Indonesia Holidays, With a few Ideas and Guides to Traveling Around Indonesia
There's A LOT more to Indonesia holidays than beautiful beaches, aquatic events and cheap colourful markets -- but there needn't be. If Indonesia holiday-makers look beyond these tropical treats they'll look for a lush jungle wilderness in Sumatra, the gateway with a rich ancient culture at Borobudur, and communities with thriving traditional lifestyles. And that's all while not having to leave the primary island, Java.
Every one of Indonesia's 17,000 smaller island has its own treasures after dark surf and sand, and a lot Indonesia holidays enable a little while 'off shore', staying on perennial favourite Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Lombok, a treadmill in the Gilis or any other small resort islands.
indonesia travel tips
Most international flights land in Jakarta, so most Indonesia holidays begin on Java, an island of still smoking volcanoes rising beyond fertile jungles and and ancient culture. Or course the coastline has lots of likely looking beach resorts you might need what your Indonesia holiday is approximately, but Java's highlights tend to be more for culture vultures than beach bums.
Should you be over a tight schedule, hop a plane straight to Yogyakarta, which includes temples peeking out of between its more modern Dutch forts and older Muslim architecture. This is actually the number 1 place to be when seeing the beautifully preserved, ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, and nearby Prambanan, a massive Hindu complex. These two religious monuments deserve at least per day of one's Indonesia holiday each, Prambanan, in their prime, was almost an urban area of smaller temples and religious buildings, despite the fact that many remain only as ruins there's still a great see. The Telaga Warna Colour Lake and Sikidang Crater really are a drive on vacation towards Dieng Plateau should you want to consider seeing another Hindu temple complex, then one of the best surfing spots in Indonesia, G-Land can also be reached by jungle trek away from Yogyakarta.
If you have added time on your Indonesia holiday, travel overland from Jakarta to Yogyakarta via Bandung to the Bogor Botanical Gardens, tea plantations, the Lembang Fruit market as well as the Tangkuban Perahu Volcano and Ciater Hotspring. From Yogyakarta heading further inland leads to the heavy teak forests and moist rice paddies, and in the end to Mount Penanjakan, which is believed to get one of the extremely beautiful sunrise displays on the globe. If you make it down to the sunrise you should continue on, over an unusually placed sand sea, to Bromo Volcano. After that Surabaya Airport is a hours drive and from that point it is possible to catch a flight to Denpasar, Bali.
Indonesia holiday Extras
In case your Indonesia holiday is around seeing the jungles and meeting some of the unique wildlife, and not the colorful marine life, then Camp Leakey, a rehabilitation facility for orphaned orangutans, included in the Tanjung Puting National Park, or perhaps the Komodo Dragon island may be worth factoring into the Indonesia holiday itinerary.
Indonesia's Traditional Cultures
If stories of the old cultures and lifestyles still thriving in Indonesia's highlands have beguiled you in National Geographic, then check out the long houses around Lake Toba, or spend some time with a communities in the Baliem Valley - and a prime hiking destination, the Mentawai Islands or even the Jayawijaya Mountains, on your Indonesia holiday. Some communities you can visit to get a day by walking in to their villages, however some it is possible to decide to be in: a reasonably unique experience in comparison with the city lifestyle of Jakata's population.
These highlights cam be combined with hours or days for the beach for that perfect, individualised Indonesian holiday cocktail -- some of those exotic, colourful ones you drink beyond a complete piece of fruit like they serve from the beach bars here.