Indonesia is an incredible place to visit and it is only a two hour plane ride from Singapore. More than just Bali and beaches, the archipelago is awash with culture, music, dance and above all, life. So join us on our guide of what to see in Indonesia!
Discover Indonesia through its food scene
Indonesia has some fantastic options for eating out and the cuisine varies from place to place. Many locals eat at warungs, which are tiny restaurants (or even kiosks) serving a selection of home-cooked dishes. Some warungs are better than others, but the general rule is that it should look clean. You can eat here for less than one euro and the food is likely to be delicious, traditional and not mass-produced in the slightest. Try nasi goreng or capcay (fried rice and stir-fried vegetables).
Pura Dalem Jagaraga
This is one of the most stunning temples on Bali. The temple itself, in the north of Bali, is covered with some particularly interesting stone carvings. You can discover Bali by tracing the history of the carvings. They depict Dutch colonialism, local mythology and the history of the island. Curiously, the carvings show aeroplanes crashing into the sea and cars being driven. Considering how old the temple is, it remains unexplained as to the true significance of the carvings.
Many people now recommend Ubud as the place to visit if you want to discover Bali off the beaten track. It is extremely popular with tourists, but there is enough to do that remains original. You can enjoy a herbal walk, with a traditional Balinese healer. They will guide you through what herbs can be used to improve your health. You can also get to enjoy the wonder of Ubud’s countryside. The rice fields of Jatiluwah are also unmissable. If you decide to visit here, try restaurants that are close to the paddies. They often allow you to pick your own vegetables to be cooked and eaten.
Munduk Hill Station
Munduk appears to be from an altogether different time, as it is shrouded in mist. The station itself is surrounded by rice terraces, plus coffee, tea and vanilla plantations. There are plenty of hiking routes here and you can enjoy a stroll around an area that has been largely ignored by tourism. Many of the plantations have hotel resorts and also offer activities, such as horse-riding, trekking or workshops based on their product. It is worth joining in just to get a glimpse of local life and how the world’s favorite beverages are produced.
Jakarta is the largest city in South-East Asia and is also the capital of the Indonesian archipelago. Over 9 million people live in the city and its suburbs, making it one of the most populated cities on Earth. It is also one of the most interesting places to visit in Indonesia. Whilst the city can seem overwhelming, it has much to offer by way of tourism. Merdeka Square is a must-see. This large plaza is one of the places where you can relax and it houses a deer enclosure. There are also plenty of street food vendors where you can try some delicious local cuisine. From here, the Museum Nasional is also another top spot to visit in Indonesia. This is by far one of the best museums in Indonesia and has some excellent Sumatran relics. Tours can be arranged, but there is a wealth of treasures to see if you decide to go it alone. The ethnography section is one of the best in the world and has some beautifully preserved costumes.
Komodo National Park
This may seem like a strange choice but it is one visit to Indonesia that you will not regret. The park is in the Lesser Sunda islands and includes three islands itself. The park´s main aim is to protect the komodo dragon, but now it also acts a preservation centre for many other animals. The park itself is a World Heritage site and is a natural wonder. Thanks to the biodiversity on the island, it is the perfect place to practice a variety of water sports. Scuba and snorkelling are the most popular. You can also enjoy boat tours around the islands, spotting the wildlife along the way. The park has become famous in recent years for ecotourism, which aims to make the park self-sufficient. So, if you fancy some time off the beaten track and relaxing among nature, the Komodo park is the best place for you to visit in Indonesia.