The temple on Lake Beratan, Bali
We wanted to try to combat culture shock as much as possible by heading to Bali first on the Asia leg of the trip. It also happened to be a low cost destination from Australia which sealed the deal. Bali ended up being a land of contrasts. Due to its proximity to Australia and budget friendly prices it is to Australians what Magaluf is to Brits or Cabo is to Americans. Kuta and Seminyak are heavily developed with western tourists as a focus and with not a lot going for them in our opinion. Ubud is still very touristy but in a much nicer way. We loved our time in a beautiful homestay out in the rice fields, a real escape from the bustling city.
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Just hanging out in the jungle
Seeing orang-utans in the wild has been something we’ve wanted to do for a really long time. Paul grew up being a complete wildlife geek and it’s gradually rubbed off on me over the years. We always thought it would be in Borneo but when Paul started doing research into the few places you can still see these amazing creatures, Sumatra ended up being the leading contender.
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The metropolis that is Gili Air Harbour
We’ve not got a good track record with tropical islands on this trip, after our unsuccessful stay on Rarotonga I’d come to the conclusion that being castaway types wasn’t really going to be our thing. Why then did we really enjoy our time on a tiny, tropical island just off the coast of Lombok?
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Tanah Lot temple
We wanted to see as much of the island of Bali as possible in the time we had but the idea of driving amongst the chaos of 1.5 million motorbikes and a fair number of cars and trucks didn’t appeal at all. Driving in Asia is fairly chaotic by western standards and the fact that we don’t understand any of the rules or lack thereof was enough of a deterrent to make sure we didn’t hire a motorbike. Plenty of people do and absolutely love it but we’re scaredy cats and proud!
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