WANDERLUST: INDONESIA

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Indonesia, is where everywhere seems to be going lately. And I too would like to visit and the trip would probably take three weeks as there is so much to see and do. And to me, it is the perfect mix of exploring and then relaxing at beautiful beaches. I found a trip with Cox and Kings but I would adapt it slightly.

We would start in Surabaya, a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. A vibrant, sprawling metropolis, it mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past. It has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab Quarter whose Ampel Mosque dates to the 15th century. This sounds like somewhere I would love with so much history.

Then onto Malang, prised by the Dutch for its mild highland climate, the city retains much of its colonial architecture. Then onto Blitar, Yogyakarta and Borobudar. I just have to see the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.

Then onto Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as a centre for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.

This is a great base for visiting the world famous monkey sanctuary.

Then onto Lombok which is an Indonesian island east of Bali. It’s known for beaches and surfing spots. The motor vehicle free Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno), off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkelling, and a sea turtle hatchery. This would be where we would spend a week relaxing and exploring what sounds perfect for me.

I really can not wait to explore Indonesia. I just hope it is a beautiful as it looks. One day I will experience this !

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