Seminyak Surf and Turtles

Jethro: After Gilli islands, we needed to get Lauren to a dentist, which was back in Denpasar. So we booked 3 nights in a hotel in Seminyak. This is further north along the same beach we stayed in for the first couple days of Indo. We had sussed it out back then, and knew it…

Gili Islands

Gili Air Jethro: We got the public boat across from Lombok to Gili, which along with the passengers also transports livestock and building supplies to the island. With a case of seafood half in our laps, we headed the short distance to the first island… Gili Air is the smallest of the three, and was…

Lombok

Jethro: After a bus and a long ferry, we arrived at Bangsal on Lombok. I immediately thought “what are we doing here??” Most of the passengers stayed on the boat for the next stops, the Gilli islands. Those are setup for tourists and are idyllic tiny (30mins walking across) Paradises. We were in a very…

Welcome to Indonesia – Bali!!

Peach: Yay! We had arrived in Bali, we were exhausted after our flight which involved a change at Jakarta (the capital, in Java, the island next door). We had booked a guest house super close to the airport so we walked through the dusty streets for about ten minutes, and then waited nearly another ten…

Singapore

Jethro: Singapore was a beautiful one to approach on the plane, in the morning light. A bit fuzzily from the night flight, we circled the island citynation around from the east, over ocean and land, both Indonesia and Malaysia. We hadn’t been this far south in Malaysia last time (stupid monsoons) and it is a…

Seoul

Jethro: I guess we were getting pretty indulgent, taking 3 flights in one week. I mean, we are backpackers! We should have been on horrendous night busses, not a cheeky 1 hour flight from jeju island in the south to Seoul in the north. We had 4 days to see Seoul, before heading back to…

Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong

Lauren: Whilst we were still in Japan I had a quick look on Google at things to do in South Korea and a really popular thing to do is climb up an old volcano at the edge of this tiny island called Jeju. This is one of the reasons we came to South Korea so…

Busan

Jethro: Intrepidly, we boarded a plane heading across from Japan to North Korea. Nukes were flying past the plane window as we rocketed towards the rogue state. Then I woke up on the night bus and remembered we were going to south korea. And that one is the beautiful modern one with the world’s fastest…

Hiroshima

Jethro: We were on our way down to Hiroshima, but as we had a couple hours stopover in Osaka we had time to go to Osaka castle! It’s set in a big bustling park, and when we arrived we had to contend with a massive crowd who were queing for [we think] some Japanese Wonderboy…

Nara – Hello Deer

Jethro: Nara is famous because it has a huge park filled with wild deer ambling about. There’s hundreds of them, and they sometimes wander out of the park and go exploring the city. Peach: Naturally, one of the first things we did when we arrived in Nara was to go to the giant park in…

Kyoto

Jethro: We arrived in Kyoto in the run up for their biggest festival, Gion! Giant floats are being constructed at various Intersections of the Old District, many 20 feet tall and often with a tree planted somewhere in the float. After a half day nap (we did a night bus last night!) we walked past…

Mount Fuji

Fuji! Jethro: Mt Fuji is a mean mountain. A week ago, we had arrived in Tokyo at the perfect time to climb it. The trail we wanted to do opens by that time, but it’s just before a very busy period. It’s a sweet spot when the snow has just melted but the summer hoards…