Why I love Indonesia

I have just returned from the most amazing trip to Indonesia, if you haven’t visited this magnificent country then you need to get there very soon!

I’m kind of disappointed I hadn’t visited it sooner! I went through Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali. It was my first time but definitely not my last!

Here’s why I instantly fell in love with Indonesia:

The People

The warmth you feel from the local people in Indonesia is like no other place on the planet. From the moment you get off the plane, the immigration officials are smiling (which if you’ve traveled a bit you’ll know is rare!). Everyone was so welcoming and always wiling to help us if ever we had a problem. I always felt safe there and was surprised each day by the local people.

We had a few homestays along the way and I can’t recommend doing them enough. The hosts were absolutely brilliant and I would say they were the best part of our trip. Make an effort to try and chat with the locals, use sign language if there’s a language barrier, I guarantee you’ll have fun!

The Prices

With some average research it’s quite easy to find very affordable accommodation throughout Indonesia. I guess it all depends on your definition of cheap, but I’d say it’s one of the best places I’ve been to.

If you’re travelling with a friend you can expect to pay $20 for a twin room, with aircon and Wi-Fi – that’s only 10$ per person, which is pretty good by any definition! Of course if you feel like treating yourself then you can pay around $100 for absolute luxury. I think you should treat yourself because it’s not often you can stay in a top quality hotel for such little money. The added bonus is you get to relax, rejuvenate and refuel ready for the next adventure or long bus journey!

The Food

I never thought I would say it about any food, but I think that Indonesian food might just be on par with Thai food – if you know me then you’ll know that that’s a big seal of approval! You get a combination of everything with the food; spicy, sweet, bitter and salty are all tastes you’ll find. Nasi Goren, satay and rending are world famous, but I would advise you to move away from those dishes, after you’ve tried them once. I loved the gado gado you buy from the street stalls, it’s fired tempeh and absolutely delicious! If you want to get some authentic flavours you should always stroll around and find the restaurant that is packed with locals!

Have you been to Indonesia? Did you love it as much as I did? I would love to hear about all our wonderful experiences and any tips you can share with me for my next visit. I think I’ll be heading there early in 2018, so please do tell me everything! Just put your thoughts down in the comment section below. Thanks guys and girls!