COUNTRY: INDONESIA

Wayang Jogja Night Carnival #4

Designated as the ASEAN City of Culture for the period of 2018 to 2022, Yogyakarta is truly the cultural soul of Indonesia. Headed by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Yogyakarta is a hub of Javanese culture and keeps its traditions close to its heart. With its fierce determination to maintain its…

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Mount Batur: Subverting Expectations

While planning our trip to Bali, Indonesia, the one activity that constantly came up was trekking Mount Batur to witness the breathtaking sunrise splayed across the sky. We constantly heard about the rich colours that interlaced and danced with each other while the sun emerged amidst them. When the time…

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Reimagine Wellness Travel with Align Holistic Fitness

Combining fitness and wellness with travel – what’s not to love? Wellness tourism has become a rising trend that’s taking the world by storm amongst tourists, which blends wellness and travel into one itinerary. At Align Holistic Fitness, they manage to execute this seamlessly. About Align Holistic Fitness Based in…

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Southeast Asia’s Most Underrated Treasures

Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful places to visit. There’s bustling Bangkok in the ‘Land of Smiles’; old Town Hoi An in Vietnam; as well as the white sand beaches of Boracay in the Philippines. But those are just three of the hundreds of ravishing…

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Snapshots: National Parks

Whether it is for the protection of forests, national treasures or wildlife, national parks around the world are as varied as the countries they belong to. From ancient civilizations to geological wonderlands, we visit some of the lesser-known parks around the world. ICELAND Vatnajokull National Park Vatnajokull National Park is…

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Short Breaks: Lombok

Part of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, the island of Lombok has often been hailed as an unspoiled version of its more famous neighbour, Bali. The rich and enduring culture of the indigenous Sasak people add to the charm; the Sasak language is more widely spoken here than Bahasa. Capped…

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Short Breaks: Flores Island

Long hidden in the shadows of its more famous neighbour Bali, the island of Flores is part of a volcanic belt which stretches from Sumatra through Java and the Banda Sea – and is most famous for its population of Komodo dragons. The chain of 14 active volcanoes creates a…

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Nature Through the Lens

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Andrew JK Tan / Mentorgraphy   About Andrew JK Tan, photographer “I am a very serious hobbyist and also a freelance photographer. I have been involved in photography for over 30 years now. I especially love shooting nature, sports, wildlife, landscapes, travel, portraiture and macro photography. In 2012…

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Short Break: Surabaya, Indonesia

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-biggest city and the gateway to Central Java. Despite its sprawling size, it packs in a quaint mix of culture and history, including the historic Arab quarter, colonial Dutch architecture and one of Indonesia’s biggest Chinatowns. It’s also the stepping stone to nearby Mt. Bromo, the UNESCO…

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Short Breaks: Mt. Bromo

Text by Samantha Pereira Photos by Tamara Sanderson Sitting in an untamed, rugged slice of Indonesia, Mt. Bromo, which lies in the heart of East Java, may not size up next to the list of towering peaks and volcanoes that dot the rest of the region, but instead its lure…

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Islands Off The Beaten Track in Southeast Asia

One of the advantages of being in Singapore is the relatively easy access to thousands of tropical islands around the Southeast Asian region. As more and more visitors head to popular resort islands like Bali and Koh Samui, other lesser-known islands in the region are drawing visitors who prefer to…

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The Dragon’s Lair: Visiting Komodo Dragons

Dragons don’t just exist in the Game of Thrones. They can also be found on a few islands in Komodo National Park, just off the coast of Flores in Indonesia. Revered by the locals and enmeshed in lore, this protected species might not spew fire or wreak destruction from on…

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Snapshot: Island Getaways

There’s no need to head to far-flung lands – or even take a flight – to experience secluded beaches and private villas located just hours by sea from Singapore. Here are some private islands in Indonesia and Malaysia where you can easily visit as a weekend jaunt (most villas impose…

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5 Bioluminescent Beaches You Need to Visit

Anyone who doesn’t like the beach is surely missing out. (Who actually doesn’t like going to beaches?) But the new talk-of-the-town are these beaches in several parts of the world that apparently glow in the dark. Is this fact or fiction? Definitely fact. Bioluminescence is the phenomenon that causes the…

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Bali Is Indonesia’s First Plastic-Free Province

Environmental activists, conservationists and green enthusiasts – rejoice! As climate change takes its toll on Mother Earth, more countries are working towards curbing its effects by taking matters into their own hands to play their part. As of 23 June this year, supporters of the no-plastic movement can celebrate as…

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