I’ve taken two separate trips to Indonesia and spent a total of 4 weeks in the country. I’ve spent most of my time in Bali, but I’ve also ventured out to other islands such as Sumba, Lombok and Gili. Indonesia is such an amazing county and you have to visit!
From the local food, to the culture and the natural beauty – Indonesia is one of my favorite countries on earth. I might be a little biased, because I’ve spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia and it’s my favorite region on earth – but honestly, you must take a trip to Indonesia to see what it’s like.
With more than 25,000 islands (no joke!) – there are literally unlimited beaches and places to explore. In addition to the beautiful beaches, there are a variety of nice resorts around Bali. A good option is Conrad Bali (click here to book), or you can check out The Santai or The Four Seasons!
Still not convinced?
Here are 5 more reasons to visit Indonesia.
1. Eat Mie Goreng
Mie Goreng is the national dish of Indonesia, and it’s a staple food that you’ll find on any menu! Translated literally as “fried noodles,” Mie Goreng is a spicy and flavorful fried noodle dish, made with yellow noodles, oil, garlic, onions, chili, cabbage, tomatoes, egg, and your choice of meat (chicken, prawn, pork or beef). The best part? It’s only about $2USD for a big plate!
2. Explore Untouched Beaches
With more than 25,000 islands, you can only imagine how many picture perfect beaches that Indonesia has. Hot sunshine, coconut trees, clear ocean water, fresh fruits, white sanded beaches and plenty more. You can find beaches everywhere, and almost all of them won’t be saturated with tourists (unless you’re in Bali).
Along with the Philippines and Vietnam, I find Indonesia to be the cheapest country in Asia. Their currency (called the Rupiah) is super inflated, so $1USD = 15,000 Rupiah, but don’t let that distract you! Any local meal will cost you less than $3USD, and a 20 minute taxi ride will cost about $5USD. Most guesthouses, activities and groceries are cheap as well, so you are able to have fun exploring without burning a hole in your wallet.
4. Rent a Motorbike
Every time I visit Indonesia, I rent a motorbike so I have the freedom to explore around as I wish! The price is usually $5USD per day, but you can negotiate if you rent for a longer period of time. Be careful though if you’re from the USA or any country that drives on the right side of the road, because they drive on the left side in Indonesia. And don’t forget to always wear a helmet!
5. Visit Temples
Last but not least, Indonesia has an abundance of temples that you are able to visit and learn about the culture. Especially in Bali, most of the temples are of Hindu beliefs, and they are beautiful to visit! If you are visiting any other island, then the temples will mostly be Muslim (mosques). Get your daily dose of Indonesia culture by visiting a temple!
Thanks for reading my blog post about Indonesia, and I hope you have the chance to visit! Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have.read more