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Indonesia

Indonesia

I spent over three weeks in Indonesia. It is a beautiful country with massive differences between each location. I went in January and it did rain a fair bit, but that's as to be expected in the rainy season. The good news is it is tropical rain so you are never cold! Below is the route I took with recommendations on what to do and how to get around. 

Seminyak

Take a taxi from the airport into Seminyak should only be about $7. Blue Bird taxis are going to be the cheapest and be sure to use the meter. You can also take an Uber for way cheaper if you get a sim card right when you get there. 

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Seminyak is a busier town with many shops and warungs (local restaurants) along the road until you reach the beach. The beach is not the nicest you'll find in Indonesia because of the crowds, but you will find some surf spots around here if you are looking to hang ten. My favorite moment in Seminyak was the amazing sunset on the beach. The sky was literally on fire and it still counts as one of the most exquisite sunsets I have ever seen. Afterwards, we enjoyed Bintangs and live music on the beach while eating nasi goreng (fried rice). 

Things to do:

  • Hit up the beach and be sure to stay for sunset! 
  • Walk around town and shop the markets.
  • Visit the beautiful resorts along the main street. We took over day beds at Cocoon Beach Club and enjoyed adult beverages while dipping in the pool.
  • There is a bunch of nightlife in Seminyak as well. Be sure to check out all of the clubs & ask around for where the parties are that evening. 
  • Take your pick of beachfront restaurants if you are looking to splurge and enjoy the view.
The view from our room!

The view from our room!

Where to stay: Kembang Bari Suites - affordable accommodation 

Gado Gado 

Gado Gado 

Where/what to eat: My favorite dish in Indonesia was Gado Gado, steamed vegetables, tempe, tofu and hard boiled egg covered in peanut sauce. Give it a try!

  • Whale and Co - delicious coffee & poached eggs with avocado toast
  • Warung Nia - Inexpensive local indonesian food
  • HoneyBees - Inexpensive and delicious cuisine. 
  • Warung Indonesia - Inexpensive local Indonesian food
  • Warung Padmasari - Inexpensive local Indonesian food.

 

 

Gili T & Gili Air

Take a fast boat over to the Gili Islands. It shouldn't be more than $40 to get there. This will include the bus ride to the harbor as well. It is a full day of travel and you may get wet on the ride over so be prepared to get salty! 

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The Gili Islands are the most desired destination in Indonesia. Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili T all differ greatly, but they are all very beautiful in their own unique way! My favorite part of my time on Gili T would be the Jiggy Boat Party. It was a full day of fun and adventure. It is definitely worth the $20 for an all day party! The following days we walked around the whole island finding empty beautiful beaches along the way. 

Things to do:

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  • Take a snorkel tour around the three islands - You will most likely see sea turtles - $10 for a full day tour!
  • Jiggy Boat Party - A big boat takes you around the islands bumping music and serving lots of adult beverages. $20 for a full day of partying!
  • Visit the night food market.
  • Walk to the other side of the island and find the swings and hammocks in the water!
  • Gili T is the party island. There are many parties every night and the location varies by night! Just ask the locals where to go and enjoy!
  • Relax at the beach and enjoy the nice beach front resorts by day.

Where to stay: D'Harbour bungalows were $15 per night for your own hut. Right off the main drag and very comfortable bed with outdoor shower!

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Where to eat: 

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  • Natsys - Delicious and cheap food. I had the mie goreng, fried noodle with egg and vegetables.
  • Kayu Cafe - Great smoothie bowls, coffee and delicious breakfasts and lunch menu! Highly recommend. 
  • Food night market

Lombok

Take a boat over to the main island of Lombok. Should only be $30 for the fast boat. We stayed in Sengiggi and a bus ride is included to your final destination.

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My favorite part of Lombok was the 2 hour drive to Sendang Gile Waterfall. You can pay for a guide if you want, but it isn't necessary. We ended up paying about $8 each to have someone lead us up to the different waterfalls and through a very dark water canal. He took us up to a look out and we learned about the Indonesian culture and his family. It was worth the money because we knew it was going back to support his family. He was really kind and had great English. The drive there and back was beautiful and totally worth it!

Things to do:

  • Visit Sendang Gile, Tiu Kelep, Tiu Teja waterfalls via motorbike. 
  • Visit the beautiful black sand beaches!
  • Rent a surfboard and go hit the waves. Shouldn't be more than $5/day.
  • Catch a beautiful sunset
  • Visit the night markets
  • Go watch the turtles on the beach!

Where to eat:

  • Abel Travel and Hostel- Cheap good food.
  • Warung Paradiso- Cheap Indonesian food.
  • Warung Amalia- Cheap Indonesian food.
  • Tempatku- Indonesian food.
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Where to stay: Indah Homestay - very cheap and beautiful accommodations. No more than $7 per night. Family owned!

Uluwatu

Take a fast boast back to the main land and get a private car to take you to Uluwatu. After an hour long boat ride you'll be ready to get to your next destination as quickly as possible and the buses can take up to four hours! It was $19 for the ride to Uluwatu from the harbor. 

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I watched a monkey attack a tourist while walking down to Padang Padang Beach. It was quite scary and the beach itself was very overrated. You had to pay to get in and there wasn't much of a beach in the first place. I recommend hitting up Bingin Beach instead, lovely sand and water with less crowds allowing you to fully relax. Definitely check out Single Fin by day and watch the surfers paddle in and out of a small hole in the rocks. 

Things to do:

  • Visit Rock Bar- A fancier night out, but very beautiful.
  • Visit Single Fin- Fun by day to watch the surfers and great night out.
  • Give Padang Padang Beach a miss unless you want lots of tourists and crazy monkeys! Way too crowded!
  • Uluwatu Beach, Bingin Beach, Thomas Beach, Balangan Beach, Karma Beach, etc.

Where to stay: Cana Homestay- very affordable luxury accommodations. Great pool and amazing service! Felt like I was staying in a fancy hotel for only $11 a night!

Where to eat: 

  • Noodle Warung- next to Cana Homestay. Huge portions and cheap prices.
  • Yum Yum- More western healthy breakfast foods. A little bit more expensive.
  • Uluwatu Beach Warung- on the cliff below Single Fin - great tempe burger!

Ubud

 Take a taxi to Ubud from Uluwatu. Should only be $15 a person.

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Ubud is a perfect place to rent a motorbike and drive around the lush green rice fields and mountains. There are beautiful waterfalls and great nature hikes to keep you busy, as well as yoga studios to help you decompress. We went to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace and were half way through our walk when a massive storm came rolling through. We took cover for about twenty minutes but it didn't let up so we ended up running to the van where our driver was waiting for us. All of the streets were basically rivers and most houses were flooded as we drove past!

Things to do:

  • Visit the monkey forest.
  • Visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace - You do not have to pay every village woman that you pass along this hike unless you are feeling extra gracious
  • Visit the Tengenunan waterfall
  • Visit the markets in the town 
  • Take a nature walk

Where to eat:

  • Legend Cafe
  • Elephant Restaurant at Taman Indrakila
  • Warung Pulau Kelapa - Unbelievable Indonesian food. A little bit more pricey, but worth it!
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Where to stay: Taman Indrakila- A beautiful and cheap hotel located just outside the main part of the city in the mountains. Lush views and comfortable rooms. Delicious restaurant and great service!

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Indonesia is a beautiful country lots of land to explore. The locals are wonderful and the food is delicious! Be sure to try gado gado and eat a bunch of fresh fruit. You won't be disappointed! 

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Tips and Tricks: Indonesia

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