” Any recommendation of places to go in Indonesia? “
That questions once came out from me. I am Indonesian but yet I had a very little knowledge about places to go around Indonesia. I did go to some places in Indonesia when I was younger or even much younger – like when I was still in primary school? The biggest trip I had then was going overland to Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Bali, with my family joining a group tour. That time I was still staying in my hometown, Medan and I can’t remember how did I get there to Jakarta – by flight I suppose? Or by sea?
And now, it was only about three years ago, I was having that urge to see what my own country has to offer out of sudden. Yeap, that’s the beginning of Indonesia Explorer [IDE] Travel Group. Since then, on and off, I have been visiting places that I never thought I would have a chance to. Meanwhile, I also received numerous messages whether from friends or friend-to-be or strangers that happened to read my blog asking the same question that I had in the past – recommended places to go in Indonesia. I was happy to receive such messages.
You know that feeling of being asked a similar questions again and again for a period of time? Sometimes I just feel like want to copy and paste my answer from one message to another. I am bad, I know. But I never did that as I appreciate people who spare their time to message me. Haha, love you guys! 😉 So, to ease that bad feeling or in a more professional way to say – to be more effective and efficient, I think it would be much better if I put it on my blog about Top 5 Places You Should Visit in Indonesia, especially if you are first-timer. Not one, it is alright, too!
Where Should I Start From?
First of all, Indonesia may still be considered as a developing country and still left behind in some ways compared to its neighbouring countries. But well, that what makes Indonesia unique. You may still expect to see untouched natures in Indonesia with the friendly locals, good food, rich cultures, and so on.
I have not been all around Indonesia yet and what I am going to share is based on my past few years travelling experiences around Indonesia – my version in random order. I choose a few places below and indicate for first-timer with consideration of the uniqueness of the places and also facilities that available on the area. So, here you go – My version of the top 5 of places in Indonesia you should visit:
Bali has been one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia for as long as I can remember. Even some people probably ever heard of Bali but not Indonesia. The natures and cultures in Bali Island have attracted visitors from all over the world to come and spend their holiday there. Because of its long history of tourism, many of the places have been developed well which I think it is a good starting point for you who have not been to Indonesia before.
Bali may be considered as a small island among other islands in Indonesia but myself who have been there several times always found new places to explore on my every visit. Either beaches, mountains, lakes, foods, not forget to mention strong cultures and traditions, all can be found here in Bali.
2. Mount Bromo
When people ask me where to go hiking for the first-timer. I don’t know why but Mount Bromo always comes out in my mind right away as the first recommendation. Probably because we don’t really need to hike to get to the crater although it does require an amount of motivation to walk for some distance in the middle of the desert-like area. Not yet climbing about 250 steps up to the crater rim that obviously quite physically demanding. But not to worry, there are few small resting spaces along with the steps.
But then again, for those who can’t walk long, may opt for a horse ride to get to the possible nearest point to the crater before the steps. Yes, you still can’t get rid of those little steps to the crater rim but at least by doing so, it helps you to save your energy to climb later on.
3. Mount Ijen
I am a die-hard probably for this place. I have been to Mount Ijen three times and I am still fascinating with the place every time I go. Starting from the hike to the turquoise crater lake and then witnessing the blue fire flame with my own eyes, all are amazing experiences. However, to enjoy this place, it requires a little bit more of our stamina because we need to hike about 3 km up to reach the top of the mountain. The path is steep all along the way and only about the last 100 m to 200 m is flat ground.
But, is it doable by everyone? Yeap, definitely. Now the locals even come up with an idea to provide a trolley kind of transport service to bring you up or down for those who need support to complete the mission in visiting Mount Ijen.
4. Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is not a park with all trees and greens like we usually see but rather a park which consist of three major islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar Island with the rest of smaller islands around the area. Jurassic Land, that’s how some people call this place because of the hills that somehow will remind us of the “Jurassic World” movie. It is one of my most favourite destinations so far.
I usually spend at least one night on the sailing boat to visit Komodo or Rinca island for the famous giant lizard that can only be found in Komodo National park. Then head to Padar Island where we can hike up to the top for the breathtaking view that we can’t find it elsewhere. We will also stop by a few snorkelling spots around the islands and if you do dive, Komodo National Park is famous for its diving spot, too.
5. Mount Kelimutu
Mount Kelimutu is a volcano located close to the small town of Moni in central Flores island in Indonesia. This mountain has three crater lakes that each lake shows a different colour depending on the month. Nowhere else we could find scene like this, so do you need me to state more reasons for coming here?
The sensation of seeing the sunrise here is quite different with other places especially when the fogs come around, the feeling can be dreamy. The way going up to the sunrise viewing point is quite easy with pavement and steps built almost along the way. So, there is no reason for not coming here.
• • •
That’s it. This list may be updated in the future as I travel more and discover more places in Indonesia. For sure, if you plan to travel to Indonesia, whether it is your first time visiting or not, you shall not miss the five places I mentioned above.
P.S: If you are keen on those places above, feel free to contact me for upcoming available schedule or request for a private trip.
Have you been to Indonesia? If you have not, which places stated above that you would like to visit the most? Or if you have, do you think there is any other places not listed above that should be added into the list? I would love to hear from you. 🙂