06, 06, 2018
Would you say that Indonesia is on your bucket list, I would guess that in some cases it probably would be, and why not. After all, there really are some stunning destinations, fantastic places to experience and it could probably offer some of the best memories you could make. But while it may be on your bucket list do you really know the places you may want to see and the things you may want to do while you are there.
There are, of course, some popular destinations such as the capital Jakarta and Bali, with beautiful stunning picturesque beaches, but there are also some hidden gems I think you may like. I wanted to explore Indonesia in a little more detail, offering up some of the best places to go, some of the fantastic things to see and do while you are there. Who knows it may have you reaching for your passports sooner than you think.
If you think of Indonesia then the chances are the next word to pop into your head will be the location of Bali. It is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, and perhaps needs no introduction. Bali has been a destination perfect for couples and families wanting that ultimate beach getaway, but you also get many backpackers and tourists on a budget taking in the beauty of this destination. It is certainly a place that rocks many buckets lists that is for sure. You can choose to go to the southern parts where a mix of British and Australian holidaymakers will line the beaches, or if you are looking for a more ancient Bali vibe then heading north will still give you all of the thrill.
Jakarta, the Indonesian capital is home to more than nine million people and it is a sprawling city. Many people use Jakarta as a pitstop for a few days of sightseeing be that just the capital itself or other places in Indonesia. There really is genuine charm amongst this city, don’t let the sprawling skyscrapers and many food outlets and malls deter you from that fact. The Kota Tui Old Town is definitely worth a visit. However, many people enjoy taking extended holidays in this region, so research is always going to be important. The capital is also a great spot to venture out to other places that are perhaps worthy of a visit for a few days. This is when websites like https://www.rumah.com/rumah-dijual/di-area-bandung-idjb01 can really help you out to find decent accomodation. Whether you choose to explore Jakarta specifically, or use it as a hub for further exploring of Indonesia, you are bound to find some great things to see and do while you are there.
If you are you looking for a tropical paradise, then look no further than the Gili Islands. They are a trio of islands between Bali and Lombok, these little islands of tranquility are not to be missed. The two smaller islands Gili Air and Gili Meno are quite secluded and laidback whereas the larger of the three Gili Trawangan is a much more livelier place to see. A real hive for backpackers, the rustic bars are filled with a mix of cultures and people from all over the globe.
Hate following the crowds? Then Lombok is the best alternative to popular Bali. It hasgrown in popularity in recent decades, but most of the Eastern Island is still underdeveloped, which makes for real beauty. This website explains in more detail https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/may/15/lombok-indonesia-beach-holiday but in a nutshell with less of the commercialised bars and restaurants, and more of the rustic and simple features, Lombok is a great place to decide upon spending your days if you are looking for no distractions other than the gorgeous scenery and fabulous weather. However, if you are a keen surfer there are still plenty of opportunities here in Lombok, so there is always something to do.
When should you travel to Indonesia?
When people plan their vacations, there is much that gets taken into account. One of the big things is weather and making sure you go at the right time and during the best season. If you are wanting a simple answer then the best time to go is between May and September where the days are spent dry and sunny. However, if you do want to go during the times of the year that would be classed as the rainy season then don’t let this information put you off. While it is said that it is a rainy season between october and april, the downpours come in the way of a tropical storm that may only last a couple of hours, if that. The temperatures remain high throughout the year.
The best things to do in Indonesia
Often for some people a holiday is just about finding a decent sun lounger, with a bar close by, the sun all day, and a great resort. But if you are wanting to see and do things then here are some of the most popular.
If you are looking for culture then look no further than the cultural heart of Bali. Nestled against the stunning terraced rice fields, Ubud holds dance and musical performances in the city everyday. If you are hoping to learn about the Balinese culture, then Ubud is the place.
Finally, while here you must visit one of the Buddhist temples, and one of the most famous is the Borobudur. The Borobudur was built over a period of 75 years, out of an estimated 2 million blocks of stone. Apparently it was abandoned in the 14th century for mystery reasons still unknown to this day, and for some time lay hidden in the jungle under a layer of volcanic ash. I hope this has inspired you to give Indonesia a look.