Are you on a budget? Debating where to travel to? If someone has not already convinced you to go to Bali/Indonesia, let me take this opportunity to give it a go.
If you are in the process of planning a trip, you will know that there are heaps of options available.
If you have zeroed in on exploring South-East Asia, you will be utterly confused by the internet throwing all the cultural diversity and the food options and the cheap flight tickets onto your screen. So, what should be done? You need to make a decision quick.
Sure spots like Thailand and The Philippines quickly spring to mind, but have you thought about travelling around Indonesia?
Some people I know have spent years around this part of the world and while I didn’t get the chance to live there like my friends did, this conglomerate of beautiful destinations had me going back for second and third helpings.
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Whether you’re planning 2 weeks in Bali or a honeymoon in Bali, there’s plenty on offer that is going to leave your senses satiated.
Here, let us look at some reasons your next ticket should be to Indonesia/Bali.
1. Beach Please!
Do you like them beaches? (haha ignore the pun it was totally unintentional) South East Asia is the place you want to go to!
From the chilled out, serene beaches of Lombok to Gili Trawangan – where the parties come in waves or the hipster filled beaches of Canggu, there’s a beach for everybody (oh my god I am on a roll with the beaches).
2. World Class Waves
If you are a surfer or want to learn the art, you will absolutely love the vibe of this place. There are surf breaks scattered all over the place! I mean I know a lot of people that just like to sit back on the beach with a drink and watch people get wiped out by the waves!
What’s not to like!?
Choose from the famous collection of waves – the soft and mellow left handers of Medwi in Bali to the world famous G-Land in Java.
Don’t really know how to surf but want to!? Well, you don’t have to worry because there are plenty of spots for beginners too – There are numerous surf camps lining the beaches and island hopping surf camps.
If you have a liking for the waves, you’re really gonna have to think of a solid reason not to surf here.
3. Scuba Diving
If you like being underwater, Indonesia has got your back.
There are many stunning dive sites scattered around Indonesia – here you go.
- The famous world heritage site of Komodo National Park.
- The epic dive sites of Raja Ampat.
- The famous Liberty Shipwreck in Tullumben
- The drift dives of Nusa Lembongan – there’s something to suit all levels and experience of diver.
If you like the fancy stuff like Manta Rays or Mola Mola or if you are a fan of the macro life, you will be strapped for time with all the choices down here in Indonesia(now you see why people feel the need to extend their visa?)
Which one to choose is a highly personal choice so I leave it up to you!
4. Kicking Back On Island Time
There’s LITERALLY so many to choose from! And personally speaking I am just getting started with these islands!
So, here’s a list of my personal favourties:
- Bali (obviously!)
- Gili Trawangan (go there for the amazing parties)
- Nusa Lembongan (The WAVES my friend, the WAVES)
- Komodo Island (do it for the dragons).
Im sure that list is going to expand once I explore more of this region and I am eager to hear about your suggestions!
5. The Food -the Warungs
Food has always been an integral part of my travels. This part of the world uses a lot of spices, just like Indians do – and they do it amazingly well.
Whether you are eating the staple dish – Nasi or Mie Goreng (fried rice or fried noodles), or trying some steamed veggies with nut sauce – Gado Gado or checking out some of the buffets at the Warungs (local restaurants) you are in for a food experience of a lifetime!
The abundance of western travelers has made it easy to find pizza, pasta and burgers in most places…just make sure you taste the local dishes too!
6. The Friendly People
There is not many destinations in the world that can be labelled as welcoming. Some are beautiful, some are mesmerising, some are busy, some are cheap – but South East Asia is all of the above AND welcoming!
No matter which part of Indonesia you go, it is hard to look over the fact that the people are so welcoming.
Always asking you how you like their country, taking selfies, making friendly interactions and basically just making you feel comfortable and welcomed. You will not for a second feel unsafe – although some people have had bad experiences, but the good ones far outdo the bad ones.
You will surely get a little overwhelmed with all the people trying to sell you stuff but they do so with a smile goddammit!
7. Oh it is SO Budget Friendly!
I am a cheap traveller – and proudly so! Well, I don’t know about you, but I am not about eating in expensive restaurants ALL the time.
I like to keep my trips on a budget which allows me to travel more and the fact that this region of the world is so budget friendly is absolutely one of my favorite reasons to travel South East Asia in general.
From amazing local warungs (means restaurants – remember?), ice cold Bintangs (that’s a new one and it means beer) on the beach and a variety of guest houses all over the place to choose from… you could easily lose track of time here.
It is so cheap you will feel like moving there. In fact, many people I know have already made the move!
So When Are You Heading To Indonesia?
Well, if you have time and money to spare, you shouldn’t wait another minute before booking your flight! Being a predominantly cheap destination, the world is trying to go there, which means the flight tickets might be expensive, but you could check out how to find cheap tickets here.
Check out how to sort out your visa on arrival to Bali and if you’re in the mood for it like I was/am/always will be, check out the Bali Visa Extension guidelines here.