Mount Batur

We arrived on Bali and made our way to the bus station at Gilimanuk. We were prepared for hassle, but actually the bus drivers were friendly, laughing and enjoying making up numbers as prices for their buses. It was good that we had found the real price online so we knew what was right. The…

Get a whiff of this

The next stop on our Java-volcano-tour was Gunung Ijen. It is located at the far eastern end of Java, near the town of Banyuwangi. The town is split into three parts; all of which have train stations and accommodation but only the last/northern one has a ferry port (connects to Gillimanuk on Bali). We stayed…

Going Solo to Mount Bromo

We left Yogyakarta on a local train known as a Prameks which run a little like commuter trains and are very cheap. We paid just 8000 rupiah (40p) for the hour long journey to our next destination, Solo. Solo was going to be a very brief stop as we had another train booked onwards to…

Meeting the Sultan in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta or Jogja, as the locals call it, is Java’s second biggest city and regarded as much more livable than Jakarta. We arrived there after an 8 hour train journey from the capital which was great. In our opinion the best way to cover the distance, it is not cheap, but you get a modern…

An introduction to Indonesia

We arrived into Jakarta quite late, but the organised customs meant we were out of the airport fast. Our hotel had advised us to use Grab or Go Jek so that’s what we did. Around 9pm, we checked into our hotel and thanks to a thunderstorm found ourselves in the ramen restaurant downstairs for dinner….