Canggu is Bali’s most popular location for digital nomads. Its location right off the beach, surrounded by ricefields and not yet polluted by heckling street sellers and honking taxi’s, make it a comfortable place to live. The dozens of delicious restaurants, quirky cafés and gorgeous boutiques don’t exactly hurt either! It’s hipster paradise. I got to live in Canggu for two months and during that time I ate out almost every single day. That’s how I collected the 28 best cafes and best restaurants in Canggu, Bali. I can’t wait to go back and add to it!
In November I went to Java on a press trip for a week and a half! Without a doubt, the most amazing destination I have ever had to visit for my blog and I can not wait to share my itinerary with you. This is the exact route I followed, but in terms of the amount of days in one place, it did change a little. For example, you spend less days in Jakarta, but longer in Semarang and Solo, cities that I didn’t really get to see.
Java is truly a beautiful island, the most important island of Indonesia even, because this is where the capital and government are located. In addition, about 60% of the population lives on Java, while it represents only about 7% of Indonesia’s land mass. Java is green, has amazing temples, and beautiful culture, so you shouldn’t miss it when you travel to Indonesia. Also nice: there is no malaria on Java (and Bali) so you don’t have to worry about that! The route for Java that I share with you today is mainly focused on West and Central Java. If you want to see a all of Java, you’ll need at least two to three weeks, but with this Java route you will certainly see all the big highlights!
If you are traveling to Java in Indonesia, you are likely to visit Yogyakarta during your trip. It is one of the best known cities in the country, is the capital of the province with the same name, and has more than half a million inhabitants. The main reason to visit Jogja, as locals call it, is because of its location near Borobudur and Prambanan. As a result, many tourists visit the city, making it a focus point for tourism and is thus full of fun cafés and restaurants. There are also many interesting buildings to admire.
Yogyakarta is considered to be one of Java’s most important cultural cities. You can therefore find many traditional forms of art here: batik, ballet or puppet shows. Did you know that Yogyakarta used to be the capital city of Indonesia for four years? That was between 1945 and 1949, during the Indonesian Revolution. As a result of the Dutch colonisation there are many monumental buildings, while Indonesian influences can be seen everywhere as well. Here are eight great things to do during your visit to Yogyakarta.
It’s been too long since I last wrote something about Indonesia, but I still have so much to share with you guys! Java is famous for its beautiful temples, and I have been lucky enough to visit some temples during my trip through Indonesia last year. One of my favorite temples was Prambanan. This is the largest Hindu-Javanese temple complex in Indonesia, and definitely worth a visit. This is what you should know before visiting Prambanan.
I’ve been on my fair share of press trips for the blog, but it’s not often that I get to go on one that has something so amazing on the schedule as seeing the sunrise at Borobudur. A true bucket list experience. Ok, so you do have to get up really early, but this is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never ever forget, right? I experienced the sunrise at Borobudur, and now I am here to give you tips for your own trip. Is it really worth it?
Whoops… I visited Indonesia quite a while ago, but I just never got around to writing about it. But I hereby pledge I’m going to start, I promise! At the end of November I spent about 1.5 week on Java, which was just great. It was a press trip, which meant that the whole itinerary was set in stone. As you can imagine, this had its pros and cons. But it definitely gave me a good idea of all the things you can do on this island, and whether or not I would’ve made the same choices if I would’ve gone alone.
Our journey started in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where we spent two days. Jakarta has a bit of a bad reputation amongst travellers. Some people feel there’s not a lot to do and it’s too crowded. If you want to know what I think, read on! But first I will share my travel guide with you: how to spend 24 hours in Jakarta!
On the misty hills of Java you’ll find a temple complex that hardly anyone knows about, but which is breathtakingly beautiful: Gedong Songo. If you could capture magic in one place and one experience, it’s this one: riding a horse through this temple complex in Central Java. Writing a blogpost is rather hard when you feel so lost for words! I feel so privileged that I got to experience this. It’s not my first time on the back of a horse: I used to ride horses as a child and though it ended quite traumatically (hanging upside down with one foot in the stirrup), I still like to get up on the horse every now and then for the most special travel experiences. I did it once in Yosemite, and this time I grabbed my opportunity in Indonesia. It also led to the most unflattering photo of me of all time, by the way. You’ll have to get me real drunk to get me to show you that one :).
But first let me tell you something about the Gedong Songo temple complex. We made a stop there while traveling from Semarang to Solo, two cities in Central Java. This complex is unknown amongst foreign tourists, which made it a great spot to visit for a private experience. This was especially the case when I visited: it was the end of November, which meant there was hardly anyone there. I think I’ve seen about twenty other tourists while walking around this huge complex. The rest of the people were locals! Let me quickly tell you more about Gedong Songo so you can start planning your visit :).