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Ana Bicanic

Hi there! My name is Ana, I am 26 years old and I come from Belgrade, Serbia. Growing up I would travel a lot with my parents who love to dive. I knew from very early on that I want to be in travel business.

I was introduced to the Japanese culture in my teens- through Studio Ghibli movies- and immediately fell in love with it! That made me love and explore the whole Asian continent. I travelled extensively through Asia but Japan and Indonesia stole my heart.

I love learning about local life, food and culture of these two, very different island countries and I feel so blessed to have been able to live here and share the knowledge I have to help others experience all the amazing things these wonderful countries have to offer.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in Indonesia. I spend a lot of time engaging with locals and learning about their culture, trying all the foods available and going to all the known as well as hidden gems Indonesia has to offer. I also know all the best spots for surfing."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I choose tourism major in High school and due to it I've done a lot of practices at hotels, travel agencies and even the Belgrade Tourism Fair, which made me fall in love with the industry."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The most amazing experience for me so far was seeing a Dugong come up to say hi to me while surfing at the amazing Padang Padang beach in Uluwatu, Bali."

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Recent trip reviews for Ana

A great trip to Indonesia
Indonesia | May 14 - May 21, 2024

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Michelle D.
Canada | Reviewed on May 29, 2024
This was my first time using Kim Kim, I have used similar services in the past. The trip included my best friend and myself. Overall, the experience was smooth in terms of selecting what we wanted to do and finalizing the booking. Ana was very patient with my delayed responses as well the many changes we had to our itinerary. The trip was memorable and I will definitely want to visit again. I would recommend that you ask as many questions as you need to gain clarity on your activities. I had... Read more

This was my first time using Kim Kim, I have used similar services in the past. The trip included my best friend and myself. Overall, the experience was smooth in terms of selecting what we wanted to do and finalizing the booking. Ana was very patient with my delayed responses as well the many changes we had to our itinerary. The trip was memorable and I will definitely want to visit again. I would recommend that you ask as many questions as you need to gain clarity on your activities. I had made some assumptions based on previous experiences with agencies but of course they are not all the same and some tours may have additional costs associated that may not be listed in the description.

Our driver (Eka) went above and beyond for us and would definitely love to have him as our driver again. The cooking class was my favorite activity. The other tours were mostly other drivers taking us from place to place which was nice but would have preferred some additional commentary or explanation of things. The nature of tours can always vary but regardless we had a great time. Would likely use Kim Kim again or recommend to a friend.

Hotel Reviews
Artini 2 cottage

Service was great, loved the staff, they were so kind, helpful and wonderful to talk to. The rooms were clean and met our needs. The food was great - I loved the breakfasts but also the dinner items were great. We did the Indonesian breakfasts. The entire place is quite serene and tranquil and the best part is it's central and close to everything. Would likely stay again.

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La Joya Balangan Resort
Jimbaran

Resort is a nice size and looks beautiful but the food and service at the restaurant was not the greatest. Food is pricey for the flavor - it was either cold or bland but want to note we did not eat any Indonesian food. The rooms are also awkwardly shaped and not well thought out in terms of where one would put their items. Location like most resorts is not super convenient.

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Activity Reviews
Experience Ubud VW Safari Car Tour
Experience Ubud VW Safari Car Tour
Ubud, Bali

Overall really enjoyed this tour - saw lots of things in our first day in Bali and weather was great too. The only thing I was caught off guard with is the fact that none of the waterfall or temple entrance fees are included in the total cost. I didn't see mention of this caveat in the activity details and did not bring as much cash so this was not ideal for me personally. The driver/guide also does not come with you into some of the temples so at times we did not know what we were looking at or what was special about it. It is a car tour after all but I had made the assumption since he was our guide. He did go out of his way to make sure we got all the photos and let us take as much time as we need at places and so that was truly appreciated as we did not feel rushed. Overall, he (Wayan) helped make the tour and our first day at Bali a great experience.

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Experience Balinese Cooking Class- Shared
Experience Balinese Cooking Class- Shared
Ubud, Bali

This was my favorite part of our trip. I loved the experience beginning to end - from visiting the market to meeting other travelers and of course, the chef, who helped us make all the delicious dishes. She was funny, engaging, patient and made everything seem super easy to make. I would 1000% percent recommend people take this class. She also told us so much about her life and Balinese culture. Definitely would come back just for the conversation!

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East & West tour of Nusa Penida
East & West tour of Nusa Penida
Indonesia

The boat ride there was fun but the time spent at each place is too short. We had about 15-20 mins per place and that's also due to the fact that the island is massive and it takes a while to get around. Perhaps a shorter itinerary might work best - for example, we didn't need to go all the way to the tree house as there were a lot of steps and this took a lot of time. Plus the tree house is actually additional money to go into. Our driver was great when on the road maneuvering next to cars in a tight space, however, he was on his phone on a couple occasions watching videos, and this was concerning while driving. He also did not speak to us the entire time outside of telling us the time we had at places so this made for an awkward and transactional experience compared to our other drivers and guides. The island was beautiful and we were glad to have the opportunity to see it and take wonderful pics even though rushed to do so.

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Visit Bali's Most Beautiful Beaches & Explore Uluwatu Temple
Visit Bali's Most Beautiful Beaches & Explore Uluwatu Temple
Jimbaran, Bali

We picked two beaches and spent most of our time at one and a little at the other. Again entrance was not covered for this activity. The beaches were beautiful and Eka was our driver (who was our driver the whole trip) so of course that experience was great. We also got to see the kechak dance at the temple (this cost is covered) which was really fun and interesting. We didn't get a chance to explore the temple but caught the sunset.

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Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Jun 03, 2024

Hello dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for your review! I am very happy to hear that you've had good time in Indonesia! I will pass the praise to our driver Eka as well!

I hope to welcome you again in this part of the world!

All the best!

Eastern Java with drivers The five of us travelled through eastern Java...
Indonesia | Apr 13 - Apr 25, 2024

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Louise D.
Australia | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024
The five of us travelled through eastern Java with two different drivers, and one train trip. Everything went smoothly, and we saw everything we wanted to. The cooking lesson, jamu making class and batik lesson were all very worthwhile - great to interact with local people. Any small problems or required rescheduling was handled swiftly by Ana at KimKim, and there was not one sour note in the whole trip. Read more

The five of us travelled through eastern Java with two different drivers, and one train trip. Everything went smoothly, and we saw everything we wanted to. The cooking lesson, jamu making class and batik lesson were all very worthwhile - great to interact with local people. Any small problems or required rescheduling was handled swiftly by Ana at KimKim, and there was not one sour note in the whole trip.

Activity Review
Cooking class in Yogyakarta
Cooking class in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta

Run by a sustainable tourism organisation with lots of different activities supporting local artists and providing great experiences for visitors. The cooking class was a wonderful opportunity to meet a local who could answer a thousand questions we had about food culture and daily life in central Java.

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Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Apr 30, 2024

Hello dear Louise,

Thank you so much for your feedback! It really means a lot!

I am so happy to hear that you've had amazing time in Java and I hope to welcome you again somewhere in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore or Japan!

I will pass your kind words to all of my suppliers!

Thank you again and all the best!
Ana

Our driver Nyoman was fantastic, always on ti...
Indonesia | Mar 6 - Mar 13, 2024

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Tara M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 17, 2024
Our driver Nyoman was fantastic, always on time and always had a smile on his face. Ana was very accommodating and the places and experiences she helped us book were all fantastic. Some more insight into what happens during Nyepi and the lead up to it would have been useful so to be able to plan more effectively around it Read more

Our driver Nyoman was fantastic, always on time and always had a smile on his face. Ana was very accommodating and the places and experiences she helped us book were all fantastic. Some more insight into what happens during Nyepi and the lead up to it would have been useful so to be able to plan more effectively around it

Activity Reviews
Experience Cau Chocolate Factory
Experience Cau Chocolate Factory
Ubud, Bali

Fabulous experience with heaps of detail included and lots of things to see, try and do. The rice planting was an unexpected bonus!

Experience Balinese Cooking Class
Experience Balinese Cooking Class
Ubud, Bali

Lovely activity, which included learning about Indonesian culture and not just food. So many dishes were made which was excellent to be able to try and look out for on the rest of our trip

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Mar 19, 2024

Hello dear Tara,

Thank you for your review! I am happy to hear that you had wonderful time!
I will pass along your kind words to the driver.

Hope to welcome you again in this part of the world!
Best,
Ana

This was such an amazing trip! It was exactly...
Indonesia | Feb 23 - Mar 7, 2024

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Kate C.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

This was such an amazing trip! It was exactly what I wanted, and Ana arranged everything perfectly - the pace, accommodations, and activities were all stellar. I had one driver for the entire trip, Wayan, who was also amazing. My specialist, Ana, even met me for a coffee one day and showed me around a bit. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Mar 12, 2024

Hello dear Kate,

Thank you so much for your review! I am happy to hear you had a wonderful trip and hope to welcome you again in Indonesia!

It was also lovely to meet you!
Keep in touch!
Ana

This part of our trip was simply a return fro...
Indonesia | Feb 5 - Feb 6, 2024

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Bobbe W.
Japan | Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024
This part of our trip was simply a return from Denpasar to Jakarta and went without a hitch. Ana is great and I would happily reccommend her. Read more

This part of our trip was simply a return from Denpasar to Jakarta and went without a hitch. Ana is great and I would happily reccommend her.

Hotel Review
FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta
Tangerang, Banten

a very weird location and getting there is strange but it is super close to the airport, clean, great pool and spa. Restaurant is fine. Transfers to and from the airport great!I would recommend this hotel as an overnight transit through Jakarta.

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Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Feb 23, 2024

Hello dear Bobbe,

Happy to hear that at least one flight went without the changes as that was the most challenging part of your trip!

Thank you again for the review!

All the best,
Ana

A month in Indonesia.
Indonesia | Jan 10 - Jan 28, 2024

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Bobbe W.
Japan | Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024
This was a return trip to Indonesia after a 10 year hiatus. We have been to Indondesia many, many times. I had not used or heard of KimKim before and so was a bit suspect and cautious, as it turns out, for no reason. I would recommend KimKim and Ana (at Shanti travel). Ana was extremely helpful in the planning of the trip. She was available for telephone consultations and created 4 different versions before we finalized the itinerary in order to accommodate each and all of our wishes. ... Read more

This was a return trip to Indonesia after a 10 year hiatus. We have been to Indondesia many, many times. I had not used or heard of KimKim before and so was a bit suspect and cautious, as it turns out, for no reason. I would recommend KimKim and Ana (at Shanti travel). Ana was extremely helpful in the planning of the trip. She was available for telephone consultations and created 4 different versions before we finalized the itinerary in order to accommodate each and all of our wishes. When I discovered errors in the plan she corrected them, and was available to us when we were on route. This does not mean that you as the traveller can abdicate responsibility for your travel details. There were changes in flights and times that I had to chase to ensure that we had the correct time. Ana was helpful throughout. We actually met with her in person when we were in Bali.
I was thrilled that each and all of our transfers worked. At each airport/train station/hotel (and there were lots of them) when a driver was supposed to pick us up they were there on time with a sign and /or my correct name and an appropriate vehicle. Drivers were careful and pleasant. Agung in Bali was particularly good.
With regard to the trip itself, the Kalimantan leg up the river to be with the Orangutans was wonderful. The Klotok was uber posh in an "out of Africa' glamorous way with a skilled knowledgeable naturalist guide, excellent cook, Captain and crew. We were happy to be a bit off the beaten path with our particular guide and while Camp leaky is not what it was 15 years ago i am glad to have made the trek again.
Other highlights: Paddling and hiking in the jungle with the naturalist in Munduk. Biking the rice paddies in Ubud. Making lunch the traditional way - starting by grinding the rice, and cooking over an open fire in the rice paddies. Temples on Java are well controlled now for good reason (too many people) but still fascinating as is Bromo. Lovina is beautiful and quiet and the drive over the mountains is spectacular.
Disappointments: 1.Not being able to get out to the Komodo islands as they closed the park because of weather. Ana was great in the rerouting. 2.In the rainy season in Indo the beaches are FULL of garbage as it flows down the rivers and into the ocean and onto the beaches. They have to be cleaned everyday or it is like walking through a landfill. When they are cleaned they are lovely. 3.We would give a hard pass on Jimbaran. Beach filthy, even in front of restaurants and beach clubs no one was cleaning the beach. The seafood dinner on the beach was pathetic. Did it 10 years ago and it was good - now it was really not edible and was stupidly expensive.
Overall: Indonesia has a LOT of people and a LOT of tourists and LOTs of traffic in populated areas. It is a fascinating country both culturally, historically and geographically. We love it. Go if you can and be confident getting Ana and KimKim to help you plan.

Hotel Reviews
FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta
Tangerang, Banten

In a very strange place - small roads under construction - you may think you are not on your way to a 4.5 * hotel as you drive the 10 minutes from the airport but being hijacked. Never fear, the hotel, once you get there is just fine. Nice breakfast, very helpful staff, excellent reasonably priced massage and spa, good gym and swimming pools. Excellent shuttle to and from the airport. If you are just in transit for one night don't hesitate to stay there.

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In my view is just a hotel for transit so not looking for character.
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Lava View Lodge Hotel

Great location if you are going to Mount Bromo. Clean and comfortable. The restaurant is not good but the food is edible.

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Dusun Jogja Village Inn
Yogyakarta

Satisfactory hotel with lots of character. Rooms were comfortable and staff in the restaurant was terrific, friendly, helpful and fun!

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Arkamara Dijiwa Ubud
Bali

Stay here if you can. Absolutely lovely boutique hotel. Rooms are glamorous, best breakfasts I have every had in a hotel. Sky bar was very swishy and the staff everywhere was friendly, super helpful, fun and interested in you as a guest. Food in the sky bar and restaurant was very good. Great shuttle in and out of Ubud.

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Nadira Bali Resort & Villa

Tiny little up market boutique hotel on the side of a beautiful ravine near Munduk. Family owned and operated. Super clean. Staff was wonderful. Restaurant food was just fine.

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Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa - CHSE Certified
Kedonganan

This hotel is clean and the pool is nice. The service in the restaurant is terrible to the point where some of our party left the restaurant because we waited over 30 minutes to get a simple soft drink. The location is across from the beach restaurants. We went to the one recommended and it was terrible - the worst food of the entire month long trip. The beach was filthy, like walking in a land fill. I would recommend giving Jimbaran a miss but if you do have to go there try somewhere else.

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Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Feb 13, 2024

Hello dear Bobbe,

Thank you so much for time you've put in writing this review! It really means a lot to both me and future travellers! As well as all the reviews you and your group gave me when we met in Jimbaran. That will be extremely helpful for me in the future!

I also have to thank you for being understanding for all the issues that arose making it so much easier for me to focus on fixing them!

I wish you all the best and I hope to welcome you again in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore or Japan!
Ana

Some challenge getting answers back in a time...
Indonesia | Feb 5 - Feb 6, 2024

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Duna B.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2024

Some challenge getting answers back in a timely manner, initial mixup in air flights days

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Feb 13, 2024

Hello dear Duna,

I am sorry that this is the only thing you've had to say about your trip and I hope that that is not the only impression you have and that you had fun on your trip and enjoyed Indonesia!

I hope to welcome you back in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore or Japan in future!

All the best,
Ana

Magical Java and Flores
Indonesia | Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2024

Christina
Christina S.
| Reviewed on Jan 09, 2024

Ana crafted the perfect boutique itinerary for a birthday trip in Java and Flores - beautiful temples, volcanoes and mountain village trek, komodo dragons and manta rays! Our local guides were wonderful and very kind, going the extra mile to show us special sites in Indonesia. Cheers to Hieronimus, Rivaldi, Udin and Veri

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Jan 10, 2024

Hello dear Christina,

Thank you so much for wonderful words! I am happy to hear you've enjoyed your birthday trip!

I will pass along the praise for the tour guides, thank you!

All the best and we hope to welcome you back in Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore!
Ana

Incredible Indonesia experiences
Indonesia | Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2023

Tanuja
Tanuja R.
Brentwood, TN | Reviewed on Nov 26, 2023
I really don’t know where to start! EVERYTHING was so amazing! Ana helped us curate such an awesome itinerary that included so many varied experiences that we still can’t believe we fit so much in two weeks! I kept pushing Ana for more and more and not once did she say “no”! She made our dream Indonesia wishlist come true! The fun orangutan trekking was the highlight in Sumatra. The ancient temples and melding of religions and cultures (namely Muslim Hindu and Buddhist) was heart... Read more

I really don’t know where to start!

EVERYTHING was so amazing! Ana helped us curate such an awesome itinerary that included so many varied experiences that we still can’t believe we fit so much in two weeks! I kept pushing Ana for more and more and not once did she say “no”! She made our dream Indonesia wishlist come true!

The fun orangutan trekking was the highlight in Sumatra.

The ancient temples and melding of religions and cultures (namely Muslim Hindu and Buddhist) was heart warming in Central Java.

Hot smoking volcanoes were breathtaking in East Java. The once in a life time experience of blue flames at Mt Ijen will always stay with us.

Bali was the hub of so much colorful activity … bike rides, rice terraces, cooking classes and we even made time to be pampered in spas.

Cruising through the waters of Komodo national park gave us the opportunity to see nature at its best… thousands of flying bats, hissing Komodo dragons, dazzling coral and the calm underwater sea life!

At the end of every trip we try to pin down our favorite experience but honestly there were too many in this one to point out just one.
Many of our family members and friends have asked for our travel consultant and our itinerary!!
Very happy to share!

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Nov 27, 2023

Hello dear Tanuja,

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I am happy to hear that you've had amazing time!

Looking forward to working with more members of your circle and thank you for good recommendations!

All the best!
Ana

I enjoyed this trip . A trip with varieties. ...
Indonesia | Sep 17 - Oct 7, 2023

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Ling M.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2023
I enjoyed this trip . A trip with varieties. Our two drivers/main guides were both good. They were friendly and helpful. The highlights for this trip for me are the Mount Bromo sunrise trip and the blue flame hike the following morning. But for the blue flame hike, too bad I did not walk fast enough . By the time when I got to the spot, the blue flame burnt out already. If we started 30 minutes earlier or if we skipped that morning refreshment, I would be able to see the blue flame. ... Read more

I enjoyed this trip . A trip with varieties. Our two drivers/main guides were both good. They were friendly and helpful. The highlights for this trip for me are the Mount Bromo sunrise trip and the blue flame hike the following morning. But for the blue flame hike, too bad I did not walk fast enough . By the time when I got to the spot, the blue flame burnt out already. If we started 30 minutes earlier or if we skipped that morning refreshment, I would be able to see the blue flame. Hopefully the tour organizer would consider this point so that other tourists who love to see the blue flame would not miss it.

The 3 cruise days trip to Komodo National Park was interesting too. I enjoyed the beautiful coral reefs, sunrise and sunset there. The cruise crews were good.

For the day trip to Nusa Penida, I wish they could provide us big towel so that we could have it to cover our body when we were going to our next snorkelling spot. It was a bit cold after we got out from the water after snorkelling. Or they told us before so that we could bring our big towel.

Overall the trip was great. I enjoyed it. Thanks.
Ling

Local specialist: Ana Bicanic
Ana
Ana Bicanic
Local specialist in Bali | Replied on Nov 13, 2023

Hello dear Ling,

Thank you so much for your feedback!

I hope to welcome you again in Malaysia, Indonesia or Singapore!

All the best,
Ana