Category Archives: Indonesia

10 natural wonders within striking distance of Medan

A mere 1 hour flight from KL, Indonesia’s fourth largest city might not strike you as a destination for adventure lovers, but with some careful planning and travel, Medan makes an excellent base for these stunning natural attractions.

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Gunung Sibayak hike via Jaranguda

Since 2013, its been impossible to climb the active Gunung Sinabung in North Sumatra. On my first visit to Medan, Sinabung was kicking up ash plumes and spewing molten lava and villagers who had just returned to their homes had to be re-evacuated. Neighbouring Gunung Sibayak is 238 meters shorter and can be climbed, but it’s no slouch.

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Gili Islands day trip

Having spent the last 4 days and 3 nights hiking up and across the beautiful slopes of Gunung Rinjani, Hafiza and I were desperate for a little excitement, while Vasantha and Shanti who had descended sooner were excited to get off Lombok and explore. We jumped on board a chartered outrigger and headed for Gili Islands.

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Gunung Agung hike

It was after climbing Gunung Rinjani on Lombok and staring out across the Lombok Straits to Gunung Agung that I first hatched the plan to climb Bali’s highest peak. If I could do Rinjani at 3726 meters then surely I could climb Gunung Agung at 3031 meters.  Little did I know that both climbs couldn’t be more different.

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My favourite street @ Ubud

Despite the growing crowds and traffic, I love Ubud. Its loop of streets and inviting lanes invite the discovery of its local arts, beautifully crafted furniture, dreamy clothing and an amazing array of restaurants. Yet of all the streets in Ubud, Jalan Gootama is one of my favourites and one that I keep coming back to over and over.

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Ubud diary: Day 2 – Fields, food and early bedtimes

Each of our four days in Ubud were cut short – by our arrival on Tuesday, our departure on Friday, our nap and pick up on Wednesday and our climb and descent of Gunung Agung on Thursday. So you could say a walk through the rice fields, a visit to the art gallery and lunch on Gootama Street was not too bad an achievement for two hopeful volcano baggers.

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