When I go through my pictures I can’t sometimes decide which one are my favorite. Which place put a spell on me, which scents and colors I remember most. But the most important is to bring back memories and pictures do it very well. For that reason I decided to prepare a very subjective post with fifteen favorite pictures from Indonesia – my best of – of course narrowing the map of Indonesia to the islands we have visited :) Java, Bali, Lombok.
I wonder which picture You would choose as a number one? :) And which place You would like to visit or recall as favorite of your visit in Indonesia?
15. Rinjani, Lombok
14. Bromo, Java
13. Bromo, Java
12. Ubud surroundings, Bali
11. Rinjani, Lombok
10. View of the Agung on Bali from Rinjani volcano, Lombok
9. Bromo surroundings, Java
8. Prambanan, Java
7. Kawah Ijen, Java, on the way
6. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
5. Kawah Ijen, Java
4. Rinjani, Lombok
3. Rinjani, Lombok
2. Borobudur, Java
1. Kawah Ijen, Java
These forms kind of small list of my “must see” in Indonesia, so what is worth seeing on Java, Bali and Lombok?
| A complex of active (strato) volcano in eastern Java. The caldera is about 20 km in diameter, height of 2799 m above sea level. Kawah Ijen owns the world’s largest, acid crater lake with a diameter of 1 km. Inside the crater are also hot springs and fumaroles having temperature of 170-245 deg. Celsius (some sources say up to 600 deg. Celsius). Ceramic pipes placed near the volcanic lake discharge sulfuric gas, which when cooled becomes a red liquid, and then hardens by changing to yellow blocks of almost pure sulfur. The last eruption took place in 2002. Kawah Ijen is not only a miracle of nature it is also a place of hard and deadly work of Indonesian miners. Apparently, their life expectancy is 40 years. Baskets weigh 60 to 90 kilograms. They receive 800 rupees per kilogram of sulfur. Often they do not protect themselves against toxic vapours.
| It is an active volcano on the island of Lombok, belongs to stratovolcanoes. The first recorded eruption took place in 1847, and the last in 2004. High 3726 m above sea level, has an oval crater measuring 6 km to 8.5 km. The western part of the crater occupies the lake Segara Anak (child of the sea) with a maximum depth of 190 meters where slowly grows a new crater (Gunung Baru). Near the lake there are hot springs – Aik Kalak. The most popular attraction is the 3-day trek, it is reasonable for the average tourist and allows to reach the top to see the beautiful views of the sunrise and of the sunset while camping. Night climb to the summit is quite difficult and uncomfortable, but the view from the top rewards all.
| And again volcano;) One of the most popular in Indonesia, 2329 m high and 700 meters in diameter. It is located inside the Tengger caldera which is 16 km in diameter, its age is estimated at 820,000 years. Bromo is the youngest and most active of the five volcanoes that are located in its interior, rises to the height of 133 meters (seems not much, but these steps made me quite tired;)). It is frequently visited by tourists but itself may be not very charming, however the view of the sunrise over the entire caldera with the highest Java Semeru volcano in the background is beautiful – unfortunately the weather was not good and we greeted the day standing in dense fog. The last eruption of Bromo took place in 2004.
| Called the temple-hill is one of the greatest place of Buddhism worship in the world. The temple was built approx. in 800th year of our era, it has no internal spaces, designed for pilgrimage during which you can admire scenes from the life of Buddha. Borobudur has terrace-based construction, consist of five lower and three upper terraces. The side of the lowest is 111 meters long and the total temple height is 35 meters. In the eleventh century, the temple lost its significance. Was discovered in 1814 by a British officer. The restoration works has begun and reconstruction was further conducted by the Dutch in the early twentieth century. In 1991 Borobudur became UNESCO World Heritage Site. When I consider how long ago it was built its size really impress. Execution as well – plenty of details. In addition the beautiful scenery with unforgettable sunsets and a sense of calm at the top despite many tourists sometimes.
| The world’s largest Hindu temple complex built in the nineteenth century AD, which in 1991 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Abandoned shortly after built, probably due to the explosion of the volcano Merapi and destruction that arose during the eruption. For hundreds of years forgotten and hidden in the jungle was discovered by the British. The complex originally consisted of about 240 temples, most of which lies in ruins. The largest temple is 47 meters high. Since the mid-twentieth century Prambanan is being rebuilt and restored. In 2006, it suffered again from earthquakes. I read many comments that the temple is so-so especially next to the very famous Borobudur, compared to Angkor does not really count. I cannot agree with that. I must admit I have not seen Angkor Wat live but I visited many, various temples and certainly I can’t say that visiting Prambanan is a waste of time. In my opinion it is worth going there, it’s very close to Yogyakarta and one hour is enough.
| Like the whole Bali quite stuffed with tourists, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed with that. The city is nice, has a peaceful atmosphere, even though there is lots of traffic you can feel the charm of this island. City itself gives various possibilities to have a good time, but it is also a good starting point (much like tiny Amed). We decided to avoid Kuta and spend a few days in Ubud. There we visited the Monkey Forest, beautiful rice terraces just outside the city, several temples in the area and located a little further the famous Tanah Lot. You can also do nice shopping and bargain in pleasant Balinese atmosphere ;)