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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The smoking Gunung Bromo, best viewed at sunrise, has to be one of the most breathtaking views one will ever see. The nearby town of Malang has a real Dutch flavour and is a great place to wander around.
In the east, Java’s landscape rears up to reveal its volcanic structure.
Fertile rice-terraces give way to a blanket of lava sands and the smouldering grandeur of Mount Bromo, usually trailing a wisp of volcanic smoke. Located on the region’s awesome Tengger Massif, stretching 10 kilometres across, this is best seen at dawn as the sun rises over a stunning vista.
Malang is often used as a base for those wishing to explore Mount Bromo. The town has a real Dutch flavour and this, combined with the wide, leafy boulevards, make it a great place to wander around.
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