Indonesia is a spectacular place in southeast Asia wedged between Australia to the south and Thailand to the north. Made up of thousands of islands, mostly volcanic, the landscape is dramatic and breathtaking. It’s a place to explore beaches, rain forests, mountains, and incredible food.
In Indonesia, there is no shortage of spectacular scenery. Take a trek in the rainforest and see orangutans in Sumatra now. There is rampant deforestation so sadly, it’s best to see them while you still can. And this is also the home to the famous komodo dragon. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO site. Go snorkeling off the coast to experience some of the most stunning coral reefs. Indonesia is also home to more than 160 volcanoes. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, there are many places to stay from huts to resorts. Consider a stay inland at Lembang Asri Resort.
With so many islands, there is a diverse array of foods to try. Indonesia cuisine, because of its unique location, also sees influences from China, India and European countries which become even more distinct near the coastal cities.
Some popular dishes that must not be missed: curries, noodles, banana leaf-wrapped fish, satay meat skewers, and nasi goreng (fried rice), known as the national dish. And no dish is complete with a dollop of spicy sambal, found on every table. Plus, do not come to Jakarta without trying some of the flavorful and fun street food. Try the Pisang Goreng Sambal Roa (Fried Banana with Chili), Kerak Telor (Spicy Omelette), and for dessert the Martabak Manis (Sweet stuffed pancake).
Bali is the most famous island in Indonesia. It’s often crowded with other travelers, but it’s because it is so beautiful. The beaches here provide something for everyone — from long stretches of sand to jagged, rocky cliffs, to world-class waves to surf. On Bali, check out Nasa Dusa with it’s luxury resorts and long stretches of golden sand. Another popular spot is the gorgeous and jagged Padang Padang, made even more famous thanks to its appearance in the film, Eat Pray Love.
Jakarta – The capital city is a must. Get lost in the hustle and bustle of this hectic city. Duck into the centuries-old National Museum of Indonesia for an amazing lesson in geology, archaeology, and history.
Mt Bromo – For the volcano lover. This active volcano is located in East Java. It’s not the largest peak here, but it’s the most well-known. From nearby mountain village, Cemoro Lawang, you can walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes. Or it is also possible to take an organized jeep tour, which includes a stop at the viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan. This viewpoint can also be reached on foot in about two hours.
Lombok – Famous and not to be missed are the Gili islands. This area is just quintessential Indo-beauty. For some adventure, trek at Gunung Rinjani or surf the great waves at coast. And don’t forget to sit on the beach and just enjoy the present and the beauty before you.