10 Tips for the Ultimate Indonesia Vacation


Indonesia is a country rich in tropical beauty. From active volcanoes to the second-largest tropical forest in the world, there is so much to explore and discover. If you're planning a trip to Indonesia, here are some tips to make the most out of your ultimate vacation. 

1. Plan Your Travel Around Indonesia

Indonesia is home to over 17,000 islands so you could visit Indonesia every year for the rest of your life and still find new places to explore. The diversity of Indonesian culture and its landscape is what makes it so special. With so many places to visit, it's wise to plan your journey in advance. Taking a fast boat from Bali to Nusa Penida may only last about 30 minutes, but if you want to travel from Sumatra to Papua, the journey will last over 10 hours. Indonesia is a massive country and that's why it helps to have a plan before you leave.

2. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. People from all over the world visit Bali to refresh their mind and body. Bali features exotic beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests. While you'll want to spend time exploring the outdoors, be sure not to miss cultural traditions exposed in many of the Balinese dance and music shows. Choose to stay near the beach in one of many Seminyak villas that offer comfort and luxury. Bali is a special treat that will leave you breathless.

2. Borobudur Temple

When you visit Indonesia, don't miss visiting the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Borobudur was built in the 9th century and is an architectural marvel and masterpiece. It was created without the use of cement or mortar and houses over a thousand narrative relief panels for the pilgrimage journey of Buddhist followers.

3. The Art of Batik

Batik is a traditional Indonesian cloth still worn by many Indonesians today. The process of creating intricate designs involves the use of wax and dyes. Be sure you make a stop in Java where the practice originated and is still taught.

4. Mount Merapi

While you're in Java, take a hike on Mount Merapi, an active volcano that rises nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. Legend has it the volcano was created by the rise and fall of the Mataram Empire, which lasted from 752 to 1045 AD. 

5. Nasi Goreng and Satay

The cuisine of Indonesia is going to be a big part of your cultural experience. Be sure to order a plate of Nasi Goreng and satay, which are known by Americans as friend rice and skewered chicken. Influenced by early trade with China, this dish is a national favorite and has become popular in other countries as well. 

6. Papua, Indonesia

If you want to see a cultural tradition that lives on, visit the Dani tribe in Papua. If you time it right you'll get to experience the fertility festival in which Dani clansmen wage mock wears donned in tribal clothing, weapons, and even penis sheaths. 

7. Kalimantan, Indonesia

If you've ever desired to swim with jellyfish, Kalimantan is only one of two places in the world to do so with four stingless varieties. Go ahead and touch them, as they are completely harmless, yet amazing.

8. Komodo Dragons

Komodo, Indonesia is the only place in the world to see these prehistoric-appearing giant lizards. Watch from a safe distance as the Komodo dragons hunt prey. If you visit during December and January, you may get to see a fight as the males battle for their right to mate.

9. Sumatra Tigers

Sumatra tigers once thrived in Indonesia along with two other species that are now extinct. The Sumatra is also in danger of becoming extinct. Conservation efforts are underway at Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation in Sumatra, Indonesia.

10. Shopping

Before you go home, stop over in Bali one more time to pick up some hand-crafted souvenirs. Local artisans create dazzling yet affordable items including wood carvings, Batik fabric and paintings, and intricately designed silver jewelry. While you're at it, be sure to pick up extra for your family and friends. 

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