Category Asia

Tears In Rain…

Last year Karen and I spent a few amazing weeks in Nepal. Our initial objective was just to go there to do a bit of trekking but we discovered so much more. We spent days getting lost amongst Kathmandu’s labyrinthine streets, discovering temples both hidden and looming before heading to quieter streets in Bhaktapur – […]

Indonesia Highlights

Our month in Indonesia was a bit of a roller coaster ride, there were servals highs and unfortunately a few ‘not so’ high moments. We both fell in love with the Gili Islands, each of the three islands had its own character and charm. The temples and volcanos in Java were spectacular. Our experience in […]

“You no like, you go to Kuta!”

What’s tired, hungry, miserable and stinks of sulphur? Us on the ferry back to Bali. Karen had done a quick wardrobe change in the back of the van while John waited to use the facilities on the boat – big mistake! John was no longer after this. Getting to Bali by ferry is easy from […]

Ghost Miners

While we were in the Ijen Crater we came into contact with one of the most brutal forms of employment we have seen – The Sulphur Miners of Ijen. The Ijen Crater is one big sulphur mine. Over 300 miners work here. Between the hours of 2am and 4am they descend into the very bowels […]

Fire and Brimstone

Some moments stick in your head forever. Karen and I found ourselves alone,in the dark, surrounded by noxious Sulphuric Gas – 3km down inside the crater of a volcano. We had lost our guide, and everyone else. Wretching and coughing and struggling to see from the sudden increased waves of the gas – it was […]

Mount Bromo

Leaving Yogyakarta was a nightmare. 12 Hours in the back of a car, but it should not have been like this. We had stayed in a luxury hotel as a treat. There was a travel desk that were so helpful in booking onward travel to Malang for us. This was so great because it’s tough […]

Borobo-busy!!

If the temples in Java are brothers, then Borobodur is the Big Brother to Prambanan. Borobodur a buddhist temple dating from the 8th Century is a truly remarkable place, so unique. Which was the downside.. it would be busy. But we here at JKRoaming thrive on adversity. To get here we needed to charter a […]

This is a Local Stop!

Our hotel organised a free shuttle bus to the nearby temple, so we made avail of it. The local temple just so happened to be both a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of Indonesia’s true gems… Prambanan. We got on the bus and laughed as we were the only 2 people on it. The short […]

Nothing rhymes with Yogyakarta!

As discussed in our previous post, we made our way to the island of Java from Gili Trawangan via Bali. Our flight from Denpasar landed in Yogyakarta at 7.30am and by 8am we had arrived at our hotel and ready to relax. We had booked a nice hotel for a few days as our last […]

Better the Gili you know!!

So in Lombok. We could get a long boat back to Bali or we could do something we had been curious about since we arrived in Indonesia. Gili Trawangan has a pure party label. Some people say it is the ‘Zante’ of Indonesia. Full of young, predominantly Australian 20 Year Olds throwing all caution to […]

Sengiggi-giggity

After over a week of lazing on the beach it was time to return to the mainland, well a larger, busier island, than the Gilis. We had heard good things about Lombok so we were raring to go! To get to Lombok we took the “Local” boat to Bangsal Harbour, in the North of Lombok. […]

Well Two out of Three ain’t Bad!!

After 5 nights on Gili Air we were rewarded with a Level UP for our commitment. That Level Up was Gili Meno. According to Wikitravel, Gili Meno is the “Meat in the sandwich of the three Gili Islands”. Gili Meno, while fast becoming the new exclusive retreat island, is still the best of the three […]

Gilis In The Mist

There are a few ways to get to the Gili Islands. Option 1 is to get a fast speed boat. Option 2 is to waste a whole day on a slow boat to Lombok before getting a public ferry to one of the Gilis. Option 3 is to hire a private speed boat and arrive […]

Côte d’Amed!

Nous avons arrives à Amed avec la plages noire et le tempo clair. L’hotel il s’appelle…. Pardon me. Amed is crawling with so many French tourists that we forgot who we were. Let me try again… We arrived in Amed, with its black sandy beaches and calm tempo. Our Hotel was a room behind a […]

Water Water Everywhere

Bali, the sunshine island. Surely it couldn’t be raining? Sadly it was. At least it was a travel day, we were off up the eastern coast to Amed. Putu our host had kindly offered to take us there via the water temple Tirta Gangga (‘Water of the Ganges’). The drive was uphill and took in […]