The vast archipelago of Indonesia beckons tourists with offerings ranging from luxurious resorts to hidden back alleys. While the country is most renowned for its beach resorts and volcano hiking, there’s an entire landscape beyond waiting to be explored. Despite being neighbours with Indonesia for nearly my entire life and having a decent command of the language, my travel experience there was limited. It wasn’t until I embraced the convenience of motorbike riding and embarked on self-guided tours of the islands that I truly discovered the charm of the country.
Stepping beyond the international hub of Bali may seem intimidating, but the richness of nature everywhere else makes it undeniably worthwhile. However, it’s worth noting that locals can be quite curious when foreigners enter their vicinity—I barely escaped notice based on my looks, but the more conspicuous ones inevitably attract turning heads!