Where will your sense of adventure take you? Read on to discover more about intriguing Indonesia…
Sprawled across the equator between Asia and Australia, Indonesia boasts beautiful beaches, ancient temples, mountain vistas, unique cultural experiences and friendly locals.
In Java, the mighty latticed peaks of the Buddhist temple of Borobudur will sear crisp images onto the minds of all who visit. Climb Mount Bromo (in a 4x4 vehicle until you near the summit) for the mother of all sunrises – it is truly spectacular.
Volcanoes and temples pierce the skies above Sumatra too, where our rusty-coloured ape cousins swing from tree to tree. Sumatran orangutans are only found in the wild on this island. Book hotels in Medan, in North Sumatra, and make easy day trips to places such as Bukit Lawang, where you can spot these graceful creatures in their natural habitat.
The eclectic experiences on offer in Indonesia are neatly packaged up on the holiday island of Bali, which has long been the tourism darling of Indonesia. It will not take too long to understand why when you hit the perfect surf beaches and five-star hotels.
Whether you are trying nasi goreng for the first time, lapping up the sun by the sea, or reflecting on life in the serenity of a colossal temple, your Indonesian odyssey will be unforgettable.
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If you are used to holidaying in Europe then you will find that your money stretches a lot further in Indonesia. It doesn’t cost much to get around, food and drink is cheap, and you won’t need to pay over the odds to check in at a great hotel in Indonesia. This is especially true in the cities on the islands of Java and Sumatra, such as Jakarta and Bandung in West Java, and Surabaya in East Java.
It is to Bali, however, that most visitors flock. And who can blame them? Turquoise waters, white sands, paddy fields of vibrant green – the colour palette of Bali is made even more brilliant by an abundance of sunshine. That’s one reason why the majority of luxury hotels in Indonesia are located here.
Hotels in Bali are most in demand between June and October, when humidity and rainfall are lower than the rest of the year. So it is wise to book as far in advance as possible for hotel stays during this peak season. You can book hotels in Denpasar, Bali’s biggest city and home to the island airport. But most visitors travel a little further to reach the beach hotels of Kuta, Nusa Dua, Legian and Seminyak, or to enjoy the luxury trappings of Ubud, which is the cultural centre of Bali.
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Indonesia has so much to offer travellers that it would be near impossible to create a definitive list, but this is our top five…
Top five attractions
On the verdant slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali sits the impossible-looking Besakih Temple. Looking like it was elaborately carved from stalagmites, the ‘Mother Temple’, as it is also known, is the largest in Bali.
Bali National Museum
This ramshackle and slightly disorganised museum wouldn’t be the charming must-see that it most definitely is if it were all neatly arranged and clinically catalogued. It should be one of the first ports of call for anyone visiting Denpasar.
Merdeka Square in the city of Jakarta is home to this striking National Monument – a remarkable tower that can be visited between 8am and 3pm.
Bratang Flower Market
With more than 200 stalls filling the air with heady scents and a wall-to-wall kaleidoscope of colour, it is worth visiting this part of Surabaya just to give your eyes and nose a treat.
The vivid blue colour of this outstandingly beautiful lake near Bandung comes from the sulphur that rises through it. Swimming is prohibited, owing to the acidity, but seeing it should be enough to delight any visitor.
Here is a quick guide to three of Indonesia’s most interesting annual events…
Nyepi; March: No music, no dancing, no traffic, no activity; nothing. Nyepi is a Balinese holiday that is celebrated in complete silence. It’s a unique experience.
Galungan; May: The most important event on Bali’s calendar sees mesmerising displays, chanting and much celebrating as worshippers celebrate Indonesia’s gods.
Bali Arts Festival; June/July: A visual treat showcasing the artistic talents of Bali, climaxing in an enchanting, international kite festival.