More than 17,000 islands, of which only about 8000 are inhabited. Over 300 languages spoken. That is Indonesia: A beguiling country offering countless adventures. Situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Indonesia has many magnificent islands to explore. It is a land of many cultures, people, animals, customs, plants, sights, artworks and foods with a unique and diverse landscape.
How to get there by plane?
Depending on which island you want to visit there are many airports to choose from. Most popular ones are Denpasar International Airport (Bali) and Jakarta International Airport.
How to get there by land?
Although Indonesia shares a border with Malaysia, it seems to be easier and safer to enter the country by airplane. It also is quite hard to find decent information about entering the country this way. Between Singapore and Indonesia good ferry connections are available, so you could also travel over sea.
For many nationalities Indonesian tourist (and transit) visas are issued on arrival at major airports and seaports in Indonesia. A visa usually is valid for up to 30 days, but can be extended locally. There is no fee or charge for getting the visa in the first place and although we heard of some stories where people were charged to leave the country, we did not experience something like this.
The Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavor. With more than 300 ethnic groups living within Indonesia many regional cuisines exist, often based upon indigenous culture and foreign influences. Indonesian cuisine varies greatly by region and often includes rice, noodle and soup dishes as well as street-side snacks and top-dollar plates.
How To Travel: Bali
Located on the southern tip of Bali you will find the Bukit Peninsula, a large limestone peninsula just south of Denpasar International Airport. This area not only includes the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, but also a number of Bali’s very best beaches and top surfing spots.
Northwest of Kuta and Seminyak you will find the small village Canggu. This beach and rice field area is famous for its awesome surf, a vivid bar, club and restaurant scene, amazing rice field views and some fancy private villa rentals.
The famous arts and crafts hub Ubud is located in central Bali. It is a place for cultural and spiritual experiences far away from the party and the beaches of Kuta. Ubud can be considered as the cultural center of whole Bali.
How To Travel: Lombok
The coastal town of Kuta lies in the south of Lombok island. As Kuta has some of the best surfing in the world most tourists come because of this reason. The whole place is still quite laid-back and so far managed to keep its sleepy, natural character as a typical fishing village.
On the west coast of Lombok you will find Senggigi. Although this small town can be considered as the main tourism hub and also most developed tourism area of whole Lombok, it is still very laid-back and not as large and busy as other tourism centers.
The Tanjung area is strongly dominated by the majesty of Mt Rinjani and the surrounding mountain ranges, offering stunning landscapes for travelers who like to go “off the beaten path”. Furthermore you will be super close to the Gili islands and Bangsal harbor is only a 20 min ride away,
The closes island to Lombok, Gili Air, is a gem of a spot that allows you to sample the best of both worlds of the Gili islands: It has the relaxing charm of Gili Meno and a bit of the nightlife of Gili Trawangan.
Set between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, the spiritual and relaxing island of love, is the real escape to paradise with vacant stretches of beaches where you can relax under coconut trees. Like on the other Gilis you can also fill your day with activities like snorkeling, diving, surfing or just by taking in the tranquil views.
Gili Trawangan, also known as “the party island”, continues to cater to the party crowd. But that is not to say that the original charms are gone. The perfect white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and laid-back island style are still to be found.