Nusa Lembongan – The Paradise Under Bali

I had never heard of Nusa Lembongan before I booked my ticket to Indonesia. But wow, I’m so happy to discover this paradise on the island! This tiny island below Bali has wonderful lovely beaches, lovely nature, friendly people, excellent food and not that touristy compared to neighboring Bali. It’s not for nothing called the 40-year-old Bali. I’d rather keep this little island paradise for myself, but not share it with you is too nice. Enjoy with me the lovely Nusa Lembongan.


Transportation to Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan Island is only a half-hour ride from Bali by ship. We booked our crossing tickets via Rocky Fast Cruise, but there are several organizations that give about the same crossing. At our guesthouse in Ubud, we were neatly picked up and taken to the port in Sanur. Everything had been completely organized once there. All the luggage in the correct ship was neatly marked and carried. Make sure that on the day of departure you wear a dress or shorts, as you first have to walk through the water before you get on the ship. The journey itself went very smoothly and we were on Nusa Lembongan before we knew it. Then we were carried to our house cleanly here.

Stay at Nusa Lembongan

We remained in the lovely Komodo Garden, about which I wrote in my top 5 accommodations previously. We slept in an appealing cottage with a bathroom with open-air and a lovely veranda overlooking the pool. Really a wonderful place for relaxation and an ideal base for exploring the remainder of the island. I certainly suggest staying at Komodo Garden, but there are many more lovely accommodations on the island besides this resort.

Relax on the most beautiful beaches

As far as I’m concerned, without beautiful bounty beaches, a paradise island isn’t complete. To be frank, I was somewhat disappointed by the beaches on Bali (I was very spoiled by Thailand’s lovely beaches), but I could indulge myself on Nusa Lembongan. Only beaches with lovely turquoise water I saw pearly white and tidy. The most striking thing was that everywhere it was so unbelievably silent. We were there in high season, but nearly ourselves we still had many beaches. Dream Beach and Mushroom Beach are my favorite beaches on Lembongan, but definitely worth a visit are Laguna Beach, Tamarind Beach and Song Lambing Beach. Because of the big difference.

Snorkel with the cast of Finding Nemo

We booked a snorkeling trip through Lembongan Water Sports to explore Nusa Lembongan’s underwater environment as well as the neighboring islands. We walked to three distinct points and it was extremely lovely for all three. Because of the light current, much tropical fish and colorful coral were naturally taken along in many locations, after which a ship picked us up again. We were also dropped by a boat that was feeding fish. Of course, the men on the boat thought it was all too much fun to throw the food right next to us, so that fish of more than half a meter came straight at us. Fortunately, they were not dangerous and it produced nice pictures.

Kayak through the mangrove

After snorkeling, we went kayaking through the beautiful mangrove of Nusa Lembongan. I found it very special that such a small island has such a large mangrove. A big advantage was that you could sail around freely in this mangrove and that you did not necessarily have to follow the beaten track, which sometimes left you alone in the middle of the mangrove forests. We really got the feeling that we were in the middle of Expedition Robinson. If you are more adventurous and sporting, you can also discover the mangrove with a stand-up paddleboard.

Visit Devil’s tear

The impressing devil’s tear lies between Dream Beach and Sunset Beach. This natural wonder is known for the enormous waves that hit the rocks at this point. When we were there, the sea was unfortunately very calm, but normally the water here can easily rise a few meters up. Even with a calm sea, however, it is worth going here. Only the bright green cliffs I found very special.

Lunch at Sandy Bay beach club

The nicest lunch spot on the island was the Sandy Bay beach club. Although I love Indonesian cuisine immensely, I couldn’t help myself when finally I could eat nachos and fajitas again and my friend was also very happy with his hamburger and spare ribs. The prices here are somewhat higher than in the rest of Indonesia, but by Western standards, it was still very affordable. And the view that you get with it is truly priceless. Enjoy dining with your feet in the sand while overlooking the blue ocean. I am almost ashamed to say it, but we have eaten there at least five times in total and I had to force myself to test other restaurants. But in this view, you must forgive me. By the way, during your visit to Sandy Bay, you can use the associated infinity pool for free and they also have a free pick-up and drop-off service on the entire island. The portions are very large, so don’t order too much, because believe me, you definitely want to keep enough room for the delicious desserts.


Bonus: view the most beautiful sunsets

Nusa Lembongan is known for the beautiful sunset on the island. Unfortunately, I only have pictures of a fairly cloudy evening, but the sunset was still very impressive. My favorite places for a beautiful sunset on Nusa Lembongan are Mushroom Beach and, what else, Sunset Beach. I can hardly imagine a better end to the day.

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Málaga City Trip, Worth It Or Not?

You will see the offers passing regularly: up and down to Málaga City Trip for a few dozens! Ryanair stunts this on a regular basis and there is often a very affordable ticket to Málaga outside of the deals. But what can you do in this town in southern Spain? Saskia and I’ve been there for a couple of decades and I’d like to inform you if a town journey to Malaga is worth a visit!

Málaga is a large town with over half a million residents. It is Southern Spain’s biggest town and is regarded as Spain’s sixth city. The town is situated on the famous Costa del Sol, a famous Indonesia holidaymaker region. The climate is almost always beautiful, as the name Costa del Sol indicates. The summers are hot and the winters are mild with about 20 degrees of temperature. All in all this sounds very promising, but of course, the question is whether it’s worth buying a ticket to Málaga City Trip. The answer to this question is: to some extent. If you’re just going to the town itself, I’d say you’d better choose Seville or another large Andalusian town. If you want to

Do it in Málaga

Málaga’s atmospheric downtown is very low. Rome’s center is said to be compact, but compared to Málaga, that’s really nothing. You will be in hideous houses or on a busy highway in no moment wherever you are in the middle. I myself discovered this a great disappointment. Fortunately, in that inner-city, there are a number of locations of concern that are definitely worth seeing.

Malaga Cathedral

The cathedral is the most striking sight in downtown Málaga. Because of its pompous, striking appearance, this can not be missed. Two strikingly protruding half-cylinders are on the front of the cathedral. Inside, the sacred building recalls St. Peter’s in Rome, although it is much bigger, of course. For me, a visit to the Cathedral of Malaga is definitely worthwhile, although I believe it’s a pity that they charge an entrance fee of € 5. This makes everything feel a little commercial.

Gibralfaro Castle

You can’t miss the Castle of Gibralfaro during your visit to Málaga City Trip. It lies on top of the Vuurberg and looks like an impregnable fortress down on the town. You can walk to the castle from the middle, even though we chose the bus for this steep trip. The bus trip itself is fun as well as taking you to Málaga’s housing region. Always beautiful to marvel at beautiful houses you can’t afford. Once at the castle, walking around and enjoying the view over Málaga and the Mediterranean Sea is great. If you like it, there is also a tiny museum to visit, where during Moorish rule you can learn more about the town.

Picasso Museum

This is my favorite place of interest, certainly. I believe Barcelona’s Picasso Museum is fantastic so I really looked forward to this visit. In my view, this museum is less spectacular than Barcelona’s, but still worth it. A must for enthusiasts of art! Don’t you feel like being at the counter in line? You can purchase your ticket to skip the line here.

The food in Málaga

If you can do something good in Málaga, it’s food. With delicious tapas and nice terraces, you will discover the most beautiful tents here. There are also a striking amount of foreign influences besides traditional Spanish restaurants. For instance, in a contemporary breakfast store, we liked a drink in a Moroccan tea house and delicious American pancakes. The food prices in Málaga are very small. For a whole night of eating tapas including beverages, we lost a maximum of € 10 per individual. I’d just go back to Málaga for the food.


During your visit to Málaga, the Alcazaba is a must-see. The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress in the center of Málaga, linked to Gibralfaro Castle. It’s a lovely Seville-style Alcazar building. You also have an excellent city view from the Alcazaba.

The shopping street of Málaga City Trip

Well, you’re either a female or you’re not… I thought the shopping street in Málaga was a true attraction. Our happiness was radiated by a beautiful wide street with beautiful façades, glossy tiles, and Spanish chain stores. The shopping street area is still very comfortable and there are several beautiful terraces as well. Therefore, spending an afternoon here is suggested.

Cycling in Málaga

Málaga can be called a big town with its nearly 700,000 residents. You are likely to discover the town center and the largest attractions while walking. A bicycle tour is suggested for seeing more of the town. For instance, Baja Bikes provides a tapas tour, an alternative bike tour, and a highlights tour. Cycling is a great way to get a distinct way of getting to understand a town.

Surroundings of Málaga

Málaga City Trip

Within two days, you’ll have seen the above sights. Therefore, Málaga itself is an excellent choice if you just want to leave for a weekend, but if you go longer, you may find it difficult to have fun. We’ve been here for 4 days and chose to go by bus and train. If you want to visit other places on the Costa del Sol, Málaga is an ideal base. It requires just over half an hour to reach Benalmádena’s beach resort. If you go off-season, this coastal town is suggested. We’ve been here in April and it’s been very quiet. You stumble at the (Dutch) visitors in Benalmádena later in the year. Keep this in mind if you don’t expect it.

You can also move a little further into Andalusia, even though you have to count on good travel time (think about 3 hours to Seville). We haven’t done this due to the travel time. Rather we chose the bus to Mijas mountain village, a tourist but picturesque village in the hills south of Málaga. Spending an afternoon wandering among the white houses is definitely suggested.


Cheap And Tasty Food In Bologna

Bologna is not known as’ la grassa’ or the fat town for nothing. If in Tasty Food In Bologna there’s something you can do well, it’s your stomach to eat. You can expect something from a town that initially came from the pasta bolognese. Bologna’s expectations have been more than fulfilled. We had a fantastic dinner here! We are pleased to offer you our tips in Bologna for inexpensive and delicious food.

Mercato di Mezzo

Once the city’s main market hall was the Mercato di Mezzo. Mostly handmade products have been sold here in the Middle Ages and you could find here a goldsmith, butcher and fish shop. Since then, the Mercato di Mezzo has become a contemporary market hall where all sorts of specialty stores and restaurants can be found. It reminded us of the Rotterdam market halls, but then the Italian way. Delicious cheese boards, fresh pasta, richly filled sandwiches and the most lovely little pastries you can imagine can be found in the Mercato di Mezzo. To begin your culinary discovery trip through Bologna, the Mercato di Mezzo is definitely suggested!

Naama Café

Naama Cafè is the location’ for your ultimate break’ as the big sign above the door says. Special kinds of tea, delicious juices and the thickest chocolate milk ever can be found in this adorable Moroccan teahouse. It looked like there was a whole chocolate bar in it, but it was lovely. It’s that when we were there we had just eaten, but all the sweet treats and the various dinner menu items looked delicious as well. Take a seat on the adorable terrace and enjoy a break from the city’s bustle.

La Bottega Dei Portici

In our picture impression of Bologna, we have already briefly informed you about it: the very best pasta we ate in Bologna came from a cardboard container. You can find these holy pasta bowls at La Bottega dei Portici. Our favorites were the ricotta-filled tortelloni with a delicious traditional bolognese sauce and the spinach-filled tortellini and ricotta covered with a traditional butter-sage sauce. When I think back, the water is already in my mouth. By the manner, the chef feels so honored that he himself wished to take a photo of us with pride that we took photos for our blog in his company.

Stucco Agribologna

You will sometimes really crave some fruits and vegetables after all that delicious Italian food. You’ve come to the correct location at Sbuccio Agribologna. Here you can select your own fruit and vegetables, after which in the slow juicer a new juice is squeezed. The juice with carrot, pineapple, and raspberries was one of our favorites. You can operate your next pasta plate inside with confidence after such a vitamin boost.

Ristorante Donatello

One of the oldest restaurants in Bologna, Ristorante Donatello has been around since 1903. Time has been here a little bit and the classic Italian dishes are still on the menu. The interior is very chic, but the food is very affordable, don’t be scared. Mushroom risotto and tortellini packed with sage-butter sauce ricotta were delicious. Go soon or book ahead of time. We came very soon on ourselves, as you can see in the picture, but it was packed with locals in no moment.

Swine food

Do you feel like getting a drink after lunch somewhere? You’re in the correct location at Swine Tasty Food In Bologna. You may be paying a little more for your drink than in an ordinary cafe, but you’re getting some delicious snacks and it’s a good place. You can still sit out on the comfortable terrace under the heat lamps even in the colder months.

Tasty Food In Bologna

Free food !?

You can also eat (legally) totally free in Italy as well as inexpensive Tasty Food In Bologna! It seems almost too good to be true to this Italian tradition, but it really exists. We’re going to inform you more here. We’ve eaten a few more pounds in Bologna, as you can see. Of the freshly made pasta, we couldn’t get enough. I’m already looking for fresh kitchen appliances to copy all delicious pasta meals at home, such as a pasta machine. I’d definitely go back to Bologna for the food alone!


Traveling By Train Through Sri Lanka ( Part 01 )

It’s quite an experience to travel by Train Through Sri Lanka. For individuals with a restricted budget, it is the best choice as you are otherwise dependent on personal drivers or taxis. The bus is also an alternative, of course, but I discovered the train a little more convenient. Traveling by train in Sri Lanka, however, is not the same as in the Netherlands, and preparing for this is helpful. I get regular train questions through Sri Lanka so that’s why it’s time for a comprehensive article. Only on the grounds of our individual train rides, I inform you about my own experiences. So you understand precisely what to expect from your Sri Lankan train trip!

The train from Colombo

We decided to go first to the southernmost location on our wish list during our trip through Sri Lanka: Anuradhapura. We walked directly to the Colomboso train station on the day of arrival to purchase tickets for this lengthy trip. Note: in the tiny ticket office there are several rows, all of which are for a distinct final destination. Up to 3 times we had to join another row, ending up in the row we began. So, when you purchase train tickets, bring some patience with you. You can also purchase your tickets on the day of departure in principle, but if you’re in the region, I suggest you pick them up. You are thus assured of a location because you are running out.

Train Through Sri Lanka

It is in principle self-explanatory on the day of departure. An inspector is prepared upon arrival at the station and if you ask on which platform you are supposed to be on, he will specify this. If you still look around a bit confused (it can be very busy at this station), another officer will approach you in no moment to ask where you need to go. Almost everywhere on the platform where the coupé stops are stated, so when the train comes you are instantly in the correct location.

The train itself is ancient, with fans as improvised air conditioning on the roof. Fortunately, it is possible to open the windows to allow some cooling air to flow in. We had tickets for the second class and those locations were fantastic. The Colombo-Anuradhapura path is only 200 km away, but it takes 4 hours as the train only operates 50 km per hour. So take plenty of beverages and food. On the way there are constantly sellers, so you can always buy it on the train itself if you haven’t carried anything.

The train from Kandy

We took the train in Kandy to Hatton, from where we climbed Adam’s Peak. It turned out that this train ride was much more common than the one from Colombo to Anuradhapura. We couldn’t choose a seat on the right. A pity two days before departure, because from there you have the best opinions. I ended up standing in the doorway several times during the trip to take pictures, but as I wasn’t the only one with this concept, sometimes it was blown.

So always show that you prefer to sit on the correct side when you buy your tickets, which will save you a lot of trouble along with the manner. We finally had two narrow seats, obviously the last remaining: my bench looked more like a love seat than a double sofa. I shared this with a very little ancient person, luckily. My friend had a single-person bench, but his arms against those of the ancient guy were constantly (accidentally). Not the most comfortable train ride ever, but well, we were not permitted to complain about those few euros that cost the tickets.

The train from Hatton

We were looking for the train from Hatton to Ellatake after climbing Adam’s Peak. Because until this time we always booked a seat, we were amazed to learn that from here this was not feasible. You purchase a ticket and all you have to do is hope that somewhere there is space. This is because only the exit station sells seats. Because this is still an old-fashioned ticket system, it seems impossible to see who gets out and when, so at the intermediate stops no seats can be purchased. It could then be that twice or even more frequently a seat is booked.

Everybody was in the starting blocks at Hatton station, prepared to fly into the train as quickly as it came. That’s why we felt tired, so we were prepared to go with our backpacks on our backs as well. This ultimately paid off: we could secure two great places. Annoying detail: some visitors threw their rucksacks through the open windows into an empty seat from outside, so they could enter quietly afterward. I believed it was going very far and I believed it was antisocial in reality. This is a lovely train ride with lovely opinions once you are seated. The view was extremely lovely here, we were on the left.

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The train from Hikkaduwa

Before we headed to the airport, Hikkaduwa was our last stop. We took a day off to travel to Negombo near the airport from this seaside town. It was also a nice thing. We left at half-past ten in the morning by train, only to arrive at five in the evening in Negombo. That means we’ve done over 150 km for 6.5 hours. It can be that slow to travel by train in Sri Lanka. Luckily we only flew at 2.30 that night, otherwise, we’d have an issue. Traveling in Sri Lanka by train is a fantastic experience with the finest opinions. However, it’s important to take considerable travel time into account and the fact that you can’t always sit down. With that in mind, if you begin a train trip, it’s a great fun experience!

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How 10x the Highlights of Southeast Asia Makes You a Better Lover

Southeast Asia is one of the travelers ‘ most famous areas. The region is more famous than ever, with millions of visitors flooding each year. It’s secure, inexpensive and a great adventure to travel through Southeast Asia. Who doesn’t want to say farewell to Indonesia for a couple of months and explore Southeast Asia’s lovely nature, lovely temples, paradise beaches, and other insane sights? We traveled through Asia for nearly two years between 2013 and 2019, much of which was through Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has been our favorite region in the globe with nations like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Angkor’s ancient temples close Siem Reap in Cambodia is by far one of Southeast Asia’s most famous highlights. If you’re traveling through Southeast Asia, you shouldn’t miss a trip to the magical full Angkor. Would you like the most unique experience? Then visit the sunrise or sunset shrines.

The chaotic metropolis Bangkok

Bangkok is the town where a trip through Southeast Asia starts for many tourists. Bangkok airline tickets are usually much cheaper than tickets to other nations in the region, and Bangkok is also an ideal place for a first Asian introduction. Or the ultimate foundation for a wonderful journey. You can easily enjoy days, if not weeks, in the various neighborhoods in the Thai capital. Go dancing and drinking on Khao San Road, visit the floating markets on the city’s outer ring, eat Chinatown’s most delicious meals, go shopping in Siam and chill out in Lumpini Park. For everyone, Bangkok is a town.

The adventurous island of Nusa Penida off the coast of Bali

There are a number of smaller islands near the famous Bali that you can visit readily by ship. The Nusa islands are no longer undiscovered, of which Nusa Penida is the biggest. But Nusa Penida remains relatively untouched. Especially because many tourists are afraid of the horrible streets. A lot of building is going on in Penida, so I suggest that you put this lovely, adventurous island on your bucket list in Southeast Asia as quickly as possible.

The green rice fields and terraces of Bali

Bali is a beautiful island in Indonesia. A little too touristy in some locations, but no less lovely. Immerse yourself in Bali’s green interior and admire the finest rice terraces and rice fields. The best way to discover this atmosphere is from the famous Ubud where you will find lots of stores, accommodations and trendy restaurants.

Feel Tarzan and Jane in the Laotian jungle

Laos ‘ north is one of the few places in Southeast Asia where in one day you don’t meet thousands of other visitors. You can experience one of Southeast Asia’s highlights in the jungle of this wonderful nation. In other words, zip line through the jungle like a true Tarzan and Jane with the experience of Gibbon.

Sailing across the mighty Mekong river

One of the largest rivers in Southeast Asia, the mighty Mekong River passes through China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In separate locations, you can admire the Mekong river or create a pleasant journey over the river. But Southeast Asia’s still cool highlight is traveling from Thailand to Laos with the Mekong River slow boat. Or the other way around, of course. You’ll sail from northern Thailand to the insane Luang Prabang town in Laos in two days.

Diving and snorkeling in the most heavenly places

Those who enjoy snorkeling and/or diving in the underwater globe are in the correct location in Southeast Asia. Among the most lovely, colored fish, sharks, sea turtles, and other lovely aquatic animals, there are several areas where you can snorkel or dive. Our favorite Southeast Asian snorkeling destinations are Indonesia’s Gili Islands, Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands, and Thailand’s Koh Tao Island.

Paradise islands in the south of Thailand

Thailand is by far Southeast Asia’s most famous nation. Not only because it is an inexpensive location and it is simple to move to the nation, but also because of the wonderful islands in the country’s south. The coast of Andaman is lovely with islands like Koh Jum and Koh Phi Phi, but on the other side of the nation, you will also find lovely islands like Koh Tao. If you are traveling through Southeast Asia, you should definitely visit this region.

The turbulent history of Cambodia in the capital Phnom Penh

Cambodia is a nation that, due to the insane sights, does not immediately stand out. Of course, besides Angkor Wat. Because of the turbulent history, why you should particularly travel to Cambodia. The nation has been plagued for years by the Khmer Rouge, who in the 1970s murdered millions of individuals. The Killing Fields near the capital Phnom Penh and the Tuol Sleng prison where inmates were tortured and murdered are special areas where you can read more about these horrible occurrences. Both sites are situated just outside the town and can be easily visited by arranging for the day a tuk-tuk driver.

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Spot orangutans on Malaysian Borneo

Nature is lovely in Southeast Asia almost everywhere, but if you enjoy nature, one of the highlights is a journey through Malaysian Borneo. Orangutans still live here that you can admire where they are gathered in the wild or in unique parks. A unique experience you can still experience in the globe in a few locations. We ourselves toured the S Menggoh Wildlife Center in the southern Malaysian Borneo town of Kuching where at that moment 26 rehabilitated orangutans lived.

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Book a tour to the Bromo volcano and the Kawah Ijen volcano

Visiting Mount Bromo volcano and the Kawah Ijen volcano had been on my wish list for a while. It was a time in May and I can suggest it to everyone despite being a tourist attraction in Java! Spending two evenings and watching the amazing sunrise in both locations is certainly worth it. In this article, I’m going to bring you on an adventure to the volcano Bromo and the volcano Kawah Ijen, one of the coolest things to do in Java. With tips to book a trip and other useful data.

The Bromo volcano and the Kawah Ijen volcano on Java

The volcano Bromo and the volcano Kawah Ijen are two volcanoes on the island of Java in Indonesia. Many tourists travel to Java for one or both volcanoes to climb. This is definitely one of Java’s highlights. You will read data and practical tips in this paper for climbing the volcano Bromo and the volcano Kawah Ijen.

So many choices in tour operators, how do you choose?

There are many separate tours to the Bromo volcano, Ijen and other locations you can arrange in Java, or even Bali, from distinct locations. You will also discover on the internet a big range of various tours. We chose a two-night personal trip with Bromo Eco-Tourism. Following the negotiations, Bromo Eco-Tourism was the cheapest supplier, had great reviews and provided the trip we wanted to do. We paid 1 million rupees per individual (about € 65).

We got a driver, a guide, twice breakfast, unlimited water, access to Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen, a 4×4 driver on Mount Bromo, a guide on the volcano Ijen and a stay at the Ijen View Hotel. At Surabaya airport, we were picked up and dropped off at Banyuwangi’s Ketapang harbor to travel to Bali. We had nothing to care about ourselves, perfect!

The ascent of the Bromo volcano on Java

We were picked up instantly after arrival at Surabaya airport as agreed via WhatsApp. At 3:30 am we left to the Penanjakan perspective with another driver and our guide in a 4x 4. Here the highway is steep, with lots of hairpin bumps, bumps, and bumps. But in this region, it has something magical to drive. You can hardly see anything, just the full moon and lots of stars, then you ride somewhere nearby on the lava sand with the volcano. You know you’re in a particular location.

We arrived in a village after an hour drive. People sell coffee and tea here, and to remain hot you will discover tiny campfires. That was essential because it was fairly new with just a thin jacket. We went to the perspective after a cup of tea. We believed it was going to be a large climb, but we were already there within 5 minutes. And then the lovely items that would appear before us were waiting…

View over Mount Bromo after sunrise

And that gorgeous came because the sun went out after that clear night. The sky rose-purple, blue and orange. It became noticeable to Mount Bromo and other hills. A layer of fog concealed the sandplain we had driven over at night. What a unique phenomenon! Due to the colors in the sky, the view became more gorgeous. We forgot about the cold and our tiredness, we couldn’t get enough of the perspective, we could continue taking photos because the sunrise and this place was really lovely and therefore one of the highlights of a Java journey. After the sunrise at the viewpoint in Penanjakan, you will drive with your jeep into the unspoiled landscape you looked at in the early morning from the perspective in a surprising manner.

You have to climb some 250 steps after the (relatively loose) sandy trail to effectively see the volcano. It sounds like a lot, but in between, you can stop to rest. Do not do this too long, as the smell of sulfur from the volcano already meets you halfway up the climb. This also guarantees that everybody only looks for a few seconds in the steaming crater and then finds their way back down rapidly. Therefore, in this situation, a mouth cap is suggested. It’s also wise not to wear your finest clothes.

Spend the night at the Ijen View Hotel

We drove back to the starting point after the trip to Mount Bromo where we had a local rice, egg and chicken breakfast in a cafe. We altered clothes after breakfast because by now it had become quite hot. Then we drove to Bondowoso in about four hours through lovely Java. The green fields of rice, tiny villages, busy traffic, hills, and wonderful views were seen all along with the manner. A nice route if after the exhausting trip you don’t fall asleep too much.

You arrive at the Ijen View Hotel in the afternoon. The hotel offers spacious rooms, a warm water shower/bath and a big swimming pool with great sunbeds. After a trip to Mount Bromo, you can really relax here! Check-in advance which hotel you are staying in because less excellent stories have been heard about this.

The ascent of the Kawah Ijen volcano

You don’t have a lot of moment to relax or sleep because at midnight you’re going to be picked up. Breakfast is ready to bring you to the hotel and you will drive to the Paltuding Ijen starting point in about two hours. You get a headlight here, a gas mask and a local guide that takes you to the crater’s edge, to the phenomenal blue fire.

You begin a trip of 3 kilometers that climbs steeply. This climb should not be underestimated, although you will sometimes have to take your rest in good condition. But you really can’t complain about that. Many miners operate who have several times a day, day in and day out to walk this steep portion. They then descend to mine sulfate another 400 meters down the crater. Every time they take back to the starting point of our hike around 70 to 80 kilos. The miners are not getting older because they are doing a heavy and hazardous job. Even though you are in a very unique setting, you are also faced with the miners ‘ difficult lives. It was intense, I believed.

Doing on Java: Climb the Bromo volcano and the Ijen volcano

Bromo volcano

In the last two days, we have been constantly amazed by fresh impressions. And I can suggest this two-day trip to everyone, given the harrowing lives of the miners and the many visitors who arrive here. I thought I read fairly well in advance, but in total, I didn’t expect this particular atmosphere! You just want to see it once! Nature is so unique here!

We’ve done the trip perfectly. In this manner, we used the restricted time we had used efficiently. Sleeping for 2 evenings is hard, of course, but as quickly as you walk and see the lovely nature, you will soon forget that. After these days, it is advisable to take it a little easier because of the intensity. To proceed to Bali, we are dropped off at the port. You then sit for another hour on the ship where you can relax in the sun on the deck. We had a couple of relaxing days in Bali after this, an optimal combination!