people and cultures – inspiring journeys
sharing meaningful discoveries in Asia
Alam Asia net was created to introduce and connect you to special places, people and their projects I have come to know in my more than 30 years of living and exploring in Asia.
Travel for me is about gaining a deeper understanding- to experience a true sense of a place. In this globalized world, one can still feel a sense of timelessness in Asia- visiting special and sacred places, meeting local people and flowing with the rhythm of life.
During the years when I first came to Bali, the pace of life was much slower. It was a time I will always be grateful for- a time of being immersed into the daily life of Bali with its rich cultural traditions. In the artistic center of Ubud, a small family-run hotel called Alam Indah became my home. Alam means nature and Indah means beautiful in Indonesian.
Alam Indah is one of these special places in the world where you are embraced by the kindness of the family and staff- a wonderful base to learn more about the beautiful nature of Bali and Indonesia.
Southeast Asia has so many fascinating places to explore. And to understand more about their cultural connections, their ancient, recent, glorious, and turbulent pasts. I have been touched by the stories, traditions, struggles and achievements of the many people I have been fortunate to meet and work with. People honoring the past while embracing the present. People dedicated to projects for a better livelihood, a brighter future and cultural well being. Tourism has become a great force of economic and social development in both negative and positive ways. However with a growing shift in consciousness, may mindful travel open more eyes and create more understanding and peace.
I hope you will enjoy browsing through this website which I try to update as much as I can.
Originally this website was set up to offer quick links and some more general information helping to answer questions I had been receiving about where to go and stay. I hope in time, I can get around to writing and posting more stories.
Best wishes on your own Asia Journeys!
May each Journey be a journey of a lifetime that also makes a lifetime difference to others.
Han Andre Iluk, born in USA, raised in Europe, has worked in hotel hospitality and travel for over 30 years.
Journeys of a lifetime began as cruise director aboard Society Expeditions ships sailing from the Arctic to the Amazon to Antarctica, and across the South Pacific to Asia.
Bali became home in 1988 and for the next 10 years, Han continued to organize small group tours throughout the diverse islands of Indonesia exploring volcanoes and coral reefs, visiting weaving communities and orangutans in the forests of Borneo.
Journeys expanded to neighboring Southeast Asia- Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Bhutan- in between home base at Alam Indah in Bali, and in Chiang Mai.