This national park in East Java is a highlight of Indonesia. Well-discovered by Europeans and Asians, for some reason it hasn't quite made it on the the tourism radar of most Americans. A volcanic wonderland consisting of at least 5 mountains and a variety of lakes. Great for hikers but also...more
Gunung Penjakan is the location of the famous view point for the Mt. Bromo panorama that includes Mt. Semeru. Every tourist in town will be there for sunrise. A few tips based on my visit: - you don't have to get their too early. The sunrise itself isn't the highlight and you'll be able...more
The best way to see Kwah Ijen is a midnight hike leaving from the base at around 2 a.m. (chances are you will leave your hotel at 1 a.m.). Early morning is your best chance at seeing the blue light of the burning sulfur, supposedly only one of two places on Earth where this happens. To see them, it must be...more
This exceptional spot inside the Hotel Tugu has incredible atmosphere and great food. A bit of a trek from the resorts further south but a gorgeous escape with great Javanese / Balinese food. Highly recommended. Book in advance to be safe.
An expansive menu of exceptional Indonesian food served in a gorgeous setting. This is a special spot that is relaxed enough for a casual evening but impressive enough for business. Highly recommended.
Nusa Tenggara is other-worldly. Man-eating lizards, parched topography, gorgeous turquoise beaches, and an underwater world that is abundant and unspoiled. It isn't the easiest place to get to but visitors will be well rewarded. A highlight of Indonesia (and planet Earth) that is an hour...more
This gorgeous hotel is a phenomenal value. The service, style, and food here are comparable to an Aman Resort -- which would run 2 - 3x the price. Rooms are spacious and stylish. The service and food are excellent. The pool area is breathtaking. You could certainly criticize the beach -- which is quite...more
This is by far the best place to buy wood carvings in Bali. Look for items produced by the master. He is one (if not the most) famous carver in Bali. Prices are high relative to elsewhere but if you have a good eye, you can buy museum quality pieces here at very good prices. We splurged on a mask here and it is...more