After travelling to some seriously far flung places, Simon Proudman tells us why Yogjakarta in Indonesia is his favourite city in the world.
Jakarta is everything that is good and bad about an Asian city; shopping, poverty, diversity, tension, globalisation, gridlock, development and pollution.
The name Sumatra conjures up images of tigers, rainforest, coffee and the 2004 tsunami, but not cities, a matrilineal society and a rich culinary tradition.
Near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, lie the remains of a Hindu civilisation, and the influence of its traditions remain alive and visible to this day.
Hot and sticky in Yogyakarta, impressed at sunrise by the ruins at Borobudur; this was the week in which I searched for Indonesia’s multi-layered soul.
If Australia loves a barbecue and Italy invented pizza, Yogyakarta is meant to be Indonesia’s tastiest bowl of fried rice, although beautiful it ain’t.
Bali gets a bad rap, but on my recent trip to Indonesia’s hedonistic party island, I was pleasantly surprised and I’m already planning my return trip!
The Jetstar Dreamliner experience is comfortable and relaxing; everything it should be, on this aircraft designed for the next generation of air travellers.
After perusing Flores, we flew to Surabaya on Java and nearby Mt Bromo. We walked around the rim of a volcano and watching the mist roll in over the mountainside.