Indonesia with kids
Did you know that there are more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia? This staggering figure is just one of the amazing examples of why this diverse and astounding South East Asian country sees approximately 10 million tourists flock there each year. From buzzy cities, stunning beaches, natural wonders, and volcanic beauty, Indonesia really does offer up a smorgasbord of choice for the whole family. And, while Indonesia with kids doesn’t first spring to mind as a family-friendly destination, there really is much to see and do. Here are my suggestions and tips for visiting Indonesia with kids.
Explore Bandung With Kids
Rich in history and culture, the towns and cities of Indonesia are awash with magnificent skylines, delicious food offerings and plentiful activities. Bandung in West Java, is a popular weekend getaway for Indonesians themselves – so it’s a must-see for those wanting to experience gorgeous hills fringing a large sprawling city made up of volcanoes and tea plantations. It’s also very family-friendly with several activities and fun things aimed at kids. You can eat on a pirate ship at Legok Kondang’s Pisnis Resto or go to several attractions including a Hobbit House replica and large gardens for the kids to run around in at The Farm House Lembang. Meanwhile, let the kids go splash wild at Ciwidey Valley Water Park.
Chill out on the beach
Indonesia has some breathtaking beaches. Seriously where do you even begin – there are beaches for surfers, adrenaline junkies and sun worshippers. Children will love the stretches of white sand and crystal blue waters. Some of the best include Tanjung Bira in South Sulawesi and Belitung Island in the Bangka Belitung Province.
Seek out a Komodo dragon
Imagine telling the kids that they can see a real-life dragon. I know my son would be chomping at the bits… Found on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar – the done thing is to join a tour group or a guide to see these amazing creatures – the heaviest lizards in the world!
Wander the rice terraces
While the beaches in Indonesia may be the biggest draw for visitors, the lush green middle of this tropical island offers up some of the most spectacular rice terraces in the world, while the scent is an assault on the senses. Bali has them in abundance – from Tegallalang, Jataluwih to Rendang, be prepared from some breathtaking views…
Relax in a family-friendly hotel
Family-friendly resorts in Indonesia are plentiful – and range from budget to luxurious. By the coast, you’ll find upscale hotels with countless pools and private stretch of beaches. In the cities, you’ll find boutique accommodation such as the Stevie G Hotel in Bandung, with its quirky themed rooms, perfectly placed to visit nearby Kampung Gajah Wonderland – an adventure-filled haven for the whole family. For more hotel inspiration check out Traveloka Hotel Deals.
See the orangutans
The wildlife in Indonesia is out of this world. From Sumatran tigers, bearded pigs, and rhinoceros, to bears, elephants and all manner of reptiles, animal lovers will be impressed. There are also pockets of vast forests which are home to a the beautiful, dwindling species of orangutans. Tanjung Puting National Park and Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre are just two of the best places to catch a glimpse of them.
Head to Bali
If you’re looking for paradise then no visit to Indonesia would be complete without stopping at the famous beach resort of Bali. Known as the one island with several destinations there is so much to explore from family-friendly Sanur, to the luxurious areas of Seminyak and Kerobokan, while the party atmosphere of Kuta is fantastic fun.
Go island hopping
To really get a true sense of the natural beauty of Indonesia – and only have short time, island hopping is the best way to explore. From the Raja Ampat Islands to Derawan Archipelago famed for jungle trekking and wildlife – half the fun is planning where to go. Public ferries, boats and road trips will give the whole family a real sense of adventure.
*This post is sponsored by Traveloka Hotel Deals. Images courtesy of Pixabay and Flickr: Behan