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Culture, Lifestyle and Attractions
Vol 01 Dec/Jan/Feb 2010
Raja Ampat Phuket Puerto Princesa Koh Pha Ngan Bali
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New Zealand’s Splashing Lake Taupo + A Guide to Middle Eastern Cuisine + Heeding the Call of Asia in Taiwan + Singapore Stopover + Spotlight on Jakarta + Flashpacking Essentials + A Tropical Affair
com IDR 50.unearthingasia.CONTENTS Culture. and its rowdy side as well 64 Subterranean Magic Unearth a magical Palawan attraction priming for international limelight 72 Coming of Age Koh Phangan is beautifully morphing in its slow but steady evolution 78 After the Storm Despite the threat of terrorism and overtourism. Lifestyle and Attractions Vol 01 Dec/Jan/Feb 2010 Raja Ampat Phuket Puerto Princesa Koh Pha Ngan Bali Vol 01 .Issue 01 www. Bali retains its hidden charms 46 4 64 www.50 RM 14.unearthingasia.000 SGD 7.00 On the cover – the luxurious Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali THE GUIDE ISLANDS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA 46 Eco Paradise Uncover the eco paradise and scuba-diving Holy Grail of Raja Ampat 58 Beach Life Discover Phuket’s island paradise – quiet. tranquil.com 78 .
and more 28 DATEBOOK Festivals and events not to be missed 30 SPOTLIGHT Jakarta 24 hour in the Big Durian of South East Asia. and more TRAVEL TALES 91 Arabian Servings A tasty guide to the culinary delights from the region of Middle East 96 Heeding the Call Photographer extraordinaire.com .unearthingasia. Bali’s hip happenings. Jakarta www. a quick Singapore rejuvenation.CONTENTS 96 84 15-26 BUZZWORTHY! Singapore’s Party flavor. Hong Kong’s new dig. Craig Ferguson shard his tales of travel all over the region of Asia 104 Splashing Lake Taupo Jump right into adventure and explore deep into the Kiwi’s stunning landscape at Lake Taupo 91 104 6 84 STYLE GUIDE A Tropical Affair A perfect beachfront rendezvous by the seaside coast of Segarra. with local tips and suggestions 34-41 INSIGHTS Top flashpacking gadgets. the Nikki Beach Club in Thailand.
in line with those wise words from a wise man above. They are suggesting US$1000 a night luxury hotels. We sincerely hope you’ll enjoy this inaugural offering from us. always thinking. from friends and strangers alike. is to open up and surrender yourself to possibilities. I’m sure the suggested hotel boasts plentiful amenities. or a US$150 meal of deep fried chicken tender. you’ll end up disappointed for not taking up the chance while you’ve still got the opportunity to do so. web-savvy. I can’t help but smile and raise a little toast to our team. and enjoy every single step of the journey as much as the destination in itself. As I look forward to this project finally unfolding. or even twenty years from now. and heading into new territories blind with excitement.EDITOR’S NOTES Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do. young and affluent. It is with that in mind I’d like to introduce Unearthing Asia to you. with a layer of cheese slipped in. than by the ones you did do – Mark Twain Much too often. and be glad at our decision to embark upon this amazing journey together. The moral of the story here. They look for tips and hints from various offline and online medium. ten. However. My simple wish is that five. They are independent travelers daring to brave off-the-beaten paths. True. we spend our lives weighing one thing against another. The travel publication market is one that is crowded and very competitive. It is this hole in the travel publication that we aim to service. but budget conscious and looking for good advice. Is this better? Is it too expensive? Too risky? But all too often. you may regret it after all. that we ended up missing the window of opportunity that has just been presented. Nikolas Tjhin Editor-in-Chief 8 . we’ll look back with fondness. Now. all too often I ended up frustrated as I browse the various magazines on offer. But more often than not. but more often than not. we spend too much time contemplating. and the chicken tender heavenly upon my lips. I ended skipping these suggestions for other more cost-effective options. Considering. Our readers are the Generation Y.
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a not-for-profit online publication (www. especially fashion photography. and has logged over 4000 dives through out the world. and where to find it! Grab your copy now in various locations in Indonesia. 12 www. and writing. how to wear them. Mallika is now focusing on restoring degraded environments and improving the livelihoods of the poor. 03 03 Barrie Lie-Birchall Barrie is a freelance writer who started his nomadic steps at an early age travelling though Europe.scottygraham. TGA and Kinokuniya outlets. Indonesia for the past 15 years. She also advises businesses to go green by operating in harmony with nature and adopting cost-effective eco inventions. especially in major bookstores in Jakarta. culture. 02 02 Natalie Revvie Natalie Revie is a freelance writer. it was the Indonesian archipelago that mesmerised him and for the last few decades has spent a considerable amount of his time there ever since. Recently. his own center to teach Digital Imaging. Underwater photography keeps his interest in diving alive as it is always a challenge. She believes in letting spirituality emerge through the common. 06 Bona Soetirto Bona Soetirto is an experienced Freelance Commercial Photographer and Digital Imager for various media in Jakarta.CONTRIBUTORS 04 05 06 01 01 Mallika Naguran Mallika Naguran founded and manages Gaia Discovery.com). 05 Debbie Reyes-Coloma Singapore-based Debbie Reyes-Coloma is a freelance feature and lifestyle writer for various publications in the region. the everyday – this is what makes for truly beautiful writing. to promote eco travel and living in Asia.blogspot. They are fully dedicated to give you inspirations on what to wear. he started Continuum. Visit his photo blog at http://www. he is also a photography lecturer at Pelita Harapan University. Going beyond conservation. Not only that. She lives on Koh Pha Ngan Island in southern Thailand where she indulges in her passion for food. a Los Angeles. and works as a Retoucher for Reelsessions. such as Gramedia.com.com . travel. California based agency. Central Asia and the Pacific.gaiadiscovery. and has a never-ending learning curve. restaurateur and jungle momma.unearthingasia. He has been diving for over 25 years. daily. But. Dresscode Dresscode is the first fashion magazine in Indonesia with the unique concept of “non-article” magazine. 04 Scoty Graham Scotty Graham is a freelance photographer that has been living and working in Jakarta. His love of Australia saw Barrie hitchhiking around the country and then across the Tasman to New Zealand where he explored the country on a motorbike.
50 RM 14. featuring exciting adventures.00 New Zealand’s Splashing Lake Taupo + A Guide to Middle Eastern Cuisine + Heeding the Call of Asia in Taiwan + Singapore Stopover + Spotlight on Jakarta + Flashpacking Essentials + A Tropical Affair .unearthingasia. And not only that. Lifestyle and Attractions THE INAUGURAL ISSUE WIN HOTEL STAYS IN BALI. Raja Ampat Phuket Puerto Princesa Koh Pha Ngan Bali Vol 01 .000 SGD 7. HK AND MORE! Culture. stunning sceneries and unique attractions from all over the region. The magazine is an indispensable guide to Asia. we are generously offering our readers free one year subscriptions.com IDR 50. Unearthing Asia is a magazine dedicated to inspiring its readers to explore this beautiful region we call home.Culture. Jakarta and Bali! Turn to page 42 for more details.Issue 01 www. subscribers also stand a chance to win free hotel stays at various destinations – Hong Kong. For this inaugural issue. Lifestyle and Attractions Vol 01 Dec/Jan/Feb 2010 Unearthing Asia The latest addition to your list of essential reading.
Turkey is set to unveil a 7-floor underwater hotel in 2010. the islands of south east asia 15 .5 meters). from right below its city center.WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE REGION BUZZWORTHY! HOTEL UNDERWATER LUXURY To coincide with its Culture Capital of Europe nomination. It is being built on the ruins of a historical 1930s tobacco factory and will house restaurants. and rooms all with underwater view. This 7-star hotel will give its guests a new view of the famous city of Istanbul. so visitors can expect an amazing experience like nothing on earth! NT. exhibition halls. Local experts suggest the underwater visibility of the Bosphorus Strait is at an estimated 10-feet (approximately 3.
This year.unearthingasia. travel and party enthusiasts. despite the global economic crisis.com .BUZZWORTHY! EVENT F1 EXTRAVAGANZA Once again. Many were here to witness first hand what the fervor of F1 was all about. fans still flocked to the Marina Bay circuit to see Lewis Hamilton take the crown in an exciting race with Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso taking up the remaining podium finishes. and they were definitely not dissappointed by the show on offer. the nightsky of Singapore provides the glits and glam in an exciting Singapore GP F1 event that is fast becoming a highlight of the year for race. For three days. 16 www. with international acts like the Black-Eye Peas to Backstreet Boys to Beyonce all wowing the crowds at various venues around the circuit. this was Party town. ML.
Main pool Komaneka at Bisma © Agus Pande the islands of south east asia 17 . The resort’s on-site facilities include an Indonesian fine dining restaurant. 1. with amazing views of the river.One Bed Room Pool Villa Komaneka at Bisma © Komaneka BUZZWORTHY! VILLA HILLSIDE VIEW Another sister hotel of Komaneka (www. bar. gym.komaneka. function rooms and Wanasmara wedding Chapel. guests are invited to savor the tranquility and breathtaking beauty of Ubud. spavilla. this luxurious resort is designed as a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle destination. Ayu Asti. each with its 12 meter long private pool and terrace.com) is open at Jalan Bisma-Ubud. circular wading pool. With 34 spacious suites and 10 elegant villas. half Olympic sized swimming pool.2 mile jogging track under canopy of trees. sloping rice fields and the coconut groves in the surrounding. Nestled upon the hillsides by the Campuhan River valley.
The acclaimed 5-star art sanctuary welcomes its new Executive Sous Chef. says Pauline Ooi. NT. 18 . a perfect spot in the heart of the preserved old town Bangkok. Associate Publisher of the little red book. as well as the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. ML. the second edition of The Miele Guide will be bigger and better. Mongolia and Nepal. The area is full of delicious authentic Thai food. Malaysia. The talented chef has gained much experience while working in Germany. Raul Deschu. Dubai.BUZZWORTHY! GUIDE MIELE TIME Following its inaugural 2008/2009 issue. KA. In addition to ranking the region’s top restaurants. from the top five restaurants in each country to an overview of each featured country’s dining scene. and will ensure additional varieties in Padma Resort’s Food and Beverage Outlets and Programmes. CHEF NEW TALENT There’s a new face in town at the Padma Resort Bali. Austria and Thailand. 80 more than the previous edition. hailing from Romania. and broaden the perspective by evaluating two more countries. The guide will feature 400 restaurants across Asia. Situated in the privileged location of Bangkok’s historic district. there are numerous attractions worth visiting just a walking distance away – the Khao San Road are minutes away. BOUTIQUE ROYAL PALACE The Bhuthorn is the result of four years of renovation that sees the heritage-listed building transformed into an elegant three guestroom boutique hotel with intricate attention to details. the 2009/2010 issue will feature a host of additional information.
EVENT TWINS EFFECT
A special collaborative art exhibition opened to great fanfare in the Gaya Gallery, which ran through 6th to 30th October. The exhibit was the production of Ida Bagus Indra, one of Bali’s great artists, with John O’Sullivan, hotelier, wordsmith and artist in his own right. The exhibition has definitely raised the artistic bar with the fresh approach to collaborative mixed-medium works produced by these two fine personalities. KA.
SPA FACELIFT REJUVENATION
A new facial treatment that addresses the issues of aging and rejuvenation are now available at the Mandarin Spa in Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The 45 minute session incorporates a consultation with acupuncture therapy specifically targeting wrinkles while providing numerous other benefits. The theory behind facial acupuncture is based on the ancient concept that the body’s energy diminishes with age. During the treatment, tiny, hair-fine acupuncture needles intended to stimulate the flow of qi throughout pathways in the body are inserted at specific points on the face. This boosts circulation, increases collagen and plumps fine facial wrinkles. NT.
EVENT JEWEL FEST
This year’s visitors to the annual Singapore JewelFest were treated to a stunning custom-built Jewel Pavilion, which provided the perfect setting for the two opening shows to kick-start the week-long festivities. The two-part showcase, themed “Love of Romance” and “Love in All its Glory”, showcased jeweleries worth over S$120 million created by 25 jewelers especially for the event. NT.
RESORT LUSH LUXURY
The eagerly awaited Amantaka Resort is ready to grace the lush green fields of Luang Prabang. This luxe resort from Adrian Zecha and his team is set to take it up a notch with refined decor, lofty spaces, verandas, pools and tantalizing spa treatments, on top of the pristine environments and beautiful temples in the vicinity. The resort also has a yoga studio, tennis courts, a library and an art gallery. ML.
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has chosen the idyllic island of Koh Samui in Thailand to launch their latest opening. a spectacular new Nikki Beach Club. Expertly designed for ultimate relaxation complimented by a sophisticated ambiance. one of the world’s most recognizable luxury lifestyle and entertainment brands. 22 www. Discover quintessential luxury at Nikki Beach’s remote Beach Club Bungalow Resort.com . Nikki Beach Koh Samui brings the vibrant nightlife of Miami to the shores of Lipa Noi Beach.unearthingasia. Tania Berg. located on the west side of Thailand’s most exotic and exclusive island.BUZZWORTHY! RESORT BEACH PARTY Nikki Beach.
A host of literary stars made their appearance in the festival. Amir Muhammad Wena Poon The festival was a 4-day event of panel sessions. Asitha Ameresekere. the first African to receive a Nobel Prize for literature. of course. as well as Lloyd Jones. Mohammed Hanif. with the theme of SukaDuka: Compassion & Solidarity. readings and in-conversations with the world’s greatest exponents of their craft. The theme reflected the Festival’s commitment to turn this literary gathering into an inspiring moment. debates. through which writers and readers from every corner of the world can establish a mutual understanding and come together. music and song.BUZZWORTHY! Marco Calvani & Kicky Alexander Janet De Neefe Wole Soyinka. Nobel Prize Winner in Literature EVENT UBUD FESTIVAL From 7 to 11 October. and many others. humour and. the 2009 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival took place in Ubud. Woon Tai Ho. play readings. Bali. journalist and novelist from Pakistan. Fatima Bhutto. Seno Gumira Ajidarma. Julia Leigh the islands of south east asia 23 . Wena Poon. the outspoken poet. Dede Oetomo. KA. The festival also featured a program packed full of performances. film. such as – Wole Soyinka. food. Tom Cho.
The luxurious Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali played host to the closing awards party. as well as a truly spectacular Bali sunset in the backdrop. the festival also offered free workshops for aspiring young filmmakers. in which visitors were treated to original performances by Ahtron McCanne and Richie Perrot.com . NT.unearthingasia.BUZZWORTHY! Jajang C Noer Didi Petet and Jajang C Noer EVENT BALINALE ROCKS A 6-day film festival showcasing 25 films from 13 countries by both international and Indonesian film-makers with the sole purpose of promoting Bali to filmmakers and artists were held recently in Bali. 24 www. Aptly called the Balinale.
26 www. The electric hotel features 702 charming guestrooms and suites right in the heart of old town Hong Kong.unearthingasia.harbour-plaza. NT.com/hp8d) in Hong Kong boasts a unique lobby designed by HK-based Patrick Leung of PAL Design. The Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees (www.com .BUZZWORTHY! BOUTIQUE SLEEK DESIGN A swanky new hotel just hit the town with a modern and chic feel. emphasizing sleek design and creative innovation. giving visitors a unique blend of old and new. featuring optical illusions and an environment that feels like you’re inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
February 13 to 16. February 28 to March 10. They congregate on the banks of the Ganges to explore anything and everything about transcendental meditation. Are you brave enough to join in walking through the fire? January 2010 Taiwan Hot Springs and Fine Cuisine Carnival Taiwan’s hot springs culture dates back over a century. Over 70 million believers will seek enlightenment through a ritual of bath at the Ganges. the yoga capital of the world. or you can simply stand aside and enjoy the spectacle or take part in the various riverside processions that are ongoing throughout the event. flour and even kitchen utensils thrown about in good fun. You’ll see oranges. Rishikesh.January 2010 www. During the Carnival. pilgrims and devotees.net 28 www. attracts hundreds of yogi masters from all over the globe. 2010 Ardh Kumbh Mela Held just once every three years. 2010 Kushimoto Fire Festival At the beginning of the year. sadhus.unearthingasia. October 2009 .com .DATEBOOK FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED International Yoga Festival For 10 days at the beginning of Spring. the residents of Kushimoto perform a ritual burning of the grassy land in front of the Shino Misaki Watchtower. Witness the festival’s appointed ruler starting the party with a Mardi Gras-inspired procession through the streets of Goa’s capital. Those looking for a spiritual journey should consider following suit. April 14. resorts across the island offer special activities and hot spring packages for visitors to enjoy a restorative soak paired with healthy cuisine.taiwanhotspring. this mass Hindu pilgrimage towards the holy city of Haridwar is the world’s largest gathering of yogis. 2010 Goa Carnival The famed hippie paradise begins the year with a food-fight carnival event in the lead-up to Lent.
25 January 2010 Tokyo Sumo Tournament Japan’s national sport is one that is rich with history. 22 December 2009 . political intrigues. Don’t miss out on their six tournaments throughout the year. January 2010 The World of Ancient Egypt Featuring over 230 Egyptian objects and major works from 4500 BCE to 1st century BCE. superb music and excellent wines from all over 16 countries. New Zealand. The artefacts highlight changing Egyptian funerary customs. for the biggest food and wine festival in the Waipara Valley Wine region. and the extraordinary skills of artists and craftsmen of the day. 06 March 2010 www.nz Greytown Arts Festival Held on Wellingon Anniversary weekend. the Greytown Arts’ Festival will comprise visual.Waipara Valley Wine and Food Festival Head down to Christchurch.waiparawine. performing and literary arts.co.4 April 2010 the islands of south east asia 29 . and check out the visual art on display while you are there. Don’t miss out on the host of activities in the newly redesigned Town Centre. Their use of a variety of materials reveal geographical surroundings of workshops and artistic fashions of the period. Enjoy a day of fiesta with an array of gourmet treats. this highly anticipated exhibition is set to grace the National Museum of Singapore from December through to April. culture and even religious background rituals which are still followed today. 23 January . with the very first held in Tokyo at the beginning of the year.
The Big Durian
Jakarta Like its fruit namesake, the Big Durian of Indonesia is often a shock to first-time travelers. It’s a heaving mass of some 10 million people packed into a vast urban sprawl that is one of Asia’s most exciting and liveliest cities. There is plenty to do here, from shopping at the many luxurious shopping centers to one of the hippest nightlife scenes in Southeast Asia. Here’s a full day itinerary in Jakarta, followed by tips from locals who call it home.
The newly renovated Hotel Indonesia
Wake up to a metropolitan view of the city in the newly remodeled Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. With interiors inspired by contemporary Indonesian art and style and located in Jakarta’s city center, the iconic hotel is the ideal place for business, shopping and extravagance.
TeSaTe’s delicious local servings
Start your sightseeing by visiting the Salihara Community Complex in South Jakarta, an expansive 3000 square meters of land that plays host to a theater, a gallery and an office building plus guest house. The gallery is an empty space with circular walls, without angles nor borders, providing a wider perspective to the various contemporary arts on display. www.unearthingasia.com
For lunch, head to the Senayan area to enjoy authentic Indonesian food at TeSaTe, a new concept restaurant that not only promotes the richness of local culinary, but highlights the unique Indonesian culture and celebration. Try out authentic local favorites served in luxurious gourmet settings such as the humble satay, nasi goreng (fried rice) or sop buntut (oxtail soup).
Gado-gado, Indonesian Salad
Senayan City, right across from Plaza Senayan
With your stomach and taste-bud fulfilled, head to the Senayan area for some upscale shopping at Plaza Senayan, where luxury brands such as BVLGARI and Louis Vuitton reside alongside local favorites like Sebastian’s and Biyan. Right opposite, the newer Senayan City is also worth exploring, offering 8 floors of shopping, food and entertainment.
After a day of activities, head to the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Book yourself a much deserved hour of Javanese massage, with techniques of skin rolling, long kneading strokes and acupressure to strengthen the body for the night ahead.
Kemang is also host to an array of cafes, bars and pubs serving all kinds of drinks to suit all tastes. For a relaxing, ambient mood, head to Casa Cafe for drinks and desserts. Located right above the trendy Aksara Bookstore, the cafe is a breath of fresh air offering beers, wines by the glass and delectable cocktails. Coffee lovers would prefer Tornado Coffee or Merdeka Coffee, where the lure of strong caffeine draws you in.
The night starts with a feast at Kemang, Jakarta’s glamorous kampong neighborhood that is popular with locals and expats alike. Try out the delectable Javanese specialties at Payon, where traditional touches like the clay floor tiles and swatches of batik give it a unique appearance compared to Kemang’s usually minimalist urban interior. Or you can opt to dine with a view at Shy, sited atop the 4th level at The Papillion. The restaurant’s Dutch chef presents daily seven and four course menus, in addition to their host of expert European fusion cuisine.
Finally, finish your day partying it up at Blowfish Kitchen & Bar at Wisma Mulia, one of the most happening nightspot in town. Coupled with nearby Puro, an Italian lounge and resto, Blowfish is a luxury high-end dining during the afternoon that turns into an all-out clubbing scene at night.
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A Middle Eastern ambiance at Anatolia, Kemang
Like many other citizens of Jakarta, Scotty and Tika complained bitterly about the bad traffic, especially on the weekends. As such, they rarely ventured too far away from home in South Jakarta, but do enjoy the occasional excursions to one of the local golf courses – Jagorawi, Rainbow Hills and Gunung Geulis are a few of their favorite courses. For food, their go-to places are Peppenero (formerly known as the Tratoria) for some excellent Italian food and the Tamat Thai (in Kemang) for some spicy, value for money Thai food. Also in Kemang, Anatolia is a place they reserve for special occasions – “they serve expensive, but authentic Turkish food – delicious and a great atmosphere!” Over on the other side, towards the North, Yansen also opts to avoid the traffic and heads closer to home for food and relaxation. He recommended Segarra, off the coast of Ancol, for a “relaxing, beach-side ambience,” and Glasshouse in Muara Karang for that favorite past time of boys – catching the big match. He also shared about Dermaga, a boisterous sea-side cafe where you can enjoy a hot and spicy offering – Bakmi Sakaw – “we Indonesians love spicy food!” he noted enthusiastically. For those who enjoys live music, the Fountain Cafe at Hotel Grand Hyatt comes heavily recommended by Sandy, who enthused “I love their live band, its also very conveniently located and very comfortable, a great place to chill-out and de-stress.”
Jagorawi Golf Club
Hotel Grand Hyatt
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smaller model. which packs a powerful machine able to record up to 720p resolution with a full 4GB internal memory into a sleeker. www. a GPS map. From US$399. but also a compass.Canon PowerShot SX10 IS The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS gives you a lot of a camera and a very useful 20x optical zoom in a body that’s still reasonably compact. It is much better than your average point and shoot.theflip.canon. fun. Powered up by the billion or so applications available for download. flair and overall usefulness into a single package like nothing else. From US$229.com Apple iPhone 3GS The ultimate must-have gadget for traveling flashpackers. yet much lighter than a bulky Digital SLR. www.com Flip MinoHD The FlipMinoHD is an evolution of the original Flip Mino camcorder. www. it allows complete customization and flexibility. the Apple iPhone 3GS combines more functionality. It’s not only a phone.com the islands of south east asia 35 .apple. a currency converter and so much more! From US$199.
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tranquil. and its rowdy side as well 64 Subterranean Magic Unearth a magical Palawan attraction priming for international limelight 72 Coming of Age Koh Pha Ngan is beautifully morphing in its slow but steady evolution 78 After the Storm Despite the threat of terrorism and overtourism. Bali retains its hidden charms .46 Eco Paradise Uncover the eco paradise and scuba-diving Holy Grail of Raja Ampat 58 Beach Life Discover Phuket’s island paradise – quiet.
Mallika Naguran uncovers the blossoming jewel of Raja Ampat and its eco conservation efforts. . lies the Holy Grail of scuba diving. Deep in the hearts of Papua.The setting sun at Raja Ampat’s Kri Eco Resort sets the tone for an afternoon of relaxation. Isolated and untouched. the raw natural beauty will strike you like no other destinations could. With photos by Scotty Graham.
A gecko emerges from behind the ketchup bottles. Max extends his hand out to the gecko to crawl on. I wonder if I should remove my hand that’s resting in its path – I do love animals. “You know when I built this place 15 years ago. I didn’t have to specially rear these wild things.” the islands of south east asia 47 .” he tells over dinner. approaching us cautiously on the wooden table. people are at the heart of any ecology-related business. Indonesia. ducks and birds just roaming around.THE GUIDE Being eco can mean a number of things to different people. but I don’t fancy my body becoming part of their habitat. They just appeared – we have monitor lizards. “Eco to me means working with the local people to build a better future. the first thing that springs to mind for most is the preservation of nature. For Max Ammer. a pioneer dive operator in Raja Ampat and owner of Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort at Papua.
Right below the pier itself are thousands of fishes swimming freely. .THE GUIDE At the Kri Eco Resort. you don’t have to go far to enjoy abundant marine life.
No need for alarm clocks here. they are also harmless and rather immobile. sulphur crested cockatoos and hornbills. seeking shelter from sea currents or storms. I sat a respectable distance away from them. In the morning. apparently they lie on coconut trees and love cracking the solid nuts with their rock-hard pincers. we were startled to see a pair of coconut crabs huddled around a bamboo pylon at the lounge ceiling. with the job title of “All Rounders”. In fact. Little of the coral reefs at Cape Kri (house reef) was destroyed with the building of Kri Eco Resort. a number of them barely made it through school. following dinner. But Max is committed to Raja Ampat’s people in more ways that one.THE GUIDE Green Resort Every night. Everything about Kri Eco Resort is handmade: the Sunset Lounge and its lazy deck chairs. whom revealed that he could have built the resorts (including the higher-end Sorido Resort) and run the operations quicker with more experienced staff from other parts of Indonesia. At breakfast. brush turkeys. The guest rooms at Kri Eco Resort are also perched above the waters. One such talent couldn’t measure straight. Even the bricks are made by hand by the senior folks. Hideous looking as they are. the bamboo chalets. we are awakened by hysterical cackles from endemic birds such as eclectis parrots. including the jetty that Max’s father helped to build. resulting in the construction of a not so perfect wooden platform that scuba divers walk on to get to the dive equipment center at the end of the jetty and to hop on to the dive boats. whom Max employs. the dive crew are all Papuans. the islands of south east asia 49 . aided by local talent and muscle. so a daily sight would be numerous fish species flitting around the pylons. the coconut leaf and nut wall finishing and décor. and its not always for business. the guests gaze at the juvenile bamboo sharks wading in the shallows just below the dining lounge on stilts. “I want local people to make the money. He builds local talent and skills in this remote region of Indonesia spanning from tourism-related ventures to trades for livelihood to careers in scuba diving.” says Max. Baby barracudas pursue parrotfish of amazing varieties. tagged along by turtles.
. These are the stuff of legends. but sadly.An amazing array of marine bio-diversity awaits you. one that will not last forever.
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a renowned marine scientist recorded 283 and 281 fish species. . A benchmark for an excellent fish count is 200.In two single dives.
When I visited Kri Eco Resort in March 2009. he had improved the water wells in Raja Ampat with chlorination and safety measures and created 13 new wells for the people. covering marine areas and land-based activities such as logging and mining. Logging and mining on the islands impacted the waters with pollution. in 2001. the Raja Ampat Marine Park was formally declared. renowned marine scientist and author. However. Max knew he had to do something to stop the destruction and pollution. conservation. In 2007 and 2008. an important regulatory mechanism had already kicked in: the Raja Ampat Tourism Entrance Fee of Rp500. And the pilot keeping vigil behind the wheels is no other than Max Ammer himself. priority was given to the “Posyandu” system. I found out that the zonation and management plans were still under development. Part of the fee goes to community development. Dr Allen canvassed for Papua to be considered in the organisation’s conservation programme. A benchmark for an excellent fish count is 200. or risk losing its intrinsic beauty and biodiversity. by mid-2007. This involves a light aircraft surveillance to keep an eye on illegal activities on water and land. ventured into this path. Plans for a marine park were drawn. the islands of south east asia 53 . it happened. and the pristine state of corals. and after three years. Dr Allen was impressed with the numerous species of freshwater fishes found here. Something that’s also close to Max’ heart: in the early days. Conservation at Raja Ampat now is taking on new heights with an aerial monitoring programme sponsored by CI and other NGOs. conservation and enforcement. Conservation The pristine reefs of Raja Ampat and the plentiful marine species were under threat with destructive fishing practices such as bomb fishing and deep-sea trawlers. The big fish started to dwindle. Raja Ampat needed protection. which is a healthcare provision for mothers and children. In two single dives.000 that involves the issue of an annual waterproof plastic entrance tag. or better.THE GUIDE A consultant with Conservation International (CI). It was a stroke of luck when Dr Gerald Allen. he recorded the highest count of fish species: 283 species at at Cape Kri and 281 at South Fam group.
hoping to get them out of the poverty cycle. Nikson couldn’t understand this white man’s actions. People Welfare and Development Nikson Soor born in Batanta. a road he has taken that is often long and bumpy. Nikson is not just a top dive guide sought after in Raja Ampat.” Nikson. who was just 14 then. One such plan is to introduce a clam farm.000 dives logged.THE GUIDE Don’t expect to see a Western dive guide or master at Papua Diving. Proceeds go entirely to the villagers. Raja Ampat. and will soon learn to leave the giant clams in dive sites alone. and Max. concerned with pollution and illegal fishing. selling turtles that he had just caught with his fisherman father. This amiable and energetic Papuan dive master is a manager at Papua Diving with over 11. Max bought those turtles from him and promptly the islands of south east asia 55 . “and my eyes opened wide looking at the underwater life. Max believes in investing in local education and training local Papuans. They are also paid fair wages.” grins Nikson. one which he hopes to start designing soon . Nickson who is 34 years old. a live aboard dive boat. because there isn’t one. 47.” laughed Max. If you plan a trip in 2010. is just one example of how a Papuan is groomed to become an asset in Raja Ampat tourism industry. Other plans afoot are homestays and kayaking adventures around the exotic mushroom islands. It is the start of a long and deep friendship between the two. This augments what he has already established with the locals – bird watching tours in particular the Red Bird of Paradise. he is also an environment advocate. “I will teach Nikson how to fly even. was instantly converted. Nikson tells me that he first met Max when he was a wee boy. released them. provided with food and shelter. “He just put a tank on me and took me down. Sustainable Clam Trade Max intends to implement various new ideas. you may just enjoy his other service. Today. and given weekly day off plus regular vacation. Dive guides at Papua Diving are given proper employment contracts.and by himself of course. who is eager to begin the aerial surveillance. who added. Papuans will learn how to grow clams and sell them in a sustainable fashion. A trip to Max Ammer’s resorts is worth every dime.” he said. but soon learnt the beauty and fragility of marine life. who then see the value of this tourism activity and stop them from catching these birds and selling them overseas as exotic pets. “They are good people and I want them to learn a new trade and to earn some income.
It’s no wonder how so many diving enthusiasts gushes at the mere mention of Raja Ampat. A true joy to behold. .The colorful corals is host to an abundance of fishes.
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and unwittingly discovered its rowdy side as well .Vannara Putra uncovers Phuket’s island paradise – quiet and tranquil.
To our left. I came here to experience a slice of the famed island paradise – the Phi Phi Islands. For me however. but in Phuket. mountain climbing or white-water rafting. rows upon rows of stalls take up shelter by the road side. and most visited one. Patong Beach is the most developed. Further down the road the alleyway widens and a carnival of sort entices tourists with welcoming arms. The Beach. even after the devastating 2004 tsunami. with catcalls and whistles firing out from all around the place.THE GUIDE To our right. lazing. these are all secondary. Amongst Phuket’s various beaches. pubs and massage parlors lined up both sides of the road. Various diving and snorkeling spots are scattered throughout numerous small islands around the area. The perfect afternoon sun combined with fresh coconuts and Thailand’s scrumptious delicacies makes it a tantalizing option as we ponder our next plan. the islands of south east asia 59 . there are also various adventure trips heading inland for jungle trekking. vending fake Rolexes and cheap tee-shirts for the shopaholic travelers. easily accessible by boat. Much like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in that aptly named 2000 movie. the beach beckons – pristine white sand upon long tresses of crystal clear water. most vibrant. From Phuket. It’s not even past dinner time yet. and parasailing. Bars. In the middle of the road. the party never really stops. snorkeling. there is a fashion catwalk with various ladies (or not) costumed up with long colorful feathers and glittering fake diamonds adorning their dresses. and enjoying challenging water sports such as jet skiing. windsurfing. It’s a picture perfect postcard view of a 3-kilometer long white sandy beach perfect for swimming.
it is one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations. Understandably.Phuket Island. offers spectacular scenery. stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue sea. of the southern coast of Thailand. .
but very well worth the trip. is the only island with permanent inhabitants. 2 of them main – Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Tall breathtaking cliffs forms a circular wall around the area. The Phi Phi Islands comprises six islands surrounded by the Andaman sea. not wanting to disturb the fragile ecosystem below the sea. We snorkeled a little more before finally making our way towards one of Phi Phi Don’s numerous resorts for a hearty meal. and my eyes searched around trying to find an entrance. we then made our way slowly passing the soaring limestone walls surrounding Phi Phi Leh. From the pristine Maya Bay. the largest of the six. Numerous stalls on Phuket’s crowded street offered day-tours to tourists. Phi Phi Don. and as such they are always eager to make a good impression. The journey there was over an hour long. the crew noticeably turned down the machine. Our boat anchored a little distance away from the beach. it was still every bit as astonishing. the islands of south east asia 61 .THE GUIDE The Island Paradise The journey to Phi Phi Islands was suspiciously easy to arrange. It was there on the serene Maya Bay in Phi Phi Leh that the movie was shot. we negotiated for a small down-payment for our tour arrangement. The island’s shallow blue-green lagoons and coral gardens. with full-payment given only when we were picked up from the hotel. made for a spectacular scenery. As our boat neared the bay. but Phi Phi Leh’s beach is very popular with the tourists as well. with caves and passages dotting the tall cliffs. Suddenly. Crystal clear water gives view to the coral beds which are home to a wide range of sea life. and we were free to swim and snorkel around the boat. Being the untrusting travelers that we were. paving a pathway of transparent sea to a small tranquil beach. the green jungle opened up. I suppose we shouldn’t have worried – close to 98% of Phuket’s population depends upon tourism to make a living. and while my boat entry towards the beach was much less anti-climatic compared to DiCaprio’s jump over a ten-meter waterfall.
The jetty. be it vendors selling various cheap imitations. we made our way through the jungle of shops cramping the coastal side of Patong beach. it made for an extreme contradiction. If one were to choose a word to describe Patong beach’s street side revelries. Compared to the tranquil beach of Phi Phi Islands. Stunning views from the top of Phuket. Haggling is a must. and you should always start by offering half of the original starting price. that word would invariably be “rowdy”. or a relaxing lounge to chill and rest. 62 www. a small one will suffice. parading and enticing various tourists who are eager to take photos and chat with them. Be warned as well that these lady-boys are every bit as beautiful as they were rumored to be. and a friend’s Rolex didn’t last though the end of the month. and numerous tailors touting cheap custommade suits. Those out to shop would be well advised to know that these are simply cheap thrills. they came out dressed in long glittering gowns with over-the top cabaret shows make-up. drink and be merry. Instead. Thailand’s famed lady-boys come out to play. If you are looking for a romantic place to dine and wine. There were also the noisy advertising of various muay-thai boxing matches calling out to impressionable travelers.unearthingasia.com . what you would find here is a good mix of tourists and locals who are out to have a good time. On Wednesday nights. then this isn’t the right place for you. Indeed. You are still able however. to find unique handcrafted items and some amazing paintings.THE GUIDE This spread. tuk-tuk drivers offering rides. There are indeed shops selling higher-quality fakes and the likes. my Puma boots were a wreck only after a few sessions of soccer. clockwise from right Island hopping is a popular activity. Hundreds of stalls offer tourists fake branded goods Nightlife at the Beach Later on at night. Beware that tips would be expected of these miscellaneous services. Every bit as beautiful as they were rumored to be. but those are far and few between. A coalescence of noisy pandemonium boomed in my ears as I made my way through the street. which features various acrobatic acts performed by the ladies and lady-boys. They are also keen to promote their one-of-a-kind Thai Girl show.
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Char Magalong unearthed a magical attraction priming for international limelight and renown .THE GUIDE At the center of Palawan.
As I made my way into the hotel. a sure sign of the various beach activities they must have participated in – swimming at the beach. and few are able to resist its charm. I made a mental note to check out the beach. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park boasts a thriving wildlife and a full sea to forest ecosystem. offering visitors a wide array of activities and attractions All images used on this editorial feature were kindly provided by the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park the islands of south east asia 65 . Throughout the years. I flashed a smile at a group of tourists passing by. snorkeling. or diving to the depths of Palawan’s magnificent seas. can compare with the beauty of Palawan. I could smell the ocean salt in the air. but first I had a whole new city to explore. Puerto Princesa – its capital – serves as a center for tourism and trade. with most tourists using it as a stop over before heading to the various reefs of corals and coves around Palawan.Few places in the Philippines. indeed in all of Southeast Asia. its pristine islands and sandy beaches has tantalized the minds of many.
com . Mesmerizing aerial view of the island paradise. another gasp of awe 66 www.unearthingasia.Clockwise from top The subterranean river goes out into the sea. Another point of aerial view. A thriving wildlife.
When she died. Princes Eulalia of Spain. it is the second largest city in the country with approximately 120. the islands of south east asia 67 . and has often been dubbed the capital of ecotourism. Totaling an area of approximately 260. History tells us however.If we look at the map of the Philippines and the Palawan Island. that it was named after a Spanish Princess in 1864. we’ll find Puerto Princesa right in the middle. this was reduced to Puerto Princesa. from the seafarers who dock there to the nature lovers and environmentalists who are amazed by the protected area. It is a city that prides on its cleanliness and natural beauty. Legend has it that Puerto Princesa was named after a maiden who used to roam the island on certain evenings of the year. the province itself bound by the South China Sea in the west and the Sulu Sea in the east.000 inhabitants. the place was named Puerto de la Princesa and as time progressed.000 hectares. Others would say that she receives her name from being a haven for everyone.
a breathtaking experience comparable to none. landing in the top 77 nominees.unearthingasia.The site contains a full ‘mountain-to-sea’ ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia. going up to 1. the boat turtled onwards. The cave was extremely dark. Right at the mouth of the cave lies a clear. Finally it was our turn! As our tour guide warned us about safety precautions and what not to do inside. Finally. As such. We picnicked and ate our lunch as we waited for our turn to get into the Underground River. with the Sta Lourdes wharf serving as a port for tourists who want to rent boats for fixed tours or to simply go wherever they like. Other than exploring the cave. the underground river has been nominated to be a part of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature. monitor lizards.5 kilometers into the cave. At the top of my list of must-see attractions however. partially through paved roads but also on dirt and muddy roads. was Palawan’s most esteemed wonders – the Underground River. squirrels and other friendly animals find their ecosystem near the cave. The rock formations inside were truly one of a kind. Aside from the Underground River. but a fun experience never the less. As it had rained the night before. Daylight Hole and the Kawili Cave. the area boasts a number of cave systems worth exploring. the Crocodile Farm. Climbing Ugong Rock allows one to view the spectacular karst formations and surrounding natural beauty. The Subterranean River National Park at Puerto Princesa is a haven of natural beauty that has been nominated to become one of the new Seven Wonders of the world. Other areas to explore include the Lions Cave. and it will take sometime for you to get used to. 68 www.2-kilometer long river that goes through a mesmerizing cave before it makes its exit right into the South China Sea.com . peaceful lagoon that supports a thriving wildlife. the road condition was especially bad and we got stuck twice on our way there. bird watching and the likes. The Iwahig is a unique wall-less prison colony where convicts act as they would living in a village. it boasts a 8. The journey up north was a good three hours drive. Butterfly Garden and Mitra’s Ranch. gently making its way through the scintillating river. Nothing too serious. You will be awed by the exquisite beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites in rainbow colors – a truly wondrous view. Located 50km north of the capital. we were led in slowly. do fishing or carve handicraft products for souvenirs. Monkeys.THE GUIDE Island hopping is a popular activity here. There are also city tours that brings you to various attractions such as the Iwahig penal colony. Very recently. They cultivate rice and other crops. A regular tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park also offers other activities such as mountain and rock climbing. we reached the opening of the Underground River.
Previous spread.com . very near the sea level. from top The National Park is located low. At the entrance of the subterranean river. Paddling back out after a fun adventure This page. clockwise The clouds form a magical shadow over the National Park.unearthingasia. Relaxing in the clear lagoon at the mouth of the river 70 www. Venturing into the dark cave.
THE GUIDE Natalie Revie journeyed into Thailand’s jungle paradise to find it beautifully evolving into a different entity 72 .
But fortunately.The island paradise of Koh Phangan is slowly but surely attracting its worthy share of developers and luxury travelers. the island seemed determined to balance between its development and natural charms. a relief to budget travelers and luxury high-fliers all around .
At the moment it certainly seems that way. Having escaped the brutal development of its sister island Koh Samui. as the small number of developers and big hotels moving in are not only developing with an eye to natural aesthetics. Koh Phangan exudes a special magical privacy to invigorate even the most jaded international jet-setter. And the little-known hippy paradise of Koh Phangan may be able to provide exactly that. Koh Phangan has truly established itself as the destination of choice for party-animals. Added to that. little-known sister of the two. elegant lady. the islands of south east asia 75 . With its broad white sandy beaches. Koh Phangan remained until recently the quiet. but with a common commitment to green ethos and protecting the island’s gorgeous flora and fauna. an astonishing transformation that is not unlike a blossoming of a young flower into a beautiful. as the big hotels and developers turn their beady eyes from the already ravaged Koh Samui and realize that today’s luxury guests want something a little different for their dollars. hippies and backpackers alike. it has evolved into 5-star boutique resort destination. set against unspoiled jungle backdrops and glittering ocean. failing to show up on all but the most backpack savvy trails. its relatively slow development will hopefully mean it has learned its lesson from neighboring Koh Samui’s mistakes.THE GUIDE Lying in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. With its infamous full moon party every month for the last two decades. But change is coming to this jungle paradise isle. Recently however. and flying entirely under the radar of commercial hotels and package-holiday tourism. Koh Phangan is a party-goers paradise of legendary proportions.
The coast of Tong Nai Pan Noi Attracting the most attention in the 5-star resort stakes is the stunning Thong Nai Pan.unearthingasia. Rasananda. resorts and restaurants. luxury 300-threadcount towels lie on sun-loungers next to hippies on their way to the next low-key destination of choice for backpackers. Now Thong Nai Pan has been recognized as the truly 5-star destination on Koh Phangan and this year new luxury resort. Thong Nai Pan’s off-the-beaten track location has proved a huge draw to these intrepid folk: the result is an eclectic mix of interests and nationalities represented on the beach. Who knows how long that arrangement is set to last? But currently. from Alaskan kayakbuilders to Israeli cheese-makers. opened its doors for business. Thong Nai Pan has been called ‘the jewel of Koh Phangan’ and for years was the best kept secret in the region. as inaccessible as it was by bumpy pickup over an unpaved jungle track. complementing the exquisite natural surroundings. it is being altered with sensitivity. beautiful resort that still gives a nod to the rustic Thai charm which entrances visitors to Thailand every year. so as not to disturb the guests in their $300 dollar-a-night rooms. but beautiful residences. sets a leading example not just for Koh Phangan but for development in Thailand as a whole. but no less beautiful. the community is set to increase in both size and diversity. and unusually it seems to be entirely harmonious. The result is very different from days-goneby – more refined definitely. the beach has naturally attracted an interesting community of expats. on the northeast corner of the lush island. As it comes of age the jewel in its crown. At the moment. In addition to these high-end tourists. But uncommonly for Thailand. At night the jungle reverberates to the sounds of the traditional Thong Nai Pan parties and bongo drums. And credit must be given where it’s due to Rasananda management. and created in harmony with the environment. So the wild hippy paradise of yesteryear is changing. it finds not just the drunken revelers of yore. 76 www. That these two polar opposites – backpackers and jet-setters – co-exist so seamlessly on one beach is perhaps testament to the special magic of Thong Nai Pan. taste and discretion. right next to the traditional $5-a-night backpacker huts of old Koh Phangan. who have managed to create an elegant. With more residences being built privately and by small local developers. Thong Nai Pan. Now when the full moon shines on Koh Phangan.com . but quietly.
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. Barrie Lie-Birchall enthuses. Fog and mist creeping into the forest as the setting sun envelops the horizon. Bali.THE GUIDE Amidst the influx of overflowing tourists. Bali retains its hidden charms and unexplored attractions. Ubud.
In October 2002. The impact upon the Bali tourism industry was immediate. this became apparent when the island of Bali became a stopover on the renowned ‘hippy trail’ in the 1960’s. It didn’t happen. The cyclonic invasion of this tiny island began with a trickle in the 1930’s with the likes of artists Walter Spies.Scenic surf and steep cliffs on the coastline Bali. Bali’s eventual step into the limelight was predominately due to anthropologist Margaret Mead who researched and documented. and yet. unaffected. in-depth. it soon became a target for anti-western extremist Islamic groups. From then on the steady flow of tourists increased over the coming decades. but soon became a novelty destination for celebrities such as Noel Coward. As the tourist influx grew and Bali was flooded with carefree tourists from around the world. the main tourist district of Kuta was devastated by three massive bombs killing 202 people. Rudolf Bonnet and Le Mayeur. Bali was soon to be crushed again on October 1. the Balinese still retain their cultural and religious ways of life. amongst others. is drenched in mass tourism. unlike other islands in the archipelago of Indonesia. 2005 with a series of terrorist suicide bomb attacks in Jimbaran and Kuta. The Balinese feared a repeat upon tourism that occurred previously in 2002. The ancient temple of Taman Ayun the islands of south east asia 79 . the Balinese. As a paradise destination for westerners.
Bali once again enjoys boom times with record numbers of tourists visiting the island. There are numerous reasons this tiny Hindu island possesses immense appeal to westerners. Primarily, it’s a cheap holiday destination with much the same on offer as most South-east Asian destinations; good shopping, relaxed tropical atmosphere, bars and nightclubs as well as restaurants every 50 metres. Bali is geared towards tourists and first impressions will see you being overwhelmed. More than Meets the Eye But, there is more to Bali than the aforementioned. It is an island that possesses a spiritual mystique woven around a unique culture and a religion that is a fascinating amalgam of animism and Indian Hindu beliefs. In the land of a 1,000 temples, religion is the dominating force and this can be seen in the daily rituals and ceremonies of the Balinese. Travelling around Bali can be an enlightening experience. The delightful thing is that wherever you go, your senses are tantalised by sheer beauty. Green textured rice paddies clinging to hillsides and rugged mountains are mesmerising. Being an island of varied landscapes it affords some of the most spectacular panoramas in the Indonesian archipelago.
Green rice terraces forms a beautiful scenery
It is no wonder then that Bali is so appealing. Travelling anywhere across the 140-kilometer wide island yields breathtaking surprises and everlasting impressions. An island covering an area of 5, 561 sq kilometer and totally surrounded by crystal blue oceans it is only natural that a lot of the coastline is spectacular, and at dusk, unforgettable mind-blowing sunsets. Coconut-palm lined sandy beaches and sparkling clear waters offer some of the best scuba diving and surfing to be found anywhere in the world.
The whole island is one enjoyable surprise after the other. Walking around traditional markets has always been one of my favourites taking in the atmosphere of Balinese traders haggling or imbibing in the delights of the array of traditional foods. Scaling the steps of centuries old temple and gazing at the myriad of statues slowly being eroded by time or witnessing a temple festival with the Balinese in colourful dress has never ceased to amaze me. Bali has something to offer everybody. Talking slow walks along sandy beaches at sunset or being adventurous and bungyjumping off dizzy heights, or just chillingout leisurely wandering the streets talking to the locals.
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Pura Ulun Danu temple on Lake Brataan, Bali, Indonesia
Unexplored Paradise Getting around Bali is quite easy and there are many areas in Bali that are rarely visited by tourists or travellers alike. Then there are those areas yet to be fully developed as a tourist destination. The east coast of the island is one such area that has escaped the onslaught. This is one part of the island that has always entranced me. Sleepy fishing villages are dotted up and down the coastline with deserted beaches lined with row after row of colourful fishing boats. Inland you will find pristine areas of dense jungle clinging to towering hillsides and valleys with a carpet of rich-green rice paddies. Not far from the town of Amlapura there is a place seldom seen by regular tourists that has the most stunning and beautiful panoramic view of rice fields on the entire island of Bali. It is a place
called Ngis, a small village barely visible from the main road. In between the town of Amlapura and the village of Abang along the east coast road you will come to a sharp bend in the road and here you will find the heavenly view. The island of Bali is the epitome of paradise. Where else in the tropics could you drive through a massive hole in a sacred Banyan tree, be thrilled at the power of white-water as you raft furiously along the rapids of the Ayung River deep in the jungle, or go fishing with the locals on their traditional boats. Bali has something for everyone. If you are just a tourist with a desire to chillout and relax or possesses a lust for adventure, a passion for archaeological history or perhaps a nature-lover; Bali and its friendly people have all these and much, much more.
Being centrally located in the archipelago, Bali affords the traveller opportunities to visit the other islands in Indonesia with a variety of inexpensive flights on offer utilising numerous airline services. You can virtually travel to all points of the compass and experience other cultures for as many days as you like and still return to Bali and finish your holiday. Bali as a tourist destination in Southeast Asia has so much more to offer. It is an island where you can relax in sheer luxury at high-end resorts, or revel in the crazed tourist scene of Kuta in budget accommodation. Bali is an island where you can live on $10 a day quite comfortably and an island where you can be a global citizen in paradise and, it is a place that time has not forgotten but respected for its unique culture and friendly people.
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TALES GOURMET Nabeetha Naseer samples the vivacious array of culinary delights from the region of Middle East. . and comes up with a tasty guide for the foodie at heart.
but more commonly used as dip for pita bread. They can be eaten on its own. or mixed with one another 92 .TALES GOURMET Arabian cuisine usually consists of a dozen or more small dishes.
Mezze (or appetizers) When you are in Lebanon. completing a vibrant map of culinary delights throughout the region. The baba ghanouj is especially tasty. shape and color. make sure to try out a course of mezze and you’ll realize right away why the tables are all super large. is the usage of aromatic spices.Right. an eggplant dip. it is almost never without the region’s staple food. While a meal may exclude meat. stuffed grape leaves. northern Turkey. khoresh. It has become a part of everyday multicultural cuisines around the globe. mint and chickpeas – these are a few of the common ingredients you’ll find throughout the region. For the uninitiated. sumac. in which thinly cut grilled lamb is basted with tomato sauce over pide bread and generously slathered with melted butter and yogurt. . parsley. It may even contain a number of rice dishes that is mixed with meats. fruits and nuts. You’ll be served dozens of small dishes with exotic tidbits all placed on the table at once Some of the more common mezzes are the baba ghanouj. felafels. borek. but be warned – it can be quite spicy! Main Courses Depending on which country you are in. Honey. bread. Grilled chicken with vegetables Middle Eastern cuisines come in a wide variety of taste. Each country adds their own distinct touches to the mix. the main course could vary between kebabs of grilled chicken or lamb. from top Pita bread a serving of dips. A common bond between them however. vegetables. deep-fried chickpea balls. feta-stuffed phyllo pastries and dolmas. the most commonly used meat are chicken. sesame seeds. Iskender kebab is a famed specialty from Bursa. kebabs are generally grilled or broiled meats over skewer or sticks. Since Muslims do not consume pork. beef and lamb. lamb stew in a sweet-sour sauce.
following the Islamic tradition that is prevalent in the region. But for those who fancy desserts on their own. Other desserts include baklava and perhaps almond crusted cookies as well. spinach. One thing I learned is to leave the sludge at the bottom. Meals in the Middle East are often eaten using your hands. pita. sautéed tomato and eggplant with yogurt. Brides Fingers (Asabia el Aroos) are slender crisps of filo filled with sweetened nuts that are popular with the locals. do not hesitate to ask for a fork and spoon. But if you are to try eating with your hands. Desserts and Snacks You are normally served a small cup of sweet. as it is forbidden in the Islamic tradition to do so. avoid doing so with your left hand.com . They are comparable to the likes of baklava. most bakeries tend to sell sweet pastries and the likes to curb your sweet tooth cravings. coffee. flat breads and the traditional Jewish Challah. but with lower calories and fat. Among the common ones are Tabboulleh (tart parsley). It can give your throat an itchy.unearthingasia. unless if you are in Iran where tea are commonly served. Protein and fiber are in abundance due to the inclusion of nuts. salads and breads This is the usual companion of meals. Desserts are served occasionally.Vegetables. uneasy feeling. 94 www. thick. If you’re uncomfortable with this.
Thailand. He shared tales of his amazing journey with Nikolas Tjhin.TALES ART Heeding the After years of traveling around the region of Asia. . Call Light shining into Khao Luang Caves. photographer Craig Ferguson finally settled down in Taiwan. Phetburi (Phetchaburi).
“I remember always wanting to take pictures with my dad’s ‘slide camera’. He initially studied science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science. and worked it out as I went along. I found my way onto a local bus to Banglamphu. “I had nothing booked. in Taiwan Taiwan home. With its numerous cultural traditions and some of the most fascinating sights on earth. Even from a very young age. The Goddess of the Sea. I basically made it up as I went along!” shared the enthusiastic traveler. and then into a cheap guesthouse. he has always shown an interest in photography. landing in Bangkok and simply “winging it” as he goes along. Now. wedding and personal portrait type photography. he traveled through Asia for a year. and is starting to shift his focus away from travel photography into music. Right off graduation. The call of Asia is a strong one.The yearly pilgrimage for Mazu. the awardwinning photographer calls the islands of south east asia 97 . Photo credit . Bright red lanterns. After that. having grown up mostly in a beach-side suburb of Sydney. Craig Ferguson is one such victim. Always with a camera. having fallen in love with Asia over his various treks throughout the region. it’s no wonder how so many people have fallen head over heels with this beautiful region.” He then learned the ropes on his own on a Manual SLR while at school in the 1980s and progressed from there. First Love Craig hailed from Australia.Selina Ferguson. Somehow.
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hospitality and NGOs. then to Lombok. local governance. back to Bali. Having exhausted the south eastern part of Asia. One of the everlasting experiences of this particular travel was the winter pilgrimage season in Bodhgaya. “All this happened a couple of days after the 9/11 attack in the US. trekking in the Annapurnas and exploring the old parts of Kathmandu. but never found it. but not before a final couple weeks of relaxation on Koh Tao. “After some halfhearted attempts to fit into the standard career-track in Australia. and onwards to Nepal for a slower pace of life.” he shared. then onwards to Jakarta through Mount Bromo and Yogyakarta. I’d saved enough money that I was able to travel backpacker style for the year without needing to work. People often ask what the best memory etc is and it’s really hard to say – there were so many highlights!” Heeding the Call After returning to Australia. so it was an interesting experience to be completely cut off from the news for five days at that particular time. Craig searched around for a fulfilling opportunity. on a path that sees him on a very unusual backpackers trail across Asia. lakes and surfing made up most of it. before heading back home to Australia. meeting up with other travelers along the way. Cambodia. and on to Lhasa. Koh Pha Ngan and then Bangkok. he didn’t find anything that fits him and gave him satisfaction.” he shared. the islands of south east asia 99 . transiting in Singapore. From there he went to Kathmandu. he headed back up towards Surat Thani. his so called second round of travel sees him journey to Langkawi. Tibet. “I mostly did it alone.Angkor Wat.” and then to Bali. which intrigued Craig so much that he made plans to return the following year as well. he booked a ticket back to Bangkok and went on the road again. So in 2001. Starting out in southern Thailand. a World Heritage site and a major tourist destination TALES ART That impromptu travel lasted a whole 12 months and more. Burma and then onto Nepal. then down into Malaysia before crossing over into Sumatra – “orangutans. Following a short stint in corporate IT. the call of Asia grew too strong. He headed south towards the Thai islands for a while. He spent a good five months in the Himalayans region.
and then continue traveling.” Craig shares. and we have no plans to leave.” he enthused. Naturally.com . Amongst his list of highlights. He is starting to teach photography. and they invited me inside their temple. Along the way. “I wouldn’t swap it for the world though!”. he finds himself spending time with some Thai monks who were staying there. To budding travel photographers. Craig headed back east to replenish his funds. which included interviewing Noel Gallagher for 30 minutes before the show.” he opined. On that second trip to Bodhgaya. I spent a substantial part of the time living in one of the smaller cities. 100 www. To Craig. Craig also had a soft spot for Thailand. some stood out more than others. “the whole India and Nepal area is one I love.” “It’s hard to choose a favorite place because I’ve been to so many great places. “It was through them that I got to meet the Dalai Lama – he came to visit them. which was an amazing experience. He stopped in Thailand and Vietnam. before ending up in Taiwan where a friend was already based. and had the pleasure to shoot for Oasis when they toured earlier this year. Now.unearthingasia. He now shoot a lot of portraiture.” he narrated. with group workshops and a couple of one-on-one students. and also shake hands with and speak to the Dalai Lama. his sound advice is to “try to shoot the images and subjects that give you the most satisfaction. his intention was to stay for one to two years. a tip he constantly shares with his students and friends alike. Initially. Settling Down Following that. although it’s been quite a few years since I was last there. “I got into travel photography as a result of my love of photography and my love of travel.” he noted. I met and married my wife. but he ended up falling in love with the lifestyle here and stayed longer. with his focus drifting a little further away from travel photography since being here. Shoot what you enjoy. The rest just followed. He has now spent seven years in Taiwan – “it was a pretty easy transition to make to life here. chasing clients. And then shoot it again. Craig was privileged enough to be able to witness the ceremony between the two different Buddhist traditions. and you’ll find success starts to come your way. Craig is busy building a multifaceted photography business. but there’s the added pressure of marketing.TALES ART Taiwanese opera performer from the Xin Ing Feng Opera Group. Once again. Let your own nautral style and creativity show through. “As well as all the usual frustrations of travelers everywhere. where he spent a few trips photographing the various Angkor-era ruins in both Cambodia and Thailand which have proved to be photographic highlights.” On top of that. weddings and music as well. looking for new leads and meeting deadlines. his meeting with the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya is one of them. persistence is key to his success. being a travel photographer is rewarding work but hard.
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TALES ADVENTURE Splashing Lake Taupo Debbie Reyes-Coloma ventured into the Kiwi’s stunning landscape to find the Maori spirit of adventure well fanned and alive One of the most famous hiking routes in the Tongariro National Park leads to this amazing sight of the Blue Lake © Destination Lake Taupo .
Lake Taupo is Australasia’s largest lake. the islands of south east asia 105 . It was created by a gigantic volcanic eruption in 181AD. and sailing.A cliff stone carving © Darryl Torckler The Waikato River is the longest waterway in New Zealand © Rob Suisted The Kiwis are known for inventing some of the world’s craziest. kayaking. The lake’s attractive pumice sand beaches give it the appearance of an inland ocean. There are also many tour operators in the region who offer day trips or overnight camping excursions. Spanning 619 sq km. and temperate climate—the Kiwi’s spirit of adventure is what has attracted visitors from across the globe to join in the fun. the Waikato River has always been a great provider—from fish and freshwater lobster to drinking water. it is as big as Singapore. The Waikato River is the only river flowing out of the lake. the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand’s largest fresh water lake. Perhaps inspired by New Zealand’s pure natural surroundings—from vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes to gorgeous beaches. There is no shortage of activities for vacationers regardless of age or fitness. fishing. awe-inspiring geothermal and volcanic wonders. Plus there are plenty of chances to take a break and continue the fun on dry land. jet skiing. canoeing. such as bungy jumping and zorbing. fascinating geothermal areas and the famous Huka Falls. With 47 rivers and streams flowing into the lake. To the local Kiwis. parasailing. irrigation and hydroelectric power. Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island. At 425 km in length. cruising. it is New Zealand’s largest natural waterway. this area is renowned for trout fishing and kayaking. Water activities take place in the lakes all year round—which include waterskiing. swimming. The youngest country on earth has some of the most incredible water adventures that guests can experience. most extreme adventures.
Because of the warm waters. aquatic life is abundant. catch a jet boat ride to the base of Huka Falls Lake Taupo and its connecting rivers represent one of the most prolific wild trout fisheries in the world @ Gareth Eyres © Destination Lake Taupo © Destination Lake Taupo Feel the exhilaration and the power of a Hukafalls Jet (www. Should you wish to scuba dive in a volcanic area.TALES ADVENTURE Below Tandem skydiving will show you the most stupendous view of the central North Island Far Below If you prefer your scenery with a large dash of action.com) boat ride! Marvel at the incredible water level views of the spectacular Huka Falls. To the amateur diver this requires skill in reading your depth gauge.unearthingasia.com . White Island off the coast of Whakatane is a unique experience as New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. and enjoy the sensation as you slide past cliffs and trees at 80km per hour. one needs experience and professional help because of the lake’s location above sea level. Be ready to get wet! To scuba dive in Lake Taupo.hukafallsjet. 106 www. You should seek advice and assistance from a qualified professional scuba diving school or tour operator in the area. The awesome performance of the Huka Jet boats will put your heart in your mouth when your driver spins your Huka Jet through 360° in its own length at high speed.
This 17-kilometre volcanic trail rises to 1600 metres above sea level. There’s nothing else like it in the world © Destination Lake Taupo . leading you over ancient lava flows.You’ll never regret walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. along scoria slopes and through craters. up mountain summits.
Cross the Waikato River by boat.nz) through stunning Lake Tarawera on the 38-foot luxury launch Clearwater Pride. wild adventure that any brave adventurer needs to do. through gorges. The weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in. 108 www.newzealand.co. sail boats. The lake’s reflective waters mirror mountains. Visit www. naturally heated thermal waters and unspoiled flora and fauna provide a beautiful playground. Arriving in Taupo by road as a visitor.nz).orakeikorako. Autumn (10°C from March to May). Make sure you have your camera with you. one of nature’s true gifts. The Tongariro River is known as the perfect river for your first white water rafting experience. From parasailing to wakeboarding. The white water rafting experience can be a peaceful drifting trip on the Tongariro’s or the Mohaka for the adventure seeker who needs the thrill of blasting down endless rapids at a romping pace. where you can also enjoy a soak in a natural hot spring. It’s such a beautiful holiday scene with people enjoying and relaxing on the lakeshores despite the season. the Hidden Valley (www. Winter (9°C from June to August) and Spring (12°C from Sept to November). and Clearwater staff can organise a range of on-water and land-based activities. hot springs. Lake Taupo is the ideal place to try your nerve and your water skills. speedboats or jet skis. it’s just so wonderful to see this beautiful lake full of swimmers. past limestone and volcanic cliffs and then race down 50m ‘roller coaster’ rapids at exhilarating speeds. Check www. There is a full range of fishing equipment on board so guests can try fishing for trophy-sized rainbow trout. Take the Clearwater Cruises (www. Float past ancient beech forests.unearthingasia.clearwater. wet. tranquil waters and pumice beaches.co. and then explore a world of gushing geysers. A chartered cruise is one of the best ways to experience golden sunsets. go back in time in this unique geothermal wonderland. Now’s your chance to race the rapids! At Orakei Korako.nz before your trip. bush and sky. boiling mud pools and some of the largest silica terraces in the world.co. It’s the exciting.The chilly waters at the mouth of the Waitahanui Stream are easier to stand when there’s the distraction of an amazing sunset © Gareth Eyres Lake Taupo’s panoramic 360° views are amazing. Cook your catch in thermal sand at Hot Water beach.metservice. water skiers. New Zealand has four seasons: Summer (14°C from Dec to February). Sailing on a yacht. It’s the white water seekers challenge of fun.com .com for more adventures off and on the ground. The majestic backdrop of a dormant volcano. chugging on the old steamboat or speeding across the lake on a launch is also a thrilling way to spend a day or late afternoon.
Here you can see the Emerald Lakes. explosion craters that have filled with mineral-rich water running down from the Red Crater thermal area © Destination Lake Taupo . Within this world of earth tones that were spewed from subterranean magma vaults.The volcanic landscapes of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing never fail to surprise. wild colours provide visual excitement.
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In fact. but they are important in shaping you up for the brighter future ahead.Apr 19) According to my analysis of the astrological omens. but don’t give up – the story is far from over! Take some time out in the middle of this stressful period to collect yourself and ponder a thought. 118 www. is to let loose and tap into this creative energy. and enjoy a week of acting and play-making in the isolated heights of Tibet. you’ll do well to reflect back and determine a new direction for your personal life. Don’t worry too much about whether things are going your way. a doomed beauty that will sooner or later die away – much like everything else on earth actually. The passing year may seem full of negative experiences. The time is nigh to drown yourself in alcoholic beverages of all kind. The isolated heights of Tibet awaits you Sagittarius Pisces (Feb 19 . Aries. Suddenly. Capricorn (Dec 22 . dear Capricorn. like the southern islands of the coast of Thailand. and then get back into it right away after your well-deserved break. But being in this place feels liberating. I would book a ticket to the Christmas Islands if I were you. a place in between worlds. You’ll find all of your most creative inner whims fulfilled with a simple snap of your finger. Venice is one such destination. After playing out your fantasy. and together you’ll form quite a merry crew. Shed away your habitual influences and your customary comforts. Make sure all the proper forms have been filled out over the weekend – this next part of your trip requires meticulous attention to make sure it all goes smoothly. I suspect this will be a place flooded with sea water.unearthingasia.May 20) A little of bad news is coming your way Taurus.Jan 19) The time is right to head back into your natural habitat.Mar 20) You’re not fully informed – quite yet. a personality with an interesting back story. Jakarta? It’s a place where you can do anything you want to. For you Sagittarius. Celebrate the coming festivities with a bang. Renew your energy and figure out what comes next. Your homework. May I suggest a trip to the Big Durian of South East Asia. and give toast to the coming year. the nonchalant Aries is largely unaware of the creative energy that has been welling up inside you. to boldly welcome the coming new year as soon as possible. Aries (Mar 21 . Aquarius (Jan 20 .Feb 18) Party harder and smarter than usual Aquarius. Invent a new character. Go for it! You’ll meet up with other people who are in similar states of transformation and journey. or so they say.TRAVEL HOROSCOPE Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) Flee as far as possible from your usual haunts. you feel able to do and say all kinds of things that didn’t seem permissible before.com . Relax and go with the flow. a hauntingly beautiful city doomed to lose itself to the drowning sea. I’m thinking a place of leisure and relaxation. Taurus (Apr 20 . the time is right for a simple break of isolation and new experiences.
Maybe start of slow. from the Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism to the passionate compassion of the Buddha. They can wait. as I always say. I envision an eventful getaway in the near future.Aug 22) Life is just way too short to worry about people needlessly! So if you’re wondering about what people may think of you as you embark on this personal adventure. Libra (Sep 23 . fret not. whatever that may be. A spiritual journey is on the cards – may I suggest the region of India? It’s an area reeking with religious mysticism.June 20) You’re totally ready to take things to the next level. Make an effort to range far and wide during your explorations. your friends and family will still be there for you come 2010.Sep 22) The most challenging parts of your travels have also brought you the greatest lessons. Don’t put restraints on your enjoyment or give yourself a subconscious guilt trip for what you’re seeing and doing. Bali is a popular place for honeymooners. Get set and let the adrenaline roar! Virgo (Aug 23 . Better start now. Leo (July 23 . romantically or in some other way.Oct 22) Spare no expense. Life is only worth living your own way. it would take a good few years to try them all out. with the sweet smell of romance in the air. The city of Queenstown in New Zealand offers much in the way of adventure. with the sun-filled days off the coast of Palawan? Cancer (June 21 . the cosmos grant you the license to thrive on the unexpected blessings that come from giving yourself to the random intelligence of a stranger. I bid you make your peace with God. Scorpio (Oct 23 . . but that maybe too early for you. you’ve got it all here. dubbing itself the Adventure Capital of the World. When you think about everything you’ve done and seen. There will be an offer to travel and celebrate the festivities together.Gemini (May 21 . and you would do well to follow your heart’s content – lest you live to regret this missed opportunity for a unique experience. Take it! After all.July 22) For the foreseeable future. you’re grateful for all of your experiences. All this mental liberation leads you to want to try a few daring physical acts too. It was said there are so many ramen stalls in Tokyo that even if you were to eat ramen thrice a day. away from your usual crowd of friends and family.Nov 21) Before you commence your life-long dream Scorpio.
but I totally fell in love with the place. and my favorite places in Bali are KuDeTa for its amazing ambiance. fast-paced city that never fails to amaze. I love to go to new places. That happens often here. they were all superb! It is also one of the rare places where a very strong cultural roots and a modern outlook in life are mixed seamlessly in harmony.BON VOYAGE The winner of 2008’s Cleo Award for the Best Young Designer. she snuck some time out from her hectic preparation for the upcoming Jakarta Fashion Week to share with us her love and passion for traveling. another destination that I absolutely loved was Japan. amazing culture. I love to travel. and the new Rock Bar which simply boasts a spectacular looking venue. and what attracts me the most is the culture. interesting destination that is more than just a shopping destination. because its one of the most stylish trend-setting fashion cities in the world. and it’s all in Rupiah – much cheaper than spending in Dollars and Yens! I go there at least once every two months. It’s a great place to go for a creative inspiration. the sooner the better! 120 . Bali is another favorite. I don’t really enjoy much of the luxurious fine-dining scene in Bali. I’ve only been there once. Fresh off the plane from her London trip. artistic inspirations and jaw-dropping nature. but you do have to be careful of overloading your senses. Stella Rissa is fast becoming a rising star in the Asian fashion industry. Beautiful people. it’s crazy! It’s like one world in the same place together. which is a very hectic. as I prefer authentic local food. the food and the people. like at Warung Made. and in fact its really like my second home. I often go to New York to visit my sister. Finally. from the street-side stalls serving ramen noodles (a personal favorite) to the luxe sushi restaurants serving one-of-a-kind delicacies. I always have a good impression for new places. The food was amazing. I love to meet new people and find new perspectives to life and unique ways of life that can only be found from the lives of local people. at least once every two years. a paradise haven close to my hometown. I’m planning for another visit there actually.
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