I recently spent a couple of days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of the Indonesian Tourism Office’s media famil “Trip of Wonders”. While in th...
Indonesia is so much more than just Bali, although it is easy to forget that there are around 14,000 other islands to discover. In fact, Bali is a bit of an oddity within the archipelago, as Hinduism is playing a much greater role here than anywhere else in Indonesia where Islam is the dominating religion.
But limiting your views of Indonesia to Bali only, as pretty as it may be, would be a bad choice. There is so much more to see and do here. From a rich artistic culture to great food sourced directly from the Indian Ocean, from dramatic volcanic landscapes to dreamy remote beaches somewhere in the middle of nowhere, from cheap backpacker options to luxury resorts with everything you ever dreamed of, it’s easy to lose yourself in the kaleidoscope of colours and impressions.
Other islands to consider for a trip to Indonesia include Lombok with the outlying Gili islands and Flores which is also the gateway to the Komodo National Park. A vivid party scene in the beach resorts such as Kuta and Seminyak, and a busting city life in metropolitan Jakarta, both contrasting with rural landscapes of romantic rice terraces and lush rainforests inhabited by monkeys – Indonesia is a country of diversity and contrast.
Swim with the mantas, visit orang-utans in the wild, or come really close to a Komodo dragon, there’s a lot to take in for adventurers as well.