Most of us have heard of Bali, right? It’s a place that is mentioned so often when talking about Indonesia that you may wonder what else the country has to offer. On my trip to wonderful Indonesia, we went beyond Bali to discover other lessor known treasures.
Indonesia is a culturally diverse country, one place on earth where nature and culture blend to create a long lasting impression. It is a home to around 300 ethnic groups and 700 languages and most importantly it is the only country across the globe which has over 17,000 amazing islands. Though Bali is the most well known of these islands, the beauty and memorable things to do in Indonesia goes beyond this main tourist destination.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago located in Papua and consists of 1,500 islands. It is one of the most isolated group of islands in the world, and it’s a dream destination for divers, there are more than 530 species of corals and around 700 species of mollusk.
READ MORE: Raja Ampat Bucket List: 7 Things to Do
Bandung in west java which is also known as Paris of Java, it consist of beautiful views and is in true sense a surreal beauty for scenery lovers. It is a place where you can relax at Dusun Bambu Family Park, immerse yourself with the friendly locals and even take a thrilling off-roading adventure.
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Lombok is best known for the Gili islands, three desert islands surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and pretty boats. Whatever your pleasure, these tiny atolls can deliver — partying, relaxing or an array of water sports. Gili Trawangan is the most visited of the trio where you won’t be deprived of cocktail bars, trendy restaurants and quaint little shops.
Yogyakarta in central java is the hub of arts and culture and consists of amazing history dating back to ninth century. Temples and archaeological sites grace the area. Catching sunrise at Borobudur Temple and sunset at Ratu Boko is a must! If you have the opportunity, also take a batik making workshop where you will learn the basic of this wax-resist dyeing technique.
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Indonesia is not only the destination for visitors who want to relax on the popular island of Bali, but it’s also the best holiday destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to explore other areas.
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My visit to Indonesia was hosted by Wonderful Indonesia. All opinions are my own.