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There is so much more to Indonesia than Bali and Mount Bromo! Indonesia, as the largest archipelago in the world boasting more than 17,000 islands definitely keeps many hidden beautiful places. We’re unravelling some of those secret places that you ought to pin down for your travel plans. The Instagram pictures alone will be worth it!
- The serene view of Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra
Padang, the capital of West Sumatra Province is famed throughout Indonesia (and maybe the world) for its spicy Padang food such as rendang sapi, ayam pop, soto and sate. Although Padang is a nice city to stay in with a lot of good hotels such as Hotel Pangeran City, the best places to visit are actually scattered outside, so renting a car with a local driver is recommended.
On its north lies a picturesque lake called Lake Maninjau. Often eclipsed by Lake Toba (in North Sumatra), Lake Maninjau doesn’t get a lot of international attention although it is a great place to relax and experience the local rural lifestyle.
To view its magnificent from a height, go up to Puncak Lawang (Hill) where you can try out some paragliding too. If you are not in a rush, slowly drive down Kelok 44, the 44 road bends with forest and rice field surrounding to reach the lake.
- Braving the bamboo bridge at Punthuk Mongkrong, Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta or Yogya for short is already world-famous for its awe-inspiring Borobudur and Prambanan Temple. There are, however, many hidden places that travellers often skip when they are visiting this laid-back town at the heart of Java Island.
One of Yogya’s best-kept secrets is Punthuk Mongkrong (Hill), where you can walk on a platform/bridge protruding out from a cliff. Sounds unsafe? Might be, but it’s definitely Insta-worthy! Just be careful and don’t try it if you are afraid of height. The bamboo platform is strong enough although it might squeak as you walk on it.
To fully immerse yourself in Yogyakarta’s night market scene, book a hotel within a walking distance to Malioboro Street. One option is Hotel Dafam Fortuna that is reasonably priced and cosy, located just 5-minutes away from the main Malioboro Street.