This is my biggest trip not only in Indonesia but for the whole year of 2016. My month-long adventure in this beautiful country was spread over three separate trips that happened rather unexpectedly & in excellent timing.

It started with a 2-week #TripofWonders media tour organized by Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism that brought me and over 30 top digital influencers to Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok, the Komodo Islands & Bali. After that tour, I was off to Singapore with my family. We decided to go on a day trip to Batam Island, which was just a one-hour ferry ride away. The final 2-week trip in Bali & Lombok was one that I had already planned several months ago. On my own, I went trekking to Mount Rinjani and Mount Ijen (volcanoes), explored more of Bali, and traveled with new found friends to nearby Nusa Penida Island.

Highlights

  • Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

    Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

  • Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

    Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

  • Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

    Highlights: 1-Month in Indonesia

  • Istiqlal Mosque Main Dome

    Istiqlal Mosque Main Dome

  • Jakarta Little India

    Jakarta Little India

  • Monas Tower

    Monas Tower

  • Dutch-colonial buildings in Kota

    Dutch-colonial buildings in Kota

  • Central Jakarta

    Central Jakarta

  • On the way to Bandung by train

    On the way to Bandung by train

  • Nuart Outdoor Metal Sculptures

    Nuart Outdoor Metal Sculptures

  • Pool at Sheraton Bandung

    Pool at Sheraton Bandung

  • V60 Coffee

    V60 Coffee

  • Multi-level hammocks

    Multi-level hammocks

  • Bird's Nest Cottages

    Bird's Nest Cottages

  • Angklung Show

    Angklung Show

  • Gedung Sate

    Gedung Sate

  • Bodobudur Temple sunrise

    Bodobudur Temple sunrise

  • Bodobudur Temple sunrise

    Bodobudur Temple sunrise

  • Countryside tour at Wanurejo Village

    Countryside tour at Wanurejo Village

  • Countryside tour at Wanurejo Village

    Countryside tour at Wanurejo Village

  • Sunset at Ratu Boko

    Sunset at Ratu Boko

  • Sasak Village, Sade

    Sasak Village, Sade

  • Traditional House Village

    Traditional House Village

  • Arrival in Gili Trawangan Island

    Arrival in Gili Trawangan Island

  • Snorkeling & Island Hopping

    Snorkeling & Island Hopping

  • Paradise Bar

    Paradise Bar

  • Pink Beach

    Pink Beach

  • Sunset sea view

    Sunset sea view

  • On the Way to Padar Island

    On the Way to Padar Island

  • Marcos at Padar Island

    Marcos at Padar Island

  • Komodo Dragons at Rinca Island

    Komodo Dragons at Rinca Island

  • Infinity pools at Alila Seminyak

    Infinity pools at Alila Seminyak

  • Sunset at Alila Seminyak

    Sunset at Alila Seminyak

  • Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple

  • Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple

  • Jimbaran Beach

    Jimbaran Beach

  • Tanah Lot Temple

    Tanah Lot Temple

  • Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

    Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

  • Singapore-Bintan Ferry

    Singapore-Bintan Ferry

  • Polo outlet store

    Polo outlet store

  • Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

    Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

  • Mount Ijen blue flames & surlfur mine

    Mount Ijen blue flames & surlfur mine

  • Mount Ijen blue flames & surlfur mine

    Mount Ijen blue flames & surlfur mine

  • Mount Ijen trek

    Mount Ijen trek

  • Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) temple

    Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) temple

  • Teh Pulu temple

    Teh Pulu temple

  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces

    Tegalalang Rice Terraces

  • Pura Tirta Empul temple

    Pura Tirta Empul temple

  • Gunung Kawi temple

    Gunung Kawi temple

  • Pura Saraswati temple

    Pura Saraswati temple

  • Ubud Monkey Forest

    Ubud Monkey Forest

  • Ubud Monkey Forest

    Ubud Monkey Forest

  • Padang Bai

    Padang Bai

  • Sendang Gile Waterfall

    Sendang Gile Waterfall

  • Tiu Kelep Waterfall

    Tiu Kelep Waterfall

  • Trek to Rinjani crater lake

    Trek to Rinjani crater lake

  • Rinjani hot spring

    Rinjani hot spring

  • Mount Rinjani summit at sunrise

    Mount Rinjani summit at sunrise

  • Taliwang Ayam

    Taliwang Ayam

  • Tirta Gangga Water Palace

    Tirta Gangga Water Palace

  • Taman Ujung Water Palace

    Taman Ujung Water Palace

  • Taman Ujung Water Palace

    Taman Ujung Water Palace

  • Padang Bai

    Padang Bai

  • Broken Beach

    Broken Beach

  • Angel's Billabong

    Angel's Billabong

  • Atuh Beach

    Atuh Beach

  • Kelingking Beach

    Kelingking Beach

  • Kuta Beach

    Kuta Beach

Route Map

Trip Itinerary

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See details on each leg by clicking on the travel series featured below.

Leg 1 — Indonesia #TripofWonders

DestinationsJakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok, Gili Islands, Komodo Islands, Labuan Bajo, Bali.

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Leg 2 — Batam Island

DestinationsBatam, Singapore.

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Leg 3 — Bali, Mount Rinjani, Lombok & Ijen

DestinationsBali, Mount Ijen, Banyuwangi, Lombok, Mount Rinjani, Nusa Penida.

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IN PHOTOS: Marcos goes on a journey to many of Bali’s most popular temples and tourist spots.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos takes a sunrise hike at Mount Ijen volcano, infamous for its blue flames and sulfur mines.
IN PHOTOS: On a trip to Bali, Marcos visits the cultural & heritage sites in Ubud.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos sails off to Lombok Island, near Bali. He enjoys the natural sights in Senaru village & makes a stopover in Mataram.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos takes a day trip to the famous temples and rice terraces of Tampaksiring in Central Bali.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos treks to the summit and crater lake of Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s 2nd tallest active volcano.
IN PHOTOS: An off-beat adventure takes Marcos around the rugged beaches of Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia.
IN PHOTOS: On transit between Lombok & Bali, Marcos explores the water palaces and beaches in East Bali.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos joins a day tour around Bamtam Island, Indonesia from Singapore.
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