Ancol Dreamland, north Jakarta, Indonesia

Ancol is a large area on the coast of Jakarta and offers a lagoon for water skiiing, a fun fare, a large aquarium and a small zoo. It also offers many cafes, plus a sandy beach.

The lagoon


The aquarium


The ocean, and some odd guy…


To get into the attractions you must not take inside food and drink, smoke, or carry a gun…


Port Dickson, Malaysia

Lexis Hotel, chalets on stilts in the water. Port Dickson, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chalets booked through

The Lexis hotel is in very good condition, has a nice pool (gets crowded), and there is an artificial yellow-sand beach. Beyond the artificial beach is just mud, and the water is brown. Outside the hotel there is nothing to see or do, a cluster of bars and restaurants down in Port Dickson waterfront, a few km away.

The chalets are funky, on stilts in the water and with glass in the floor so that you can see the waves. Rooms service is excellent, and you can hire fishing rods from a counter next to the pool and fish off your balcony. Each room has a jacuzzi, and the rooms are of a high standard. I booked through airbnb but the room was cleaned every day like a hotel, not like an airbnb condo.

It is long taxi ride to KL central, almost 2 hours, and taxis are rare unless booked through the hotel reception, so expensive compared to normal. Trick is a taxi to the airport then the train in, or another taxi but from the airport.

On a good day a taxi from the airport is 20 minutes but GRAB TAXI does not operate in the area.

TIP. If you have a stop-over in KLIA, book a night here in Lexis, fly on refreshed. Some people break their journeys this way, second leg after a few day’s rest.


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Casablanca Residences, Jakarta, Indonesia

Casablanca Residences, south central Jakarta, Indonesia. Large studio for $550 a month all in. 3 pools, gym, sundeck.

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The residence sits next to a large mall, Kota Casablanca Mall, hundreds of shops and hundreds of cafes and restaurants, everything you might need. The residences are just 15 mins from the centre if you travel when it is qiuet, and there is a great back-road route north, just turn left out the hotel.

The main road of Jalan Casablanca is a nightmare any time of day, but at 5pm you might just wait an hour in static traffic.

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