Top 5 Places to Visit in Indonesia
Indonesia has been my home now for six months. Although, I have done quite a bit of traveling, I have barely scratched the surface of this massive country. Indonesia has 17,000 islands in its archipelago and is home of the most active volcanoes in the world. At last count, there are 136 active volcanoes dubbed, “The Ring of Fire.” During my travels there a few destinations that stood-out.
Borobudur, Central Java
Borobudur is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the world. It was shrouded in the overgrown central Java jungle for a thousand years before it was revealed in 1885. Dating back to the 8th or 9th century, the temple is built on three tiers and symbolizes Buddha’s life and rise to ascention. Borobudur is now a world UNESCO site and renovations and maintenance work are done on the monument to preserve its integrity.
Dieng, Central Java
Known as the “place of the gods,” Dieng has an otherworldly charm. So far, this has been the most memorable trip for me. High up in the mountains, this small area packs much diversity. From sulphuros craters, acidic, yet colorful lakes, rows of crops and temples dating back thousands of years. Check out my article in the Jakarta Post.
I fell in love in Belitung. Huge white granite boulders stick out of turquoise waters. I spent the whole weekend languishing on the beach and snorkeling among some the healthiest coral I’ve ever seen.
Anak Krakatua Island
I almost died here. You think I’m joking, but while I was hiking up the volcano, a 5.3 earthquake rattled us. Our guide bolted down, leaving us. Due to the seismic activity, the island grows 5 meters annually. The journey to get here from Jakarta involves a three hour car ride and two hour bumpy boat ride. However, it’s well worth it.
Lake Toba, North Sumatra
Spend a few peaceful, serene and lazy days in Lake Toba. There are many guest houses surrounding the lake. There are plenty of water activities on the lake including beginner surfing. Motorbike tours to Amarita, the most famous village for cannibalism can be arranged at your hotel.
- Photo Wednesdays: Lake Toba, Sumatra (love2travelwritefilm.com)