Soto Ayam in Yogyakarta – Indonesia’s Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

2018-05-02T17:33:14+07:00By |

Soto ayam in Yogyakarta is an aromatic breakfast soup found right across Indonesia’s archipelago. Fondly called the country’s ‘chicken noodle soup for the soul’ and sold from charming food carts, Yogyakarta's soto ayam has a light broth that's clear and fragrant. I'd like to think that we went to Yogyakarta for Java's awe-inspiring archaeological sites, …

Borobudur, Indonesia – Java’s Monumental Buddhist Stupa

2018-05-09T13:15:47+07:00By |

Borobudur is the Angkor Wat of Java, the Indonesian island between Bali and Sumatra. The world’s largest Buddhist monument, it is colossal in size, decorated with splendid sculptures and elaborate bas-reliefs, and looks like a lotus flower from above. It was the reason we went to Indonesia. If you were heading to Bali this week …

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta’s Majestic Hindu Archaeological Site

2018-05-10T11:40:08+07:00By |

Prambanan temple is not a priority for most foreign travellers to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, who are here to visit Borobudur – which probably explains why the ninth century Hindu temple becomes such a surprisingly memorable experience for so many. Prambanan temple – or Candi Prambanan – was on my radar and I had planned that we’d …

Yogyakarta, the Javanese City That Still Feels Like A Secret

2017-10-12T12:51:25+07:00By |

Yogyakarta was the breath of fresh air and the change in scenery that I didn’t know I needed until we got there. The reasons I became beguiled by Yogyakarta are the reasons why you need to get to this intriguing Javanese city soon. Yogyakarta is both the name of this laidback city and the lush region surrounding …

Back to Bali to Dig Deeper and to Java to Discover Yogyakarta

2018-12-17T17:58:02+07:00By |

You may have noticed we’ve been quiet here. Where have we been? Back to Bali for the first time in six years, to Java to discover Yogyakarta and explore sublime Borobudur, then back to Siem Reap to host our writing and photography retreat and culinary tour. Phew. I’m still recovering. No sooner had we returned from Penang, …

Phnom Penh’s Best Cafes and Bars

2018-11-26T20:27:47+07:00By |

Part of what makes Phnom Penh such a cool, cosmopolitan city is its drinking scene – the place is brimming with buzzy cafés and bars. By day, there’s a lively coffee house culture, and come sunset, everyone’s sipping cocktails at the city’s many rooftop bars. Here are our favourites of the cafés and …