Indonesia Travel Guides for Backpackers

Nuvasa Bay: A Sweet Spot in Batam Riau, Indonesia

Looking at it now, Batam Riau seems to be one of the fastest-growing tourism spots in Indonesia. No doubt it still isn’t very famous now… but it still grows at an unbelievably tremendous rate. How? Simple. It is an island about 30 kilometers from Singapore- a nation which happens to be one of the most developed and also among the top 25 most visited places in the world. That makes Batam Riau a sweet tourist paradise for the residents there- away from the hustle and bustle. Just around half a century ago, Batam Riau was almost non-existing. Well, maybe not […]
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Travel Guide to Bali: An Exuberant Holiday Destination

You may have been to a lot of vibrant and exotic places in the world but Bali is one of those places where one can make indelible memories with the natural wonders of the country loaded with warm-hearted people and delectable cuisine. However, being a paradise for nature lovers, this place has to offer a lot more than one can expect. This small island is a part of the magnificent country, Indonesia, which has the potential for peaceful living and audacious adventures that make it a quintessential holiday destination for travellers. Therefore, here are some awesome must-visit holiday destinations and […]
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Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

What makes Bali so unique from the rest of the vacation spots is that it’s an ideal location for all kinds of people. By all kinds, I mean people who wish to stay idle and stretch their feet to the warm sun by the beach or those who like to explore and travel around. It’s also ideal for those who love all kinds of water sports. It’s obvious! Bali is known for its varieties in water sports. But of course, Bali is really recognized for its lifestyle and tradition. So before you regret about it, there are quite a few things […]
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Places to Visit in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, also known as Jogja, is a city in Java Island that is home to the culture and arts of Indonesia. If you are interested in the country’s rich heritage, this city should be at the top of your itinerary. There’s a variety of things to do and places to visit from this city alone, from the breathtaking architecture of the temples (Borobudur and Prambanan) to the relaxing pine tree forests (Pinus Pengger). There’s just so many places to choose from but my friend and I did not have much time and budget to go to all of them so […]
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Travel Without a Tour: Bali to Kawah Ijen

One of only two locations in the world, the phenomenal “Blue Fire” can be seen inside the volcanic crater of Kawah Ijen, a mountain situated in the far eastern region of Java, Indonesia. Climbing down the steep slopes of the crater, one can witness the sulfuric gas emit blue flames, only made visible in the darkness. Hearing so much about Ijen from travelers and locals alike, I dove headfirst into getting their myself and without a tour. Why Travel Without a Tour? A sense of adventure Experience local transportation Freedom to change plans Get out of your comfort zone Usually […]
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The Unusual Places Bali Tour Guides Won't Mention

Part of the thriving country of Indonesia, the island of Bali stands proud as the global mecca for eating, praying, and loving. While half the visitors swill smoothies and do sunset yoga, the other half make the most of cheap beers and cigarettes. Whichever path you take, there will come a time in your holiday when you feel the urge to try something different; something off the beaten path. You can do sun salutations anywhere in the world. Only in Bali can you meditate with bats or play mini-golf with a monkey. It's an incredible place with a deep history, […]
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7 reasons to visit Lombok

Lombok is almost the same size as Bali just about 40 kilometers away on the East but still remains undiscovered. This is a great time to visit it before it becomes so popular and crowded as his famous sister.  I will tell you in secret that the island itself has many beautiful places and the nicest people I have met in Indonesia. Read the information below and book your flight! What to see in Lombok? The 7 reasons to visit Lombok are: Gili Islands 3 small paradise islands: Gili Trawangan – The Party Island, Gili Meno: The Honeymoon Island, Gili […]
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Restaurant Recommendations in Ubud

The food scene in Ubud is definitely one for the books. Foodies and bloggers travel to Ubud from far and wide to experience the restaurants here, and, of course, to snap those all-important Instagram shots. Although Ubud has plenty to offer beyond the amazing food, you could easily spend your entire visit simply stuffing your face with all the deliciousness the Ubudian restaurants have to offer. I was lucky enough to spend an extended period of time in Ubud and had the opportunity to eat at so many fantastic restaurants that my mouth spontaneously begins to water when I think […]
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Borobudur, the temple on the hill

Borobudur (Barabudur) is one of the greatest Buddhist temples in the world and UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site. exactly, a peaceful place, with a panoramic view of hills and jungle, and awesome monument. just as Buddhists selected this place to build this huge temple in the 9th century (more than 1000 years ago); you will like to travel there. Do you like to know more about this famous traveler destination which listed as top 10 must be visited in Indonesia? Borobudur temple (Indonesia: Candi Borobudur ) was designed base on mandala pattern and has three levels, the […]
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Reasons you should take that solo trip to Bali

Following a break-up and a few too many viewings of Eat Pray Love, I decided to take the plunge and book that solo trip to Bali, Indonesia. Yes, I wanted to find myself as well. Here’s why you should do it too. Bali is cheap Accommodation Coming from New Zealand, flights bought at the right time, from this side of the world are CHEAP (and the flight time isn’t long either). You will also find that you can book the most beautiful, idyllic tropical paradise of a room in a perfectly adequate location for a very small price (see mine […]
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Things to do in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Ubud is one of the must-see destinations in Bali. It’s far from the roaring nightlife in Kuta; Ubud is for those who seek to be suspended in awe by the profound beauty of the vast green lands with its thick, lush rainforests. Those who are willing to lose themselves in the nurturing sound of crystal waterfalls. For a moment of calm and centeredness: Those who seek the solitude that is ever so longed for when you feel trapped in the chaos of life in the city – Ubud is a perfect place for you.   Tegallalang Rice Terraces […]
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One-day trip to Bogor: Temples, Waterfalls and More!

Bogor, a lovely province situated at the last train station from Jakarta. It is one of the many destinations where Jakartans visit for a quick holiday trip other than Bandung. I have lived in this province for about 6 months during my student exchange program and can say that anyone will surely enjoy a one-day trip to this wonderful place.   Sites to see:       Temple: Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta (Hindu Temple)       Waterfalls: Curug Nangka, Curug Daun, and Curug Kaun       Chinatown: Suryakancana Food trip and Vihara Dhanagun (Chinese Temple)       Gardens: Kebun Raya (Bogor Botanical Gardens) Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta This place […]
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Exploring Balekambang Beach in Malang

I have been living in Malang, a city in East Java for four years. From all the years that I’ve spent here, I know that this city is full of touristy places that you could ever think of. It’s 30 minutes away (depending on the traffic) from Batu, which is where the main of tourist attractions are at with its theme parks and paragliding site. The city is also on the higher ground and surrounded by mountains nearby, where people usually go when they come here. But what I find so underrated is the hidden gem of beaches in Malang. […]
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Places To See On The Nusa Islands

Getting bored and tired of being stuck in traffic when traveling in Bali, Indonesia? Why not escape to The Nusa Islands! The Nusa Islands consists of a trio; Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. These remote islands have amazing breathtaking views that go on for miles, and I’m always in search of white sand, quiet beaches, and turquoise water when I’m on a beach holiday – The Nusa Islands are perfect for that. The best part is, they are only a 20-minute ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of mainland Bali. There are multiple fast boat options […]
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Things to do in Indonesia, Batam Riau

Speaking about Indonesia, it is a country consisting of over 17,000 islands, most of them usually uninhabited. Indonesia has some of the most spectacular underwater marine life. The staple food here is rice but many also do depend on fishing. But there also another set of people who depend on tourism for their livelihood, and oh yes, they will make sure you enjoy your stay. So if you want a spot to relax, Indonesia would be just the right place, with its everlasting warm weather. Batam Riau: A small island Batam Riau is a city which also happens to be […]
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Must-do Experiences in Bali, Indonesia

As a holiday destination in Asia, Bali is a part of everyone’s wish list. And it should be! It’s an island full of unfathomable beauty and unforgettable experiences. I was fortunate enough to have selected Bali as my holiday destination and spend my time there, fulfilling my dreams. Sandy beaches, clear blue waters and an even bluer sky is just not enough to describe the abundance that Bali holds. An island snuggled in the southeast part of Indonesia, it is one of the most travel-friendly destinations in the world. The smiles of the locals and the warmth in the air […]
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A FRESH TASTE OF BALI, INDONESIA: NUSA PENIDA

Not very well known to the public, Nusa Penida is a virgin island outside of Bali, Indonesia’s main land. It’s a perfect spot for travelers who love to discover unspoiled paradises and utopias. Around 202.8km2 in area, Nusa Penida has a lot to offer, from a wide range of fine sand beaches, ocean cliff views, gorgeous villas, to a wide range of snorkeling and diving spots. This article is a travel guide for first timer travelers who are planning on visiting Bali, Indonesia in the near future. How to get to Nusa Penida from Sanur Harbor: There are a lot of fast […]
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Explore different scenery in 4 days ~ Bali style

FALL IN LOVE WITH WHAT BALI HAS TO OFFER: CLEAR ICE BLUE WATERS, WHITE SANDY BEACHES, TRANQUIL GREEN RICE TERRACES, EXQUISITE OCEANS AND STUNNING VIEWS OVER CLIFFS AND NIGHTLIFE THAT OFFERS AN ETHNIC BALINESE CULTURE & TRADITIONS  ~ FOUR REGIONS    When this popular island – Bali gets mentioned people automatically think ” A great escape to calmness and no longer feeling trapped in their everyday busy lifestyles.” Of course, that is what bail offers, but not only is an Island, it's an Island that doesn’t just offer one style of scenery but has a variety of different regions which offer […]
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MUST DO Things When Backpacking around BALI

Visiting Indonesia was a mind opening and a deeply relaxing experience. It was our first time traveling to Indonesia, so obviously, we didn’t know what exactly to expect. I was imagining nice beaches, good food with different spices, various smells, and palm trees. Well, there was all of this, but also much, much more… UBUD Taxi to get to Ubud from the airport cost us 300 000IDR (approximately 20euro) and it takes around 1 hour to get there because of the usual traffic. We stayed in a quite decent place and it wasn’t of much cost plus it was including nice […]
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Bali Diary: Explore Island on a Budget

For the last decades, Bali Island has become one of the most desirable places to visit for anyone who wishes to dive in peculiar Asian culture of an island full of myths and secrets. Bali as a part of Indonesia has its unique and charming atmosphere, which is different from other Southeastern neighboring countries, and it has something to offer for every traveling soul. Thanks to numerous traveling agencies and social marketing, Bali gained that aura of luxurious-only travel place where you should visit with a decent amount of money in your pocket. However, it's not always true. In reality, […]
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Top Activities for a Short Stay in Bali

Bali is an island paradise in the South West of Indonesia, known for its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, and lush forests. The Island of Gods has something for everyone, and offers great value for money, so it’s a perfect destination for travellers who are short on funds, or time. Whether you’re visiting Bali for a long weekend or a month long adventure, here’s my top destinations to get the most out of your trip: Bali’s Best Beaches No trip to Bali would be complete without checking out the best beaches that the island has to offer, […]
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Lombok and Gili Island in Indonesia

Mount Rinjani is located in Lombok island, Indonesia. It is the second highest active volcano with 3,726 meters. This is a “Short Gateway + Hike” trip! Starts with Hiking at Mount Rinjani then moved to Gili Trawangan to relax yourself and enjoy with the beach and sun after a hardcore activity. These are the #rinjani8xplorer! Here's the stories :)   Day 1 – Landed & Check in Taking AirAsia Flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lombok, Indonesia took about 3 hours in distance. There are only 2 flight in a day to Lombok Island which are morning 08:35AM & afternoon 3:35PM. […]
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MUSEUMS IN JAKARTA: THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER INDONESIA’S HERITAGE

If you are forced to brand Jakarta by the first sight you will probably mention its horrifying transport system and insubstantial character as capitalistic economic centre. So I did a couple of months ago! Every time I entered the city I did almost everything to leave it as soon as possible. Everything changed when I moved there and started to explore this city from different perspectives. Jakarta is namely one of the three predominant art centres (beside Bandung and Yogyakarta) on Java island and therefore definitely worth to be discovered more deeply. For museum lovers Jakarta is doubtless one of the best […]
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Bali: The Blend Of All Worlds

People all over the world aim to explore different countries every while, even if the world is full of fascinating places that nobody will be able to visit all in such a short life. Thankfully the universe is full of beautiful destinations to stop by and enjoy the best of holidays anytime throughout the year according to every person's free time. One of the best of these destinations is Bali, the beautiful island of Indonesia which is known as the dream place for a honeymoon, but what not everyone knows is that Bali's reputation isn't only about honeymoons, Bali has […]
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