Indonesia is a spectacular and extremely diverse country. With over 17,500 islands, Indonesia is a country which is well worth taking your time to explore. I spent a month there myself, however, I would of much preferred to have spent longer exploring this beautiful country. From the vast jungles of Kalimantan to the surfers paradise beaches of Bali, onto the rolling hills home to the largest lizard in the world in Komodo National Park, there really is something to suit all tastes across the thousands of Volcanic islands which make up Indonesia.
Here are my personal top 5 reasons why you should get yourself to Indonesia…
Our journey to the incredible Gili Islands in Indonesia, from Bali, didn’t get off the best of starts. We decided we would go via slow boat when booking the transport through a travel agent in Ubud, due to the lower price of 200,000RP ($14.70). The slow boat was cheaper than the fast boat and we were told we’d be there in around 8 hours on a boat direct from Bali to Gili Trawangan. How naive we were to believe that.
Overall, the journey consisted of a 1-hour minibus from Ubud to Padangbai. We then caught the boat from Padangbai, learning that this was not a direct boat in the process, which was extremely irritating. The very slow boat from Padangbai took 8 hours in total to reach its destination of Lembar, Lombok. Once we reached Lembar, further inconvenience arose (hardly surprising), as we were told we had missed the last boat to the Gili Islands and we would have the spend the night in Senggigi. Senggigi wasn’t the worst place in the world, but I would have much rather been on the beach on Gili T relaxing. We then finally arrived on Gili T a day later than scheduled at around 12 pm the next day.
What sounds more appealing than trekking through a national park in search of the largest, deadliest lizards in the world?!
Well, this is exactly what we did when we visited Komodo National Park. The Komodo Dragon is native to Komodo National Park and this is the only place in the world you will find this pre historic beast living naturally in the wild. Making the trip to see the elusive Komodo Dragon was something that was on our ‘must do’ list as soon as we started planning our trip to South East Asia.