Notes on Dili, East Timor

East Timor Government Building

A little big city Dili is the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, and also the newest, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. While Dili is going to feel sedate after being in the other capital cities of the region, travel is a relative experience so your impression will depend on where you’re arriving […]

How to travel Flores (Indonesia) in 1 week

Labuan Bajo Sunset

[The coast of Flores. And the answer to why bus travel takes so long.] I’m wrapping up my Flores posts to highlight how to travel Flores in the space of a week. Originally I had intended to spend 2 weeks there, but my trip was cut short when I realised I needed extra time to […]

Bajawa day trip: Volcanoes, traditional villages, and hot springs

Bajawa Day Trip

[Bajawa, Flores - Indonesia] On my trip to Flores I stopped at Bajawa, which is about half way between Labuan Bajo (for Komodo National Park) and Moni (for Kelimutu National Park). If you are travelling overland in Flores it’s worth stopping regularly as bus travel is arduous. Bajawa is a small market city in the […]

Cafes in Bali for writers and digital nomads

Mugshot Cafe - Bali

Bali has long been a popular destination for creative types, but for us reliant on the internet its reputation of poor internet connectivity precedes it. I was a bit sceptical to come back myself. Last time I was here (4 years ago) I had a hard time finding accommodation with wifi, and there wasn’t much […]

Komodo dragons and coral reefs: Komodo National Park 2 day boat tour

Putri Komodo Tours

[One of the many islands of Komodo National Park.] Komodo National Park is a protected watery expanse that covers a group of islands and reefs to the east of the island of Flores, Indonesia. Komodo is famous for the giant lizards of the same name, but it’s also home to some of the best coral […]

New Country Day: East Timor (Timor-Leste)

Indonesia - East Timor Border Crossing

Country: East Timor Date: 24 May 2014 It’s been nearly a year since I’ve been to a new country, and East Timor marks my last unvisited country in Southeast Asia. I use the New Country Day tag to mark when I have visited a new country and to note my observations of being in a […]

Cafes in Penang for writers and digital nomads

Penang Cafes

Georgetown is a former colonial city on the island of Penang in Malaysia. The old town is lined with colonial-era buildings and and the entire inner city is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love visiting Penang and I’ve been numerous times, with visits lasting from 2 days to one month. The food scene […]

Tsunami sites in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Boat

“I lost 16 members of my family in the Tsunami”. When I arrived in Banda Aceh I wondered if people would be receptive to discussing the tsunami. I needn’t have worried as my taxi guide started telling me his experience as soon as we left the airport. He was at the airport when the tsunami […]

In Pictures: Little Saigon – Melbourne

Little Saigon - Melbourne

After having spent nearly a year in Ho Chi Minh City I returned my nominal home city of Melbourne for the Christmas holidays. While it’s always good to go back I knew I would be soon be having some Vietnamese food withdrawals, so I made my way to one of the Vietnamese districts. There are […]

Eating my way around Saigon

Saigon Food Wander

Ho Chi Minh City has become my home-base hub; the place I go when I need to rest from travel. I have spent about a year here, off and on, in what could be described as slomadic travel (slow-nomadic travel. Groan, I know.) One thing I have noticed about returning after being away is how […]