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Indonesia: Mt Bromo

After a quick tour through western and central Java I headed to the east to see Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, generally just called Bromo by travellers and tour agencies. There are many tours to Bromo from Jogja where I was last, but these are very rushed and involve a 12-hour minibus, less than half a day around Bromo itself and then a 9-hour bus the following day to catch the ferry to Bali.

Indonesia: Java

After having a break in Singapore I took a two hour AirAsia flight to Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta on the island of Java. Much like Manila in the Philippines, Jakarta has a bad reputation with travellers as a hugely congested, polluted and sprawling city and it’s mostly deserved. I just spent a short afternoon and night there before moving on to my first proper stop, Bogor. Street scenes in Jakarta


From Cebu I intended to leave the Philippines and fly to Indonesia, but with no direct flights at the time I decided to stop off in Singapore on the way. I’ve visted the city state twice in the past and seen many of the big tourist attractions like the zoo, aquarium and the numerous malls. This time around I wanted to see a few smaller places, indulge on the local food and just enjoy being back in an efficient city.

Philippines: Cebu and Bohol

I landed in Cebu with just a week left on my visa so I started a quick tour of a few places I wanted to see before leaving. I only stopped in the city for one night before heading to the ferry terminal the following morning. I took a short two hour ferry over to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol island. The town isn’t anything special but it’s small enough to walk around (compared to taking taxis in Cebu) and is an easy starting point.

Philippines: Palawan

From Manila I took a one hour turboprop flight to the small island of Coron in the Palawan province of the Philippines. The province is home to great beaches, islands and good diving spots and tourism has been booming for the past few years. Infrastructure is lacking in places although major roads are being resurfaced and ferry services between islands have increased dramatically. The road from the airport - we had to stop a few times and beep to move the cows