With two Java volcano hikes already in the bag, it was time for possibly the most impressive of them all. Visiting the Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater) to see the volcano’s mesmerising blue flames was a massive highlight of my Indonesia trip.
Most travellers will only be familiar with Banyuwangi for two reasons. It’s often either the first or last stop on an overland trip through Java (depending on whether you are heading to or from Bali). It’s also a great access point for exploring the Kawah Ijen volcano.
Mount Bromo is one of Java’s most famous attractions and one of over 40 active volcanos on the island. Its setting among the stunning landscapes of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park makes it a popular tourist destination. Visiting Mount Bromo should be high on any East Java itinerary and I’ve put together this guide to help make your trip as smooth as possible.
My plan to have a nap before hiking Mount Merapi failed miserably. After getting back later than expected from a day of sightseeing, I was running late. I barely had time to grab snacks and a shower before the car pulled up outside just before 10pm.
Guinsa temple was high on my list of things to see on my trip to South Korea. The headquarters of the Cheontae Order of Korean Buddhism is one of the most striking temple complexes in Korea and after reading about it, I just had to check it out!
Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Japan’s cool capital has something for everyone – from ancient temples and historic neighbourhoods to maid cafes and a giant Godzilla head. Unlike many cities around the world it’s pretty light on actual landmarks but experiencing it is a highlight of any Japan itinerary.
Seoul’s Gwangjang Market is an absolute must-visit for any self-respecting foodies. Its bustling lanes are full of food stalls and the area comes alive at night, when locals fill the benches of the different establishments. The owners (seemingly always older Korean ladies) are quick to fill patrons’ bowls with delicious freshly-cooked food.
South Korea may be overlooked by many visitors to Asia, but there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t make the same mistake. While it’s hardly undiscovered, its mix of stunning landscapes, rich history and fascinating culture deserves a lot more attention than it gets.