Indonesia, and the whole of South East Asia has so much to offer in terms of great beaches, rich culture, stunning temples and majestic volcanic mountains. If you’re planning your tour package to Bali, here are some places that you can combine with this Indonesian island.
Lombok, Indonesia – This beautiful island is located east of Bali, and is a lot less crowded. You can unwind by the idyllic beaches, and perhaps take day trips to the Gili Islands and the majestic Mount Rinjani, an active volcano. Go snorkeling and scuba diving in some of the best sites located in this area.
Java, Indonesia (the Borobudur and Prambaran Temples) – Java is an Indonesian island with excellent cultural and historical treasures. You can fly into Yogyakarta, which is the base to visit the gorgeous Borobudur temple. The temple has intricate sculptures depicting the life of Buddha. Watch the sun rise over Mount Merapi. The Yogyakarta palace and the 10th century Hindu temple Prambanan are well worth a visit too.
Singapore – This small, yet dynamic country has so many things to see, not just for kids, but also for the entire family. Just a short flight from Bali, Singapore is a great choice to combine with your Bali tour package. The Night Safari & Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, the Marina Bay promenade and the Singapore Flyer are just a few of the several attractions in this country. Watch the immaculately dressed locals walk briskly to work, as you sit at a local café and sip some kopi.
Borneo– Think Borneo, and perhaps the first thing that pops into your mind is the orangutan. With dense rainforests and several species of flora and fauna, it is the home of the orangutan. Take a cruise up the Leakey River, and trek through the forests to catch a glimpse of its various inhabitants.
Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian capital city, KL as it is popularly called, is a vibrant, youthful city and a melting pot of cultures. Visit the mighty Petronas, and bargain over knick-knacks at China Town. Batu Caves is a must-see when you’re in KL, as is the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The flight from Bali to KL takes just about three hours, which means it’s quite easy to combine these two places for your holiday.
Nandini Muralidharan is an engineer-turned-writer, possessive bibliophile and a travel junkie. She loves love collecting random bits of information about any place she visits, and weaving a story out of it. An obsessive photographer, she records any memory of a place from the beautiful Helsingor castle to the “Deliziaicecream – keeps you tongue tied” signboard on the highway. Currently, she writes for WeAreHolidays.