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Caffeine-Fuelled Travels Through Indonesia

A journey of 15,000 kilometres – by rail, road, on foot and under sail – through about 50 Indonesian islands, shining a light on what has been described as the world’s most invisible country. From tracking tigers in the Sumatra jungle to the mystical Dayak tribe that lives near the geographical centre of Borneo, this book touches on some of Indonesia’s most intriguing secrets. Mark meets Tana Toraja’s ‘living dead’, the Bugis people who build and sail the spectacular Sulawesi schooners and the villagers who are literally besieged by dragons in the Komodo archipelago. He surfs the legendary reefs of G-Land, Nias and Occy’s Left. He road-trips across Sulawesi and Flores and sails in the wake of Alfred Russel Wallace around Spice Islands, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries.



How to Become a Professional Travel Writer takes you way beyond that much-touted dream of 'travelling for free'. It will show you how to earn from your travels and, more than that, how to carve a privileged lifestyle out of that dream. Whether you want to kick-start a career as a globe-trotting travel writer or simply want to make extra cash by monetising your holidays, this book will show you how.

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Discover a temple boasting a million Buddhas that's often overlooked by visitors; offer bacon and eggs to tiger temple guardians; visit the lair of giant monitor lizards; meed David Beckham, Donald Duck and Popeye in a Buddhist temple; gain merit by sponsoring a coffin; or decipher, from a tree trunk, the winning lottery numbers offered by a beautiful female ghost. Meet a unique community of flute-players; eat a communal vegetarian breakfast with Bangkok's Sikh community; learn about the traditional Thai pastime of 'baldy butting' and meet a celebrated 'healer' who goes by the name of Madame Breast-slapper.

Secret Bangkok is more than just an indispensable guide to the hidden face of the city; it is written also to offer fascinating background information for those who love to connect with the soul of a place.

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Black sand that has healing power; why you should not whistle when you walk along a beach at night; Bali's most beautiful and least-visited rice terraces; a workshop where batiks are created with natural dyes; a place to petition the spirits for a baby; the flute-playing pigeons of Ubud; a haunting reunion of some of Bali's most outrageous demons; one of the world's best unofficial street-art exhibitions; a tree that is impossible to plant; an ancient fertility statue with 'more than the usual quota of penises'; a village of the deaf; spectacular traditional fishing craft; an architectural wonder in Bali's Christian heartland.

Far from the crowds and the usual cliches, Bali is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track.

Secret Bali is a guide for those who would like to discover the hidden face of the island.

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