The next part of our trip to Indonesia takes us to the island of the gods, the one everyone talks about: Bali! The name alone evokes rice fields, volcanic beaches, sunsets on the sea and scooter rides among palm trees… And in reality, Bali is all this at the same time with the incredible hospitality of the Balinese, the discovery of the Hindu culture and ceremonies and the promise of an unforgettable trip! In short, I take you to discover an island that is not very big but rich in landscapes and activities to do. I stayed there for more than 3 weeks and I didn’t see the time passing. I present you our 2 weeks itinerary in Bali!
The Sasak are the largest ethnic group on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. About 80% of the inhabitants of Lombok are Sasak and this is also the name given to the local language spoken on the island. The Sasak live mainly in the rural areas of Lombok and work in agriculture and fishing but also in the handicrafts inherited from their ancestors. We spent two days in the Tetebatu region, in the centre of Lombok, where we stayed with a Sasak family. A beautiful green area in the middle of rice fields and at the foot of the Rinjani volcano, where the immersion in the local life and in the Sasak culture makes the trip even more beautiful!
Mount Rinjani is the second largest volcano in Indonesia. Its summit is more than 3700 meters high! It is located on the island of Lombok where we spent 10 days. There are several routes to reach it and enjoy a breathtaking view of the volcano’s crater and the surrounding area. We had an extraordinary experience with a 2 days and one night trek, spending a night in a tent on the crater of the volcano and climbing in the middle of the night to enjoy the sunrise at 3126m, on the Second Summit. In this blog post, I’m telling you all about this crazy but also intense adventure that will be engraved forever in our memories…
We started our trip in Indonesia with the island of Lombok. Lombok is located to the east of Bali and remains a much more unspoilt island than its neighbour, and is known as the “Bali of old”. It is the ideal destination for backpackers and travellers looking to get off the beaten track. This is what motivated us to go there… But besides the beautiful landscapes and the paradisiacal beaches, it is also the kindness of the inhabitants and their welcome that seduced us! I take you to discover our 10 days itinerary in Lombok between snorkeling among turtles, discovering the Sasak culture and climbing the second highest volcano in Indonesia, the Rinjani, for an unforgettable stay!
Vietnam is a surprising country by its people, its culture, its landscapes but especially by its way of living: at its own pace and with its own rules. It’s a journey you may have been planning for months, it quickly becomes a great adventure full of surprises.
For me, Vietnam turned out to be an unexpected journey, a journey of wonderful encounters, smiles, confrontations but also unexpected moments that transformed these two weeks in Vietnam in an incredible journey !
The the richness of all my travels often comes down to meeting the other. Because, for me, going on a trip also means discovering the culture of the country by meeting its inhabitants. During my short stay in Vietnam, I met people who were rich in emotion and sharing. I want to share these few portraits to pay tribute to these people I had the chance to meet. To show their beauty and their differences. Behind each of these photos hides an exchange, sometimes brief, sometimes more intimate. Some people smile while waiting to receive something in return, others take a break after talking with you for hours…
A wonderful surprise. Tam Coc, in the region of Ninh Binh, North Vietnam, is a small haven of peace where you are immersed in an impressive natural setting. Landscapes that can dethrone the very famous Halong Bay. Tam Coc is a small paradise in the middle of rice fields and mountains, far from chaos and crowds, where you live at the rhythm of people on their bikes. Here we discover rural Viet Nam, the one that plunges us into the daily life of farmers and rice farmers.
In short, that was my coup de coeur !
Vietnam offers impressive and very different landscapes from one region to another. In the far north of the country, the Hoang Lien Son mountains and the rice terraces attract many visitors. Fair enough: the region of Sapa abounds in breathtaking views, and allows you to meet the many ethnic minorities who still live an authentic way of life at the rhythm of their traditions and beliefs.