I have a ten-year plan to visit all the countries of the world. To sum it up, 2013-2018 is dedicated to Africa; 2020-2022 is for the West/Central Asia. And 2023-2025 is for East Asia. That’s where Indonesia comes in. But I’m already obsessing about it.
What most people know about Indonesia
Like most humans, I know little about Indonesia. Here’s what pops in my mind when someone mentions Indonesia:
What are some off-the-beaten track places to go to in Indonesia?
Perhaps you also knew the facts I listed above. You may know a few more. However, before going to Indonesia, it’s worth knowing a few places to visit that are not Bali. Here’s are a few places I had never heard of and seem promising. I hope to see them one day. If you have, then tell me your experience in the comments.
1. Gili Islands: These 3 islands paradises are ideal for anyone who wants to get away from it all – and be on a secluded beach. Judging from the aerial shots, it looks amazing.
2. Krakatoa: For a long time, I’ve heard of the epic 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. I love hiking mountains and soaking in history. Why not do both by trekking around Krakatoa?
3. Toba, Sumatra: I know I’m a bit obsessed about volcanoes, but the Toba eruption of 75,000 years ago nearly made humans extinct! So you have to check out the site of this deadly eruption, the largest in humanity’s history.
Given the size of Indonesia, there are dozens of other places I could list, but this will get your juices flowing, so that you can think beyond Bali!
When booking hotel in Indonesia, you can consider the usual suspects, but you should also give Traveloka a try. The landing page is in Indonesian, but you can change the language to English by using the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the website. The advantage of Traveloka is that it started in the Indonesian and Malaysian markets, so it’s well connected there. It can turn up hotels that you may not find when you use the standard travel booking engines.