Indonesia is a destination that every person needs to visit at least once during their lifetime. With a total population reaching nearly 250 Million, Indonesia is known for the diversity of its people, nature, islands, culture, and language. In 2015, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in this wonderful country for six amazing months, and today I would like to share six of my most memorable highlights along with some of my favorite photos.
Today's post is written by a special guest contributor, Jackie Taylor!
In September 2013 at the age of nineteen, Jackie embarked on her first solo overseas adventure and founded her blog, Wanderlust and Beyond. Three and a half years and dozens of passport stamps later, she has now visited over 26 countries on four continents and has lived abroad twice. While travelling, she enjoys socializing with locals, discovering the local culture & food options, and is always on the lookout for unique perspectives to capture through photography. To read some of Jackie’s recent adventure stories, visit her travel & lifestyle blog at :
This incredibly stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site originates all the way back to the 9th Century. Now known as the Largest Buddhist Temple in the World, it is hard to believe that Borobudur was once abandoned for hundreds of years (where it eventually became hidden under multiple layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth) and was not rediscovered until the year 1814!
Ubud Monkey Forest
Have you wanted to meet a monkey up close in person? If so, this is the perfect place to visit. Inside the Ubud Monkey Forest, it is not uncommon for wild monkeys to come right up to you (and sometimes even climb onto your shoulder). Make sure to be mindful of any loose belongings, as many of these monkeys are known to be quite mischievous and might just run away with your small camera or cellphone if they get their hands on it!
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
These famous rice paddy terraces were designed (and are still currently maintained) using an ancient Balinese cooperative irrigation system, where it successfully operates by the shared labour of the entire Tegallalang village community. This is a very popular destination for travellers, as it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With a population of over 10 Million people, this capital city is known as “The Gateway to Indonesia.” Within Jakarta, there are many significant monuments, landmarks, museums, and two of South East Asia’s largest shopping malls. When getting around in Jakarta, it is best to go by taxi (which is very inexpensive). However, it is important to be aware that traffic congestion can be VERY hectic during peak times and rush hours.
Located on the southwestern tip of Bali, Uluwatu is a cliff-side region where you will find many spectacular views along with very pristine beaches. My recommendation for a day trip would be to visit Sunday’s Beach Club. To access it, visitors can take an inclinator down the cliff to reach a stunning stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind, and if you are feeling adventurous, guests also have access to kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, where many colorful fish can be seen up close! If you choose to stay until sunset, you can then enjoy one of their nightly beachside bonfires.
Bogor Botanical Gardens
Located in the city of Bogor, this beautiful Botanical Garden is the oldest garden in all of Southeast Asia. It was originally established in 1744, where its original purpose was to protect the seeds of rare trees. With a total area of over 210 acres, along with 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants, I highly recommend visiting these gardens for a day trip. (+ Be sure to bring lots of drinking water with you!)
Thank you, Jackie, for your guest-post!
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I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.