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Indonesia

With beautiful beaches and a tropical climate that is as warm as the locals’ smiles, Indonesia has long been a favourite holiday destination. Bali’s accommodation and dining is easy on the wallet, it is simple to access by air and there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s the ideal place for children to experience a different culture in a safe, friendly environment. There are myriad upmarket places to stay but the real Bali is never far away. An early morning stroll reveals fishermen bringing in their catch. In the late afternoon seaweed farmers tend their crops, people go beachcombing along the shoreline and Geger Temple attracts locals and visitors alike. Travellers who venture beyond Indonesia’s most popular tourist island are rewarded with the likes of Borobudur. This magnificent structure is the world’s largest Buddhist temple and the most visited tourist site in Indonesia. With its palpable spiritualty and striking architectural beauty, the huge stone temple draws pilgrims and tourists from around the globe. Indonesia offers an appealing mix of cultural riches, historic temples and welcoming locals. It is the kind of place that stays with you long after you return home. 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO 

Watch the sunrise at Borobudur
Sign up for a cooking class
Attend a local festival
See Komodo Dragons
See the kecak dance at Uluwatu
Dine out every day
Visit an island like Java or Flores
Stay at a luxury resort
Take photos of rice paddies

Visit Borobudur

Stay at a luxury hotel

INDONESIA WEATHER

Indonesia’s dry season runs from April to September and offers pleasant temperatures with little chance of rain. However, these months are also the most popular time to visit which equates to more tourists and higher prices. Late September, early October and late March are good options for avoiding the crowds and the worst of the wet season. This time of year can be very humid and is best avoided if you’re planning on visiting sites such as local villages and temples rather than swimming. 

TRAVEL TIPS

It’s best to tour temples midweek when most people are at work. Weekends are popular times for locals to visit and it can get very busy.

Bali has plenty of traffic so allow extra travel time and avoid peak hour. This is especially important if you’re heading to the airport. 

The local cuisine has very little spice which makes it ideal for less adventurous eaters. Satay or nasi goreng are good options for kids.

Try to avoid currency exchanges, especially out of the way ones offering high rates of exchange for cash. It’s best to get money from an ATM. 

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.