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.
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.
Hiking is one of the most fulfilling ways to travel. Breathing the fresh air, taking in spectacular scenery and exploring nature using your own two feet is a great way to experience a destination. I wanted to put together a list of the best hikes in the world but to make it work I needed some help!
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.
The Nakasendo Way is hardly a secret (it’s listed in the top 25 things to do in Japan by Lonely Planet), yet it doesn’t feature on many first-time visitors’ itineraries. If, like me, you love being active and want to get a taste of rural Japan, a visit to Magome, one of Nakasendo’s prettiest spots, should be near the top of your list.
The death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, following a 70 year reign, has shocked the entire country. While the King was unwell for many years, his passing stopped the nation and brought people together in grieving for a figure considered almost holy to Thais.
Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island, isn’t on many first time visitors’ bucket lists. While tourists flock to Phuket for their package holidays and backpackers do the obligatory island hopping on the “Banana Pancake Trail”, Koh Chang’s white sandy beaches are still relatively unspoilt.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller
MBK Center, Bangkok, Thailand
The MBK Center is one of Bangkok’s most famous and popular shopping malls with hundreds of retailers, two food courts, numerous restaurants and a cinema multiplex.
Those that have been following my updates on Facebook would know that I have become somewhat of a keen cyclist on my latest trip to Thailand. Not because I cycle at home – I don’t even own a bike – but because I like being active on my travels and think that exploring on two wheels is one of the best ways to get a feel for a place.