With its picture-postcard beaches, stunning harbour and almost-year-round perfect weather, Sydney has something of a reputation as a relaxed destination, free from airs and graces.
Borneo belongs to three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The largest portion is Indonesia’s, known as Kalimantan. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word Kalamanthana, meaning ‘burning weather island’, describing her hot and humid tropical climate.
Envisage a place where nomadic people live in the rainforest, practising ancient customs; where beautiful highlands are fragrant with the rich aroma of coffee, and a mist-shrouded lake is set among mountains. Merangin, in Sumatra’s Jambi province, is not well known among travellers – but that is part of its appeal.
For anyone with a liking for art, music, dining, festivals and the good life lived 24 hours a day, the Spanish city of Barcelona is irresistible – especially in summer
Once called the ‘Venice of the East’, Palembang
is the ancient former capital of the powerful Srivijaya maritime kingdom. As the Sumatran city prepares to co-host the 2018 Asian Games, Ayos Purwoaji explores its dynamic combination of old and new.
An island community where exceptional blown glass has been produced for more than seven centuries, Murano is a haven of tranquillity minutes from the busiest attractions of Venice.
Colours explores a group of islands at the tail-end of South Sulawesi, where pristine white-sand beaches meet turquoise waters rich in marine life, from baby turtles to splendid coral. Conservation and tourism can co-exist.
I arrive at Betoambari Airport in Baubau just before midday after a flight from Makassar that took less than an hour. If travelling by sea, the distance between the two cities can be covered in half a day.