Reasons to Visit
Heading up Krakatau is like trekking over Mars and as the guides tell you once you get half way: "No further or our boots melt". The basic nature of camping out on the island is outshone by the fact you will probably be the only people staying overnight and will be sleeping just metres from the ocean in the shadow of a volcano. A beautiful coral reef around one side of the island offers excellent snorkelling and the views over to the peak of the smoking Anak Krakatau are superb.
The most obvious choice for a beach destination in Indonesia would be the island of Bali. Places like Seminyak, Sanur and Jimbiran are idyllic retreats.
Indonesia is scattered with many temples and ancient monuments. Perhaps the most famous is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Hundreds of Buddha images stare impassively out over the plains and the detailed galleries and terraces that lead up to its central stupa tell tales of ancient gods and battles.
There is never really a 'bad' time to go to Indonesia and the weather is good during the British summer months unlike many other Southeast Asian destinations. Even during the wet season, the rain won't dampen the enjoyment of your holiday as it falls in short downpours and it means that the scenery around you will be lush and colourful.
Indonesia is home to some incredible wildlife and the national parks in Kalimantan and Sumatra are some of the best places to see it. Trek through jungles, rivers and waterfalls on foot or by elephant to discover the wonders of nature from the orang-utan to the world's largest flower.
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Bali, with its glorious beaches, rice-terraced mountains and vivid Hindu culture, has attracted writers and artists since the beginning of last century but they have done little to change the islanders’ traditional way of life.
People say that the Balinese people have reached self-content.
The Balinese people are proud of having preserved their unique Hindu culture against the advance of Islam, the dominant religion throughout Indonesia. This is still reflected in day to day life and can be seen in the numerous ceremonies, festivals and magnificent temples and palaces.
The Balinese are skilled artisans and are also noted for their traditional dance, the distinctive music of the gamelan and for their skills in weaving cloth.
The rise of tourism on Bali since artists began flocking here in the 60's has not changed local customs and still today it is the law in Bali that no building can be higher than a palm tree.
Bali can be whatever you want it to be and you will have your own reasons for choosing to go to here. By making a small effort to speak to hotel staff, or locals you might run in to on the beach or around the villages you can open up a whole new world. Traditional temple ceremonies, cock fights, cremations, sacrifices and local homes can all be seen with help from friendly local people but you will need to step out of your comfort zone to witness these.
With no set schedules these types of activities are very difficult to arrange in advance and those that are pre-arranged generally cater to western tastes. We have had many happy clients return and by and large the most memorable times have been the unplanned moments that capture your passion for travel.
We have a team of local guides that are there to help so please do speak to them about the type of tour you are looking for when you meet them. We are very flexible in our itineraries and you can make amendments if you decide to do so. Hotel managers and staff are great reference points and introductions from them can lead to memorable encounters.
Aman Resorts in Indonesia offers stunning locations, excellent service and exclusivity. Audley can create tailor-made trips to Indonesia that include staying in one of their properties.
Indonesia has so much to offer: history, culture, scenery and diverse wildlife. After seeing so much, you might want to end your trip relaxing on an idyllic beach. We look at some of the best beaches in Bali and Lombok.
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