Post Last Modified – February 17, 2021
A Travel Guide To Beautiful Bali & Lombok Indonesia
Indonesia is a truly underrated land of magic! Rich in culture, home to topographical expansiveness and geographical wonders, this South-East Asian gem is a must visit for those seeking beauty and wonder. Looking for Indonesian highlights not to be missed?
Youve landed on the right site! Planning a trip can be an intimidating task, especially when there is so much to see! Read this guide for the perfect 2 week itinerary for Indonesia, to truly experience the best this country has to offer.
First, check out this amazing short video on beautiful Lombok.
The Lombok Story – YouTube Video
Indonesia – A Brief Introduction & Travel Tips
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Indonesia is home to over 17,000 beaches, volcanic mountains, friendly locals, unforgettable carnivals, ancient temples and majestic waterfalls. It holds a special place in the heart of all those who dare to visit.
While we truly believe that even a couple of months fall short for truly experiencing the beauty of this country, we realize that not all of us can pack our bags and traipse across the world.
For all those looking to experience the true essence of this country, we have compiled an enviable itinerary that is sure to be remembered.
Lets start, shall we?
Indonesia Travel Tips
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Best Time To Travel
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Indonesia experiences two types of weather throughout the year. There’s the Dry season and the Wet season. Each season has its own perks and drawbacks, but is sure to be enjoyed in their own essence. This, thanks to a plethora of activities to enjoy.
The Dry season spans from the months of May to September. While the rain falls washing this tropical country leaving it lush, muddy and wet between October through April. The best part is that Indonesia has a warm tropical climate with temperatures reaching a warm average of 28C during the daytime throughout the year.
If you are not a fan of water-sport activities and muddy roads and want to bask in the glorious warmth, visit during the dry season. But be warned, the country tends to get packed with tourists during the peak season!
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Tourist Visas
A 30 day valid visa on arrival is available for over 169 countries, for visitors traveling to Indonesia.
If you fall in love with the place and are craving to extend your stay, you can extend your stay. There’s a special queue at Immigration Customs to apply for the extended stay tourist visa.
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Indonesian Food
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Contrary to the popular belief that Indonesian food is comprised of bland noodles and rice, the food here is truly underrated and deserves more recognition!
Compared to other counties in the region, the food here offers a burst of all kinds of flavor. Local dishes will leave your mouth-watering for the delicious morsels of the rich Indonesian cuisine. Enjoy generous flavors of coconut milk and spices fused together to create delectable cuisine.
Unsure of what to amaze your taste buds with first?
Try the amazing local hero dishes such as; the Rendang; the absolutely wonderful mixture of spices cooked in coconut milk. These are typically made with beef or other variations that originated from Padang, Sumatra. It has a spicy, scintillating taste that has earned it a spot in the list of CNN Travels Worlds Most Delicious Food.
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Budget Travel
Indonesia guarantees a lifetime of memories for you, no matter how deep or shallow your pockets may be. After all, why should fun come at the cost of your annual savings?
It is entirely possible to enjoy an action packed two week trip to Indonesia on a limited budget. Considering that the country is pretty reasonable and cheap, when compared to other famous holiday destinations around the world.
We advise you to book hotels, air tickets and even tours months in advance. This, so to avail early-bird discounts and special offers. The peak season is during the summer break (June/July) and New Years. Airline tickets, hotels and various other prices tend to hike considerably during the peak season in Indonesia. Such is the case like everywhere else in the world.
Travelling at the start of the wet season from October to March will be cheaper and more suitable for those on a tighter budget. Also, for those who dont mind a wee bit of rain! Staying at hostels, eating local delicacies and using public transport, will allow you to still experience Indonesia at its best and more affordably.
Trust us, traveling to this exotic destination is incredibly affordable!
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Currency
The currency is Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). As an example; 20,000 Rp is approximately $1.36 USD & $1.04 Pound Sterling at the time of this post.
For those on a tight budget, you should be able to easily travel on 500,000 Rp per day for your daily living expenses.
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Indonesian Language & Friendly Locals
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With over 300 different languages, sprout amazing heritage and culture in Indonesia. But the beauty of it all, is that one National language binds almost everyone: the Bahasa Indonesia.
This largest Islamic country boasts the most number of temples that are a pure beauty to view. Yogyakarta is deemed as the spiritual and cultural epicenter. With electric concerts, incredible art exhibitions and a taste of heritage displayed via shadow-puppet shows that go all night.
Yogyakarta is also a wonderful place to explore the huge Hindu temple complex, the Prambanan.
Bali Lombok Indonesia Travel Guide – Indonesian Culture & Festivals
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The best part about Indonesia is the multi-culture that stems from different religions such as; Hinduism and Buddhism too.
The Muslim Month of Ramadan is an entire month of religious fasting and abstinence. We advise our travelers to wait until the end of Ramadan, which is usually May-July. This, because most of the eateries and stores are closed during this period.
However, a good tip is to utilize this month to book hotels and transportation. The Balinese New Year Nyepi is celebrated in March and is definitely worth witnessing!
Getting To Indonesia
Travelling via air is considered to be the fastest and most efficient way of travelling abroad. Indonesia has some excellent and recently upgraded international airports, that are sophisticated and full of world-class amenities.
Almost all the major international airlines service Indonesia. Many airlines may make stops in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore first.
Indonesias main national airline is Garuda Indonesia. This airline serves Jakarta and Bali via Asia, Amsterdam and Australia. Air Asia is a cheaper alternative that serves numerous Indonesian destinations. These include flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Australia and Kuala Lumpur.
Airports such as; Soekarno Hatta International Airport and Tanggerang are the busiest and most crowded of airports. They offer remarkable architecture and facilities. The most punctual airport in the world (what a dream, right?) is the Juanda Airport in Surabaya.
The departure tax is always included in yourtotal airfare. There are 8 more airports that are ultra-modern, serving passengers traveling to Indonesia from all corners of the world.
A helpful trick is to search for cheaper tickets and hot deals online before booking your ticket to save some bucks!
Travel By Boat & Ferry
Cruise in the wonderful blue as you embark on your journey to Indonesia via Sea. Belawan (Medan), Dumai and Padang Sumatra are the main ports in the country. Other Ferries travel to Belawan and Padang via Malaysia.
Getting Around Indonesia
Indonesia is home to countless islands with each offering something profound and distinctive. The next step after you arrive is figuring out how to travel between the Indonesian Islands.
The smartest and most enjoyable option? Travel via water, of course!
Ferries rule the Indonesian waters. You can find regular ones that travel between the most famous islands such as Bali, Sumatra, Lombok and Java.
Pelni is the largest ferry company and is State run. It has passenger lines that run through all major ports. ASDP is another ferry line that runs about 180 ferry routes across the state.
Tickets can be conveniently booked online. Other popular options include air travel, rails, boats and buses too!
The domestic airlines such as Garuda, Lion Air and Air Asia are good options for air travel between the islands.
Buses are a great source of urban travel for getting around affordably. It is only Jakarta for now, that offers a well-maintained bus service with affordable tickets. The network of roads and the quality are consistently improving in the country. We would not suggest driving between smaller islands, as they tend to get muddy and inconvenient.
Remember, you will need a valid International Driver’s permit if you are not from ASEAN member states. In Indonesia you drive on the left side of the road. Speed limits are usually up to 31 mph intercity, 62 mph on highways and 50 mph in rural areas.
Railway networks are extensive in the Country. The PT Kereta Api is the Indonesian train operator offering business, executive and economy class travel for travelers on all budgets.
Where To Stay In Indonesia
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Whether you crave luxury, budgeted options or natural locations to truly experience the Indonesian beauty, there are plenty of options to choose from!
For luxury accommodation head to the exotic Island of Bali. Certainly a destination that has put Indonesia on the world map of favorite holiday destinations. Trust-worthy 5 star hotel chains such as; Four Seasons Resort (Sayan) Amandari Bali, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort and the COMO Shambala Estate are award-winning hotel chains and resorts.
Such resorts will pamper you and leave you wanting to return for more!
Looking for humble options?
Head to what is known as bread and butter hotels and restaurants. Such places include; Bread and Jam Hotel, Captain Goose and Lokal Bali House are great budget option hostels. Luxury villas and Airbnb’s are also good options. Be sure to check host details before planning on staying at an Airbnb of your choice.
Renting a Kost or hostel in Indonesia is a suitable option and very easy to do-just pay upfront and enjoy!
Bali Lombok Indonesia – Travel Guide 2 Weeks
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Day 1-3 Bali – Denpasar
Bali, the iconic Indonesian Island that has managed to stay the focus of attention for years and years. It is the tourist hub of Indonesia and it makes sense to embark on your two-week travel plan in Indonesia starting from here.
Lets start off with the city that lies to the South of Bali- Denpasar. This is the Capital City of Bali. There is plenty to do in this bustling city and we recommend taking 3 days to fully explore it.
Roam around the city market to taste distinctive fresh fruits and vegetables. Or just marvel at the local handicrafts and buy a precious token for back home.
History lovers will enjoy the Bali Museum to learn more about the citys historical background.
A must-visit is definitely the Bird Market and experience the quaint flitter flutter of a hundred exotic bird species and also pets in this quaint little market bustling with local flavors.
We recommend visiting the city center to look at the Jaganatha temple too.
Visit the Puputan square, the open urban modern space that also features the eerie suicidal stand of Rajas of Badung. You must head to Uluwatu that is perched on a cliff one hour south and has a very famous surfing spot!
Marvelous temples await your arrival here. To the north and just an hour away, you must now head to Ubud, the Balinese wonder!
Day 4, 5 & 6 – Ubud
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Ubud has plenty more to offer than just rice terraces. Modern buildings, luxurious spaces, posh cafes and swanky restaurants are to name a few. Enjoy thrilling water rafting in the Ayung River nestled in lush green tropical forests.
The Ubud Art market and the Sacred Monkey Forest sanctuary are must-visit spots!
Day 7, 8, 9 Mount Batur, Amed & Tulamben – 3 days Recommended
Mount Batur is an experience that is best described when it is lived!
This active Volcano site in Ubud is a 2 to 3 hour hike that will take you to the most gorgeous views. Also, the Crater Lake Batur can be seen. Gaze at the local villages from the top and book a sunrise tour. Witness the sun rise on the horizon, as it illuminates this volcanic site.
You cannot climb the volcano without a proper tour guide.
Agung is the tallest mountain in Bali, while Amed is a pretty fishing village with boats daintily dotting the shore. The Hot diving spot is Tulamben. It is renowned for having some of the best diving sites found in Bali.
Lombok and Gili Islands
Day 9 & 10 – 6 days Recommended
Head to the calmer and less crowded neighbor of Bali. the ever so gorgeous Lombok. A hidden Indonesian Gem, where a plethora of activities await your arrival. Spend your days here enjoying amazing waves for surfing, diving, water rafting and the most thrilling sport of all-Paragliding.
Hike to the active volcano site that is Mount Rinjani, and camp at the top to witness its true splendor at sunrise.
Day 11 & 12 – Lombok
We suggest that you truly enjoy the multitude of things to do on Lombok Island. It is so different from what you will experience in Bali. The splendid Tanjung Ringgit Eco Region in south-east Lombok awaits your arrival!
This stunning region is a well-preserved wonder that hosts the worlds only pink-sand beaches and unique limestone cliffs. Both will leave you awe-struck with their sheer beauty!
Witness this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or enjoy the process of culturing a South Sea pearl, at a pearl farm on the north coast of Lombok.
Day 13 & 14 – Explore Magical Waterfalls
You must enjoy the ultimate glory of Lombok by visiting its magical waterfalls that await your arrival. One such waterfall as the Sendang Gile.
Also be sure to visit the River of Gods. A goose-bump inducing name given to the holy temple of Suranadi. This beautiful temple is situated in the Suranadi Natural Park, that hosts the dazzling Benang Kelambu Waterfall. A site that will steal your breath away, surrounded by lush green forests.
It is truly a piece of paradise!
Where to visit next?
South East Asia is a gem that the world often neglects. Now that your 2-week itinerary to Indonesia draws to an end, why not start planning your next trip? Why not travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Cambodia?
Witness another flavor of life, art and culture that is distinctive to South East Asia!
Dea is a local from Indonesia and Marketing Representative with Invest Islands. You can learn more and check out their blog posts and their recent article on What To Do In Lombok Island.
I am happy to present this collaborative guest post in the hopes of offering some interesting travel inspiration and helpful information to you as well.
I’ve also listed the Official Indonesia Tourism link below to their website page for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful Country has to offer.
Safe and Healthy Travels!
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