Indonesian culture has so many spots that offer activities unique to the country, and in order to explore them, there is a need to travel inside the country.
One of the best ways to discover Indonesia is by visiting two of its most amazing islands: Bali and Sulawesi. Going on this route will immerse you to spots famous with other travelers and backpackers as well as a time to interact with the people in small villages.
First off, visit the amazing island of Bali. Here, you can choose from many beaches. One of the most famous and loved is the town of Ubud, a place which offers different activities for all kinds of travelers. Ubud is considered as the cultural center of Bali—there are many art galleries and villages that have the best of Indonesian arts and crafts. You can also visit the amazing landmarks of Gunung Kawi, the burial place for King Anak Wungsu and his wives; the Goa Gajah or the Elephant cave, a stucture that dates back to the 9th century. The galleries that deserve a visit are the Museum Rudana, the Neka Art Museum, the Agung Rai Museum of Art, and the Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women.
Another interesting activity in Bali is tajen, a cockfighting ancient ritual in which they believe takes away evil spirits. After the fight, the blood of the loser is the one that they offer.
Going to any beach in Bali should, of course, be a big part of your trip, and Kuta Beach is one of the places where you’ll enjoy a variety of activities. Here, you can go surfing, go scuba diving, people watch, go to clubs, and of course enjoy the spectacular landscape of blue waters, unique sea creatures and sandy shores.
Then, it’s time to fly to Sulawesi. One of the places in this island that you must visit is Tana Toraja, a region south of the island—a place that is packed with things to see and do for the curious traveler.
If you wish to fully experience the culture here, you can immerse yourself in the culture of the Toraja people, whose rituals and customs are nothing short of interesting. One of the most important things that this place is known for is their death rituals. The Toraja people bury their dead by keeping the person’s body and saving enough money to pay for the funeral ceremony (so this could take years). They hold a festival by having different forms of ritual such as dances and buffalo fights, and they slaughter pigs and buffaloes to carry the dead to the afterlife. The dead are then buried in a cave. This is clearly not for the squeamish, but it’s undeniable that this is one of the most interesting things you’ll experience in this special place.
Indonesia is truly a extraordinary place, and exploring its islands is a way for anyone to see a culture that hasn’t died in centuries. This is definitely a place like no other.