Mini Guide to Indonesia


Located in the southern part of Central Java, Yogyakarta is a major tourist destination, especially due to its proximity to Borobudur and Prambanan. As the city is one of the oldest in Indonesia, visitors will find plenty of monuments and heritage buildings. Make sure you explore Kota Gede, which was the capital of the Mataram Kingdom, and the impressive Kraton Complex, which was the palace of Javanese Sri Sultan.

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Bali Island

Commonly called “the Island of the Gods,” Bali is a mix of incredible beaches, volcanic mountains, and luscious rice terraces. It’s also home to the majority of Indonesia’s Hindu population with 83.5 percent adhering to Balinese Hinduism. Travelers can explore the spiritual and somewhat hipster town of Ubud, climb the active volcano of Mount Batur, surf amazing waves in Canggu, or visit one of the 20,000 Hindu temples of Bali.

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Lombok Island

Lombok is located east of Bali, and the two islands are separated by the Lombok Strait. It’s sometimes dubbed the “unspoiled Bali” as both are roughly the same size, and have a similar landscape and culture. However, Lombok receives fewer tourists and is not so crowded.

Main attractions include, Tanjung A’an, a beach with sand that looks like pepper, and the Narmada water park, but visitors tend to flock to the Gili Islands, a backpackers’ mecca with world-class scuba diving.

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