Indonesia Is More Than Just Beautiful Beaches

Indonesia Is More Than Just Beautiful Beaches

Ujung Kulon National ParkUjung Kulon National Park / Image Credit: TripAdvisor

Many travellers visit Indonesia for its beautiful beaches like Bali, but what many don’t know is that the country also has a lot more to offer, like delicious food!

With over 17,000 islands, there are distinctive hometown influences to create a cuisine that’s dynamic and diverse. Indonesian food is also known for having strong, intense flavours due to its use of herbs and spices.

Delicious Eats

Nasi Padang Nasi Padang / Image Credit: migrationology

You can’t say that you’ve travelled to Indonesia if you haven’t had Nasi Padang. If it’s your first time, don’t be surprised to have your entire table filled with stacks of delicious food. The dishes range from vegetables to a variety of meats done in different styles, including offal for the adventurous.

Gado-GadoGado-Gado / Image Credit: The Jakarta Post

Gado-Gado is great if you’re looking for something on the lighter side. It’s sold at many street stalls along the roads of Indonesia and also affordable. Gado-Gado is essentially Indonesia’s take on salad — vegetables and rice cakes topped with thick, creamy peanut sauce and crispy keropok (cracker).

Bebek GorengBebek Goreng / Image Credit: Seth Lui

Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, Bebek Goreng (fried duck) is another super satisfying dish that you must try in Indonesia.

Served with rice and a plate of chilli, it can also be found at street stalls. If duck isn’t your cup of tea, the next best thing on the list Ayam Penyet (smashed chicken) will leave you asking for more.

Ayam PenyetAyam Penyet / Image Credit: Wanista

With all the fried food you’re having, a bowl of Bakso (beef meatball noodle soup) will help you end your meal on a hearty (and meaty) note.

Bakso / Image Credit: RumahMesin

Too full from the yummy fried food? You can opt for Bakso without the noodles!

Explore Hidden Gems

Indonesia is also home to many scenic nature spots. Be amazed by the many majestic sights when you travel out of Jakarta.

Curug CibeureumCurug Cibeureum / Image Credit: TripCanvas Indonesia

Curug CikasoCurug Cikaso / Image Credit: TripCanvas Indonesia

Curug CigangsaCurug Cigangsa / Image Credit: TripCanvas Indonesia

Go waterfall hopping in Geopark Ciletuh and Surade. The many stunning waterfalls are absolutely worth the two-hour drive from Jakarta.

Tebing Panenjoan
Tebing Panenjoan / Image Credit: TripCanvas Indonesia

The gorgeous lookout spot, Tebing Panenjoan, before you enter Ciletuh Geopark makes for Instagram-worthy photos that will turn your friends green with envy!

Animal lovers will love the Ujung Kulon National Park, one of eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Indonesia that houses the endangered Javan Rhino.

Javan Rhino
Javan Rhino / Image Credit: TripCanvas Indonesia

Spot a wide variety of wildlife as you take a slow hike up the peak, or go jungle trekking for a chance to see other endangered species of plants and animals.

Snorkeling at Peucang Island
Snorkeling at Peucang Island / Image Credit: Peucang Island Ecotourism

Snorkeling in the blue waters of Peucang Island or the other islands in the vicinity is also a popular activity among visitors.

Image Credit: Parang Via Ferrata

Image Credit: Parang Via Ferrata

For the adrenaline junkies, here’s your chance to conquer the second highest via ferrata in Asia. Just an hour’s drive away from Jakarta, Parang Via Ferrata lets you enjoy breathtaking sights of Jatiluhur reservoir and the surrounding villages as you scale the vertical cliff along a protected climbing route.

Jetaway Now

Indonesia is affordable in general, and you can dine like kings and queens and enjoy the many sports and nature activities without breaking the bank.
On top of that, you get to enjoy exclusive ASEAN@50 deals when you book your flights here and hotel here!


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