I swear, I didn’t even want to visit Bali after hearing all those tales. Some were predicting Apocalypse Now: “Bali is overrated, a Benidorm for Aussies, an Eat Pray Love theme park!” Others were promising Heaven on Earth: “A tropical paradise, with smily people and amazing sites.” What to do? Who to believe? Only one way to find out. We went straight to the spiritual heart of Bali: the sacred city of Ubud. And Lord, have mercy, for I have sinned. PRIDE - Considered the origi
While climbing Mount Rinjani I could only think of one thing: the Gili Islands. After 3726 meters of hell, this must be heaven. Three little pearls off the Lombok coast with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The perfect place to chill and recover. Skiers have Après-ski, hikers Après-Rinjani. So after our descent to Senaru, there's no time to waste. We are driven to the Bangsal Jetty at Warp speed. The Gilis are calling. And I know exactly what I’m going to do there: noth
My first reaction in Kuta was to turn around and take the first flight home. The place is a total dump. There is garbage everywhere. Some bother to burn it, most simply throw it. Scruffy dogs chase me at the beach. What beach? What could be a premium strip of Côte d'Azur is Côte Poubelle. At night you get run over by hordes of scooters without headlights. No worries, you can still hear them coming. Half are missing proper exhausts. Kuta Lombok (pronounce: Ku-teeh) ain’t love
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Travel blog started in Malaysia, the land of the tapir. I am a creative with a passion for traveling. Ideally outdoor & off-the-beaten path. Here are my best travel tips and tales.