Indonesia and SE Asia


Itinerary:


Day 1-4 Kuala Lumpur

Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, staying at the Reggae Mansion backpackers hostel. I stayed in a private twin room which was amazing. Would recommend staying here. Tip: Stay in a private room and request the ground floor. The other rooms were very noisy, be warned!

Days 4-5 Bukit Lawang

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Northern Sumatra, then a 4hour car ride to Bukit Lawang. Time to settle in at the Hotel Orangutan, explore the village and go on a jungle trek before heading back to Medan.


Days 6-7 Yogyakarta

Arrived at Yogyakarta where I stayed at the Adhisthana hotel. Yogyakarta is highly recommended, lots of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Watched the sunrise over and then later visited Borobudur. Later visited Prambanan before flying to Bali.


Days 8-9 Ubud, Bali

Stayed in the beautiful Puri Gannga spa resort where I was treated like royalty for two nights and loved every second of it. Staff were amazing, as was the food, the resort and the spa. For Indonesian prices it was slightly expensive as to be expected but compared to European prices it was very cheap.

Days 9-16 Bali and the Gili Islands (Contiki Bali Island Hopper tour)

1 Night Harris Hotel Seminyak

3 Nights Aston Sunset Beach Resort, Gili Trawangan

2 Nights Lombok Island

1 Night Harris Hotel Seminyak

Days 17-19 Singapore

Staying at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway


Highlights:

Definitely gili t was my favourite destination. It’s so small it’s possible to walk the entire coastline. I loved the fact that there is no motorised transport, nothing like riding home in the pitch black late at night on your bike with the sound of the sea to keep you company and guide you home. It’s completely magical!

I loved hiking in the rainforest to see the monkeys and orangutans. But he prepared it is a hard trek although well worth it to see them in their natural habitats.

The best hotel was the spa resort in Bali. I expected it to be nice but I was waited on hand and foot the whole time I was there. Everything was to a high standard and I couldn’t have asked for better. They even gave me a gift when I left.

While I thoroughly enjoyed every part of my trip I wish I had taken a slower pace. If I was to do the trip again I’d definitely do this and take in more of the culture. It was also the end of Ramadan while I was there’s high I hadn’t realised. I was stuck in a ghost town with no where to eat, not even anywhere to buy a drink. Seeing the close knit communities celebrating definitely made up for it though!

 


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