We have exciting news, especially for those of you fascinated by coffee, directional temples, local tribes that have literally protected themselves from exterior influences by way of walls encircling their villages, spectacular beaches that invite the most amazing parties, and ruins that rival Myanmar’s Bagan and Cambodia’s Angkor in terms of historical importance.
We bring you Indonesia – one of the world’s largest and most fascinating countries.
Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, is a diverse streetscape that encompasses the remarkable Kraton Compound which even today serves as the Sultan’s Palace. Yogyakarta is also a prime base from which to explore nearby Borobudur, a colossal Buddhist relic which looms out of a patchwork of bottle-green paddies and swaying palm tops and is one of the continent’s marvels.
You have doubtless heard about Bali and its many appealing features. Among them are the directional temples – locally called kahyangan jagat – and deliberately situated on the edge of cliffs, in caves and on mountaintops to ward off evil spirits from the island. Their spectacular locations also make a day trip to any one of the temples well worth it.
At Bali’s eastern end is Tenganan, which up to the 1970s was considered by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies in the Indonesian archipelago. While things have changed, this inspiring Bali Aga community has retained a staunch local culture including a unique village layout and architecture, as well as a series of centuries-long traditions and ceremonies that will leave a powerful impression on visitors more accustomed to modern living.
Also on Bali is Ubud, a major centre for spiritual health which gained fame as the destination for Julia Roberts in the Hollywood movie Eat, Pray, Love. While it’s certainly much more than just cinema fodder, Ubud’s laid-back serenity and numerous spas will enthrall even the most cynical traveler.
South Bali is, of course, party central – especially in South Kuta, which teems with nightlife, bars, restaurants, discotheques and beach living. There is more than that in the area, though, with surfing excursions, cultural treks to the Uluwatu Temple where you can see the world-famous Kecak Dance, and island-hopping opportunities abound.
Whether you’re a family, an individual traveler, a tourist, a couple or a group of best friends, you’ll find Indonesia a fascinating place to explore.
Nezasa has two itineraries on its plate for Indonesia: The Java to Bali Overland Explorer and South Bali Highlights & Beach. Check out our itineraries – which are, of course, fully customizable. More itineraries are coming soon, but you can just contact us if you’re looking for anything that’s not online yet. Newlyweds can also check out our special honeymoon itinerary which takes you to some of the most romantic resort settings in Southeast Asia.