Bali is revered as one of the spiritual capitals of the world, but what a lot of people miss is the warmth, devotion and history on the rest of island, writes Michael Healy on recent trip there with Khiri Travel.
Nearly 40 years ago, when some of the first foreigners began traveling to the Indonesian Island of Lombok, a local English teacher was their first contact; today Mr Radiah is still welcoming visitors.
If you’re looking for a true island getaway, then there’s no better place to start than Bali’s eastern neighbour, Lombok, where you can take a local ferry to the tiny Gili Islands, a modern-day paradise, sans cars.
Indonesia’s diversity ensures it endless potential as a holiday destination, like the islands of Karimunjava, a new beach idyll of extraordinary beauty in the Karimunjava National Park.
Kotagede, a historic neighborhood of Yogyakarta, is the perfect place to get lost in; wondering down its maze of alleyways, narrow streets, exploring what was once the splendor of Java’s Mataram Kingdom.