Beyond Bali: Five alternative travel destinations – Fri, June 10 2022

Raka Ibrahim (The Jakarta Post)

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Fri, June 10 2022

As Indonesia gradually opens its borders to foreign travelers, here are some of the hidden gems of the archipelago to explore on your next visit.

For diehard international travelers, Indonesia is perhaps the world’s worst kept secret. Before the pandemic struck, tens of millions of foreign visitors arrived each year to travel the country, though many ended up touring the usual destinations: the historic quarters of Yogyakarta, the wild adventures of Lombok, the eternal paradise of Bali.

It’s always a good idea to take the road less traveled while also avoiding the tourist crush. The sprawling archipelago is home to a complex history, fascinating cultures and some of the most unspoiled natural wonders anywhere on earth. While some of the places below might not be the easiest to reach, once you get there, you’ll realize the trip was absolutely worth it.

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