Ubud has been known for centuries as an artists and crafts centre. Verdant terraces, sculptured a thousand years ago are still planted and lovingly cared for by hand.
Things to do in Indonesia
Hike to the summit of Mount Bromo in time for sunrise for a truly humbling view, visit ancient temples such as the 8th century Borobudur complex for a glimpse of life in times past or enjoy the vibrant arts and crafts scene in Ubud for an insight into Indonesia's age-old culture. To experience traditional Indonesian life, cycle through the rice fields and rural villages of Bali's uplands where little has changed in centuries.
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Ideas for experiencing Indonesia
Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Indonesia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.
The Gili Islands are made up of three main islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You are provided with snorkelling equipment, towels and water. You can also arrange to do some diving if you wish.
Mount Agung is Bali's highest and most sacred mountain. At 3,142m its peak can be seen from right across the island and the Hindu population all line their beds toward it and sleep with their heads pointing in its direction as a sign of respect.
Overlooking the mountains, watching the sunrise, you will experience one of the most awe-inspiring and memorable vistas in the world. From here you may wish to venture in to the old caldera and climb to the crater of Mount Bromo itself.
Cycle through colourful Balinese towns to the village of Jatiluwih (meaning 'really, really beautiful') which is famous for its magnificent panorama of the rice field terraces in this area.
The trek up the volcano leads you to a spectacular view point for the eerie turquoise crater lake. Wafts of multicoloured smoke drift upwards from beneath you and all along the shoreline are bright yellow sulphur deposits creating a barren but beautiful landscape.
Naturally the main reason for visiting Borobudur is to see the awe-inspiring temple complex. The monument features the largest and most complete collection of Buddhist relief sculptures which feature on the walls of its seven terraces.