Indonesia Islands; Plenty to Explore! 

Indonesia islands form a huge archipelago; and yes, including Bali which is still offering the most hotels and attractions. The government is developing many more hubs because the sheer number of different cultures, languages, religions, old and new centers of interest and influence are absolutely mindboggling. The last count revealed that Indonesia consists of more than 17508 islands; big ones and tiny ones; lots of destinations to travel to.

The Capital is Huge, Modern, Based on Plenty of History  

The capital of this remarkable archipelago is Jakarta and is situated on the north west of the island of Java. It is a modern city with plenty of things to explore:

Stay at one of the multitude of interesting hotels, here is one of them. And if you love modern art and want to be treated like a royal stay at the Raffles.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is Indonesia’s miniature park. It was started by Mrs Tien Suharto the wife of the second president of the Republic of Indonesia. It is situated in the eastern part of the city.

Monas is the national monument, situated smack in the middle of the commercial center, between the old town and the new.

The area of Jakarta is getting bigger and bigger; people like to own their own houses and therefore move to the suburbs where new housing complexes complete with schools, shopping and health centers and ample entertainment. We spent a new years eve in one of these new hubs listening to a famous Indonesian singer.

The citizens of Jakarta like to spend their weekends in the cool mountainous area of Bogor and Puncak, a 2 hour drive out of the bustling city. Here you can spend a night at Villa Tunas Alam Mutiara in English 2. part is here, then Bahasa Indonesia, Comments page and visit the famous, well maintained Taman Safari. On the way to Cisarua, stop at the well-known Botanical Garden in Bogor

Java; the Most Populated Indonesia Island

This quite long and narrow Indonesia island to the south of Malaysia and Singapore and east of Sumatra has been cultivated for thousands of years. It is a rich land with a long history and refined culture. The great Majapahit Empire reached and traded with the eastern island for spices and influenced a vast territory that reached up to today’s Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Bandung, the Paris von Java

With its cool climate and lush surrounding is worth a weekend trip. We have explored the more fun and active part inf forests and mountains; besides of course the shopping in Factory Outlets at good prices and exploring the Sundanese food. We stayed at wooden cabins at Grafika with and awesome Flying Fox and Tom and Fithri went glamping at Dusun Bambu

Cirebon, a Sleepy Harbor Town

It is situated along the north shore and has been the capital of a sultanate with a long history and Sundanese culture. Tom has visited a new and modern hotel there. 

Discover the center of the island which is still quite rural. Travel through endless rice fields and farm villages and take a breather from the fast paced live of the city. Close to Purwokerto is the dam of the Serayu River where you can enjoy a beautiful serene view and some water sports. Stay a night or two at Hotel Tunas Alam, just off the main highway.

The Historic and Student City of Jogjakarta

One of Indonesia islands royal city. The sultan and his family are still genuinely revered and executing duties as an Abti Dale(place servant) is still a great honor. You can visit it, at least some parts showcasing Javanese culture and history.

Do not miss the famous Malioboro street for shopping and late night dining. 

Tom, Fithri and Azzam have stayed in this green and modern hotel. They also enjoyed rafting and swimming in a river nearby.

Kathy and I traveled to Jogjakarta to watch Prambanan Jazz. We stayed in GQ Hotel close to the airport and on the way to Prambanan Temple.

This time we traveled from Solo to Jogjakarta by train and stayed in a Hotel 1001 Malam, a small accommodation in a tiny alleyway close to Malioboro Street. Then we moved to Griya Wijilan Guest House nearby the Keraton Hadiningrat or palace.

Solo/Surakarta the Cradle of Javanese Culture

Kathy and I had the opportunity to get an invitation to the Coronation Anniversary of

SISKS (His Highness) PAKOE BOEWONO XIII at the (palace) Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat and watched the sacred dance Bedhoyo Ketawang in April 2016. 

A very special event indeed for Indonesia Islands and its royalty since Indonesia is a Republic. The sultans or rajahs have pure cultural and ceremonial powers and the ones still active are only a few, Solo and Jogjakarta included. Read our experience part I and part II; and yes you too could get an invitation for the next year

To be be immersed into Javanese Culture we stayed at The Royal Surakarta Heritage hotel and also at the simpler Aziza Hotel an Islamic style accommodation.

We went to watch a Wayang Wong Theater, visited the interesting Batik Museum by Danar Hadi with a vast collection of rare pieces; and of course had to taste the special foods, went shopping and used public transport.

Bali, the Most Famous Indonesia Islands

Luxury Hotels in Bali:

In Nusa Dua, the far south Nikki Beach Bali; The WestinInaya Putri Bali

Jimbaran, south of the airport The Four SeasonsBalquisse Heritage HotelAbi Hotel and Rimba

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