6 Unique Things To Do In Indonesia

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Toraja graveyard cave
Toraja grave yard cave...

Whether you are after an off the beaten path adventure or you want to see the best Indonesia has to offer in a short trip, this post may help you out with 6 unique experiences in Indonesia!

Eat like a local in Jakarta!

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Mountains of food!

The idea is simple, the restaurant brings piles of plates over (just watching the waiter carry 20 plates by himself is amazing) and you dig in and pay for what you eat. This way you get to be a little more adventurous but if something really doesn’t tickle your pickle, feel free to move onto the next plate!

Here are 5 unique things to do in Jakarta!

Borobudur Temple: The largest Buddhist temple in the world

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

OK, so this might be on every travellers bucket list, but there is a reason for it! Only here can you witness the glory of the world’s largest Buddhist temple in all of her glory.

I also can’t help but compare it to Angkor Wat as I also saw that at sunrise and the amount of people there was staggering. However I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd here witnessing sunrise.

So yes, a sunrise visit is a must. There is no way you will regret it. Plus, once the sun comes up and you exit the complex, you get to look back on just how glorious the temple is from afar!

Check out the temple and other things to do in Yogyakarta here!

Taste the world famous Toraja coffee

toraja coffee
Tasty Toraja Coffee!

You all know how much I love to taste coffee from around the world and Indonesia was so exception. Even though I have never tasted anything that has come close to Vietnamese coffee (which is life), Toraja coffee really hits the nail on the head!

Apparently it’s a coffee bean that is super well known across the world, gracing locations such as Starbucks and Costa when they have it on as a special roast. But nothing shall quite compare to enjoying a cup in a local coffee house in Toraja!

Wiggle your hips with a Balinese dance lesson!

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Balinese Dancing Lessons!

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed how much they love dancing in Indonesia. I was blessed to learn both dances from Java and Bali and both are graceful and beautiful in their own right. You really start to appreciate the dancer more then you attempt to even stand like they do.

Might have been just me but my knees started shaking after a few minutes, yet they make it look so effortless. You can try your hand at some dance moves in various places across Bali and the rest of Indonesia and it’s so worth it!

Want more things to do in Bali, watch this!

Witness the spectacular sight of Bali’s rice fields!

Rice fields Bali
Glorious Rice Fields of Bali

Instagram is chockablock full of rice field shots from beautiful Bali and there is a reason; they are breathtaking. Which ever you choose to visit, make sure you take a walk through them, don’t just appreciate them from afar!

My last visit to Ubud had me slip straight into one and a stranger had to help fish my flip flop out of the muddy pool.

Visit a local graveyard cave in Toraja!

Toraja graveyard cave
Toraja grave yard cave…

If you are someone who is interested in learning about different religions and cultures, then Toraja really is the place to go. Get a tour through a local graveyard cave and learn all about the traditions surrounding death and the after life.

From a westerners POV it will blow your mind as it is so different to how we see death, but so intriguing!

See my experience of witnessing the ancient tradition of Manene here!

A huge thank you to the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia for taking us all on this once in a lifetime trip across your beautiful country. This post is part of a paid campaign but of course all opinions and thoughts remain 100% honest and my own!

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Hi! Name’s Aly! Originally from Birmingham, England, I have been discovering the world for over 3 years straight. I am a psychology graduate with a love for Pho and red wine. Whether I throw myself into a novel or from 14,000ft up out of a plane, I look at adventure big and small and say “Let’s do this!”