Jumat, 23 Januari 2015

ISLAND BALI


Photos Map Classic Bali & Lombok information and booking from $1899 Duration 14 Days Service Standard Difficulty Moderate Check prices & availability Highlights Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu, savour Balinese cuisine, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples, lay eyes on active volcanoes Tour description provided by G Adventures Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Our CEOs will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life. Itinerary Day 1 Arrive Sanur Travelers will be arriving at different times during the day so feel free to arrive at the joining point at any time as there are no planned activities, apart from our group meeting at around 6pm and an optional dinner afterwards. Day 2 Bedugal/Munduk (1B,D) Our drive today ascends from the lowlands through rice fields, villages then lush tropical jungle and we get the chance to stop at the Angseri Hot Springs to bathe in therapeutic waters surrounded by natures beauty (approx 2.5 hrs). Following this we continue upwards for another 30 minute drive over the mountains and into the caldera surrounding the town of Bedugal. Surrounded by serene crater lakes and majestic mountains over 2,000 metres tall, we spend the afternoon exploring the sights including the Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded in the 17th century by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes, before continuing to our overnight stop at Munduk. At 813 meters above sea level, the village of Munduk is surrounded by coffee plantations and boasts a temperate climate, much cooler than the beach areas. Tonight we get to experience true Balinese hospitality with a local dinner. Day 3 Kintamani (1B) Leaving Munduk this morning we travel along small local mountain roads winding through jungle and terraced rice paddies, pausing at Blantih Village to see how traditional coffee is made. Our next stop is Tampaksiring for the chance to visit Tirta Empul Temple with its bubbling spring said to hold magical curative powers. Our final destination today is Kintamani, perched 1500 meters above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur with Mount Batur towering above. You may need warmer clothes here as the temperature is often much cooler then the coastal regions. Take a wander through town and mix with the locals, visit the market and marvel at the variety of local produce for sale. Days 4-5 Ubud (2B) This morning we have the option of a 2-hour guided hike up Mt Batur to view this active volcano and the panoramic views of Bali spread out below. After, visit the 22 temples that make up the 14th Century Besakih Temple complex, the preeminent Hindu Temple in Bali. Over 70 festivals are held here each year so don't be surprised to be caught up in one of these amazing events. Lava flows from the devastating 1963 eruption of Mt Agung narrowly missed the temple adding divine mystery to the location. Travel the short distance to Ubud, taking an orientation walk with your CEO upon arrival. Along the way, visit the Monkey Forest. Keep your valuables close as these cheeky creatures are bound to grab anything that isn't nailed down. Surrounded by scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces, it's easy to see why Ubud has inspired painters, sculptors, poets, musicians and writers from all over the world. You too will be inspired by the laid back way of life, the beauty and the scenic splendor that is Ubud, the "heart of Balinese culture". Perhaps it's time to refine you culinary skills with an optional Balinese cooking class. In the evening, opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe try the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. You could also take a stroll through the rice fields, chow down on some organic food or go whitewater rafting. Yoga is also a highlight here, with tons of classes in different studios and environments. Just outside of Ubud, choose to visit the Bali Zoo, the Bird Park or the Elephant Park to get a taste of the Southeast Asian wildlife. You might even see the rare Komodo Dragon! Days 6-7 Candidasa (2B) Drive to the resort on the coast and the legendary beaches of Candidasa for a swim and some time to relax. Opt to visit the water temple, Tirta Gangga. Choose to take a diving course or swim off the white sand beaches. This is also a great place to have a massage, take a yoga class or check out some of the more secluded beaches in the area. On Day 7, there is a welcome meeting at 6pm for anyone joining the trip here. Then, head out for an optional dinner with the new group members. Day 8 Lombok/Tetebatu (1B) Take the ferry to Lombok- the time here can vary depending on which boat turns up for the journey. (Fingers crossed for the express boat!) Once you arrive to Lombok, drive to the village of Tetebatu (about 2.5 hrs) on the slope of the Rinjani Volcano. In the afternoon, explore the area– the ricefields, tobacco fields and the small village. Day 9 Senaru (1B) Enjoy a spectacular drive through the middle of Lombok. You will travel through parts of the forest on the slopes of the Rinjani Mountains and continue through the dry, eastern part of the island. Once on the north side, you will drive up the slope of the Rinjani Volcano once more in order to arrive in Senaru for the night. Day 10-12 Gili Islands (3B) In the morning, hike through the valley situated at the base of Mt Rinjani. During the hike, visit local villages along the way where the people are happy to greet you with warm hospitality and welcome you to their homes. End the hike at a secluded waterfall for a refreshing swim. After, drive about four hours to the harbour. Take a small outrigger boat to the Gili islands (30 minutes). We usually stay on Gili Air Island but will sometimes stay on Gili Meno Island depending on seasonality. The Gili Islands are the ideal location to relax, enjoy the sun, sand and sea and let go of all your cares and worries. With a tiny population, no cars, an industry consisting of tourism, coconut plantations and fishing plus hte added bonus of beautiful white sand beaches, pristine waters and coral reefs, there's nothing to do here but enjoy. If you feel particularly energetic your CEO can organise an optional snorkeling trip or yoga classes. Please note there is limited fresh water available on the Gilis and electricity is supplied by generators. Showers use salt water and rooms are typically fan-cooled (no air-con). Approximate travel time: Senaru to Gili Island: 2 hours drive followed by a 30 minute ferry Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/tours/small-group-tours/classic-bali-lombok#ixzz3PfAEkOuU


Photos Map Classic Bali & Lombok information and booking from $1899 Duration 14 Days Service Standard Difficulty Moderate Check prices & availability Highlights Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu, savour Balinese cuisine, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples, lay eyes on active volcanoes Tour description provided by G Adventures Snorkel the warm tropical waters and watch Balinese shadow puppets dance in the night. Marvel at floating palaces and temples. Experience the best of Bali and Lombok on this adventure, offering you the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace. Cool your heels in secluded waterfall pools and relax in the laid-back Gili Islands. Our CEOs will bring you off the beaten path, where you’ll meet these islands' locals and gain insight into a completely different way of life. Itinerary Day 1 Arrive Sanur Travelers will be arriving at different times during the day so feel free to arrive at the joining point at any time as there are no planned activities, apart from our group meeting at around 6pm and an optional dinner afterwards. Day 2 Bedugal/Munduk (1B,D) Our drive today ascends from the lowlands through rice fields, villages then lush tropical jungle and we get the chance to stop at the Angseri Hot Springs to bathe in therapeutic waters surrounded by natures beauty (approx 2.5 hrs). Following this we continue upwards for another 30 minute drive over the mountains and into the caldera surrounding the town of Bedugal. Surrounded by serene crater lakes and majestic mountains over 2,000 metres tall, we spend the afternoon exploring the sights including the Ulun Danu Temple Complex, founded in the 17th century by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the gods of the lakes, before continuing to our overnight stop at Munduk. At 813 meters above sea level, the village of Munduk is surrounded by coffee plantations and boasts a temperate climate, much cooler than the beach areas. Tonight we get to experience true Balinese hospitality with a local dinner. Day 3 Kintamani (1B) Leaving Munduk this morning we travel along small local mountain roads winding through jungle and terraced rice paddies, pausing at Blantih Village to see how traditional coffee is made. Our next stop is Tampaksiring for the chance to visit Tirta Empul Temple with its bubbling spring said to hold magical curative powers. Our final destination today is Kintamani, perched 1500 meters above sea level on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur with Mount Batur towering above. You may need warmer clothes here as the temperature is often much cooler then the coastal regions. Take a wander through town and mix with the locals, visit the market and marvel at the variety of local produce for sale. Days 4-5 Ubud (2B) This morning we have the option of a 2-hour guided hike up Mt Batur to view this active volcano and the panoramic views of Bali spread out below. After, visit the 22 temples that make up the 14th Century Besakih Temple complex, the preeminent Hindu Temple in Bali. Over 70 festivals are held here each year so don't be surprised to be caught up in one of these amazing events. Lava flows from the devastating 1963 eruption of Mt Agung narrowly missed the temple adding divine mystery to the location. Travel the short distance to Ubud, taking an orientation walk with your CEO upon arrival. Along the way, visit the Monkey Forest. Keep your valuables close as these cheeky creatures are bound to grab anything that isn't nailed down. Surrounded by scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples and palaces, it's easy to see why Ubud has inspired painters, sculptors, poets, musicians and writers from all over the world. You too will be inspired by the laid back way of life, the beauty and the scenic splendor that is Ubud, the "heart of Balinese culture". Perhaps it's time to refine you culinary skills with an optional Balinese cooking class. In the evening, opt to enjoy a display of traditional Kecak dance or maybe try the Gianyar night market for some local cuisine. You could also take a stroll through the rice fields, chow down on some organic food or go whitewater rafting. Yoga is also a highlight here, with tons of classes in different studios and environments. Just outside of Ubud, choose to visit the Bali Zoo, the Bird Park or the Elephant Park to get a taste of the Southeast Asian wildlife. You might even see the rare Komodo Dragon! Days 6-7 Candidasa (2B) Drive to the resort on the coast and the legendary beaches of Candidasa for a swim and some time to relax. Opt to visit the water temple, Tirta Gangga. Choose to take a diving course or swim off the white sand beaches. This is also a great place to have a massage, take a yoga class or check out some of the more secluded beaches in the area. On Day 7, there is a welcome meeting at 6pm for anyone joining the trip here. Then, head out for an optional dinner with the new group members. Day 8 Lombok/Tetebatu (1B) Take the ferry to Lombok- the time here can vary depending on which boat turns up for the journey. (Fingers crossed for the express boat!) Once you arrive to Lombok, drive to the village of Tetebatu (about 2.5 hrs) on the slope of the Rinjani Volcano. In the afternoon, explore the area– the ricefields, tobacco fields and the small village. Day 9 Senaru (1B) Enjoy a spectacular drive through the middle of Lombok. You will travel through parts of the forest on the slopes of the Rinjani Mountains and continue through the dry, eastern part of the island. Once on the north side, you will drive up the slope of the Rinjani Volcano once more in order to arrive in Senaru for the night. Day 10-12 Gili Islands (3B) In the morning, hike through the valley situated at the base of Mt Rinjani. During the hike, visit local villages along the way where the people are happy to greet you with warm hospitality and welcome you to their homes. End the hike at a secluded waterfall for a refreshing swim. After, drive about four hours to the harbour. Take a small outrigger boat to the Gili islands (30 minutes). We usually stay on Gili Air Island but will sometimes stay on Gili Meno Island depending on seasonality. The Gili Islands are the ideal location to relax, enjoy the sun, sand and sea and let go of all your cares and worries. With a tiny population, no cars, an industry consisting of tourism, coconut plantations and fishing plus hte added bonus of beautiful white sand beaches, pristine waters and coral reefs, there's nothing to do here but enjoy. If you feel particularly energetic your CEO can organise an optional snorkeling trip or yoga classes. Please note there is limited fresh water available on the Gilis and electricity is supplied by generators. Showers use salt water and rooms are typically fan-cooled (no air-con). Approximate travel time: Senaru to Gili Island: 2 hours drive followed by a 30 minute ferry Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/tours/small-group-tours/classic-bali-lombok#ixzz3PfAEkOuU

Mount Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara


Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua


Minggu, 18 Januari 2015

asia beach

My Top 10 Beaches in Southeast Asia

April has been a very busy month of travel for me. This was the first month this year that I traveled to four different countries  in a matter of 20 days. In Europe it’s almost that time of the year again- summer. After my three month stay ended in Madrid, I went to London, a city that surprise me so I decided to stay here longer than my original plan of 10 days. Not exactly my top choice for a relaxing vacation but I’m happy to stay put here at the moment before heading back home to New York for the summer. But on the other side of the world, in my home country, it’s already summer. It’s been almost a year since I was in Southeast Asia and I am quite missing the beautiful beaches.
I’m not a beach person but I spent an incredible amount of time in different islands during my first year of travel. In my short time here on earth, I was fortunate enough to have seen and experienced some of the most beautiful beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Southeast Asia including Sri Lanka. So far, I can say that the most beautiful ones are in Southeast Asia. Am I biased? Maybe. But I’ll let my photos speak for themselves.
In here I list down my top 10 favorite beaches in Southeast Asia to inspire you to book that plane ticket to whichever summer destination you have in mind or maybe still thinking of going to this summer:

waterfall asia


It's not easy to put together a Top 10 Best Asia Waterfalls List because it's completely subjective and limited to each person's experience with the falls being named. We feel we're in a position to at least have a credible list since we've now surveyed China, Japan, India, and Thailand. Indeed, we had a real hard time coming up with this list because most of the falls that made it were so equally beautiful that we could've flipped a coin to argue that a particular waterfall jumps 7 spots or falls 7 spots. It's that close! So here's our attempt at this list, which as usual, is based on our own personal experiences (so you know you're seeing a genuine list from people who've been there). And we have to reiterate once again that this is by no means a permanent list as we intend to collect more falls from this continent. So without further adieu, here they are in reverse order...

ASIA TRAVEL INDONESIA WONDERFULL

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforest, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. All of this provides an endless resource for adventurous trekking, surfing, scuba diving, or just lounging by a pool in a five-star resort.
Travel across the archipelago is pretty unforgettable, in tiny fragile planes, rusty ferries and careering buses. Give yourself plenty of time to cover the large distances; if you only have a couple of weeks, you’ll have a better time if you restrict yourself to exploring a small area properly rather than hopping across 3000km to see your top ten sights. If you do have longer, try to plan a trip that doesn’t involve too much doubling back, consider an open-jaw international plane ticket, and try to intersperse lengthy journeys with a few days of relaxation in peaceful surroundings. Also, leave yourself some leeway – if you’re in a hurry with a vital plane to catch, something is bound to go wrong. Having said all this, the places which are hardest to reach are often well worth the effort, and some of the most rewarding experiences come when you least expect them. An enforced day’s malinger between transport in an apparently dull town might end with an invitation to watch an exorcism, or to examine a collection of ancestor skulls over coffee and cigarettes.

AIR ASIA QZ8501 crash

An underwater image released by Indonesia, 7 January     Indonesia has released images taken underwater of what is believed to be debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501






Flight QZ8501: What we know about the AirAsia plane crash

AirAsia crash

Indonesian officials have confirmed that flight AirAsia QZ8501, which disappeared on 28 December, crashed into the Java Sea off Borneo.
The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, was just over 40 minutes into its flight when contact was lost during bad weather.
Some wreckage and bodies were recovered floating some 16km (10 miles) from the plane's last known co-ordinates.
The main debris, including the fuselage in which the bodies of many of the victims may be trapped, is believed to lie underwater.
BBC map
On 7 January, searchers announced they had found the tail, which houses the vital "black box" flight recorders.
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Last communication The jet took off from Surabaya at 05:35 local time on the Sunday flight (22:35 GMT Saturday) with 162 people on board.
It was nearly halfway into its two-hour flight to Singapore when it disappeared.
The pilot contacted air traffic control at 06:12 local time to request permission to climb to 38,000ft (11,000m) from 32,000ft to avoid big storm clouds - a common occurrence in the area.
Weather on the day Flight QZ8501 disappeared
Weather map of Indonesia
Officials said heavy air traffic in the area meant he was not given permission to do so straight away.
When air traffic control tried to contact the plane again, there was no answer. The plane disappeared from radar screens shortly afterwards. It did not issue a distress signal.
The AirAsia jet was reported to be the lowest-flying plane in the region at the time of its disappearance.
Chart showing altitudes of planes flying over the Java Sea at the time of the AirAsia 8501 disappearance
It was in an area near the equator known for thunderstorms, where trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres intersect.
Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330-203 which crashed in the mid-Atlantic in June 2009 killing 228 people, was flying through similar conditions.
Some investigators are reported to believe that like in the Air France crash, the Airbus A320 may have gone into an aerodynamic stall as it climbed steeply.
Bodies of 40 passengers and crew recovered so far were found intact, leading some experts to conclude that a mid-air explosion was unlikely.
A report by the Indonesian weather agency said bad weather was the "biggest factor" in the crash.
"The most probable weather phenomenon was icing which can cause engine damage due to a cooling process," it said.
AirAsia did not have permission to fly the Surabaya to Singapore route on the day of the accident. The airliner, however, was licensed to fly on four other days of the week.
The Indonesian authorities have suspended the company's flights on this route pending an investigation.