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We’re Back and We’ve got News!

It’s been an exciting start to 2019 for Real Indonesia! With a feature in Jetstar Asia's In-Flight Magazine, a new experience and our brand new website!
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Japanese Encephalitis in Bali; What to Know Before You Go

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS IN BALI; WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO By Fiona Bettesworth | 13 November 2018 Last week reports emerged of a recent outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Bali. Japanese encephalitis is a serious condition that can prove fatal, so it’s important that travelers are aware of the preventative measures they can take to…
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Hidden Costs of Tourism; The Resource Strain

HIDDEN COSTS OF TOURISM; THE RESOURCE STRAIN By Fiona Bettesworth | 20 September 2018 Real Indonesia is passionate about tourism that supports and builds local communities. As the dates of our Community Development Practice Exchange draw closer, we’re continuing our investigation of the hidden costs of mass tourism, and the impacts it can have on…
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Hidden Costs of Tourism; A cost to culture

HIDDEN COSTS OF TOURISM; A COST TO CULTURE By Fiona Bettesworth | 29 August 2018 Here at Real Indonesia, we’re not just passionate about tourism. We’re passionate about doing it right. Which is why we’re so excited to team up with both our local partner, Five Pillar Foundation in West Bali, and the International Association…
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Real Indonesia Recognized at Social Impact Festival!

REAL INDONESIA RECOGNIZED AT SOCIAL IMPACT FESTIVAL! By Fiona Bettesworth | 3 August 2018 Recently, Real Indonesia attended Impact Seed’s third annual pitch night, an event as part of the Social Impact Festival. It was a fantastic night, full of great pitches and worthy causes. But it was an extra special night for Real Indonesia, as…
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Experience an Adventure in East Java!

EXPERIENCE AN ADVENTURE IN EAST JAVA! By Fiona Bettesworth | 1 May 2018 The province of East Java sits just a short distance to the west of Bali, across the strait. Most famously known as home to the magnificent Mount Bromo, during the 14th Century, it was home to the Majapahit kingdom, one of the…
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Ubud to Host Global Gathering of Indigenous Cultures

UBUD TO HOST GLOBAL GATHERING OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES By Fiona Bettesworth | 27 April 2018 Ubud is about to be home to a truly global event! The Indigenous Celebration is a truly unique gathering of the world’s indigenous people. 34 Indonesian tribes and 7 countries will share the wisdom, art, music and dance of their cultures…
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How you can help Bali’s plastic problem!

HOW YOU CAN HELP BALI’S PLASTIC PROBLEM! By Fiona Bettesworth | 26 April 2018 If you’re a frequent traveler to Indonesia, or even if you’ve only been once, you’d know to stick to bottled or filtered water to avoid getting struck down with a case of ‘Bali belly.’ Indonesia is one of the world’s largest…
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Connecting with the Community on our Pilot Tours

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY ON OUR PILOT TOURS By Fiona Bettesworth | 9 April 2018 We’ve been riding the high of our successful pilot tours in Bali for the last week now, but I wanted to take some time to share my thoughts about a very special experience I had in Ubud on our first…
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Stunning & Sustainable; Bali’s newest eco-friendly development

STUNNING & SUSTAINABLE; BALI’S NEWEST ECO-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT By Fiona Bettesworth | 28 March 2018 Want to own a sustainable slice of Bali? Well you’re in luck! Our friends at Five Pillar Foundation are working on an exciting project, pioneering an eco-friendly bamboo village in Tabanan! The Bamboo Village project will be developed over two hectares…
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Seven reasons why you’ll love West Bali

SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU’LL LOVE WEST BALI By Fiona Bettesworth | 16 March 2018 With our pilot tours right around the corner, we’ve got West Bali on the mind! But the district of Jembrana and the most western parts of Bali are probably among some of the least known to foreign travelers. We’ve put together a quick…
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The Five Pillar Foundation Team Learn First Aid!

THE FIVE PILLAR FOUNDATION TEAM LEARN FIRST AID! By Fiona Bettesworth | 5 February 2018 Wira, the co-founder of Five Pillar Foundation, recounts his experience of the First Aid Training below. The Five Pillar Foundation Team (including Wira, Dimas, Komang, Dodik, Ika, Suma, Agus and Ngurah) recently attended “First Aid Training & Basic Life Support”…
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Our Top 3 Tips to Prepare for Your Holiday in Bali Amid the Threat of a Volcanic Eruption

OUR TOP 3 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN BALI AMID THE THREAT OF A VOLCANIC ERUPTION By Fiona Bettesworth | 4 December 2017 It’s been a stressful and anxious past week or so for travellers in Bali and those with an upcoming trip to Bali – not to mention what it has been like…
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Indonesian Language Tips to Enrich Your Travel Experience

INDONESIAN LANGUAGE TIPS TO ENRICH YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE By Fiona Bettesworth | 13 November 2017 Speaking even a little Indonesian can go a long way. Indonesians are generally very impressed when foreigners can speak even a tiny bit of Indonesian and they are very forgiving if you make a mistake with the language. Being able…
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New Destination Announced: Experience Surabaya, Malang and Bromo in East Java!

NEW DESTINATION ANNOUNCED: EXPERIENCE SURABAYA, MALANG AND BROMO IN EAST JAVA! By Fiona Bettesworth | 1 November 2017 We are very excited to announce a new destination – Real Indonesia is going to be offering unique travel experiences in Surabaya, Malang and Bromo in East Java!   Where is East Java? East Java is the…
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Our First Local Partner – Five Pillar Foundation in Bali

OUR FIRST LOCAL PARTNER – FIVE PILLAR FOUNDATION IN BALI By Fiona Bettesworth | 25 October 2017 Real Indonesia is excited to partner with Five Pillar Foundation in Bali to offer travellers authentic, community-based travel experiences – as an alternative to mass-tourism. Soon we’ll be releasing the dates and full itineraries of our heavily discounted…
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Our First Destination Announced: Experience West Bali & Ubud!

OUR FIRST DESTINATION ANNOUNCED: EXPERIENCE WEST BALI & UBUD! By Fiona Bettesworth | 12 October 2017 We are very excited to announce our first destination and partnership – Real Indonesia is partnering with Five Pillar Foundation to offer not one but four (4) unique travel experiences in West Bali & Ubud!   1. Immersing in…
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From Dirty Slum to The Village of Colour

FROM DIRTY SLUM TO THE VILLAGE OF COLOUR By Fiona Bettesworth | 28 September 2017 At the beginning of 2016, this riverbank village in Malang was named as one of the 11 most run-down villages in Indonesia. Three tons of paint and lots of volunteer hours later – villagers have a new, fresh outlook on…
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