Lombok, Indonesia • Climbing Rinjani

At 3,726m, Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and it dominates the landscape of the relatively small island of Lombok. This is a very active volcano. There was a spate of activity from 1994 to 1995 which resulted in the further growth of the crater cone of Gunung Baru, since then renamed Gunung…

Hội An, Vietnam • Old Town of Character, Charm and History

I came to Hội An after a quick stop over in Hue. It is pretty easy to catch an open-tour bus (they run all day, once every hour). It took me about 4 hours and cost 10$AUD. The centre of this lovely destination is very small and pedestrianized, so you will find yourself walking around most…

Koh Rong Samloen, Cambodia • A Peaceful Getaway Destination

Koh Rong Samloem is an island 18 km off the coast of Cambodia. The closest port is Sihanoukiville and the island can be reached from this port in about 45 minutes. Currently many tour operators offer trips to the island. I took the company called Koh Rong Island Travel, which runs twice daily from and…

Inle Lake, Myanmar – The Art of Fishing

Inle Lake deserves more than one single day’s visit. The best way to reach it is to take a bus (from Mandaly, or Yangon) to Nyaungshwe, the main access point to Inle Lake. To organize a boat tour around the lake, go to the Harbour and look for some locals. Bargain the price and arrange with them the…

Tana Toraja, Indonesia – The Most Distinct Funeral Rituals in the World

This tip comes from our Italian Explorer: Davide Fancellu In this tip I want to focus on the spectacular Torajan burial rites. Prior to the arrival of Christianity, the Toraja people believed in many gods and worshipped Puang Matua, the special god of the family, clan or tribe. Christianity undermined some traditional Torajan beliefs, but…