Tag Archives: Indonesia

Reeling in the Year:2014

Today marks one year since we pulled on our rucksacks and said goodbye to Lucy and Martin in Greenwich, London. We boarded the train to Heathrow with a one way ticket to Perth Australia via Delhi, Bangkok and Bali. Our tummies were tumbling, there was mixture of excitement, fear, sadness and nerves inside. Little did […]

7 Months in Asia

As we board the flight to Perth we have realised that it is just over 7 months travel in Asia that has just been completed. To commemorate this here is some Top 7 lists of our incredible journey so far. (n.b Each item has a link to that post!)   Written by John AND Karen! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Just a small town girl…

So that is us leaving Kota Kinabalu and about to head to Perth, Australia. Or was it? Like in the TV detective show Colombo (Peter Falk RIP), there was “just one more thing…” We had one more country to visit. Our final Asian country would be Indonesia. The island of Bali is one of the […]