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Emirates to fly Dubai-Bali twice a day

The-Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER-2-300x2001April 7 (TravelAndy): Emirates will start it second daily flight between Dubai and the Indonesia tourist hotspot Bali from July 2, 2017.

Operated by Emirates’ popular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 386 seats in Economy Class. The outbound flight EK360 will depart from Dubai at 0125hrs and arrive in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 1430hrs, the airline said.

This service will connect seamlessly with a number of destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris and London. It will also enable passengers to connect domestically to the nearby cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Lombok.

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AirAsia to fly Pontianak-Kuching direct from June 5  

rp_Air-Asia-300x217-300x217.jpgApril 4 (TravelAndy): Budget airline AirAsia has announced to start a direct flight between Pontianak in Indonesia and Kuching in Malaysia from June 5, 2017.

This will mark the airline’s first direct flight route between Indonesia and Kuching.

At present, AirAsia flies only one flight from Pontianak to Malaysia — to the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur.  Continue Reading →

Hidden Canyon: Quite an adventure near Ubud, Bali

Way down to the canyon (it's actually a gorge)

Way down to Hidden Canyon (it’s actually a gorge)

There were two local guides in the water helping visitors cross a narrow and waist-deep part of the river. It had been raining and the current was very strong — practically impossible for anyone to cross the stretch without help, especially when you have bags with you. The four of us stood there and wished we had hired a guide at the entrance.

The previous evening, I had met Meri at 9 Angels in Ubud, Bali,  and it was she who told me about Hidden Canyon.

“I went there this morning with people from my hostel and it was great fun. Because of the rain over the past few days. parts of it were deep waist-deep and we had to swim through. It was so exciting,” she had said. Continue Reading →

Indonesia (Bali) visa for Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

Indonesian tourist visa is free and on arrival for most nationalties, including Indians

I’ve written about it earlier, but the Indian passport is more powerful than you think. You will realise this fact again while planning a trip to the incredibly beautiful Indonesia.

Yes, Indians do not need to a visa to enter Indonesia.

It took three hours for my AirAsia flight to get to Bali from Kuala Lumpur. Continue Reading →

If you’re in Ubud, Bali, go to 9 Angels

9 Angels 5No one noticed when the music stopped.

The evening rain splattering on the tarpaulin above and through the leafy canopy on the tables set outside had its own music.

By the side of the piano, purple lights reflecting on the dried grass mound reminded me of the film Avatar. As the minutes passed, scores of the bugs we call Ui Poka in Bengali — a flying insect of the termite family — flew to the lights under the tarpaulin and outside. In ten minutes, there were hundreds of them at both the places. Continue Reading →

Michi resort near Ubud in Bali is a weird place

logo-3.3-with-bgThe two of us had hired a scooter and were headed to Michi Retreat Village situated a few kilometres from Ubud, by far my favourite among the places I have been to in Bali.

Esther, a Dutch solo traveller I’d met on the road, was riding pillion and checking directions on the phone and telling me which way to go. Between her not-too-confident English and my non-existent Dutch skills, communication was often a problem, but we managed somehow. Finally, after one or two wrong turns, we found a sign saying “Michi” with an arrow pointing to an alley to the left of the road. Continue Reading →

First direct flight between India & Indonesia

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft at the airport in Denpasar, Bali

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft at the airport in Denpasar, Bali

December 18 (TravelAndy): Indonesia’s flagship carrier, Garuda Indonesia, has started the first direct flight between India and Indonesia.

The thrice-a-week flight operates between Mumbai and Jakarta with a stopover in Bangkok on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Garuda, a member of the Skyteam airline alliance, operates a Boeing 737 on this route. Continue Reading →

Bali is set to become the next Bangkok for Indians

logo-3.3-with-bgOf all Indians who have been outside the country for travel — not work but travel — a very large percentage has been to Thailand.

The reasons for this are not hard to understand. Bangkok is only a few hours away — almost always a direct flight — and the country is not that costly and this works well for India’s middle class looking to travel abroad.

I believe there’s a second Bangkok waiting for Indians to explore, and that, for better or for worse, is Bali. Continue Reading →

Bali: I’m going on my first unplanned trip!

logo-3.3-with-bgThe original plan was to go to the UK.

I have never been to the UK and I have a few friends there I was looking forward to meet. Unfortunately, between the time I applied for my leave at work and got it, the plane ticket I was eyeing had gone up by INR15000.

A couple of cheaper options were available but they took more time. Also two of the friends I was supposed to meet told me they would not be available when I’d be visiting. I decided these were the universe’s way of telling me not to go to the UK just yet. Continue Reading →

Nusa Dua fest begins in Bali from Nov 16

Logo squareNovember 14 (TravelAndy): Indonesia’s popular tourist destination Bali is going to host Nusa Dua Fiesta during November 16-20.

With elaborate exhibitions on art, culture, music and spots, the Nusa Dua festival aims to promote Nusa Dua, which is a situated in south Bali, as a tourism destination.

The event will officially begin with a cultural parade featuring classical dance forms of Indonesia including Reog Ponorogo, Kebo Iwa Colossal Dance and Cak Bali Mandara.

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Australia issues travel advisory against Bali

Logo squareJune 23 (TravelAndy): Australia has issued a latest travel advisory that urges its citizens to exercise caution before travelling to Indonesia’s Bali, which has recently been designated as a Zika prone area.

The government advisory says, “Indonesia is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. We advise all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites”.

“Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with the travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia,” added the advisory. Continue Reading →

Indonesia plans direct flights to India

rp_dscn0963-300x215-300x2151-300x2151-300x2151-300x2151-300x215-300x2151-300x2151-300x215-300x2151-300x21511-300x21511-300x215-300x2151-300x215-300x2151-300x2151-300x215.jpgNovember 29 (TravelAndy): Indonesia is planning to start direct flights to India.

Garuda, Indonesia’s flagship carrier, is chalking out these flights from next year, said reports, quoting the country’s consul-general Saut Siringoringo.

“Indonesia’s national-carrier Garuda plans to operate direct flights between Jakarta and Delhi, and Bali and Mumbai,” Siringoringo said. Continue Reading →