30 days of trip backpacking in Indonesia.
After a stopover in Singapore, we crossed the island of Java, Bali, and Lombok, with a stop on Gili Trawangan.
A month in Indonesia in 3 minutes?
A month in Indonesia in 50 min?
We had organized the first two steps before the start, and then we would reserve as we progressed. Once in the tourist area of Indonesia (near Bali), this was no longer possible and we planned the last 2 weeks of the trip so as not to be surprised. The Organization was mainly made by the information of Lonely Planet, Blogger info on the net, and advice from other travelers. It was very important for us to leave a part of the unknown on this trip, to be surprised, whether it is on the right side or not.
Our air Asia tickets allowed us to make a 2-day stopover in Singapore, then we joined Jakarta, from where we successively crossed Bandung, Yogyakarta, Malang, Banyuwangi, Lovina, Ubud, Gili Trawangan, mount Rinjani, Kuta Lombok, Kuta Bali.
On Java, our main means of transport between cities was the train. Low cost, extremely safe (check the Passport before the entrance to the docks) and relatively comfortable (depending on the class), it allowed us to discover the local means of travel. Much more complicated once we arrived on Bali, where we were assaulted from all sides to take taxis, and where local public transport is hidden to tourists. Between the Islands, the ferry is much cheaper but longer than the expensive tourist speed boat. One of our simplest pleasures was to rent a scooter to visit the surroundings of each city.
Singapore in 5 words and 5 photos multicultural, green, business, safe and respectful.
Jakarta (capital, 10 million inhabitants) in 5 words and 5 photos: dense, lively, chaotic but welcoming and strongly contrasted.
Yogyakarta in 5 words and 5 photos: historical, polytheist, known, cultural and picturesque
Malang (and Mt. Bromo
Bromo Tengger semero National Park (and surrounding area) in 5 photos and 5 words: volcanic, desert, dazzling, agricultural and cloudy 🙄
Night Trek 3h-7h in the rain in the cold with gas masks, done! Result: observations of blue flames due to sulphide fumes from the world's largest acidic Lake (H2SO4 PH = 0.5) in the heart of the active volcano "Ijen". Awesome!!!
The North of Bali (Munduk) in 5 words and 5 photos: jungle, waterfall, fog, rural, mystical
The center of Bali (Ubud) in 5 words and 5 photos: traditional, terraces, agriculture, rustic and exotic
The South of Bali in 5 words and 5 photos Beach, party, surfing, touristy and armored
The Gillis Islands (and especially Trawangan)
Gili island in 5 words and 5 photos: Sun, aquatic, non-motorized, party and too masculine ^^
Our 3-day Trek/55 km 💪 on Lombok (Mt Rinjani) in 5 words and 5 photos
After eating 300 kilos of rice, we realize that the journey is at an end. 😒 every day has brought its share of smiles and memories across Indonesia, despite the tourist attrstages and the omnipresence of waste. Meeting the locals, their cultures and their lifestyles was an inspiring but sometimes destabilizing discovery. In a safe atmosphere, losing our habits and getting out of our comfort zone was a pleasure. This trip was exhausting but our spirit is invigorated, and we could only encourage everyone to do the same!