Indonesia is often associated with Bali. This misunderstanding must be cleared up because there is more than just Bali! There are many other places that are less crowded, prettier, and undiscovered (well, not yet!). If you are planning a vacation to Indonesia, this guide can help you to get a more unique travel experience.
Tanjung Puting National Park
Located deep within the jungles of Borneo, Tanjung Puting National Park is home to endangered, wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons and many more. Since the park is located quite far inland, the only way to reach the park is by a river boat, which is called Klotok. The conservation area is spread across three main locations. Ideally, it takes 3-4 days to explore all of them via Klotok.
Mount Ijen
Mount Ijen is an active volcano in East Java and contains the world’s largest acid lake, the Ijen Crater, known for its turquoise color. It is one of the top recommended volcanoes in Indonesia for visits! The hike up takes 1.5-2 hours on average and can be quite steep. Start the hike to Ijen Crater at 12 pm or 2am to witness the magical blue flames, also known as “Ijen Blue Fire”. Try to get to the summit before sunrise at 6 am, so you can enjoy a spectacular view from abov
Yogyakarta
The perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Experience an extraordinary trip by visiting the majestic temples and the royal palace, painting your own batik, shopping at Malioboro Street and learning to play the Gamelan (a traditional Indonesian music). Yogyakarta is also the best place to try traditional Indonesian meals. Gudeg should be on top of your list. This is made of young jackfruit served with rice, sambal, tahur egg, chicken and crunchy beef skin.
Belitung Island
Belitung Island is located in the east of Sumatra and surrounded by many small islands and granite rock formations, making it quite a paradise for boat tours between islands! For those who need a break from the crowds, Belitung is the perfect place for an island getaway. You will be amazed by their clear waters, fascinating coral reefs and soft white sands. Just like Bali, Belitung Island has many things to see and do. Go island-hopping, snorkelling, paddling, walk along the white sandy beaches, visit the century-old lighthouse, and have a picnic there!
Sumba Island
Sumba Island is an undeveloped island, located in East Nusa Tenggara. It’s dusty, arid, and sparsely populated with very little touristic infrastructure. If you are looking for an adventurous travel experience, then Sumba Island might be the perfect place for you. Lots of culture, traditional lifestyle, friendly people, bizarre landscapes, untouched nature, and many beautiful beaches are things you can experience during your stay. Since the sights and activities can be quite far apart from each other, the journey between them takes a few hours. Thus, we recommend you to plan 4-10 days to explore the island and to rent a car as a safe transportation facility.
Socialbnbtips: If you want to visit Bali, you can stay at  the accommodation of our partner project in Ubud. The Mana Earthly paradise is an eco-friendly hotel, located beautifully next to traditional rice fields. By staying here you support the organisation’s work: fundraising money and providing educational programs and consulting services to change-makers who develop solutions for a regenerative future.
By Fatilisa Kezia & Louisa Hain
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