Category: Places

Balinese kris-maker Empu Nyoman Punduh with his masterwork.

Friday Photo: Balinese Kris

This is Empu Nyoman Punduh, a kris-maker in Kintamani, Bali, with his masterpiece. The Balinese kris is central to the culture. A young man gets...

The water temple of Tirta empul at Tampak Siring.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Ubud

If you’re coming to Bali, a night or two in Ubud, the island’s arts, culture, food and spirituality capital, is pretty much a must. So...

Ricefields in Bali

#BoycottBali? Nuh-Uh

The impending execution of two of the “Bali Nine”, Australians shopped to Indonesian authorities by Australian police for trying to smuggle heroin into Australia, has...

So I Found a Cobra in My Bedroom

I’m normally fairly sanguine about snakes. Well, about as sanguine as a Briton can be. We don’t really have snakes in Britain, by which I...

The Friday Photo: Hobbit House

This is Hobbit House, Manila, a regular on lists of the world’s weirdest restaurants. It seems, at first blush, like an absolutely horrible concept: a...

Kakaban island in Borneo's Derawan Archipelago, blurred in a wave.

The Friday Photo: Jellyfish Lake

Ever snorkelled with jellyfish? Deliberately, I mean? We did, in the jellyfish lake on Kakaban Island, in Indonesia’s Derawan islands, off Borneo. Kakaban is a...