Every visit to Ubud captivates me with its amazing history, fine arts, dance and music. It's a great destination, being a great base to explore some of Bali's best things, scenic rice fields, small villages, arts and crafts communities, ancient temples, palaces and rivers. Ubud has a large number of restaurants and shops allowing you to experience some of Indonesia's finest cuisine, and makes it the ideal place to spend a few days before continuing your exploration of this fascinating island.
Glynn, Southeast Asia Specialist
Glynn started his travels shortly after leaving school in 1999 and spent the first seven months exploring Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, before arriving in Australia, where he lived and worked for the next year.
After returning to the UK in 2001, he spent the next five years working in both market research and as a property and construction consultant, returning to his favourite destinations in the Far East regularly. Having never lost his passion for travel he set off again in 2006, spending the next two years in India, Indochina, Indonesia and South America. In 2011, before joining Audley, he qualified with a First Class degree in Business Innovation and Enterprise from Oxford Brookes University. His most recent trip to the region with Audley was when he returned to Bali, Java and Kalimantan.
Glynn enjoys a number of outdoor activities including scuba diving, trekking and football.
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The Amankila is a secluded beachside resort overlooking the Lombok Strait on Bali's east coast. Mount Agung provides a stunning backdrop, and the tranquil waters of its coastline provide some of Bali's best snorkeling. The hotel offers some of the island's finest accommodation and the dedicated 'Massage Pavillion' is a great place to relax after a day exploring the nearby villages.
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Ijen Plateau is part of the larger Baluran National Park in Java, who's major draw is the stunning Kawah Ijen, a beautiful sulphur lake which glistens turquoise in the Ijen Volcano complex. My most memorable experience would be climbing to Mount Ijen's crater rim before descending into the heart of the volcano to watch the labour intensive sulphur mining operation in progress. The sulphur laden baskets are carried from the crater floor and taken by hand all the way down the 4 km route to the volcano's base. The extreme natural beauty and surrealistic mine site is one experience I won't forget.