Flores: Here Be Dragons

Labuan Bajo is a town completely geared to one thing - Komodo. Sitting in between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa, Komodo National Park is famed for its scenic islands, beautiful marine life and, of course, the iconic komodo dragons that make their home here. The only realistic way to explore this national park is … Continue reading Flores: Here Be Dragons

Flores: Country Life

Not keen to leave the hills just yet (or suffer an 8+ hour bus ride to Labuan Bajo) I decided to stop off in Ruteng after leaving Bajawa. My guesthouse was able to arrange a bus though it involved being picked up at 6.30am to then sit on a stationery bus for an hour and … Continue reading Flores: Country Life

Flores: Beginning of the Ende

It was another scenic 2 hour drive from Moni to the city of Ende and this time I lucked out with a mostly empty bus, making the twisty-turny journey much more bearable. The ride costed 50,000 IDR. I was also lucky in that before we reached the city proper, I spotted my hostel and so … Continue reading Flores: Beginning of the Ende

Flores: A Craterscape

It was easy enough to jump on an overly-crowded bus towards Moni and beyond from the road just outside Ricky’s place, costing 30,000 IDR for the 90 minute or so journey up into the hills. It was at this point I realised everything everyone had told me about Flores’ roads was true. Just this relatively … Continue reading Flores: A Craterscape

Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

It was already time to bid farewell to Bali as I excitedly boarded my plane to Flores, a few islands east. My excitement was heightened by the fact I was taking my first ever propeller plane flight, with a teeny tiny plane making the 2 hour hop to Maumere to the east of Flores. Described … Continue reading Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

Indonesia: In With the Nusa…

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to learn that a flight from Brisbane to Bali took 6 hours, due to how vast Australia is, but I genuinely did think it would just be a quick hop up to Indonesia. Luckily the flight was fine. It was early so I kipped in Brisbane airport beforehand - … Continue reading Indonesia: In With the Nusa…

Yunnan: A Bit of TLG, Day 2

I awoke on Boxing Day after a lush sleep at Halfway Guesthouse along Tiger Leaping Gorge. I didn't have chance to mention my accommodation in the other post. Halfway has mixed reviews but I'd highly recommend it - I had a great stay here. A dorm room costs just ¥40 a night (with the most … Continue reading Yunnan: A Bit of TLG, Day 2

Yunnan: A Bit of TLG, Day 1

This was it. This was the big one. Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, was one of my main motivations for visiting Yunnan province. It had been on my radar ever since a friend mentioned it to me over a year ago and now finally, on Christmas Day, I was heading … Continue reading Yunnan: A Bit of TLG, Day 1

Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang

My Christmas Eve plans seem destined to go awry. Three years ago on Christmas Eve in the Philippines I missed my ferry to Boracay and ended up stranded in Manila with nowhere to go. Last year I spent the entire day stuck on a veeeery long sleeper bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. This … Continue reading Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang