Rice field in Indonesia

The joys of Indonesia

Welcome to a land of vivid contrasts, where the old coexists gracefully with the new, and nature’s splendour leaves travellers breathless. Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Luckily many of which are tiny so you don’t have to worry about fitting them all in! But these islands beckon with an irresistible allure. As I embark on this unforgettable journey through the heart of Southeast Asia, I invite you to explore along with me. I’ll be exploring the mesmerising tapestry of cultures, landscapes, and traditions that define this captivating nation.

From the bustling streets of Jakarta, where the pulse of modernity reverberates in harmony with age-old customs, to the pristine beaches of Bali, where turquoise waters caress sun-kissed shores. Each moment promised a revelation. Indonesia’s landscapes are a canvas painted with breathtaking diversity – the emerald rice terraces of Ubud, the otherworldly volcanic terrain of Bromo, and the lush rainforests of Sumatra. Each a home to rare and exotic wildlife.

The nature and people of Indonesia

You’re in for a treat if you love nature. Indonesia lays claim to over 140 volcanoes, more than half of which are considered “active”. Many of these volcanoes are in an area known as “The Ring of Fire”. This is an place where a active volcanoes has formed in a chain. In fact I was lucky enough to climb an active volcano during my visit. An early morning hiking up Mount Batur to see the sunrise from the top.

Beyond its natural wonders, Indonesia’s soul lies in its people. Their warmth and hospitality will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Delight in the rhythmic movements of traditional dance, savour the rich flavours of Indonesian cuisine, and partake in colourful festivals that celebrate the nation’s heritage.

Although Indonesian is by far the most spoken language, there are over 700 languages spoken across the country. You can learn a few local phrases though, just stick to Indonesian and you’ll be understood everywhere.

My first steps in Indonesia

I have wanted to visit Asia for as long as I can remember. It was a difficult choice deciding where to go first as there’s some fierce competition. Each destination offering vistas that are each unique but equally stunning. I opted for Indonesia, specifically Bali to visit first. However I would be stopping off for a layover in Singapore for a few days. Reflecting on my trip I am glad I chose Indonesia. And now having had a taste of Asia, I am even more excited to return and explore more.

Join me as I set out on this extraordinary odyssey through the essence of Indonesia. I hope to inspire you as I navigate through a land where beauty and wonder await at every turn. As always I will be embracing as much of the local culture as possible. Diving headfirst into nature, eating as well as learning to cook the local cuisine, and learning about their beliefs from the many temples. Let the adventure begin!

Indonesia Guides

Link to Bali travel guide

Arranging your trip

Below I have attached links to popular booking sites like Get Your Guide and to make it easier for you to arrange your own Indonesian adventure. By booking through any of the links I may receive a commission which helps support the blog.

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