Exploring the best of Indonesia: An Enchanting Paradise
Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, is a beautiful and bucket list worthy travel destination for all because of its beauty, culture, people, cuisine and awe-inspiring natural landscapes.
Indonesia certainly has so much to offer, if you’re looking to relax, or if you want to go on an adventure, Indonesia has it all – not a boring day in this enchanting paradise. Here are some travel tips and pieces of advice to help you plan your trip:
WHERE TO GO?
With 17,000 islands, we can assure you, there will be no shortages of amazing places to visit in Indonesia.
When you hear Indonesia, you hear about Bali. Undoubtedly the most famous island in Indonesia, Bali is known as the “Island of the Gods” because of its majestic beauty. It is surrounded by sparkling blue waters and is a cornucopia of amazing beaches and landscapes.
When in Bali, go surfing and enjoy the nightlife atKutaBeach; visit the famous and serene UlunDalu Temple; visit the town of Ubud and hang out with the monkeys at Monkey Forest; explore the beauty of Uluwatu Temple, and experience a unique activity by bathing in the sacred waters of TirtaEmpul.
Be sure to include the Komodo Islands on your Indonesia Itinerary. The Komodo Islands located off the coast of Flores is a unique travel destination because it is home to the world famous Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard! Visit the Komodo National Park to catch a glimpse of these fierce, strong creatures. This place is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it’s also on the list of the new 7 world wonders of nature.
That’s not the only interesting thing to do in the Komodo Islands, there’s so much more! Go and explore the local life in Labuan Bajo; take a hike up Padar Island; go snorkeling and diving with manta rays and take pictures and wander on Pink beaches.
The Gili islands are definitely the perfect place to get away from it all. Located just off the coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are composed of three islands – GiliTrawangan, GiliMeno and Gili Air.
Gili Trawangan is the biggest among the three and is the most modern. In Trawangan – enjoy the colorful nightlife; chill at seaside cafés; go scuba diving and surfing, and find inner peace by going on a yoga retreat. GiliMeno, on the other hand, is much more peaceful and serene than Trawangan and is the most romantic of the three islands. And lastly, Gili Air is where you go to experience extreme adventures, as it is known as an adventurer’s paradise and is a popular attraction for serious scuba divers.
Just like the Gili Islands, Nusa Islands consists of three islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Islands is located off the coast of Bali and is the perfect place to experience a true tropical paradise minus all the commotion of urbanization and crowds. These islands consist of beautiful beaches and amazing diving spots.
When in Nusa Islands, be sure to visit and fall in love with Crystal Bay; explore the caves at Broken Beach; go diving at Temple Point; explore the stunning and iconic Kelingking Viewpoint and beach; do some snorkeling around the islands for there is a great chance you’ll see a lot of manta rays, turtles and sharks.
Experience authentic Indonesian Culture in the beautiful city of Yogyakarta. The culture is so rich in this city that it’s home to many beautiful sacred temples and palaces that are very well preserved that symbolize the past.
When in Yogyakarta, awe in the beauty of the Prambanan; explore Kraton Palace; enjoy a day at Kalibiru National Park and visit Borobudur Temple.
The Mentawai Islands, consisting of almost seventy islands located off the coast of West Sumatra, is a world-famous surfer’s paradise. The Mentawai Islands is known for amazing white sand beaches, bluer than blue waters and world-class waves.
Travelers can go on island hopping adventures and enjoy the different beaches the Mentawai Islands has to offer. The Mentawai Islands is also very rich in marine biodiversity – underneath those waves is a treasure cove of different sea creatures like sea turtles and dolphins.
WHAT TO EAT?
Not only does Indonesia have amazing places to visit but also lots of scrumptious cuisines for travelers to try and enjoy! Get those taste buds and appetites ready!
Practically everywhere in Indonesia, Satays are meat skewers cooked on coal. Indonesian Satay is practically a national celebrated dish served with ketupat or rice cakes and has peanut sauce poured all over.
A South Sumatran specialty, Pempekor sometimes known as Empek-empek is a dish made of tapioca and fish making it very chewy and is presented in different shapes and sizes. Pempek is a very popular dish or snack in Indonesia and is best eaten with sweet-salty-sour sauce, sliced cucumber, and noodles.
Hailing from East Java, NasiRawon is a yummy Indonesian dish made of beef stew and is very rich in flavor. Best served with a bowl of rice, this dish will surely make your heart and tummy very happy.
A very popular breakfast dish in Indonesia is NasiUduk – a dish made of rice cooked from coconut milk and is often served with soybean cake, fried chicken, omelet and topped with sambal and emping. NasiUduk is a very aromatic dish that you must try when in Indonesia.
Sop Buntut or Oxtail Soup is a definite must try when in Indonesia. The name says it all – the oxtail is served tender in a clear tasty broth with potatoes, carrots. This dish is best eaten with rice, chili, and crunchy crackers.
Definitely one of the best dishes in Indonesia is Beef Rendang. This dish originated from Padang, Sumatra and is a very popular dish because of its rich flavor. The dish consists of tender, mouthwatering beef in special gravy sauce that is just out of this world!
Now it’s time for dessert! Sweet Martabak is the Indonesian version of pancake! It’s a local favorite and is only sold at night. You can choose from three different fillings: cheese, chocolate, and peanut.
WHEN TO VISIT?
In any travel, it’s always best to plan ahead when is the best time to visit a certain place, so you’ll get the most out of your experience. Indonesia has a tropical climate and basically has only two seasons: Dry Season (April to October) and Monsoon Season (November to March). When visiting Indonesia, it’s best to avoid monsoon season, so visit between April to October when the weather is just perfect.
HOW TO GET TO, FROM & AROUND INDONESIA?
Lots of international airports are located all over the country, the most famous being Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang and Bali’s NgurahRai International Airport. You can also ride ferries if you’re coming from Singapore, Malaysia or the Philippines.
There’s a lot of options on how to get around Indonesia. You can book domestic flights or ride ferries to get from island to island. Ride Indonesia’s train system, hop on their minibusses and buses, travel on motorbikes or bicycles to avoid traffic.
As mentioned, Indonesia really does have so much to offer! So what are you waiting for? This beautiful country deserves a spot on your bucket list. Be sure to bring your camera along and take wonderful pictures and be ready to experience moments that will take you a lifetime to forget.
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