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Things to do in Indonesia

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The top 639 attractions in Indonesia

Temples in Pura Luhur
Uluwatu Temple
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This temple is special because it is inhabited by hundreds of monkeys. The monkeys take advantage of visitors´ neglect to steal cameras, sunglasses, bags or anything that catches their eye. At a specific time in the afternoon you can attend the Kecak dance, or fire dance, where actors tell an ancient story through dance and fire. I suggest attending, it is good fun.
Temples in Yogyakarta
Borobudur Temple
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If you're in Indonesia, you can't miss a day at Borobudur. There is a tradition at the temple that says if you can touch all the hands of all the Buddhas on each level, your wish will be granted. Mind you, I think it might take over 3 hours to complete! Whether you try your had at the wishes or not, you should visit this temple. It' awesome!
Volcanoes in Tosari
Mount Bromo
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Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes to be found in Java. It is situated on the top of the Tengger caldera, and it is 16 miles wide. The continuous jeep ride downhill towards the caldera volcano that at this time is usually still covered by the breeze and the mist of dawn. The fog and grey ash that cover the ground make this landscape similar to that of the moon. At this time it is still covered by the breeze and the mist of dawn. In one of the photos you can see the Semeru volcano, erupting in the distance.
Historical Monuments in Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot Temple
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Although most sunsets are spectacular on the island of Bali, the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple stands out more than any other, perhaps because of its location and the fact that temple becomes backlit. This temple was built by the Dutch and only natives are allowed inside. Depending on the tide, it's completely surrounded by the sea. Although Bali has become increasingly "invaded" by tourism, there are places have not yet lost their charm, and this is one of them.
Forests in Ubud
Ubud Monkey Forest
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It's great, but if you're not careful, they'll snatch anything from your hat to your glasses, then trade them back to you for bananas or nuts! These incredible monkeys really are accustomed to humans.
Ruins in Yogyakarta
Prambanan
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Amazing resort where you can find stone temples, dedicated to Shiva, Ganesha, Wisnu, Siwa Mana Guru and other gods. Even with some of them in ruins, others are preserved and can be seen inside the sculptures, though with flash of the camera because daylight enters. Tips: If it rains, take waterproof things and wellies because it can be muddy around the temples.
Of Cultural Interest in Tabanan
Rice Paddies in Bali
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This is one of the most typical Bali's landscapes with rice being the most widespread crop on the island, and it's also one of the major tourist attractions. You can find the rice fields in any area and they are arranged in terraces that bind to each other creating spectacular landscapes. Another common sight is to see the locals collecting the rice.
Islands in Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembogan
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Lembogan is a small island that can be found in the southwest of Bali. Most of its inhabitants are dedicated to the cultivation of algae. We spent a day there and remember above all the friendliness of the people, their smile and the good vibes flowing in that part of the world. I have some photographs and it is worth taking the break from Bali.
Beaches in Kuta
Kuta Beach
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Kuta beach is located on southwest of Bali Island, Indonesia, and boasts the best sunsets in the world. It's one of the best things to see on the islands and is VERY romantic. There are also many seafood restaurants along the beach only a 15 minute taxi ride from Nusa Dua. We recommend finding out the exact time the sun sets and getting there half an hour early to make sure you get a good seat.
Islands in Gili Air
Gili Islands
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These islands offered us a few days of total relaxation on the beach. The large number of marine species, hard and soft corals and a festive atmosphere. The nights are without light and there are no vehicles throughout the island. Delicious meals of grilled fish and seafood. There are a variety of dishes at the numerous food stalls placed along the shore. There are 3 islands Low, Air and Trawagan. The latter is the largest and most developed. In a small boat you can go to any of them. Highly recommended if you are spending a few days in Bali or Lombok. The price of accommodation is quite cheap if you take the local boats called a Dowh. The sea is crystal clear like few places I've ever seen. Highly recommended and even if over developed by tourism, a jewel in the rough.
Temples in Tampaksiring
Templo Pura Tirta Empul
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The name "Tirta Empul" means crystal-clear stream that is used as if it were "holy water" for ceremonial purification. Legend has it that the Hindu god Indra gave these waters acquire miraculous properties as he used them to achieve immortality. This spring is inside the Temple of Tirta Empul, and has been used since the 10th century (more than a millennium) and the people of Bali have a tradition of coming here. The water comes up through 12 different springs and there is a specific ritual to follow: first, build the offerings, and then enter the pond and immerse yourself. Inside, the temple is a haven of peace and tranquility, and every stone of this ancient sacred temple is covered with moss growing due to the humidity. The silence is only broken by the sound of holy water that flowing out of the twelve springs and the bathing of the pilgrims ve believe the sacred waters will bring health and prosperity. Sometimes, the locals even bottle the holy water to bring to relatives ve are incapable of reaching the springs but need the "miracle water."
Islands in Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan
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Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands close to Lombok, Indonesia, near Bali. It offers easy access from Bali by hourly ferries from several points in the south of the island, and the journey takes about an hour. The village consists of a waterfront boardwalk. On one side, there are bars and a beach that you can admire sunset to sunset, as well as smaller, charming hotels. The other side of the island hosts the larger hotels, but I recommend you stay in this area. Essentials: a bathing suit, flip-flops and a sarong. Required: Wanting to walk barefoot on the beach and relax, or snorkel to discover the coral reef, or tour the island by bike along its four kilometres of trails. Like my friend Bruno said, "You work hard during the year so you can enjoy unforgettable experiences like this".
Beaches in Jimbaran
Jimbaran Beach
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This is a beach paradise with amazing waves and kilometres of white sand. We ate delicious seafood, as the sun began to set creating impressive light, reflections and shadows. I could not resist such charm, so I started taking pictures with my camera and this is the result. It was a wonderful day and the beach was an idyllic place which I will never forget.
Volcanoes in Lombok
Mount Rinjani
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Hardest Trek but is truly worth it. The biggest journey and hardest challenge we did with most impressed story of our life when we did the trek in mount rinjani. we had see lot of review says rinjani is the one of the amazing mountain in Indonesia and we started to looking for the picture in Internet. feeling interested to see the picture and really wanted to see real and love to taking picture with my own camera. We open the tripadvisior and we find great review from visitors and we started to get enquiry with one trekking agent Lune Rinjani, and we got detailed replay and decided to joined Lune Rinjani trekking team. finely we are lucky and feeling happy to reach lombok and more happy When we meet lune and he's team. The service we had more than we expected is really highly service and the trekking team is very hospitality and keeping us and very car of us. We have not complaining with we get all is bagus. is best team and service we had. The equipment is top priority with great warm and good quality. highly recommend. If someone have a planning you can find Lune Rinjani in Internet Google or another browser. You can meet him. For surely you will on great hands and team was so helping.
Temples in Bedugul
Ulun Danu Temple
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I knew that when it came time to write this I would have a clash of feelings. Before going to Bali, many years earlier, the image of the had summarized the vision of this temple floating on the waters of Lake Bratan. An image among rural areas, fueled by travel guides that were obsolete and expired. When I got there, a mini amusement park shook my memory. 1st, a high mountain architecture as if it were in Switzerland, governs and pervades the perimeter of the lake, a parking lot that was so organized which forces you to go through all the souvenir shops and other things , after paying a fee to enter the site by a landscaped garden and attention to detail. On the docks of Lake there are many businesses: parachute with motor rental, water skiing, boating and walking guides. And finally the temple, restored to satiety, embellished oriental to taste that attracts Westerners, but without the sepia tone. I'm here to keep that image in mind and perceive the current, which showed me a 17th century temple, no more old, who until recently was the exclusive property of reeds and lake perch, but changed his photogenic life. Not least deserves Danu, the goddess of the lake, not Buddha, which has a small stupa with several images of him oriented to the cardinal points. The image, I admit, remains unforgettable, keeps a little bit of magic, a silver lining which remains at the bottom of my memories. Try to merge the two without removing any. Time passes and the images of today will become sepia ...
Of Cultural Interest in Ubud
Barong Dance
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The Barong Dance is one of Bali's main cultural attractions. It's done within an outdoor arena of bleachers for spectators and the musicians sit on both sides with their Indonesian musical instruments. In the center, the legend of Ramayana, the struggle between good and evil, is depicted. The Barong is a mythological creature half-lion and half-dragon which represents the Good fighting Rangda, a witch representing Evil. Though it can get a bit hot and humid in the morning, it is price for enjoying this Balinese tradition and seeing some of their legends and culture.
Of Cultural Interest in Denpasar
Pura Goa Lawah
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And then the serpent. Because according to legend, in the depths of the great mountain, the darkest of the grotto, lives a giant snake, Basuki, a spirit that feeds on bats hanging from walls and ceilings. The snake was not able to see, but the thousands of bats that literally filled the cavern walls did see us. And the faithful who at the time held a church service in this temple that much with more than a thousand years old and is essential in Balinese life for its important role in the rituals associated with life and death. The heart of the complex, no doubt, is the cave that juts over thirty kilometers into the mountain to reach nothing other than Besakih, the largest complex of temples of Bali. Although this temple has a special charm, one which seems to emanate from the mountain, with its tall, elegant meru towers and colorful nature. In this area of ​​the island, starting the path to the west, less trite and touristic, people seem to live at a different pace. If in Bali in general you find tranquility and kindness, as we approached the west of the island we noticed that this land was defined by its population of people who were tranquil, quiet, and patient, even with people who were clearly outsiders to the area and to the culture.
Of Touristic Interest in Tabanan
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
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One place you can not miss on your visit to Bali, is the rice terraces. Across the island, we can see how the Balinese cultivate rice on terraces or balconies that go downhill, forming a green carpet in contrast with the blue of the sky. Over a thousand years ago the Balinese used this method to make terraces to plant their rice, and these terraces are called the steps that lead to the gods, since rice is very important part of liffe and religious traditions. Planting rice is followed by a ritual and there is also a special day to plant seedlings, and harvest. This ritual is offered to the gods to protect the harvest. Throughout the year, in Bali you can see these terraces, and there is no specific time because they usually get 2 or 3 crops of rice.The most important and also the most visited by tourists who come to the island, are the terraces of Jatiluwh, The terraces are located 1 hour from Denpasar, since the distance is about 50 km and are located in North Tabanan city about 700 meters above sea level. The word comes from Jati Jatiluwih and Luwih, Jati mean really and Luwih means special .. And it is absolutely true that as its name .. really special or beautiful