check … We drink another beer and then walk to the gate. To our surprise there is no one left and we can walk right through here too. What a nice start of our trip.

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    We are at the very back of the plane and after the staff close the doors we realize that a large part of the aircraft is empty. Although Qatar Airways is wellknown for its spacious seats, a complete row of seats is more than welcome. We can both have our own row of seats, watch some movies and I don’t even notice that we are in the air.

    After a diner, we decide to make optimal use of the space and to take a quick nap before we arrive in Doha. Here we have a layover of more than 20 hours. We thought this was a great opportunity to explore the city Doha.

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    Off to Kuala Lumpur

    After a good time in Doha, we leave for Kuala Lumpur in the evening. Doha has a beautiful airport where you can have shop, eat or have a drink. They also work with a great system. Your ticket has a zone. You then take a seat in your zone and you are called per zone to enter the plane. For example, the back rows go first, people with children etc. and you no longer have a to wait in the aisles. Ideal!

    World ticket or individual tickets

    Depending on the countries you want to visit, individual tickets may be much cheaper.Sometimes you can \book a ticket to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok from € 400. Domestic flights or flights to nearby countries often cost no more than a 50 euros. For all our flights together we have calculated around 2500 euros. This includes flights to and from the Netherlands, Tickets to Nepal, Tickets to the Philippines, Tickets to Singapore and various domestic flights (such as Medan – Jakarta).
    For me, flying with Qatar Airways is the best, because:

    – You have a lot of legroom
    – You can watch the latest series and films so that time flies
    – You will receive a delicious meal several times during your flight
    – You can order drinks at any time
    – The service is excellent and the employees incredibly friendly
    – You don’t have to go to Asia in one go, but you can relax at Doha airport

    Uluwatu Travel Guide

    Uluwatu is located in the south of Bali. It is the ultimate place to surf. You cannot skip this place if you love hidden, beautiful beaches, trendy tents and a relaxed atmosphere. Uluwatu is full of hotspots. From healthy smoothie bowls to thick hamburgers or a cocktail with a view that you can tell against. Grab a cold Bintangetje, fall down somewhere and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Life in Uluwatu is not that bad yet.

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    If you have any questions about the article or destination please e-mail me (desi@foedsie.nl) or send me a message via Instagram.

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    HOTSPOTS ULUWATU

    Good and good food in Uluwatu can be found almost everywhere. Nevertheless, we have listed a few Hostpots for you:

    Nalu Bowl Single Fin

    Single Fin is best known for its legendary parties on Monday evenings. But the rest of the days is full. It is in fact the hot spot in Uluwatu where you can go for a drink and snack after a day of surfing or beach and enjoy the sunset. It is a bit of a “hipster” place with a high “look at me” level. The prices are also a bit ridiculously high. But despite that, we thought it would be nice to have just visited.

    El Merkat

    We ate super tasty tuna tartar. Really recommended. A bit outside the center.

    Suka Espresso

    You can find a tasty sandwich or a good cup of coffee at Suka Espresso.

    Bukit Café

    Tasty bowls and good salads, but also fat burgers.

    To Do in Uluwatu

    In Uluwatu everything revolves around beach life. Lying on the beach, admiring surfers or even taking a wave yourself. And in the evening you eat a healthy meal or a fat burger at one of the many trendy tents. A nice and relaxed place.

    In Uluwatu a scooter is really a must. The area is beautiful and wonderful to drive through. It is also much quieter there than in most places in Bali. With the scooter you can explore most beaches.

    The beaches of Uluwatu

    Padang Padang

    Bali surf spot. Beautifully situated between the rocks. It is a cozy beach with a few small shops and eateries.

    Bingin Beach

    A big climb down, but a beautiful beach and crystal clear water. Water shoes are no superfluous luxury here. You have a lot of running here before you can swim. It is also nice that you can dine on the beach in the evening for very little money.

    Dreambeach

    The waves here are huge. The sea is beautiful and you have a wide beach.

    Uluwatu Temple

    You will find the Uluwatu temple on the edge of the sea. Beautiful to see, but keep in mind that you are not allowed in and there are lots of monkeys walking around.

    MAKASSAR – STARTING POINT OF OUR SULAWESI TRIP

    Food in Nepal: 7x my favorite Nepalese Food and Nepali Dishes

    Nepal has been on our bucket list for years. In 2017, during our 6-month journey through Asia, the time had finally come, 4 weeks in Nepal with the Annapurna Circuit as the highlight of our trip. The second we arrived we fell head over heel in love with this country. The people are super friendly, the nature is breathtaking and the FOOD is amazing. For me food and travel is one. As soon as we decide to go someplace, the first thing I will check is what kind of traditionele dishes do I need to try and what are the best places to eat. To discover the Nepali Cuisine was awesome. Checkout my favourite Nepali dishes.

    Dutch: ETEN IN NEPAL: 7X FAVORIETE GERECHTEN VAN FOEDSIE >>

    Dal Bath

    DAL BATH POWER, 24H! Dal Bath is the national dish of Nepal and I absolutely love it. You can order Dal Bath anywhere in Nepal. We were even told that about 80% of the population eat Dal Bath every day, twice a day. The dish consists of rice, a lentil curry (the Dal), papadum or chapati and a vegetable curry (Tarkari). Especially in the mountains a lot of people eat Dal Bath. It is the perfect meal before and after a hike, because it gives you a incredible energy boost. Best of all, you can ask for more Dal Bath at anytime. So if you need a bit more, just ask and they will come by to ad some extra Dal. For Leroy this was the best part. Hi honestly eat Dal Bath three times a dat during our trek. I love Dal but even for me that was way to much.

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    Momo

    This already sounds like a very good dish: Momo. If you like dumplings then this dish is a must try for you. The Nepalese momos are steamed dough packages filled with meat, cheese or vegetables served in a spicy sauce. I loved it!

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    Garlic soup

    Maybe not the best dish for a first date, but garlic soup is super tasty and very healthy. Especially during your hike it is wise to order a garlic soup every now and then. Although the soup sounds heavy, the garlic taste is really not that strong.

    Yak Cheese

    If I miss one thing while traveling through Asia, it’s Cheese. Yes I know super dutch. I love cheese. Stinky cheese, soft cheese, old cheese, all kind of cheese really. We hadn’t had a decent piece of cheese for 4 months. By accident we discovered Jak Cheese at 3500m in a small mountain hut on the Himalaya. A Yak is a long-haired domesticated bovid found throughout the Himalayan region During our hike we regularly ordered a chapati (bread) with some Jak Cheese. Our own composed Nepalese cheese plate.

    Apple Pie

    Say What!! Yes, really: apple pie. Okay maybe this isn’t a typical Nepali dish, but during our Annapurna trek we found apple pie and apple cakes everywhere. The are a lot of apple tree in the mountains of Nepal. So locals make everything with apples, including pastry.

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    Appeltaart of appelflappen eten op de mooiste plekken van Nepal. Overal vind je kleine kraampjes/winkeltjes waar je heerlijke gebakjes kunt kopen.

    Hummus and Falafel

    This is not a Nepalese dish, but you can order hummus and falafel everywhere. It was one of our favorite hotspots in Kathmandu and one of the hotspots in Pokhara. You can order a complete meal for just 1 dollar.

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    Alu Tama

    A traditional Nepalese soup with potatoes and bamboo shoots.

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    Bounty island of Bangka; a hidden gem

    Yeah, Baby! We have found one of the best-kept secrets of Indonesia. Welcome to paradise; Bangka Island. The perfect hidden gem where you can experience the ultimate island life. Sunbathing under waving palm trees, crystal clear beaches and an amazing house reef like you have never seen before. Heaven on earth.

    Although the sea it’s full of life, it is still quiet on the island. Most people have barely heard of this place. You will find a few small “resorts” and that’s it. The perfect place to completely unwind.

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    Divers’ paradise

    Sulawesi is well known for its impressive diving spots. The gigantic steep coral walls in Bunaken National Park are one of the best dive spots in the world. At Bangka Island, you may not find the giant coral walls such as Bunaken National Park, but you will find beautiful coral gardens with hard and soft coral. You can spot pipefish, frogfish, and scorpionfish, among other things, and lots of macro life. But what most divers hope to find are giant Dugongs, whale sharks and sometimes you even have a chance that sperm whales will pass by.

    You don’t dive? No Worries! The island is surrounded by beautiful reef and places where you snorkel. Also, most dive sites are not that deep, so you can spot a lot of fish during your snorkel trip.

    How to get to Bangka Island

    You can arrange your transportation with your resort. The resorts on Bangka Island are not exactly budget accommodations, so transportation can be expensive. We decided to arrange our own transportation from Tangkoko National Park to Suraya Beach. From this, we took a boat to the resort(for which you still have to pay.

    From Manado, you can easily arrange a Grab or Uber to the beach. It is approximately a 2-hour drive from Manado to Tangkoko National Park and another 2 hours to Surabaya Beach. From Manado to Surabaya Beach it is also about 2 hours if there are no traffic jams.

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    THE BEST MALAGA HOTSPOTS / RESTAURANTS

    Sunny day and good food. The best ingredients for a fantastic weekend away. And for us the two main reasons to book a few days in Malaga. Malaga is a food paradise. So foodies, city trippers and basically just everyone who has Malaga on their bucket list; listen up! Because we have eaten our way through Malaga for 3 days to give you the best hotspots in Malaga. Read which tapas bars, traditional wine bars, trendy lunchroom or cozy restaurants in Malaga you should not miss.

    UVEDOBLED


    You can not miss this restaurant in Malaga. Uvedoble has won the first prize for their Russian Salad. A bit crazy since the dish originally comes from Russia, but Russian Salad is so popular in the region that every year all restaurants in Malaga compete against each other for the No. 1 place for the best Russian Salad.In 2018 the price was won by Uvedoble. Of course we had to taste this, and ofcourse the rest of the complete menu. The Russian Salad is simple, but oh so good and seriously addictive. Actually everything was just fantastic. Uvedoble serve traditional tapas with a modern twist. You should definetely try the kebab with shrimp. For us this place was the No. 1 hotspot of Malaga.

    LOS PATIOS


    This place is a hiddem gem. At Los Patios you will find the best wines of spain. And with wine comes good food. From extensive dining to small bites. There is a cozy atmosphere and the employees are super friendly. You should definitely try the tuna, but also the croquettes. We got this tip during our food tour through Malaga and were very happy with it.

    MESÓN MARIANO


    Eat like a local! Go to Mesón Mariano. A delicious traditional tapas restaurant that is known for its artichoke. The restaurant is small and cozy and only serves traditional tapas. The restaurant opens around 20.00 and then it is immediately busy until late in the evening. You should definitely visit Mesón Mariano for the ultimate Malaga experience.

    EL REFECTORIUM CATEDRAL MALAGA


    Tapas with a modern twist. This restaurant looks great and the food is awesome. THey serve mainly Spanish dishes with a modern twist. They also won the best price for their Russian Salad in 2016.

    EL PIMPI


    Favoriete Malaga hotspot of many: El Pimpi. You can not not visit El Pimpi, because it is everywhere. This Traditional Bodega has been packed with guests since 1971. The location and the food are fantastic. You can sit on the terrace or drink a beer at the bar. For the people in Malaga, El Pimpi is best known as the restaurant of Antonio Banderas, who is like god for them. Serious. Do not say anything wrong about Antonio Banderas when you are in Malaga, because before you know it you’re banned from the city.

    JULIA’S BAKERY


    Croissant, bread or a tasty cake.Julia’s Bakery is the place to be. One of the most famous hotspots of Malaga. If you want a true foodie breakfast, a good cup of coffee or a delicious lunch, you should definitely pay a visit to Julia’s Bakery.

    LA GALERNA ON THE BOULEVARD


    We runned into this place during our bike ride and enjoyed a cup of coffee in the sun. The salads also looked very good.

    LA RECOVA


    Super small and super cute. Just visit this place.

    MERCADO CENTRAL DE ATARAZANASO


    The market halls is a must Malaga hotspot. It is the place to be for really good and affordable food. From fresh figs with almonds, fried eggplant and of course a lot of fish. And you will not be short of drinks here either. Especially the Summer Wine is really good.

    Want to discover the best Malaga hotspots yourself? Book a food tour! During this tour you will learn a lot about Malaga and the best hotspots. At the end you get a handy travel guide with the nicest restaurants in Malaga, from traditional to super hip. D

    WHAATTTT !! Your favorite Malaga hotspot is not on this list? Mail desi@foedsie.nl.

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