A country that consisting of more than 17,000 islands with hundreds of ethnic groups. It is having a dizzying mosaic of culture, with history that dates back to the prehistoric era. Indonesia is a mystical land famous for its beautiful beaches and volcanic geographic structures. Amid being surrounded by volcanoes, the primordial jungles became many exotic wildlife species, such as Komodo Dragon, Sunda Rhino, Sumatran Tiger, and certain amphibians’ species.
Population: 253 million
Capital City: Jakarta (10,187 million)
People: Javanese, Sundanese, Matay, Madurese, Batak, Minankabau, Bantenese, Banjarese, Balinese and more.
Language: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, Javanese, and other local dialects.
Currency: Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
International Dialing Code: +62
People, History & Culture.
The Indonesia national motto, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, define their unique diversity and cohesive national pride of indonesia people. The population from 17,000 islands combines to make it the fourth most populated country in the world. Indonesia’s long history struggling to gain independence from colonialism united and maintained entirely distinct cultures, and language of the native people. At year 1945, colonial ruler established Bahasa Indonesia as the national language. Yet, there are still 700 languages spoken throughout the country.
Destinations, Tours & Hotels
Touted as the Island of the Gods, Bali is an island and province in Indonesia, which is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island. Bali is the home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. A world-renowned tourist destination, Bali is famous for its richness in culture, beautiful beaches, as well as its highly-developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music. Being part of the Coral Triangle—an area with the highest biodiversity of marine species.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most iconic temples, perched on top of a huge rock and surrounded by the big blue sea. The temple pays homage to the guardian spirits of the sea and is one of Bali’s more significant sea temples. Tanah Lot also offers a gorgeous view of sunset.
Ubud Rice Terraces
Ubud is famous for its scenic rice terraces, and among the most well-known paddy fields is located just up north from the main Ubud centre — along the Tegallalang road. During your tour, you can also visit roadside stalls and art shops with many curious offerings, as well as restaurants with a view to kill.
Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is one of the most important archaeological sites in Bali. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud, Goa Gajah’s relic-filled courtyard offer a breathtaking view the rock-wall carvings, a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains.
Tirta Empul Temple
Pura Tirta Empul is a sacred spring that is said to have been created by Indra, the Hindu King of the Gods. Today, for more than a thousand years, Balinese worshippers are still making regular pilgrimages to the spring, which is believed to have curative properties.
Gunung Kawi is one of Bali’s largest and oldest ancient monuments, located amidst the lush green river valley of Tampaksiring. This 11th century consists of 10 candi (shrines) memorials that are cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. It is believed that each candi is built as a memorial to a member of the Balinese royalty of the said era.
ALAYA Hotel & Resorts
With 105 luxurious rooms. Alaya Resort Ubud is a sanctuary of serenity and sophistication in culturally charged village of Ubud in Bali. The hotel has been built with rare sensitivity towards the surrouding environment and shares its rice terrace views with a number of the communities’ local independent cafes and eateries. This exotic boutique property offers guests a stylish place to stay that reflects Ubud’s and Bali’s unique artistry.
Famous for its exhilarating cultural scene, Ubud is oozing with artistic vibes — from traditional crafts and dances to paintings and decors. For the foodie and coffee lovers, Ubud also has an eclectic range of restaurants and cafes where you can hang out and meet other travelers. Located in the uplands of Bali, Ubud’s beautiful landscape is covered by pristine rainforests and scenic rice terraces that can be explored on a mountain bike. Ubud also houses ancient Hindu temples and shrines with intricate architectures, such as Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Gunung Kawi (Kawi Mountain).
Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
Set in the jungle, this Hindu temple complex is famous for the macaque monkeys who call it home
Get artsy at the Agung Rai Museum of Art
The Agung Rai Museum of Art is the hub of all things artistic in Bali, including the venue of the Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF)
Take a bike tour
There’s no better way to drink in the verdant greeneries and experience the rustic charm of Ubud other than by touring on two wheels!
Take a cooking class
Explore the gastronomic delights of Ubud firsthand by taking a cooking class with the locals
Ubud is steeped in age-old culture and tradition. It is the ultimate place for culture vultures looking for an eclectic experience. Take part in annual festivals such as Galungan or Nyepi when you have the chance.
HOTEL TJAMPUHAN & SPA
A legendary hotel in Ubud since 1928, Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa has inspired numerous local and foreign artists alike, including German painter, Walter Spies. This hotel has also provided a tranquil environment for visiting luminaries long before the days of tourism. Today, this legendary hotel in Ubud proudly encompasses a collection of traditioinally styled bungalaws, guestrooms and the original home of Walter Spies in a timeless landscape of natural Balinese beauty.
A peaceful bucolic town on the north of the Balinese coastline, west of Singaraja city, Lovina is a relatively new town that is synonymous with diving, snorkeling, fishing and dolphin-watching. Imbued in an air of delightful serenity, Lovina is the perfect place to go for a relaxing vacation with your family. Lovina is also known as one of the few places with black sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Other than watersports and beach frolics, Lovina also offers great trekking and sightseeing opportunities with its beautiful rice terraces, historical Buddhist temples and natural hot springs.
Take a dip in the Banjar Hot Springs
Surrounded by traditional Balinese temple-like architecture and carvings, the Banjar sacred hot springs is one of Bali’s most beautiful geothermal baths
Hike up to the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most spectacular cascades, and less touristy, as it takes a bit of effort to reach
Make a pilgrimage to the Brahmavihara Arama Buddhist Temple
Featuring pretty gardens, meditation rooms and a pastiche of Buddhist styles, this temple makes a restful detour for the restless soul
Hit the beach
Famous for its beaches, one can never make a visit to Lovina without experiencing one of its many beautiful beaches!
Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of Lovina, dolphin-watching is a must for all visitors.
A popular hub amongst European tourists, Sanur is a tranquil beachside town, which is situated between Ngurah Rai road and the main road. This beautiful town can be explored on a bicycle, along the 5-kilometer beachfront cycling track. Sanur is also famous for its local spas where you can spend a day pampering and decompressing. Like almost all of the towns in Bali, Sanur also offers a wealth of dive sites with exciting seascapes to be explored. Otherwise, if scuba diving is not your cuppa, opt to do other watersports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding.
Sample Balinese street food
There’s plenty of cheap, fresh and delicious street food available at the Sanur Night Market every evening from around 5pm
Enjoy a stroll along the Sanur beachwalk
The Sanur beachwalk stretches for over six kilometres from Sanur to Mertasari, offering plenty to see along the way
Try out stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
A great core exercise that lets you practice your balance, SUP-ping is great for outdoor recreation and sightseeing, a bit like walking on water
Bali is a huge yoga hub, so if you’re eager to try, you’re at the right place!
Sanur has an abundance of art shops selling carved wooden statues, cheap clothing and other knick knacks. Perfect place to find souvenirs and gifts
FAIRMONT SANUR BEACH BALI
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is a world-clas all-suite-and-villa luxury resort set amidst four hectares of lush tropical gardens. Only 25 minutes’ drive-away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the property is located along 200 meters of golden beach in Sanur district. Once a fishing village, today’s Sanur is bursting with historical charm and a hub for Balinese art, culture and tradition, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Boasting some of the most breathtaking beaches in Bali, Seminyak has some of the most glorious sunsets in Indonesia. A popular honeymoon destination, Seminyak also serves as the biggest spa and boutique shopping hub in Bali. Decidedly, Seminyak is one of the more upmarket destinations in Bali and it attracts many affluent tourists to its shores — kachingg!! While dropping in for a spa treatment and lounging by the beach are two of Seminyak’s national pastimes, you can also go bungee jumping here. Just make sure your heart is healthy and is up for the challenge!
Indulge in affordable massages
There are so many affordable massage places in Seminyak! Be sure to ask around for the best ones
Enjoy a cocktail at the Rock Bar
The Rock Bar is a great bar located by the edge of a cliff, overlooking an ocean in Uluwatu, some 30 minutes away from Seminyak. The bar offers breathtaking views and an even spectacular sunset!
Spoil yourself with the best facial in Bali!
Just like massages, facial salons are aplenty in Seminyak! We recommend the anti aging oxygen facial at The Esthetic Beauty Salon
Get into the clubbing scene
For partygoers, Seminyak has some of the most happening club scenes in Bali! Check out clubs like Cocoon, Potato head and Ku De Ta
Get a piece of customised leather clothing and accessories
If you’re a fan of leather, Seminyak offers highly affordable custom made-to-order leather goods, from biker jackets and handbags to purses and belts.
The beautiful islands of Gili are made up of three islets, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Islands are located near the coastline of Lombok Island’s northwest, each of which are blessed with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, as well as their well-preserved dive sites. A popular activity to do while in Gili is snorkeling with the sea turtles and visiting the turtle hatchery farm at Gili Trawangan. For fans of watersports and island-hopping, you can opt to go stand up paddling (SUP) or kayaking. You can also learn to surf and discover the underwater world on the glass-bottom boat.
One of the most popular activities in Gili, thanks to the gorgeous dive sites all around
Get those SPF50s ready for some serious island-hopping fun! There’s no beach like the beaches in Gili!
Surf’s up! Gili is the perfect place to hang ten if you’re a surfing enthusiast, or even take some lessons if you’d like to start
Touring in a glass-bottom boat
If you don’t like getting your hair wet while exploring the underwater world, this is how you go about it
Hike up to the Gili Trawangan viewpoint
The Gili Trawangan viewpoint is the highest point of the island where you can have a superb view on the other Gili Islands, Lombok with the Mount Rinjani and Bali with the Mount Agung
Located in the east of Bali, the island of Lombok is one of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. Lombok is a popular island holiday and surfing spot, especially for travellers who are looking for a quieter alternative to Bali. Lombok is also famous for its pristine dive sites and beautiful coral reefs. For fans of mountaineering, Mount Rinjani — the second highest volcano in Indonesia — is a definite must-see! Another one of Lombok’s main highlights is Senggigi Beach, which offers plenty of delicious eats and vibrant night life experience. Accommodation-wise, there are also plenty of beachfront villas to choose from for a luxurious island holiday stay.
Conquer Mount Rinjani
Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and is one of the highlights of Lombok
Experience nightlife at Senggigi beach
Senggigi beach is a great place to experience the vibrant nightlife and local food scene
Go jungle trekking at the Pusuk Monkey Forest
Get up close and personal with nature (and primates) at the Pusuk Monkey Forest, but do take care of your belongings while at it!
Trek to the Tiu Kelep Waterfall
In the hills of Lombok you can find a lot of waterfalls. The setting is beautiful, with lush tropical jungle surrounding the falls.
Lounge on the Selong Belanak Beach
The beaches of South Lombok are picture postcard-beautiful and are less touristy than in the rest of Bali
Nestled within the Lesser Sunda Islands, Komodo Island is probably known to be home of the Komodo National Park, which is also home to the 3-meter long Komodo dragon monitor lizard — the largest species of monitor lizard in the world! Komodo Island is distinguished by its rusty red volcanic hills, savannah and forest areas. The island is one of the most renowned scuba diving destinations in Southeast Asia and is famous for its gorgeous landscape. Komodo Island is also known for its pink sand beach — one of only seven of its kind in the world.
Hike up to the top of Padar Island
Once you’ve reached the top of Padar Island, you’ll be rewarded with a mind-blowing view of its three different colored beaches: a pink sand beach, a black sand beach, and a white sand beach
Go manta-spotting at the Manta Points
The Manta Points in Komodo Island are the spots where you’ll get the best chances to encounter a Manta Ray
Explore the Komodo Island National Park
The Komodo Island National Park is not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also one of the New 7 World Wonders of Nature!
Trek to the Cunca Waterfall
If you have a non-boat tour day and are looking for interesting adventures near Labuan Bajo, the Cunca Waterfall is a must see
Take a selfie on the pink sand beaches!
Komodo Island is one of the few rare places where the pink sand beaches are found. Don’t miss this while you’re there!