Getting to Bali off the beaten Path (1)

Indonesia is known for is it tropical island Bali. When it popped up in my south-east Asia itinerary, i looked forward to seeing this famous island with its paradise images . Being a wanderer I wanted to get there off the beaten path by traveling through Java, the locals way .

I flew in from Manila, Philippines to Jakarta, the bustling capital of Indonesia, which I intended to use as the starting point for my adventures through to Bali. After a two-hour exhaustive journey through the streets of Jakarta, I finally arrived at my pre-booked accommodation which could have taken less than thirty minutes to find but the language barrier between the rather impatient driver and myself, however, had led to a tiring detour.//

I had initially thought it was only the driver I was ‘lost in translation’ with but my three-day stay in Jakarta brought me face to face with people who were trying to understand what I was saying and me being smiley face and kept replying their Bahasa with ‘English please ‘. Google translator did come in handy most times but sometimes it just translates differently and I have to let out nervous smiles to the rather awkward situation of a language barrier.//

Reading travel websites gave the implication that Jakarta had nothing to offer but my three days and two nights stay wouldn’t be spent in my room because some websites say so. I managed to gain advise from locals on couch surfing who recommended some pretty amazing things I should see but only picked the ones I took an interest in.

The next day I spent most of my time trying to understand the little English some kind locals manage to get across. Asking for help to find a place  from a local turned out to be the longest form of inquiry to my disappointment, but I couldn’t blame them but just patiently wait for them to help. I was told the  most convenient and cheapest way of travel was a motorcycle and coming from a stereotypical African home, where it was seen as a ride straight to death , I avoided it. Instead I headed for the taxis  which I wish  I hadn’t as I was stuck in traffic in a very hot weather. I   only sat rolling my eyes and blaming myself for not sucking up the fear and opting for the motorcycle. //

Of the recommendations and the must see ,I visited the kota tua or old town bativa which is a historically significant part of Jakarta. It had cobbled central town square with many cafes around. Colonial buildings dating back to the Dutch era where you could sip on a coffee in one of the cafes and take in the immense historical surroundings or hire a bike for a ride through it. It felt like a town out of those colonial movies with its architecture.

Kota Tua

I also went on to visit the Monas tower which is one of the most famous monument in Jakarta I didn’t want to miss. It is the symbol of independence of Indonesia from Dutch colonial rule. Being a history enthusiastic I usually find such monuments fascinating. It stands tall and proud with history signifying the freedom of the Indonesian people.

Monas Tower

On my last day in Jakarta I decided to see the taman mini Indonesia indah. This was the highlight of my stay in Jakarta as it was the most beautiful work of art I have ever seen. As Indonesia is made of its 17,000 islands split into 26 provinces it is nearly impossible to visit all of it .

A model house

The taman mini is a mini Indonesia in a form of art on a stretch of land highlighting all its islands and provinces.The park is arranged according to province with models of traditional homes where one can learn about the diverse culture and ways of life across the archipelago. Now isn’t that something to see!

I then bought  a train ticket at a convenience store heading to Yogyakarta another province of Indonesia. I was pretty much excited to see this side of the country as its known as the cultural part with much to see. I had planned on staying for two nights then continue my trip onward. I booked a hostel where I met up with backpackers who had same itineraries like me so it was much more fun and cost less than I anticipated.

Our first detour was to see the famous Borobudur temple which is a Buddhist temple dating back to the 9th century and the worlds largest temple. It was rumored to have the most beautiful sunset and sunrise views but due to the long trip in getting there we arrived at midday. Even seeing it at daytime had enough beauty to feed the eye that we didn’t mind that we lost the sunrise.

Lemfze taking in the view of the temple

One thing I will describe Yogyarkata with is that is a haven for temples. We headed over to see the Pramadan temple which is a Hindu temple and one of the biggest in southeast Asia. It has Hindu architecture and a UNESCO heritage center. My new friends and I who happen to have a thing for architecture were amazed by its beauty and the  stretch of land it covers.

Pramadan temple
Lemfze always being the model
Taking in the view at Timang beach

One my last day in Yogarkata where I was parting ways with lemfze my new-found photogenic friend we headed over to some not so popular places  among the locals to take in the waves of the ocean and the night  view of Yogyarkata.

A wanderers discovery

My two night stay in Yogyarkata was over and I had to move on to my next location through another train ride…. the locals way. .


31 thoughts on “Getting to Bali off the beaten Path (1)

  1. I find going off the beaten path offers such enriching experiences! I hope to visit Bali one day, it’s on my bucketlist.


  2. Your Yogjakarta pictures really inspired me to visit Indonesia. Been to Bali few years ago, love it but never been to Jakarta, heard that the capital has got nothing much to offer except hectic traffic Jam. Yogjakarta is certainly in my bucket lift.


    1. You got that right about the hectic traffic and it having nothing to offer but at least you could make the most of it if you find yourself there for a few days.


  3. Indonesia has so many between places that you can go. Its intersting that their building can go from looking like “Gothic Castle” to a Asian temple.


    1. It is indeed fascinating how a country could have different sides to it. I think its a country worth visiting to experience its diverse sides.


  4. While I know nothing of Indonesia, the architecture is fascinating. The Monas Tower would definitely be something to see as well as Kota Tua. I would like to see the taman mini Indonesia indah!


  5. I’ve always wanted to go here! It looks so beautiful, and these “off the path” experiences look like the best way to experience it.


  6. Travelling like this is so much fun, it’s great that you got to explore on your trip towards Bali. The pictures you took show so much culture to explore and find out about.


  7. I would have had a hard time opting for the motorcycle as well! It looks like you had a splendid stay. All of your photos were lovely! If I had to pick on place to visit, it would be the Pramadan temple. I think it would be amazing to see in person and to explore. Have safe travels!


    1. Oh yeah the motorbikes… finally someone who relates with me. I must say after being in Bali for a while i have overcome the fear and its now my favorite form of transportation.its funny how travelling can change us to like the things we despise. Pramadan temple is a must see and its other mini version close to it called candi ploasan, too bad i didn’t get to see it as the rains started falling. I hope you do see it when you eventually make your travels down here


    1. They are difficult especially when there is a language barrier. But when you tend to smile a lot and have patience, you get through with beautiful memories. Second part coming up soon.


  8. It looks like you had an incredible trip! I believe it is so important to go off the beaten path and explore the area. Yes, it is good to see the touristy things but there is so much more to a city than just those places.


  9. Still nice, looks like overall the trip was worth it. That house with the pointy roof and dark but majestic aura around it is just beautiful. Is that part of the taman mini?


  10. What a lovely face on that first picture XD
    Yeah, Google Translate – while can be handy in certain situations – is basically a mess. It translates words quite well, but sentences… gosh, it produces ridiculous results sometimes.
    Love your images! It was lovely being taken to a trip to the other side of the world without even leaving my room ❤


  11. What an adventure! I’m super excited for next post. I loved your photos from Jakarta, looks very beautiful! I want to visit it now 😀


  12. Your Bali Trip sounds awesome. I’m glad you had a great time in such a short trip. I can’t stop staring at The Model House! Take me there, please… 😩


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