Treat yourself to a sunny halal friendly destination and enjoy the beauties Indonesia has to offer. With delicious Indonesian cuisines to try, various famous landmarks and historical sites to visit, and plenty of colourful and lively festivals to get you in the mood͛, Indonesia is the perfect holiday getaway for those looking to explore a completely different culture and discover parts of Indonesia that not many get to explore.
Flight time from the UK: Approximately 14 hours and 30 minutes to 15 hours via direct flight.
Local languages: The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian, however English is widely understood and spoken to a conversational level.
Best time to visit: Indonesia enjoys a tropical climate providing most of the year with hot and humid temperatures. If you͛re looking to avoid the monsoon season then the best time to travel would be between the months of May and September when the weather is dry and sunny.
Visa requirements (for British passport holders) British passport holders can enjoy up to 30 days in Indonesia without a visa. For those that are looking to stay longer, you must apply for a visa before you travel or purchase one upon arriving in Indonesia.
Events and Festivals:
Baliem Valley Festival – Celebrated in August, this festival is all about history and culture, the perfect time for the locals to remember their roots. Held by the various local tribes, the celebration expresses how war is not a just a conflict but also a symbol of fertility and prosperity. The main event is the mock-war between the local tribes, with more than 20 different tribes coming together in traditional clothing and fighting gears. There are also side performances and attractions of local traditional games, dances and local food showcase.
Jalan Jaksa Festival – Taking please in the capital of Jakarta, this celebration which happens around July/August is a lively celebration where you͛ll find the streets and replaced with food stalls, craft workshops, street artists and musicians.
Bali Arts Festival – Perfect for art lovers, the Bali Arts Festival takes place for a full month between Jun and July. Daily performances in Bali can be expected such as arts exhibitions, dances, food and other cultural offerings.
Which airport will you fly in to: Your airport of arrival will depend on where in Indonesia you are travelling to. Indonesia͛'s biggest international airport is Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, however many airlines fly direct into Denpasar Bali.
Must try food:
Beef Rendang - originating from Padang, Sumatra, Beef Rendang is somehow similar to beef curry but without the broth, and it͛s slowly cooked to ensure the beef is as tender as can be. Pandang food is famous for its spiciness and richness in flavor making it a must try when in Indonesia.
Nasi Rawon – this dish is another beef dish however it has a nutty flavor. Nasi Rawon has a deep, black color from the use of keluak nut giving it a rich flavor. This dish is served with a bowl of rice.
Sweet Martabak – a delicious sweet dessert to sweeten up your stay. Sweet martabak is Indonesian version of a pancake. Martabak however is only sold in the evenings, making it the perfext treat to the end of a busy day. Depending on your preference, you can choose mix fillings from chocolate, cheese and peanuts.
Must do experience:
Visit Tanah Lot Temple – Probably the islands most iconic temple, Tanah Lot Temple is perched top of a huge rock, and surrounded by the sea with waves constantly crashing on to its base. As among Bali's most important sea temples, Tanah Lot pays homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple serves as foreground to the most picturesque sunsets making it a must visit when in Indonesia, and the perfect location for a photograph.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud - Ubud is famous for its scenic expanses of rice fields. Here tourists will witness scenic views of the famous rice friends as they enjoy roadside stalls and art shops offering items of all kinds of thing lining the streets. Small restaurants also welcome guests with delicious meals and great views which you can enjoy while dining.
Explore Bali Safari and Marine Park – Perfect for a day out, why not explore Bali͛s Safari and Marine Park. The park is Bali͛s largest animal theme park and is home to over 60 species all roaming freely within their enclosures built to closely mimic their natural habitats. Bus safaris are available to take visitors on tours 'around the animal world'. You͛ll also get to enjoy beautiful aquariums holding exotic fish specimens.
Upon arrival at Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, you will be met by a guide and private chauffeur who will escort you to Medan City. Stops at the Great Mosques and Maimoon Palace will be made before checking in at Aryaduta Medan to rest.
After breakfast, proceed with a 4 hours drive towards Tangkahan. Upon arrival at Tangkahan, cross the river by a cable and pulley driven dugout canoe to reach asimple lodge for your overnight stay. Experience the local Elephants, a dip in the river and a jungle trek are also included in the day
After breakfast leave Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang passing plantation and jungle roads. On the way stop at plantations and several interesting places where you can enjoy the panoramic views and witness the activities of the local people. After checking in at Bukit Lawang you’ll have free leisure time
After breakfast leave for the orangutan feeding station through the rainforest of Bukit Lawang National Park. Afterwards you will hike through the jungle for your first Orangutan tour. Trek 2 to 3 hours deeper into the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna before having a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Bukit Lawang.
After breakfast, you’ll leave for Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Along the way you will stop at Brastagi Fruit market, Pematang Purba, Rumah Bolon and Simarjarjunjung. In the afternoon, you will reach Parapat where you will cross to Samosir Island by local ferry. Once you arrive at your accommodation you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place.
After breakfast start cruising on Lake Toba by private ferry boat. Your first disembarkation would be at Ambarita Village, before proceeding to Simanindo Village. Afterwards, proceed by boat to Tomok Village which is full of souvenir shops. Your private cruise will then take you back to your hotel for the night.
In the morning a public ferry boat will take you back to Parapat, before continuing your trip to Padang Sidempuan. An en-route stop will be made at a pineapple field to consume fresh flesh; Jangga Dolok. Proceed to the market place of Balige at the southern end of the Lake Toba before visiting Sipoholon hot springs. Drive on to Padang Sidempuan to check in to your hotel. Various scenic stops will be made along the way.
After breakfast, leave Padang Sidempuan for Bukittinggi the “Minangkabau Highlands.” On the way you will stop at Aek Sijornih Waterfall, before procedding to Sihepeng to visit the local mini Botanical Garden featuring tropical plants. Continue driving to Purba Village, the center of a huge Islamic Quranic School before continuing to Bukit Tinggi to check in to your hotel. Various cultural stops will be made along the way.
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a full day city sightseeing tour featuring Fort de Kock, Jam Gadang, and the market of Pasar Atas. Proceed with driving to the lovely Sianok Canyon, followed with a stop at the Palace of Pagaruyung. Proceed the trip back to Bukit Tinggi with a chance (if time permits) to stop en-route at Pandai
Sikek; a small village famous for hand weaving the traditional
gold & silk woven.
Transfer to Minagkabau International Airport in Padang will be made after breakfast, and at the appropriate time. The journey will take approximately two hours with an en route stop at Anai Valley to enjoy and witness the beauty of the 40 meters waterfall.