Lake Toba – the world’s biggest volcanic lake

It’s early in the morning when we leave Berastagi to go to Lake Toba (Wikipedia). We’re looking forward to visit this place since Helen got the recommendation to go there from Eric, the french guy, she met in Kuching/Borneo. It is the biggest volcanic lake on earth. With its impressive 100 kilometer length and 30…


Berastagi and our first volcano

After leaving beautiful Bukit Lawang next destination planned is Lake Toba. But on our way we get in contact with the co driver of the van, we got in by accident, who is reading the actual newspaper. On the front page there is an article about an eruption at Mount Sinabung, a volcano quite close…


Bukit Lawang – the home of the Orang Utan

What do you imagine when you think about Sumatra and you’ve never been there? Maybe it’s not that different from what my imagination was. I created a picture of thick jungle and exotic wildlife, even after seeing so much destruction all over the countries, we’ve already been to. Ok, keep your expectations realistic and wait…


Sabang Island – The Secret Treasure

There is a magical place off the northern tip of Sumatra. An island the locals mainly call “Sabang” and known as “Pulau Weh” among tourists. The vulcanic island covers an area of 156,3 qm within the Andaman Sea and is well known for its underwater ecosystem and rich diversity of fishes. So people mainly come…


Good Bye Malaysia, Hello Indonesia!

Labuan to Kota Kinabalu OK, it’s time for our last days in Malaysia. The forth immigration into Malaysia is done. We can stay again another three month, but this time we only need four days 🙂 To stay here is easier than in any other country so far. We wanted to walk around Labuan a…


Brunei – The Golden Sultanate

On our way through northern Borneo we pass the country of Brunei. It’s a small sultanate surrounded by Malaysia except it’s coastline in the north and has a population of around 415.000 inhabitants. Brunei’s development is highly based on oil and natural gas production especially since the late 20th century. As a result a remarkable…


Cyril’s Secret Sanctuary

The Rainforest World Music Festival is over and so it is time for Helen to start the Tusita Meditation Retreat. Because we don’t want to take advantage of the hospitality of the Hare Krishna family I move on, too. Last week we visited Cyril, a nice guy running a guesthouse. He has built a combination…


Happy days at Tusita, Kuching

Foreword If you already followed our blog you might remember that meditation is really interesting for us. Since we’ve been in Thailand I practiced every day a little bit and I always had the desire to stay longer at a monastery than just five days. After Helen and I decided to spent some time seperate I…


Rainforest World Music Festival, Kuching

One of the things I sometimes miss while travelling is enjoying music. Of course, as long as there is a proper internet connection listening music via headphone is no problem but I miss the atmosphere when the sound is coming from big loudspeakers and you share the experience with lots of other people. So, we…


Tanjung Datu National Park

Together again we prepare for our next destination. We want two spend two days at Sarawaks smallest National Park, called Tanjung Datu, located at the northern tip of Sarawak and close to the Indonesian border. The park is just 14 km2, but meant to be one of Sarawaks most beautiful protected areas and only reachable…