Indonesia Backpacking Itinerary

Our current Destination of the Month is Indonesia. We are just about to set off on our backpacking tour around the country.

Here is a brief breakdown of our Indonesia Backpacking Itinerary with a little about the places we will visit. Click on the place titles for more information about each place:

Jakarta

Street food Jakarta

We will make only a flying visit to Jakarta simply because we have to fly there.

During our brief stay we will have our first taste of Indonesian street food. We will be travelling with three Spanish people, two of which have never left their home country until this trip. They will be thrust into a world where food is cooked in a wok on an open flame at the side of the street and where dog is served as the norm.

Kalimantan

Camp Leakey

We will spend three days cruising down two rivers in Tanjung Puting National Park, sleeping on a klotok.

We hope to see the famed Bornean orang-utans and proboscis monkeys as well as long-tailed macaques, tarantulas and maybe even a crocodile.

We will get filthy, sunburnt and mosquito-bitten. We will shower in the torrential rain. The jungle will take its toll on us, but every moment will be worth it.

You can read the whole rainforest blog here.

Yogyakarta

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In Indonesia’s most historical and cultural city we will visit the spectacular ruins of the Hindu Temple: Prambanan and the world’s largest Buddhist Temple: Borobudur.

We will take a fun motorcycle tour to various temples in Yogyakarta’s countryside and we will take a tour of the jamu herb market.

We will eat some of the spiciest street food in the country and we will have loads of fun at Malioboro Street, where all the city’s action is.

Volcanoes Road Trip

Bromo Volcano, Indonesia

A horrendous road trip by an oven in the shape of a mini bus will take us to see some of the most dramatic scenery in the country and two of the country’s active volcanoes.

We get up at stupid o’clock to see the spectacular sunrise at Mount Bromo and we will nearly break our backs (and our necks) walking up Mount Ijen and down to the crater.

The Volcanoes Road Trip will take us all the way from Yogyakarta to the edge of Java from where we’ll catch the ferry to Bali.

Bali

Lotus Temple, Ubud, Bali

In Bali we will chill out. We’ll have a bit of a culture shock from how touristy the island is, and we will have a scare when one of our party is taken ill in the middle of the night.

We will visit Ubud Market, the Monkey Forest and Bali’s famous rice fields. We will check out Lotus Temple and witness a special Bali dance there.

Bali is where we will say goodbye to our novice travelling companions. From then on it will be just me and Toni.

Gili Islands

Pearl Beach Lounge, Gili Trawangan

From Bali we will take a ferry to the beautiful Gili Islands where we will have trouble finding budget accommodation and where it will rain continuously!

We will make the most of the situation with an eventful walk around the island, a trip across to Gili Meno and a relaxing day at Pearl Beach Lounge. Oh, and cocktails and fresh fish.

Flores

Labuan Bajo

In Nusa Tenggara we will experience much better weather – the hottest on our trip in Indonesia.

We will spend a treacherous Sunday afternoon in Labuan Bajo searching for a man with a boat willing to take us on a two-day trip to Komodo National Park the very next day.

We will spend a less treacherous Sunday evening rewarding ourselves with beer and, for the first time on our Indonesia trip, pizza at one of the most successful businesses in town.

Komodo National Park

Komodo Island

We will find a fisherman to take us on a two-day cruise to Rinca Island and Komodo Island where we will see some of the archipelago’s best views and lushest scenery.

We will also get (not too) close to the famous komodo dragons, whose habitat consists of only these two islands.

The boat will drop us off at Kanawa and on the way there we will have the delightful experience of being followed by dolphins.

Kanawa

Kanawa 2013

There is no island like Kanawa: a white-sanded paradise on the border of Komodo National Park.

The privately owned island has an eco-resort with basic beach huts with possible the best sea-view in the whole of Indonesia, and this is where we spend our last five days of the trip, swimming, snorkelling, strolling around the island and enjoying the world’s best sunrises and sunsets.

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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....

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