En­dear­ing In­done­sia

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR - By LINDA D.

THE best hol­i­days are the ones where you have your loved ones with you. My time in In­done­sia has been an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence; it is prac­ti­cally the best trip I have taken so far. There’s so much you can do, all you need is some cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion.

I en­joy tak­ing self­ies and most of the time, the best selfie pic­tures are the ones with great back­ground scenery, such as or­ange- tinged sun­set over the In­dian Ocean at Tanah Lot, or moun­tain and lake scenery at Kin­ta­mani and Be­dugul.

Bali is the per­fect place for that as it has one of the most beau­ti­ful land­scapes in Asia. It blends spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain scenery and beau­ti­ful beaches with warm and friendly peo­ple, a vi­brant cul­ture and out of this world re­sorts. This is a mirac­u­lous is­land in­deed, for af­ter decades of pop­u­lar­ity, Bali con­tin­ues to amaze both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors alike.

Let’s selfie at Bali:

Cel­e­brate your ro­mance at Lom­bok:

If you are look­ing for a mem­o­rable place to cel­e­brate your wed­ding an­niver­sary, Lom­bok has much to of­fer cou­ples seek­ing a ro­man­tic get­away. And be­lieve me, I know, I just cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s Day there.

Lom­bok is known for its mag­nif­i­cent South Sea cul­tured pearls grown in pris­tine wa­ters around the is­land. Lom­bok’s wo­ven cloths are the best as are its pot­tery.

For seafood lovers, en­joy suc­cu­lent grilled fish and crabs freshly caught from the sea

Take a leisure stroll at Jogja:

My hus­band and I re­ally love na­ture and the out­doors and we jumped at the chance to travel to Jogja when we heard there are many ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and pil­grim­age sights to visit there – all 25 of them. Pay a visit to the Unesco World Her­itage site of Pram­banan and Borobudur tem­ples or sim­ply take a leisurely stroll along Malioboro street for bar­gain hunt­ing.

I ab­so­lutely love it when I get a great deal when I’m shop­ping for my favourite things, and Ban­dung is a shop­ping par­adise un­like any other. Ban­dung is a town that of­fers great prom­ise for shop­pers.

You may be over­whelmed with the large num­ber of fac­tory out­lets scat­tered along the street of Dago, Riau, Ci­ham­pelas and Se­tiabudi. Here you can shop to your heart’s con­tent and grab fa­mous brands, trendy fash­ion and a lot more. Un­like the real Paris though, the clothes here are sur­pris­ingly

Shop­ping at Ban­dung:

af­ford­able.

Be ad­ven­tur­ous at Mount Bromo:

If you are the ad­ven­tur­ous type, like us, you would want to take a trip to Mount Bromo – an ac­tive vol­cano si­t­u­ated in Bromo Teng­ger Se­meru Na­tional Park. This is a place even In­di­ana Jones would love. Jour­ney on a jeep through the wind­ing moun­tain road and stroll along the sand sea at the foot of Mount Bromo.

Thrilling at Lake Toba:

Jour­ney­ing to North- Su­ma­tra re­gions is an ex­pe­ri­ence of the beau­ti­ful na­ture.

You will be amazed with its lush green coun­try­side and moun­tain scenery. Lake Toba is one of the awe­some nat­u­ral won­ders of the world. This is a crater lake so enor­mous it has an is­land al­most the size of Sin­ga­pore in its cen­tre.

At over 1,145sq km, and a depth of 450m, Lake Toba is ac­tu­ally more like an ocean. This is the largest lake in South- East Asia and one of the deep­est lakes in the world. You may take a boat trip on the lake and spot some­thing truly mem­o­rable.

Ex­pe­ri­ence buzzing Jakarta:

Jakarta is a buzzing metropoli­tan city that never sleeps. It’s the best place to en­joy the nightlife. I re­ally love try­ing all the dif­fer­ent lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cuisines there. The restau­rants and cafés al­ways have some­thing unique to of­fer.

Hon­ey­moon at Bali and Lom­bok:

Pic­turesque land­scapes and mes­meris­ing scenery as far as the eye can see are just some of things you can ex­pect to dis­cover at Bali and Lom­bok. Hon­ey­moon­ers spend­ing that spe­cial time there will tell you how mag­i­cal th­ese two places can be. Bali en­chants with its dra­matic dances and colour­ful cer­e­monies, its arts and crafts, its lux­u­ri­ous beach re­sorts and ex­cit­ing night life.

The isle of Lom­bok also of­fers a re­mark­able sight. With di­vine beaches, the ma­jes­tic Mt Rin­jani and spec­tac­u­lar marine life to dis­cover, the is­land has no short­age of at­trac­tions both in and out of the wa­ter.

Th­ese two ex­otic is­lands have much to of­fer, from in­spi­ra­tional spirituality to fine din­ing, which are per­fect des­ti­na­tions for your hon­ey­moon.

Be with WOW In­done­sia. Look out for Dio­rama’s ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Bar­gain hunt in Malioboro street, Jog­jakarta.

Kuta Beach at Lom­bok of­fers ro­mance and re­lax­ation for cou­ples and fam­i­lies.

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