Brooding Mt Bromo, blissful Bunaken, the Orangutans of Sumatra and Flores’ Komodo Dragons: it’s no wonder Indonesia entices thousands of visitors each year. Happily, it’s still very easy to slip off the tourist trail. Here are five such examples of less-heralded places worthy of anybody’s time. Sumenep, Madura As an
Bahasa Indonesian is a deceptively simple language. With a nice, friendly bounce, it is easy to learn the basics. Certainly, within a few days, most visitors will feel confident enough to let loose a few words here and there. Such is the friendly atmosphere of the country, even non-polyglots can
A Madurese trait, it would seem, is to stay hidden in plain sight. For an island in such a central location – a couple of hours to Surabaya’s north and within striking distance of Bali – it remains an enigmatic locale. The tourism trade is mostly non-existent and the few
As I headed along the path I became convinced the Silk Spider was watching me, waiting for me to make one fatal mistake before trapping me in its web. It had remained stationary since my arrival 10 days earlier on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia’s notorious drink-diving island. The only evidence it
With the sky looking ominous over Sumatra, I bounced on my toes at Parapat Bus Terminal. It was a foolhardy attempt to regain some feeling in my extremities. I was increasingly concerned a deserted bus station wasn’t the ideal place to start my voyage down the Trans-Sumatran Highway to Bukittinggi.
Welcome to Madura Even in a country as complex as Indonesia, Pulau Madura remains shrouded in mystery. By rights the island should be a highlight of any trip through the region. It has an ideal location, perched off the east coast of Java and a stone’s throw away from Bali.
As a misty dawn began to break over the Tengger Sand Sea the figures started appearing. At first it was a trickle, a few hardy souls briefly appearing before disappearing into the ether. Before long it became a deluge as more and more shadowy forms skulked past, some on motorbikes, others on horseback. Most were on foot but all
– For many visitors to Indonesia, the Banda Islands, renowned as the famous Spice Islands, represent something of an unknown entity. With all the classic idyllic getaway tropes in place – deserted beaches, a warm welcome, clear water ripe for exploration and, in Gunung Api, a resident volcano – this
(Reminder Editor: Don’t forget to read parts one and two of EITM’s Madurese living guide) Getting around While travelling around Madura is simple in theory, in practice it can be trying. There are regular buses but oftentimes they are cramped and sweaty; our researcher spent one journey jammed in the
(Pre-emptive Editor: Don’t forget to read parts one and three of our (very) rough guide to Madura) What expect A common perception of Madura is one of stubborness, coarseness and fiery tempers. A temperament to match the island’s arid climate. Historically it has had an uneasy relationship with Java, and