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Central Vietnam... Same Same, but Better!


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After a bumpy sleep in our night bus, we had arrived in Son Trach village, just outside of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts hundreds of cave systems and a huge, lush tropical forest. Access is tightly controlled, since the park is still riddled with unexploded ordnance, so we had to book a day trip with a licensed tour operator. The day tour was really great though, and thankfully the weather was in our favor that day. We were first taken inside Paradise Cave, which is the longest dry cave in Asia. We descended a wooden staircase into a cathedral-like space, and the sheer scale of it was breathtaking! The cave's full length is 31km, but we tourists are only allowed in up to the first kilometer or so... it's truly massive, with the ceilings rising up to 18m! So incredibly beautiful! Next, we took a mini boat cruise along the Son River, admiring the views before arriving to the gaping mouth of Phong Nha Cave. The boat engine was cut and we were then paddled through all the beautifully illuminated caverns. It was so relaxing and pretty, and I think now we have had our fill on cave systems for a while! ;-)

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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only 51km from the Laos border

only 51km from the Laos border


Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave

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Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave

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cruisin' down the Son River

cruisin' down the Son River

So, let me try to paint you a mental picture... imagine being packed like sardines with about 30 of us total (5 of us Westerners and the rest local Vietnamese), plus a full-sized scooter(!!), in a mini local bus that should probably only hold 20 people, with zero leg and bag space, a crying child and three people puking in plastic bags... a photo could never do this justice, especially with the red plastic stools shoved in the aisles to allow more people to sit. This is how we spent 6 hours getting from Phong Nha to Hué... good times.

Thankfully, we did make it to Hué pronounced 'hway'), though, while there was a break from the rain. So, after dropping our bags off at the hotel, we immediately walked to the Citadel to explore the Imperial City, which is the heart of this former capital. This was once the emperor's residence, but today it is much in ruins after the French and 'American' (as they refer to it) wars. The buildings that are still standing are a mix of old and new, as reconstruction and renovation is ongoing. We walked around the whole site in almost three hours, taking in all the details... it was quite fascinating! We ended up getting lost amongst the buildings, so we ended up seeing a lot more than we probably would have, but it worked out well in end. There is no real night life in the city, since everything basically shuts down at 10pm, but we did manage to find a good happy hour where enjoyed some good cheap beer! Unfortunately, it rained the entire second day we were in Hué, which was such a bummer, but we did still manage to go on a day tour. We started with a boat cruise on the Perfume River to get to the second largest pagoda (seven levels) in Vietnam called the Thien Mu Pagoda, and then we took a bus ride to visit three of the principal emperor tombs outside of the city called Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, and Tu Doc Tomb. Due to the rain, it was hard to fully appreciate all of these sites, but they were really spectacular nonetheless and we are happy we got to see so much in one day!

Hué s Citadel

Hué s Citadel


entering the Citadel's walls

entering the Citadel's walls


Imperial City

Imperial City

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Dragon boats on the Perfume River

Dragon boats on the Perfume River

Perfume River

Perfume River

second largest pagoda in Vietnam

second largest pagoda in Vietnam


Minh Mang Tomb

Minh Mang Tomb

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Khai Dinh Tomb

Khai Dinh Tomb

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making conical hats

making conical hats

Tu Doc Tomb

Tu Doc Tomb

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We were picked up the next morning in yet another sleeper bus to take us to Hoi An. And even though all seats were full, they were still picking up more and more people, who had no other choice than to sit on the floor. These Vietnamese bus operators really like to pack 'em in!!

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There is a reason why Hoi An is the number one tourist attraction in Vietnam... this city has so much ambiance and beauty! We stayed for four days, but we probably could have stayed longer because this town offers so much! Hoi An is the most cosmopolitan and developed city in Vietnam, so therefore it is incredibly touristy. You actually see more Westerners walking through the ancient town than you do Vietnamese. It is a shopper's heaven though, with hundreds of expert tailors and quirky boutiques... you can literally shop till you drop here. Beware of the aggressive and overly-eager vendors, though, who constantly call out to you or approach you attempting to lure you into their store. We treated ourselves to have suits and shirts tailor-made for each of us... early Christmas presents, I guess! Gotta get ready for interviewing when we're back in the real world! ;-) We really loved our time in this charming town... it was so incredibly relaxing and we could enjoy everything without having to rush through. The ancient town of Hoi An has been specially preserved throughout the years and luckily was not damaged in any of the wars. We were able to visit many of the old sites, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Old House of Tan Ky, and a few of the Chinese Assembly Halls. We also went bicycle riding to An Bang Beach, and soaked up some sun! We have not had the best weather throughout our Vietnam tour, but we did get lucky with three days of glorious sunshine while in Hoi An... it's incredible how the sunny days make everything better!

Hoi An

Hoi An

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typical ferry boat for the locals in Hoi An

typical ferry boat for the locals in Hoi An


Chinese Assembly Halls

Chinese Assembly Halls

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riding our bikes through rice fields

riding our bikes through rice fields

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An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach


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colorful lanterns


Hoi An by night!

Hoi An by night!


Japanese Covered Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge

We have had some really delicious food throughout our stay in Vietnam, but nothing compares to the Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) at Banh Mi Phuong here in Hoi An... it is literally crack in a baguette!! We have eaten at this place every day of our Hoi An stay because it is just that good... in fact, we would go as far as saying that this is the best food we have had in the past 7 weeks of our trip!! And the added bonus is that they are only one dollar!

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Making the magic!


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Everywhere throughout Vietnam, you hear the famous saying "same same but different", but Hoi An really is a notch above the rest. Here the saying is "same same but better"!!

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Good Morning, (North) Vietnam!


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Beautiful Halong Bay

Beautiful Halong Bay

Vietnam is everything we hoped it would be and more! The second we stepped out onto the streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, we fell in love with the city! We felt instantly comfortable with our surroundings and were so excited to soak up all that Hanoi has to offer. There is this special, vibrant energy pulsating through everything... it's one of the most atmospheric cities we have ever been to!

Our first day, we explored much of the Old Quarter, starting at the beautiful tree-fringed Hoan Kiem Lake with its signature red bridge leading us to the Jade Mountain Temple in the middle of the water. From there, we let ourselves get lost in the many little streets... checking out each of the vendors' goodies, admiring the perfectly coordinated chaos of motorbikes and pedestrians as they ebb and flow in an unspoken unison, sampling the delicious street food from Pho to grilled pork-on-a-stick, and, of course, sitting on those infamous small plastic stools while drinking the cheapest beer ever, Bia Hoi (which is surprisingly tasty)! As for the food, it is really incredible! We love spicy food, and we realized we were needing more and more spice to satisfy our cravings. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, "our palettes have changed and we need an elevated level of spice" in our lives!

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

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The streets of Hanoi

The streets of Hanoi

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Bia Hoi

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Delicious Pho

Delicious Pho

Hanoi at night

Hanoi at night

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We were picked up the next morning by our cruise company that drove us the 4-hour ride to Halong Harbor. We then boarded our Glory Cruise boat with about 20 other people, where we spent the next couple days. It was misty and cloudy that first day, which created this magical, almost mysterious, atmosphere... and as the boat made its way through Halong Bay's immense number of mountainous islands, we were immediately mesmerized by the views! The cruise staff kept us on a strict itinerary most of the time, so the first activity was kayaking through the grottoes, and then a stop to Titop Island, where we climbed the steps to the summit for the most incredible panoramic view of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

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It rained that whole second day of our cruise, but that did not stop the scheduled activities. We were taken on a small boat ride through a fishing village, which was really wonderful... everywhere you turned your head, you were greeted by more and more of these beautiful islands. Afterwards, we kayaked and swam for a little while in the rain, but then quickly opted for the warmth of the boat again. We made friends with a South African couple, Martin and Claudia, on the boat, with whom we spent most of our time in those few days... so, we had a great time in the evenings chatting over some drinks.

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In the morning of our last day on the cruise, we were taken to Surprise Cave, which was really nice... It's such a natural work of art! It's hard to believe that water used to flow through there, which has created these cool designs in the rock's surface! From there, they took us back to Halong Harbor to bid farewell. We had such a wonderful time cruising through Halong Bay, and we are so happy we got to see so many beautiful things! It was kind of sad to leave to our cruise boat, but we were happy to go back to Hanoi... we still had so much more to see in the city. Martin and Claudia were leaving Hanoi the next morning, so we all went out together that night, where we were dined on more delicious street food and then made our way to the Bia Hoi Corner in the center of the Old Quarter, where we sat amongst hundreds of locals enjoying the refreshing Bia Hoi beer!

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Surprise Cave

Surprise Cave

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Out to dinner with Martin and Claudia

Bia Hoi Corner

Bia Hoi Corner

Thanks to Lonely Planet's suggested day tour, we were able to see a lot of Hanoi's main sites in one full day. Our first stop was the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum , both of which we were not actually able to enter, but at least admired from the outside. Next, we walked past the Presidential Palace on our way to the Botanical Gardens. The Temple of Literature was really nice, but we picked the wrong day to go because hundreds of Vietnamese high school graduates were there posing for their professional photographs and ruining our Nat-Geo money shots. As we walked backed to our hotel through the western part of Hanoi, we briefly stopped at Lenin Square to watch the youth of Hanoi practicing their skateboarding skills. Such a dynamic and lively city... we really didn't want to leave!

Temple in the water

Temple in the water

The infamous scooters of Vietnam

The infamous scooters of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace


Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

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Hanoi Tower

Hanoi Tower


Back on the road

Back on the road

Hanoi train station

Hanoi train station

The next day, we took a 2-hour train ride from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. The whole area around Ninh Binh is not on many westerners' radar and is actually more of a tourist destination for the local Vietnamese, so we kind of felt like we had the place to ourselves half the time. We rented a scooter from our hotel and were finally able to experience how the Vietnamese take on the road. Thankfully, this is a much smaller city, so it's nowhere near as crazy on the road. We first visited Trang An to do a water boat and cave tour. This was truly one of the most beautiful spots we have ever seen! Similar to Halong Bay, you see these huge mountainous islands jutting straight out of the water, and there is so much green vegetation everywhere you look. The emerald-colored water is so clear, you can see so many fish swimming through the plants. The lady masterfully rowing our boat took us through six caves, each between 250-350 meters long. In three of these caves, we had to duck so low in the boat to where our faces were almost touching the seat, so as to avoid scraping our heads on the low ceiling. It was really, really cool to go in and out of the caves like that! Next, we visited the Bai Dinh Temple, which is a very large Buddhist complex, and the whole area is quite stunning! As you enter, you are greeted by hundreds of Buddhist statues before approaching the main triple-roofed pagoda that contains a massive bronze Budda flanked by two more Buddha figures. Just beyond is a viewpoint with a 13-story pagoda and another giant Buddha. We were really impressed by how grand of each of these structures are. We arrived just before closing time, so we happened to be the only people there... which was really great, but also kind of unnerving. It should have been a peaceful experience, not having to deal with any other tourist and taking in all the beauty surrounding us, but we were actually quite stressed because we had to rush through the whole complex due to the fact that we only had an hour to see everything and get back before the last bus left. It was getting dark and misty by the minute too, so it was getting increasingly hard to see. It's a shame we didn't have more time to spend there, but we were so happy we went to see it on such short notice.

Trang An

Trang An

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Cave #1

Cave #1


Inside the cave

Inside the cave


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Hundreds of Buddhists statues

Hundreds of Buddhists statues

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Triple-roofed Pagoda

Triple-roofed Pagoda

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13-Story Pagoda

13-Story Pagoda


Giant Buddha

Giant Buddha

So personally, trekking through a rain forest is not my thing... I really don't like slopping through the mud and sweating profusely in such a wet, humid climate, but that is exactly what we did when we visited the Cuc Phuong National Park, which happens to be the oldest national park in Vietnam. It really wasn't all bad, though... the rain forest itself was really green and lush, and trail we trekked gave us a great workout. We pretty much had the whole trail to ourselves, and we came upon a thousand-year-old tree in the middle of our trek. Before we even started the hike, we toured the monkey and turtle sanctuaries, which was really cool. We saw quite a few different species, and they were all just as curious about us as we were about them. All in all, this lesser-known national park was well worth the visit!

Someone was excited to see us!  ;-)

Someone was excited to see us! ;-)

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park


Notice my forced smile

Notice my forced smile


Thousand year old tree

Thousand year old tree


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And now, on our way down to Phong Nha National Park, we experienced our very first sleeper bus! We had ten hours on this bus with about 40 other people, and we actually managed to sleep a little. We are excited to experience Central Vietnam, and hopefully the weather won't be too wet!

Sleeper bus

Sleeper bus

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Pitstop in Singapore


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After three weeks of feeling very remote, it was such a relief to be back in civilization again! We spent 2 lovely days with our dear friends Stefan and Jade and their beautiful daughter Lily, and I wish we could have had at least two more days! It just felt so good seeing familiar faces, the usual shopping malls and proper Western food again... I know that sounds silly, but you don't realize how much we take these little things for granted. Since Jens and I had recently visited Singapore just three years ago and we had seen most of the attractions, we didn't feel the need to do any site-seeing. This worked out great because since we only had such a short time, we were able to spend more quality time with Stefan and Jade.

The first day, Jens and I needed to stock up on some of our beauty products, so we walked up and down Orchard Road admiring all the beautiful shops and indulging in some delicious Starbucks. That evening, the four of us went to dinner at the Newton Hawker Food Court for some local food, and it was really awesome! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was so laid-back.

The second day, while Stefan was at work, Jade took us to the Far East Mall, where I was able to get a much-needed pedicure... it felt so good to be pampered again! ;-) Stefan took a half day off work, so he took us to Sentosa Beach that afternoon, which was super relaxing. We lounged on the beach, and I napped while the boys had some good catch-up time over some beers. That evening, we went to a great Italian restaurant for dinner, which was along the Singapore River near the Clarke Quay.

It was really sad having to say goodbye to Stefan and Jade, but we had such a wonderful time and we can't thank them enough for their generous hospitality!!

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Java Unfiltered


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Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo

Our first point of business when we arrived in Java was to get to Mount Bromo in order to do the sunrise hike the next morning. We flew from Lombok into Surabaya, Java, where we had to take a shuttle bus to the main bus terminal in the city center. From there, we took a regional bus to Probolinggo... and then from there, we took a local mini-bus up to the base town of Mount Bromo. It literally took us the whole day to get there, and since we were waking up at 3am the next morning, we went to bed by 7pm.

Waiting for our mini-bus to leave

Waiting for our mini-bus to leave

Mount Bromo was such an awesome experience!!! A jeep picked us up at 3:30am, then drove us up through volcanic ash fields in the pitch black to watch the sunrise behind Mt. Bromo at 5am...truly one of the most breathtaking views we have ever seen! After watching the sunrise and admiring the vast field of volcanic mountains, we were then able to walk up Mount Bromo to gaze into its wide crater. We had to wear doctors masks throughout the walk because it was hard to breathe with the ash/sand dust getting kicked up by all the people and horses mixed with the sulfur smoke erupting from the volcano. We could also feel that the air was thinner at that elevation as well, so it was a bit of a struggle walking up the steep mountain side. But as we stood at the crater's edge looking into the mouth of the volcano, you can hear the roaring boil of its inner core and see its sulfur smoke endlessly rising into the clouds above us.... it is humbling when you realize how very powerless we are against such a force. Despite the herds of tourists, how overpriced this attraction is, and the hassle of getting up there, we would do it all over again in a heartbeat!!!

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo

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We used many busses and trains to get ourselves all around East and Central Java versus the rental cars we had in both Bali and Lombok. This was both exciting and intense, as it more resembles a backpacking adventure. We had to steel ourselves when braving the local bus terminals because as soon as we got anywhere near, we had to deal with money-hungry locals who, in the second they saw us, were on us like flies on a fresh, open picnic. Thankfully, we were pretty prepared for this, so we ignored them all and swatted them away. Being the only tourists on local buses was an interesting experience, to say the least... suffice it to say, we stuck out like sore thumbs and people don't even attempt to hide their staring. We are convinced, though, there is some sort of mafia where they are all in it together when it comes to the transportation for tourists... you either have to pay a price that is so ridiculously overpriced for a private car (it's almost laughable), or take the local mini-buses, which are super cheap, but will only run when they have a certain number of people in it. We sat there waiting for the one to take us up to Bromo for a good 3 hours, if you can believe it! The silver lining was that we waited with this really cool couple, with whom we chatted the whole time, so the hours flew by quickly!

By 10am that morning, we were in another mini-bus taking us back to Probolinggo where we caught another regional bus to Malang. We only stayed a night, as a quick stop over, before we took the train to Solo the next morning, but we noticed that it was a very clean and orderly city with charming old buildings from Dutch-colonial times. We had our first moment of weakness in Malang... we were so hungry and, after eating only Indonesian food for the past 2+ weeks, we were really craving a burger. So, we broke down and went to McDonald's... it was the only burger we could find! Despite how tasty it was in the moment, we immediately missed our fried rice and noodles!

European influences in Malang

European influences in Malang


Malang train station

Malang train station


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Endless rice fields viewed from our train ride

Endless rice fields viewed from our train ride

After a six-hour long train ride, we arrived in Solo where we stayed a couple days to rest after all the constant travel. Solo is the cultural capital of Java, so we were expecting to see more tourists there, but we were literally the only ones! It felt a bit strange to be the only non-Asian people walking around, but you kind of get used to the staring after a while. ;-) We strolled through their main market bazaar where they sell the traditional Javanese Batik-style clothing, and then treated ourselves to some fresh mangoes. We were super drained after having walked almost 2km in the super humid heat, so we bargained with one of the rickshaw guys to take us back to our hotel. I was worried this skinny little guy couldn't push our combined weight, but he surprisingly made it quite quickly.

Fun times in the rickshaw

Fun times in the rickshaw

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On our way to Yogyakarta

On our way to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, only an hour train ride away from Solo, was our final destination in Java. We walked down the main street called Malioboro, which consisted of vendor after vendor selling the exact same things... mainly t-shirts and Batik-style clothing. Jens was determined to find a cool t-shirt, and we literally had to stop at every single stall, which paid off cause he scored in finding two! Our main purpose in going to Yogyakarta was to see Borobudur and Prambanan., so we hired a driver for the day to drive us all around. Borobudur is an 9th century Buddhist temple and the largest in the world. It is the single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia, and it really was spectacular! The temple itself has many bells and Buddha statues encircling it, and then the whole structure is surrounding by a trees and mountains, so you get this incredible 360 view! Our experience there is slightly clouded by the hundreds of school children constantly coming up to us wanting to practice their English and take pictures of us. It was taking up so much of our time, so we were forced to repeat “No English!” to each on-coming group. We visited Prambanan next, a 9th century Hindu temple and the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia... not quite as spectacular as Borobudur, but still pretty cool. Again, though, with the locals... this time it was older women and teenage boys... they kept asking to pose with us in pictures. It was the strangest thing, as if we were some sort of celebrity. There was a couple of blond tourists there too, and they actually got it even worse. Thankfully, we have darker hair, but it's our height that makes us stand out!

Malioboro Street

Malioboro Street

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Borobudur

Borobudur

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Prambanan

Prambanan

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This marks the end our 3-week Indonesian adventure. We have had some really great experiences here with some not so ideal moments mixed in... but you always need a little bad to counter the good because while the good leaves you all happy and giddy about travel, the bad makes you wiser and more knowledgeable. From the three islands we explored, we have come to know Indonesia as a country that is rich in tradition and culture, but also pretty resistant to modern change and growth in tourism. If and when you do decide to visit this county, just keep in mind that the majority of the locals are inexperienced with tourists and are not as open-minded, since tourism is still not well developed. Indonesia may not be our favorite country, but we are still glad we gained our impressions and experiences with this part of the world.

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Beach Hopping in Lombok


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After taking the locals' ferry from Padang Bay in Bali to Lembar in Lombok, we received our second and final rental car, but this time we got a Daihatsu Feroza, early 90's model with almost 400,000 km on the clock... still pretty shitty, but definitely an upgrade compared to the Jimny.

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Locals' ferry ride

Locals' ferry ride


Our Daihatsu

Our Daihatsu

Lombok is like a breath of fresh air compared to the craziness of Bali! It is much more under-developed than Bali, so there is a lot more space and the roads are less congested. The roads are also in MUCH better shape and quality, giving us a wider and smoother drive. You still get people cutting you off and everything, but much more civilized. People will still try to sell you stuff too, but definitely not as much compared to Bali... when you say "no", they will actually leave you alone. It is very dry in Southern Lombok... dry heat and dry land, so there is less vegetation and more brown everywhere. The beaches, however, are really incredible! We first stayed in Kuta, which is located on the southern coast of Lombok, so we were able to drive along the coastal road visiting a few of the beautiful beaches tucked into the cliffy bays... Tanjung Aan Beach, Mawun Beach (our favorite for swimming!), and Selong Belanak Beach (more out of the way, but worth the drive because it was basically our own private beach... hardly anyone in sight!). The water is such a pretty turquoise blue and the sand is so fine... so ideal for some fun in the sun!

Wider roads, but still not the safest!

Wider roads, but still not the safest!


Mawun Beach

Mawun Beach


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Selong Belanak Beach

Selong Belanak Beach

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Since we started our trip, it hasn't been all fun and relaxation for us because we are still having to deal with our relocation and greencard processes back at home (all three of our homes...Germany, Switzerland and California). We have had some obstacles here and there, and since we no longer have any service on our phones, we rely heavily on wifi in order to do our business. You can imagine our frustration when most of our homestays, which advertise free wifi, don't have it working properly and we cannot connect to the outside world. Needless to say, when we got to the beaches, we were finally able to let the stress roll off our shoulders. It was so refreshing soaking in the cool water... this was the first time we felt like we could really relax!

After spending a few days in the south, we drove up north to Senggigi, with a little scenic detour through Tetebatu to see Mount Rinjani, Indonesia's second tallest mountain. Unfortunately, though, it was hidden behind clouds, so we didn't stay too long. We didn't have much time to spend in Senggigi, since it was just a stop over for us to return our rental car and catch the ferry to the Gili Islands, but supposedly this is a really happening town with lots tourism. We did, however, have enough time for Jens to get a haircut, so that worked out! ;-)

The next day, we took a ferry to one of the three Gili islands off the northwest tip of Lombok called Gili Air... and by "ferry", I mean a simple, long fisher boat PACKED with locals, tourists and supplies, where there was no space for our feet, except for on top of said supplies! Thankfully, it was only a 20-minute ride before we set foot on the pristine beach. Supposedly, Gili Air has the best beaches of all the Gili Islands... even though we didn't visit the other two, we would probably have to agree with that statement. The stretch of sand is beautifully white, and you can access the reef and snorkel straight off the beach on the eastern side. Since it is closest to the mainland, you can see the green rugged coast of Lombok and Mount Rinjani in the background.

Our super packed "ferry" ride

Our super packed "ferry" ride


Life on Gili Air

Life on Gili Air


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Throughout the past 4 weeks of our trip (still can't believe how fast time flies!), we haven't consumed that much alcohol... a beer here and there (maximum one a day), but nothing beyond that. So on our first night, we decided we deserved to get a little buzz on, which meant about 3 or 4 beers instead of one... our tolerance has already diminished! ;-) We have been sticking to only beer, since we don't want to risk drinking any hard alcohol after hearing those stories on the news. Towards the end of our "big night out", we were lucky enough to benefit from this birthday party's entertainment of live music and a traditional fire dance called Kecak. We had missed that on Bali, so it was such a treat to actually be able to see it!

Delicious Lombok curries!

Delicious Lombok curries!

Kecak fire dance

Kecak fire dance

The next day, we took a nice stroll around the whole island, which took about 90 minutes, but not sure I would choose to do it again in this humid heat! We snorkeled the next couple of the days, which was so great... you can see thousands of fish of all sizes and colors through the crystal clear water!! It's hard to leave such a beautiful world!

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Snorkel time!

Snorkel time!

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The few days we spent on Gili Air were really lovely and relaxing... we are sad to say goodbye, but now onto a real adventure in Java!

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