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My personal travel stories for Indonesia Part 1: Java

Why Indonesia captured my heart and soul and I keep on traveling there to discover its beauty  – Part 1: Traveling through Java.

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Back in 2014 I decided to go for a backpack trip through Indonesia. I started my trip on the island of Java. In Bandung the absolute highlight was picking some strawberries from hand up in the highlands, watching how hand made tofu was produced in a cellar and eating best spicy crispy chicken legs in the streets of Yogyakarta packed in a piece of newspaper.

While walking alone through the colorful streets of Yogyakarta I bumped into a little market. A beautiful ancient lady laughed at me and spoke through her soul, she did not understand English but her eyes told me to taste her food. They prepare the most simple street food you can ever imagine and they invite you to try everything. After my market tour a bike Rikscha driver invited me to a city ride. I spent 4 hours of historical, cultural and culinary experiences I will never forget. No lonely planet can list, what beauty this city has to offer. I recommend spending 10-15 days in Java, 2 days in Yogyakarta at least.

Borobudur Temple – One of the world’s seven wonder

The absolute cultural highlight in Java is the visit of the Borobudur Temples. Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonder. The ambience up here is magical, calming and inspiring.  The temple consists of a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms. At the top is a monumental stupa. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with the help of UNESCO in the 1970s.

After your Yogyakarta visit plan enough time for some volcano hiking! I recommend 3-5 days.

Where to go after Yogyakarta – Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater

My travel continued by minibus to mount Bromo and the Ijen Crater that is south of Java very close to the Island of Bali. I knew before my travels, that Indonesia has to offer a complete program when it comes to nature and culture.

Mount Bromo was a smooth start. It stands tall at 2329 m and is one of the most iconic and most hiked mountain in Indonesia. The volcano is still active. You have group tours organizing your trip. I did it by myself.  The must do there is the sunrise hike. It takes about 1-2 hours hike to the first vantage point. Sun rises at 5.30am, so plan your time best to get there.

Where to sleep – Tour Organisator for your trip

You may find various guesthouses and basic hotels located around Mount Bromo. I found plenty of my accommodation through airbnb or through the local operator that organized our trekking trips. Most of them organize different tours through Java.

Contact: Mobile : +62 85231865900
What’s App : +62 81939793336
Email: bromoindonesiatravel@gmail.com

Ijen Crater – magical blue waters: the world’s largest highly acidic crater lake

Distance: 14km round trip hike. Duration: 3 to 5 hours depending on your fitness level.

After the first smooth hike to Mount Bromo a more challenging one going up to Ijen Crater was program of Day 3.  The hike up here is tuff but if you start around 4 am in the morning you have good time to get there to admire the sunrise. The highlight up at the crater is to admire the ‘blue fire’ in the dark. To see that the midnight tour is recommended.

The landscape  up here is out of this world. The flames appear at the base of Ijen Crater and are caused by sulphuric gas catching fire.

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2. Detox week in Ubud & Bali incl. a list of selected infinity pools

3. Where to eat, drink, party and sleep in Bali

4. Day trips from Bali to Nusa Penida and Lembongan Island

5. Discovering the most beautiful beaches and Temples in Bali

6. Climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok

7. Discovering Komodo Island and Flores


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Island hopping from Malaysia to Koh Lipe

Sharing is caring! That’s how driving taxi made me meet the best travel buddies ever traveling to Koh Lipe Thailand

Crystal clear waters, delicious simple street food and plenty of lovely souls

What exciting days in Malaysia and Thailand! I experienced one of the most beautiful places on earth called: Koh Lipe Thailand! Turquoise water, sandy white beaches! The resort we stayed was magic. The Serendipity Beach Resorts, is an absolutely must do, once in a while to give oneself aCr Who would ever told me, that I would travel 10 days of my trip with two Belgian Moroccan guys? I can’t remember one night without laughing while hanging around with Hamid and Faouaz. It would take me hours to write down what we experienced together. And all of that began only because I wanted to share taxi costs to the airport to catch my flight to a beautiful city called Georgetown Penang.

Travel with a free spirit

You know what people out there, we should move at home how we move while we travel, with a free spirit and more openhearted. Life has so much beauty to offer and back home we kind of live stuck in our system, habits and routine. Life is unpredictable, that is why you should go with the flow of it.
A special thing I have to point out are the Malaysian people I met, all of them made our journey so beautiful, it’s an amazing friendly folk with much cultural mix (Indian, Chinese, Malaysian) and so much serene happy people always to help out. It feels good to be surrounded with love and peace!

No please, I don’t want KFC food

1. Two food related stories out of my journey. I had to eat at KFCs. OMG, the chicken was so so dead! Never again guys! 2. On one of our journeys the taxi driver stopped especially for us to buy us some fresh boiled corn cob! It was so delicious!

Where to sleep  and have Yoga in Malaysia & Thailand

Lots of super delicious street food wherever you walk! For these no link is available, you walk on the streets and follow your nose.

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Singapore I give you a second chance

Yes, I regret it, I take back all of my first words about Singapore being too sterile and without life!

I came back here to see a good friend that moved here from Zurich and guess what, this time I got really warm with the city.
My only touristic attraction on the program: The tree walk at Gardens by the bay. The view is unique up there. Entrance is about 28 SGD. It’s very touristy but kind of a must see, you will like it.

Food stalls, arabic district and china town

What Impressed me much are the hawker in the city where you get best and cheapest local food. These food stalls are super clean,  the quality and variety of food is amazing. I had super delicious ramen soup and dumplings!
The arabic district and chinatown of course are a must, too. Just by case walking out of little india we found a great fancy shopping street with affordable vintage clothes.

Hipster Food at Timbre+

For foodies I recommend timbre+ a gastro park made in containers with 35 food stalls and live music. Europe, we need one of this, too!. The samurai pizza is a must try! You will have a explosion of flavors, pulled beef meet, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, dark deep fried dough, fingerlicking!
Said that. Use uber in Singapore, too. The driver give so much input about places to go and what to do.I experience them as kind of local guides so so lovely!
And yes of course there are several cool food places in shopping centers you can try out, too.
  • I recommend Din Tai Fung in the Paragon Shopping Centre. Really great dumplings.

Areas to stay during your trip:

  • China town or east coast! Nice nightlife with plenty of restaurants.
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My dream: eat dimsum in Hongkong

Visit China once in my life, this I had on my bucket list and guess what, it came true.

Strolling through the streets I notice calm vibes, peace, birds singing! I really enjoyed following little paths that suddenly take you into parks hidden up on a hillmarkets with fresh fruits, bakeries selling delicious egg tarts and of course plenty of bars coffee places and restaurants. My prejudices of Hong Kong all gone. This city is not only busy and full of traffic!

What to do in Hongkong

  • Take a ferry over to Kowloon (6 Min. only) to see a Symphony of Lights never seen before, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving 44 buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline. Go at night, it’s amazing. During the day it is a busy shopping area from sneakers road to girls market, you will find plenty of tourist stuff to buy! This is a city where you walk a lot so be prepared. Steep hills up as much you want, some electric stairs in between give your legs a rest.
  • The Peak is something you have  to see. The view up there is amazing. You see the skyline of the city in a unique way! Try it by night! You will be speechless for the second time, I promise!
    Very athlete ones can run through a park up to The Peak. The heat and level of humidity did not allow me to do that! I took a local bus which takes you about 30 minutes a ride. Alternatively you can take a touristy tram that brings you slowly up, too.
  • touristy attraction to do: ride the Ding Ding, its a double floor tram that brings you easy around the city when you’re tired of walking!

Where to sleep

  • For your overnight I recommend the Soho area, its of course a more western corner but getting around from there was great and so easy for me. A hotel I recommend is the Boutique Hotel Butterfly on Waterfront (around 50 USD with special offer) or airbnb of course.

Coffee place to stop by

In soho I recommend a cute coffee place called Corner Kitchen Cafe at hollywood road, the salted caramel cake I had there are unforgettable, bombastic delicious!!

What to eat

  • The best Dim Sum ever in my life I found in a typical Chinese restaurant in soho. A must try! Its name is Monchu ChinaDid you know that Dim Sum means „touch the heart“? They completely did!
    Wesley from Wesleys Kitchen in Zurich told me, that I gonna eat the best Dim Sum ever here, and so it was!

And for the ride to the airport: uber, what else! My driver was just awesome! He made a stop to buy me some delicious Chinese biscuits he wanted me to try before leaving HK.

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Kuala Lumpur you are magic!

What better welcome as a thunderstorm to get startet in Kuala Lumpur?

This city welcomed me with a thunderstorm and a deep black sky! Loved it because it’s one way to express deep emotions! After settled down in my airbnb, a lady dorm in a luxury business building on the 27 floor (12 Euros per night) I spend 5 minutes on the terrace. The voice of the muezzin, the sun going down, the lights of the buildings starting to shine in the dark, a cemetery with thousands of graves, wow.
I feel good here. My travel continuous to be rich of experiences.

Simple delicious food, modern buildings (Petronas Tower) and hearty people all over!

While waiting at the monorail station I talked to two local girls inviting me to dinner at their home. I felt so much honored!
By the way, in KL you can easily move with the monorail.

How to get around in KL best: use UBER

I absolutely recommend to use UBER as much as possible! The UBER driver were my personal city guides! And since it was obvious that I love food they brought me to places I would never find by myself.
I recommend china town, central market, go up to the KL tower at night and stand on the glass platform,  feel freeeeedom with a touch of safety under your feet ! magic!
Absolutely must stop at upton danau kota for really good local food and a fancy chaotic night bazar.
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How to meet locals in Jaffa Tel Aviv

My personal highlight: Following my nose to an airbnb in the middle of the arabic area where the best hummus in town is just close to it

While walking along the harbor without any plan I crush into a group of locals. They invite me to a fancy place for food and drinks. This are my first 15 minutes in Tel Aviv. This people tell me all I needed to know to discover the city the next few days.

My favorite place to hang around

Plan time in the old town area around the harbor. The port is 4,000-plus-year-old. In Jaffa ancient and bohemian collide in ever more creative ways. Think: a hive of new galleries, makers’ spaces beside bars and restaurants.

Accommodation

Book your room with airbnb. Choose YAFO creative house. As the name says, their home is full of art in every corner of the house. The owner are a group of lovely, creative people. They host art and live music events and you are always welcome to meet new people and friends of them. Take the chance to taste fresh local food, too.

Tel Aviv Streetfood – best hummus ever

Just around the corner of their home is the best hummus place in town! It’s named: Abu Hasan / Ali Karavan.

Where to go for dinner

Shila – www.en.shila-rest.co.il
I think it’s the best Mediterranean Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious locally-sourced meat and seafood. Check out their tasty a la plancha dishes of seafood and vegetables. The waiters are friendly and dedicated to every wish you have.

Want to enjoy a good coffee?

Cafe Xoho – www.cafexoho.com
Laid back deco, delicious healthy vegetarian home-made food and good strong coffee. This place is a favorite hangout amongst local and international crowd in Tel Aviv. Be sure to try their delicious all-day breakfasts and their famous cookies.

I absolutely recommend a visit of this metropole. You will love the mix of history and modern life of happy smiling people.

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