Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

My last post concerned Bali. You can think of the Gili islands as Bali’s three teeny little siblings. They (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are scattered between the north-east of Bali and the north-west of Lombok. All of this is in Indonesia. Which, religiously speaking, is an interesting corner of the planet. Indonesia … More Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

Bali’s Ubud: Featuring rain, scooters and a Kambo (frog poison) ceremony

It’s been awhile since my last venture – I’ve been on the travel news desk in London covering plane crashes and food poisoning epidemics and wildlife photographers etc. But over December I took flight for Bali, where I first spent a few days revisiting Ubud. Ubud – undeniably beautiful – is nestled in the heart … More Bali’s Ubud: Featuring rain, scooters and a Kambo (frog poison) ceremony

Bali: Featuring thieving monkeys, rolling rice fields and an unfortunate trip to hospital

There are three places to go in Bali as a run-of-the-mill traveller: Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud. Seminyak and Kuta are where you go to get rat-arsed on the beach, have regrettable tattoos, and buy the sort of memorabilia which includes bottle openers shaped liked penises. Ubud is the setting of Eat Pray Love, so attracts … More Bali: Featuring thieving monkeys, rolling rice fields and an unfortunate trip to hospital