INDONESIA: Bali Travel Guide for First-Timers

The mere mention of Bali connotes images of serene, tropical paradise clad in exotic culture and  maidens walking on evergreen rice paddies.  But once you arrive in downtown Denpasar, you will be greeted by a lively, crowded strip of souvenir shops, flashy malls, deafening all-night clubs, restaurants and resorts for all types of budget. Don’t fret, because once you start …

THINGS TO DO IN YOGYAKARTA

  Yogyakarta is history, yes, and also the culture and soul of Java.  This vibrant city has been dropping jaws for years because of its architectural medley of  ancient temples, elaborate heritage buildings, fascinating museums and impressive Kraton (Sultan’s Palace).     Interestingly, it also home to indigenous arts, boasting an incredible line-up of traditional craft displays, wayang theaters, home-grown …

MAKASSAR THINGS TO DO FOR FIRST TIMERS

It is time to put back up Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, on the tourist radar. This erstwhile center of Sulawesi’s boat building and sailing tradition is a fascinating mash-up of postcard-worthy topography, rich wildlife, Dutch colonial history and food haven.   Makassar can be reached by flying from Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya or Denpasar.  Though it is a …