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Bali Tales

Want to stay on the road on your scooter? Find out how President Suharto shaped the history of Indonesian cinema? Dodge a snake? Or survive a rabid dog bite? Follow your Bali tail...

A crowded scene during a ceremony in Trunyan's sister-village, Trunyan Bunut in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
Like their counterparts in a handful of other remote Balinese villages, the Bali Mula of Trunyan are said to be the 'original' Balinese. Staunchly isolationist for more than a thousand years, Trunyan is best known for its open-air cemetery where corpses are left to decompose under a mystical banyan tree...
Motorbike accident, Ubud, Bali
Imagine a school of fish moving together. Go with it. Anyone outside that flow is the one who's going to cause an accident. Stick to an imaginary lane. Drive defensively. Keep an eye on who's overtaking or undertaking you, and don't make any sudden moves unless you're about to hit something...
Locusts mating, Ubud, Bali
Nowhere is free from the Tax of Life. We all have to pay a little for our slice of Bali Paradise. And this often comes in the form of our crawling, flying, slithering cousins. It's the downside of environment-sharing. Find out what to do next when you come up against a hornet, a scorpion or a spitting cobra...
Dog being netted by vets before being vaccinated against rabies in Bali
Far in the volcanic highlands of Bali, a young girl trails her mother and father on a pot-holed road. Stealing up on her is a striped, mean-looking dog that stands on its hind legs and bites her quickly on the shoulder. The dog veers back into the bushes, her parents none the wiser that their child may have less than six months to live...
Cinema Paradiso: Or the Story of Cinema in Indonesia
Boobs and political censorship have never been far from the silver screen. In Indonesia, they're its bedrock. Flicks of Thirties' Bali sucked heartily on the island's bare-breasted cabinet-postcard image that encouraged so many gilded tourists - and stars like Charlie Chaplin - to visit its sultry shores...

Java: Features

Trip over to Java, Bali's Big Auntie.

Performing masked monkey, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
It's not surprising when some city residents shut their doors when topeng monyet - masked monkeys - threaten to come their way. Despite being a Jakartan tradition once played out with dogs and snakes and originating from the masked dances of Cirebon, not everybody is happy with the exploitative status quo of the game...
Chinese-Indonesian gravestone, Tangerang, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
May 1998, Indonesia. More anti-Chinese riots. In front of Andreas are four handguns, laid out on a neighbour's kitchen table. An off-duty naval officer urges him to take his pick of the weapons before the mob returns. "Today," the officer says to Andreas, "you can kill. Shoot anyone who comes over the barricade."

Ryan the giant has already confided that if he had Dede's condition, he would have killed himself by now. None of us know how Dede keeps sane. Dede puts it down to acceptance, patience and prayer. He also believes that he's going to be cured one day - in a country where free healthcare for the poor does not, in reality, exist...
Slum children outside their house on the Ciliwung River in Jakarta
'The air's terrible here, and the river stinks. We get massacred by mosquitoes in the dry season. The best thing about the river is that we can throw our rubbish in it. When it rains it's better because the nappies get washed away much quicker.' The Ciliwung is Jakarta's longest, and most polluted, river...
Illegal Javanese oilfield
The executive producers of this environmental tragedy - ExxonMobil and Pertamina - have long since abandoned this pocket of primary forest, the wells sucked almost dry, the tar-coated throats of the pits now squeezed by gangs of Sisyphean bit-players milking an extra 125 barrels a day from the expired earth...

Travelling Indonesia

The finest travel-writing about Indonesia from Indoneo.com. Take your sandals for a walk...

Prambanan temple carvings of the Ramayana
So the evil prince summoned his army of demons, and like any good army of demons they had already finished 999 temples with time to spare. But Rara Jonggrang had wit as well as beauty. Ordering her servants to light a fire in the east and pound rice - a dawn task - the demons fled thinking that dawn had already arrived...
Anak Krakatau volcano erupting
You'd be forgiven for not knowing where Indonesia is. It's not a stick-a-pin-in-the-map thing, like the upside-down diamond of India. To nail it on a map of the world, you'd need 17,000 pins - this sprawling republic is scattered over more than 17,000 islands that equate to the size of the United States. It's big. And its backbone is volcanic...
Harlequin Tree Frog in the Borneo rainforest
Borneo - the world's third-largest island after Greenland and New Guinea - sustains one of the richest eco-systems on the planet. Throw in the world's smallest squirrel, the continent's largest land mammal, the world's biggest flower, some gibbons, langurs, hornbills and the iconic Bornean Orangutan - and you begin to get the picture...
Dayak tribesman, Kalimantan, Borneo
If you think of 'Dayaks', you might just picture a headhunter - and you're not entirely wrong.The Dayaks believed that their enemies' heads held supernatural powers that were needed to complete complex rituals - from guaranteeing a successful rice-harvest, to planting the foundations of a new family longhouse...
Young orangutan in the Kalimantan rainforest, Borneo
If you look deep into the eyes of an orangutan and see an old soul gazing back at you, don't be surprised. This gentle, shaggy-haired ape shares 97 percent of our DNA. Like us, they have 32 permanent teeth. Unlike us, their arms are two meters long and they spend most of their time hanging out in some of the planet's most vital habitats...