There’s a good deal more to Indonesia vacations than beautiful beaches, water sports, and economical colorful markets – but there doesn’t have to be. If Indonesia holiday-makers look past these tropical treats they will come across a lush jungle wilderness at Sumatra, the gateway into a rich historical culture at Borobudurcommunities and communities with thriving conventional lifestyles. And that is all without having to leave the main island, Java.
Every one of Indonesia’s 17,000 smaller islands has its temples beyond the surf and sand, and most Indonesia vacations allow for some time’offshore’, staying perennial favorite Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Lombok, or one of those Gilis or other small resort islands.
Many international flights land in Jakarta, therefore most Indonesia holidays start on Java, an island of still smoking volcanoes rising from abundant jungles as well as historical culture. Of course, the coastline has many likely looking shore resorts if that is what your Indonesia holiday is about, but Java’s highlights are more for culture vultures than beach bums.
If you’re on a tight schedule, hop a plane directly to Yogyakarta, which has temples glancing out from between its more modern Dutch temples and mature Muslim architecture. This is the best place to stay when visiting the superbly maintained, the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, and nearby Prambanan, a massive Hindu complex. These two spiritual monuments deserve at least a day of your Indonesia holiday each, Prambanan, in its prime, was a city of temples and religious buildings, although many remain just as ruins there is still a lot to see. The Telaga Warna Colour Lake and Sikidang Crater are a driveway out of town towards Dieng Plateau if you would be interested in watching another Hindu temple complex, also among the best surfing areas in Indonesia, G-Land can be attained by jungle trek from Yogyakarta.
From Yogyakarta heading farther inland leads into the heavy teak woods and moist rice paddies, and eventually to Mount Penanjakan, which can be thought to possess one of their most beautiful sunrise displays in the world. If you make it up for the sunrise you need to keep on, over an unusually put sand sea, then to Bromo Volcano. From there Surabaya Airport is a couple of hours drive and from there you can catch a flight to Denpasar, Bali.
Indonesia Holiday Extras
If your Indonesia holiday is all about seeing the jungles and fulfilling some of the unique wildlife, and not just the colorful marine life, subsequently Camp Leakey, a rehab facility for orphaned orangutans, constructed in the Tanjung Puting National Park, or even the Komodo Dragon island could possibly be worth factoring into your Indonesia holiday itinerary.
Indonesia’s Traditional Cultures
If stories of those previous cultures and lifestyles still thriving in Indonesia’s highlands have beguiled you in National Geographic, then visit the longhouses around Lake Toba, or spend some time in a few of those communities at the Baliem Valley – also a prime hiking destination, the Mentawai Islands or the Jayawijaya Mountains, during your Indonesia holiday. Some of those communities you can visit for a day by walking into their own villages, but some you can arrange to remain in: a fairly distinctive experience when compared with the town lifestyle of Jakarta’s inhabitants.
All these highlights can be blended with days or hours on the shore for the perfect, individualized Indonesian holiday cocktail – among those exotic, vibrant ones you drink out of a whole piece of fruit as they serve at the beach bars here.