Samarinda, the Exotic Gateway to East Kalimantan

Samarinda’s city centre is certainly not be one of the Republic of Indonesia’s…

The Curious Case of Kopi Luwak

You’ve tried them all: Arabica and Robusta, espressos, cappuccinos, café lattes…

Spicy and Proud: The Sasak People of Lombok

Geography and history define the Sasaks – the indigenous people of Lombok who…

Bintang Beer, the Drink of Champions

Indonesia can boast everything that Zappa dreamed of – except that the…

The Eye of the Storm: Nyepi, Bali’s Hindu Day of Silence

If previous New Year’s Days have seen you waking up with a crippling hangover…

Durian, The King of Stink

Like any good outlaw, durian is tough on the outside with a heart of gold. At…

Decoding the World of Balinese Hindu Offerings

On Bali, they’re everywhere. From a few grains of rice stuck to a slice of…

The Tropical Rainforests of Borneo

Borneo is huge. After Greenland and New Guinea, it’s the third-largest island…

Indonesian Volcanos: A Journey to the Land of Erupting Giants and Dormant Beauties

You’d be forgiven for not knowing where Indonesia is. It’s not a…

Borneo’s Orangutans: Just Don’t Call Me A Monkey!

This loveable, gentle, shaggy-haired ape shares 97 percent of our DNA. Like us,…

The Mighty Mahakam River

The fabled Mahakam River (Sungai Mahakam) snakes sinuously for over 900…

The Dutch East India Company (VOC): Indonesian Chapter

Before the vanguard of the United East Indian Company – the Vereenigde…

Prambanan Temple: The Seat of Shiva

Folklore has it that the Javanese Hindu temple of Prambanan wasn’t built by Man…

The Twin Mirrors of Bali’s Legong Dance

All Balinese children are exposed to the world of dance long before they can…

Crossing The Wallace Line

If you’re travelling by speedboat from Bali to Lombok’s Gili Islands, you might…

Sambal, The Spice of Indonesian Life

Whether you’re sitting in a five-star restaurant or relaxing at a street-side…